Ongoing Courses

All Fall 2020 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 Spring 2020 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.

Monday, June 22 to Saturday, August 29, 2020. Fee $90. Classes are online. Click for timings and registration.

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.

Wednesday, June 24 to Saturday, August 29, 2020. Fee $90. Each Wed morning 9:30am to 11am, Wed evening 7pm to 8:30pm. Each Sat 10am to 11:30am

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, June 22 to Saturday, August 29, 2020. Fee $90. Each Mon 7pm to 8:30pm. 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.

Classes will resume in Fall

Philosophy I-1

Presents The Way of Devotion as a practical means for discovery of one’s Self. Topics include Devotion and its Relationship to Action, Dedicating and Surrendering Activity, Artistic Action. The importance of service as love in action is also introduced.

Apr 8, 2020 to Jun 13, 2020. Each Wed 7pm to 9:30pm. Each Sat 10am to 12:30pm. Except: Sat, May 23, 2020

Philosophy I-3

The Way of Knowledge is explored in this course. Topics include Living Truly and Happily, The Use of Reason, Plato and Reality, Higher and Lower Knowledge and Essential and Artificial Nature.

Apr 8, 2020 to Jun 10, 2020 Each Wed 7pm to 9:30pm.

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.

Apr 8, 2020 to Jun 10, 2020 Each Wed 9:30am to Noon.

Philosophy I-6 Hudson Valley

Apr 7, 2020 to Jun 9, 2020 Each Tue 7pm to 9:15pm.

Philosophy I-9 Hudson Valley

Apr 7, 2020 to Jun 9, 2020 Each Tue 7pm to 9:15pm

N-1

Apr 9, 2020 to Jun 11, 2020. Each Thu 7pm to 9:30pm

N-CN

Apr 9, 2020 to Jun 11, 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-1

Apr 8 to Jun 10, 2020. Each Wed 7pm to 9:30pm

Location: 12 East 79th Street

M-ES

Apr 8, 2020 to Jun 10, 2020 Each Wed 7pm to 9:30pm

M-MS

Apr 9, 2020 to Jun 11, 2020 Each Thu 7pm to 9:30pm

M-RT

Location: Red Bank Charter School, 58 Oakland Street, Red Bank, NJ

Apr 6 to Jun 8, 2020 Each Mon 7pm to 9:30pm. Except: Mon, May 25, 2020

M-HS

Each Wednesday. Fee includes Fall 2019, Winter 2020, and Spring 2020

M-RC

Each Thursday. Fee includes Fall 2019, Winter 2020, and Spring 2020

M-DC

Sep 9, 2019 to Nov 11, 2019. Each Mon 7pm to 9:30pm

M-EC

Sep 9, 2019 to Nov 11, 2019. Each Mon 7pm to 9:30pm

M Level Winter Weekend

Friday January 31 8:00 pm Meeting - Sunday February 2 after lunch

S-BSGL

Each Tuesday. Fee includes Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020, and Summer 2020

S-HSG

Each Tuesday. includes Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020, and Summer 2020

S-RSGL

Each Tuesday. Fee includes Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020, and Summer 2020

S-RBGL

Each Monday. Fee includes Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020, and Summer 2020

S-KKGL

Each Wednesday. Fee includes Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020, and Summer 2020

S-AMGL

Each Wednesday. Fee includes Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020, and Summer 2020

S-Level Weekend Exercise

Friday January 24th Opening Meeting at 8:00pm thru Sunday after lunch January 26th

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

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.

Course fee: $75 - $150. Location: 12 East 79th Street

Scripture Study Group

Location: 12 East 79th Street

By invitation only. This is available to students in M-DC and M-EC or S Groups only.

Plato Study Group

Apr 6, 2020 to Jun 8, 2020 Each Mon 4:30pm to 6pm

Location: 145 East 74th Apt 4A NE Corner 74th Street and Lexington

Choir

Apr 10 to Jun 12, 2020. Each Fri 5:30pm to 7pm. Except: Fri, May 22, 2020

Participation in the Choir is by invitation only. If you are interested in joining the choir for the first time, please write to choir@philosophyworks.org with your contact information and an interview/audition will be considered. Current choir members may re-enroll.

Conversations (Wallkill Conversations Group) - Hudson Valley

Apr 8, 2020 to Jun 10, 2020 Each Wed 6:45pm to 9pm

Participation in the Conversations is by invitation only.

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