The School of Life makes a permanent home in Sydney

Following a successful pop-up season earlier in the year, the Sydney branch of The School of Life will open permanently from the end of the month.

Philosopher Alain De Botton first founded the School of Life in 2008 in London, but since then it’s branched out overseas, with Melbourne becoming the first permanent branch outside of the UK in 2014. The opening of the Sydney branch will see Australia become the first country with two outposts of the cultural enterprise.

The Sydney classroom can be found in the CBD on Level 2, 161 Castlereagh Street, whilst some events will be hosted in different locations around the city.

Details of the first term are already available, and will include 23 of the ever popular ‘How to’ classes covering topics running the gamut of love, life, work and death. There will also be a number of “cultural workshops” including the chance to learn more about the current craze of mindfulness, as well as discovering more about Photography and Storytelling as Therapy.

Throughout the term period the team from School of Life Sydney will also present some special events, including Music and the Mind, and two “A Night of Better Conversation” events, one on sex and one on empathy. The School’s trademark Philosophy Salons and Philosophy Brunches will also feature prominently throughout the course of the program.

The School of Life Sydney opens Monday 25th July. For ticketing and more information on the first term visit


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