The Idler Academy
of Philosophy, Husbandry and Merriment
Try your hand at calligraphy with in this two-week taster course with expert teacher Susie Deane.
Ed Hopwood's three-part course covers harmonica fundamentals such as hand position and getting good clear notes on the instrument. You will learn tunes and key riffs from folk, country and blues styles.
Urban beekeeper Bill Anderson will teach you how to keep bees the idle way with minimum interference Warré hives.
Dinner on 15th November features Chris Donald and John Brown of Viz
The Idler Choir is seriously good fun.
Learn the ancient art of papercutting with a festive twist in this fun workshop with Poppy Chancellor.
Dinner on 18th October features talks from journalist Virginia Ironside and author Iain Sinclair, plus music from Arcelia.
Dinner on 20th September features talks from artist Lavinia Greenlaw, historian Ronald Hutton and music from The Magic Lantern.
All it takes to learn to stuff your own animals is a little basic knowledge and a creative imagination. Today you will go home with your own stuffed mole. Think Wind in the Willows.
Do you feel your handwriting needs improving? Would you like to write beautifully, more legibly or neater at speed? This practical course will give you the tools you need.
A seven day retreat to Umbria with Idler editor Tom Hodgkinson, craft designer Ros Badger, and Idler Academy director Victoria Hull
Join historian and broadcaster Dr Matthew Green on an historical joyride through 800 years of London’s history, from the Middle Ages to the Blitz, which will bring the Unreal City to life like never before.
Journey through the history of Christianity with Dr Mark Vernon, from Paul through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, right up to mass Christianity in the modern day.
All you need to know about the philosophical schools of Ancient Greece — and how they can help your daily life — on our six-week evening course live at the Three Kings in Clerkenwell.
What is your ideal way of living? Do you want to make money and still live well? Perhaps you can! Discover how to be a bohemian in business with Tom Hodgkinson.
Learn how to play the harmonica in our twelve part course, which covers everything from breathing patterns and hand position to learning by ear and classic blues riffs.
Learn how to speak proper
A four part course from Gustav Temple of The Chap magazine, which outlines the principles and practice of proper dressing for men.
Learn about all the key philosophical movements of the last five hundred years, from Descartes to Jean-Paul Sartre.
Learn the art of being idle and free in this six part course from Idler editor Tom Hodgkinson
Learn how to play the fabulous ukulele in our six part course with notes and songsheets
Learn about six great Victorians with QI's John Mitchinson
A six part online introduction to the most beautiful music of the last thousand years
The great chef Rowley Leigh traces man's culinary evolution through six films with simple recipes
A six part course which explores Buddhism and Eastern philosophy through the work of writer Alan Watts
A six part course in effective public speaking
Everything you need to know about punctuation in one single masterclass.
Find your voice on our singing course for complete beginners
A six part course in the philosophies of the ancient Greeks from the pre-Socratics and Plato to the Cynics and Sceptics.
Recently added Live Courses
Recently added Online Courses
Online | Online course
Learn to harness the power of Good Mood Food with seven delicious and nutritious recipes…. Read more
Online | Online course
Urban beeper Bill Anderson teaches you everything you need to know to get started in beekeeping, from catching a swarm to insulating your hive…. Read more
Recently added Events & Talks
15 Nov | Supper Club
Dinner on 15th November features Chris Donald and John Brown of Viz… Read more
18 Oct | Supper Club
Dinner on 18th October features talks from journalist Virginia Ironside and author Iain Sinclair, plus music from Arcelia…. Read more
20 Sep | Supper Club
Dinner on 20th September features talks from artist Lavinia Greenlaw, historian Ronald Hutton and music from The Magic Lantern…. Read more