IPP |Institute
of Philosophical Practices
ITD |Institute
of Thinking and Dialogue
IPP |Institute
of Philosophical Practices
ITD |Institute of Thinking and Dialogue
Annual educational program
November 2020 - June 2021
Start - 13th of November

more than 400 hours of thinking exercises

detecting logical problems

minimum of 20 hours of live counseling

practicing argumentation, interpretation, problematization, questioning

This course will take you into the world of thinking, where you will discover the beauty of ideas, the art of questioning, and the variety of paradigms through which you can look at the world.

This is a Triathlon for thinking

As a result you will have clearer and more flexible thinking

Core values of the course:



Thinking is a joyful process.
If you are suffering from your thoughts, then you are doing something wrong

Level 1.0
The first year of studies is devoted to an introduction to philosophical counseling and basic thinking competencies. Exercises are aimed at working with your thinking process, your difficulties, and expanding your worldview. This course is a discovery of how human beings function. It is not an easy process, as it forces one to constantly confront onerself, analyze onerself and question usual patterns of behavior. During the course you will train in argumentation, interpretation, problematization, questioning, etc.
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Levels 2.0 and 3.0
These levels are for those who have completed at least one year of study at our course or have successfully completed Levels 3 or 4 in our individual programs . The main focus here is working with other persons. You will learn how to question people, choose strategies to work with them, and interpret their behavior. You will continue to develop skills of questioning, argumentation, and interpretation. You will learn to correct written homework of other students and assess their consultations. You will as well deepen your understanding of theoretical backgrounds of philosophical practice.
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FROM THE beginning of november 2020 TO THE END OF June 2021
development of 5 basic thinking skills
Capacity to justify your ideas, examine other people's thinking process. You can have a brilliant idea about something, but without an argument it is difficult to justify it. Argumentation teaches you to see cause-and-effect relationships and communicate your thoughts to other people.
Seeing different meanings behind someone's words, being able to view a situation or a person from multiple angles, looking at a problem from different levels and naming it, finding creative ways of understanding a text.
Asking clear and precise questions. Recognizing problems in questions, knowing different types of questions. Turning your idea into a question that will be directed at what you want is an art. Someone who knows how to ask questions is a master of dialogue.
Naming a phenomenon or a behavior pattern. Extracting the substance from a text. This skill allows you to clarify speech, highlight the essence, and structure your thoughts.
Any statement or a question has limits of application. To see these boundaries is to be aware of an idea. The better the ability to problematize is, the higher creativity is. This implies to learn how to formulate objections and questions.
Understanding yourself and others better. Our reactions to someone's words or attitude manifest our worldview. The ability to interpret them allows you to understand yourself better: how you think, why you think this way, and what the limits of your way of thinking are.
Every month: one educational module. Each module consists of:

- 1 weekend seminar. Friday evening (3 hours), Saturday and Sunday (6 hours each day). This weekend seminar is led by Oscar Brenifier and other philosophy practitioners.

- 1 week of a mini-marathon with daily tasks, beginning right after the weekend seminar.

- 1 or 2 written tasks. 1 week is given to complete them.

- 1 block of philosophical consultations. Each student will record 1 consultation as a philosopher and 1 as a "client".
During the whole year there will be weekly Zoom workshops.

They last 2 hours. Students will attend at least 1 workshop per week. One session will take place on a weekday evening, another one on the weekend.

Time is yet to be determined.

These sessions take place every week except for the mini-marathon and seminar weeks.


During workshops, we will work on various exercises. The main task is to develop thinking skills, train to identify and explore each other's thinking systems, and increase the degree of self-awareness.

The work is structured in a dialogue format: the art of questioning will always remain in the center of every session.
Workshops and seminars are held on Zoom.
Once (and if) the pandemic is over, we might offer some offline seminars.

All written exercises and homeworks are kept on GetCourse platform.

Communication between students and teachers takes place in Telegram chat.

- analyzing stories,
- writing questions about a text,
- working with real-life cases,
- assessment of someone's profile,
- analizing consultations,
- interpretation of a picture, a philosophical text,
- and so on.

Over the year around 80-100 different exercises will be offered.
2 types of certificates are provided:
1. IPP certificate for completion of the course;
2. IPP certificate as a philosophy consultant.

In order to receive Certificate type 1:
- minimum attendance of 50% of classes.

In order to receive Certificate type 2:
- minimum attendance of 80% of classes
- minimum of 80% of completed tasks
- high quality of the written tasks
- high quality of leading philosophical consultations.

since 2014

we have begun running this course. The format has slowly evolved throughout the years in order to improve its efficiency.
300 students

from more than 10 countries
3 languages

our program is now held in English, Russian and Chinese languages
9 philosophers

who were students of our course and later became professional philosophy practitioners
Many people associate anxiety with thinking. Therefore, you can often hear "it would be better not to think!". We train people to think and enjoy this process. Tutors of the course share techniques and work with each participant: they explore how you think and look at the world.

This Philosophical Counseling and Practice course is NOT just a training program, it is a LIFESTYLE.

Approximate class schedule. It may change over the course of sessions. We warn of the changes in advance
of the weekend seminars
1st semester*

* Paris time
13.11 - 19.00-22.00
14.11 - 14.00 - 21.00
15.11 - 14.00 - 21.00
04.12 - 19.00 - 22.00
05.12 - 14.00 - 21.00
06.12 - 14.00 - 21.00
08.01 - 19.00-22.00
09.01 - 14.00 - 21.00
10.01 - 14.00 - 21.00
We do not have a fixed schedule of what we do during the workshops and seminars. There is no determined program in advance, as we prefer to go with the flow and base ourselves on what takes place with participants.

This is what allows us to evolve over the years. It as well better resembles how life is: unpredictable and surprising.

The work is quite intense, there is a lot of homework. However, you can complete tasks at your own pace with additional personal feedback from tutors. Or not do homework at all. It all depends on your priorities.
- think more flexibly and clearly,
- find various interpretations of a person's behavior,
- name more accurately,
- give structured and clear answers,
- notice problems in people's speech and explain it in a simple way,
- ask efficient questions,
- analyze someone's thinking based on their speech,
- understand yourself and others better,
- switch from one task to another better,
- investigate problems philosophically,
- think about yourself and the world in a broader and more interesting way.
- become more autonomous in your thinking,
- increase your confidence,
- become more patient with other people,
- reduce anxiety,
- increase your level of calmness in life and in dialogue with others,
- develop cognitive empathy
Training program that is based on practice 80% of the time
Valuable feedback on your thinking
Community for years to come and opportunity to grow as a professional
You are ready to think, discover yourself, even if it is not very pleasant, explore how you think and look at the world, meet others and learn their way of thinking.
Course is made for everyone who works with people
anyone who wants to improve their quality of dialogue
hr specialists, recruiters
personal growth coaches, business coaches, and so on
psychologists, psychotherapists, art therapists
managers, business owners, CEOs
people passionate about self-discovery
people looking for a change of profession
- Implement techniques and tools of efficient thinking to work with yourself in everyday life.

- Create a profile of a person based on a sentence or a question.

- Ask people questions, quickly understand problems and how to solve them.

- Get a certificate granting the right to conduct philosophy consultations and have a private practice, or adapt the method to your main profession.

- Continue your studies with us if you want to become a specialist in the field of philosophy counseling.

- Become a tutor in our course: correct students' work, conduct workshops on different topics, make presentations on different philosophical concepts.

- Join our team of philosophers and work withclients, participate in our projects, create new ones and fully devote yourself to a life of a philosophy practitioner.
Be prepared for obstacles:
Process orientation
Thinking is an art that requires constant practice. This is a path that has no end. It is impossible to get the final "knowledge" that will end this path.

In this course, we practice thinking instead of learning information. If you apply to this course in order to get a guaranteed result, it may be difficult for you to learn with us.
Absence of fixed authority
We don't practice a traditional system where one teacher gives assessment and it is "sacred". You will be both a student and a teacher at this course. You will get a lot of feedback and you will be giving feedback to others. The absence of a familiar "right and wrong" guideline allows freedom, but it can also be destabilizing.
Minimum of theory
The knowledge that is gained through practice is absorbed much better. There is no theory that can replace the experience of working on yourself. Such experience can be applicable in life. You should not expect an abundance of theory, but be prepared for a maximum of practice. You will be given a "fishing rod" so that you can learn how to "fish" by yourself.
No long speeches
The way we think affects our speech and, vice versa, our speech shows the way we think. "Language is the house of being", as Heidegger wrote. Therefore, to work with an idea, we need concise and clear answers. During the course, the moderators will periodically interrupt your speech and teach you to stop a flow of speech from others. This can be irritating.
Capacity to challenge
Thinking loves a challenge and does not like routine and habit. To think the unthinkable, you need to take risks and dare to go into the unknown. This requires courage, curiosity, and interest for ideas. To be able to challenge another person, you need to be able to challenge yourself.
Work on yourself
"Are you greedy?" or "How often do you get stubborn?". Such questions can bother and even insult some. Such questions will very often be asked during the course. The purpose of these questions is to increase self-awareness. If we don't like our reflection in a mirror, it doesn't make it any less real. The quality of working with thinking directly depends on the degree of our self-awareness. This is an important part of the course's work.
Authors of the course
Oscar Brenifier
philosophy consultant
Oscar Brenifier is the co-founder of the Institute of Philosophical Practices, based in Paris. Doctor of Philosophy, he has been promoting philosophical practice around the world for many years. He has published around fifty books in this area, for children and adults. His specialties are philosophical consultation, philosophy for children, didactics of philosophy and business philosophy.
Viktoria Chernenko
philosophy consultant
Viktoria holds MA in cultural and historical psychology, she is a PhD student in philosophy, a philosophy practitioner, editor and author of books. Creator of ITD (Institute of Thinking and Dialogue). Viktoria has been practicing philosophy for 10 years and conducts seminars and individual consultations in 30 countries. Main specialization: philosophical consulting, philosophy in business, the art of interpretation.
Leila Millon
Philosophy consultant
Leila grew up in philosophical practice. She has been assisting to many seminars, workshops, and different sorts of philosophical work, and has become a practitioner herself since five years. She studied music since young age, and graduated from UQAM (University of Quebec in Montreal) in music and singing. She lives an artistic life where she combines both music and philosophy. Main specialization: philosophical consulting, practitioners trainings, and art & thinking.
Maria Volodina
Philosophy consultant
Critical thinking coach. Her philosophical career began with working with children using philosophical practice. She studied the method of philosophical counseling at IPP and made philosophy her lifestyle. Now Maria does private consultations, group workshops. She is a tutor at the one-year program. She teaches students from different countries, she works with teachers on how to develop critical thinking in children.
Lara Kurygina
Philosophy consultant
She started her philosophical career with the course "Philosophical counseling" in Moscow. She started to practice philosophy after she realised how the method of philosophical practice helps to improve the quality of thinking and life in general. She works with children and adults: teaches them to think critically. Conducts individual and group sessions.
Isabelle Millon
Philosophy consultant
Philosophy practitioner specialized in philosophy for children and education, director of the Institute of Philosophical Practices that she co-founded, researcher and author of books for teenagers and adults. For more than twenty years, Isabelle has been working on the development of critical thinking as philosophical practice, holding workshops and seminars all over the world, focusing more on pedagogical projects in schools with teachers and learners, training of groups to critical thinking, essentially teachers and people involved in social, political and cultural domains.
Audrey Gers
Philosophy consultant
French philosophy practitioner. She has been developing her practice with Oscar Brenifier and Isabelle Millon at the Institute of Philosophical Practices for fifteen years, near Paris. She is a member of a research group in philosophical practice. She is part of an online training group and she travelled to different countries for international conferences. She likes to philosophize with adults as well as with children. She considers questioning as the core of any dialogue that gets people out of the torpor of their habits.
Mathias Tistelgren
Philosophy consultant
Mathias is a teacher who holds master's degrees in philosophy, the Swedish language and English literature, and for the past 15 years he has been teaching these subjects to high school students. He now combines this with his work as a philosophical practitioner where he gives workshops as well as individual training sessions focused on philosophical skills such as questioning, argumentation, problematisation, conceptualisation and interpretation. He particularly likes to use stories and philosophical texts as tools for thinking.
LEVELS 2.0 AND 3.0

More complex exercises for thinking development
You will keep developing main thinking skills, but in a deeper way. You will work with real persons: learn to identify the main problem in their answers and way of thinking, ask sharper questions and show the limitations of their worldview more accurately.
More theory on philosophical counseling
Deepening into the theory and principles of PP:
- importance of stopping a client's speech,
- usefulness of conceptualization,
- types of questions,
- role of problematization,
- and so on.
You will analyze different archetypes of people, which will allow you to spot their ways of functioning, you can better conceptualize how someone is. You will as well be given tips on how to interact with people based on their archetypes.
Practice with real clients: conducting individual marathons
Periodically you will be in charge of teaching people not familiar with philosophical practice.. You will be giving them feedback, so that this person can improve his thinking skills.
Conducting workshops
You will be asked to lead workshops with people who are not familiar with philosophical practice, as well as other students.
Submit the form
Send us an email pp@pocketphilosophers.com or a message on WhatsApp to the mentor of the program
+7 910 438 5458 (WhatsApp) Lara Kurygina
Sign an agreement
Send us a scan of the signed agreement.
Pay for the course
You can pay:
1. Through the website with a Bank card
2. By PayPal: pp@pocketphilosophers.com
3. By bank transfer
Complete an exercise
The introductory exercise consists of 20 questions to assess the overall level of the group. And it is a good thinking practice for you!

You have 1 week to complete the exercise.
Sign up
Leave your mobile phone number or contact us
+7 910 4385458 (WhatsApp)
or write to us pp@pocketphilosophers.com
Program fee
2000 euros

You can pay in one shot, by semester or in installments.
If you have financial difficulties, we can have a particular agreement with you. Write to us.

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