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Day & weekend events

Day schools and weekend events are one and two day classes in a single topic. They are designed to bring you the most up-to-date thinking on a wide range of subjects, from archaeology to technology.

Courses are taught by lecturers and speakers who are noted authorities in their field of research. Many courses are offered in conjunction with national organisations such as the National Trust, the Society for Medieval Architecture or the Oxford Internet Institute.

View a list of all our day and weekend events by clicking the button below, or you can see which couses are offered in a given month by using the navigation to the left.

view our list of day & weekend courses

About Day & Weekend events and their structure

A typical course might be comprised of several sessions over one or two days, and delivered by a range of speakers and tutors. Courses are open to all, and the majority do not entail homework, exams or any other assessment.

In addition, we offer a series of intensive language training weekends in French, Spanish and Italian

Accommodation is available on weekend courses (unless otherwise indicated) and for most day schools, either before or after the event, depending on availability.

For courses at Rewley or Ewert House, Tea and Coffee are provided for all course participants during the morning and afternoon breaks and at lunch time in the Common Room. The 'with full meals' option includes lunch(es) and dinner(s), and the 'with accommodation' rate includes all meals and breakfast/s appropriate to the length of the course. On Saturday mornings, the bar in the Common Room will be open half an hour before courses begin and you will be able to purchase Coffee, Tea and Croissants.

Day & Weekend Highlights

The Emergent Multiverse
The Many-Worlds Interpretation (MWI) of quantum mechanics holds that quantum theory - our best current theory of physics - is correctly understood as claiming that there are many worlds that exist in parallel to our own and which branch constantly off our own. The existence of the other worlds makes it possible to make sense of physics without action-at-a-distance, objective randomness, or any strange role for "observer" or "consciousness".

Shakespeare and the Beautiful
What is the beautiful? What does Shakespeare mean by beauty? What was considered beautiful at the time of the English Renaissance? These and other questions will be addressed at the Day School as part of the Temenos Academy's celebrations to mark the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth.

The Medicinal Properties of Plants
Why do plants have names such as all-heal, woundwort and eyebright? A review of the historical and present day use of plants in both herbal and main-stream medicine will be followed by a look at how plant-based chemicals such as alkaloids, tannins and bitters act on the body and may help to alleviate some of the symptoms of disease.

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