Existential Offerings was founded by Natalie Fraser during her training to become a Counselling Psychologist and Existential Psychotherapist.
Throughout her classes and discussions with peers, she noticed that while everyone was learning 'existential' ideas, no one seemed to give the same answer about what this word actually meant.
She began to realise that while different existential philosophies had similar themes, each highlighted different points and offered different perspectives about how people can understand their meaning in life.
There are so many existential philosophies and concepts out there. People might relate to some philosophers' ideas more than to others. Sometimes certain life events can make certain philosophies more relevent to us at that particular time. In other words... there are just lots of different 'existential offerings' out there... and its up to us to look into them and work out which ones interest us!
And so begun the Existential Offerings project... an ever-evolving collection of resources, events, and social connections.
This project has been put together to offer people from all backgrounds the opportunity to look into existential ideas from a more accessible and creative approach.
But what are existential ideas?
In short, existential ideas consider the 'big questions' concerning what it means to be alive.
Have you ever asked yourself questions such as: Why are we here? What is the meaning of my life? Why do people have to suffer; to die? How do I live happily when life is so uncertain?
Asking these questions is a natural part of being human, but it can also be quite overwhelming!
Yet exploring these ideas and philosophies can be enjoyable and important for people to really know themselves and create the best life possible. Here, we offer the chance to explore these ideas in a safe, creative, and supportive environment.
Who is Existential Offerings For?
"All humans create there own philosophy"
Natalie believes that everyone is a 'philosopher'... everyone reflects, and questions, and searches for experiences to bring into their path over the years of their life.
But the image of an 'existentialist' or a 'philosopher' can be a mysterious concept that is associated with difficult academic books. This can make people feel intimited, confused, or disinterested.
While some folks may enjoy reading complex philosophy books, not everyone wants to. And that's okay! But without different platforms to share these ideas, this means that many inspiring philosophies are inaccessible to most of the population.
Therefore, a main purpose of Existential Offerings is to bring people together from all walks of our unique lives, providing the opportunity to explore philosophies and ideas about life through open discussions, accessible resources, and inclusive adventures suitable for all!
“The world is, of course, nothing but our conception of it.”
I hope you'll get involved with our projects whenever you're ready.
In the meantime.... stay curious!
With love and inspiration,