Alain de Botton (photo. Hilary Walker)

The School of Life, founded in London by philosopher Alain de Botton, will launch a nine-week Spring Term in Perth on Sunday 14 September, with tickets to go on sale on Friday 1 August.

The School of Life Perth pop-up will be located in the Perth Cultural Centre at 224 William Street, Northbridge and will offer a curated program of after-work classes and weekend workshops facilitated by philosophers, writers and artists from London, Melbourne and Perth.

Alain de Botton says, “At The School of Life we believe that knowing how to live is something that can be learned. We offer a radical new approach to learning by connecting the great ideas of culture to an individual’s everyday concerns, like love and money,”

“I am thrilled that Perth will be the second city in Australia to open a School through a pop-up term for it has always struck me as a city full of open-minded, interested people.”

The School of Life opened in London in 2008 and, since that time, over 70,000 people have taken part in its programs, and its innovative approach to lifelong learning is now globally renowned.  Its unique blend of culture and emotional intelligence is packaged into practical books and classes such as How to Find a Job You Love, How to Have Better Conversations and How to Worry Less About Money.

Kaj Lofgren, Director of The School of Life Australia, says Perth was the obvious choice as the second Australian pop-up, after the permanent Melbourne space was launched in March 2014.

“Perth is one of the most isolated cities in the world but it is full of creative talent and a thirst for culture.”

The School of Life Melbourne began with a pop-up in early 2013 before Alain de Botton officially opened the first permanent international branch outside of London in March 2014.

Tickets for The School of Life’s pop-up Spring Term in Perth will be released first to newsletter subscribers.

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