Even if you were an A student at school, we bet you’ve never taken notes on how to balance life and work, how to move on from a relationship, or how to have better conversations.
The School of Life – developed by philosopher Alain de Botton – offers classes designed to develop your emotional intelligence and enhance daily life; no rote learning or exams necessary. Each session is formatted to include a mix of lectures, group activities and discussions with fellow participants, and prices start from as little as $30 per class. Some even roam beyond the classroom; the Art as Therapy session (noon. Sat Jul 25)involves a guided tour through the NGV, in which students are encouraged to discuss their responses to works of art.
We’ve picked out a few of our favourite classes.
Wed Jul 1: How To Be Confident
Sat 4 Jul: Philosophy Breakfast: Truth and Reality
Fri Jul 10: Drawing As Therapy with Oslo Davis
Mon Jul 13: Damon Young: On Superheroes
Wed Jul 22: How Necessary Is A Relationship
Tue Aug 11: How To Communicate In Love
Wed Aug 15: Understanding Mindfulness
Tue Aug 18: How To Find Meaning Without Religion
Sat Aug 29: How To Make Sense Of Your Family
When Chester Garcia and Matt Branagan set up Sydney’s Work-Shop in June 2013, their mission was simple: to help people unleash their creativity, and to offer short creative courses that didn’t cost a week’s pay.
And that’s what happened. In collaboration with artists and experts, Work-Shop has fostered whole new clans of Sydney unicyclists, Ottoman-makers, street artists, tattoo illustrators, rappers and coffee-shop networkers.
Now, it’s Melbourne’s turn. This week, Chester and Matt opened doors alongside consulting art agency Juddy Roller, and kicked things off with a terrarium-making workshop with Instagram-famous Candy Sparkles. Last night saw a group of budding artists try their hands at abstract painting and drawing (pictured).
“What we’re trying to do is to get people to change their perception of what they’re capable of,” says Garcia. Do you think you’ve got what it takes to learn the harmonica (Thu Sep 11. 8pm. $30), or to master sleight of hand at the How to be a Houdini workshop?… Read more
In life, there are some skills that you’ll never learn from a textbook. The art of sparkling conversation, worrying less about money, happily spending time alone, making love last. People are born with those skills, right? Or at least they’re acquired through years of, well, living? Not if you ask Swiss-British philosopher Alain de Botton. In 2008, he started his School of Life in London, and in 2012, opened his first international campus here in Melbourne.
After a sell-out spring season, tickets have just been released for the School of Life’s winter program, beginning in July. Many of the old favourites are back, including How to Realise Your Potential, How to Make Love Last and How to Relate to Your Family, which draw from pop culture, philosophy and psychology to help you discover the answers for yourself. The classes are taught by artists, writers and people who have lived what they’re talking about.… Read more
There was a time when knitting was just for Nanna. Then, there was a time when knitting was the penchant of hipsters, yarn-bombing their way through the streets of Fitzroy and Northcote.
Melbourne, we say it’s high time that we take up our sticks and reclaim the time-honoured tradition of the social knitting circle, known as stitch’n’bitch. Tomorrow is World Wide Knit in Public Day, which will kick off a week-long celebration of casting and purling our way to woolly scarf success.
So why should you get excited about knitting? Aside from the social and therapeutic benefits, learning to knit is also an opportunity to help keep disadvantaged kids keep warm this winter. Back for its 16th year, the ‘Guardian Angels’ program is giving away free downloadable pattern books that show you how to knit jumpers, blankets and children’s socks. You can donate your creations to the Save the Children foundation before Sunday, August 31.
If you’re a bit short on craft-buddies, then Melbourne’s yarn emporiums are here for you.… Read more
The yoga world is terribly complex. Some studios offer more than 300 classes every week, some others 20 different yoga styles. But there’s a new book that sifts through it all for you. The BEST of YOGA team has spent six months researching hundreds of classes in Melbourne, has gathered feedback from countless local yogis and didn’t mind the 5am wake up calls to find out where’s the really great yoga in Melbourne.
Here are Melbourne’s most weird and wonderful yoga experiences
1. Immerse yourself in a“soul massage”- during a singing bowl meditation at Ohana Yoga in Albert Park
2. Float through your practice like you’ve never done it before, following the innovative and unique fusion of Yoga and Tai Chi at SomaChi in South Yarra or at the brand new Collingwood studio
4.… Read more