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.

[q_question title=”Learning Objectives” text=”In this section you learned:”]

  • 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


405 replies on “What Next after Preliminary Week?”

Hi, this is Fred Yankowski. I’ve been reading about modern Stoicism in books and blogs and I’m convinced that it’s a better way to live. This course seems like a good way to bring some of that reading into actual practice.

Hey, my name is Harald, I am 29 years old and come from Norway.
I’ve been interested in Stoicism for about 2 years now, and I’ve read a few books, both modern works and some classics.
The handbook seems like a good place to start, and I would also highly recommend The Meditations, by Aurelius.
Plato’s Apology, all though not thought of as a Stoic text, is another book that I can recommend.

Also, there is a poem called Invictus, written by an English poet, called Henley that is quite stoic.

I’m Paul, I’m a teacher in London. I’ve started trying to use mindfulness and Stoic resilience to cope with depression, and I’d be interested in trying to get Stoic principles into the classroom.

Not sure if this is the best place to raise technical issues, but the “reveal” and “check answer” buttons don’t do anything for me. I’m on Windows 10 using the Chrome browser.

Do you have JavaScript disabled? Do you have the same problem if you use a different device?

I’m having the same problem (the “REVEAL”-buttons don’t seem to do anything).

The problem is the same on openSUSE Tumbleweed with either firefox or chromium browsers, as well as Windows 10 with Internet Explorer 11. Javascript should be enabled in all of them as far as I can tell. For instance, in internet Explorer I have “Active scripting” set to enabled in the security settings for the internet zone.

Sorry, there was a temporary bug caused by a change in the code. It should be fixed now.

Problem seems to have been fixed yesterday. Can you clear your browser cache and/or try a different device and let us know if you’re still having any issues? Thanks.

I had problems on ipad that seemed to be caused by ad blocker. Turning it off and closing safari got it working

Hello. I’m Mel from Sydney, Australia. I’m very new to Stoicism. My introductory text was Ryan Holiday’s ‘The Obstacle is the Way’. Looking forward to learning more.

Hi, I’m Tom, an engineer in the UK (Leeds). I work with process safety and I’m looking for a way to deal with anxious feelings. I’ve been a follower of Stoicism for a while now and I’ve learnt a lot about myself and how cathartic applying this sort of thinking can be. A key thing I need to learn is how to avoid becoming upset by feelings about future events, by tackling them before they become a problem.

Hi, I am Ray from Sheffield, UK. I came to Stoicism through Stoic Week. I use Low Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in my work so am interested in learning more about the philosophy that underpins CBT and its application in our daily lives.

Hi I am Jean from Dublin. I am very enthusiastic about this course and eager to learn as much as I can. I have read the Enchiridion, working my way through the Meditations and use Donald Robertson’s book as the best ongoing reference for me as its easy to understand and well written.
Unfortunately I have very limited computer skills so hope I can keep up with everyone. The reveal button also doesn’t work for me. Hello to everybody on the course – Jean

Hi. My name is Ivar, 29 years old from Norway.

I’ve been interested in Stoicism for almost half a year. As I recall I first became interested in Stoicism when it was mentioned on some blog, and I thought it sounded like it suited me.

Stoicism doesn’t feel radically different from how I’ve tried to live my life already, but I’ve found it very helpful to read about it. It has given me a much better foundation to fall back on, and given me perspectives on life I hadn’t thought of on my own.

This course was mentioned on reddit I think, and I thought why not. While I’ve read some texts about Stoicism, I’m hoping this course will help me to actually apply those principles more regularly in daily life. While Stoicism has already been helpful to me, I certainly haven’t internalized the mindset to any large extent yet. I’m hoping this course will help with that.

My mini-reviews of texts I’ve read:

A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy by William B. Irvine was the first book I read about Stoicism. I thought Irvine gave a very compelling argument for Stoicism, and it led me to read the older source material as he suggested. While he is sometimes criticised for altering Stoicism in some ways, he is honest about it in the book, and encourages readers to go on to read the classic texts for themselves. I think he does a very good job of making some key Stoic practices approachable to a modern audience.

Meditations by Marcus Aurelius: I listened to Meditations on audiobook (narrated by Duncan Steen) and liked it alot. I also have a printed copy I’m reading. The small independent pieces means it’s easy to read for only a short while, or just browse randomly for some quick Stoic inspiration.

Discourses, Fragments, Handbook by Epictetus: This is my favorite thus far. I read a translation published by Oxford University Press (translated by Robin Hard). I really found the “stern teacher” approach enjoyable. Epictetus really hammers home the core tenets of Stoicism with interesting anecdotes/examples. The discourses are generally very clear and easy to understand.

Seneca’s work has actually had the least impact with me. I haven’t read much by him yet though (only Consolation to Marcia and On Anger).

The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph by Ryan Holiday: I found this a decent read, focusing (as the title suggests) on handling adversity and obstacles. It was a bit heavy on the entrepreneurial angle for my tastes though. Still, it’s a fairly quick read with many interesting examples of historical figures that in some way behaved stoically, whether they considered themselves stoics or not.


I am Christian Strandh, 36 years old from Sweden.

I have been a student and more or less consistent practicioneer of Stoicism for a couple of years. I am very fond of the ancient texts, and feel much in line with the Stoic view of life and world.

I have actually participated once in Stoic week and a version of the SMRT course previously, and want to take this opportunity to get some inspiration and new energy, as well as find some new methods, in my practice.

Best Regards

Hi, I’m Gary Leeming, from the UK. 43. I’ve had a vague interest in stoicism and Greek philosophy as a comparison or way of considering a Western view on Zen buddhism, which I have practiced for over 20 years. Over the last couple of years, prompted by Meditations and then Irvine I’ve been reading Epictetus. I am interested in the practical implementation of stoic practice with a hope to reduce anxiety.

One question I do have is: my knowledge of Stoic practice is limited, hence wanting to do this course but a lot of Stoic discussion and exercises seem to focus on the negative. I was wondering if there are more practices that help with thinking about positive ideas, I.e virtue, and what form they take? Is this something the course will cover?

Hi, my name is Richard. I am 28 and I have read and practiced Stoicism for about 2 years. I participated in the 2015 Stoic Week and found it very good. I feel that I am very inconsistent about my practice, except for my reading which I think is quite good. Main reason why I joined this SMRT is to get a good forced kick start for my practices.

I’m John. I’m 62 years old & live in the UK. I first became interested in Stoicism about 6 months ago after reading The Antidote by Oliver Burkeman. As an approach to living it really appealed to me. I have flirted with Buddhism over the years but never felt I was able to commit to the practice. Over the last 6 months I have read various books about the history & practice of Stoicism & have started to use the principles in my own life. Have one concern about the course in that I am going on holiday for a couple of weeks and have just found out that the cottage doesn’t have wifi! So that’s something I’ll need to sort out first.


This is Niklas, a swedish, middle-aged, divorced father of 2. I sort of stumbled into this course by way of my combined interests in frugality, resilience, ancient history and meditation, among other things. No prior experience with stoicism, although I have read some of the roman authors. (I would also suggest the r/stoicism forum on Reddit.)

Apart from sheer curiosity and a desire to explore a more “western” road to wisdom (as compared to buddhism), my main goal with this is to strengthen my inner citadel and perhaps unlock some courage and creativity in the process.

It is really good to know that an all but eradicated philosophy from antiquity can be carried forward in this manner! Looking forward to contribute to such a worthy effort.

Hi all,

At school, I have read about Seneca as a teacher of Nero, and that was my knowledge about Stoicism for a long time.
An article in a Psychology Magazine about this course triggered me.
It appealed to me more than mindfulness does, eating a raisin with great focus just isn’t my style.
My goal is to learn new ways of dealing with life and all of its little and not so little challenges.
The daily commute by train for instance 🙂



My name is Mantas. I practice stoicism (within my ability) 4-5 years already. Yet i am not doing as well as i would like to. For me this course is another opportunity to become better at actual practice, not theory.

(I apologize for any grammar mistakes. I have hard time when writing/speaking in english, but I can read without trouble.)

Hi, I’m Kerstin, a 38-year-old archaeologist and web designer from Germany. I stumbled upon Irvine’s “A Guide to the Good Life” and really enjoyed practicing Stoic techniques with it. I am looking forward to learning some more, and see how it helps me managing my everyday-life in a new town (I am moving right now).

Hi, I’m Joe. I’m a middle aged, married, father of four. I am an engineer by profeesion but seem to spend about as much time coaching youth sports. My interest in stoicism started with a podcast which touched on William Irvine’S book, “A Guide to the Good Life.” I read the book and lived it. It focused on the practical application and benefits of the philosophy which I found appealing; this course seems very similar-at least I hope so.
I do have a question: I will not have very limited Internet access for over a week during the course. Will the weekly material be available for download?

I’m called Liam. I’m 41 and work I.T. at an engineering firm, although my Bachelor’s of science is in Psychology. I’m a fan of the teachings of the Buddha and see many similarities with stoicism. I am really looking forward to this course, I’m excited to learn to incorporate its teaching in my daily life, especially have the mindfulness to look at each impression that comes to mind with more detachment rather that wallowing in the feelings and emotions as they come. I really enjoyed the comic form zenpencils too, and would encourage others to go check out the full comic at zenpencils as the ending was cut out (I ordered a copy to hang on my wall thank you for sharing it).
I look forward to meeting and working with my course-mates.

Hi, I’m Nils, 34 years old from Germany. I got interested in this course because of its emphasis on practical application. With some years of interest in various philosophies including Stoicism, I would like to improve on taking things into practice. This course seems to be a great opportunity and I am looking forward to it.


Hi, I’m Pascal 39 father of 2 boys from The Netherlands.
I do not recall how I came into contact with Stoicism, but it was around 3years ago. my first book, ‘Stoicism and the art of Happiness’, by our course facilitator, I read in a single day and labeled it thouroughly. Meditations and others also in possession. Bettering onself for the benifit of all attracts me the most. English not being my native language makes it hard sometimes to thouroughly grasp the ideas or exersices presented. So I would love to get into contact with other Dutch speaking would be should be stoics.


I’m Ibrahim, a student in the US. I came across Stoicism on my own searching of the internet and admiration for the role models who follow it, like Marcus Aurelius. I tried Stoic Week on my own and while I’ve began the process of integrating it into my own life, I’d like to cement it more.


I’m Candace, a middle aged mother to two young adults and also caring for two older adults.

I’ve contemplated Stoic philosophy often in the past few decades finding it naturally accords with my own beliefs as to what living a good life means. I’m a novice however and I find this course of applied principles very appealing.

There are a few significant challenges looming in my life which will require great resilience so this course is very timely and I’m looking forward to it.


My name is Joey and I am living in Los Angeles. I came across this course through a philosophy facebook page. Although my knowledge on stoicism is limited the idea behind this course really sparked my interest. To actually implement these ideas into my daily life routine is something I am really curious about. This was something I have always thought about while reading philosophy was that you can study and learn philosophical ideas but can your really live them and put them to use? Im excited to try. And I shall be reading as much as I can about the stoics leading up to this course.


I’m Katie, I’m a mother of two and middle manager in the UK. I’m increasingly aware I’m not being all that I could be, and having tried Stoic Week in 2015 and found it sat well with my restlessness, I want to dip my toes in further. My kindle is now loaded with good starting texts, and I’m looking forward to learning more as a group.


My name is Andy. I’m a married father of two young kids and we live in Germany.

I read some of Seneca’s letters in the past and I was fascinated by his wisdom and the clarity of his thoughts. I belive that I can learn a lot from the Stoics and hopefully my kids as well.

Hello, my name is Mark Hafner. As fate would have it Adm James Stockdale spoke at my college graduation many years ago. I did not grasp what he was saying at the time unfortunately. However after many years of living life controlled by externals and running into lots of ups and downs I stumbled across “The Philosophical Thoughts of a Fighter a Pilot” by Adm James Stockdale. It absolutely changed my life for the good. I have been studying Stoic philosophy for many years, still trying to live by it. Often I read the first two paragraphs of Epictetus “Handbook”, enjoy Seneca, “Meditations” (though I find it difficult) and “Philosophy for Life and Other Dangerous Situations” (excellent book ). Looking forward to this class

Hello, I live in Hampton Bays, NY and have been reading the Meditations since 2000. I don’t even remember how I heard about it, but when my father died, it was The Meditations that brought me some peace and a new way of understanding myself in the world. I’ve read material by Epictetus and Seneca. I’ve read a broad history of Stoicism, but really I could read so much more. I’m looking forward to this course. I’ve lived my life as an artist and massage therapist, but now I’m a real estate salesperson, and really in need of a daily touchstone of the stoic practice.

Hello my name is Gary Vance. I am married and have two children. One of my children developed a mental illness in his late teens which lead to his addiction with drugs. The struggle with trying to help him, lead me to the understanding that not all things are under my control. That no matter how hard I worked or tried to get smarter it was not going to be enough. This struggle lead me to stoicism. I have read “A Guide To The Good Life”, “A Vietnam Experience, Ten Years Of Reflection”, “Meditations”(audio book), and in process with “Letters From A Stoic”. Thank you for taking the time and effort to provide this course.

Hi, My name is William and I’m 29 years old from South Africa.

I have just finished my Bachelors of Applied Social Science (Psychology), although my primary profession is in IT security. My wife and I got married a year ago, and she is currently completing her honors degree in Psychology as well.

Possible challenges that I need to examine going into the course is that I am an atheist, and my preconception is that Stoicism assumes religious belief. From a Psychological perspective I believe that Stoicism is a natural fit for my personality type (INTJ), however there are certain aspects of myself that I would need to (and want to) challenge – social anxiety being one of them.

I look forward to the journey ahead!

Hi William. I’m agnostic. There’s some debate about this but I’d say that although the ancient Stoics do speak in religious terms, as do virtually all ancient Greek and Roman philosophers, they also emphasised that belief in the gods was not essential to Stoicism. Also, the Stoic conception of God is very different to what most people today assume. They generally interpreted the gods as metaphors for aspects of Nature. Anyway, most modern Stoics are atheists or agnostic.

My name is Glenn H and I’m an English teacher from Long Island, NY. I’m married and have three children aged 17-23.

I’ve spent most of my adult life searching for, or trying to develop, a life philosophy. It’s been a long journey through Eastern, Medieval, and existential philosophies. None of them ever fit quite right and I came to describe myself as a “recovering existentialist.”

I began my search for a life philosophy anew about 10 years ago after a bout with depression. I believe that one of the ways out of depression is to learn something new; and there’s no better way to learn than to teach, so I wrote curriculum for, and started teaching, elective courses in Philosophy and Literature and Science Fiction and Philosophy. During my research for those courses I discovered the concept of eudaimonia which led me through the Cynics, the Epicureans, and the Stoics. I’ve read The Meditations and The Handbook, and Hadot’s Philosophy for Life. But I just don’t trust my own interpretations well enough to call myself a Stoic quite yet. So, here I am.


My name is Martin and I’m 25. I discovered philosphy and stoicism a few months ago when my partner offered me a little book called “The Meditations” from Marcus Aurelius. I have been very surprised to realize that someone who lived thousands years ago wrote things that I can apply in my life everyday, and which actually make me feel better.

This 4-week course seem very interesting !

Hello, My name is Kevin Smith. Having a degree in Religious Studies, I’ve read or studied many philosophies of life; most religious and some not so. I’ve always found myself drawn to the Stoics (and Buddhism), however I’ve never truly attempted to apply Stoic philosophy to my own life. So, I am now attempting to do just that and see what comes of it. Interestingly, I decided to attempt this experiment a few days before stumbling on this course. Possibly the Fates at work ;).


My name is Brandon, I am a cook and learned abut stoicism from a few masculinity blogs. Been slowly learning more ever since.

My name is Tim and I want to learn to be a good stoic. I’m trying to understand and internalize the lessons so I can stop beating myself up over small mistakes. I hope to learn how to distance myself from the pain of mistakes in the past and present and learn to approach things rationally while seeking virtue.

I am Hem (44 yr); I live in India now (where i grew up) although I spent most of my adult life in US.
I have been attracted to meditation for quite some time.
I was recently at a 10-days Insight (Vipassana) meditation camp with a goal to learn mindfulness and self-discipline. I found the practice difficult and not easy-to-implement in daily tasks: partly because underlying theories and assumptions (such as Karma, Rebirth, Dependent Origination,..) were inconsistent with my experiences and views and partly because needed skills take too long a time (many rebirths?!) to develop.
As I looked more, I found Stoic approach which appears to be practical and consistent w/ my goal and views. So here I am.

My name is Miros, I am 37, I was born in Poland. For last 15 years I’ve been living in the UK. Currently I do live in West Yorkshire with my family. It is not that far from Hadrian’s Wall and from Scotland.

I came to the UK primarily for studying English as my dream was to speak and to read in English (before my English was very poor, I could only ask for directions and say hello). Now my English is not bad so for last 10 years I’ve been trying to develop my knowledge and virtue. In addition, I’ve started learning Latin along with my 13 years old son.

I’ve noticed that currently it is very popular and fashionable to either be ‘minimalist’, ‘secular Buddhist’, ‘mindful philosopher’, ‘self-developing guru’ etc.
There are huge number of blogs, podcasts and other sources of information covering the topics.

However, I do think that Stoicism is the most applicable and natural philosophy which mainly covers ‘all the above’ and it does simply ‘hit the nail’ with its wisdom and roots going back to as far as 301BC.

I hope that the course will help me to understand Stoicism better and to put it in practice on a daily basis. I must say that some of the concepts are still confusing for me.

I look forward to starting the course.

Best wishes.

Hello, my name is Ricardo, I’m from Argentina and my english isn’t very good (although I can read with ease, I’m very far of a good and fluid writing). I’m 29 years old, and I discovered Stoicism as a modern philosophical practice following Massimo Pigliucci’s writings on philosophy of science (and then discovering his blog on Stoicism). I’m an atheist but in a “search” for spiritual fulfillment and with this course I would like to experiment if Stoicism will get me closer to the path that I’m looking for.

Best regards


Hi all

My name’s Angie and have been a fan of the ‘rationally speaking’ podcast from which I heard and learnt about stoicism and recently developed a deep interest in philosophy and ancient thought. I’m 29 years and 26 of those years have been deeply religiously inclined and I’m actually open to learning about different schools of thoughts. I did the stoic week last year and want to delve deeper and learn more.



Hi, My name is Marianus, argentine living in Spain.
I agree with the main goal of stoicism, virtue is the only good, but I fail when I have to apply it in my life.
I’d like to be more stoic and not succumb to lower passions and desires so much. I’d like to live a life of virtue and flourish because of my inner strenght and not care about the outer things so much.

Let’s hope this course make us more stoic…fate permitting.

Hi, I’m Jodie. I became interested in Stoicism when I learned of the intersection of philosophy and CBT. I’m interested in learning more about philosophical thinking – Stoicism and the Cynics specifically. I’m participating in SMRT to learn practical tools to keep my mind more focused/present instead of getting caught in negative wandering.

Hi, my name is Kirsten. I stumbled upon Stoicism over a year ago when I was experiencing a very rough patch in life. I credit Stoicism with turning my life around.

I run my own blog, “Starting Out with Stoicism,” which helped me stick to a regimen when I was first learning about the philosophy.

I have no idea if I’ll have the discipline to follow through with this course: the course starts three days before I am buying a house (talk about anxiety… I could really use this course!) and my family is driving 24 hours to come visit me for a couple of weeks. I’m also working full-time at my high-stress job, which is one of the reasons I know I could benefit greatly from getting a refresher in Stoicism. But I’m sure going to give the course a shot. Today I’ve been going through Stoic writings and extracting my favorite quotes, planning to print or cross-stitch some of them and hang them in various places in my house as reminders of principles throughout the day.

Here’s to the invincible soul! 🙂
Live well.

I’m Charmika, and I live and work in China. I’ve been interested in Stoicism for about three years, but only recently discovered that it was again a living movement (not unlike many people, I found this through the blog of Massimo Pigliucci).

I’ve found that many of my own personal beliefs are in accord with the ancient Hellenistic philosophy, and I’ve used Marcus Aurelius’s Meditations as an ethical and moral guide for years. (I celebrate his birthday by dining with my friends at a local Greek restaurant and reciting lines from the Meditations.) For reasons as yet not quite clear to me, I suddenly became heavily interested in Stoicism earlier this year, devouring as much as I can of the ancient literature. Unlike many others here, I’ve read precious little modern Stoic philosophy, choosing instead to rest among the ancients. But knowing now as I do that there is international a community of Stoics who wish to revive the ancient practice, modernize it and take it seriously, I’m excited to embark upon it in full earnest.

I decided only very recently to considered myself an genuine Prokopton. I listen to Donald Robertson’s morning and evening meditative guides every day without exception. My peers say they’ve noticed a general increase my optimism, and I’ve found my time & temper management has noticeablyimproved. Never have I felt so close to writers from so long ago. I rest nightly among the words of Seneca and Marcus, communing with them as though they were directly at my side. I envision Musonius Rufus in hours of frustration and Epictetus when I need a stricter guide. Although I’m the only self-identified Stoic I know personally, I never feel alone in my practice.

Hiya, I’m Joanna, and have studied Eastern philosophy (Zen Buddhism) for many years. Interested in learning more about Western philosophical approaches to life.

Hello everyone. My name is Patrick. I was introduced to Stoicism about 2 or 3 years ago through Irvine’s A Guide to the Good Life. I have been reading and practicing stoicism every since then trying to get a better understanding of the philosophy and put it into practice. I have loosely participated in the last two Stoic Weeks and follow a number of authors/bloggers associated with the philosophy. As stoicism is a practical philosophy, this course seemed to be the next logical step in helping me focus more on implementation rather than just contemplation. I am embarking on a month long vacation to Europe during the later part of the course, so I am a bit concerned about keeping up, but I suspect travel will be a good opportunity for me to put much of what I am likely to learn into practice.

Hi. I’m Gill, from Texas. I’ve been reading Seneca lately and find myself agreeing with much of what he says. I was convinced many years ago in college that seeking virtue was the sensible approach to life. I hope this course can help me bring some of these ideas deeper into my own character and how I live my life.

I’m Anthony. After having largely enjoyed work for many years, I have lately found my working life to be extremely vexatious, due to the frustrations of dealing with my superiors and fellow managers, all of whom seem bent upon pursuing systematic folly through their ill-thought-out decisions, policies, words and actions. I find it very lonely and stressful acting as what-seems-like the lone voice of reason and moderation in my workplace. As a manager I try to speak the truth, ask good questions, name problems honestly, model correct conduct, address people with dignity, avoid folly and error, avoid wasting people’s time, defend my staff from harrassment, manage my bosses respectfully, avoid emotionalising and personalising, and deflect away from my staff the worst excesses of unreasonable expectations. But every day I feel like quitting. My problem is that I need to remain employed, as I have a family to support, and therefore need to negotiate with myself a sustainable way of engaging with work. Stoicism, which I know something about and have long been aware of, might be a way of recalibrating my internal responses to the madness I see everywhere about me. If I can navigate my way through this place with inner peace and certainty, then I will be able to see my way ahead.
I am a former Christian, but no longer find any plausible evidence for higher intelligence or cosmic design, let alone ant basis for accepting theistic value systems and beliefs. Oops, now I’m sounding like a Skeptic!

My name is Jurgens Pieterse and I greet everyone from the foot of Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa.

I am 50 years of age and has a keen general interest in philosophy, both ancient and modern. I am labelling myself as Stoic for several years and have benefited from Stoic principles in my general life. Stoicism improved my efficiency and quality of day to day life.

I join this course because it gives me the ideal time to check in and review my practise of Stoicism and strengthen it. I hope to meet like minded people and learn with others by sharing experiences in the application of stoicism.

This is my third course and I hope to be able to develop my practice as a stoic as much as I have on the previous courses.
I find it very useful to concentrate on the stoic practice during a couple of weeks, and my experience had been that I have been using a lot of the practice and exercises during the rest of the year.

Hi, My name is Charlotte. I’m living near Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand. I did the SMRT course last year as well as all the Stoic week courses. Excited about learning more and becoming better at living a Stoic way life.

Hello, I am Gerard, from the Netherlands. Now at 57 I still need to learn. That is the reason I am participating.


I’m Christine. I participated in Stoic Week last year and I really enjoyed it as an introduction to Stoicism. Looking forward to this course!

Hi! My name is Bruno, I’m 33 and live in Brazil. I became interested in Stoicism after reading Irvine’s book (A Guide to the Good Life). I try to keep up with the latest attempts at bringing Stoicism to modern audiences (primarily by following Massimo Pigliucci’s blog, How to be a Stoic). Looking forward to the course!

Hi, Ben.
Stoicism has interested me for a long time, but I’ve never really done anything official with it. This seems like a good chance to do that!

Hello, I’m Meira from the U.S. I’ve done Stoic Week 2014 and 2015 as well as a few of the other offerings about Stoicism. I’ve read A Guide to the Good Life and Letters from a Stoic. This year I hope to finish Meditations and The Golden Sayings of Epictetus.

Hi, I’m Cath, from The Netherlands.
I will be 75, a few days after this course finishes and I am wondering if, by then, I’ll experience the course as a good birthday present to myself :-)).

My name is Phil, I’ve been interested in Stoicism for about 15 years now, fist discovering it randomly in a dictionary at 17 years old. It wasn’t until my mid twenties that I really started looking at it as a form of life philosophy. I’m hoping this course helps me create a habit of making Stoicism a daily practice for myself.

I am Allan Elder from Los Angeles. I considered my self to be in the tradition of Aristotle for the longest time but was “converted” after reading Irvine’s work, A Guide to the Good Life. I had read the Stoics but no deeper than most people read the Bible. I thought it was good but didn’t really examine it’s nature in detail. I became hooked on everything I could read by Hadot and then found Stoic Week. I have sense read just about everything I could get my hands on about Stocism and now think the best books are the originals. Just read them over and over. Meditate on the content and let it sink in. I suppose some are far more dense (such as myself) and other more porous, but eventually it sinks in and changes us all. I am looking forward to this course as another push to keep me thinking about all things Stoic.

Hi, I’m Kalten. I came upon Stoicism a few months ago through REBT and CBT, looking for a way to deal with anxiety. I’ve recently read A Guide To The Good Life and the lectures of Musonius Rufus. I’m looking forward to learning more about Stoic practices and making them a central aspect of my day-to-day life.

Hello, friends.
Hello, Donald, and thank you for this opportunity.
I discovered stoicism as a way of life a year ago. I read the three main classics (Meditation, the Letters and the Enquiridion) and practice following informally the instructions of the Stoic Week Manual.
Now I found this course and it’s a great opportunity to take a more serious approach to stoicism with a group of fellow “prokoptons”.
Thanks again.

Hi, my name is Christy. I came across Stoicism by following Massimo Pigliucci and I participated in Stoic Week 2014. I’m taking this course because I am interested in developing a regular stoic practice for life.

Hi, My name is Christian and I discovered Stoicism through a college course I took in my engineering program. I am still studying it, but I have always been fascinated by philosophy, so I thought I’d give this course a try. I am always up for learning new ways to view the world, and hopefully stoicism can help me not only with engineering, but with life in general as well, Cheers!

Hello all. Neil from the US here. I started reading The Meditations during a hard time in my life and drew great comfort from it. It is the nearest thing to a religious text which I have. I would like to try translating these words into practice.

Hi everyone,
My name is Chris Legler and I live in WA, United States. I’m 24 years old and was introduced to stoicism through mindfulness and one of my favorite books, Meditations by Marcus Arellius. I’ve always been fascinated with philosophy and more specifically stoicism, but haven’t really dug into as much as I want to. I’ve always had a practical outlook on life and never had interest in mysticism or philosophy as a major. With that said, stoicism and empiricism seem to me to be practical philosophies and ones of which I want to learn more about. One driving force to my seeking of stoic philosophy has been the ever clear absence of it in modern teaching and culture, even before I knew there was a name for it. I’m excited for this course and the opportunity to apply further lessons of stoicism in my life.


I am Brody. I am a high schooler who will be going to college in the fall. I want to focus on self-improvement this summer, including improving my character, specifically self-discipline and mindfulness.


Hello everyone. I’m Tahna from California. I stumbled upon Stoicism–well–today, on this site. I’d vaguely heard of it before but never knew much about it. After reading the preliminary information from this course, I think the Stoic point of view matches the way I think (or try to think) about the world around me. I am curious to learn more and looking forward to this course.

Hi, I’m Nicolle, I’m from western Canada. I’ve recently been introduced to stoicism and it really speaks to me as a philosophy. It seems in line with my own personal values and I’m interested to practice it in a mindful way.

Hello all,

My name is Gaudencio from california, I am here to learn more about stoicism. Ive read a little about it here and there and it seems to follow the path that I believe will bring me the most contentment with life.


My name is Jackson and I’m excited to take this course. I have long considered myself a stoic, as that was the word used to describe Minnesotan lifestyle. (I was raised in MN.) Recently I discovered that stoicism could be an intentional life philosophy and not just an attribute. My curiosity is peaked and I believe this is a good place to start.

Hello all,
I’m Nick; 28 from Louisiana, US. Stoicism keeps just seeming to find its way into my life lately. I happened to get into Aurelius’ Meditations a while ago on a whim, and the concept has been coming up in random conversations/ruminations ever since. So when I got wind of this course (reddit browsing), I figured it was too much of a continuing coincidence to ignore, and decided to join.

I’ve always been pretty reserved by nature, and a bit of an unwitting stoic as a result. I have been kind of shaken up recently, though, by some personal events in my life, so I hope this course will offer a bit of guidance for me to not “stray off the path” too much.

I can’t wait for it to start. See you all soon.

Hi my name is Jonathan. I’m from the southern United States and I’m interested in learning more about the actual practices of this philosophical system. The book The Obstacle is the Way helped me last year when I was in a bad place so I’m interested in the unrelenting mindset of Stoicism.

Hello all, Glen here in the USA, I have read a few brief articles about this subject and interested in learning some more via an online course.

Hello! My name is Dan and I am a college student. I know what my goals are, but all I do is wasting my time playing video games,watching TV etc. . I wish to gain self control to accomplish my goals.

Hi everyone,
I’m Michael from Virginia. I’m a PhD student in Counselor Education and Supervision. I’ve been interested in Marcus Aurelius and Epictetus for quite a while and how stoic thought has influenced modern psychotherapy. I’m looking forward to learning more about different aspects of Stoic practice.

Hi! My name is Mario. I’m an engineer and I’ve only been exposed to Stoicism for the past couple of months after reading Ryan Holiday’s The Obstacle is the Way. I also just finished Meditations. I’m completely hooked and I want to apply these concepts to my life indefinitely because I’ve allowed my negative emotions and worrisome thinking take control of my life for too long now.

I’m Arnold from Sevenoaks, England.
I enrolled on the course as a beginning to being more resilient and mindful.

Hi, I am Ian. I read Medications a month or so after having cognitive-behavioral therapy. I would like help understanding more of this subject.

Hi! I’m Ashley, and I live in Minnesota, USA. I participated in Stoic Week, and am eager to dig deeper with this course. I’ve also re-established a meditation practice recently as a tool for dealing with Chronic Pain, and am curious to see how this course will complement (or not) that practice.

I’ve read The Antidote and Guide to the Good Life, and am currently working through Meditations. I highly recommend all of the above!

Hello all,
My name is Gabriel from Pennsylvania, USA and I am 23 years old. I am a Cyber Security Specialist, educated in Information Security and Digital Forensics. I have little to no philosophical education/background, however, I have looked into Buddhism as a means for self-help/guidance/advice. I am interested to see what kind of Stoic principles I can apply to enhance my perceptions on life.

I’m Bryan, Kansas City, Mo., USA. A friend of mine with a background in psychology shared the link to this site, I suspect because he’d like me to have a healthy channel for my incessant prattling about philosophy and what a virtuous life might mean. I think he’s on to something.

Hi Bryan! I’m glad you signed up. I figured this course would be up your alley. Did you browse the “Popular Books on Stoicism” Goodreads list linked above? I was wondering if you own any of those at the moment.

I have Epictetus and Seneca, new editions of Seneca and Aurelius on the way tonight. (I’ve been meaning to pick up a copy of Meditations for months and this prompted me to do it.) The other, newer ones are new to me. I look forward to looking into them.

Hello everyone, my name is Carlos and I am an aspiring counselor-in-training from Texas, U.S. I am just vaguely familiar with stoicism, but I am hoping this course will provide me with the resilience I will need in my long and difficult journey ahead through my internship. Additionally, I am curious as to how stoic principles may be applied in a therapeutic setting, seeing as our course facilitator is a cognitive-behavioral psychotherapist.

Hi everyone, my name is Charlotte and I’m a medical student. I was introduced to stoicism in a lecture at my campus and am interested in learning more about it as a way to cultivate mindfulness.

Hello everybody. I’m Ali from Kansas. I have an M.S. in Clinical Psychology and spent three years working toward a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology but switched careers. Now I sell cigars and take photos for a living and couldn’t be happier. Excelsior!

Hi all,

I’m Chris, a university student from Ontario Canada (sorry…), and have been looking for a way to better maintain my mental health without relying on external factors. I’ve done some (very) light philosophical reading in the past as well as watched video series like crash-course philosophy, however this will be my first time involving others in my philosophical searching. My personal goal is to bring myself past mere self-awareness and into self-actualization.

Hi, I’m Mallory (of Kansas City, USA). I was introduced to stoicism while earning a bachelor’s degree in English about ten years ago. If I’m being honest, I haven’t thought about it much since then. But I’m a fan of online classes and was intrigued when I heard about this one–looking forward to participating!

Good day (or evening) all,
My name is Jeremy and I am a soon-to-be graduate w/ a masters in Counseling, which will then hopefully be followed in due course by a Ph.D. in either Industrial/Organizational Psych., Neuropsych., or in a perfect world a blending of those two with a separate in history. Alas. I have long been familiar, with the very basic tenets of Stoicism and as it turns out am quite stoic by nature – purely by chance, rather than by study. While I do not share the theoretical approach of Dr. Robertson, I am still quite interested in how stoic principles can be applied to a counseling setting. I am a proponent in my own practice of mindfulness and acceptance-based approaches, as well as insight-focused approaches, and an quite curious to learn more about this for my own edification and, therefore, for the benefit of my clients.

Hi all
I’m back for another course of Stoic Training. I completed the course last year. I found the Values exercise particularly valuable, and would like to revisit that. I have also benefited from some of the exercises I learnt.
Hope everyone find something beneficial in the course.


I’m Paulo. I’m looking for simplicity and resilience. This course goes to meet my goals.

Hi – I’m Joyce. I have been reading books and blogs on stoicism within the past few months and stumbled upon this course. Looking forward to learning on ways to apply it to my life.

Hi there, I’m Adam from South Africa. This is my 2nd or 3rd year doing this course.
I’ve been interested in Stoicism for the past 4 or so years and it has greatly influenced my life in uncountable ways. I look forward to this new-format course and hope to learn (always a student!) and help others where I can.

My name is Gary. I was drawn to this course after I read comments about it on WordPress. I am interested in the similarities and differences between the concepts on this course and the course I am doing with the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids.
Historically I studied Buddhism and have an interest in Mindfulness. While Mindfulness is a popular approach at present I have for some time introduced into my personal and professional life as a Therapist.
I feel I may benefit from this course by finding greater resilience in times of difficulty.

Hi, Im Carlos, met Stoicism trough some blogs about financial lifestyle, wich introduced the book “a guide to the good life. the ancient art of stoic joy: from irwin; it got me so deep, where i found too many aspects in where i was already in some form, a stoic; since then have been reading seneca, epitetus e a whole lot on the net, found a lot of similarities on the books of Nassim Taleb and have to tell u that what it did to my like in the last 6-10 months, has changed it completely, for good.
Very interested in the course, as feel like have to learn about the stoic practices, as what i have been doing until now, is a lot instinctive only; My only problem is that i’ll be traveling offshore for a few days at the end of june, and might not be abble to complete the tasks on those days… dont know if it might be a problem or if i could do it a bit delayed. Cheers

Hello. I’m Manny and although I haven’t read much about Stoicism I know it has several principles than can be applied to our (modern) daily lives, and that’s what brought me here.


My name is Bill.
I became interested in Stoicism after stumbling across it a few times over the past few years.
Last year I thought about doing the Stoic week, but it didn’t happen.
I live in Melbourne, Australia, and would be happy to meet up with others during the course.

Hi, I’m Cora, I’m doing this as I saw it pop up on reddit. I have a current mindfulness practice already. I like studying ancient Western philosophy and I’m interested in how it compares to the Buddhist philosophy that most current MBSR programs are based on. I have read Meditations and appreciated some of the concepts. Looking forward to seeing how this course goes 🙂

Greetings, all! I stumbled in here through a side door, thanks to a post from a friend on Facebook. I’m a huge fan of Albert Ellis’ psycho-philosophy of REBT, which is based upon stoic principles. Though I’ve studied and applied Ellis’ principles to my life for many years, I didn’t appreciate the full extent to which they related to stoicism until I read Don Robertson’s book “The Philosophy of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy” a few years ago. I was amazed! And these last few years I’ve taken a special interest in mindfulness and how it can be combined with REBT. So, needless to say, this Stoic Mindfulness & Resilience Training seems to be just what I need at this time. Looking forward to doing it!

My name is Paul and I live in Seattle. I have a strong interest in how to live a “good” life and realized that this requires a comprehensive personal philosophy of life.

The Stoic tradition of applying logic and reason to drive behavior in pursuit of Virtue as the highest good is something that resonates strongly with me

It is clear to me that Stoic philosophy is great for those coping with terrible situations like war, poverty, illness, etc. What I hope to get out of this course is a greater understanding of how Stoic philosophy can help one live a “good” life in less dire circumstances.

Hi, I’m Ali.
I come across Stoicism after going through some podcast from History of Philosophy. I found that the three Roman Stoics are very interesting figures. So, now I’m trying to emulate their characters within my life.

Hello. My sister introduced me to the Stoic philosophy as a way of living a happy life. I think I practice some forms of stoicism but would like to know more so I can build better resilience to difficult life events. I look forward to participating in this course.

Hi I’m Mike. I’m interested in Stoic philosophy, having heard of it through a friend, Peter Adamson’s podcast and other philosophy I’ve come across.

Hi I am Rudra. I came to know about stoicism from reddit.
I find stoic philosophy quite prudent and I hope to gain more insights into the stoic way of living and its practical application rather than philosophical and theoretical part.
Looking forward to this course.


Hi, I’m Mony from France. I’m 30 and I am a digital marketer. I also juggle with several business related projects so I’m quite busy, but I’ll do my best to follow the course!

This is my second SMRT session and I also attended to Stoic Week 2015. I learned a lot in these events and reading/practicing Stoicism help me becoming a better person day after day. This course will be a refresher for me and I will be very happy to learn within this community.


I am a 77 years old man still interested in learning and especially how to best deal with the challenges of aging. Experience does help develop perspective on life and is one of the benefits of growing older. Stoicism seems also to be an excellent help toward gaining perspective and perhaps easier.

Al Hannigan

Hi Al,

This is great. Old age is not precisely what inspired me to sign up for the course, but it has certainly been on my mind a lot of late and your note gives me hope.


Hi my name is Barry. I’m 63 years old, retired, and therefore freer (and more inclined) to undertake a philosophical re-examination and re-formulation of the fundamental values and principles by which I judge the world and guide myself.

I was raised as an Orthodox Jew but felt atheistic doubts even in the third grade. By the time of my Bar Mitzvah I was sure that I did not believe in any god. Since then, many aspects of my improvised approaches to life seem to me have derived from or been adapted from Stoicism. I tend to be wary of systems of thought which claim to provide comprehensive guides to the practice of living but Stoicism feels to me more like a collection of “rules of thumb” than it does a divinely ordained last-word system.

One of my chief concerns about Stoicism is that while it provides many specific techniques for evaluating and cultivating one’s individual values and virtues, it does not seem to be nearly as helpfully detailed about how to evaluate and cultivate collective ethical, social and political values and virtues. I fear that the study of Stoicism may too easily reinforce an exaggerated individualism that can detract from our considerations of what we owe each other, of what a good community or state might be. I am hoping that this course will provide me with the resources to address my qualms in this regard.

Hi Berry,

you made a very good point and I hope this course will help you find some answers.
Stoicism tells us to consider ourselves to be a part of the human race and contribute to its welfare, but I don’t know how this could be applied practically on a large scale.
I do not believe in an divinely ordained universe either, but I feel a strong need to find a meaningful philosophy of life. For now, I believe that the universe is single living thing, and I do my best to respect every form of life, contributing to their conservation and protection.

Good luck with the training,

Hi I’m a 61 year old, recently retired male. I’m really interested in stoicism and have read fairly extensively on the subject, especially the Roman stoics. I’ve recently spent time on a mindfulness retreat and I’m keen to incorporate the principles of stoicism / mindfulness into my daily activity.

I’m a 67 year old man. I think I must have read some philosophy book intended for general audiences a few years ago and became interested in stoicism. I read a couple of the easy intro books listed in the good reads section and signed up for Stoicism Today where I saw this course. Since my recent practice of stoicism has been mostly in abeyance, I thought this might be an opportunity to get re-inspired.

Hello to everyone,
My name is Alison and I am doing this course for the third time. Two years ago on my first attempt I really learnt so much of value and it definitely was a life influencer. Last year I became unwell and unable to complete it so I’m looking forward to another bash on the 19th. I’m an avid follower of Stoicism Today and I find that learning of other people’s experiences of Stoic practice and how it helps them to cope with adversity gives me courage to face life challenges. Stoicism is not a philosophy to study it is a philosophy to do.

Hi Everyone,

My name is Anthony and I am 29 years old. I am new to Stoicism. I signed up for this course to learn more about Stoicism and how I can apply it to my everyday life.

Hi, my name is Jens. I am 36 years old and over the past few days various inputs have brought my interest to resilience, mindfulness and stoicism, and how they can help us in everyday life. I am really excited to see, if this course can practically support me to put all of this into practice. Looking forward to four exciting weeks!

Hi everyone. My name is Meirion and I was made aware of stoicism a few years back by someone at work. I have had a few challenges in my life over the last few years and I have tried to use some stoic ideas as part of my ‘toolkit’ to help reduce stress. I do know much about practical philosophy and I’ve not done any formal training in stoicism so I am looking forward to this.

Hello, I’m Jim and I’ve been interested in the modern day benefits of Stoic philosophy for around 15 years. I try to use it, as I interpret it, in everyday life and feel that it contributes enormously but feel I’m only scratching the surface. I look forward to increasing my mindfulness and wish everyone success over the coming weeks.


My name is Brad Garrison and I am 51 years old. I’m primarily an autodidact (though I have some college) and have had an attraction to ‘self-improvement’ since I was a young person. After some false starts – including thinking for a time that I was a Randian – I found Stoicism came the closest to what I was looking for. Years ago, I encountered the name of Epictetus as part of reading ‘A Man in Full’ by Tom Wolfe. Since then, I have read the works of both Epictetus and Marcus Aurelius as well as ‘A Guide to the Good Life,” by William B. Irvine. My training has been entirely of my own creation, so I am grateful this course exists and am excited about what it hopes to accomplish.

I found this course through a post on Twitter. I missed the event in 2015, so I was watching for it in 2016.

Good luck to everyone,


Hey everyone, my name is Nathan. This is my first experience with an intensive practice of the stoicism ideals. I’m 21, so this should stand as a great learning experience for me. I love taking philosophy and applying them to daily actions, as it should be.

Hi All- I’m Alex, 45 years old. I’m a college administrator but my background is in philosophy. Despite years of courses in philosophy and political philosophy, I had hardly any exposure to the stoics until my uncle happened to introduce me to them. I’ve been reading and trying to practice stoicism for the past two years. I’ve read Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, William Irvine, Donald Robertson (our course facilitator!). I’ve also listened to quite a few podcasts–my favorite is Matt van Natta’s “Good Fortune” podcast. If you haven’t listened, check it out: http://immoderatestoic.com/good-fortune/ . Very practical.

HI Alex,
thanks for your recommendation, I didn’t know this podcast!
I have a background in philosophy and political philosophy too, and, like you, I have only recently discovered Stoicism.
Good luck with the training!


Hi all,

My name is Greg, I am 46 years old with little experience in Stoicism outside philosophy classes in college 25 years ago. I was lucky enough to get exposed to it back then, as well as a bit of mindfulness practice in Buddhism. I had a friend recommend this training course and am excited to work on this as a group endeavor.

My name is Matthew, I live in Australia and spend the majority of my ‘physical’ time with my family and youths.

I don’t have time for this course, which is why I am doing it.

My response to the Stoic Attitudes and Behaviours Scale demonstrated a significant incongruence between my attitudes and behaviours.

Working in the area of youth development I have often been asked to question the ‘Nature versus Nurture’ relationship. I am thinking about it from idea that ‘Nature is Nurture’.

Another reason I am doing this course is my understanding that it will be a ‘sort’ of apprenticeship where I can learn by doing and benefiting from the experiences of those who have lived ‘virtue’.

Best Regards,

I’m David Bower and I have been following the Stoic forum on the social network for over a year. I have done one course so far. Its a beautiful philosophy and since the time I started, I have found new inner reserves of strength and as a result have begun to do things I never been able to do before. Latest development long distance open sea swimming!

I am a 34 year old interested in applying the philosophy of Stoicism to improving my career and personal relationships. I have had a lifelong on and off struggle with anxiety and procrastination. While I know there are no silver bullets, I am hoping that what I learn from this course will be of some use to dealing with these issues.

I am Nathan Foster, 29 years old. I was introduced to this training session through a post on Reddit.com/r/stoicism. I had suffered from mild depression when I was younger, so I delved into the world of philosophy to try and help me find myself. While researching the different schools of thought, stoicism gave me the strength to continue with some of the pain and anguish I went through.

Greetings fellow students of Stoicism.
Hi! I’m Dena. I’m 41 and have had only a small exposure to Stoicism but it is something I am interested to know more about. I had heard about Stoic week just over a year ago, but never got to participate, so I am excited something like this is available. Thanks so much for putting this on!

I look forward to learning and discussing more here in the course.

Hello, I am Ted. Age 65, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I have been learning from Stoicism Today since Stoic Week of 2013, at a time when I had finished radiation treatment and was waiting surgery for cancer. I am doing well now and in part, this is due to a positive and realistic attitude shaped by Stoic readings and practice. I found one of the “Premeditatios” of Seneca of great help in finding acceptance and a way to think to the future, allow others to worry for me and accept the very good work of the surgeon without needing a guarantee in advance.
Now I am back to volunteer work and continue my reading. I must confess I read other writings as well as the Stoics.
I am looking forward to going a bit deeper and keeping a focus on living life in a “virtuous” and happy way. I try to be a vessel of good wherever I can, but accept my limitations.

Hi Ted,

I was really impressed by your story and introduction, especially the last lines, when you say you try to be a vessel of good.
I am very happy to hear Stoicism helped you cope through difficult times and wish you well!


I’m Daniel Coulton Shaw – husband, father, friend, healthcare entrepreneur, stoic, productivity enthusiast. Looking forward to the course!

I am Victoria Field, a writer and poetry therapist based in Canterbury, Kent, UK. I am fascinated by Stoicism as a way of building resilience and capacity to lead a joyful, meaningful life. I hope I can stay the course this time having dipped in last year.

Hello, I’m Emma, 29, and live in Newcastle in the UK. I participated in the last two Stoic Week courses during a particularly stressful time, both in terms of personal relationships and work, and found I am increasingly able to approach things with more calm and self-awareness. I very much look forward to experiencing Stoicism in a bit more depth this time around.

Hallo, my name is Jan, 32, PhD student in Philosophy and father of two children. I am searching for a spiritual praxis which I would be able to incorporate into my everyday life. I hope for getting rid of couple of unhelpful habits of mine. I have some experience with Buddhist insight and mindfulness meditation which I respect very much, but I found it pity to know so little about spiritual praxis of Stoa – which is what brought me here.

Greetings. I’m Mary, and I live in the U.S. Midwest. I joined this course because I’ve been interested in Stoicism for a while and because I’m facing some challenges (emotional and financial) that I’m hoping the practice of Stoicism might help me to meet.
My favorite book on Stoicism so far is the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius. I find that his words help shift my focus when I’m upset and remind me of the bigger picture. I also like opening up the book at random, or at one of the many sticky notes I’ve added over the years, and being reassured and comforted by some brief bit of powerful insight. I’ve found that short takes can be very helpful when I’m upset or distracted.
I’m looking forward to learning more about Stoicism and most of all to applying what I learn in my everyday life.

Greetings, I am Will, 65, retired, interested in a deeper understanding and practice of both Stoicism and Mindfullness. Looking forward to the course, curious to see what is most helpful for others.

Hi, my name is Gonzalo. 23 years old. I’m an engineer. I found this lessons on reddit. I’m here to build my resilience.

Hello, I am Mike. Age 48 residing in Roanoke Virginia, USA. I have had an interest in Stoicism since late 2013 / early 2014 when I stumbled upon the article “Want An Unconquerable Mind? Try Stoic Philosophy” on the Forbes website. I find find Stoicism to be compatible with the ways I try to think and behave and have been consuming ancient Stoic texts. Currently I am working through Hays’ translation of Aurelius’ Meditations and taking time every few days to copy a few sections that really speak to me and re-writing it in my own words. I participated in SMRT last year as well as the last couple of Stoic Weeks and hope to more fully participate in SMRT this year.

Hello, I am Kiddoe, living a simple life on a narrowboat in England, UK. I came across Socrates and Socratic Questioning whilst preparing to facilitate an Action Learning programme to embed change for a large organisation, this led me on to Stoicism as a philosophy. I now work with homeless individuals who often present with mental ill health and whilst researching personality disorders came across the Stoic Virtues of: Wisdom, Justice, Courage, Self Discipline (Temperance?) as an ‘antidote’ to problematic outcomes in histrionic personality disorder. I have mixed opinions about the value of personality disorder diagnoses, so whilst researching further came across this course and it resonated with me. I want to build my resilience and explore stoicism as a potential tool for supporting some of the people I work with.

Hello, my name is Sergey.
I have been attracted to the Stoic thought for a while now but find it difficult to apply its principles in practice. I’m also slightly incredulous that it can be helpful in achieving real life goals and not just internal tranquility.
I’m here to see if my doubts are well-founded and conduct an experiment in easing some of my current worries.

Hi–my name’s Chuck and I live in California. I’ve been reading about Stoicism sporadically over the last few months (the Irvine & Robertson books, as well as dipping in and out of the original source books: Seneca, Marcus Aurelius, Epictetus, Musonius Rufus). I think my big problem is finding the discipline to actually practice the Stoic exercises, so I’m hoping this class will help with that.

Hi, just started reading about stoicism and its way of living makes a lot of sense. I hope to learn more.

Hello. My name is Eric, I am 54 years old, and from England. I am a former psychiatric nurse of some 32 years.
Over the last 4-5 years, particularly, I have tried to bring some clearer understanding to my life and what the future holds for me.
I have recently read a couple of books on Stoicism and feel it closely reflects my current perspectives on life.
I hope to achieve greater understanding and awareness of Stoicism, and myself.

Good luck to all participants!

Hai there, I’m Femke, 35 years old, mother of two daugthers en married for almost 9 years.
I’m a weightconsultant en mental coach and in that aspect i am taking this course. I’m strong believer that your mindset is key in how you look at the world. I even have a tattoo of a quote from Marcus Aurelius on my back (het leven van een mens is wat zijn gedachten ervan maken).
I also believe in accepting what you can’t change and changing what you can’t accept and the wisdom of knowing the difference between the two.
From this course i would like to be more aware of these beliefes in my dialy life and hopefully come across some exercises i can use in my pratise as a weight consultant.

Good luck to all of you.

Hi, my name is Vincent. I’ve been interested in Stoic thought for about two years, after I stumbled upon Marcus Aurelius’s Meditations. While I find many aspects of Stoicism beautiful and useful, I find others harsh and possibly alienating. This course seems like an interesting way to determine the costs of adopting such a strict “worldview”, and whether the perceived benefits are enough to justify them.

Hello, I’m Ron. I’m 56 years old and live in the Netherlands. Way back I studied physics and since long I’ve been interested in science and philosophy. I just recently stumbled on the Stoics through an online introduction by philosopher Massimo Pigliucci who I have been following for some time now (Rationally Speaking, Scientia Salon). I’m a father of two, a husband, a skeptic, a naturalist and secular humanist, but also just a simple mortal prone to the frustration of day-to-day office combat (sic). I hope to be able to better handle keeping my distance from things that are not under my control. I also want to find out how stoic principles translate to the modern world, since certain aspects of stocism (e.g. divination) seem in need of revisement in the light of scientific progress.

Good luck to all participants!

My name is Peter. I am a retired school teacher. I, like Donald, live in Canada (a little town outside Toronto). I have participated in and completed “Stoic Week” since 2014. I enjoyed the experience have joined this program mainly out of curiosity. I have to say that I am not a “social media type” (I’ve never used Facebook or Twitter), so I will mainly view the comments posted here and rarely comment. I hope that will be OK.
I am looking forward to this coming Sunday.
Cheers everyone.

Hello all,

My name is Mark, a 33 y/o marine engineer. I’ve found myself constantly worrying about the future and regretting past mistakes. I even wrote a novel about someone who suffers from the same issue, hoping it’d be a therapeutic process to work out the character’s story. It helped at the time to illustrate that I had no control over most things, but I want a structure of thought, not a fleeting lesson. I’ve been interested in applying the principles of Stoicism to my life, and this seems like an excellent course to process the world rationally and logically. Best of luck to all, looking forward to learning.

Hello. My name is Hanley and I live in the United States. I am investigating Stoicism as a tool to help build mental resiliency and make meaning in my life. I am looking forward to learning from this course and my fellow participants.

Hello everyone,

My name is Alex and I live in the United States. I am a 23 year old college student currently majoring in Communications, with my end goal being the acquisition of a degree in Library & Information Science.

My interest in stoicism came about after reading “The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking” by Oliver Burkeman. The book is not explicitly based in Stoicism, but certainly has many aspects of the ideology within it.

I believe that Stoicism has the potential to teach us a great amount about mindfulness and how to be truly content. I look forward to the next four weeks with this course and with all of those that have chosen to participate. I wish the best to all of you.

Hello. My name is Dan and I’m a 36 year old software engineer in the US. I first heard about Stoicism through William Irvine’s book “On Desire”. I’m currently reading his “Guide to the Good Life”. I was exposed a bit more through Tim Ferris and most recently through early episodes of the Rationally Speaking podcast.

I plan on using this course as an opportunity to reflect on what my values are and I hope to gain a measure of tranquility with respect to what I am able to accomplish.

Hello ! I’m Maime from France. I live in Limoges and near Paris too. I have a life quite complicate so few months ago I did the Stoic Week to try to live it better. Now, I practice the morning and evening meditation exercices (like during the Stoic Week) and I participate in Stoa Gallica, a french-speaking facebook group about stoicism. I read the Epictetus Handbook and now i’m reading the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius.

For me, stoicism is a way to live better my life, and to be more virtuous, that means identify what’s wrong with me to correct it.

I’m sorry for my english that’s not good. I hope you understand me well.

Hello from the city of the “Stoa poikile”. My name is Vassilis and I am an amateur lover of philosophy. I became interested in modern stoicism about 7 months ago, when I first heard about Stoic Week 2015. From then on, I became a regular reader of modern day Stoics’ blogs and articles like Mr. Robertson, Mr. Pigliucci, Mr. Selars and other. Find below, for your reference, some of those blogs on modern Stoicism:


Looking forward to this course,


Hello, my name is Graham and I am from England. I’ve a long standing interest in japanese culture and was introduced to buddhism from there. I found some of the central ideas of buddhism attractive (sources of suffering, illusory nature of perception) but the overall package just didn’t sit right with me. A few years ago I was introduced to Stoicism by an old friend and started reading about it in details from then on. There are similarities to buddhism, but it seemed a better fit with much of the way I was thinking and offered a practical way to employ those ideas in my life. Up until now I’ve not managed to persistently employ stoic practices but had resolved to take part in the next Stoic Week course to try and make a start. This course is a bit longer than the week I had anticipated but here I am and I’m looking forward to the challenge.
I found “A Guide to the Good Life” by William B. Irvine was a very good introduction to stoicism and it’s practical applications.

Hi everyone,
I’m Lyn, am English and I am retired.
Like Alex, I too have been reading “The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking” by Oliver Burkeman and decided it confirmed some of my reservations about the happiness self-help books so I decided to investigate Stoicism a little further. I have never previously had any involvement or background in philosophy so the language and ideas are all new to me. I am not even sure I know what mindfulness is, I have read a little about it but still am no wiser.
I hope we all get something really useful from this.

Hi, I’m Tanya. I live in the very hot deserts of the USA and I wish it would rain 🙂

I’ve been practicing Stoicism actively for about 3 1/2 years ago and truthfully much longer without knowing that’s what it was. However, lately I’ve gotten out of the daily practices so I’d like to use this course to kind of go back to basics and make sure those are solid. I feel so much more at peace with myself when I do that – and there is a lot going on in my life to make that important.

I’ve already posted my favorite books in the other spot but I will say that Goodreads list is fantastic. There are books on there I’ve never heard of and I look forward to reading them.


I am ayke, 37 years old. I have been interested in stoicism since i read a year ago the shortness of life by seneca. This month will be a good way to bring stoic practice nore into my life.

Hello, my name is Lindsay and I am from the U.S. and pursuing a degree in Ecopsychology. I have never formally studied Stoicism, and I am glad this class deals with the more practical uses of the teachings than philosophic theory. It seems to me that if stoic thinking (emphasizing environmental/social virtue vs. profits) were employed large scale, we could generate impressive progress in solving various global problems. I am thankful to be here and look forward to the coming weeks.

Hi Lindsay,
this sounds so interesting! I’ve never thought about the practical implications of Stoicism on a global scale when it comes to environment and social virtue vs profit.
Good luck with your studies then, keep us posted!


Hi, my name is Vittorio,

I’m currently living in England. I heard about stoicism 2 years ago and when I read further into it I found, like many other people, that stoicism resonated with my core values and beliefs. My goal is to implement stoicism as a system to bring equanimity to my life.

Hi My name is Veronica. I am English and 69 years old. I have been interested in and attracted to a range of religious and philosophical disciplines which have never quite fitted the bill – my bill, whatever that is. It is a life’s work to understand one’s self and a supporting discipline is undoubtedly valuable. Stoicism seems to offer a valuable way but consistently applying anything, is not one of my strengths. I am concerned about the amount of time involved in this course but I can see the value of it, and will try to stick with it.

Hello! I’m a 31 year old Swede, currently living in Barcelona, Spain. Because of my job as a IT consultant I’m more or less location independent and I’ve seized this opportunity, for the last two and a half years, to not only visit but live in different places around the world.

I found Stoicism in autumn 2014. Read through Meditations from end to end and loved Aurelius’ teachings from the first pages. Since then I’ve read more on stoicism (see list below), other philosophies, and last year I participated in Stoic Week.

Stoicism has made a huge impact on my life and I’m looking forward to continuing this journey for many years to come.

A Guide to the Good Life
Letters from a Stoic
The Obstacle Is the Way
On the Shortness of Life

Hello, my name is Callum and I live in the UK.

I am currently a student and came across Stoicism while reading Marcus Aurelius’s meditations and after reading some Epictetus and Cicero realised that the philosophy chimed with my personal views on ethics and life up to this point. I have since worked on reading and learning more about this philosophy which led me to the Stoicism today blog and then to this course. I am looking forward to taking part in this course and learning what I am able.

Good morning,
My name is Robert and I am from southern Virginia. I am a practicing attorney and PhD student studying the Scottish Enlightenment and the influence of the Stoics upon it. I am learning more about meditation and mindfulness and I believe this course to be a good compliment to that.

My favorite Stoic text is The Meditations, Francis Hutcheson’s translation is my favorite:


Morning all,

I’m Erynn and currently located in Tennessee. I’m in the process of completing my Master’s thesis within Experimental Psychology and plan to pursue a Ph. D. in Heath Psychology and related CAM/Medical Botany fields. I stumbled upon SMRT earlier this morning and believe it fits well within my personal ideologies and life goals. I’m very eager to learn more about the practical applications of Stoicism as well as engaging with the like-minded individuals attending this course.

Hi all. My name is Abi and I’m a 22-year old Linguistics grad living in Scotland. I’ve always been keen on philosophy but only recently began to delve into stoicism and its practices after buying a copy of the Meditations on a whim. I have often turned to philosophy books to help me cope through difficult times and found it a great comfort. The principles of stoicism struck a chord with me and, after exploring the ideas a little more, I felt as if a weight had been lifted – or, perhaps I should say, as if I could tap into some underlying strength to allow myself to better bear the weight. My knowledge of the discipline is still very basic, so in doing this course I hope to solidify and expand my grasp of it all. Investing fully in the pursuit of virtue and upholding the stoic ‘attitude’ seems to me an incredibly good way to equip oneself for life.

My name is Josh. I’m hoping to learn some constructive ways to apply Stoic ideas to my life practically. The ideas behind Stoicism (and CBT, too) make a lot of sense to me on paper but I often find that trying to apply them results in me feeling worse. When trying to look at things through the Stoic lens, I find there is a lot ammunition for one to berate oneself with (e.g., I notice the gap between how I should theoretically be feeling (or not feeling) and how I am feeling, and I feel worse) or for one to feel fatalistic and helpless. So I’m looking for ways to apply the ideas which result in me feeling less bad and more empowered.
I’m also hoping to get better at keeping these ideas and attitudes to hand, as opposed to just something I think about at a set time during the day but forget about in the heat of the moment, as it were.

Hi Josh,
you made a very interesting point. It made me think about my experience with meditation. I often feel bad because thoughts keep popping up in my mind while I am trying to focus on the present moment and let everything else go. In that case, they say, you shouldn’t not feel guilty or bad. You should just acknowledge the thoughts and watch them go, like clouds in the sky. The more you do it, the easier it gets to focus without distractions.
Not sure this helps in your case but I think it can be applied to your feeling bad because your behaviour is not as it should be. It will slowly get better if you acknowledge your weaknesses and let them be.


Hey Josh, I am definitely struggling with some of the same problems you are experiencing. I have a lot of self imposed negative judgement that I am trying to….retrain? stop? reformulate? I don’t even know where to start, I just know that I can identify that as a problem. I am right there with you.

My name is Glenn McDavid. I have been interested in Stoicism for a few years now and have taken part in the last 2 Stoic weeks. I need to work on internalizing Stoic attitudes in my mind, where I am still too distracted by impressions from the outside world. Since I am 65 years old, retraining my mind is not going to be easy.

Hi Glenn,
Good luck with the training! I think that your willingness to challenge yourself is already a big, sensible step. I know a lot of people that would just say ‘This is who I am!’ instead of testing their attitudes and beliefs.


I have read philosophy of various kinds for years as an interest, not as an academic study.

The notion of using an ancient tradition like Stoicism as an aid to living in today’s world intrigues me.

I do have a question about the use of the term “mindfulness” in a Stoic context. Is it a new usage intended to convey something like “Stoic Awareness” or is it supposed to include some of the connotations “mindfulness” carries in popular culture and in Buddhism?

Hey my name is Patrick. I’ve been interested in learning more about stoic philosophy for a long time so the chance to cut my teeth on some of its practices over the next few weeks seems like the perfect thing to finally get me to commit

I’m Greg. I’ve participated in SMRT since it started, and thought I’d give it another go!

I’m founder of the New York City Stoics, and co-organizer of Stoic Camp NY and STOICON ’16.

My name is Carrie. I want to learn hoe to incorporate the principles of stoicism into my daily life so I can have more control over negative thoughts and feelings.

Hello everyone,

My name is Richard. I stumbled over a tattled copy of Meditations many years ago, and was astonished how the ideas and attitude resonated with me, but didn’t realise that there was a modern day interest in the PRACTICE of Stoicism until I heard about Stoic Week. Reading about that brought me here…

It will be interesting to see what effect being part of a group and having fixed objectives will have

Hello, my name is Camilla. I am 30 years old and I am Italian.
I am really happy to be part of such a big community of people interested in Stoicism!

I have a university background in philosophy but in the last years I have been working as a freelance communication consultant and graphic designer around the world.
I began delving into stoicism by participating in the Stoic Week last November. I am very interested in its practical implications because I constantly worry about the future and suffer from anxiety. I’ve also recently started meditating and think there are many similarities between the two practices.

For the next four weeks, I will do my best to find the discipline to practice Stoic attitudes daily and focus on building a more balanced, fulfilled and content attitude.

Feel free to get in touch to share ideas/challenges/thoughts!

Hi, I’m Vicky. I got made redundant twice last year (Oil industry) and I’d like to feel that I can impose some control and direction in my life. Also I’d like a steer on what I can control and what I can’t control in respect to parenting a teenager who is not making the best life choices right now.

Hi, I’m Stuart.

I am currently in the depths of a very severe relapse of M.E., and it has led me to investigate Stoicism. I am a lifelong Socialist and identify strongly with pacifist traditions, and I have always valued intellectual and moral expansion and investigation.

I came to Stoicism from several angles: Samuel Beckett’s writings, reading about the Roman Empire (Gibbon), some allusions in Borges, and finally some youtube videos including those posted from previous Stoicism Today events.

After having been unable to read due to illness for a period of months, and confronting some of the less welcome thoughts that go along with long term illness, social isolation and poor physical well being, I decided to purchase a copy of Seneca’s Letters to Lucillius. I have progressed through them rapidly (or as rapidly as I am able at present), and have a few pages left which will be read this evening. I also have copies of M.A.’s Meditations and a collection of Epictetus’ writings arriving in the post tomorrow.

I notice that I was already a practicing Stoic, at least to an extent, prior to any of my recent reading and research, but an unclear and muddled initiate prone to political anger and social despair. I am interested in taking part in practical exercises, and to see how they apply to myself while I am seriously restricted in my abilities to socially function due to health, and this seems a good way to try.

I look forward to talking to you all.

I’m Carl, an 18 year old from the United States. I became interested in Stoicism when I picked up a copy of Meditations, and have since tried to incorporate the philosophy into my life (with varying success).
I participated in Stoic Week last year, which helped me develop several good habits, like meditating in the morning and reflecting at night. I’m excited to take the lessons in this course to further help me become happier and flourishing.
While I will be doing a lot of traveling in the next month, I hope to be able to participate in the forums and learn from each others’ posts.


I’m Mark. I stumbled onto this course by following a link in the Stoicism subreddit. I struggle with lots of procrastination and generally see a big gap between my intentions and my actions and thought this course may be able to help.

Me too Mark, I am Singleton. I also used reddit to help me answer some questions about my life which led me the the Stoicism subreddit.

I’m Geoff. I’m here because I heard about Stoic Week a couple years ago and thought about doing it, and then a friend of mine said she was thinking of becoming a Stoic, so I googled and saw that this course was about to begin and thought, why not?

Hi, I’m John. I’m a retired banker, consultant, and, until recently, a part-time librarian. I signed up for this course in 2014 but never began to participate. I’ve been reading about Stoicism since then and am very attracted to the features that I have discovered. I hope to learn more.

Hi, I’m Anna. My interest in Stoicism started with reading Seneca’s letters, and then William Irvine’s book. Since then I’ve been trying to read everything I can, but it gets muddled in my mind and I look forward to the structure a guided program can provide. Happy to be here, and look forward to an interesting four weeks!

Hello. I’m a physician from the USA. I became interested in Stoicism since about September 2015 and have since become avidly immersed in it, reading nearly all the ancient works and one modern, A Stoic Life, by Tad Brennan. I’m currently reading a book on Stoic emotions, by Sorabji. I became interested in Stoicism after facing numerous life challenges which I found unable to cope with and soon realized I had poor coping skills generally. Stoicism helped me realize how to deal with life pressures and not be consumed with worry, regret, and humiliation. I’ve taken part in other events of Donald Robertson, such as Stoic Week 2015 and found it very helpful, so I hope this course to be helpful too. I also have a classical education in Greek and Roman civilization and so am familiar with the subject historically, but ironically, although I’ve known it for 20 years, I never took any interest in Stoicism until recently, even though it stared me right in the face.

My name is Singleton, I came across Stoic concepts through a interest in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques. I have been struggling with depression, anxiety, low self-confidence, and generally negative thoughts. I just finish my M.S. in Geology and have many options in front of me, but feel paralyzed and scared I will make an incorrect decision. I would like to try and form new mindful habits and have more tools to help me cope with difficulties. I also generally would like to have more appreciation and enjoyment out of every day.

Hi, my name is Hugh and I have been interested in Stoicism for a couple years now. I started with “A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy” like many others. I later read “Teach Yourself Stoicism and the Art of Happiness” which really sparked my interest in Stoicism. Since then I have read “Meditations” and plan on working my way through the rest of the main texts available. I am really looking forward to this course to proactively practice and live Stoic principles and ideals. I find it easy to understand and agree with a lot of the teachings but it is another story to live them. I look forward to learning and discussing more about Stoicism.

Hi, I’m Jim, I had an interest in ancient Greek culture for a couple of years now and have come across a little information regarding stoicism. My hope is to learn more and try to implement some of the teachings in my life.

Hi, I’m Mike. I work as an engineer and was attracted to Stoic philosophy after reading Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations last fall. Currently I’m working through Letters from a Stoic. I’ve also always enjoyed history and listened to all of Mike Duncan’s History of Ancient Rome podcast and am now most of the way through Paul Vincent’s Myths and history of Greece and Rome.

I think I have a natural inclination to the Stoic philosophy and am looking forward to the course!

Hello, My name is Ian and I live in Kyoto Japan. I got interested in the Stoa through Stoic week a couple of years ago as well as indirectly through P.G. Wodehouse whose character Jeeves always read Marcus and Spinoza for bed time reading, according to Bertie Wooster. I love the practical implications of the philosophy and I love Epictetus. Good luck to us all (fate permitting of course).

Hello, I’m Pat. I’m an engineering student and work as a technician. Language learning is a big hobby of mine, which led me to becoming interested in lingual history and development, which led me to learning ancient history, which led me to learning about the Greeks and Romans and finally learning of and about Stoic philosophy.

I think Stoicism attracted me so much because a lot of it is in tune with my personality and how I think. I’ve been deeply interested in it for over a month now and have since acquired Meditations, Echiridion, Seneca’s letters, Discourses, as well as several audiobooks that explain the philosophy in general. I haven’t fully read all of the aforementioned books (except Enchiridion) since some of them are tough to read, but I do pick at them slowly.

I’m here because I’d like to learn as much as I can about Stoicism and applying its principles. I look forward to the course and to talking to you all!

Hi, I’m Chris. I’m 25 years old and after years of underachieving and living at home, I am looking to build the healthy habits required to achieve the outcomes that will vastly improve my life situation. I have dabbled in both Mindfulness and Stoicism but have adapted neither into any concrete daily habit or ritual. I am looking to strengthen my self-discipline muscles so that I can take present moment right-action each day in the present moment instead of doing what is easy and comfortable. I desire to be someone who leans into my fears and out of my comfort zone each day so that I can grow and actualize my potential as a human being.

My main goal right now is to finish my preparation for the management training program at my company and take the required action to apply and progress from part time to a full time position, which would afford me the ability to move out of my parents house and into a place of my own… becoming financially independent.

I am looking to develop the following habits:
-Morning meditation
– Daily stretches to rehab my shoulder injury
– Logging my financial transactions and daily budgeting using the “YNAB” app
– Logging all of my calories using the “LoseIt” app and staying below my TDEE calorie limit
– Going to the Gym daily to either do cardio or work on my shoulder rehab regiment
– Daily reading on my Kindle
– Drink more water
– Sleep earlier and wake earlier
– Stop smoking
– Stopping the other bad habits that I know are sabotaging my progress in all of the above areas.

I’m really looking forward to this course. As is the case in many areas of life… I know that will get out of it at least what I put into it. I haven’t really put a ton of effort into anything in a while and grateful to have the opportunity to do so here.
Thanks for giving me the opportunity to type out something meaningful… I feel like I haven’t done much of that since I finished college a couple of years ago.


Best of luck, I hope you achieve at least half if not all of those goals or are well on the way to achieving them by course end !

Hi, I am Marco. I graduated some years ago in philosophy and now I work in the field of bioethics. I became interested in stoicism about two years ago, and since then I have been immersed in it, trying to read and learn what I could from books, sites, forums and conversations with fellow academics. My interest in stoicism derives from my curiosity about the diverse ways in which, throughout history, diverse cultures have answered to the central question “How should I live my life?”. After studying contemporary moral philosophy and ethics for a while, I became dissatisfied with most of the contemporary views that are currently popular; hence, I started looking somewhere else. Thus I found three of the main elements that are currently shaping my personal inquiry to find my personal answer to the above question: (i) my interest in stoicisms (and philosophy) as a way of living as seen through the lenses of contemporary science–especially psychology; (ii) a theoretical interest in virtue ethics; (iii) an interest in comparing the teaching of ancient Western philosophy with the teaching of Eastern philosophy, and especially with those of the Zen Buddhism as practiced by famous Japanese swordsmen. I work as an academic, and I practice the martial arts of kendo and iaido.

Hi I’m Jan
Certainly interested in practising stoicism (it supports my penchant for decluttering everything). However, not big on theory. In fact, no matter how many times I tried, I always got a WRONG for the preliminary knowledge check questions. Getting confused with questions such as these will most likely see me quitting (troubleshooting). Otherwise, am looking forward to the course.

Hello, I’m Hanne, retired, and from Denmark. My main goal with this course is to learn coping with my chronic pain and physical discomfort. Maybe even be able to live without painkillers and be myself again. I hope this course will give me some tools to make life a little bit easier.

Hi, my name is Harry and I’ve stumbled onto this course a bit late in the day. I’m very interested in the philosophy behind the idea of stoicism and I believe my nature is naturally suited towards it. However, this may be wrong headed but I’ll find out over the next few weeks.

Hi I’m Lisa, a 21 year old South African student of Chemistry and Biochemistry. I first learned about Stoicism on the Tim Ferriss podcast (http://feeds.feedburner.com/thetimferrissshow) and for some reason saw it as a foot in the door to start learning Philosophy in general, which I’ve always been interested in but never really made an attempt to investigate properly. By now I’ve read Meditations and Letters from a Stoic and adopted some habits that help me to really absorb Stoicism into my life instead of just reading about it. For example I journal every day in response to certain sensations or thoughts, quite similarly to what Marcus Aurelius did in his Meditations, but more personalized and annoying to read. I’m eager for this opportunity to really immerse myself further in Stoic principles. I find it challenging to keep myself accountable and hope this course will help me to be more disciplined, giving the structure to my day that I need.

Hi my name is Sam (Sammy really),

I am 34 years old and have just recently taken an interest in stoicism in the past few weeks, I came across this course by chance and am doing this with the hope of finding a way of being that feels authentic, honest and ‘good’. Also I hope it will help me be a better father and possibly provide some skills and tools that I can one day pass down to my daughters.

Best wishes to everyone involved that we all get the most out of this experience.

Hi, my name is Andrea and I have three small children and work full time. I think I need a practice to manage my emotional reactions, and found the book “The Art of Stoic Joy” to be really inspirational. I am hoping that the discipline of participating in a course will help me to integrate practices into my life which I can continue after the four weeks have elapsed. I’m looking forward to it!

Hello, my name is Gene. I have dabbled around the edges of Stoicism for a year or so. I’ve read some of the major authors works and have made attempts at following the main guidelines. So far, I would admit that I haven’t been able to fully incorporate any of the daily practices which are recommended by the philosophy even though they make a lot of sense.
By following this course I hope to make stoicism more a part of my daily life and wish the same for all other participants.

My name is Ryan. I first was introduced to Stoicism by Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s Antifragile and I’ve attempted in fits and starts to make it a deeper habit, but very little has stuck.

Hello, My name is Christine. I became introduced to Stoicism after listening to the CBC Radio program ‘Ideas’ with William Irvine and subsequently read his book, A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy. I have read several other Stoic books and participated in Stoic week, however I have not maintained the daily routines and find myself falling into my old ways thinking. I am participating to gain the discipline to make Stoicism a daily habit.

I’m Steve and came to stoicism by way of the CBT techniques in the book The Mental Game of Poker. I’ve been half-hearted with the study and application of stoicism thus far and am hoping a structured course will help in that respect. More specific issues I would like to improve are my destructive procrastination, difficulty focusing and social anxiety

Hi, my name is Jen, and I am an Animal Science undergraduate student. I am hoping to incorporate stoicism into my daily life to allow myself to think and act more rationally and intentionally.

Hi, I’m Josh!

I’ve gone through two of the Stoicism Weeks (2014, and 2015). I got really into it after 2014, but through getting married, having a child, and changing jobs I’ve forgotten a lot. I’m sick of letting people’s actions and word influence me and I want to feel the freedom of doing what I believe is the right thing. Shout out to /r/stoicism!

Hi, I’m Jeff. I was raised Presbyterian and have participated in a local Zen group for the past few years. Neither have been fully satisfying, and Stoicism seems like an intriguing bridge between the two. I’m having difficulty absorbing the theory and developing a practice; hopefully this course is a good start from the practice side.

Hi, I’m Robert. I have been interested in Stoicism for the last 4 years or so, and I’m looking forward to taking part in the course.

Hi my name is Anthea and I live in Auckland, NZ. The more I read and understand of stoicism the more I want to incorporate it into my daily life. I’m hoping this course will teach me that.

My name is Rachel and I live in the Uk, looking forward to the course and learning more about Stoicism.


My name is Marcella. I have read some of the classical Stoicism literature such as The Meditations, but I am not that good at applying the theory in my own life. Nevertheless, when I tried I dis some improvement. Areas I would like to work on are my anger and giving too much consideration to other people’s opinions.

Hello everyone. My name is David. I’ve participated in past Stoic Training programs and in Stoic Week.
I look forward once again to the opportunity for intensive practice in Stoic living.

My name is Andrew. I am from the states. I was brought to the course by chance. It all started when I watched gladiator as a kid. I always loved quotes. In particular, “What we do now echoes in eternity.” I looked up the source and have been interested ever since. Now I am to take that knowledge and make it practical. So one day, I type in stoicism into Facebook. “I probably wont find anything, but its worth a shot.” And now a couple months later, I find myself here simply following where opportunity leads.

Hi, my name is Mary Louise. After hearing an interview of William Irvine I read his books, On Desire: Why We Want What We Want and A guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy. These were good introductions to the subject. I look forward to deepening my understanding of this philosophy on a personal, day-to-day, basis.

Hi, I’m Cėcile. I’m living in Germany. A friend recommended this course. By joining it I would like to learn the stoic attitude to life and to develop more inner peace and calmness.

Hi, my Name ist Patrick leriche. I am French but I live in Frankfurt in Germany (my englisch ist not so well but my Motivation ist big). I am working as a free social worker- Supervisor in both individual and Group formats. For me und for my Job is the stoicism an important tool in the guidance und Support of social-worker. I hope, this course will be a good way to develop my competence in stoic practice.

Hi, my name is Chris. I attended Stoic Camp in NYC last year and attend a Stoic meetup. I think I tend to be stoic by nature and I hope to cultivate my virtue.

Hi, my name is Beth. I was introduced to Stoicism last year and attended Stoic Camp facilitated by Massimo Pigliucci and Gregory Lopez. I also participated in Stoic Week.

I do not consider myself a natural Stoic but I find the exercises and practices extremely useful and rewarding. I am hoping this course will help me incorporate them more seamlessly.

My name is Nick, from the US. I watched a Youtube video on stoicism about a year ago and I have been interested in the subject ever since. I also enjoy how the subject correlates with “mindfulness”, for which I have been practicing for about a year now. I look forward to furthering my personal development.

Hi my name is Michael. I’m from the US. I stumbled on this from reddit. My interest in stoicism came when I developed an interest in buddhism last year. After reading some buddhists texts, I went to reddit and found that some people comparing buddhist philosophy with stoic philosophy and it seemed very similar. So I read Meditations, and when I saw this course I was quick to sign up.

Hi, my name is Steven. All the way from Scotland, UK.

I was introduced to Stoicism through Ryan Holiday and have been studying and practicing ever since.

I’m here because I want to be able to develop a better understanding of my irrational emotions and have practical exercises when those emotions arise.

I’ve read…

The Obstacle Is The Way
Philosophy for Life
Stoicism Today: Selections Writings II
And many articles online.

Hi, my name is April and Vancouver, Canada is home. Back in my 20s, I read Aristotle’s Ethics and embraced his argument that virtue was the key to happiness. This combined with Abraham Maslow’s “meta needs”, some Buddhism, mindfulness training and becoming a philosophy major in university, shaped a large part of my personal values and identity. A couple of years ago I started reading Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s books (Black Swan, Antifragile, Bed of Procustes, etc) who turned me on to the Stoics. Marcus Aurelius’, Notes to Myself followed (Tao of Physics around the same time) and then, out of nowhere the Stoicism Group starting showing up in my Facebook feed. That’s how I found this course which I hope will help me to be more objective (less reactionary) in my thinking, more understanding and compassionate of others and more peaceful about accepting negative experience (struggle with the last one). Looking forward to learning and becoming more stoic in the weeks to come.

Name is Keegan, from the US. Followed reddit stoicism for a while and saw this course. I loke the concepts that I have read in Stoicism and want to learn to do them myself.

My name is Adi, from the US and I did look up stoicism on reddit when I felt I was being desperate in a relationship. Since then, I stumbled on and off about stoicism and I even purchased some self-help books such as The Slight Edge and The Seven Habits of Effective People. I consider myself as someone while educated, I have a lot more to learn about the world and more importantly I have a lot to learn about letting my emotions flow naturally like a current. In fact, I don’t want to control my emotions but rather find a way to let them flow naturally and put those emotions into something productive. As soon as I found this on reddit I jumped on board.

Hello everyone. My name is Michele, from Wales. I am interested in the practical application of Stoicism in everyday life.

Hello, my name is Rachel and I’m from the UK. I am interested in Stoicism and its application to psychotherapy.


my name is Tim Benke. I live in Hanover, Germany. I’ve started Stoic week last year, but I wasn’t able to do all the exercises, because I didn’t find the time. I do read Stoic books almost everyday. My favourites are “The Guide to the Good Life” and “Letters to Lucilius” by Seneca.

Irvine’s book “The Guide to the Good Life” is a very popular book for beginners to stoicism. It’s concise and shows many useful Stoic practices very much like the goal of this course. Irvine’s doesn’t reproduce many Stoic ideas with 100% accuracy. For example he emphasizes tranquility as the highest goal instead of virtue, i.e. he suggests using Stoicism more as a self-help tool instead of covering its ethics. (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5617966-a-guide-to-the-good-life)

“Letters to Lucillus” contains many very well written Stoic teachings in the form of letters from Seneca to his friend Lucillus. I found the quality of writing excellent in the English translation I found and Seneca manages to cover much Stoic thoughts in mostly short and engaging letters.
(read the letters here for example: https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Moral_letters_to_Lucilius)

Hello everybody, My name is Pablo. I have a strong developing interest in Stoicism both in itself as a practical philosophy and in how it is compatible with and differs from Buddhism, especially secular Buddhism. I look forward to participating with you all in this course.

I’missed Roger. I live in Wales. I am interested in Stoic ideas but make a poor Stoic myself.

Hello. My name is Brian Maguire. I am 65 years old. I studied Philosophy in college and grad school but never focused on the ancients. I firmly believe that Philosophy is about learning how to live rather than academic squabbling. I only recently came into contact with Stoicism through Irvine’s book and I’m fascinated.

I’m Lassi Larjo from Finland. I teach philosophy in upper secondary school and I’m currently very interested in philosophical practise (I have just finished a two-year training on it). I’m here to further deepen my understanding of Stoic practise and especially the activities and exercises associated with it. I’d love to advance the practical side of philosophy teaching so I guess I’m looking for new didactic devices. Naturally, I’m also interested in developing my own attitudes, beliefs and behaviours so that they’d be more in accordance with virtue.

Hello everyone. My name is Judith, I’m German, but live in Denmark. I have been introduced to stoicism half a year ago and I’m hoping this course will help me to incorporate stoicism into my daily life.

Hi, my name is Lyndon. I found this course after reading Meditations and looking for a way to apply stoicism to modern life.

Hi. My name is João, from Brazil. I am interested in becoming a better man. Previously, I have read “Meditations”.

Hi. I don’t comment often on forums like this, but I am going to make an effort with this for the purposes of the course.
I stumbled across Stoicism a few years ago while doing some research on CBT and Buddhist
Mindfulness. I have to say that it has been of enormous benefit in my life and I have become very familiar with Seneca, Marcus Aurelius and Epictetus, as well as reading several modern authors including George Robertson. I have previously taken part in the Stoic Weeks.

Hello everyone,
My name is Irena and I am studying philosophy and cognitive science. I have been interested in hellenistic philosophy (especially skepticism and stoicism) and its practical application for some time now. I’ve already participated in two Stoic weeks and last year’s Stoic mindfulness and resilience course and found it to be an insightful as well as a beneficial experience, so I’m really looking forward to the next four weeks.

Hi, I’m Caroline. Am attracted to Stoicism as a philosophical approach to life. In particular I’m looking forward to practicising Stoic thinking to help me to take a detached attitude towards a current health problem and forthcoming treatment.

Hello, my name is Rosalind. I am currently training to be a counsellor. I am interested in doing this course to enhance my own resilience and mindfulness, and maybe to help my clients too.

Hello! I’m Colin. I’m an American living in Germany. I studied philosophy and currently teach English. I participated in Stoic Week 2015 and found it very helpful for considering my values and setting realistic goals for myself, but I haven’t continued many of the practices and habits I learned. I see this course as a way to adopt thought patterns conducive to achieving what is important to me, as well as finding more healthy ways to cope with stress.

Hello! My name is Kathleen and I ran across Stoicism in an internet search. I thought it sounded similar to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which taught me to immediately challenge and counter negative thoughts. I found it very beneficial to my life, and wanted to try Stoicism also.

Hi, I’m Colin and I’m looking forward to testing out Stoic practice in a structured way and sharing my experiences .

Hi all, I’m Dave. I’m currently experimenting with stoicism as a philosophical way of life as one part of my recovery from some mental health problems.

Hi, I’m Adrian. I’m a web geek and studied Philosophy and Computer Engineering at uni. I’ve read “A Guide to the Good Life” a few times and think Stoicism sounds like a great life practice for me. That said, I’ve not gotten into the habit of making Stoicism part of my habits. I’m hoping this course will help me with that.

My name’s Nick. I’m a semi-professional philosopher but Ancient Philosophy is not my area of expertise; my knowledge of Hellenistic ethics comes mainly from my own reading. My academic work causes me some anxiety, which should be fixable with these techniques since my worries are all first-world problems.
I’m attracted to Stoicism partly because of my amateur fascination with Ancient Rome and Greece but more importantly its connection to modern evidence-based therapies, as Donald Robertson describes in his book.

My name is Maria. I live in the United States. A Facebook friend posted a link to this course, and I thought it sounded interesting. I don’t know much about Stoicism and even less about Stoic practices, but I’m looking forward to learning more. The ideas seem to align with my views/beliefs, and I’m very interested in learning more about how to align my behaviors with these views. For example, I agree there’s not much point in dwelling on the past or worrying about the future, but I still do it!

Hi, my name is Joe from Hungary. I read Manual of Epictetus few weeks ago and i found it very helpful. I’m looking forward to practicising Stoic thinking.

Hi, I’m Jonathan and I’m excited to work through this course. I too am interested in the practical aspects of Stoicism to help me with my anxiety issues.

Hi, I’m Loura from the US. I stumbled upon Stoicism when I was looking for a philosophy of life to raise my kids with. I want to raise them as good people and to have a good life. I’ve read “A Guide to a Good Life, The art of Stoic Joy” and it resonated with me. So here I am, ready to learn a bit more and to develop a daily practice of Stoicism.

Hi, My name is Mark and I’m from Bungendore, New South Wales, Australia. I’ve always been interested in philosophy but never read too seriously except when I was doing undergrad studies years ago. Recently, I have been following Dr Greg Sadler with his online philosophy lectures on Hegel, et al, and as well as looking at the usual suspects I wanted to branch out a bit. Hence Stoicism.

Hello, I’m MaryBeth, from the United States. I don’t know a lot about Stoicism, but am definitely interested. I struggle with anxiety disorder and am considering getting cognitive behavioral therapy soon. Thought ideas of Stoicism would be a nice tool to learn in dealing with intrusive, negative thoughts. Also, I am curious as to how Stoicism compares to Christian tenets.
Thank You!

Hi, my name is Peter. I was reading up on Buddhism and meditation practice when I stumbled upon Stoicism. It caught my interest. Further research online led me to this course.

My name is Tyrrell McAllister. I’m a mathematician at the University of Wyoming.

I been studying Stoicism seriously for about 5 months. I started with Epictetus’s Discourses, which increased my opinion of Stoicism a lot. I’d read Marcus Aurelius’s Meditations years ago (G. Long translation), but I hadn’t quite seen how to make the philosophy coherent. (For example, how can anyone’s thoughts or actions ever be wrong if (1) everything happens according to an entirely good Universal Providence and (2) every thought and action happens within the Universe? And all the talk about how Death must actually be a good thing seemed like self-delusion to me.)

But, for whatever reason, Epictetus really “clicked” for me in a way that Aurelius had not. I also came across the online Stoic community and listened to some podcasts from modern-day Stoics. Also, from the podcast The History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps, I learned about the Stoic distinction between “good/bad” and “preferred/dispreferred indifferent”. These all helped me to make more sense of Stoicism, and I found that I deeply agreed with it, at least as I understand it.

After this, I went back and reread Meditations (Hays translation, this time), and it now makes a lot more sense to me. I still take issue with some of the same things, but I can appreciate (and benefit from) what he was doing much better than I could before.

Other books on Stoicism (or Stoicism-adjacent subjects) that I’ve been reading these last few months:

Bill Irvine’s A Guide to the Good Life (a good intro, but not especially deep),

Donald Robertson’s Stoicism and the Art of Happiness (aimed at a similar level as Irvine’s book, but I get a lot more out of it),

Pierre Hadot’s What is Ancient Philosophy? (a highly recommended account of the relationship between philosophy and “the good life” in the ancient world),

Seneca’s Letters from a Stoic (selected letters to Lucilius) and several of his essays, (Of Anger, Of Piece of Mind, and On the Shortness of Life.)

A. A. Long’s Epictetus (an excellent and detailed study of the Discourses),

K. Seddon’s translation (updating Yonge’s) of Diogenes Laertius on Zeno of Citium.

A. A. Long and D. N. Sedley’s The Hellenistic Philosophers, Vol. 1.

That last one has many fragments and ancient accounts of the Hellenistic Stoics organized by topic. Especially valuable is the detailed commentary that Long and Sedley provide. I’ve only started it recently, but it’s already really increased my admiration of the Stoics on logic and ontology. They were impressive on more than just ethics!

Hey everyone, my name’s Harrison. I recently graduated UCLA studying biochemistry, interested in pursuing some stoic practices to see if it can’t help me improve myself. Before this I haven’t had any prior experience studying stoicism but I hope to use these practices to lead a fulfilling life full of love & happiness.

Hi My name is Mike Monje and I live in the USA. This is my second time taking this course. The fist time I didn’t finish because I of a stressful situation. The situation was not the reason I didn’t finish, it was my excuse.

Hi, my name is Charles Mellor and I live in the United States. I have been studying stoicism for about a year now in earnest. I have read several books, watched a ton of YouTube videos and tried my best to practice stoic journaling, but with limited success. I have five children and a wonderful wife and I simply want to do the best I can to be the best father and husband that I can be, and I think stoicism could really help me. The little bit I have been able to accomplish has already proved to be very helpful. Looking forward to this course.

My name is John Lyon. I followed Stoic Week last year and kept up morning and evening meditation for a few months afterwards. I think travelling was the reason I got out of the habit. Now trying again to get into the routine.

Hello, world!

My name is Thai Nguyen and currently I am an undergraduate physics student. I have only taken two philosophy courses as part of a general education curriculum, but I had an amazing philosophy professor for those courses who really got me into reading more into the subject. I hope this class can help me grow as a person and that our batch this year will get along!

My name is Dan, I came across Stoicsm recently and feel it might be worth pursuing and practising as a means towards self improvement. I like the idea of a course comittment to keep me focused and as an introduction to the main principals.

Hi folks, my name is Ethan and I live in California. I’m a project manager by profession and all to familiar with the myriad of personalities and external “crises” which invariably descend upon any project. While I’ve been interested in stoicism for several years now as a philosophy of life, I am looking forward to participating in this course primarily for the emphasis placed on the practical application of stoicism.

My name is Heidi, and I live in Virginia in the U.S., where I am continuing my graduate studies and getting involved with community organization. I came to stoicism in my early teens, and then again in the early 2000s during graduate work. I am looking forward to seeing how Marcus Aurelius and Ellen Langer get along.

Hi, my name is Bart from the UK. I’ve been trying out mindfulness meditation as a means of living more in the now, and controlling unhelpful emotions, for a couple of years. It’s been very helpful at times, but I’ve never managed to find a way to do it regularly and consistently.
I’m also interested in philosophy and the “meaning of life”. Having entered my 50s a few years ago, I came to the conclusion (after thinking hard about religion for decades without ever fully believing) that we live in an ultimately meaningless and chaotic world. I’m now beginning to get my head round the idea that, in spite of this, we can live meaningful and hopefully joyful lives by living in the here and now, and “doing our best” as human beings – whatever that means!
Stoicism seems a way of thinking that very much fits in with this, and I’m looking forward to the course to find out more, and hopefully help embed this way of thinking more fully into my life.

I am Peter Oram, from Australia. I studied some Greek philosophy when I was much younger, but only (re-)discovered Stoicism about 12 months ago. I’ve been enjoying some Stoic groups on Facebook, and using some techniques and ideas from Stoicism in my day-to-day life, with good effect. I’m looking forward to getting some more practice under my belt.

Hi, everyone. I’m Leah Castillo from the Philippines. This is my first time to join this course, although I’ve read about and briefly studied Stoic philosophy on and off in the last years. I’m looking forward to completing this course and applying the teachings of Stoicism on a daily basis.

Hi, my name is Rob Anderson currently living in Australia. I’ve been interested in Stoicism for a few years and try and practice on a daily basis. So far I have found it quite valuable during personal and family crises. If nothing gets in it’s way i’ll learn a lot more.

Hi, I’m Charmaine from South Africa. I’m new to Stoicism, but it seems the principles I (try to) apply to my life are very similar to what the Stoics taught. When a colleague invited me to join this course, I thought it could be a good way to succeed in actually applying what I already believe.

My name Is Rhett Gayle. I have lived in England for about 10 years, originally from US. I have a PhD in philosophy and taught for 20 years at University of Colorado. I am taking the course to help understand and practice Stoic principles. I have practiced various oriental disciplines and want something a little closer to home cognitively and culturally to organize my pursuit of excellence.

Hi! My name is Nicole and I live in Halifax, Canada. I’ve read briefly about Stoicism in the past and have recently been attempt some self-improvement in terms of motivation and discipline. I have an intellectual interest in seeing how the application of a philosophy works out, as well as personal interest in altering habits and my reactions to difficult and stressful situations.

I’m John Watson. I have been a student if Zen Buddhism for many years. Others have already pointed out the similarities between Buddhism and Stoicism, so it’s understandable why I am interested in learning more about Stoicism. My attraction so far is that while Buddhism is terrific, it’s really a monastic practice that takes a great deal of time and effort. Stoicism seems to offer very simple, practical ways of dealing with modern life.

My name is Rachelle, and I live near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (US).
I suffer from depression and have struggled to keep it under control for years. (Some times more successfully than others). I am new to Stoicism — but from the little that I have learned so far — it seems that the principles are very similar to the point-of-view that seems to help me most, when I am doing “well” at keeping my depression under control.
I am hoping to learn more and learn how to use this as a daily practice, and therefore help to keep my depression at bay more consistently.


My name is Sterling and I live in central Virginia, USA. I have been interested in Stoic philosophy years and curious about mindfulness practice for a few years, but have found the time to explore difficult to find. Recently, I’ve been laid off and am going through a difficult time in my life. I hope that this course will prove beneficial as I chart a new path and begin a new chapter of my life. Thank you for making this available.

I’m Paul Galchus from the United States. I’ve not studied philosophy, but I recently started looking into how to live the good life, what the ancients had to say, and came across Stoicism. I like the practical nature of it, and being a fan of Albert Ellis’ work, it felt familiar. I’m looking forward to learning more.

Hello my name is Steve. I live in the eastern U.S. I recently discovered Stoicism (thank you internet!). What little I have learned really resonates with both who I am and who I aspire to be. I hope to achieve a greater degree of self discipline. I hope to learn how calm my mind in a time and space where it is bombarded daily with stimulus that seems to have very little to do with virtue or reason.
I believe humanity is it’s own worst enemy and its single greatest hope. To me Stoicism seems to be a ray of light shining across the millenia to a place and time that desperately needs light. A time that seems to be ready to learn again from the wisdom of ancient intellectual giants. It is through the study of stoicism that I hope to achieve a happier more balanced life. In doing so, I hope to play a small roll in making our universe just a wee bit better.

Hello everyone, my name is Anh Tu. I live in Vietnam. I have been attempting to apply Stoicism in practice on and off for quite a while, ever since I discovered it; but it hasn’t really gone anywhere yet. Therefore, I would like to take this opportunity to commit myself to practice Stoicism and hopefully make a permanent change in my life.

Hello to everyone, i’m Peter and i live in Italy, i’m only 16 so i’m not some super learned, rational, wise human that i, although, would like to become, school’s out so i have a lot of time, and i just came across this course on reddit; i remember briefly touching on the subject of stoicism at school, but don’t really remember much, so i felt it would be interesting to do this…course. Also it seems to me that a good amount of stoic principles coincide with my own principles that i try (yes, try) to put in practice in everyday life, so…cool, can’t wait to get going, well i could make some good puns with that can’t wait, but seems like this is a serious site so i shall abstain from doing so.

My name is Alan. I live, retired, in rural Tennessee, USA. I haven’t truly studied Stoicism since my grad school days when I was over-exposed to Critical Theory, Derrida, Foucault, etc. But I’ve tried to stick with it because it seemed, intuitively, correct. Fundamentally sound. Over the years I’ve encountered people who call themselves Stoics who seem to be attempting to mimic Mr. Spock (and I love Mr. Spock) or some Ayn Rand characters, and I think they’ve gone off-base. By luck, recently, I found a Stoic FB page (where I’ve encountered some more of the same) then the “Stoicism Today” site. I hope to find some intellectual refreshment and reinforcement, here. I agree with Steve and so many others that Stoicism and similar philosophies can bring humanity to some state of sanity, ideally. Personally, I find it to be a resource for my own inadequacies as a human being and as a teacher (even though I am retired, I am given the opportunity every now and then…).

I found this course by chance just this morning while reading comments on a post to the private Facebook group “Street Epistemology”. I work as a school bus driver for a public school district in Washington state in the US and have the summer off. During each summer I enroll in on-line courses to enrich myself and occupy my mind. As a secular humanist, this seems like a pragmatic way to engage with others.

Hi all, Chike here from England. After searching and following certain individuals on the web. The stoics seem to resonate well with who I will become. I haven’t attempted an online course before so I thought I would give it try and hope to achieve change in my mindset towards my current life and work.

Hello, my name is Harvey. I am taking this course with my partner. I believe that I will obtain some useful tools from the experience.

Hi everyone. I have been gradually getting more familiar with ancient stoicism and the with the writings of some modern stoics over the past few months, and I have really appreciated the tenets of the philosophy. After having tried (partly successfully) to put some of these principles into application in my own life, I thought this course could be helpful to get a better handle on not just what Stoicism is in theory, but also in practice. For anyone who is interested in reading some original Stoic literature, I highly recommend Seneca’s letters; they contain both a lot of wisdom and a lot of good humor.

Hi, I am Frances from Scotland. I read William B. Irvine’s “A Guide to the Good Life” last year and am looking forward to learning more about applying stoicism to my daily life in the next 4 weeks.

Hi everybody – my name is John. I’m a 54 yr old divorced father of two in the midwestern United States. Long story short: the ship of my life ran aground a few years ago & subsequently I’ve been directionless, lost & I’ve had a distinctly nihilistic view of my life. I’m looking for a set of principles to reorient my thinking & see if I can resurrect myself & continue. Hence, The Stoic Workout 🙂
Peace –

Hi my name is Suna,
I am interested in learning more about stoicism to see if it can help me in my life with looking after my children and pursuing my goals. At the moment I am frequently stopped by my negative thought process and I would love to get beyond this.

Hello, my name is Duncan. I am participating in this course with my wife. Throughout my life I have tried many different approaches to help with anxiety. Over the last few years the principles of stoicism have been incredibly useful. My hope is that the next month will bring greater daily discipline and insight.

I started my adventure in Stoicism by reading William Irvine’s book. I then obtained the Handbook and Meditaions in both English and German. I read a few paragraphs from these each day. I follow Donald Robertson blog and two blogs from Massimo Puglicci. I like his daily meditation. I prefere to call my personal philosophy naturalistic, humanistic virtues ethics.

I should have added that Dr. Robertson’ book on Stoic Happiness is so good that I intend to use it as an instruction manual, going through each of the exercises.

Hi, I’m Reg. I’ve taken some of the other courses here after hearing about them online. When I get upset, I have a difficult time getting out of it. The courses have helped me.

Hello Everyone,
My name is John and I live in the UK.
I came across this course completely by accident. I was reading a financial blogger who had discovered stoicism. He was so enthusiastic that I became intrigued.
I followed various internet links and found that the course was about to begin.
My professional life has been as a manager in the fields of finance and information systems.
My original university degree was in physics and mathematics , so I have always considered my
approach to life as being rational. Though at times I have been, perhaps, over cautious (i.e. risk intolerant).
I hope this course will help in my approach to life in the future.
Good wishes to every one else who is doing the course

Hello. My name is Esperanza. My interest in Stoicism was originally an effort to better understand someone dear to me. They aren’t the reason I stuck around. I live with chronic illness and I guess one of my reasons for being here is that I’m hoping to discover more tools to make my life run as smoothly as possible.

I have been drawn to ancient Stoic quotations throughout my life, only in recent years have I begun learning about it. The more I read about it, I realise I have practiced it intuitively since childhood, it seems to align with my core attitudes & values. I hope to learn more & better my practice and so build my resilience further.

I am Yuval from Israel.
I came here to learn how to have stronger and healthier thought patterns, free from brooding.

I’m Andres from New Jersey. I’m new to Stoicism. I’ve been hearing about it from two of my favorite authors, Nassin Taleb and Tim Ferriss. I found the main theme of this training simple and powerful: what’s up to us and what is not.

Aloha all, Ken from Maui here. Last year I enjoyed participating in Stoic Week for the first time, and I am looking forward to delving deeper into this practice. Many thanks to Donald for putting this together!

Hello. Joan Miquel from Spain. I am interested about Stoicism and its similities with Taoism and Buddhism. I wish my bad English would be good enough for doing the course.

Kenneth from North Carolina. I’ve read Epictetus, Seneca, and Marcus Aurelius, and I’ve tried putting some of what I learned into practice, but I’ve been inconsistent to say the least. I suffer from mild depression and somewhat less mild anxiety, and I think this course will be a great supplement to the CBT I’ve been doing.

Ron from Tucson, Az…have been studying philosophies & teachings for 30+ years and am drawn to the basic Stoic premise of what one has control of and what one doesn’t…functional activity for the former and correct thinking about the latter with minimal attachment to results and erroneous judgment..practicing a degree of mindfulness as often as I can and anticipating more attention to Stoic methodology.

I’ve been using the “what you can control and what you cannot control” dichotomy to get me through the ups and downs of life for a long time. I find it very helpful in maintaining a balanced mental state.

Hi, Alex from Frankfurt, Germany. I have been digging into Stoic philosophy for quite a while and participated already once in the stoic week. I hope to intensify my experience with stoic practices under real world conditions. I am working as an executive coach and my interest is therefore also a professional one. Talking about stoic books, I like William Irvine’s books about stoic thinking and practices. Especially his book “A guide to the good life” really impressed me and triggered my interest in the practice of stoicism. My major concern with stoicism is its relationship to emotions. So I would be particularly happy if after those four weeks I would have a more detailed idea about this issue. For know, I wish all of us four interesting weeks and thanks a lot to Donald and the team for making this possible. Cheers Alexander

Hi, Chris Odeh from Montreal. I’m new to stoicism. I did stoic week in November and really appreciated the soothing effect it had on everyday life. I have two teenage daughters, which could be quite a sport… What you can and can’t control – what you should or shouldn’t say – as a parent isn’t always all that obvious. I find stoic mindfullness helps me reflect and make choices. I’m really looking forward to learning more about Stoic Practice.

I’m John from Houston. I’ve been reading about and trying to incorporate Stoicism into my daily life for just about a year now.

Julio from Tempe Arizona, overwhelmed by emotions at times. Need to find balance, and would love to turn the theoretical thoughts and teachings into practicality

I’m Shubham from India. I lost my self-discipline during a prolonged period of emotional turbulence and existential crisis, during which I casually studied many schools of philosophies, performed many thought experiments and have been living a self-destructive life since. I found myself fascinated with Stoicism, as I identified with it, which is rare for me. I want to regain my self-discipline since I’m taking up a big project with a friend of mine and I want to give it my best.

Awesomely well put. It is important for me to remember self-discipline is such a fundamental concept.

KG, miscellaneous European currently settled in France but originally from Cyprus (I say, scrabbling for Zeno proximity bonus points).

I’ve been participating in various Stoic Week and SMRT courses for a couple of years now, although last year showed me that it’s a little tough to complete an online course while attempting to climb a mountain. I remain uncertain as to whether there’s any particular lesson to be gleaned there, although focusing on the immediate present rather than the past, future, or the concerns of others turned out to be pretty useful on some of the hairier ascents.

I hope to commit more thoroughly to the course this year. Stoic Week and Donald’s writing have been responsible for my taking a more serious interest in both Soicisim and philosophy in general, which I’ve found to be an area of study of both practical and intellectual interest.

Pascal Tremblay, from Ottawa, Canada.

My objective here is to immerse myself in wisdom, and to attain Excellence through actions and corresponding habits.

I am Al from the U.S. I am a businessman in a very competitive though lucrative niche. This lead to a very stressful life and the focus has previously been on financial success and comparing myself against the competition to obtain a sense of self worth. Having achieved business and financial goals, it is now time to obtain balance and peace. Stoicism makes a lot of sense.

Allen from Malawi. I first came across Stoicism when researching frugal living and immediately thought its something I should study further. I have also had interest in CBT although I had not studied it in detail. I hope to learn how I can incorporate Stoicism in my daily life

Hey, this is Raj. I have read some articles on stoicism and have been a lurker on Stoicism sub-reddit for some time. I have read about half of The Meditations. My primary goal is to complete the course without thinking of the benefits now.

Enrique García, Spain. I have already engaged with two previous Stoicism courses also related facilitated by Donald. In both cases I had to bail out; work got in the way I am afraid.

This time I will also have personal difficulties, but of a different nature: I am going to become a parent! My son Bruno will be born around week 3 or 4 of the course, if everything goes according to plan. So again my capacity to follow this course will be tested.

Jared, from VA, USA, currently residing in China.

My path towards Stoicism grew out of my desire to live more in accordance with my own core values. It wasn’t until recently, the last five years or so, that I realized how closely my own values resembled those of the Stoics. In getting older, and the stresses of life generally increasing with age, I find myself seeking to bring my choices, actions, and emotions more into alignment with my personal values.

Kate here, 66y0 recovering Catholic. I’ve come to this place by way of Merton, David Baum, Budhism , Anthony de Mello, 12 step recovery through much of that, and a once through reading of Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius. I see consciousness all around me so I know the universe has the quality of consciousness. To what degree or whether that consciousness is only tied to life depends on how broadly I define consciousness and even then, I can’t know that any consciousness began this process of which I am a part. I do believe that process is conscious now.

A Kate from Lake Geneva region. I studied philosophy decades ago at uni and never lost interest in the idea that it could be more useful in day to day life. I’ve meditated for many years and know how beneficial that can be. This seemed an interesting way to combine these two strands.

David Brewster, Canada. I was recommended completing this course by a post on Reddit. I’m not at all familiar with Stoicism and it’s practices but hope to get all I can out of this course.

My name is Keith and currently live in Austin, TX. I was initially drawn to stoicism through Ton Wolfe!s novel, A Man in Full and thought it was a powerful way to be in this world. I am a financial professional that can get focused on outcomes and I also have been a “seeker” most of my life. Essentially, I want to live in freedom and with a sense of purpose, and hope this course can help me in doing so. Looking forward to getting to know you all.

My name is Asheton, I signed up for this course because I have been interested in Philosophy for some time. I find myself feeling more in control and a sense of peace when I read about philosophy. I understood the basic tenants of Stoicism but never fully understood it. I hope to gain practical insight about stoicism and also learn about further resources and books I can read on philosophy as a whole. Looking forward to the course!

Jason Wied atty from green bay Wisconsin. I had a high profile job in the nfl. I became an alcoholic and drug addict. Lost that career and my “fall” was public because my community is relatively small. Although I’ve always been a seeker,(I consider myself a progressive secular humanist with a deep interest in comparative religion, philosophy etc. since childhood) my experience with addiction and dealing with the damages I caused led me to explore my place in the world and find a new way to live. Reading Montaigne wad a real turning point for me several years ago. The stoic influences stood out for me and became the basis for a the personal transformation required to recover from addiction and more importantly live a good life.

Hello all! I’m Sameer. I signed up for this course ever since I read a few chapters of Meditations one drunken night. I feel like my emotions control me and drive me forward and this reflects in most of my day to day activities especially when I’m training to compete as a powerlifter. I believe if I let go of my irrational fears of failing and learn to focus on the present, I’d succeed much more and lift even more. I hope I learn something about myself through this course and become a mentally stronger and resilient version of myself.

I signed up for this course ever since I read a few chapters of Meditations one drunken night. I feel like my emotions control me and drive me forward and this reflects in most of my day to day activities especially when I’m training to compete as a powerlifter. I believe if I let go of my irrational fears of failing and learn to focus on the present, I’d succeed much more and lift even more. I hope I learn something about myself through this course and become a mentally stronger and resilient version of myself.

I am JW Jones. I work as a paralegal (lawyer’s assistant) for legal aid. ALL of my clients are in poverty. My payday approaches poverty but is a it over that number. Stoicism helps me understand the Why and the How of being a Stoic.

Greetings! My name is Broadus and this is the second time I’m participating in this course. Last time I took the course I had a multitude of family issues to deal with, and didn’t get out of the course all that I could have. Looking forward to taking it again this year. Be Blessed everyone.

I’m Don, and since my introduction to Stoicism in my basic philosophy class in college over 10 years ago, it has remained a constant interest of mine, and probably the only philosophy I have come across which really makes sense in my own life. I’ve lived alone in Japan alone for quite a long time now, and I’ve come to realize that despite my desire to be more social and interact, I’m not quite in control of my reactions to the unexpected. That being said, I signed up for this course to potentially learn the skills necessary to preempt the negative thoughts and reactions I often have that have had such a profound negative effect on my life.

Fatima, Austin, TX. I like the practicality of stoicism and find it very powerful; many of the spiritual teachings I’ve been studying and practicing for a few years are complex and full of jargon. My main desire is to know myself and to have the tools to change the things I can change to live a mindful and fearless life.

Hello. My name is Andrew. I’m a practising Chan Buddhist, and I also read and practice much of Daoist philosophy. Stoicism has much in common with these other two schools, and although they do not overlap entirely, I still feel there’s much insight to be had from studying stoicism. So here I am, hoping to broaden my knowledge and understanding.

Late entry, but having participated previously in both this and Stoic week, have some grounding but am far from being a perfect stoic.

I’m Megan. I participated last May but didn’t complete the course because of poor time management. This time around I have a 3 month old son and a more demanding job. That said, I feel it imperative I make time for this course. I have read Meditations and Letters of a Stoic many times and for have been interested in Stoicism for years. I struggle with anxiety and depression. The times in my life where I have let go of ego (as much as I am currently capable) I was them most healthy.

I’m James and live in Asheville, NC. I am just exploring a practice of mindfulness that is rooted western philosophy.

Hi, I’m Tami. I haven’t formally studied philosophy since my first year at university. I’m drawn to Stoicism for its applications to daily life. I’ve attended a Buddhist Centre a few times and I find some of the overlap in philosophy compelling. Looking forward to learning more!

I recently retired & now have time to complete the course. I also want to reread both your book & William Irvine’s book at leisure.
Looking to enhance my life in meaningful ways. Thank you for facilitating this wonderful venture

Hi! I live in Vancouver Canada. I think intuitively my natural instinct is for Stoic living, however, as I have gotten older and with the weight and responsibility of relationships, family, career etc I have lost the natural orientation and grounding provided by Stoic philosophy. This is my way of finding myself back to it again and have it as my reference point for “how I want to be in the world”.

Steve here from Akron Ohio (Go Cavs!)

After leaving the Church a few years ago, I have been looking for a healthy way to deal with day to day struggles and anxiety as well as the bigger questions in life. I have found relief in many of the core tenants and practices of Buddhism, but am always looking to expand my life toolset. I stumbled upon this free course on /r/philosophy, and am making it a personal goal to follow through with all 4 weeks. This will be my first foray into Stoicism.

Hi everyone, I’m Amy. I have been studying Stoicism for a few years, after realizing that I had been using stoic ways of coping with my life for decades, without even knowing that was what they were! It really comforted me to know that ancient people also found the same ways of coping to be helpful.
I participated in the last 2 years of Stoic week online, and found it very useful.
I’m also organizing the Stoicon conference in New York (Oct. 2016). In case you are interested in going, we would love to have you there. (shameless plug alert…)
Here is a link to the event website and registration, which is live: https://howtobeastoic.wordpress.com/stoicon/
Facebook event site: https://www.facebook.com/events/937182003047512/


My name is Ali. I try and walk the talk of my personal values each day and to live my life in accordance with the truth of my nature. I work as a coach and a facilitator enabling others to fulfil their potential. I have practical experience of applying and teaching what I know to be CBT and am interested to learn about Stoicism. Before this week I read Meditations and I know a little about Stoicism.

Looking forward to learning more.

I am Trevor and I was directed to this training by Dr. Gregory Sadler. I have been watching his videos to learn more about a PhD class on historical leadership that I am currently enrolled in. I know very little about stoic philosophy, but I know that I have previously identified with some of the teachings of Marcus Aurelius and look forward to learning more. I am a licensed psychotherapist and I specialize in depression and trauma. My most common modality is Dialectical Behavior Therapy which includes many sessions of teaching mindfulness.

Hi, I’m Mason. I have a casual interest in philosophy and upon hearing the practical applications of Stoicism I decided to sign up to the course. I am looking to expand on the minimal understanding of Stoicism I acquired during a brief fling with Meditations.

Hi, I am Phil and interested in Stoic philosophy and Buddhism. One of the most influential books I have ever read was “Zen and the art of motor cycle maintenance’. In the last year or so I read “Philosophy for Life’ by Jules Evans a couple of times. I have read some of the “Meditations” by Marcus Aurelius and I am still trying to get through this. I’ve read a lot of “Self-help” and personal development materials over the last 30 years or so but feel that a Stoic approach is the right way to live.

Hi everyone, I am Adelaide. I have been interested in Buddhism for about 16 years, and as stoicism is considered to have similarities with that philosophy, I decided to take part in this event. I also wish it will help me recover good habits in terms of daily meditation.

Hi, I am Aman and very interested in a stoic way of living. I have recenty read Epictetus- Handbook and currently reading teh discourses.

I am looking to learn more about stoicism and particularly interested in its practical application.

Hello, my name is Georgina, Gina for short. I have always had an interest in Philosophy and the meaning of life since I was a teenager. I saw this course on Google+ and applied straight away, it sound’s very interesting.

Hello! My name is Cody. I participated in the Stoic Week 2015 course and found it valuable, so signing up for this longer program was an easy choice. I’m hoping the course helps me develop the habit of consistently living as a Stoic. I’ve found the approach helps bring calm to tense work environments, even when my colleagues aren’t familiar with the Stoic approach to life.


My name is Dana, and I became interested in stoic philosophy through reading Ryan Holiday’s blog (through a Tim Ferriss article), then reading ‘Meditations’ on his recommendation.

I like the history, psychology and practical application of Stoicism, and I hope to learn more on how to implement it in my day-to-day life.

Hi, my name is Terrence. And I got interested in stoicism after reading the articles from the Art of Manliness website

My name is Brian. I’ve been interested in Stoicism off an on for about 10 years, after an introduction through Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations. Now I’ve grown more interested in practising it systematically. I’ve read Seneca and the Enchiridion as well, but I figure the best way to begin true practice is from the beginning.

Hi, my name is Elaine. I came across stoicism through a book called The Antidote. I enrolled in this course to develop greater resilience.

Hi everyone, I’m David from England. I have recently been diagnosed with cancer and have gone from a busy working life to now having a lot more time on my hands. My work is in managing change, helping people through change and it has often occurred to me that a lot of the approaches we use have a lot in common with CBT and Stoicism. I thought it would be a good use of my time to learn more and this course looks like just the thing.

Greetings Everyone,

My Name is Darcell, and I came across Stoicism in passing as a form of an insult. That lead me down this path, trying to understand what this philosophy and its practices, and seeing if it’ll help benefit my life.

Hi, I am Vidhya from New Zealand. I was introduced to Stoicism by a friend with whom I meditate with weekly. This course sounds like the perfect introduction to this philosophy.

Welcome Vidhya! I also meditate weekly and love it! I’m looking forward to this journey we’re all on together. I hope that you learn all you’re hoping to learn. Best of luck!

Hi, I read very little about Stoicism as a kid thanks to my grandfather who also taught me by his way of living to be stoic. Now I want to understand it, and implement what I find useful in my daily living.

Hi all,

I’m Jay from London. I’ve always been interested in the more practical philosophies and have read Seneca. Lately, I’ve taken more of an interest in Vedanta and in particular the Bhagavad Gita. I have found that there is a significant overlap between this and Stoicism, in particular taking “right action”, behaving rationally and not being a slave to emotions.

“You have control over the action alone, never its fruits. Live not for the fruits of the action, nor attach yourself to inaction. Perform your actions renouncing attachments, indifferent to success or failure – be detached” – Paraphrased from the Bhagavad Gita

Hi and Welcome, Jay!

My name is William Martin, and I live in New York. Although not coming from a background with interest in the Bhagavad Gita, I come from a background with interest in Tibetan Buddhism and Zen. But I have a deep interest in Stoicism lately. I look forward to this journey that we’re all taking, and wish everyone good luck, and hope we all learn about ourselves.

I’m Ravenscar and I am very interested with the philosophy, stoicism. I am a very emotional guy and I tend to act upon those emotions. When I get mad, I stop thinking and just act. When I am embarrassed, I sweat. I hope stoicism can help me control these emotions.

My name is Alexandre. I read A guide to the good life by Irving a year ago and I was floored by the truth and effectiveness of the stoic mindset. I read a bit of Marcus and Epictetus, but I prefer more modern interpretation of stoic philosophy.

I want to think more like a stoic and not drift back to my old ways of thinking.


Stoicism seems to be a philosophy which aligns with some of my existing intuitions. I’m fascinated by the ability to harbour equanimity under distress and to live knowingly that what I’m doing now is a consequence of what happened before.

Thank you kindly,

Dan Collins

Hello! I Am Jari from Finland. I participated in the Stoic Week 2015 course and I am looking forward to this longer course. I am convinced that practising modern stoicism helps me better understand teachings of Epictetus and others.

Hi, my nickname is Bee Gentry. I’m heavily influenced by Zen, the Taoist teachings of Lao Tzu, and modern druidry. Academically I’ve spent a lot of time with the psychology of learning and cognition as well as art history and studio art. I make fiber things including cloth and clothing, cook, garden, read obsessively, and earn my living writing computer software manuals. I’m early in my 8th decade of life and look forward to completing it.

Hi. My name is Tomek. I am joining this course from Poland in hope of putting some order into what I have read about stoicism before. Hope I will be able to find the time to complete it!

Hello, I am Max from Germany. I can only join from today onwards. Does that cause any problems? I thought about either doing the orientation during the following week as well, or to do it at the end. What would make more sense? Thank you all, i look forward to the answer and the course.


Hi, I’m Sara I recently read A Guide to the Good life, and I’m hoping this course will get me putting Stoic practice to work in my life

Hello. I am Kim. I have been on a journey to discover what is the best way to live my life that better guarantees peace. Also, I, like my mother before me and my 9-year-old son who is still with me, suffer Depressive Disorder. I have been using medication, which helps but the side effects……yikes. At the beginning of my journey, I discovered philosophy. I loved humanism, because it paints a picture of a world I would love to see my children grow in. I found Stoicism then, but I viewed it as a solemn existence where everyone is unsmiling and silent and eats fortified tasteless oatmeal and frowns upon their children’s giddy play. Years later, I ventured into Buddhism and found some of it useful. But I’m not religious so a lot of it I found conflicting. Then I tripped over stoicism again. I read A Guide to the Good Life. I learned that not only was I wrong about how stoics live, but also that even if I was, stoicism invites you to take what you will from the philosophy. I like that. I’ve been off my medication for 2 months now. I’m doing great. But I definitely could use more tools to help improve my practice. So, let’s begin.

Hello! I’m Julian. Since 8 months I’m approaching the Stoic philosophy. I read Meditations, Enchiridion and Letters to Lucio. Thanks to Soicism I’m really changing my life in all its aspects.

My name is Camille. I got interested in doing this course after taking a college philosophy class on Stoicism.
I read the meditations by Marcus Aurelius and really enjoyed it. He can be a bit sombre so in some ways I enjoyed the encheiridion more, as epictetus has a more pleasant and light hearted style.

My name is Lukas. Im student from the Czech Republic. I became familiar with stocism thanks to Nassim Nicolas Taleb’s books. (Black Swan, Antifragile, Fooled by randomness). I hope I will learn how to practice stoicism. No more information needed. Just daily practice.

Hello all,
I am only finding out about SMRT 16 today (July 1/16) and so will try to do the course to the best of my abilities.
I was first introduced to stoicism via YouTube videos I was searching to find meaning and support after a very personal and upsetting situation.
At the time I was feeling very alienated from friends and family and wanted to confirm that there was some way or experience that not only acknowledged my pain but also helped one overcome such issues.
To date, I try to keep Stoicism as a theme in my life and although I haven’t been practicing it in every circumstance, I have found many situations in which I am a stronger person due to embedding the philosophy of Stoicism in my life.
I would hope that engaging in this course will further cement my relationship with Stoicism as I hope to draw much strength and success from it in my life as it progresses.

My name is Zohar. I am a student of philosophy in Israel. My interest is not merely academic but practical: how to live a better life. I am familiar more with Buddhism and I wish to explore more approaches. Also, I am familiar with CBT and had a good experience with it, and if indeed Stoicism is some kind of a basis for CBT this makes it even more interesting to me.
Hope this course will benefit us all.

Hello, my name is Michael. I recently finished reading Meditations after it sat on a shelf for years and want to learn more about practicing in daily life. Stumbled not this site and look forward to the course

Hi I’m Kirsty, I’m new to stoicism but am keen to learn about the practice and how it can help me deal with anxieties.

Hi! I’m Crystal Thomas from Texas. I am attracted to the study and practice of Stoicism to help me live the rest of my life as good and as happily as possible while dealing with (in my opinion) a wayward child (she’s 26) who needs to grow up. I want to help her by example and I want to be a good example. I think the Stoic principles will also be of benefit to me by increasing my goodwill towards those who seem to want to rob me of my money and happiness. Also, I believe that my tendency to fall into depression and inactivity will decrease and I will become a better person. That’s about it for right now. Thanks for having me here!

My name’s Mike. I’m from New York City. I became interested in Stoicism after reading William Irvine’s A Guide to the Good Life. It was an easy, straight-forward book that helped shed light on a practical philosophy that resonated with me. Irvine’s discussion of Stoic psychological techniques interested me enough to do further research on Stoicism, which led me to the works of Stoics such as Marcus Aurelius, Epictetus, and Seneca.

Prior to Stoicism, I have been a long-time practitioner of Buddhist insight meditation, which has helped me relax. I haven’t read many Buddhist works, preferring to practice meditation solely for its therapeutic benefits. Stoicism, however, has provided me with a sense of direction in life.

For a few months since applying Stoicism to my life, I feel more confident and appreciative of my life and the people around me. I’m striving to work toward being a better person, exercising good judgment, and stepping outside of my comfort zone (as an introvert I’ve lived comfortably within the boundaries of self-imposed solitude).

I hope that the course will help me reinforce what I’ve learned during my self-study of Stoicism.

My name is Lloyd. I live in NYC. I was first introduced to Stoic Philosophy from listening to Tim Ferriss’ podcast. He frequently quotes Seneca. I did a bit of research in my own and have read the Meditations.
I am looking forward to learning. I apologize for the late start.

Hi, I’m Chris Wilkins from Virginia. Getting started a bit late. I’ve been, off and on, practicing a mindfulness approach coming out of Buddhism. I was mainly introduced to the idea of modern stoicism from listening to Massimo Pigliuccu in a podcast. It seems a much more reason focused approach similar to Buddhism, but without having to weed through religious dogma to get there. I look forward to learning more.

Hello, I am Stan. Got started late, due to travel, but determined to finish the course. Tried to practice Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy method, with mixed success. Hoping to find better balance in life and deal better with anxiety about the past and future.

Hello everybody, I am Andrej M. Dimitrijevic, from City of Belgrade, Republic of Serbia. It is in Europe, but unfortunately a non-EU state :). Got started late, due to some professional distractions, but determined to finish the course. Warm greetings to all participants and teachers!

Hi, I’m Bruce. Late starter due to travel, but am committed to finish the course. Have been interested in Stoicism for a while, but hadn’t found a approachable way to study the philosophy…until now that is.

Thanks for offering this course.

Hello, I’m Bob and I have started very late. I have just got interested in philosophy within the past two months. After a brief whirlwind tour of the subject I started getting interested in Epicureanism which lead me to Stoicism and to this course.

Hello, My name is Marc Morrison. Really late starting this course but i’m a recently graduated college student that became interested in stoicism about 4 years ago right as i started preparing to head to college, I practiced it a lot in my every day life but fell out of practice with all the distractions of modern life (not to mention the modern college campus, which has the potential to not be the greatest environment to nurture stoic thought). I found this course and decided to take it because I am currently trying to get back to my roots in a sense and practice it how I used to.

Hi. My name is Birgitte. I am a practising psychologist in Denmark. Just recently discovered stoicism via Ryan Holidays book “The Obstacle is the Way”, and have since acquianted myself with Seneca, Epictetus and Marcus Aurelius writings and various youtube videos on stoicism. And I am hooked! Not only does stoicism seem important to me in search of a life philosophy, but it also seems to be valuable particularly in my line of work. Looking so much forward to the course!

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

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.”

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.