Stoic Mindfulness and Resilience Training 2016 Course by Donald Robertson

Stoic Mindfulness and Resilience Training 2016 Course Now Enrolling

by Donald Robertson

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Stoic Mindfulness and Resilience Training (SMRT) 2016 will be starting on Sunday 19th June and continues for four weeks (click here to add to your Google calendar).  You can access the course by clicking this link:

Stoic Mindfulness and Resilience Training (SMRT) 2016

NB: We’re still putting the finishing touches to the site but you’re welcome to create an account and log in.

SMRT is part of a larger programme of research carried out by the “Stoicism Today” group responsible for the Stoic Week event, which runs each Autumn.  We are a multi-disciplinary team of psychologists and academics led by Christopher Gill, former (recently retired) Professor of Ancient Thought at Exeter University.  Over 3,300 people around the world took part in Stoic Week 2015 but this course is designed to be smaller in scale and more focused.  You can find out more about Stoic Week and the people involved in Stoicism Today by looking around in the blog.

Our Stoic Week Handbook contained a seven-day program of training, which covered a different aspect of Stoic practice each day. The SMRT course was designed to be more focused in greater depth on a small handful of core Stoic practices, and to allow more time for participants to test them out in daily life. So it’s not intended as an overview of Stoic philosophy or Stoic psychological practices but rather an experiment to test the effectiveness of some central Stoic concepts and techniques.  This was one of the main things people asked us to develop following on from Stoic Week and other events.

SMRT is a four-week e-learning course, which is completely free of charge.  It consists of weekly readings, exercises, and audio recordings.  It’s designed to teach you how to apply Stoic philosophy to daily life.  SMRT has been running once or twice per year, since 2014 and already thousands of participants have completed this training, in addition to those who do the shorter Stoic Week course.

We’ve chosen to focus on aspects of Stoicism, which are:

  • Recognizable as being central to ancient Stoicism
  • Fairly simple to learn and apply to modern life, within the time available
  • A good foundation for learning more about Stoic theory and practice
  • Usable without a detailed preliminary knowledge of Stoic history or philosophy

We hope you’ll find this course interesting and valuable, but it will take some thought and commitment on your part, to apply the practices to your own life.

Donald Robertson is a cognitive-behavioural psychotherapist, trainer, and author who specialises in the treatment of anxiety and the use of CBT and clinical hypnotherapy. He is the author of many articles on philosophy and psychotherapy in professional journals. Two of his more recent books include Teach Yourself Stoicism and the art of Happiness (2013) & Build your Resilience (2012). Read more about Donald’s work on his blog, The Philosophy of CBT.

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17 thoughts on “Stoic Mindfulness and Resilience Training 2016 Course by Donald Robertson”

  1. Hi Donald, I would like to sign up for your course but I am having trouble setting up a new registration. It seems that the system does not want to accept my e mail. Any suggestions? Thank you.

    1. Not normally. Did you add our domain to your email safe-sender list? Have you checked your spam folder for the confirmation email? You can also authenticate using Google if you have a G+ or Gmail account. If you use the support link on the main menu of the SMRT website to send me your details (username and/or email) I can try to find and manually confirm your account.

  2. I am trying to register for the course but when I click ‘Register’ or even add my email address to ‘follow’ I am directed to a blank white page that says ‘403 forbidden’. I am very interested in taking this course. Could you help me get registered??

    1. That’s not what’s happening with other users and I can’t replicate it. Could you try again and see whether it was just a temporary issue? If not just contact me using the support link on the page and give me the email, username, and password you want to use – I’ll set your account up manually.

      1. Hi Donald, I tried again today and it worked. However, now when I get to the register screen the ‘CAPTCHA’ code does not work. I have tried 6 or 7 times both case sensitive and not. Would you be able to sign me up manually? This is a bit frustrating.

          1. Hi Donald,

            I did as you recommended and submitted my information for login etc through the contact form via email. I havent received an email with my log in information yet so I was hoping to check in and see if you received that email?

            I just want to make sure I’m signed up and registered for the course.

            Thank you in advance for your help with this.

        1. Hi, I looked into this and it seems you actually submitted your information via *this* website – the Stoicism Today site – not my SMRT course website – so that’s why I didn’t receive your message. I’ll see if I can now manually set up your account using the info you’ve provided, though.

  3. Hi,
    It looks like I have issues to log in with my wordpress account. Although I have registered and logged in at wordpress it says I am not logged in when I want to open the “preliminary” – link on the smrt page.
    Also registrating via email seems not to work as I do not receive a password (I receive the welcome mail, but without password…just a link for resetting a password is shown..which also doesn’t work)
    So what am I supposed to do in order to register succesfully for the 2016 course?
    Thanks for support.

  4. I’m interested but have a lot of other stuff going on right now. What would you estimate is the time commitment required to complete this course? Thanks!

      1. Thanks. I’m still a bit on the fence, as a few days ago I signed up for another online course. I appreciate the time you’ve put into offering this as well as the speedy reply.