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Transparent fees and charges

There are no hidden charges with the School of Philosophy. What you see is what you get!

Here are all the fees and charges we can think of for any of the courses or optional extras that our students may wish to benefit from.

Our prices are extremely competitive. Why? It's because our teachers are volunteers. Their teaching service contributes to their own ongoing self-development AND their local community. You could call it a labour of love.


These are the fees for Our Groups:

Introductory Group

Our Introductory Course is offered at a lower price than our ongoing courses. Fees are payable in advance via Eventbrite. See Our next course for latest details. 


Awareness Group

Following on from the Introductory Course, students join our second group studying a sequence of four further modules of 12 weeks

(Why the higher fees? Our Introductory Course is generally offered at a specially reduced rate. This may or may not cover the cost of room hire and certainly does not cover the cost of advertising as well. Fees at this next level therefore need to cover our advertising costs as well as the group's own room hire and printing costs.)


Meditation and Reflection Groups

For students practising the School's mantra meditation method, these more advanced courses become available. 

(Why the higher fees? Our parent charity in London provides us with our course syllabus and teaching materials, admin support, financial and legal services, marketing etc. and runs retreat centres. At this level, our students make a contribution (currently £40 per term for each student in these groups) towards these central overhead costs (mainly premises, staff wages etc) and this is reflected in the fees.)




Introduction to mantra meditation. Introduction and traditional ceremony, provided by the School of Meditation, London to whom a suggested one-off donation is requested of £150-200. From that point onwards, there are no extra charges for meditation support (unless you opt to attend a meditation retreat). Tutorials are provided free.

Tutorials. Our students can request a free one-to-one meditation tutorial at any time. This may be online or in-person. No charge.

(Note: Mantra meditation is a requirement for our more advanced modules (Parts 6 onwards) but is available to any student from Introductory course onwards)


Optional extras

Horizons - Saturday morning options, online or in person in London Details and enrol - £75 for 10

Study Day at Waterperry House nr Oxford (pictured below), usually once a term - £15-20, including lunch

Residential retreats at Waterperry House, near Oxford. Special price, only available to students of the School of Philosophy – weekend (2 nights) £120; week (7 nights) £420

We also recommend the Waterperry Retreat Programme

 Waterperry House and Gardens, June 2022


Photo credits: Sandy Millar on Unsplash; Pat Havers, Waterperry