What Next after Preliminary Week?

O ye who’ve learnt the doctrines of the Stoa
And have committed to your books divine
The best of human learning, teaching men
That the mind’s virtue is the only good!

She only it is who keeps the lives of men
And cities safer than high gates and walls.
But those who place their happiness in pleasure
Are led by the least worthy of the Muses.

– Athenaeus the Epigrammatist

Now that you’ve completed the introductory lesson, you should have a clear idea what the course entails.

Key Points

Some key points to remember from this lesson are:

  • This course is about testing out specific aspects of Stoic practice – it’s not about Stoic philosophical theory.
  • The course is four weeks long, and each week covers a different aspect of Stoic practice.
  • It’s important that you complete the questionnaires before and after taking part, even if you don’t manage to complete the course.
  • We want you to collaborate with the other students and to help and support each other as much as possible.

Your next step should be to visit the Comments area below and introduce yourself to the course facilitator and the other students.

Just post a message saying your name and, if possible, a little bit about what brought you to the course and what you hope to achieve by completing it.  If you have any initial questions about the course make sure you use this opportunity to ask them.  If you’re able to do so, we’d like you to post brief reviews of books or articles on Stoicism you’ve read, just a few paragraphs, to help others to become familiar with the literature available on the subject.  You may find this Goodreads list of popular books on Stoicism helpful

Thanks for your participation!  We look forward to hearing from you over the next few weeks.  Feel free to get in touch with the facilitator if you have any questions or need help.

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  • About the nature, structure and goals of this course
  • About the history and basic philosophy of Stoicism
  • How to self-evaluate using the Stoic Attitudes and Behaviours Scale (SABS)
  • About your role and responsibilities in the course
  • How to deal with potential setbacks during the course

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405 thoughts on “What Next after Preliminary Week?”

  1. My name is John. I participated in Stoic week last year and it had a profound impact on me. So much so that I have daily reflection practice and read excerpt of M.A’s meditations and Seneca’s letters It has help to keep me balanced and working towards the core stoic principles. Having a Buddhist practice for over fifteen years I find many similarities and the Stoic pragmatism complements it well. I look forward to engaging with whomever may be out there.

  2. Greetings, my name is Steve, from Central Europe.
    I am an active duty soldier. I consider myself as a warrior. To me this implies lifelong learning and improving to be as good, virtuous and professional as I can be in order to protect and serve others as good as I can. Therefore I find joy and peace in studying warriorship, leadership, selflessness and (mental)toughness.
    Modern Spartanism, stoicism, self-discipline, minimalism, simplicity, focus and mental and physical toughness are major topics I am interested in and studying since years. For me it is fascinating to discover, the more I dive into them, that all those topics are closely connected to each other like puzzle parts of the same puzzle.
    I know that I will never reach my expectations in all those areas, since I am not perfect, but I strive to do so.
    When I die I do want to have lived my life self-determined and deliberately. Always striving to be the best man I could be and not just vegetating.

    My interest in stoicism brought me here and I am very grateful I found this page. I am looking forward to hopefully contribute to it and to want to thank the responsibles for creating and offering it to the public.

  3. Hello, my name is Gareth, and I’ve been looking for something to help a tendency I have of worrying about everything, always thinking the worst, so much so that it affects my sleep and drains me of motivation to do other things (when the are significant issues affecting my life like right now with a house move).

    The concept that past and future things are outside your control resonated strongly with me. This is the crux of my problem, I brood over past events, and worry over future outcomes. I need to take control of my emotions/thoughts which are under my control.

    In summary, I’m excited to begin this journey.

  4. Hi!

    My name is Markus and I am from Austria. I stumbled onto stoicism via a blog post (if I remember correctly it was the yCombinator reading list of 2016) that recommended the book ‘A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy’ by William B. Irvine.
    After getting the reading sample for the book from Amazon, I immediately bought the book and read it over the course of two days.
    I think the book is a great introduction into Stoicism and also tries to give some practical tips about applying stoicism in the modern world.

    But, being my usual procrastinating self, I think I need a bit more guidance to actually apply stoicism in my life, so here I am.

    Cheers, Markus

  5. Hello, I’m Justin. Came here through a link, read the content, and am interested. I came here to cultivate stoic values into my life more consciously so that I fall into black holes of procrastination less then gradually push beyond subconscious comfort zones a little more. I’ve also been practicing meditation which helps a ton with sleep and hope to add Stoicism to my tool-belt of mental tools.

  6. Hi! My name is Magnus and I am living in Copenhagen, Denmark. I have participated in Stoic week 2016 and done Stoic week 2015 by myself previously. I look forward to try out the Stoic practice over a longer period of time.

    /Magnus

  7. Hi! My name is Antti, I live in Helsinki, Finland. Just finished with the Stoic Week 2016 and came here for more of the good stuff!

    Looking forward learning more and giving the practice a fair chance.

    Thank You so much for this course! It looks awesome.

  8. Hi, Tanja from Denmark joining. In spare time an instintive longbow archer. After competing also international on a high level, meeting ego’s everywhere and within I stumbled on a stoic quotation and knew it instantly to be true. At some point you have to question the competitive aproach of the world. “Take the case of one whose task it is to shoot a spear or arrow straight at some target. One’s ultimate aim is to do all in one’s power to shoot straight, and the same applies with our ultimate goal. In this kind of example, it is to shoot straight that one must do all one can; none the less, it is to do all one can to accomplish the task that is really the ultimate aim. It is just the same with what we call the supreme good in life. To actually hit the target is, as we say, to be selected but not sought.”

  9. Hello Stoic friends, my name is Isabelle and I have always felt a deep connexion with Stoic readings. I have also done some CBT and really experienced that there was a lot in common between the two (even if stoicism is more than a therapy, I think). So I intend to do this 4 weeks training to improve my integration of stoic values in my every day life. A question: did some of you started the training recently or are just starting it ? (since we are out of the program dates). Wish you a good evening or a good day. Isabelle