The School of Philosophy

What is learnt is for the benefit of others.

History of The International School

  The School of Practical Philosophy was conceived in the mind of its founder, Mr Leon MacLaren, who at the age of 16 while sitting beside a lake, had a clear vision that there was...

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What are the Practical Philosophy Courses? THE SCHOOL’S courses treat philosophy as a personal and practical attitude to life and its opportunities, enabling people to deepen and develop understanding of life and of oneself. They...

New Meditation Course Content, Calendar 2018 Durban

MEDITATION COURSE CONTENT AND CALENDAR Course: Learn to Meditate Properly Contact: Ingrid 082 8963919 Venue: St James School for Girls and Boys, 130 Mathews Meyiwa Road (formerly Stamford Hill Road), entrance in De Mazenod Road,...

Durban and Highway Course Dates and Content 2018. Book Now!


Course: Learn to Meditate Properly

Contact: Ingrid 082 8963919

Venue: St James School for Girls and Boys, 130 Mathews Meyiwa Road (formerly Stamford Hill Road), entrance in De Mazenod Road, Greyville Durban.

Duration: Our courses are ongoing in terms (modules) of nine weeks, four terms (modules) per annum. The next course commences Saturday 20 January 2018 to Saturday 24 March 2018.

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The Highway School is offering the option of two courses depending on the demand. The Courses are: Learn to Meditate Properly or An Introduction to Practical Philosophy.

Duration: Our courses are ongoing in terms (modules) of nine weeks, four terms (modules) per annum.

The First Term commences with a FREE Introductory Session – Saturday 20 January 2018  – 8.45 – 11.00 . Meet other students, hear about the courses and the School, ask questions and register.

Contact: Jane  082 447 6495
Venue: 32 Jan Smuts Avenue, Winston Park / Gillits

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All Welcome Nonke Namukelekile

No prior knowledge or experience required.

Latest Courses

Courses at the various branches of the School, run on different schedules. Select Durban, Pietermaritzburg, Highway or Ballito and see what is happening in your area.
Hillcrest: Quarterly Satsanga at the School of Philosophy
I had the pleasure of attending our quarterly Satsanga at the School of philosophy in Hillcrest. What Satsanga means is gathering together for the truth...
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Public Talk: Philosophy and Justice
Pietermaritzburg School gets a New Home
Kim Ward from the Pietermaritzburg school sent a picture of their new School house at 48 Ridge Rd (corner of Rutland,) Scottsville. "We look forward...
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Meditation in the Mountains – The Inspiration of Nature
By Charles Somerset These pictures are from the walk we did Sunday 28 May. It was organised by the Pietermaritzburg School as a day outing...
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Marcilio Ficino Public Talk a Great Success
By Ginny Koumantarakis Marcilio Ficino was a Renaissance man in the true sense – a medical doctor, a priest, a philosopher, a student who had...
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Good Turnout for the Parenting Course in Durban
  The Parenting Course started on Wednesday evening, 3rd May. We were 31 in total which included 11 St James parents, 10 St James teachers,...
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KZN Branches

You can do one of our many courses online or if you would rather attend a course in person, please have a look at the Schools in Durban, Pietermaritzburg, Highway or Ballito.



The School of Practical Philosophy in KZN is a centre for spiritual, practical knowledge and enquiry.  It aims to help individuals lead a fuller, richer and more useful life and to evolve the spiritual aspect of their being in accordance with natural laws.

This is done mainly by providing courses in practical philosophy.

The School of Practical Philosophy in KZN has four branches which are located in Durban, Pietermaritzburg, Highway and Ballito. These are referred to as the “School”.

The School is a registered public benefit organization (PBO).

Realisation of a Person’s Full Potential

The principal aim of the School is the realisation of a person’s full potential. It is a voyage of discovery. Together with this is the purpose of seeking to live and work in such a way as to serve and enrich the society in which we live.

This aim is pursued primarily by offering courses in practical philosophy which are presented in a stimulating dialogue-based approach.  The principle of neither accepting nor rejecting what is presented, but verifying it through one’s own experience, is followed by all who engage in the courses.

Students may continue their studies, through the School, for as long as they wish. Some stay for a few terms and some for many years. The courses follow a structured system through which students are introduced, over a period of time, to meditation, service and Sanskrit.

Some Gauteng branches are offering courses in the study of the Bhagavad Gita and Economics-with-Justice. Also, as an alternative to its introduction in the practical philosophy course, meditation is offered at an earlier stage through the Centre for Meditation.

The practical nature of philosophy shows itself in the way people conduct themselves as they go about the ordinary business of living and in their relationships with the community and society around them.

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