A key point of difference when experiencing education with Groupwork Institute is the quality of our venues.
Groupwork Institute Training Rooms
31 Rennie Street, Thornbury (Melbourne inner north)
Our training rooms provide an open, light filled space to complement the learning process, with a courtyard garden and three breakout rooms. Many participants express delight at the sense of calm along with a warm and friendly atmosphere created by our facilitators in a quiet residential street, tucked away from city or retail distractions.
All day free parking is readily available. The venue is easily accessible by train and tram, and for interstate visitors, it’s only twenty minutes from Melbourne Airport.
Car: Ample on street free parking is available.
Tram: Take Route 11 to West Preston (from Collins Street in the city). Get off at Stop 36 in Miller Street, walk through the linear park (Bracken Avenue) back towards City for 2 blocks. This is Rennie St, No.31 is to your left. 5 minutes’ walk from tram stop.
Train: South Morang line to Thornbury Station. If coming from the City, walk away from the station and go down Murray Street. When you come to St. George’s Road, cross it, then turn right and walk away from the City. Rennie Street is on your left after 60 metres. No. 31 is after the roundabout. 10 minutes’ walk from station.
Bike: On-site lock-up, with shower and change facilities available.
We pride ourselves on providing delicious meals, prepared with care and style. They are often healthy, although many people are happy to indulge in some of our more decadent options! A typical menu may include:
- Morning tea Poached pear, lightly chocoolate mousse with crumble topping
- Lunch Still warm from baking quiche with quinoa, currant, parsley and feta salad.
- Afternoon tea Fresh seasonal fruit
Commonground Conference and Retreat Venue
Commonground is located in tranquil bushland near Seymour, just over an hour’s drive or train trip north of Melbourne (15 minutes from Seymour by car). The beautifully regenerated bush setting, sustainable design and homely feel make it ideal for community-based, social action and environment groups to hold workshops, share ideas and plan for the future.
Two main buildings are available; the Wedge and the smaller Octagon. One or both may be needed for groups staying at Commonground. Facilities and services in the main building called The Wedge include:
- Large meeting space with room for 30 chairs in a circle
- Breakout spaces for smaller group activities
- Open fire and relaxed seating area
- Commercial kitchen and full catering equipment
- Dining room, crockery and urn
- Environmentally conscious design, including solar power, solar hot water and rainwater tanks
- Outdoor spaces for group exercises or games, including grassy area, seating, and a basketball and volleyball court
- Childrens’ play area, including trampoline, sandpit, swing and treehouse
- Large dam for swimming
- Access to 95 acres of beautiful bush, shared with kangaroos, wallabies and abundant bird life
- Optional tours of Commonground’s organic gardens and orchards or native bush.
Bookings can range from day workshops to two week retreats.
The Wedge is our main venue which is an earth constructed solar passive design that can accommodate a maximum of 28 guests spread over 10 rooms. All bedding is supplied.
Shared bathrooms are distributed throughout the building, so there’s no queues for the shower! The bedrooms at Commonground were named after people who were instrumental in creating or inspiring Commonground.
The Octagon can accommodate 10 people in simpler facilities, with a small kitchen and composting toilets. It’s a few minutes’ walk from The Wedge.
For more about Commonground’s Conference and Retreat Centre, click here