09. October 2020 - 14:00
IMO Instituto de Microcirugía OcularJosep María Lladó, Barcelona, NY, 08035, Barcelona
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The School of Life Conference - Barcelona (USD) | Friday, 09. October 2020

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.

Ten years ago, The School of Life was set up to help people to answer some of the larger questions of their lives - questions about their relationships, their careers, their purpose, their state of mind, and, most importantly, who they are as people. In 2017, we gathered together all that we had learned to create our first ever Conference - a condensation of the best of our wisdom and teaching into a highly exclusive, uniquely transformative three day experience. Hosted twice a year in different cities across the globe, The School of Life Conference offers delegates a chance to discover a new city, meet like-minded strangers, and embark on a journey of genuine self-discovery and self-transformation.

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. Specially designed conversational prompts, as well as morning and evening social activities, are used to encourage delegates to meet and relate. Many come away having made lifelong friendships - and sometimes even more.


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

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


Refund Policy - Attendees can receive refunds up to 60 days before the event start date, by application to email only.