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Philosophy Summer School – Stoicism and Mindfulness: Living in Wisdom and Serenity – GI 23 215 (Face to Face)

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2 August 2024 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm BST

Tutor: Darren Harper BA (Hons), PGCE, DipBSoM

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Date: 2 August 2024
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Length of Course:
2 Days
Reference Code:
GI 23 215
Ward Street
Guildford, Surrey GU1 4LH


Over two immersive days, explore Stoic teachings for resilience and ethical decisions. Integrate mindfulness into daily life for serene presence. Engage in guided meditations aligning Stoic principles with mindfulness. Experience practical exercises and group discussions, harmonizing ancient wisdom and contemporary mindfulness. Elevate inner harmony and wisdom in this enlightening exploration of Stoicism and Mindfulness.

This two-day course will include morning and afternoon refreshments, as well as a vegetarian lunch.

The structure of each day will be as follows:

Session 1: 10am -11am

Refreshment break: 11am -11.15am

Session 2: 11.15am -12.30pm

Lunch break: 12.30pm -1.30pm

Session 3: 1.30pm – 2.45pm

Refreshment break 2.45pm – 3pm

Session 4: 3pm until 4pm


This date isn’t the first in the event series. For more information on ticket availability, please get in touch.

01483 562142

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About the Speaker

Darren Harper


Darren holds a BA (Hons) English & Creative Writing (1st class), a PGCE in Lifelong Learning, and has been an adult education teacher for 10 years. Darren has a 1st class honours degree in English & Creative Writing in 2012 with the University of Cumbria. I then went on to do a PGCE and taught GCSE English and A Levels at Carlisle College before becoming a self-employed adult education teacher.

Darren has have been an adult education teacher for about 10 years. Having previously served in the Royal Navy, Darren now travels around the UK teaching Philosophy, Philosophy & Literature, Global Philosophy, Philosophy for Life and Stoicism, amongst other related subjects. Though based in Northumberland, he teaches regularly in Cumbria and Newcastle upon Tyne, London, Guildford, Bristol and Penzance. Additionally, Darren teaches residential courses in Cumbria, Northamptonshire, Perthshire, Wiltshire and Somerset.

More recently, as my interests develop, I tend to focus on Global Philosophy and Stoicism. My research into Global Philosophy has rekindled my interest in Meditation, and so in 2023 I qualified as a Meditation Teacher with the British School of Meditation, gaining a Distinction. I am also beginning to explore the Philosophy of Spirituality, and am building a range of courses offering a secular and philosophical approach to spiritual ways of thinking, and spiritual ways of being.

Darren's first book, Encounters and Reflections: An Introduction to Philosophy, was published in 2022.


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