Ongoing Courses

All Winter 2020/21 courses will be held online. Please read the course descriptions below and follow the links to register.

The School’s courses assist students in realizing their full potential and are open to anyone curious about self-discovery, increased mindfulness, greater awareness and insight into their true nature.

The courses are arranged in four levels, starting with Philosophy Works, followed by Foundation Courses, Continuing Philosophy and Advanced Courses.

Ongoing Courses

All Winter 2020/21 courses will be held online. Please check the location in the description and register below.

The School’s courses assist students in realizing their full potential and are open to anyone curious about self-discovery, increased mindfulness, greater awareness and insight into their true nature.

The program is arranged in four levels, starting with Philosophy Works, followed by Foundation Courses, Continuing Philosophy and Advanced Courses.

Note: For the Summer term starting June 22, 2020, the fee for Philosophy Works – Introductory course – is waived as a gift to the community.

Foundation Courses

Foundation Courses

Practical Philosophy continues after the Introductory Course with classes that advance and guide students to open their awareness more fully and connect more deeply within themselves. Each of the Foundation Courses covers a single theme that builds on the material introduced in Philosophy Works.

Philosophy Works: Introductory Course

New students start here. Our 10-week introductory course offers time-tested principles that lead to freedom and sustainable happiness. Gain tools for living life more consciously, and fully develop the power of attention to realize your potential.

Several day-time options available. Click to learn more and register.

Philosophy Works 2: Happiness

There is an ancient saying: May all be happy, may all be without disease, may all have well-being and none be in misery of any sort. Like the verse, this course encourages people to find the happiness that exists inside themselves, dissolves conflict and creates harmony and health. The aim of philosophy is happiness.

Online classes meet on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Click for timings and registration. Fee $90

Philosophy Works 3: Love

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, Philosophy 3 aims to help students dissolve feelings of separation and become more aware of the pure love that lives inside us all.

Online classes meet on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. Click for timings and registration. Fee $90

Philosophy Works 4: Presence of Mind

Mind and its proper use. The subtle realm of mind. Three components of reason. Man’s essential nature and the one he acquires. Working with attention and love. What Am I?

Monday, Sep 14 to Saturday, Nov 21, 2020. Fee $90. Each Mon 7pm to 8:30pm. Each Sat 10am to 11:30am

Philosophy Works 5: Freedom

What is true freedom? How may we find freedom in the play that is life? The introduction of meditation. Meditation and true freedom. The extent to which our lives are free or determined. The importance of resolution in accessing freedom. The importance of connecting to stillness during the day.

Monday, Sep 14 to Saturday, Nov 21, 2020. Fee $90. Each Mon 7pm to 8:30pm. Each Sat 10am to 11:30am

Philosophy 6: The Way of Action

This course centers on actions and how they regulate our lives. Good, bad and indifferent action are examined as well as what it means to work with full attention.

Monday, Sep 14 to Saturday, Nov 21, 2020. Fee $90. Each Mon 7pm to 8:30pm. Each Sat 10am to 11:30am

Philosophy and Presence of Mind - Hudson Valley (E. Miller)

Philosophy and Presence of Mind Mind and its proper use. The subtle realm of mind. Three components of reason. Man’s essential nature and the one he acquires. Working with attention and love. What Am I?

Tuesday, Sep 15 to Tuesday, Nov 17, 2020. Fee $90. Each Tue 7pm to 8:30pm.

Philosophy and Presence of Mind - Hudson Valley (M. Bosworth)

Philosophy and Presence of Mind Mind and its proper use. The subtle realm of mind. Three components of reason. Man’s essential nature and the one he acquires. Working with attention and love. What Am I?

Saturday, Sep 19 to Saturday, Nov 21, 2020. Fee $90. Each Sat 10am to 11:30am.

Continuing Courses

Continuing Courses

Following the first five terms and the introduction to meditation, the School’s philosophy curriculum expands. Emphasis is placed on a variety of areas including the refinement of meditation. Students have the opportunity to meet one on one with another student who is well practiced in meditation to discuss questions or difficulties that the practice brings to light. The opportunity to work with and for others under guidance is also made available.

Philosophy I-2

Wednesday, Sep 16 to Saturday, Nov 21, 2020. Each Wed 7pm to 9:30pm. Each Sat 10am to 11:30am

Philosophy I-4

The I Level sequence of courses ends with The Way of the Householder. The fundamental question examined is How are the Practicalities of Life Met While Remaining True to Philosophic Principles? Topics include: Conservation of Energy, Meditation, Peace of Mind and Criticism, The Merging of the Three Ways, and Decision Moving Forward.

Wednesday, Sep 16 to Wednesday, Nov 18, 2020. Each Wed 7pm to 8:30pm

I-7 - Hudson Valley

Tuesday, Sep 15 to Tuesday, Nov 17, 2020. Each Tue 7pm to 9:30pm

I-10 Hudson Valley

Tuesday, Sep 15 to Tuesday, Nov 17, 2020. Each Tue 7pm to 9:30pm

N-SF

Thursday, Sep 17 to Thursday, Nov 19, 2020. Each Thu 7pm to 9:30pm

N-CN

Thursday, Sep 17 to Thursday, Nov 19, 2020. Each Thu 7pm to 9:30pm

Advanced Courses

Advanced Courses

The School’s Advanced Courses comprise a series of subjects that delve deeply into timeless teachings about the Self, natural law, creation, truth, and knowledge. Advanced Courses are enhanced by a commitment to meditation, and to service, which brings the principles presented in the classroom to life in ways both practical and profound.

M-2

Classes begin Wednesday, September 16, 2020

M-ES

Classes begin Wednesday, September 16, 2020

M-MS

Classes begin Thursday, September 17, 2020

M-RT

Classes begin Monday, September 14, 2020

M-HS

Classes begin Monday, September 14, 2020

M-RC

Classes begin Thursday, September 17, 2020

M-DC

Classes begin Monday, September 14, 2020

M-EC

Classes begin Monday, September 14, 2020

S-HSG

Classes begin Tuesday, September 15, 2020

S-RSGL

Classes begin Tuesday, September 15, 2020

S-RBGL

Classes begin Monday, September 14, 2020

S-KKGL

Classes begin Wednesday, September 16, 2020

S-AMGL

Classes begin Wednesday, September 16, 2020

S-HVSGL

Classes begin Thursday, September 17, 2020

S-DBGL

Classes begin Tuesday, September 15, 2020

S-BSGL

Classes begin Sunday, September 13, 2020

Supplemental Courses

Supplemental Courses

The School occasionally offers recurring events and special courses that can supplement students’ studies. Please note that some course prerequisites may be necessary to enroll.

Emerson Study Group

The teaching of Ralph Waldo Emerson is an expression of the highest spiritual knowledge--the philosophy of Unity. Drawing on the wisdom from Plato and the East, Emerson knew from direct experience and observation that Unity is the true reality. He spoke of "one mind common to all" and of "one soul which animates all things." His writings are both revolutionary and reflective and can help inspire our work toward self-realization.

Every other Saturday from Sep 26 - Nov 21, 2020 from 10am - 11:30am. Fee: $75 - $150. Online

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