Thu 12th December at 7pm
Discover Classical Music
- Sabine Leitner
This short course is aimed at people who would like to expand their understanding and appreciation of classical music and discover more of the beauty that has enchanted generations of listeners. We will listen to selected pieces (on CD) and each evening will be dedicated to a particular epoch, starting with Baroque, followed by Classical and finally Romantic music. The evenings will also give an overview of the historical times and the ideas that inspired each of these movements, as well as some information on the composers. By the end of this short course, you will hopefully feel that you have gained in general knowledge and developed your inner senses to connect with music in a deeper way.The presenter, Sabine Leitner, studied music at the universities of Graz and Vienna and ran her own music school in Vienna for several years. She has lived in London since 1996, where she is Chair of the New Acropolis School of Philosophy, and Director of the International Tristan Institute for Music and Art Education.
Mon 20th and Mon 27th January at 7pm
Short course: Explore the Mysteries of Ancient Egypt
The civilisation of ancient Egypt is a continuing enigma – from its hieroglyphs to its gigantic pyramids and temples. What was the mentality behind it, how were the pyramids built and what knowledge did the ancient Egyptians have of the laws of life in this world and the next? This short course, covering four topics over two evenings, will attempt to suggest some answers.First evening, Mon, 20th Jan
Gods of Egypt
The first part of this seminar will give a general introduction to the religion of ancient Egypt and explore the symbolic meanings of some of its gods and goddesses, including Isis, Osiris and the Sun God Ra.The Book of the Dead
In the second part, we will look at the rich symbolism of the Book of Emerging Forth into the Light, more commonly known as the Egyptian Book of the Dead. Can it give us some guidance on the art of living, as well as some clues about the nature of the afterlife?Second evening, Mon, 27th Jan
The pyramids in general and the Great Pyramid in particular have been a source of continuing fascination to scholars, archaeologists and scientists. The first part of this evening will examine and try to understand these great wonders of antiquity and how they were built.Symbolism of Temples
In the second part of this seminar, we will look at the typical elements that constitute an Egyptian temple complex, which had a defined symbolism and certain specific functions. One of the main objectives of the awe-inspiring temple architecture of ancient Egypt was to create a bridge between human beings and Gods.
Thu 6th, Thu 13th and Thu 20th February at 7pm
Short course: An Introduction to Astrology and its Practice
This 3-week beginners course will introduce you to the basic language and building blocks of astrology. We will try to answer questions such as: what is astrology for? and what is a birth chart? We will look at various approaches to birth chart interpretation and try to unlock the spiritual and transformative potential found in astrological symbolism.Course outline
First evening: Thurs, 6th Feb : What is astrology for? Erecting a birth chart. The main elements of the astrological language.
Second evening: Thurs, 13th Feb : The use and application of astrological data. The various methods of astrological interpretation.
Third evening: Thurs, 20th Feb : How do we go about interpreting a birth chart? The astrology of transformation: a spiritual approach to chart interpretation.
Thu 27th February and Mon 9th March at 7pm
Discover PhilosophyPhilosophies of East and West
Philosophy means love of wisdom (philo-sophia) and is an active attitude of awareness towards life. In this sense, we are all born philosophers, with an innate need to ask questions and with the intuition that there are answers to be found. Every civilization has passed on to us its experience and understanding of life.However, most of us have had little opportunity to learn about the vast heritage of ideas that have inspired and guided humanity throughout history.
This 16-week course will introduce you to the major concepts of Eastern and Western Philosophy and explore their relevance and practical application for our lives.
Ethics: Understanding yourself
Ethics enquires about moral principles and the impact of individuals on their environment. But it is also related to happiness, as it helps us to find the right 'inner attitude' to deal with different life situations in ways that are beneficial to ourselves and to others.
Sociopolitics: Living together in harmony with others
Sociopolitics looks at relationships in society, both between individuals and between the individual and the group. It is concerned with finding principles by which we can create harmonious communities where everyone can flourish.
Philosophy of History: Being part of something greater
We are all products of history and at the same time we all contribute to making history. Philosophy of History seeks wisdom in the study of the past and how to apply the lessons of history to the present.
Philosophy for Living: Practical Application
What is the value of thinking without action? Action is the real measure of what we are, theory and practice inform each other. Each course evening will explore the practical relevance of philosophy and its potential to transform ourselves and society.
Fees for the course are £190 (£130 concessions) inclusive of all hand-outs and printed material.
The first evening can be attended separately for £10 which can then be redeemed against the full course fee if you enrol for the whole course.
Tue 24th March at 7pm
This talk will explore some of the remarkable monuments and artefacts around the world that indicate that civilization could be much older than we think.
We will look at a number of archaeological remains that have often been mistaken for more recent constructions, and consider how it is possible that, separated by so many thousands of miles, ancient civilizations could have used the same techniques and skills and also shared very similar traditions and myths.
Sat 18th April from 10am to 5pm
1- day workshop: Develop your Inner Philosopher
According to the teachings of classical philosophy, we all possess a ‘Philosopher within’ - a part of us that asks questions and searches for the meaning in our lives and the world around us. This deep but often quiet voice within can be cultivated and brought more readily into our daily lives through simple principles and practical techniques. A stronger connection to your ‘Inner Philosopher’ will help you to practise the art of living well and become more conscious of your relationships and roles within society as a whole.
Based on the classical philosophical traditions of East and West, this workshop will aim to draw out and develop your ‘inner philosopher’. We will look at methods for developing clear thinking both about ourselves and the world around us. We will learn useful techniques to improve our concentration as well as understanding of the principles of inner serenity that can help us deal more effectively with life’s challenges.
The workshop will consist of the following seven sessions:
•Introduction:Principles of philosophy in the classical tradition.
•Self-Reflection: Tools for learning from every day (practical exercise).
•Stoic Philosophy:Teachings of the Stoic philosophers on the art of living well.
Lunch break (home cooked healthy food provided)
•Philosophical Perspectives:Reflecting on the world around us - develop the skills to analyse events in a philosophical way.
•Tibetan Wisdom: The art and science of concentration, based on Tibetan traditions.
•Man, Know Thyself: Self-discovery exercise; Guided imagination exercise.
•Conclusion: Refreshments and recap of the day - consolidation of experiences and techniques.