Applied Rationality Workshops

Upcoming workshops:

7pm Wednesday, October 12 – 7pm Sunday, October 16 (SF Bay Area)

7pm Wednesday, February 8 – 7pm Sunday, February 12 (SF Bay Area)

7pm Wednesday, March 1 – 7pm Sunday, March 5 (SF Bay Area)

7pm Wednesday, March 22 – 7pm Sunday, March 26 (SF Bay Area)

7pm Wednesday, April 5 – 7pm Sunday, April 9 (SF Bay Area)

7pm Wednesday, April 19 – 7pm Sunday, April 23 (SF Bay Area)

7pm Wednesday, May 3 – 7pm Sunday, May 7 (SF Bay Area)

The Center for Applied Rationality is a nonprofit founded to give people more understanding and control of their own decisions and behavior. The techniques we teach are inspired from models of reasoning from probability and decision theory, combined with cognitive science research on how human brains actually work and how we can train ourselves to improve. Through thousands of hours of curriculum testing and participant feedback, we develop those mathematical and empirical insights into everyday skills (like those described in our rationality checklist) — how to make more accurate predictions, avoid self-deception, and use arithmetic in ways that better motivate you to action. And after all that testing, we filter the very best classes down into a cohesive four-day workshop that you can now attend.

Join us for one of our upcoming immersive rationality workshops, where we’ll share our findings with a select group of founders, hackers, and other ambitious, analytical, practically-minded people. We’ll teach you the science behind our techniques to satisfy your intellect, and lead you through exercises to kick-start the habit of applying them in your daily life. Check out our testimonials page, the Workshops FAQ, or see the schedule from a previous workshop.

“Rationality training has given me more mental clarity than I knew it was possible to have.”

— Liron Shapira, Co-founder/CTO of Quixey


Gain powerful insights into…

  • How to combine conflicting intuitions from multiple sources, including your gut reactions, your analytic reasoning, and of course the opinions of others;
  • The science behind the body’s stress reactions, and skills to make it easier to ask experts for knowledge, clients for business, or investors for capital;
  • The structure of your own goals and motivations;
  • How to redesign and change your own habits;
  • How to better delegate tasks to yourself;
  • How to learn new skills faster;

… and lots of other topics that aren’t on the schedule because you’ll learn about them from other participants.

Price and Benefits

The total cost of attendance is $3,900. That price includes:

  • Four full days of training sessions and hands on practice exercises
  • Five nights of lodging
  • Meals, snacks, and drinks for the entire workshop
  • 4-6 hours of follow up consultation
  • Admission to free alumni events like our annual alumni reunion and experimental workshops
  • Note: everything you pay above $2,000 is tax deductible!

Payment plans are available, as well as need-based financial aid. And if you conclude the benefits to your happiness and effectiveness don’t recoup the investment, we’ll refund your money up to a year after you attend the workshop.

Some relevant numbers…


  • 9.4 average response, from past participants, to the question “0 to 10, are you glad you came?”
  • 96 hours of fully immersive instruction
  • 1 to 3 staff to participant ratio, so there’s always someone available before and after class to discuss applying the material in your life

“I’m thrilled to see an organization that teaches entrepreneurs about the many thinking errors that can kill your business. The CFAR retreat I attended was packed with useful information that I still reflect on regularly.”

— Spencer Greenberg, Co-founder/CEO of Rebellion Research


Check out our past clients:

“It was packed full of thinking tools I’ve been explicitly applying in my business and personal life since the workshop finished.”

— Matt Fallshaw, Founder of Trike Apps


Questions? Check out our workshop FAQ, or contact CFAR’s Managing Director Pete Michaud.