Given that we spend so much of our lives at work, we are often exhausted and out of ideas when it comes to our free time. At the School of Life, we believe everyone could do with a little instruction into how to make the best possible use of the time we have to ourselves – and offer a range of products and services to ensure that we get the most out of our leisure pursuits like travel, reading, culture and nature.

Tools for Life-Affirming Leisure

From introductions to history’s greatest thinkers and ideas, to suggestions for what to do on our days off, we offer a range of tools for making the most of our downtime.



A History of Ideas

A collection of humanity’s most effective ideas drawn from across history.  This is an unusual sort of history book: a history of ideas – and not just any…
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Big Ideas for Curious Minds

An Introduction to Philosophy for Curious Young Minds Children are, in many ways, born philosophers. Without prompting, they ask some of the largest questions: about time, mortality, happiness…
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Travel Therapy Cards

52 cards to deepen and transform the experience of travel. Going travelling can be one of life’s greatest activities – but often, we fail to deepen the experience…
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How to Travel

30 Essays with Room for Notes and Observations Going travelling is one of the few things we undertake in a direct attempt to make ourselves happy – and…
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Introducing the new The School of Life App

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Therapeutic Services


The School of Life is holding a series of 4-day Retreats designed to help you heal from emotional challenges in an atmosphere of friendship, learning and discovery. Our Retreats are designed to offer participants a holistic approach to healing emotional pain through a mixture of ideas and therapeutic interventions in an atmosphere that is warm, creative and focused on change.

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