The School of Practical Philosophy is a not-for-profit, volunteer organisation. Except for a small, administrative staff, all work and tuition in the School is undertaken on an unpaid, voluntary basis.


The School of Practical Philosophy is part of an international association of organisations, each of which are legally independent but which all have their origin in the London School of Economic Science, and share a common interest and bond through the same philosophical teaching.


A recent initiative has been Distance Learning programs, making the School’s courses available online to anyone anywhere in the world.


The School’s Vision

The primary aim of the School is freedom. The sort of practical freedom which allows a person to simply be themselves, with the confidence that comes from complete self-knowledge. The secondary aim of the School depends on the first aim. With the confidence that comes from self-knowledge, individuals use their talents to uplift the communities in which they live. As a result, their horizons become broader, their world larger, their sense of themselves more universal. These aims are fulfilled through two kinds of work: work with and on one’s own self; and work with and for others.


Mindful Wisdom and the courses which follow provide the knowledge and the tools for these two kinds of work, in a step-by-step, systematic and inspiring way.

The School of Practical Philosophy in Australia

The School in London expanded geographically, firstly throughout the UK and then internationally. The School of Practical Philosophy opened its doors in Australia, in Sydney, in 1967. Since then, Sydney opened branches in Newcastle, Canberra, another in Bryon Bay, followed by Central Coast and Kangaroo Valley in 2017.


The Melbourne School opened as a legally independent organisation in 1977, Perth in 1991 and Brisbane in 1994. The Schools in these capital cities have opened branches in their respective States.

Independent Schools for children

Furthermore, the School of Practical Philosophy has several independent Day-Schools for children K to Year 6. These have been founded in London, New York, Johannesburg, South Africa, Sydney and Melbourne. All these schools have their own extensive events and open days and tours programs.


John Colet School in Belrose (NSW) was founded 25 years ago and today has a reputation as one of the best primary schools in New South Wales and across Australia. Most noteworthy, the school has a unique Shakespeare program where children from kindergarten onwards are taught to recite and perform Shakespeare plays and sonnets. The results are remarkable.


For more information about the John Colet Primary School visit their website.