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Practical Philosophy with Mindfulness: try ten classes FREE*

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St Albans

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St Albans

AL1 3UD

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Tuesday evening discussions in St Albans from 16 January 2018. Practical Philosophy has never been more important…or better value.

Life these days is busy, fast-paced, even hectic.

Through our introductory evening course in Practical Philosophy 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.

The weekly group is a precious chance to take time out to consider some of the ‘big questions’ that are so important, especially 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.

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

This term, for the first time ever, we're making an extraordinary offer: attend all ten classes FREE. Our normal price is £90.

We're expecting strong demand for places, so are running the course on both a Tuesday and a Wednesday.

Prefer Wednesday evenings? Book a place here

To ensure places 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.

There is no obligation or commitment whatsoever to continue after that. If you do enjoy the classes and wish to carry on, we offer a follow-on course for the usual price of £90.

This offer is limited to the first 25 enrolments, after which a waiting list will be formed. To secure your place on the course NOW we recommend purchasing a ticket on this Eventbrite site.

If you’d like to find out more, come to our free Open Evening and ‘taster session’ on Wednesday 10 January (7.30-9.00pm) to meet the tutors and students and to ask questions.

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

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).

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?

After week 3, 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.


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Friends Meeting House

St Albans

AL1 3UD

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