In addition to our guided tours for smaller groups of up to eight people, Dialogue in the Dark Australia also conducts workshops for schools, as part of a curriculum-based learning activity.

Dialogue in the Dark workshops link to the learning objectives and outcomes of the Victorian Curriculum Levels 3-10. Our educational workshops are designed for primary and secondary school students, who will learn:

  • Empathy (understanding how people with low vision or blindness interact and experience day-to-day life)
  • Non-visual communication (including speaking and listening skills)
  • Confidence (through overcoming fears)
  • Self-awareness (of who they are)

School group bookings fill out quickly—secure your place now. For school bookings, please contact Ticketmaster Groups on 1300 889 278.

Professional development opportunities are also now available for teachers.

For all other enquiries, please complete the contact form, or phone us on 1300 411 881.  

Powerful learning through lived experience

Dialogue in the Dark is a potent and transformative learning experience that is imaginative, educational, and entertaining.

The workshop challenges students to evaluate and understand their thinking, emotions, responses, and actions when vision is removed and communication skills come to the fore.

How do you show leadership when you cannot see your friends? How do you collaborate in complete darkness? What can the dark teach you about your day-to-day life? Students will learn and hone a range of skills as they find out the answer to these questions, and more.

Guided by a skilled facilitator with low vision or blindness, students will cooperate, discover skills, embrace creativity, and adopt a new perspective of the world around them; all in total darkness.

Key details

Duration: A school workshop lasts for two hours (based on a group of 30 students).

Capacity: Workshops can accommodate a class or group of up to 30 students at a time. The group is divided into smaller groups as they tour through the experience. Tours are conducted by a skilled guide with low vision or blindness; an accompanying adult or supervisor is an optional requirement. Please note: all students will require supervision by teaching staff, provided by the school, at all times.

If you have two classes, please note that you will need to stagger the groups into two sessions. There are plenty of other student friendly education and entertainment options in Harbour Town Melbourne to provide your students with a full days’ experience, including Artvo, the Melbourne Star, and O’Brien Group Arena.

Accessibility requirements: The Dialogue in the Dark premises are wheelchair accessible. There are, however, some specific requirements for wheelchair accessibility throughout the tour to ensure each person’s comfort and safety. For further information and enquiries, please contact info@dialogueinthedark.com.au

Tour Guides and Workshop Facilitators: All staff at Dialogue in the Dark have a current Working with Children Check, as part of Guide Dogs Australia’s staffing policy.

Links to the curriculum: Dialogue in the Dark assists in the development of knowledge and key skills. The experience equips students with the tools for life-long learning, ongoing social development and promotes active and informed citizenship. Our workshops align with the learning objectives, outcomes and capabilities of the Victorian Curriculum Levels 3-10, including:

Personal and Social Capability – 

Subject areas include:

  • Creative and Critical Thinking Capability
  • English
  • Health and Physical Education
  • The Humanities
  • The Arts

DiD is a relevant and valuable resource for:

  • VCE Psychology Unit 2
  • VCE Studio Arts Unit 4
  • VCE Physical Education Unit 2

Cost: Workshop attendance costs $14 per student for primary and secondary schools. Pricing for University Students is $31.50, plus booking fees.

Supervising adults are admitted free of charge. Please note students must be supervised by teaching staff provided by the school.

For bookings, please contact Ticketmaster Groups on 1300 889 278.  

Getting to Dialogue in the Dark

Dialogue in the Dark™ Melbourne is located at Harbour Town Melbourne, Docklands.

Level 1, 29-31 Star Crescent, Docklands (upstairs, opposite ArtVo).

Public Transport is available to Docklands—including Melbourne City Sightseeing Tours, the free City Circle Tram, and trams in the Free Tram Zone.

For all public transport and parking options, please visit Harbour Town Melbourne’s website.