The School of Life will launch its pop-up program in Sydney next month. The classes will run from Sunday February 28 until Thursday March 24 at the Australian Design Centre.

Topics covered by the classes and special events will range from empathy, to the philosopher Plato and a series of “how tos” including How to Find a Job you Love, How to be Confident and How to Balance Work With Life.

A highlight of the program is a special event called A Night of Better Conversation – Relationships, held by Sarah Darmody. The prize-winning author of Ticket to Ride – Lost and Found in America currently writes, consults and teaches at the School of Life. The event aims to help us enjoy rich and memorable conversations about things and ideas that really matter in life.

“We don’t pretend to have all the answers, and I guess that’s where School of Life differs from self-help books and seminars,” says Darmody. “We are saying we don’t have a solution, but we have better questions to ask yourself.” Darmody is also leading the class How to Realise Your Potential. Other speakers include internationally acclaimed empathy expert Roman Krznaric, who will deliver a Secular Sermon; writer and former psychotherapist Pierz Newton-John talking about How to Make Love Last; and head of activation and learning at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Heather Whitely Robertson, on How to be Creative.

“We borrow from science, literature, popular culture, the arts – to try and give ourselves a better emotional education on how to be a better person,” says Darmody. “You can come along with your most deep-seeded fear, or your can bring your Tinder date. It’s really for everyone.”

Tickets for pop-up classes are on sale now. Permanent classes will launch later in the year. Tickets for the pop-up term of classes, workshops and major events can be bought here.

theschooloflife.com/sydney