Workshop Spaces: Indoor & Outdoor Venues 2019-09-12T15:38:20+00:00

Workshop Spaces: Indoor & Outdoor Venues

Weekend workshops, informal meetings, community gatherings, small dance groups, music groups and casual hire.

Located within CERES parkland these unique informal spaces host CERES cultural education programs & can be hired outside of school hours. Multiple venue bookings are welcome. Combine an indoor and outdoor venue for a great day of activities and training.

For formal workshop spaces, head to our Meeting Rooms

Multicultural Classroom

Capacity: 15-25pax. The Multicultural Classroom is an indoor venue overlooking the Merri Creek, close to the nature play area at CERES. Featuring abundant natural light, ceiling fans, heating and air-conditioning, a small kitchenette, the classroom is in a quiet pocket of CERES, located a 100m walk from CERES public toilets.

Dapur and Indonesian Village

Capacity: 25pax indoors, 80pax outdoors. The Dapur is located within the Indonesian Village at CERES. The Dapur is an indoor venue, with access to an exclusive outdoor space, including a covered outdoor area. This unique, down to earth venue is situated next to the Merri Creek. The venue has adundant natural light and basic kitchenette facilities. Note the venue is best suited to temperate (non extreme weather) days.

The Learning Centre

Capacity: 40-70pax. The Learning Centre is the educational and spiritual hub of CERES. Located within CERES, on Lee St, the Learning Centre will soon be home to a community-built meditation garden (currently in construction).

The indoor space is home to a large open main room with a vaulted ceiling and a large bay window which helps to create a calm, tranquil environment ideally suited to group meditations and family or community gatherings.

The Learning Centre includes access to a small kitchen (oven, microwave, fridge, sink and crockery available) and two all-access toilets within the venue.

Eco House

Capacity: 20pax. The Eco House is a residential display home located at the southern end of CERES just inside the Lee Street entrance. Suited to regular ongoing classes, intimate meditation sessions or meetings and workshops for smalls groups, the Eco House is a home away from home.

Please check out further information about the Eco House and public tours on our Green Tech page.

Village Pavilion

Capacity: up to 80pax undercover (low impact events). The Village Pavilion is an outdoor, sheltered timber pavilion located within the CERES Playspace. Great accessibility to the public toilets. You can hire the pavilion, by the hour, for exclusive use.

African Shelter and Amphitheatre

Capacity: 20-50pax. The African Shelter is a covered and outdoor area, with a purpose built fire pit, adjacent to our onsite sweat lodge. The ampitheatre is an outdoor tiered seating area nearby. Suitable for nature-play activities, children’s birthday parties, education activities and outdoor group gatherings. Permission to utilize the onsite firepit can be obtained during selected months.

Namalata Willem

Capacity: 40pax. The Namalata Willem is a beautiful, unique outdoor venue nestled into a quiet corner of CERES. The Namalata Willem includes a fire pit and is hired under certain conditions for respectful use in accordance to our relationship with the Wurundjeri Tribe Council. Please contact our Venue & Events team for event inquiries.

Lower Merri

Capacity: up to 25pax. The Lower Merri, located beneath the Merri Cafe, is a highly-accessible venue, with access from CERES main carpark- great for prams. Limited availability – please inquire with venue hire for specific dates.

Venue Hire Terms & Conditions (PDF)

Full Day = up to 8 hours

Half Day = up to 4 hours

Multicultural Classroom

Full day: $200
Half day: $100


Full day: $200
Half day: $100

Learning Centre

Half day $200
Full day $400

Eco House

Half day: $200
Full day: $400

African Shelter

$105/day flat rate

Namalata Willem

$105/day flat rate

Village Pavilion & Village Green

  • Low impact events: $80/hr
  • Higher impact events: Contact Venue Hire

Booking Periods: 

  • Half days (up to 4 hours): Morning, Afternoon or Evening
  • Full days (up to 8 hours): Morning + Afternoon, or Afternoon + Evening

Ongoing & Regular Bookings: Prices on application.

Discounts: We offer a 10% discount for registered non profit organisations & CERES Members only. Discounts are available for recurring bookings (6 or more dates in one booking).

The Learning Centre – Standing: 80pax, Seated: 40pax

Eco House: Standing: 30pax, Seated: 15pax

Dapur/Indonesian Village – Up to 25 people (indoors); Up to 80pax (outdoors), Size: approx 7m x 8m

The Multicultural Classroom – 20 people seated, 30 people standing; Size: approx 6m x 7m

The Lower Merri – Up to 25 people

The Village Pavilion – Up to 100 people

Red Train – Up to 20pax (indoors)

CERES features:

Indoor Venues are provisioned with:

  • Trestle tables & chairs
  • Kitchenette with fridge, sink, kettle and running water
  • Mugs, glasses & limited crockery & cutlery

The CERES Organic Grocery is a great place to pick up some delicious and nutritious tea & coffee, fresh fruit or snacks for your event. The Merri Cafe or CERES Tamil Feasts are available for catering.


The Lower Merri is in a separate building located next door to the Community Kitchen.