The Good Life School exists to help people understand themselves better. We believe that positive self-development can ripple across our communities and beyond.

Our Story

The Good Life School has been baking since 2017. It started out as a blog called Growth Seekers, exploring personal growth, fulfilment and flourishing.

Then in spring 2020, at the start of lockdown in Scotland, a friend here in Edinburgh invited a bunch of us to do the #100daychallenge to commit to 100 days of creativity.

As a teacher, life/career coach and trainee therapist (and natural-born geek…) fascinated with what it takes to live well and convinced of the value of exploring in a close-knit community, I used the time to design and pilot an interactive course in positive mental health via Zoom.

Fifteen amazing ‘guinea pigs’ from across the globe took part - it was epic! Here’s one of the crew:

I thought it was absolutely brilliant – fun, engaging, informative and highly professional”.

Coworking

And here’s another:

Everyone should know this stuff, in the same way that everyone should know road safety. It’s an opportunity to be better-equipped for life”.

The pilot group helped shape the course as it is today by telling us what worked and what would be even better. You can see their legacy for yourself if you want to join us on our course, The Science of Stress, Calm and Feeling Good.

There are more courses in the pipeline now, which we’ll be piloting over the coming months (let us know if you want to be a beta-tester (aka guinea pig) and we’ll keep you in the loop).

In the meantime, we’re writing blogs, filming videos and recording conversations on the themes of positive mental health and emotional wellbeing, drawing from science, philosophy, art and the lived experiences of everyday people.

Want to know more or say hi? Book a 15 minute chat with Lorna:)

Our Mission

The Good Life School exists to help people figure out what the good life means for each of us by understanding ourselves better and recognising where we fit in our wider contexts and in relation to others.

We believe that such insights give us a much better shot at living content, healthy and connected lives, and that this positive self-development can ripple across our communities and beyond.

Learning, reflecting, connecting and being playful are remarkable antidotes to the crazy, alienating, imbalanced and contradictory world we live in.

Our aim is to lighten the load of emotional and psychological anguish that so many of us seem to carry, leading to brighter, kinder, happier lives.

What happens in class?

Small groups of up to 14 adult students learn about positive mental health and emotional wellbeing in interactive lessons using Zoom video conferencing.

Course content draws from the latest thinking and research in science blended with philosophy, art and real life. Classes are facilitated by me, Lorna Lythgoe, a multi-postgrad qualified adult education specialist.

Learning is active and engaging. Our students get to discuss and reflect in small groups, connecting with fellow bright sparks and soul-searchers from their own back yard and across the globe.

We’re based in Edinburgh in Scotland and, eventually, plan to also offer face-to-face courses, workshops and active retreats. Watch this space!

Why study at the Good Life School?

  • Stop feeling alone in thinking there must be more to life
  • Get to know yourself better
  • Understand The Bigger Picture
  • Connect with other curious minds and questioning souls who care about this life and the people in it
  • Have fun!
  • Find your way to live, feel and love fully
  • Figure out what the good life means for you
  • Lay the groundwork to thrive in your one, short, precious life
Lorna Lythgoe

Lorna Lythgoe

Founder and Course Designer/Facilitator

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