Summer Musings
Join us this summer for our outdoor classes starting July 20th - August 18th.
September Classes
This fall our classes will continue to use the ZOOM platform. Classes start the week of September 14, 2020. The schedule will be released soon!

Welcome to the School of Practical Philosophy

Summer Musings Backyard Program 2020

The action continues for five weeks during the summer.  In the cool of the evening, on Mondays and Tuesdays, at 7 pm curious groups gather to discuss unique and interesting topics.  The back yard at 29 Madison is shaded and breezy, and the conversation is lively and reflective.  Check out the garden at 29 Madison Avenue.  Good company and good vibes.

Summer Courses (July 20 – Aug 17th)

Letters of Marsilio Ficino
Mondays with Bruce Barber

Just as today, during the Italian Renaissance people were conversing about political and social forces that were disrupting “normal” daily life.  Just as today, the threat of chaos was in the air, and deep-thinking men of that time sought the advice of Marsilio Ficino.  They communicated through letters. This Summer Musing will look at some of these communiqués which are filled with guidance on love, friendship, and how to live a justly and happily.  We will begin with the historical context in which Ficino lived, and a brief overview of the people who reached out to him.  Then we will get into the letters, many of which provide guidance that is relevant to life in Toronto in 2020!  Participants will be able to test the validity of the advice and guidance given by Ficino.

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How Hamlet Became Hamlet
Tuesdays with Harvey Levkoe

In all of literature, there has never been a character whose consciousness is as abundant, expansive, and plentiful as Hamlet.  He is a character who seems to be aware of everything.  His range of interests is exceptional, and the quality of his intelligence is piercing.  This Summer Musing will focus on making Hamlet accessible as we uncover and learn about the meaning of many of his famous soliloquies.  Many apparat o have been deeply influenced by Plato.  We will begin with an overview of the Play, Hamlet, and its context and continue on to explore relevant passages that will be discussed in the original as well as modern text.  Participants will have the opportunity to deliver dramatic readings.

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Refine your thinking, open your mind 

Practical Philosophy

Practical Philosophy is the use of philosophy and philosophical techniques in everyday life.  By putting Eastern and Western philosophical principles into practice, students experience the value of self-knowledge and the true nature of happiness.

"The main reason I joined the course was to see if I could learn to relax, as there was always some part of me that was tense and ready for action, whether I was reading a book, writing a letter, talking to a friend or just sitting in a room. I am now learning to dispel the stress and am learning to relax my mind and body, instead of living the flight or fight phase that I have lived with all my life."

Practical Philosophy is for those who want to:

Broaden  their perspective to experience life more deeply;

Expand the meaning and understanding of their own life;

Explore Eastern and Western Philosophies;

Discover wisdom and freedom in the present moment;

Connect with a spiritual community of like-minded individuals.


Bloggers’ corner 

Ancient Wisdom in a Twitter World    

Whenever someone talks about something that they really love, that person often expresses their ideas with raw passion. The listener sees the brightness of the Self shining through the presenter’s eyes, hears the warmth of the Self in every word said, and feels the unity of the Self in that moment. Read more


”Oh lovers, where are you going? Who are you looking for? Your beloved is right here”Rumi