On the week-end I spent an enjoyable and stimulating Saturday morning attending a Creativity workshop run by The School of Life. There isn’t a Sydney branch yet, but the Melbourne branch organised a week of classes and workshops up here. Based on the enthusiastic response to the workshop on Saturday I’m sure they would be able to support a Sydney branch.
The School of Life was founded in London in 2008 and is now open in Paris, Amsterdam, London, Melbourne, Antwerp, Belgrade, and Istanbul and offers classes, workshops, retreats, intensives, secular sermons, and therapies in person.
The Melbourne branch opened in March 2014, and like the other campuses it is devoted to developing emotional intelligence through the help of culture. It offers a place to consider a variety of ideas from the humanities to exercise, stimulate and expand it mind. It promises that you will meet other curious, sociable and open-minded people in an atmosphere of exploration and enjoyment. I certainly found that to be the case and the room was a hub of voices, energy and warmth on a cold Sydney Saturday morning.
One thing struck me was how few men attended. In my session there were about 40 people and, I think, only two men. I often find this to be the case when I attend similar events – is it because men think they know it all and therefore don’t go to such things or do they just lack the curiosity and motivation?
After a thought provoking morning which yet again made me question current education policies in this country, I decided to walk over to the New South Wales Art gallery for a late lunch and a hit of some art as there was a small exhibition of Matisse and the Moderns which I particularly wanted to see. More on that later in the week.