Upcoming Events

The School of Philosophy organises various events and courses for the enjoyment of students and visitors. This page lists upcoming offerings that complement the School’s Philosophy courses and bring practical philosophy to everyday living.

You can also read more about featured events in the Features section of this site.

On the Calendar

  • Peace Concert - Friday 20th July, 2018 (details below)
  • Practical Wisdom Workshop: Plato - The Art of Excellence - Saturday 21st July, 2018 (details below)
  • Practical Philosophy for Everyday Life - Saturday 28th July, 2018 (details below)
  • Practical Wisdom Workshop: Why We Eat What We Do - Saturday 4th August, 2018 (details below)
  • An Afternoon with Plato - Saturday 4th August, 2018 (details below)
  • Practical Wisdom Workshop: Resilience - Discovering your Inner Strength - Saturday 11th August, 2018 (details below)
  • Start of next term - Monday 10th September, 2018

Peace Concert

A piano recital by Matthew and Gary Grohmann, featuring tracks from their new CD entitled "Peace" as well as classical Mozart compositions.  Funds raised will support St James School for Girls and Boys in Durban, South Africa.

When:        Friday 20th July, 2018 at 6.30pm
Where:       Erasmus Primary School Hall
                   40 Lisson Grove
Cost:          Adults - $15; Family - $40
Bookings:  Click here to book online
                    or contact Donna Wynnemer on 0409 988 851 and pay by credit card.

The Peace CD will be available for sale at $15.

A light supper will be provided at the interval.
Homemade soup will be available from 6pm to 6.30pm for $5.

Practical Wisdom Workshops

Practical Wisdom Workshops are offered in the belief that the timeless wisdom traditions still have relevance in today’s world and when applied produce unique initiatives. We have lined up 3 passionate presenters who have all found inspiration and conviction from studying and practicing the tenets of wisdom texts over many years. They here offer the fruits of their study which has been as much practical application as intellectual study.

The PWW format offers a forum for the participant to join in and question if required or share their experiences if desired or just to soak up the information and quietly reflect how it might apply in their lives.

The philosophies that have stood the test of time were ground breaking in their day. Come and be a part of something old yet new, individual yet universal - Be a part of the heard - not the HERD!

Current workshops are:

  • Saturday, 21 July - Plato - The Art of Excellence, presented by Mrs Marita Brewster.
  • Saturday, 4 August - Why We Eat What We Do, presented by Mrs Catherine Irvine.
  • Saturday, 11 August - Resilience - Discovering your Inner Strength, presented by Mr Michael Luscombe.

More discourse than lecture, these presentations offer you the opportunity to engage with the subject matter, question & discuss with like minded people. Join the discovery of practical wisdom and how it could be applied in daily life. 

Location:  All workshops will be held at the School of Philosophy. 1 Through Street, Hawthorn. (Enter through Erasmus Primary School carpark off Through Street).

Cost:         All workshops $35 each 

Each workshop is limited to 20 attendees.

For more information and to book, go to https://www.practicalwisdomworkshops.org/

Practical Philosophy for Everyday Life

Saturday 28 July 2018 from 9:00am to 1.30pm
at Earth Ed, Olympic Avenue, Mount Clear (opposite Mount Clear College)

Ever wondered:
- Is there a better way?
- Why am I here?
- How stillness or mindfulness may help?

Join the Ballarat School of Philosophy to explore some practical, everyday tools to increase happiness and contentment in your life.

A series of sessions and workshops that showcase some of these practical ways of making sense of life.

Keynote Speaker - Meditation and Medicine - (9:30 to 10:30 am)
Although it would not have surprised those from ancient wisdom traditions, modern science has revealed how deep the mind-body relationship goes, in fact, it goes all the way to the DNA of our cells. This interactive presentation will explore the science and philosophy of mind-body medicine with a particular emphasis on the health-giving properties of meditation. Subjects explored will include mental health, immunity, chronic pain, addiction, neuroplasticity and epigenetics.

Session 2 - Choice of one of three workshops (11am to 12noon)
Workshop 1 - Stillness and conserving your energy - How can we use the energy we have better, and feel more energy throughout the day?

Workshop 2 - Stillness and excellence - Plato tells us that true knowledge and happiness are available to us all. In this session we will examine some of the wisdom of Socrates and Plato and discover what it might take for us to be wise, contented and happy. 

Workshop 3 - Stillness through Drawing - Explore avenues of drawing with inspiration coming from what we see, feel and imagine. All material requirements will be supplied. No experience necessary.

Session 3 - What Now? (12:45 to 1:30pm)
After a day of looking at stillness and attention, how can we incorporate these more into our everyday lives? An interactive session that encourages participants to ask questions about the day and investigate how we can incorporate it into their lives.


$60pp, includes morning tea and a hot lunch


Tickets are limited and bookings are essential.  Book at www.trybooking.com/374212

An Afternoon with Plato

Living the Good Life

"When harmony is destroyed in living things, their natural state dissolves and pain arises". Philebus 31D

The natural state of man is happiness and bliss.  And yet when we look around we see much in the world that falls short of this ideal.  Are there some fundamental factors that are contributing to this less than ideal state, both globally and at an individual level?  Are there obvious traps that we can easily fall into?  Are there steps we can take to avoid those traps?  We will look to Plato, who lived 2,500 years ago, to discover what he had to say about what it might take to 'live the good life' here and now. 

Open to all.

When:    Saturday 4th August, 2018, 1pm to 5pm
Where:   School of Philosophy
               MacLaren Hall
               1 Through Street
Cost:      $25 entry fee

Refreshments provided.

Register now at: trybooking.com/392934

For more information contact Marita Brewster at plato@schoolofphilosophy.org.au or on 0411 148 291

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