Stoic Mindfulness and Resilience Training (SMRT) 2016 will be starting on Sunday 19th June and continues for four weeks (add to Google calendar).
NB: We’re still putting the finishing touches to the site but you’re welcome to create an account and log in.
SMRT is part of a larger programme of research carried out by the “Stoicism Today” group responsible for the Stoic Week event, which runs each Autumn. We are a multi-disciplinary team of psychologists and academics led by Christopher Gill, former (recently retired) Professor of Ancient Thought at Exeter University. Over 3,300 people around the world took part in Stoic Week 2015 but this course is designed to be smaller in scale and more focused. You can find out more about Stoic Week and the people involved at the Exeter Stoicism Today blog.
Our Stoic Week Handbook contained a seven-day program of training, which covered a different aspect of Stoic practice each day. The SMRT course was designed to be more focused in greater depth on a small handful of core Stoic practices, and to allow more time for participants to test them out in daily life. So it’s not intended as an overview of Stoic philosophy or Stoic psychological practices but rather an experiment to test the effectiveness of some central Stoic concepts and techniques. This was one of the main things people asked us to develop following on from Stoic Week and other events.
SMRT is a four-week e-learning course, which is completely free of charge. It consists of weekly readings, exercises, and audio recordings. It’s designed to teach you how to apply Stoic philosophy to daily life. SMRT has been running once or twice per year, since 2014 and already thousands of participants have completed this training, in addition to those who do the shorter Stoic Week course.
We’ve chosen to focus on aspects of Stoicism, which are:
- Recognizable as being central to ancient Stoicism
- Fairly simple to learn and apply to modern life, within the time available
- A good foundation for learning more about Stoic theory and practice
- Usable without a detailed preliminary knowledge of Stoic history or philosophy
We hope you’ll find this course interesting and valuable, but it will take some thought and commitment on your part, to apply the practices to your own life.