“Practicing Philosophy”
August 3rd – 9th, 2020
La Chapelle Saint André, Burgundy (France)

Every summer, in the little village of La Chapelle-Saint-André (Burgundy – France), gather about 30-40 persons involved in philosophical practice (students, teachers, professors, counselors, trainers) in order to reflect on their work and improve professionally. For seven days, in English, these philosophy practitioners coming from the five continents will participate to different workshops, lead workshops, analyze and evaluate them, theorize about the different issues involved.

In this context, philosophy is not any more an academic activity centered on the history of ideas, and one does not come simply to narrate what he does in his home country. The principle is to get acquainted with varied ways of philosophizing, as an activity constitutive of the mind and the self. Philosophy with children, philosophical consultation, philosophy workshops, Socratic dialogue, etc., one is introduced to the many forms and variants of such an endeavor. It is not so much knowledge that is at stake here, but acquiring and developing skills. How to conceptualize, how to problematize, how to deepen understanding of given ideas, and especially how to create a situation where this activity can be induced, is the main focus of the work.

Of course, Socratic maieutic is a key methodological point, but as well dialectics, analytics, community of enquiry, constitute as many entries and matrices to define the work. If they wish so, participants can facilitate a workshop, a situation which provides an occasion for any practitioner to show how he works and get some critical feed-back on his work and his methodology, so one becomes more conscious of his own options and activity. Since the atmosphere of this seminar is open, inclined to both rigor and diversity, it creates a context where one can really express his view instead of hiding behind the usual pseudo-consensus where “everything is fine and we are all great”. In this sense, the idea is to recreate the context of antique philosophical schools, or the gymnasium as described by Plato, where one could challenge other’s ideas and oneself be challenged. In the peaceful atmosphere of a small French village, accompanied with good food and good wine, walks in the beautiful surrounding woods and visit to the medieval site of Vezelay, one can truly devote oneself to philosophical encounters and reflection.

All practitioners interested in presenting their work and holding a workshop during this event are invited to send their proposal. The purpose of this seminar is to exchange, discover, experiment and develop practices.

This seminar does not require previous philosophical training. It can be an initiation to philosophical practice, or a deepening of the activity. Participants come from different parts of the world, and join for professional or personal reasons, in order to work on a practice that is applicable to many contexts: teaching children or adults, management, individual consultation, N.G.O activities…

The duration will be one whole week, from Monday, August 3rd (arrival on the 2nd), to Sunday, August 9th, and the cost will be 650 Euros; the price includes the workshops, food and accommodation in a private room. For people who are on a tight budget, this can be reduced to 380 Euros if you accept “camping style” accommodation. Our Institute can accept some people free of charge who have financial difficulties, but are highly motivated.

You will find videos of workshops, theoretical texts, and books to download for free on the following sites:  http://www.pratiques-philosophiques.fr/en/welcome/


It’s a program of ten weekly sessions of 90 minutes each, accompanied by individual work, with a philosopher-practitioner. The goal is to discover and practice the competencies of critical thinking through some exercises and the philosophical consultation: argumentation, analysis, interpretation, problematization, conceptualization, etc. The program is built on various themes and uses different supports (philosophical texts, stories, videos, paintings…).

Three levels are proposed: initial – Intermediate – Advanced, and they can be held in different languages.

For those who do not wish to work via Skype, we also offer a written online training program. Just like for audiovisual tutoring, you will be assigned a philosopher practitioner who will send you regular exercises, followed by a feedback on the work done.

For more information, you can write to us via the contact form, or directly to Leïla, who is in charge of it: leila.millonbierre@hotmail.com