Printable Study Guide for Leisure, the Basis of Culture – Individual License


Understand. Engage. Grow.

Dig into Josef Pieper’s Leisure, the Basis of Culture with this printable study guide.

Rooted in the Charlotte Mason educational philosophy, and drawing from current research in learning and memory, the study guide will help you work through each chapter, develop a firm understanding of the main themes and principles and consider the ideas in the context of modern culture and your own life.

Preview Chapter One.



For many, the word brings to mind vacations, naps, even enjoying a quiet cup of coffee. In his essay Leisure, the Basis of Culture, philosopher Josef Pieper turns this idea on its head, showing his readers that leisure is more than a break from work. Instead, it is an intrinsically valuable attitude of the spirit and a powerful Christian witness in today’s frenetic, work-centric culture.

This study guide will give you a framework for reading Pieper’s essay that will help you understand the meaning of the text, engage personally with the principles, and consequently help you grow as a person.

Designed with both individuals and groups in mind, in this study guide, you will find:

  • Space to write your questions, thoughts, and notes
  • Questions designed to promote personal reflection and thoughtful conversation
  • Encouragement to put the principles in the book into your own culture and context

Inspired by the Charlotte Mason philosophy, as well as modern understanding of how learning and remembering occur, this study guide will help you develop your own relationship with Leisure, the Basis of Culture.


This study guide does not cover The Philosophical Act.

Leisure, the Basis of Culture Study Guide is a digital product that will need to be printed or read on a computer or tablet. You will receive the study guide as a PDF, formatted to be printed as a booklet using either A4 or US letter size paper.

This product is for individual use. If you are using this study guide as part of a book club or reading group, please purchase a group license in order to make copies for each member.

Preview the Study Guide

If you curious, on the fence, or would just like to know more, please download Chapter One as a preview.



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