Cultural Day is a day full of inspiration, fellowship and calm for 1st, 2nd and 3rd year students their families, friends and past students.

First presented in 1997 it has become a Melbourne School of Philosophy institution due to its popularity and extensive breadth of offerings on all aspects of life and all areas of study. Offered twice per year Cultural Day is an opportunity to take part in three different workshops during a full day that follows an expo style format with a difference – all the presenters are fellow students of philosophy with a love of their subject.

The day is fully catered with refreshments served in the tea break and an exceptional vegetarian buffet lunch. Both the catering team and the service team are all members of the School giving their time to enable attendant students and guests the opportunity to enjoy 7 hours of food for body, mind and soul.

Each workshop runs for one and a half hours allowing plenty of time for lively discussion and the sharing of viewpoints as well as contemplative practices to bring a rest and peace to the day’s proceedings. Students choose the sessions they want to attend from an exhaustive list of offerings that might include great pillars of Philosophy like Plato and Patanjali or more modern practices like Mindfulness, Resilience and Leadership. For the classically minded Shakespeare, Calligraphy, Art or singing are examples of subjects students can choose from. Occasionally proceedings are brought to a close with a live concert or performance. New students to the school may be invited to offer a presentation at Cultural day and so continue the tradition for the next 23 years!

The variety was excellent and the presentations were delivered with so much interest and love…

It was lovely to spend time with like-minded people…


I felt very comfortable in a welcoming atmosphere. There is a lightness of spirit to the whole day!