I’m very happy to announce that the latest version of my flagship course “Marcus Aurelius: Life and Philosophy” is now enrolling and will begin on Sunday 16th February. Come and join as we discuss how to apply Stoicism in daily life…
My four week online course about the life and philosophy of Marcus Aurelius will start running on Sunday 4th August. Enroll now to reserve your place. See the website below for full details:
I’m delighted to announce that the updated and revised version of my flagship eLearning course, How to Think Like a Roman Emperor, is now enrolling again. Along with other changes, the course now has a new name – Marcus Aurelius: Life and Stoicism.
Enrollment is now open for the course commencing Sunday 17th April 2019, the anniversary of Marcus Aurelius’ death.
To celebrate the publication of my new book on the subject, How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius, I’m offering you $50 off the standard course price, for a limited time only. So don’t miss out if you’re hoping to take part!
If you would like a course on Stoicism which provides an overview of the philosophy, historical context, real-world examples to learn from, different types of media and an incredibly interesting character from history, then this course is for you! I highly recommend it for the new Stoic looking for information and techniques to apply their philosophy to their life!Adam Piercey
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Thanks Donald for your personal perspectives, the anecdotes and breadth of applied experience with Stoicism; the practical and historical perspectives, using Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations , were very insightful and valuable also for long-term retention. Lots of thought-provoking material here to read and re-read. Many thanks. The course concept and contents are highly recommended. (I came close to turning this course down – but am greatly relieved now that I registered at the last minute!)Sachigo
I look forward to meeting you on the course,
I’ve just added my new Socrates web comic strip to the free Crash Course in Socrates.
This course is suitable for everyone. If you want to quick introduction to Socrates, this is definitely the best place to start. You’ll also get some bonus resources including the new Socrates comic strip, famous quotes, recommended reading lists, a quick quiz to consolidate your learning, and other information to get your studies started.
I’ve deliberately made this as short and sweet as possible because it’s a “crash course” – a starting point. I’ll direct you toward other resources if you want to learn more, which I assume you probably will. Ready to begin? Just hit the enroll button on the main page.
It consists of weekly emails, each containing one passage from The Meditations with my comments underneath. It’s basically an open-ended course.
Bonus: The first email contains links to a bundle of free resources including eBooks and downloads about Marcus Aurelius and Stoic philosophy.
Stoic Mindfulness and Resilience Training (SMRT) 2018 is now enrolling and due to start on Sunday 25th November, when enrollment will close. Every year we get people contacting us to say they missed the enrollment window so please don’t miss out!
SMRT is a FREE four-week course provided by Modern Stoicism, a nonprofit organization run by a multidisciplinary team of volunteers. It’s an intensive skills training approach to Stoicism. Visit the website for more information.
Click the button below to enroll now or to learn more…
So far 2,544 people have registered in advance so we’re aiming to reach three thousand by Sunday. We’ve been running SMRT since 2014 and it keeps on growing into a bigger event each year. Last year we had about 1,800 participants so we’ve already gone way beyond that number this time round.
Set a reminder for the introductory live webinar:
I’m delighted to announce that I’ve just launched a brand new email course on The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius. It’s completely free of charge. Everyone is welcome. You can join at any time and you’ll start receiving the first email.
Enroll now to obtain a whole bundle of extra freebies. You’ll receive weekly emails with passages from The Meditations, including my commentary on the text. See the course website for more details or click the enroll button below:
You’ll also be granted free access to the following bundle:
- The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius (George Long trans.) eBook
- The Eulogium on Marcus Aurelius eBook
- Marcus Aurelius in the Roman Histories eBook
- Marcus Aurelius HD Wallpapers
I’m very excited about running this course because The Meditations is easily my favourite text on Stoicism. I’ve been pretty immersed in the text recently, while working on my new book How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius. It’s great to have the opportunity to study it even more closely, though, going through it passage by passage with a group of students. I hope you enjoy reading the lessons as much as I enjoy writing them!
We’re pleased to announce that Stoic Mindfulness and Resilience Training (SMRT) will be running this year starting on Sunday 25th November. This is a free course, open to everyone.
The course lasts four weeks and enrollment has just opened but will close shortly. So don’t miss out if you’re hoping to take part.
SMRT is a four-week intensive training course in core Stoic psychological skills. It requires about twenty minutes of commitment daily for 28 days. We therefore advise people not to enroll unless they’re sure they can commit the time and effort to complete the program.
SMRT was designed in 2014 by cognitive therapist, Donald Robertson. Over 500 people took part in the initial program, and thousands more have completed SMRT since then. It runs once or twice per year.
We collected data and analysed it, which showed fairly impressive improvements in established psychological measures of mood and quality of life. Recent follow-up data show these improvements were maintained at three months.
SMRT was deliberately designed not as a general introduction to Stoicism but as focused skills training, modelled on the type of protocols used in clinical trials on CBT. Stoic Week, our seven-day course provides more of a general introduction to Stoicism, if that’s what you want. SMRT is for people who really want to focus on developing basic Stoic psychological skills through daily practice, over a sufficient period of time to show significant changes.
The beta version of my new Crash Course in Stoic Pain Management is now available for those who want to enroll, test it out, and provide feedback. Just follow the link to enroll – everyone is welcome.
This is a free mini-course on Stoic techniques for pain management. It’s designed to provide a simple introduction to Stoic psychological techniques for coping with physical pain or discomfort.
The main resource is an 18 min. audio recording of a guided Stoic exercise for pain management. You’ll learn about how the ancient Stoics coped with pain and how those techniques can be adapted for use in the modern world.
Enrollment begins today for the new version of How to Live Like Socrates, my four-week long e-learning course taking a deep dive into the life and philosophy of Socrates. This time, though, it will be live from Athens, the home of Socrates!
To reward followers of my blog, I’ve created a special link that will allow you to receive 20% discount off the course price. Just click on the button below or any of the other links in this post and your coupon code (SOCRATES20P) will automatically be applied.
I’ve been in Athens for a few weeks doing more research for the course –and taking a few photos! I’ll be delivering Live Like Socrates from Athens too, including the live webinars. To learn more just follow the links and you’ll get access to full details of the course. You can also preview the welcome video, and read an overview of the course content.
Feedback from previous students who completed the pilot version of this course was very positive. You can scroll to the end of this post to read their comments as well as the average satisfaction ratings (broken down into “clarity”, “impact” and “feasibility”) from their course evaluation forms. The course is continually being revised and you’ll have lifetime access to the content as well as future updates. Right now, I’m hoping to add more information on Socrates’ relationship with the Sophists and I’m working on a new comic strip illustration with our graphic designer Rocio de Torres –so stay tuned!
The course has a 30-day satisfaction guarantee. If you change your mind within 30 days of your purchase, just let me know and we’ll refund your course fees in full. So that makes booking completely risk-free!
Why not come and join us as we learn to live like Socrates – live from the heart of Athens…
Looking forward to meeting you on the course,
What Previous Students Said
I gather structured feedback from course participants and analyze the data before revising my courses each time I run them. For the initial pilot version of this course, satisfaction ratings were as follows.
- Clarity of materials 4.7 out of 5.
- Impact of content (how helpful) 4.6 out of 5.
- Feasibility of courseware (how easy was the site to use) 4.6 out of 5.
Here are some feedback comments from students as well…
To really get a deeper perspective on how to live life with true vigor and taste it’s fullness, it is necessary to embrace, embody and savor the life and times of Socrates. This course has left no stone unturned as it presents the depth and magnitude along with the magnificence – in exploring Socrates and his place in human history. The pilot light has been lit inside of me… – Melville Richard Alexander
One of the great things about Donald Robertson’s courses is that they never end. They are available to us forever (or at least as long as Donald is able to keep them posted). As with “How to think like a Roman emperor” I will be going back to this course when the spirit moves me. Each time I will discover something new. In the process of learning more about Socrates I learned more about me. Would I recommend this course? Yes, without hesitation. If you find it a bit much to “complete” in four weeks (I did) don’t worry. The material is there and the instructor is wonderfully accessible. – Wilfred Allan
Donald Robertson’s course has greatly increased my knowledge of the renowned ancient Greek philosopher Socrates. Socrates is such a central figure in Hellenistic Philosophy that understanding him is essential to knowing about the entire field. Robertson’s course has great depth, with multiple videos, texts to read, ponder, and discuss, weekly webinars, and enough background and optional material to further add to my knowledge and provide material that I plan to reread and explore. Very well done! – Marc Deshaies
I really enjoyed the course. I have been a fan of Socrates ever since I learnt about him years ago, but I know now that I was really ignorant about him and have lots to learn still. This is a great start. I look forward to more. Thank you Donald! – Pauline Enright
I’ve really enjoyed this course, thanks for putting it together, and I’ve really enjoyed being able to move through it at my own pace looping back to the challenging exercises, putting it down when other commitments took more or my time and picking it up again when I could. I’d recommend it, no question. – Steve Powell
I highly recommend this course. Reading Socrates without the biographical and historical background made me wonder what of significant value he was. Now knowing about his military, political,and social interactions gave me greater respect for him and the classical philosophy heritage. Demystifying the Socratic dialogues was very helpful. – Michael Schepak