Tuesday evening discussions in St Albans starting January 2020
If you’re one of those people who suspects there might be more to life, these five sessions in practical philosophy could be for you.
This short introductory course uses some of the great philosophies of east and west to put life into sharper focus. It is open to all regardless of age or background.
It includes simple, potentially life-changing exercises to free people for what’s important, from what’s not.
Please visit our website www.PhilosophyInStAlbans.org, where you can see a synopsis of the course, view testimonials from previous students and register your interest and to receive further information
Why not book your place now on our next free Open Evening and ‘taster session’ to meet the tutors and students and to ask questions.
Our students meet in groups, led by a tutor. The emphasis is on experience rather than theory, observation rather than opinion.
You're encouraged to test what you hear and then share what you experience. The more you practise, the more you get out of the course.
With a wider view, day-to-day life takes on a different and fresher perspective.
We look at the power of the present, how to be more yourself, happiness and its sources, wisdom and its uses, and beauty and its causes.
There is an opportunity to continue after half-term with six further evenings should you wish. And for those who'd like to keep going, subsequent terms include meditation, the differing ways of action, knowledge and devotion; and, importantly, the chance to build on the practices learnt in earlier terms.
The course is designed for those eager to make the very most of life, unfettered by the passing show, unchained by the fads of the moment.
It appeals most to those who are undaunted by the great questions of human existence. What is it for? What am I for? Where do I fit in?
Over the years, hundreds of people from across Hertfordshire and beyond have completed the introductory course here in St Albans. Many have gone on to subsequent classes.
Sometimes the habits of a lifetime can take a while to go. If you’re on the look-out for a way out to a wider world, this could be it.
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
Minimum age 16, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.
What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?
There is usually ample free parking available in Upper Lattimore Road and Marlborough Gate (see map). The exceptions are when Loreto College has a big event. We will generally try to let our students know about these and give suggestions of alternative places to park.
We are also convenient for buses or trains (Luton, Harpenden, Radlett etc.) being just a 5 minute walk from St Albans City station and buses.
How can I contact the organiser with any questions?
We genuinely welcome enquiries and questions. Email cGhpbG9zb3BoeSAhIGNvdXJzZSB8IG50bHdvcmxkICEgY29t
. It may take up to 24 hours to get back to you.
What is the cost of the course?
£40 for the four evenings. £90 for all ten.
What's the refund policy?
If you find the course is just not for you (this is rare, but can still happen from time-to-time) or a change in circumstances prevents you from completing the course for whatever reason, we happily give a full refund for the remaining weeks of the course – no quibbles!
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No. We will be expecting you. We will ask you just to complete an enrolment form with a few additional contact details when you arrive on the first evening.
Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?
If you find that you need to transfer your fee or ticket, we would normally be happy to arrange this, but would appreciate knowing in advance. Please contact us (see above).
Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?
See transfer question above.
When do the meetings start and end?
Meetings begin promptly at 7.30pm (please aim to be seated by 7.25), finish around 9.40pm and include a short break for refreshments.
Can you say more about the Course and weekly meetings? While the course is a Philosophy course, not a Mindfulness course as such, mindfulness and attention have always been core features of our courses: practices and exercises designed to develop awareness and inner stillness are introduced from the very first evening, primarily as an aid to observation, discovery and learning as we go about our daily life.
Each week, we discuss ideas from some of the world's great philosophical teachings, eastern and western. We don't try to cover all the main philosophies or philosophers; instead we draw on those found in practice to be most conducive to the discovery of happiness and truth.
The classes are not just an academic exploration – nor are they a 'talking shop' for intellectual debate. (And, by the way, there are no exams and no previous knowledge of philosophy is required). The emphasis is on the practical: we try to ensure the discussions are always relevant and useful to our daily lives. This is because real understanding, or wisdom, can only come when these ideas are tried out and applied in our daily life and we discover their value for ourselves. At each meeting you'll be given a simple practice to try out during the following week. This includes, for example, a simple, highly effective awareness or mindfulness exercise in allowing the attention to rest with each of the senses in turn. Then at the next class the group is invited to give observations on what you discovered in the light of the practice.
What if I can't attend every week?
Of course, we encourage regular attendance, but missing one or even two evenings is not normally a problem as each week we give a brief recap of the previous week. We also provide a detailed handout for each week, which captures the key points.
What other materials do you provide?
Our students receive a comprehensive (40 page) course folder giving information about the School, the course and follow-on courses. This is also a place to store your weekly handouts. Our website www.PhilosophyInStAlbans.org includes a synopsis of the ten week course and information on some of the follow-on courses we have available to students who wish to continue and deepen their study of practical philosophy.
What kinds of people attend the course? Our students have not typically studied philosophy before.
The courses attract a diverse range of people in terms of backgrounds, ages, gender, beliefs etc. Everyone is welcome. This genuine diversity - and the richness of experience that this lends to the discussions - is something many of our students really appeciate.
All that's asked is that everyone behaves in an appropriate manner and practises tolerance and respect for their fellow students. It's a friendly and supportive environment and most people find the course really interesting and beneficial in some way.
|Ticket Information ||Ticket Price |
| Five Evenings || GBP 50|
| Five evenings, family rate || GBP 75|
| Ten Weeks Offer || GBP 90|
| OFFER: Ten weeks, family rate || GBP 135|