General study groups



We hold weekly group meetings to study and discuss the philosophy from the Advaita tradition. Advaita means non-dual: it means that in reality everything is an aspect of one undivided whole. The usual sense of separation is seen as being artificial and the remedy is practical: to become more unified.


The Study Society has a unique archive of material collected by our founders and leaders over 50 years which is combined in study groups with wisdom from other sages and traditions together with the latest scientific discoveries in fields such as cosmology and the study of consciousness and the human mind.


Introductory Meetings for newcomers are held at Colet House from time to time, and outside London on application. See Events or The Study Society Facebook Group for more details. These courses are based on informal, small group sessions meeting once a week. There is no charge.


The Philosophy of the Cosmic Dance is an introduction to the non-dual Advaita philosophy. It is a series of dialogues that explore the perennial philosophy that lies behind the world’s great wisdom traditions.


We will examine the dance of our identity and the dance of creation, while exploring the question “Who is it that dances?”.


The emphasis is on direct practical experience and takes place in an informal and friendly atmosphere at Colet House.


During the discussions use will be made of different symbols that express this central idea, including the dance of Shiva, the symbolism of the Whirling Dervish ceremony from the Mevlevi tradition of Rumi and a simple framework of knowledge from the Indian Advaita tradition.


Dates: See The Study Society Facebook Group for details.


Study Group Meetings at a more advanced level are open to associates and members of the Society. Each term a new theme is chosen and people explore the topic in an atmosphere of friendly and informal dialogue.


Study groups are held at Colet House and around the UK in Bath, Bookham (Surrey), Frensham (Hants), Hungerford (Berkshire), Southwold (Suffolk), near Birdlip (Gloucestershire), Northiam (East Sussex), Lewes (Sussex), Manchester, and Preston (Lancs). If you would like further details, please contact the office.