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It’s about working together to make the world a better place and having one heck of a good time along the way! On 95 acres of rejuvenated bushland 1 hour north of Melbourne. Complimenting the music makers on the stage will be top quality workshops.

The workshops are designed to inspire, challenge and provide practical tools covering a range of topics related to Collaboration, Activism, Community Living & Connecting to Nature.

Line-up includes: Dallas Frasca / The Deans / Sugar Fed Leopards / The Seven Ups 8 Foot Felix / Deep Street Soul / Quantum Milkshake

Run by volunteers, the festival is a fundraiser for Commonground, a not-for- profit social enterprise that supports social justice, environmental, disadvantaged and community groups. It does this through providing its Venue at subsidised rates for social change groups, it’s Intentional Community, and its education and training organisation, the Groupwork Institute of Australia.

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Over two powerful days, you will lose and find yourself, returning home with your creative spark re-lit. Ready, for just about anything...

In this disruptive world it’s all too-easy to lose inspiration in never-ending to-do lists and looming environmental and human rights  issues. It can feel overwhelming. Our capacity to act from a grounded or wise place can become impaired as stress levels rise. It’s time to re-ground ourselves in the wisdom of the earth and community. It’s time to RESET.

This weekend is a chance to be immersed in Commonground and its approach to creating social change. Drawing on over 30 years of experience from Commonground and the Groupwork Institute of Australia, we will explore vital tools for creating and growing community, re-discover the healing power of nature, and develop or deepen our collaboration skills.

Nestled in the beautiful bushland of Commonground, you’ll meet others - like you - who are working to make the world more just and sustainable.

You don’t need a background in activism or social change to attend. The need for social change and community connection is everywhere we live, work and play. If you’re interested in contributing to a just and sustainable world, this weekend is for you.

There are only 22 places available so please book early.


Program overview

RESET is designed to be an intimate and nurturing, yet challenging experience. The program will include:

  • Hearing from Commonground residents about how they have created and sustained their community for more than 30 years

  • Building skills for social change collaboration with Groupwork Institute Australia

  • An overview of Commonground's Principles for Social Change and how we apply them

  • A tour of Commonground's 95 acres of regenerated bushland, unique venue & normally off limits residents' quarters

  • A 'You can't ask that' anonymous Q&A session on intentional community with Commonground residents

  • Opportunities for downtime and reflection

  • Full program coming soon


Dates: 6pm Friday - 4pm Sunday, 18 - 20 May 2018


Location - Commonground

Commonground is set on 95 acres of beautifully regenerated bushland, just over one hour's drive or train ride north of Melbourne and 15 minutes from Seymour by car. Accommodation will be in cosy shared rooms in 'The Wedge'.


Delicious food

The weekend will be fully catered with delicious vegetarian food mostly grown at Commonground or sourced locally. And yes, we can cater to your needs if you are vegan or have allergies.



Standard: $880 for the weekend.

Early bird: $780 for the weekend. CLOSES FRIDAY 23rd MARCH 2018

Two subsidised places are also available for people with low incomes.   Apply here.

The team

During the weekend you will get to meet Commonground co-founders, current residents, members and other friends of Commonground. Your facilitation and coordinaton team for the weekend will be:

Phil Bourne is a Commonground Co-founder and long-term resident and has been an active participant in social change for 35 years. Phil’s work over the last 15 years has focused on co-managing the facilities at Commonground, playing a key role in the maintenance of the intentional community, local community development work and facilitation support to organizations associated with Commonground.

Andrea Jones is a Commonground Member. Andrea works a lead facilitator with Groupwork Institute Australia. As a facilitator, Andrea focuses on assisting groups and individuals to effectively work together, to have courageous conversations, to deal with conflict and to work through processes to help create authentic, resilient and successful organisations.

Steve Ray is a friend of Commonground. Steve has worked in the environmental and social change movement for more than 30 years. He currently works as a lead facilitator for Groupwork Institute Australia. His experience in emotional resilience, facilitation, conflict resolution and collaborative decision making form a major part of his work.

James Tonson is Commonground's Operations Coordinator, a Graduate of the Groupwork Institute and Facilitator of Democracy Programs with The Rescope Project. James has been a social change facilitator for more than 20 years. He has a deep interest in the group dynamics of social change and how to build collaborative communities and organisations that sustain social change movements.

Amy Brand is a Commonground volunteer and graduate of Groupwork Institute Australia. Amy has worked in the arts and sustainability sectors for the past 18 years. She is fascinated by participatory processes, difficult conversations and tiny homes.