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.

For enquiries & bookings information email bookings@urbanseed.org or book online.

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.

 

[‘most liveable city?’ Walk]

Previously: ‘THE CITY IS OUR HOME' WALK

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Consistently Melbourne has been voted the worlds most liveable city.  With graffiti, public transport, coffee, art and sport — what’s not to love?

However, recently Melbourne has seen a 75% increase people sleeping rough; currently 1 in 10 Australians will experience homelessness in their lifetime and 60% of Australian’s say they are often feel lonely.

Clearly something is not quite right. So for who, is Melbourne the ‘World’s Most Liveable City?’

Drawing on Urban Seed’s 20 year history of living in the neighbourhood of Melbourne this walk takes students on a journey through different perspectives of our beloved city. As we make our way through a number of spaces we will invite observations and tell stories, capturing students imaginations by displaying how positive change in society is actually possible. We will unpack the themes of stereotyping, inclusion/exclusion and power; and discuss issues such as homelessness, addiction, mental health and disadvantage. We will ask, who is the city really for? And how can we create a society for everyone - where everyone belongs.

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.

 

[‘Empathy’ workshop]

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.  

 

[‘Them’ 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.

 

[‘Searching for Home’ WORKSHOP]

An introduction to Homelessness in the City

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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.