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We are more than just a magazine. We are a community of curious, enquiring individuals who are looking for fun and fulfilment. Our online course programme offers classes and courses in our three subject areas of philosophy, husbandry and merriment. With us, you can learn about Socrates and the history of London, take a meditation course, discover the latest science on psychedelics, and get to grips with psychoanalysis, Jane Austen or the ukulele.

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Libertas per cultum

Our Latin motto means “freedom through education” We believe that fulfilment and pleasure come from learning and laughter. That’s why we encourage everyone to slow down, have fun and live well.

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