The Idler Academy
of Philosophy, Husbandry and Merriment
Scottish country dancing is fun, fast and social. It is brilliant for all ages. The dances come in the form of jigs, strathspeys and reels. In our three sessions we'll focus on the reels which are
In this four hour workshop Stuart Beesley (Travel Photographer of the Year 2010 and Fox & Squirrel Street Photography Guide) will discuss the art of documenting urban landscapes armed
In this masterclass, we will get to the heart of his thought, and clear up many common misunderstandings. We will test his ideas against our own experiences. We will learn to listen to the deepest parts of ourselves, the loss of which
Learn how to speak proper
We are absolutely delighted to announce the second ever Idle Choir based at The KPH pub in Ladbroke Grove. Our second term will consist of seven weeks of practise followed by a concert on week eight.
Learn the secrets of the universe with two of the UK's top astronomers. Price includes star-gazing with telescopes. Dr Marek Kukula, the Royal Observatory’s public Astronomer, and Dr Grant Miller,, Zooniverse
“Two of my favourite things are sitting on my front porch smoking a pipe of sweet hemp and playing my harmonica” (Abraham Lincoln) In this taster class we will look at fundamentals such
A four part course from Gustav Temple of The Chap magazine, which outlines the principles and practice of proper dressing for men.
Whether you need to improve your speaking for professional reasons, or engage supporters on behalf of a charity, or are faced with speaking at social events, this workshop will help you overcome nerves
Learn all the basic steps of taxidermy: whether you want to create your own masterpiece or just learn a little more about the process, this class is the perfect introduction. If you’ve ever fancied enlivening your mantelpiece with
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.
Sort out your apostrophes, colons and inverted commas for once and for all on our masterclass with best-selling author and journalist Harry Mount. Harry's masterclass is suitable for all
Our Intermediate Ukulele Course is suitable for ukulele players who have qualified with an “Idler Beginners Ukulele Diploma”, or else have some basic knowledge of the instrument.
Find your voice on our singing course for complete beginners
Have you ever felt that your handwriting needed improving? Whether you would like to be able to write beautifully, more legibly or neater at speed, this practical course will give you the tools you need
A six part course in the philosophies of the ancient Greeks from the pre-Socratics and Plato to the Cynics and Sceptics.
Danny Wootton’s ever popular Ukulele for Beginners course is back and will cover basic chords, strumming and music theory. Our ukulele courses are enormous fun and very satisfying.
Recently added Live Courses
Recently added Online Courses
Online | Online course
ACROSS FOUR VERY entertaining and very useful lectures, Mary Killen of the Spectator magazine,… Read more
Online | Online course
All you need to know about growing your own fruit and vegetables, the easy and organic way… Read more
Recently added Events & Talks
22 Jul | Talk
What if everything around us – everything we see and do and hope for, all the achievements of civilisation – is really nothing more than the denial of our most fundamental reality?… Read more
10 Nov | Event
In this masterclass, we will get to the heart of his thought, and clear up many common misunderstandings. We will test his ideas against our own experiences. We will learn to listen to the deepest parts of ourselves, the loss of which… Read more
27 Oct | Event
In this masterclass, we will look at what it means to be modern and try to set the record straight. We will ask what it means to think of oneself as an individual, and how psychology and philosophy illuminate helpful from unhelpful… Read more