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Wednesday evening discussions in St Albans from 27 September 2017

Our introductory evening course in Practical Philosophy has been running in St Albans for almost 40 years. Hundreds of people from across Hertfordshire have discovered the possibility of finding deeper rest and living more mindfully, better connected with the present moment and with the world and those around them.

Life these days is busy, fast-paced, sometimes hectic. The weekly group is a precious chance to take time out to consider some of the ‘big questions’ that are so important in these troubled and uncertain times. The classes introduce some of the great teachings and wisdom of the ages, eastern and western, and consider what lessons they have for today.

Then, with the support of your tutor and the group, you learn to apply these ideas in daily life, to understand better the causes of things like conflict and injustice in the world and how to find greater balance and calmness in the face of turmoil and uncertainty.

True wisdom comes from discovering this knowledge for yourself, within yourself. Once found it is never lost.

*An extraordinary offer

The course has recently moved to a Wednesday evening.

We want to get this new group off to the strongest possible start, so we're making an extraordinary offer: attend the first five classes FREE.

There is no obligation or commitment whatsoever to continue after that. If you do enjoy the classes and wish to carry on, you can enrol for the remaining five classes for just £50.

We're expecting strong demand for places. So to ensure these are allocated only to genuine enquirers, we charge a one-off administration fee of £10 to cover materials and printing. Apart from a small charge for refreshments during the interval, that is all you will be asked to pay. And even this administration fee will be refunded when you enrol for the second half of the course.

This offer is limited to the first 30 enrolments, after which a waiting list will be formed.

We also offer follow-on classes, including meditation, for those wishing to continue further after this ten week introduction. (Most do!)

If you’re still not sure, come to our free Open Evening and ‘taster session’ on Wednesday 20 September (7.30-9.00pm) to meet the tutors and students and to find out more.

To register your interest and to receive further information about the course, please email or call us now: philosophy.course@ntlworld.com 01727 867645.

Or book your place NOW by purchasing your ticket on this Eventbrite site.

FAQs

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 philosophy.course@ntlworld.com. It may take up to 24 hours to get back to you.

What's the refund policy?

We hope you will understand that no refund is possible for the £10 Administration fee (except if you have enrolled for the second five weeks of the term). However, where we charge course fees upfront and 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).

Why are the fees so low? What's the catch?!

You will find the cost compares favourably with evening courses by other organisations. This is simply because our School has always operated on a voluntary basis, on the principle that no one is paid for their work in teaching philosophy and no one profits financially.

In essence, the fees are just to cover the cost of hiring rooms, administration, local advertising etc.

We tried our "First Five Weeks Free" last term as a bit of an experiment, and it seemed to be popular. We reckon if we get enough people we should still be able to cover our room hire costs and at least some of our advertising cost.

If you decide to enrol for a further term, our standard fee of £90 for 11 weeks will apply.

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?

Those enrolling for the second half of the term 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.

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