In honour of Brila's big birthday, we are building a new website and training platform! In the meantime, you can learn a bit about our approach and projects on this temporary page.
Brila is an educational charity committed to inspiring youth and communities through philosophical dialogue and creative projects. Our workshops, camps, trainings and consultations encourage participants young and old to wonder aloud about life’s big questions and express their ideas through our signature Philocreation® approach. If you’ve got quirky, caring brains, Brila projects are for you!
Discover our new headquarters in the wilderness just one hour north of Montréal! This beautiful 96-acre space boasts a lake, a forest, a field, eco-friendly lodgings and more, to enable truly immersive philocreative experiences in nature for youth and communities. We are so excited to be launching our camps, workshops and trainings in the great outdoors as of the summer of 2023!
Our blog will be live again soon! For now, here are our top stories...
In a world overflowing with complex issues, Brila feels it is crucial to curate immersive and collaborative philosophical spaces for curious humans to explore and enact what matters to them so they can grow in their confidence as capable, considerate thinkers.
Since 2007, Brila has been developing its signature Philocreation® approach that offers hundreds of hours of original, fully bilingual programming for thinkers of all ages. Fusing different kinds of philosophical dialogues and unique creative projects, this approach inspires participants to playfully and rigorously engage with the concepts that are most alive in their lives, and share their ideas in our philosophical magazines. Brila’s pedagogical materials have been tested with thousands of brilliant youth and hundreds of inspired educators, and form the focus of longitudinal studies on the positive impacts of creative philosophy. Brila is a proud member of the global network for public philosophy and the international Philosophy for/with Children (P4wC) movement, endorsed by UNESCO for its commitment to peace-building.
For more than 15 years, we have had the chance of witnessing amazing humans grow up with our philocreative programs! Meet some of our long-standing participants and parents:
"I think it’s a very welcoming, accepting environment so my girls have felt very free to be themselves, to express themselves, to ask questions that are outside the normal realm."
"It's so fun! You get to think about things a lot more deeply than just a surface level and realize that your actions have real impact and realize your reasons for doing things."
"Since arriving in Canada, my sons feel part of something important so they have a responsibility to build toward a more peaceful atmosphere of discussion."
More testimonials coming soon! These films were made on the unceded territory of the Algonquin people.
Brila’s philosophical magazines—or “philozines”—come alive with the ideas and creations of our participants, from powerful words and drawings to inventive photos and multimedia. Check out some of our latest issues:
Can belief be scary? This philozine explores the nature of belief and our fears over what we cherish most.
How can teens find their voice? This philozine dives deep into taking action for the environment and citizenship.
We are working on a new training platform full of Philocreation® materials! In the meantime, discover these free resources to launch your mind adventures:
An online platform with over a hundred free activities of creative reflection and conceptual play for youth and their families, developed with the University of Montreal.
An award-nominated series with Radio Canada featuring our expert young philosophers discussing with leading thinkers on everything from art and power to the environment.
Oh, you generous thing! If you are willing and able, we'd love your support, whether through a donation of funds or equipment. As an educational charity committed to ethics and sustainability, we make the most of every penny and appreciate any gifts. All donations are tax deductible.
Brila means “brilliant” and “bright” in Esperanto, which is fitting as we believe shiny brains are far better than lacklustre ones! Plus, we chose a name that defies boundaries since we work in multiple languages with many cultures, from Indigenous communities to immigrant families.
Brila’s space is situated in Lanaudière, Québec, Canada, one hour north of Montréal. We acknowledge that our headquarters is located in the unceded territory of the Algonquin people.