Free your attention

Sophia Club Presents

Free your attention

6:00pm, Wed 21 August, 2024
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Event Details

DOORS 6PM // KITCHEN OPEN // SHOW STARTS 7:30PM // With guests Nicholas Van Dam, Jess Huon & Matthias Schack-Arnott

After sell-out shows across London, New York and Melbourne, the Sophia Club returns once again to take audiences on an immersive journey of ideas, conversation and performance.

Free your attention

It’s hard to live a philosophical life when your mind is not your own. Can meditation help?

Do you feel so busy and distracted that you likely won’t finish reading this paragraph? Join us for an evening to explore meditation and other contemplative practices with psychologist Nicholas Van Dam, meditation teacher Jess Huon, and musician Matthias Schack-Arnott. We’ll bust some myths (stop trying to empty your mind!); we’ll offer some cautions (should you go on that 10 day retreat?) and we’ll explore whether these practices can help you to feel more free to focus on and attend to what really matters to you. Hosted by Aeon Media’s editorial director, Brigid Hains. 

This event will be presented in partnership with the University of Melbourne’s Contemplative Studies Centre. 


Everyone has a stake in philosophy; its vitality can be drawn out and re-energised through conversation, with each other, and the arts. The Sophia Club creates a space for people to come together, ponder big questions, encounter new perspectives, and appreciate the rich connections between thought, emotions and artistic expression. 

We call this space Live Philosophy.

The Sophia Club is the latest venture from Aeon Media, the publisher of Aeon and Psyche magazines. To be the first to hear about our events program, follow us on Instagram @sophiaclub_live and sign up to our newsletter at sophiaclub.co.  

Our events are produced on the lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Woiworung language group of the Kulin Nation, and we respectfully acknowledge the traditional custodians. We value the knowledge traditions and rich practice of philosophy among Aboriginal and and Torres Strait Islander communities in Australia, and all First Nations peoples around the world.


Please have a digital or printed copy of your ticket ready on arrival along with a valid photo ID. Acceptable ID includes a current and valid Australian Photo Drivers Licence, State Approved ‘Proof of Age’ card or Passport.

The Brunswick Ballroom strives to improve our practices when it comes to sustainability and to reduce our carbon footprint. We don’t sell or provide plastic water bottles.


The kitchen will be serving The Ballroom Menu for this show.

You can view the delicious offerings available by clicking here.

The Brunswick Ballroom is Accessible.
The Brunswick Ballroom has made significant improvements to accessibility by installing an 
Acorn Chairlift. (Model: New Acorn Indoor 180 Curved Stairlift.)

To find out more about the venue, FAQs can be viewed by clicking here.