The Melbourne School of Philosophy runs courses in Practical Philosophy at several locations around Victoria. Over the last 18 months we have continued to deliver all philosophy activities online.


This term our upcoming 10-week introductory course ‘The Wisdom Within’ was scheduled to run at venues in Hawthorn, Geelong, Ballarat and Castlemaine. However, due to the prevailing state of the pandemic and the large-scale disruption and uncertainty of the Omicron variant it has been decided that all School activities will necessarily remain online until further notice.

These introductory course offerings will proceed as scheduled and may revert to face to face classes when deemed safe to do so, but will begin the term as online classes.

Summer Term 2022 – Monday 31st January to Sunday 24th April
Winter Term 2022 – Monday 23rd May to Sunday 14th August
Spring Term 2022 – Monday 12th September to Sunday 4th December

Once enrolled, you join a group of diverse people from differing backgrounds and with (often) diverse points of view. A facilitator sits at the front of the group and presents the material, which is themed and progressive. The group discusses the concepts put forward in the spirit of mutual respect.

“It’s often a rare event to have a discussion with only one person speaking at any one time. People were respectful. They would wait for the other person and listen to what they had to say rather interjecting or imposing” Reg – Student.

The facilitator guides the discussion and encourages examples from everyday life to illuminate the concepts under discussion. There is no right answer. The nature of the discourse is dialectic and the object of the discussion is to listen without prejudice and be open to the views of others. The basic tenet of the course (and indeed the Melbourne School of Philosophy as a whole) is to ‘neither accept nor reject’ what is proposed, but to practice it in your daily life and observe what happens. You are then encouraged to bring back your observations from the week and share with the group.

Students who have completed ‘The Wisdom Within’ course are invited to continue their study with one of our continuation courses. All continuation courses are stand alone, non-sequential and can be studied in any order.

Meditation – as part of practical philosophy

Development of mental clarity and emotional well-being is an important part of Practical Philosophy. To help in this development, traditional mantra meditation is offered after several terms of study. The School has been teaching and supporting students in this form of meditation for over 50 years.

The School continues to make this meditation available, as a fundamental part of Practical Philosophy, for whoever is seeking fullness of life and a deeper understanding of themselves. It is natural, easily learnt and can be practised within the demands of daily living.