Willing To Be

How To Spend Time Alone ¶ June 5

Popular culture is confused about solitude. The image of ‘happiness’ conveyed by television and advertising, is of a merry group of friends, while being 'alone' and being 'lonely' are considered almost synonymous. But one in three of us now live alone, and that number is set to rise.

This evening, we'll be exploring what thinkers from Montaigne to Woolf have had to say about the distinction between solitude and loneliness. We’ll ask why being alone can sometimes feel so frightening, and what benefits there might be to overcoming our fears. We’ll consider what we can learn from the practices of hermitage and retreat from the world. And above all, we’ll ask if it’s really possible to be happy in partnerships, in friendships, at work and with family if we can’t also be happy on our own.

Thoreau said: "I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude. We are for the most part more lonely when we go abroad among men than when we stay in our chambers."

Come alone, or with a friend, to find out whether, and how, we can enjoy the unique comforts of solitude.


Our classes have been designed to give useful insights around the big themes in life. You’ll be challenged to think deeply about the issues that matter most, and provided with a space to share your thoughts, ideas and experiences with other curious, open-minded individuals.

These sessions are designed by experts and taught by members of our faculty. They include a mix of lecture and group activity and conversation.  Optional homework is provided for those interested in further study.


COURSE LEADER                  

Pierz Newton-John is a writer, web developer and former psychotherapist. His critically acclaimed short story collection Fault Lines, exploring themes of masculinity, alienation and relationship fracture in contemporary Australia, was published by Spineless Wonders in March 2012.  


18.00: Welcome 
18.30: Class commences
19.45: Break (times vary)
21.15: Class finishes

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You'll remember that time that you were happy watching it, and the familiarity will
feel comforting. ... This includes school life, grades, friends, family, etc. .... You
might just want people to leave you alone, but don't make yourself be with no one


Full price: $70.00 inc gst + BF
Concession: $60.00 inc gst + BF

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B-Boy Stats - How much do B-Boys usually practice? ¶ April 27

B-Boy Stats – How much do B-Boys usually practice? studying b-boy puzzles When I first started dancing (b-boying, to be specific) I just wanted to practice all the time .