Foundation Courses


Practical Philosophy continues after the Introductory Course (The Wisdom Within) with classes that advance and guide students to open their awareness more fully and connect more deeply within themselves. Each Foundation Course covers a single theme that builds on the material introduced in The Wisdom Within. Foundation courses are offered in no particular order, at different times of the year.

Below is a selection of courses on offer. The next foundation courses to be offered are Happiness and Freedom, commencing from late January 2023 (term one).


Love unites and makes whole. But in a world where divisions of all kinds prevail, including those within ourselves, a conscious consideration of love is necessary. Through systematic inquiry and a set of practical exercises, the Love course aims to help students dissolve feelings of separation and become more aware of the pure love that lives inside us all.

Inner Peace

Our natural desire is to find peace, especially inwardly.  The course looks at how can we cultivate stillness of mind and heart and find peace even in the most trying of circumstances. It looks at the way peace can be discovered not just in retiring from the world but also in the midst of the busyness of everyday life.


The desire for happiness is hard-wired into human nature because happiness is part of our nature. But something’s blocking the flow.

The Happiness course opens the gate and sets you on your way. It builds on everything that The Wisdom Within introduces and focuses on meeting the perennial need for everyone to find the well-spring of happiness through all of life’s changing circumstances.

Presence of Mind

This course involves a consideration of what it really means to be present and how to strengthen that capacity. Explore the meaning and value of wakefulness, and gain insight on how to live in the moment and make the most of life.


This course explores the nature of freedom and our preconceived ideas which may limit our sense of freedom. The desire for freedom is common, however without awareness of the present moment, it’s impossible to see the way forward. We cannot act freely, so we react with knowledge from the past or desire for the future. The thing is to be, here and now, instead of constantly becoming something other than what we are.

School of Practical Philosophy Courses

Mon 30 January, 7-9.30pm

Wed 8 February 7 – 9.30pm
Sat 11 February, 10am – 12.30pm

10 weeks

Freedom – Full $220, Concession $160
Happiness – $160

The concession rate is available to those with a full-time student, pensioner concession or unemployment card.

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