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!
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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.
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:
what parents are saying...
AFTER A DECADE WITH BRILA
"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."
"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."
"I’ve spent two-thirds of my life at Brila! Without philosophy, I wouldn’t have learnt there is a whole world to explore: your mind. I love the hands-on creative projects and the perspectives."
"I keep coming back because Brila is something special. It has really changed me—forged and sculpted part of my personality for the better. Transformation is the word to describe it!"
"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."
what apprentices are saying...
AFTER TRAINING WITH BRILA
"I think everyone should go through this training! I see it as a deepening and a widening of perspectives on philosophical facilitation. Philocreation gives so many tools and aids to make the process both playful and rigorous."
"What keeps me coming back is I feel like my way of thinking is finally challenged and welcomed at the same time, which is truly the best experience possible. Sharing beautiful thinking with other wonderful people!"
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.