How are events organized?

Our events for the first months of our group's inception had primarily been open discussions based on prerequisite texts read. While this format has its utility and we do plan on keeping it some of the time, we've also realized that this, as the only way of engaging in Stoicism together, is limiting. We need to cater to the many needs of our group's makeup, including those with little or no knowledge of Stoicism (Level 1 Stoics), those who have background knowledge of the virtues, the dichotomy of control, and other fundamental Stoic principles and authors (Level 2 Stoics), and those who have been studying and living Stoicism for the past years and need something a step up from these beginner and intermediate level meetups (Level 3 Stoics). Aside from catering to our members according to skill and knowledge level, we also organize different events according to interest, including open academic discussions or debates based on themes like Epicureanism and Stoicism or parenting and Stoicism, presentations with Q&As, and workshops to train ourselves in common Stoic practices like premeditatio malorum (negavtive visualization) or contemplating the sage. Check out the details of these various levels below and the various events we offer on our "Events" page.

Level 1

You don't know much about Stoicism? You're interested in learning the basics, perhaps have only seen a quote here or there? Then perhaps you're at level 1 and need a more complete introduction to Stoicism. There are no prerequisite skills or knowledge for level 1 events, which include general introductory presentations on Stoicism, text reviews on the classics, games and some open discussions for sharing, and workshops on virtue, cosmopolitanism, and opportunities for community service volunteering. Events are free. Levels 1-3 Stoics are welcome. We recommend, if you're in need of a quick but broad rundown of the philosophy, our monthly Introduction to Stoicism presentation plus Q&A event.

Level 2

Do you have a fairly good grasp of the core principles and texts of Stoicism? Are you searching for a more detailed, thematic discussion environment? Then perhaps you're at level 2. Before attending level 2 events please be sure to have a basic understanding of the four cardinal virtues, the dichotomy of control, the dichotomy between impressions and events themselves, the three Stoic disciplines, the passions, and some of Marcus Aurelius, Epictetus or Musonius Rufus, and Seneca. Level 2 events include academic discussions on Stoicism's philosophical mechanisms and intersections between Stoicism and for example Epicureanism, discussions on how Stoicism can be applied in context such as parenting, relationships, and diet, and workshops on virtue, cosmopolitanism, the passions, and opportunities for community service volunteering. Events are free. Levels 2-3 Stoics are welcome, but we also accept Level 1 Stoics who are interested. We recommend our (usually) weekly discussion on Thursdays at 16:00 CET.

Level 3

Are you bored of general discussions or need something higher level beyond these broad opportunities to learn something new? Then perhaps you're at level 3. Before attending level 3 events please be sure to have a firm understanding of the four cardinal virtues, the dichotomy of control, the dichotomy between impressions and events themselves, the three Stoic disciplines, the passions, having read Marcus Aurelius, Epictetus and/or Musonius Rufus, and Seneca at the least in terms of the classics, an intuitive grasp of what is an indifferent and how to distinguish it from other things and what to do when confronted by them, some deeper understanding of the theory behind Stoicism and having read some academic or popular academic tests like Lawrence Becker, and some knowledge of some of the modern psychological theory and practice accompanying many Stoic discussions today including CBT and Socratic dialogues. Level 3 events include rigorous, technical, and analytical academic discussions on Stoicism's philosophical mechanisms and its many intersections, high-level debate, and committing ourselves to short- or long-term Stoic training including short-term yet demanding exercises and long-term curriculum. Events are free. Feeling comfortable attending level 3 events doesn't preclude you from attending our weekly level 2 or 1 events, and of course, if level 1 or 2 Stoics would like a sneak peek into these than you're welcome as well.