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The School of Life Berlin

Lychener Straße 7

10437 Berlin


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Winter School in English 2018

The best of The School of Life condensed into four unforgettable days.

The School of Life is a global organisation dedicated to teaching skills not covered by the regular education system - skills that develop emotional intelligence and encourage psychological well-being. The Winter School brings together the very best in our curriculum.

We will cover such themes as how to choose our partners more wisely, how to make relationships last, how to focus on our goals and develop confidence, how to identify our professional talents and succeed in the workplace, how to manage anxiety and find calm, how to be more playful, and how to bring about change in the world.

Together, we’ll embark on a rich and enlightening voyage, discovering how to make lasting, meaningful change across every aspect of your life. By working within a fixed group led by a core tutor over the week, you'll dive deeper than would be possible in any single class. 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.

The Winter School is ideal for those seeking a more meaningful, transformative vacation; for attendees of our classes who now wish to take a structured journey through our expertly curated material; and for those wishing to save time in the long run by working through the dilemmas of work, love, and self in a single, high intensity time.

Blending tuition, exercises and discussion, each day of the Winter School will equip you with tools and strategies to help you find answers for life’s big questions.

Join us for a truly transformational vacation for the mind.

Winter School Itinerary

Day One: The first day of the Winter School is designed to equip us with the core skills of Emotional Intelligence. We will learn why our minds have a hard time understanding themselves, how to map and understand our anxieties, and how and why we characteristically respond to frustration.

Day Two: The second day of the Winter School teaches us to identify when and why we lack confidence, and how to overcome moments of paralysis and acute anxiety. We also learn how improvisation can teach us the benefits of playfully interacting with the world and others and how to achieve our potential. We explore blocks to creativity and our unconscious bias towards suffering. We will employ psychological tools to be better able to understand our talents and to move forward using the opportunities that are open to us. In the evening, we will attend a Conversation Dinner in a local restaurant - learning to overturn small talk and master the art of conversation about the important topics of life. This is an opportunity to get to know others and oneself deeply in a relaxed and open setting.

Day Three: The third day of the Winter School teaches us how to choose our partners wisely and make our relationships last. One of the gravest errors we make around relationships is to imagine that they aren’t things we can get wiser or better at. In addition, we learn about and practice useful techniques for staying calm and coping with stress.

Day Four: The day begins with a Philosophy Breakfast – considering the meaning of being ownself, one’s role in society, and the nature of happiness from a philosophical vantage point. Last but not least, we learn how to change the world by way of examining the psychological, cultural and social resistances we may encounter as we look to make a change.

*All information may be subject to change

Information about the Winter School


Thursday 11 January 2018 - Sunday 14 January 2018


The School of Life Berlin, Lychener Straße 7, 10437 Berlin


The ticket price includes all teaching materials, light refreshments, a three course conversation menu and a philosophical breakfast.

Early-Bird-Ticket: € 555,- incl. VAT
Standard-Ticket: € 695,- incl. VAT
Reduced-Ticket*: € 625,- incl. VAT


Thursday, 11 January: 10.30 - 19.30
Friday, 12 January : 9.30 - 22.00
Saturday, 13 January: 9.30 - 18.00
Sunday, 14 January : 9.30 - 16.00

Number of participants:

The number of participants is limited to 25.


We offer a discount to holders of a berlinpass, severly disabled people, apprentices and students with valid ID depending on availability. Please note that we will check your ID for proof of eligibility on arrival at event.


Dr. Jörg Bernardy studied Philosophy and Romance Studies in Cologne, Paris and Düsseldorf. He completed his PhD in philosophy and was research associate at the Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung (state college of design) Karlsruhe as well as at the University of Hildesheim. He lives in Hamburg as an independent author and formerly worked as an editor for the weekly newspaper ZEIT’s »Akademie«. His illustrated book »Philosophical Mental Leaps. Think for yourself« (»Philosophische Gedankensprünge: Denk selbst! «) is published by the renowned children’s and youth books publisher Beltz & Gelberg. Jörg Bernardy’s main interests at The School of Life include workshops and classes on Self knowledge, Relationships, the Meaning of Life and all creative processes behind philosophical ideas in our daily lives.

Martin A. Ciesielski is an author, coach, artist and lecturer . The trained banker, Business Jester® and communication scientist likes passionate and humorous exchanges about the meaning of life. Always in search of a good conversation, he works as a consultant, trainer and coach in the world of social technologies. He brings more than 15 years of experience in the banking, technology and university environment into his seminars and workshops, some of them spent in the Silicon Valley area. In March 2016 he published his book "Digital Leadership: How new technologies make team work more valuable".

Dr. Martin Ebeling holds a PhD in philosophy and studied philosophy and political science in New York, Berlin, Potsdam, and Frankfurt. He believes that philosophy has much to teach us and that we should not consign it to the proverbial ivory tower. He is the author of the book Conciliatory Democracy which advocates a new attitude toward the persistent political disagreements so characteristic of our age. At present, Martin Ebeling works as an instructor, workshop facilitator and teacher at The School of Life, though he prefers to describe himself as an instigator of ideas.

Belina Raffy is director of Maffick Ltd, an applied improvisation and thrivability consultancy. For the past nine years, she has been working with people and organisations around the world to align how they do business with how nature and people thrive. Her specialties are co-creation, creativity, and communicating complex ideas in engaging, human ways.

Tihana Romanic is an experienced lecturer, intercultural and communication trainer, and facilitator. Originally from Belgrade, Serbia, she was educated in the US and later obtained her MA in East European Studies from the University College London. Tihana trains people in public speaking, focusing on intercultural and business communication skills. Her passion for teaching others how to build their confidence comes from her own personal journey to develop confidence in all walks of life. Tihana is also an emerging photographer, creative writer and translator, and past winner of the Czech Embassy Contemporary Prose Fiction Translator Award. She is currently based in Berlin.

Ingo Tessmer is an economist and trainer for neuro communication. He is working with professionals and companies on sincere communication, focused inward as well as outward. In his work he also uses methods from meditation as well as design thinking, in order to find and establish goals with his clients that focus on human needs and emotions. For Ingo Tessmer, life is all about making discoveries. There is nothing more exciting for him than to discover foreign cultures and mindsets. Where do humans derive their energy from? This questions has been driving his professional career. In tax law he analyzed their behavior around money. As a personal trainer he enhanced their energy by increasing the level of fitness. As a trained coach he was finally able to help people to directly influence the power of their emotions.

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Lychener Straße 7

10437 Berlin


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