Now Enrolling: Stoic Mindfulness and Resilience Training (SMRT) 2018

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.

About SMRT

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.

Free Crash Course in Stoic Pain Management (Beta)

Crash Course in Stoic Pain Management

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 Starts Today for How to Live Like Socrates (Live from Athens)

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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.

Prison of SocratesI’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,

Donald Robertson Signature

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

How to Live Like Socrates: Live from Athens!

Hello from Athens!  

Earlier this year, I launched my brand new e-learning course called How to Live Like Socrates, which follows a similar format to my How to Think Like a Roman Emperor course on Marcus Aurelius.  How to Live Like Socrates is running again and enrollment opens in a couple of days, so I wanted to share some news…

Theatre of Dionysus

Following the annual Modern Stoicism conference in London, I flew to Greece.  I’ll be presenting How to Live Like Socrates this October online live from Athens!  The opportunity came up so I jumped at the chance and all of a sudden, well, it’s happening…  Students take part from all over the world but this time they’ll be watching as I do the live webinars from the home of Socrates himself.  That’s a picture I took recently of the Theatre of Dionysus where Aristophanes’ The Clouds, a famous satire mocking Socrates, probably had its first performance.

Prison of SocratesThis is me beside what the Greek ministry of culture like to call the “Prison of Socrates”.  Although there’s no evidence it’s where he was actually held awaiting execution, it’s still a very interesting archeological location and it can help bring to life the story of his last days.  Did you know that Socrates spent his time writing poetry in prison?  He wanted to put the fables of Aesop in verse.

Anyway, if you’re interested in Socrates then why not come along and join us as we work through his teachings and their practical implications for modern-day life.  I’ll be engaging participants in discussion about the life and philosophy of Socrates, and broadcasting my live weekly webinars from Athens this time.  You can find more information on my e-learning site.  There are some comments from students who did the pilot version of the course below.

LyceumHere’s another picture I took recently.  You’ve probably heard of the Lyceum where Aristotle taught philosophy.  But did you know that two or three generations earlier famous Sophists, like Protagoras and Prodicus, used to lecture at the Lyceum?  Socrates would frequently spend the day there discussing philosophy with them and their followers.  Some of the ruins have been found are now an important archeological site in Athens.

I’ll be available if you have any questions.  If you want a taster, by the way, try my free ten-minute Crash Course on Socrates, and let me know what you think.  I look forward to hearing from you.

Regards,

Donald Robertson Signature

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

Free Mini-Course on Socrates

Socrates billboardI designed my Crash Course on Socrates to be a fairly concise introduction to his life and philosophy.  It only takes about fifteen minutes to complete.

You’ll learn the basics and hopefully a few things even students of philosophy and the classics might not have heard before.  My goal was to make sure there’s something for everyone.

It includes a video, quiz, favourite quotes, recommended reading, and other resources.  All completely free of charge.

Thank you, Donald! Your presentation on Socrates was excellent as an introduction and it’s well worth the short amount of time required to learn of the influences Socrates had on the ancient world, as well as modern societies in the West. 🙂 – Bill Hewitson

Concise and enlightening resource, Socrates was such an important catalyst for western philosophical thinking. – Andrew Cowan

Amazing and deeply inspiring lecture about my favorite philosopher. 🙂 What a meaningful way to start a day, thank you so much, Mr. Robertson. – Noemi Wasserbauer

I will never look at the market in the same way again. – Bob Vermoolen

Course Enrolling Now: How to Think Like a Roman Emperor

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How to Think Like a Roman Emperor, my online course about the life and philosophy of Marcus Aurelius, is now enrolling and begins Sunday 5th August 2018.  Click the button below to learn more or enroll right now…

This is a huge course containing lots of different resources: videos, live webinars, quizzes, discussions, articles, infographics, and more.  It runs over four weeks, although you also have the option of completing it self-paced if you want.  (Recordings of all the webinars can be viewed in your own time.)

This course is designed to be suitable both for individuals who are new to the subject and those who are well-read in Stoicism.  It approaches the subject of Stoic philosophy, and its practical applications in daily life, from a new angle, by using many stories from the life of Marcus Aurelius to illustrate Stoic concepts and techniques.  It deals with emotional issues including coping with anger, pain and illness, fear, and loss.

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

You can read more testimonials from students on the main course page.  Course evaluation forms were completed by over a hundred previous students. They rated their satisfaction with the course content 93% on average.

This is a subject close to my heart as I’ve recently finished writing a new book about Marcus Aurelius.  The course is an opportunity to explore his life and philosophy in more detail, though, and using the interactive possibilities of modern e-learning such as webinars, quizzes, and discussions.  The discussions in this course are very active – previous students have posted over 800 comments about the course materials in total.  I’m sure you’ll find this a great way to gain even more benefit from Stoicism and the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius in particular.

If you have any questions about the course, please feel free to get in touch.  I read every email and promise to get back to you with a response.

Look forward to seeing you there,

Donald Robertson Signature

Complete List of my Free Stoicism Courses and Downloads

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I’ve added loads of free courses and downloads to my e-learning site.  You’re welcome to check out all of them.

Here’s a quick roundup:

Please feel free to share the links with your friends or any groups you think may be interested. NB: If you already have an account but have forgotten your password go to the password reset page.

As always, thanks for your support,

Donald Robertson Signature
If you want to support my work and help me create more free resources in the future please consider becoming a patron via my new Patreon page.

 

New Course: How to Live Like Socrates

Announcing the launch of a major new online course about the life and philosophy of Socrates.

Learn how to develop your self-awareness and emotional resilience, with my new 4 week intro to Socrates and philosophy as a way of life.

I’m delighted to announce that my brand new course on the life and philosophy of Socrates is launching over the next few days.  How to Live Like Socrates is a four week e-learning course, which can be completed either following a schedule with other students or at your own pace.  Click the button below to learn more…

This course is about the life and philosophy of Socrates, the quintessential Greek philosopher! Join me as we apply modern psychological methods and Socratic wisdom to problems of everyday living. We’ll be exploring Socrates’ life and philosophy as guides to self-improvement, drawing on elements of cognitive-behavioural psychology to help us make use of his ideas. If you want to learn how to approach life like Socrates, this is the place to start. (And relax, it’s risk free: you have 30 day from date of purchase money-back satisfaction guarantee.)

What did previous students say?

Here are some examples of feedback comments from students who recently completed my brief Crash Course on Socrates:

“Thank you, Donald! Your presentation on Socrates was excellent as an introduction and it’s well worth the short amount of time required to learn of the influences Socrates had on the ancient world, as well as modern societies in the West.” – Bill Hewitson

“Concise and easy to understand. Big thanks.” – Francis Chan

“Amazing and deeply inspiring lecture about my favorite philosopher. What a meaningful way to start a day, thank you so much, Mr. Robertson… I’m looking forward to any other lectures you make no matter the topics.” – Noemi Wasserbauer

“Excellent introduction to the life and teachings of Socrates. Thank you, Donald!” – Cristian Martin

“Thank you Donald, for your dedication to uncovering truths from ancient philosophy that can be applied to any person in the 21st century. Your work on the history of CBT has literally saved me from myself and my quality of life has improved as a direct result of the wisdom that you have passed on to us. I will gladly recommend your work to anybody that I can.” – Dan Berrones

“Well-written. I teach a ‘critical thinking’ course… This would be a good supplement to that or to any introductory course in philosophy.” – Justin Kitchen

“Brilliant. Wonderful content, clearly delivered. Thanks Donald.” – insearchoftheway

“Concise and enlightening resource. Socrates was such an important catalyst for western philosophical thinking.” – Andrew Cowan

Free Crash Course on Socrates

Introducing my new online mini-course about the life and teachings of Socrates, which is completely free of charge and designed for newcomers who want to learn more about his philosophy.

Welcome to my  brand new mini-course on the life and philosophy of Socrates, one of my favourite philosophers!


This is a totally free of charge online course, which I’ve kept short and sweet for newcomers.  It only takes about 15-20 minutes to complete, although there are loads of bonus materials included if you want to learn more.  So please take a look at the main page to find out more and feel free to share it with your friends online.

It includes:

  1. My video on the life and philosophy of Socrates, with full transcript
  2. My favourite Socratic quotations from Diogenes Laertius, Xenophon, and Plato
  3. A short quiz on the life and opinions of Socrates
  4. A recommended reading list for those who want to learn more

You’ll also receive two bonus resources:

This course is suitable for everyone, you don’t need to know anything about the subject to enroll.  Just go ahead and try it out.

Thanks as always for your support!

Donald Robertson Signature

Free Mini-Course on the Stoic Contemplation of Death

Marcus Skull BannerThis is a free mini-course about the Stoic Contemplation of Death. It’s the text of a book chapter divided across several screens, with the ability for your to add comments on each section and discuss with others. Beginners will be able to follow this but it’s probably also suitable to more experienced students of Stoicism because it focuses on a specific subject and draws on a wide variety of sources.

This chapter was originally intended for my Teach Yourselfbook Stoicism and the Art of Happiness (2014). However, the publisher didn’t include it because of space limitations. It was planned to add it as a bonus chapter to the e-book edition but it was left out by mistake. So I’ve made it available online for free.