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The School of Life Conference - New York (USD)

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New York Academy of Medicine

1216 5th Avenue

New York, NY 10029

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Our conference aims to transform lives and build the best kinds of connections.

About this Event

“It amazes me to be able to tell you that the conference exceeded my expectations in every possible way. I learned so much, but more importantly, I met so many wonderful people”

What does it take to change a life? Many of us start by getting away - seeking out a place we have never been before, somewhere far away, with a fresh climate and an unexplored horizon - in the hope that a change of environment might lead to a change of perspective. Though diverting, our journeys are often fleeting, all too brief. We return to our regular routines - the same bad habits, the same implacable problems - and remain, at our core, unfulfilled.

The Conference

Over three days, The School of Life Conference aims to provide us with a comprehensive emotional education. It starts - as all journeys of self-improvement must - with the search for self-knowledge: how lasting change can only arise from a thorough understanding of our own minds. It addresses, in turn, our work, love and social lives: showing us the mistakes we commonly make, and the ways we can move past these to find pleasure and purpose in everything we do. It teaches us vital emotional skills, like confidence and calm, required to experience the world with patience and joy. It shows us the lessons we can draw from culture - from literature, art, philosophy, and architecture. Finally, it tries to answer the largest question of all - how to find meaning and lasting happiness in every area of our lives.Our conference is both designed and led by The School of Life founder, Alain de Botton, and members of our London faculty - renowned experts in emotional intelligence with a proven record in helping people across the world to understand themselves and find fulfilment. It compiles material from our entire curriculum - our core classes, one-day festivals, and five-day schools - to create a programme of the very best teaching we have to offer.

The Conference is not simply a series of lectures, or a passive presentation. Rather, it is a communal, multifaceted, interactive experience. It uses not only speech but films, music, and visual prompts to engage us with its concepts and message. Delegates are regularly invited to participate in exercises and demonstrations, and to share and seek advice for their own unique experiences.Above all, the Conference is a social occasion - a place for thoughtful people from across the world to come together, share perspectives and ideas, and forge lasting connections with others.

Programme

Day 1 Friday Afternoon - Emotional Education, Self-Knowledge, Sociability

Day 2 Saturday Morning - Relationships: Choosing Partners, Relationship Skills, Emotional Maturity

Day 2 Saturday Afternoon - Work, Confidence, Failure

Day 3 Sunday Morning - Culture, Calm, Meaning, Happiness

The City

“New York City is the place where people come to invent, reinvent, or find the room they need to be who they wish to be.” - Siri Hustvedt.

Following Conferences in Lisbon, San Francisco, Zurich and Los Angeles, The School of Life is coming to New York. The city has long been a place of pilgrimage for those seeking to find themselves. For centuries, people have come to the city hoping to discover a different way of life - to meet new people, find new opportunities, and make themselves anew. Built into the marrow of the streets and skyscrapers is a belief in the virtue of reinvention and the possibility of self-actualisation.

Our Conference will be hosted in the heart of the city on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan on the edge of Central Park. It is housed in The New York Academy of Medicine, a beautiful, eclectic-style building built in the 1920s to inspire and facilitate the thinking of some of the country’s greatest minds. The Academy is spacious and airy, offering spectacular views of the park and skyline beyond, and contains the world-famous Rare Book Room, which features a collection of classic texts dating back to the 15th century.

Please download the conference brochure for more information

Please note that the Conference will be taught in English, and the Programme will be the same as previous events.

The Conference Dinner

Our conference dinner is an exclusive opportunity for delegates to continue the conversation begun during the day’s programme over a private dinner. The dinner will be held on Saturday evening at the Fig & Olive, a luxurious restaurant on East 52nd street serving authentic Mediterranean cuisine. The ticket price includes a three course meal as well as drinks. Limited places are now on sale for existing ticket holders or for those purchasing their tickets through our website.

Refund Policy - Attendees can receive refunds up to 30 days before the event start date.

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