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The University of Life

"Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers, but to be fearless in facing them. Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain, but for the heart to conquer it ."
Rabindranath Tagore

What is the University of Life?

  • The University is a platform on which we help build long-term recovery from addiction in the community. We contribute by offering courses and experiential learning opportunities on themes that support recovery and other journeys of self-transformation. .

  • The University is a platform for exchanging the gifts of head, hand and heart of the recovery community with itself and the wider population. No one gets paid to teach on the platform, it is a gift.

  • The University is interested in whole population recovery as well as personal recovery.  The country as a whole, we feel, could benefit from undertaking its own recovery journey, not just people with addictions.

  • The University is open to all adults on such journeys; a previous history of addiction is not a requirement for participation.

  • Each University course on the platform is not for profit, self-sustaining and self-organising. It is hoped that it will soon become independent of the SRC and self determining, raising it’s own finance and decision making structures.

  • Course leaders can charge whatever they need to cover the expenses of putting on the course. Each course leader does the administration for their course. 

  • The SRC offers free use of the premises and equipment where available to support the courses and will publicise the courses through their website and social media pages.

  • The University could arise anywhere in Scotland where there is space and interest in its work and tutors in recovery willing to give their gifts of hand, heart and head.

What it does
  • Graduates from the school of “hard knocks” now have their own University: the University of Life in recovery. A University that offers courses tailored to help humans deal with life creatively; to realise potential, deal with difficult pasts and challenging presents. It is based around the idea that we are all flawed and imperfect humans trying to grow.

  • At this University, which is open to everyone, all the tutors have one thing in common- they have been there. They will be sharing their passions and their expertise. The will teach some of the ways and means of living that they practice actively themselves.

  • At this University we are interested in whole population recovery and personal recovery; we know that systems as well as individuals can be broken and need to heal. We know they can.

  • As the faculty of gift giving tutors grows so the range of what can be offered will grow. Anyone wishing to offer something on the platform can contact SRC.

  • If you have any questions about The University of Life please telephone the SRC office on 0141 552 1355.

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