Who We Are
We are the Kingston Branch of the School of Economic Science, a registered charity based in Central London and with branches throughout the UK. The School was founded in London in 1937 and the Kingston Branch in 1994.
We currently offer our ten-week "Practical Philosophy" course for just £30 to encourage newcomers who are warmly welcomed. Each term we usually have a new group of 10 - 20 people from all walks of life. From January 2019 the maximum group size will be 14-15 so we would encourage people to book early to avoid disapointment. Our Courses are run in central Kingston and occasionally central Richmond locations. No prior knowledge is required for the introductory course. They start three times a year usually in January, April/May and September/ October.
Over 1500 people have attended our course since we first opened our doors in Kingston in 1994. The vast majority have found it to be of real practical benefit in their lives as well as being illuminating and enjoyable. Some stay with us for only a few terms and others continue studying with us for many years. We also run weekend and week-long residentials and offer mantra-based meditation to our students in their fifth term. You can see video clips from students on this site.
Students who have completed the Introductory Course are invited to join our Foundation Group to study Parts 2 - 5 of the continuing course. Mantra-based meditation is offered in Part 5 of the course and from Part 6 onwards meditation is an integral part of the course. Those who choose to take it up move into the New Meditators Group to study Parts 6 - 12 of the course. Not everyone wants to meditate and those who dont wish to take it up are welcome to continue their studies in the Foundation Group for as long as they wish.
People of all ages and backgrounds come to our classes, from teenagers to senior citizens. An open mind is useful and also a willingness to consider the views of others. Further details of the course are available in the ‘About the course’ section of this website.
All are welcome.
We hope to see you.
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