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The School of Life Therapeutic Colouring A1 Poster : Still Life with Fruit
£2.50
Colouring is not just an activity for children, but an enjoyable and therapeutic pastime for adults too. We work hard to juggle the many challenges and complexities of modern life, and we need time to relax and recharge. The simple, meditative act of colouring in lines on a page can help to alleviate anxiety, sharpen our concentration, and cultivate a deep sense of calm. You don't need to be an artist to create a masterpiece. Our illustrators have designed these posters with collaboration in mind. Using their framework as a guide, we encourage you to exercise your imagination as you select your colours and fill in between and outside the lines. An ideal activity for time spent alone or shared in the company of friends and family. About the design: The School of Life commissioned art collective Atelier Deux-Mille to re-invent the traditional still life. Their solution: a colour-by-shape basket of fruit complete with key for colouring in. Atelier Deux-Mille is a collective made of four artists and designers: Nicolas Delpech, Bejamin Stoop, Lucas Faudeux & Eugenie Babion. Not only artists and designers, they are craftsmen too working from a printing studio in Toulouse, France. They love process colours and their favourite fruits are the real ones. To see more of their work, click here. Therapeutic Colouring A1 Poster : Still Life with Fruit  | 680 x 990mm | 128gsm art paper by The School of Life
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The School of Life Seeds of Virtue Notecards: Herbs
£16.00
A gift box of notecards and corresponding herb seeds highlighting virtuous qualities to cultivate. Flowers seed sets also available. Being virtuous sounds old-fashioned nowadays. Yet goodness is, in fact, one of the most important qualities we can aspire to. We all need to develop positive yet challenging qualities like confidence, devotion, and hope in order to better connect to those we care about and accomplish the tasks we truly value. In order to cultivate these virtues, we need regular reminders of their dimensions and importance. These notecards are designed to give (the recipient) this kind of nudge. Each card displays a short contemplation on a different virtue and is paired with a seed packet offering further botanical inspiration. As the flowers bloom, they serve as a daily prompt to revisit their corresponding virtuous quality, so that ideally we can grow alongside them. This set includes: Thyme for Courage Fennel for Endurance Sweet Basil for Good Wishes Sage for Wisdom Rosemary for Remembrance 5 Printed greetings cards with accompanying envelope | 161 x 114mm | 280gsm| 5Seed packets| Printed gift box with sleeve
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The School of Life Big Ideas for Curious Minds
£18.00
An Introduction to Philosophy for Curious Young Minds Children are, in many ways, born philosophers. Without prompting, they ask some of the largest questions: about time, mortality, happiness and the meaning of it all. Yet sadly, too often, this inborn curiosity is not developed and, with age, the questions fall away. Big Ideas for Curious Minds is designed to harness children's spontaneous philosophical instinct and to develop it through introductions to some of the most vibrant and essential philosophical ideas from history. The book takes us to meet leading figures of philosophy from around the world and from all eras and shows us how their ideas continue to matter. Thinkers Included: Buddha Confucius Socrates Aristotle Seneca Hypatia of Alexandria Descartes Jean-Jacques Rousseau Adam Smith Mary Wollstonecraft Ralph Waldo Emerson Friedrich Nietzsche Simone de Beauvoir Albert Camus And many more...   Big Ideas for Curious Minds Clothbound hardback book | 156pp | 246 x 180mm
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The School of Life Snakes & Ladders Game
£22.00
Climb to Emotional Maturity The School of Life has taken Snakes and Ladders and turned it into a great game about emotional life: the ladders represent all those moments when you learn how to be more of a grown-up, the snakes the times when you end up acting, against your better nature, like a tantrum-prone toddler. Depending on where you land, you pick up cards that outline, with humour and wisdom, the ingredients of emotional maturity - and ask you to share insights from your own life. As we play, were entertained, amusingly educated and subtly invited to continue to try to grow up - a goal that, as the game kindly implies, none of us ever quite master completely. Instructions: Start the game from the bottom left-hand square, marked number 1, and go to the top left-hand square, marked number 100. The first to finish wins. Every player chooses a coloured counter. Take it in turns to roll the dice, with the youngest player starting. On your turn, move your counter forward the number of spaces shown on the dice. The board is accompanied by two packs of cards: one with the snakes on the back, one with ladders on the back. Shuffle both packs before starting the game. If your counter lands at the bottom of a ladder on the board, pick up one of the ladder cards and read it out to the group: it'll specify one of the stages of emotional maturity - and ask you a big question. Answer it, then move up to the top of the ladder. If your counter lands at the top of a snake on the board, pick up one of the snake cards and read it out to the group: it'll specify one of the stages of emotional immaturity - and ask you a big question. Answer it, then slide down to the bottom of the snake. The first person who can advance their counter to the square marked with the number 100 is the winner - that is, they have made all the right moves towards emotional maturity in the fastest time. We suggest rolling the exact number to land on the 100 square to finish. The game offers us a chance to reflect on our own always tenuous hold on emotional maturity. Discuss frankly with the other players some of the ways in which you have been either mature or immature over the years. What have you learnt about becoming a more psychologically grown-up person? What still trips you up to this day? Snakes & Ladders Game Contains Game Board, 26 Snake Cards, 26 Ladder Cards, 6 Counters, 2 Dice | 197 x 197 x 35mm | Instructions included | Suitable for 14 years +
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The School of Life Soft Animal: Donald
£25.00
A handcrafted teddy bear doll, designed by Donna Wilson, and inspired by the psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott. Donald is a soft toy designed to offer comfort to adults,  children alike and children. Each Donald has been lovingly embroidered and assembled by hand in East London, making each one individual. He was created in collaboration with designer Donna Wilson.Donna Wilson set up her company in 2003 after making odd knitted creatures for her final show at the Royal College of Art. The creatures sold out and since then she has built her business designing and making a collection of curious cushions, luxurious lambswool blankets, and a variety of products for you and your home.Donna says:"It was a wonderful commission to work with The School of Life on a transitional toy. My own teddy bear was my most treasured possession when I was little, and I loved the idea of creating this symbolic object for adults or children. Donald is no ordinary teddy bear; he has a lot of character in his embroidered face and looks like he’d keep all your secrets! He’s made from the softest lambswool and has cosy knitted shorts to make him stand out from the crowd." The English psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott was the first person to write seriously and with sensitivity about the business of teddy bears. In a paper from the early 1960s, Winnicott described a boy of six – whose parents had been deeply abusive to him – becoming very connected to a small animal his grandmother had given him. Every night, he would have a dialogue with the animal, would hug him close to his chest and shed a few tears into his stained and greying soft fur. It was his most precious possession, for which he would have given up everything else. As the boy summarised the situation to Winnicott: ‘No one else can understand me like bunny can.’ Winnicott knew that mental well-being depends on having to hand a repertoire of more gentle, forgiving and hopeful inner voices. To keep going, there are moments when one side of the mind needs to say to the other that the criticism is enough: that it understands, that this could happen to anyone, that one could not have known… It is this kind of indispensable benevolent voice that the child first starts to rehearse and exercise with the help of a stuffed animal. If our development has gone well, what was trialled in the presence of a stuffed animal should continue all of our lives. Every healthy adult should possess a capacity for self-nurture: that is, for retreating to a safe secluded space and speaking in a tone that’s gentle, encouraging and infinitely forgiving. We should honour stuffed animals for what they really are: tools to help us on our first steps in the vital business of knowing how to look after ourselves. 32cm tall soft lambs wool toy | Assembled by hand in London | Supporting booklet
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The School of Life Therapeutic Colouring A1 Poster: Wave
£2.50
Colouring is not just an activity for children, but an enjoyable and therapeutic pastime for adults too. An ideal activity for time spent alone or shared in the company of friends and family. We work hard to juggle the many challenges and complexities of modern life, and we need time to relax and recharge. The simple, meditative act of colouring in lines on a page can help to alleviate anxiety, sharpen our concentration, and cultivate a deep sense of calm. You don't need to be an artist to create a masterpiece. Our illustrators have designed these posters with collaboration in mind. Using their framework as a guide, we encourage you to exercise your imagination as you select your colours and fill in between and outside the lines. About the illustrator: The School of Life commissioned illustrator & typographer Sarah A. King to ponder on Marcus Aurelius Meditations. The result was waves of text and words which swell with colour. Sarah has worked as a scuba diving instructor on remote islands in Indonesia, The Philippines and Cambodia. She now lives on the west coast of Canada. The A1 colouring poster with a wave design inspired by Marcus Aurelius' Meditations. Therapeutic Colouring A1 Poster: Wave | 680 x 990mm | 128gsm art paper by The School of Life
Therapeutic Colouring A1 Poster: Walden Pond - Daily Mind Therapeutic Colouring A1 Poster: Walden Pond - Daily Mind
The School of Life Therapeutic Colouring A1 Poster: Walden Pond
£2.50
Colouring is not just an activity for children, but an enjoyable and therapeutic pastime for adults too. An ideal activity for time spent alone or shared in the company of friends and family. We work hard to juggle the many challenges and complexities of modern life, and we need time to relax and recharge. The simple, meditative act of colouring in lines on a page can help to alleviate anxiety, sharpen our concentration, and cultivate a deep sense of calm. You don't need to be an artist to create a masterpiece. Our illustrators have designed these posters with collaboration in mind. Using their framework as a guide, we encourage you to exercise your imagination as you select your colours and fill in between and outside the lines. About the illustrator: The School of Life commissioned Illustrator Michael Kirkham to re-imagine the great literary work, Walden: or Life in the Woods by Thoreau. Michael Kirkham works internationally in the fields of advertising, editorial and design. He has been represented by the Heart Agency in London and New York since 2007. He lives with his partner and their two young children in Edinburgh, UK. He also enjoys walks. Therapeutic Colouring A1 Poster: Walden Pond | 680 x 990mm | 128gsm art paper by The School of Life
Therapeutic Colouring A1 Poster:  Know Yourself - Daily Mind Therapeutic Colouring A1 Poster:  Know Yourself - Daily Mind
The School of Life Therapeutic Colouring A1 Poster: Know Yourself
£2.50
Colouring is not just an activity for children, but an enjoyable and therapeutic pastime for adults too. We work hard to juggle the many challenges and complexities of modern life, and we need time to relax and recharge. The simple, meditative act of colouring in lines on a page can help to alleviate anxiety, sharpen our concentration, and cultivate a deep sense of calm. You don't need to be an artist to create a masterpiece. Our illustrators have designed these posters with collaboration in mind. Using their framework as a guide, we encourage you to exercise your imagination as you select your colours and fill in between and outside the lines. An ideal activity for time spent alone or shared in the company of friends. An A1 colouring poster designed by Jeffrey Bowman to encourage inner reflection. About the illustrator: The School of Life commissioned Creative Jeffrey Bowman to create an illustration which would encourage inner reflection. Jeffrey lives, works and creates in the Lake District. His practice extends to writing too - he has two books published by Gestalten.  Therapeutic Colouring A1 Poster:  Know Yourself  | 680 x 990mm | 128gsm art paper by The School of Life
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The School of Life Egg Cup Philosophers
£18.00
4 Porcelain Egg Cups A surprising number of the great thinkers of history started their day with an egg. Our Egg Cup Philosophers are an aid to thinking. Each one represents not just a particular philosopher, but one of their key ideas: a morsel of wisdom to sustain us throughout the day. By contemplating each thinker, and perhaps discussing them over the table, you can choose whichever best suits the demands of your day, helping you to meet it with a wiser frame of mind. Philosophers Included: Buddha Hypatia of Alexandria Maimonides Simone de Beauvoir Four egg cups in box | 100 x 100 x 70mm | Booklet included
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The School of Life Dictionary of The School of Life: The Language of Emotional Intelligence
£20.00
Learn the Language of Emotional Intelligence. A dictionary is a guide to the language. This dictionary is for the distinctive language that The School of Life speaks: that of emotions. It is a selection of over 160 words and phrases that shed light on our feelings about ourselves, other people, and the workings of the modern world. Too often, we struggle to find the right words to explain what we mean; this dictionary is a tool to help us convey our true intentions with economy and precision. The School of Life an organisation dedicated to making sense of our emotional lives offers us a complete vocabulary with which to understand some of our key emotional states and ideas and to express them succinctly and successfully to the world. Featured Definitions: Charity of Interpretation Seeing that another person's bad behaviour is not a sign of wickedness or sin, but is a result of suffering. Cultural Mining Cultural mining describes the process by which the most valuable parts of culture by which we mean the arts, humanities and philosophy are recovered from their original contexts and made useful for our own times. Impostor Syndrome To be held back by the crippling thought that people like us could not possibly triumph given what we know of ourselves Pessimism A pessimist is someone who calmly assumes from the outset, and with a great deal of justification, that things tend to turn out badly in almost all areas of existence. Strange though it can sound, pessimism is one of the greatest sources of human serenity and contentment. Psychological Asymmetry One of the most basic facts about the human condition is that we know ourselves from the inside, but know others only from what they choose or are able to tell us a far more limited and edited set of data. Sentimentality Sentimentality is a permanent temptation of our minds, resulting from squeamishness around excessively unpleasant evidence and ideas. Transference Transference is a psychological phenomenon whereby a situation in the present elicits from us a response generally extreme, intense or rigid in nature that we cobbled together in childhood to meet a threat that we were at that time too vulnerable, immature and inexperienced to cope with properly. Vocation Myth The Vocation Myth is the belief in the spontaneous revelation of our professional destiny: well simply know in time what we need to do work-wise. Hardback Book with a black ribbon page holder | 147 x 202 x 26 mm
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The School of Life What Should I Do With My Life? Card Game
£12.00
A simple card game which helps to illuminate the many options we have when trying to decide: What should I do with my life?. There are some 600,000 different jobs in the world. Inevitably, it can be hard to know which one might be best suited to our talents and temperament. This is a game designed to help us determine what occupation could be most relevant to us. Each of the 52 cards details a highly distinctive and often fascinating profession with ratings for key factors, such as stress levels, salary and meaning, to bring our ambitions into focus. The cards work together as a fun and competitive trump game but beneath the play, the game is also trying to help us with one of the most serious tasks we face: knowing what we might usefully do with the rest of our lives. On his or her turn, each player reads out the job title and a category from their top card (e.g Graphic Designer, Risk of Being Replaced by a Robot: 67). The other players then read out the same category from their cards. The one with the highest value wins and that player collects all the cards played in that round. The person with all the cards at the end is the winner. Alternatively, simply use the cards to work out the greatest underlying question you might be facing: what do I want to do with my life? For this, simply arrange the cards in order of preference from the most to the least desirable career. What patterns do you observe? What do your choices have in common? Where do you go next? Whether you're looking for a change of direction in life personally, or know someone who needs some helpful career advice, this card game is a perfect way to explore possibilities and test your interests without handing in your notice. PROFESSIONS INCLUDE: Civil Engineer Coroner Zoologist Dental Hygienist Graphic Designer Homemaker Immunologist Barista Procurement Clerk Tree Surgeon Copy Editor Commodity Trader 52 game cards | 89mm x 126mm | Instruction card included
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The School of Life Kindness Prompt Cards
£12.00
60 cards for compassion and empathy. In theory, we are all interested in being kind. In practice, a lot gets in the way: tiredness, anger, bitterness. These new cards are intended as a prompt to our better natures. They know that our bad moods and darker thoughts are not who we really are; they are just temptations that sometimes we are too overwhelmed to resist. With charm, the cards present us with a series of thoughts that nurture our sympathy, our powers of compassion, our calmness and our appetite for forgiveness. They return us to who we always want to be and deep down already are: kind people. Example Cards: The kind person gives generously from a sense that they too will stand in need of kindness. Not right now, not over this, but in some other area. They know that self-righteousness is merely the result of a faulty memory: an inability to hold in mind, at moments when they are truly good and totally in the right, how often they have been deeply and definitively in the wrong. One fundamental path to remaining kind around people is the power to hold on, even in very challenging situations, to a distinction between what someone does, and what they meant to do. The modern world is very uncomfortable around the idea of a good person not succeeding. We would rather say that they weren't good than embrace a far more disturbing and less well-publicised thought: that the world is very unfair. Kind people always keep the notion of injustice in mind. 60 cards in a box |104mm x 73mm x 36mm. Illustrations by Erin Campbell.
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The School of Life Gratitude Cards
£15.00
A set of 60 cards to remind us of the many reasons we have to be thankful. We are experts at focusing on what is missing from our lives. Our dissatisfaction often serves us well; it keeps us from complacency and boredom. But we are also dragged down by a pernicious inability to stop, take stock and recognise what isn't imperfect and appalling. In our haste to secure the future, we omit to notice what is already very good. This pack of cards is designed to help us pause in our striving and, for a few moments, take on board some of what we have to be grateful for - a consoling, inspiring corrective to the lessons in cynicism and sourness that the world teaches every day. Example Cards: There were no outright catastrophes today. Others forget the stupid things we've done faster than we do. We can reinvent ourselves a bit. Other people are usually shyer, sweeter and kinder than wed anticipated We have managed to learn a few things down the years We don't have to take ourselves seriously Many of the people we love are still alive. We could disappear for a bit. Many of the worlds most interesting people have written down their thoughts 114g | 60 cards in box | 100mm x 80mm x 22mm
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The School of Life Small Pleasures Cards
£15.00
A set of cards which display beautiful photographs of life small pleasures. The accompanying text, on the reverse of each card, works with the image to create a gentle reminder of those small pleasures which we sometimes overlook. Beauty in overlooked things. A lot of what makes life worth living isn't to do with great, heroic or costly things, but with modest pleasures that are all around us, largely unnoticed, available for almost nothing. It might be a beautiful sky, the smell of freshly cut grass, or a friend who understands how we feel. With beautiful photography and a few well-chosen words, this pack of cards draws us back to an appreciation of the overlooked ordinary, gently prompting us to remember that life is more precious and richer than we generally allow. 60 cards in box | 100mm x 80mm x 22mm
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The School of Life Sea Breeze Hand Soap
£5.00
This refreshing soap is carefully designed to freshen up your state of mind. One of the most neglected and most therapeutic of pleasures is that of cleaning, either oneself or a bit of the world. To wash can be the simplest and yet the most properly uplifting of daily rituals. It's not for nothing that ancient cultures from the Romans to the Japanese have practised ritual bathing; it's a way to move on and to allow room for renewal. For a few precious moments, you gently cleanse not only your skin but your mind as well. The purification can happen at every level. Soaking in water, the minor irritations and disappointments that plague life feel less pressing; they too can drain away. You realise that it won't be so bad after all, now that you've cleansed away some of your own worry, anger and fear. In a few minutes, you'll turn to face the day with a fresh outlook. It's often the simple rituals that can best help us approach the world with a little more confidence and serenity. Also available in Cilantro & Lime. Sea Breeze Handsoap Cleaning as Therapy | 230gm | Made in Portugal
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