Our Walks & Workshops
Every year Urban Seed speaks to thousands of school students, leading interactive walks around the city and running creative workshops that address homelessness, addiction and community involvement. Schools can book individual sessions, and we are also able to combine several sessions over one or more days as part of a retreat day or city experience programme.
Urban Seed’s attraction is its hands on experience with issues of homelessness, marginalisation and street culture that allows us to share anecdotes and stories that bring urban issues alive for students, help break down stereotypes and promote consideration of the risks associated with alcohol and drug abuse and wider cultural issues.
See below for a list of walks & seminars on offer.
The fees for our walks and workshops support the work of Urban Seed and are necessary to help cover our costs, however we do not want them to be prohibitive. Please contact us if you would like to discuss this further.
[‘The City is Our Home’ Walk]
Stereotypes of homelessness / Inclusion and exclusion / Different spaces in the city and around our building / Credo Café / Our responses to the people of our neighbourhood / Personal response / Home / Dealing with reality
'The City is our Home' Walk invites students to experience Melbourne’s CBD from a different perspective. As we make our way through a number of spaces we invite observations and tell stories to get beyond the usual stereotypes of different groups of people in our neighbourhood. We contrast the front door of our building at the Paris end of Collins Street, with the Baptist Place laneway out the back where we host community meals in Credo Café. We explore some of Urban Seed’s responses to issues of safety, homelessness and drug use through building community connectedness. We also raise important questions about how people are included and excluded, the concept of ‘home’, and how students might begin to respond personally to these issues in their own backyard. This walk also includes an interactive 2 lesson curriculum pack.
This walk runs for an hour and half and costs $395 (plus GST) for a group of up to 30 students. The fees for our walks support the work of Urban Seed and are necessary to help cover our costs, however we do not want them to be prohibitive. Please contact us if you would like to discuss this further. For enquiries & bookings information click here.
Where you stand determines what you see
Empathy is the ability to step into another shoes. To look at life from an others perspective. It is more than just sympathy. As by truly imagining and looking at life through someone else's eyes we may begin to see as they do. The unknown stranger becomes known. And perhaps we may see that we are the same. Because of this, empathy has the ability to be a tool for social change. Some may even say that is has the power to transform ourselves and some of the biggest issues facing our society. ie poverty, violence etc. At Urban Seed we strive for an empathic world. We have sought to meet the stranger (homeless/ addicted/ marginalised); to imagine what life is like for them, and have begun to see ourselves in them and discover our shared humanity. We invite you to step into an others shoes and see life from their perspective. This session will draw on the on going empathic work of Urban Seed to challenge and inspire students to not only have empathy themselves but to gain an empathic vision for the world.
This session runs as an hour and half or all day interactive and hands on workshop. It is only on offer to those groups who have participated in a “City is our Home” walk or "Searching for Home" workshop.
You. Me. US
A big part of life is learning to deal and interact with those that are different to us. Them.
This workshop explores (via the use of video and interactive activities) some of the common ways society deals with those who are different to us. We build 'fences' and create separation and segregation or come against them in 'war'. Both of these options are about noticing the differences rather than than our commonality.
At Urban Seed we spend most of time with them (homeless, drug addicted, mentally ill). And have found that dialogue is the way forward. By coming alongside them, and looking at life through their eyes, we realise we are no different deep down and that there is no them. This radically changes the way we live and interact in with them and the world.
This workshop can be run as an hour and half session or for a full day. It is only on offer to those students who have participated in a 'City is our Home' walk or a 'Searching For Home' workshop. For enquires, costs & bookings information click here
['Trespass - Graffiti' WALK]
Melbourne is world renowned for graffiti and street art. It is controversial, irreverent and subversive. Graffiti is historically vandalism and is now seen as the ‘art’ of the outsider.
The graffiti and street artist is a vandal with creative resistance to authority, giving them an outlaw status. It’s position in society is on the margins, as graffiti, protest and aesthetic invention all oppose authority and the status quo. Through breaking the law, graffiti questions the laws of the city. And a way to discover the limits is for someone to push the boundaries, to trespass.
Often a generator of political and social change, Graffiti has become a big part of Melbourne’s urban landscape. In this walk, we will take look at some of Melbourne’s best known spots for graffiti, and discuss its social implications, reflect on the messages and ideas being portrayed, whilst exploring Urban Seed’s work amongst the poor and marginalised of Melbourne.
This walk is aimed at High School students in 11-12 and runs for 2 hours and costs $445 (plus GST) for a group of up to 30 students. The fees for our walks support the work of Urban Seed and are necessary to help cover our costs, however we do not want them to be prohibitive. Please contact us if you would like to discuss this further. For enquiries & bookings information click here.
[‘Who's the addict?’ Workshop]
DRUGS, ADDICTION AND LIFE
In this workshop we look at the nature of addiction, by asking and unpacking the following questions:
What is addiction?
Are there different kinds of addiction?
What leads someone to become addicted to something?
Can there ever be such a thing as a good addiction?
We explore the nature of drug and alcohol use by teenagers and general society, and ask what might lead someone from experimentation to addiction. In turn we look back at our own behaviour - might we have addictive tendencies ourselves? We unpack what we find hard to deal with in our own lives, and discuss what options and choices we have to deal with those issues.
These questions are explored through the framework of Urban Seed’s work with homeless and drug addicted people, where community love and friendship is lived out.
This workshop can be run as an hour and half session or for a full day. It is only on offer to those students who have participated in a 'City is our Home' walk or a 'Searching For Home' workshop. For enquires, costs & bookings information click here.
[‘Searching for Home’ WORKSHOP]
An introduction to Homelessness in the City
Definitions, causes, cures for homelessness / Interactive, extend what students know / Confront stereotypes, telling stories / Homelessness is not just about having a roof over your head, it’s about having a home.
The 'Searching for Home' workshop delves into many of the questions and stereotypes about homelessness in Melbourne. Using images, film, and some provocative statements, students discuss and debate the issues around definitions, causes and forms of assistance in the search for home.
Through stories and activities, we invite students to extend their understandings of this complex issue, and to consider not only government or business engagement but their personal response.
This workshop if on offer for Primary School aged children grades 5 & 6 as well as High School Year 7 & 8.
For enquiries & bookings information click here.