The School of Life Conference 

Join us in Lisbon for three life-changing days exploring the most important ideas from The School of Life Curriculum, led by our founder Alain de Botton. 

Friday 20th - Sunday 22nd October 2017

Lisbon, Portugal | £999 | $1,299

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The School of Life Conference is a three-day event which covers the most important ideas we teach and aims to transform lives. It is designed to equip participants with a toolkit of Emotional Skills that will revolutionise your relationships, working lives and your sense of possibility and well-being.

The conference will take place in Lisbon’s historic Belém district in the south west of the city, at The Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown. Situated on the northern banks of the River Tagus, it looks out across the former harbour where, in the 15th century, merchant ships first set sail across the Atlantic to initiate the Age of Discovery. Today, this beautiful location stands to serve as the site of a new project of exploration: one of psychological and emotional inquiry into our inner and external selves.

Over the course of three busy days you will have the chance to meet and socialise with a likeminded community of peers. It is a chance to learn from others, to share experiences and to form lasting bonds with other participants in an atmosphere of exploration, intelligence and candour. The event is interactive, at points very entertaining and eye-opening throughout.

'We will return to the world ready to take on its myriad of challenges with new insight and energy. 

Attendance at the conference is one of the greatest luxuries we could ever give our deep minds and our future selves.'  

Alain de Botton

The School of Life Conference - Educational Programme:

Day One - Friday 20 October

Emotional Education, Self-Knowledge, Sociability  

12.30 Doors Open

13.30 Introduction, The Problems of Our Minds, Solutions to Self-Knowledge

15.30 Break 

16.00 Sociability

18.00 Close

Day Two - Saturday 21 October

Morning: Relationships - Choosing Partners, Relationship Skills, Emotional Maturity

9.00  Doors open

9.30  Relationships - Part I

11.15  Break

11.30 Relationships - Part II

13.00  Lunch

Afternoon: Work, Potential, Confidence, Failure 

14.00  Potential & Confidence

15.45  Break

16.15  Work & Failure 

18.00  Close 

Day Three - Sunday 22 October

Culture, Calm, Meaning & Happiness 

9.00  Doors open

9.30  Calm & Culture

11.00  Break

11.30 Meaning & Happiness

13.00  Close 

Ticket Information

Standard ticket price includes:

  • One ticket* to the three-day event led by Alain de Botton
  • A TSOL gift bag and products
  • Morning & afternoon refreshments throughout the event  

*Seating choice on a first come first served basis. 


Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown
Av. Brasília
1400-038 Lisboa


The event will be led by writer and philosopher – Chairman and Founder of The School of Life – Alain de Botton, and supported by founding members of The School of Life's Faculty.

More about Alain de Botton.

'I came away from the conference feeling incredibly grateful to everyone (speakers and attendees) for their insight, honesty and vulnerability. It was so comforting to discover that we are all a little bit insecure and just want to feel that we belong.'

Participant, London Conference Preview 

'I felt transformed on Monday morning and want to continue to live a more emotionally intelligent life [...] I really enjoyed all the content [and] the break outs provided an important ability to share common and personal experiences and really make you think how to apply the content to your own life.'

Participant, London Conference Preview