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Workshops are guided by casual discussions and activities about various topics, which can include self-esteem, representation, coming out, relationships, community, homophobia, biphobia & transphobia, HIV stigma, and general sexual health. These workshops are run by volunteer facilitators who are members of our communities, and have been trained to run activities, encourage participation and discussion.

The workshops are:

  • Free
  • Interactive and dynamic
  • A safe space for discussion and sharing stories
  • Of varying length, from single session workshops to six week long programs.
  • Usually have 8 – 12 participants and 2 – 3 facilitators
  • Run by a team of dedicated and fun volunteers
  • Aged for people 18+

The workshops are not:

  • A counselling session
  • Group therapy

Take a look at our Calendar of Events for upcoming dates. Each workshop runs multiple times throughout the year. As space is limited at each workshop, registration is essential – please register via the link.

Due to COVID-19 safety restrictions, some of the workshops are currently being run online, while others have been paused. This will be updated as restrictions change.

Register for a Workshop

GAY, BI, QUEER, AND SAME-SEX ATTRACTED MEN
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Peer workshops for gay, bi, queer and sexually-diverse men (including trans, gender diverse and other men-aligned people) are available to those wanting to explore their identity, make new social connections in a safe and welcoming space, and learn more about themselves and others in the community.

Kinetic (formerly 'Young & Gay') and Momentum - Six-Week workshops

Six-week long workshops are an opportunity to bond with a group of peers and have a space to meet up each week. The workshops are a chance to learn about weekly topics, engage in important discussions and activities, and learn more about yourself and those in your community.

The issues explored over the six-week workshops include: identity, coming out, sexual health, community, and stigma among other things.

The six-week workshops run in two different age groups:

  • Kinetic: age 30 and under
  • Momentum: age 30 and over

Magnetic - Single Session Workshops

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Magnetic workshops are unavailable at the moment.

Single session workshops are the perfect opportunity to touch base with peers, participate in facilitated discussions and activities, and take away a one-day learning experience.

Single session workshops are for people who wish to explore a specific topic in depth or cannot attend the six-week workshops. They are open to all ages.

LESBIAN, BI, QUEER AND SAME-SEX ATTRACTED WOMEN
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Peer workshops for lesbian, bi, queer and sexually-diverse women (including trans, gender diverse and other women-aligned people) are available to those wanting to explore their identity, make new social connections in a safe and welcoming space, and learn more about themselves and other women in LGBTIQ+ communities.

Sphere - Single Session Workshops

Single session workshops are the perfect opportunity to touch base with peers, participate in facilitated discussions and activities, and take away a one-day learning experience.

Single session workshops are for people who wish to explore a specific topic in depth or cannot attend the six-week workshops, and they are open all ages. They will be on the following topics:

Scope - Six-Week workshop

Six-week long workshops are an opportunity to bond with a group of peers, have a space to meet up each week and learn about weekly topics, engage in important discussions and fun activities, and learn more about yourself and those in your community.

The issues explored over the six-week workshops include identity, coming out, sexual health, community and stigma, among other things.

The six-week workshop is available to people of all ages.

TRANS MEN
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Pace - single-session workshops

These peer workshops will provide a space for trans men to connect with each other, have a safe and social place to engage in discussions and activities relevant to their experiences.

Pace workshops are open to all ages.

Trans men who feel aligned with any of the other peer workshops are welcome to also attend those groups too.

TRANS WOMEN
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Novus - single-session workshops

The Novus peer workshops will provide a space for trans women to connect with each other, have a safe and social place to engage in discussions and activities relevant to their experiences.

Novus workshops are open to all ages.

Trans women who feel aligned with any of the other peer workshops are welcome to also attend those groups too.

NON-BINARY & GENDER DIVERSE PEOPLE
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Rise – single-session workshops

Peer workshops for people under the non-binary and gender diverse umbrellas (including genderqueer, genderfluid, agender, trans masc and trans femme) are currently in development. Stay tuned for more information… you can register your interest in these future groups by completing the registration form.

The Rise peer workshops will provide a space for non-binary and gender-diverse people to connect with each other, have a safe and social place to engage in discussions and activities relevant to non-binary experiences.

Rise workshops are open to all ages.

Non-binary people who feel aligned with any of the other peer workshops are welcome to also attend those groups too.

FEEDBACK FROM PREVIOUS PARTICIPANTS
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“I made a few new friends in the workshop. I have also realised that I should be happier with myself. I’m more comfortable with my sexuality now.”

“I gained a sense of community and acceptance with myself as a gay man. The workshop also helped to break down the stigma associated with HIV-positive people.”

“The sexual health session is really helpful to understand how to have safer sex in today’s world.”

“I enjoyed meeting new and exciting people from diverse backgrounds, and now I have a better understanding of myself.”

“The communication and conflict skills provide helpful and positive ways to look at the way we operate, with practical suggestions of ways to communicate.”

“I now have a feeling that the community is a whole lot larger than I previously imagined.”

“I loved being able to meet and learn through everyone. The group dynamic was fantastic. Everyone was easy going.”

“I know I’m not alone facing issues around self-esteem, coming out, and relationships. I feel more confident and have higher self-esteem.”

Contact us

Phone: (03) 9865 6700
Email: peer.ed@thorneharbour.org

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