Existential Offerings was founded by Natalie Fraser in an attempt to create an inslusive and creative space for people exploring their meanings in life.
In classes and discussions with peers during her training to become a Counselling Psychologist and Existential Psychotherapist, she noticed that while everyone was learning about 'existential' ideas, no one seemed to give the same answer about what this word actually meant.
It started to become clear that while different existential philosophies had similar themes, each philosopher highlighted different points and offered different perspectives about how people can live a meaningful life.
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 lots of different 'existential offerings' out there... and its up to us to look into them and work out which ones interest us.
It also became unignorable that the same famous names are taught on repeat, often based on the location and orientation of the school.
Yet there are so many existential philosophies out there from all areas of the globe.
And so begun the Existential Offerings project... an ever-evolving collection of resources, events, and connections which invite us to explore the curious journey of being a human in a globally respectful and inclusive way.
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.
“The world is, of course, nothing but our conception of it.”
- Anton Chekhov
What are existential philosophies and 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 can 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!
Exploring these ideas and philosophies can be enjoyable and important for people to really get to 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 born 'philosopher'.
Everyone reflects, and questions, and searches for experiences to make their life more exciting and meaningful. Children do this naturally, with an untarnished curiosity that many adults loose.
Yet 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, one 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!
What is Existential Therapy?
Existential therapy draws on different philosophies to help clients better understand what challenges they are facing, why these might be happening, and how to move forward feeling inspired, feeling safer and feeling more at peace.
I hope you'll get involved with our projects whenever you're ready.
In the meantime.... stay curious!
With love and inspiration,