Community Workshops

Here at Vulcana we deliver a wide variety of workshops to meet the needs of a range of community groups.

We use circus as a tool to develop trust, confidence, cooperation and communication skills that will support your group in many areas of their life.

Vulcana provides community workshops tailored to the needs of your group. We work with children and adults of all ages and levels of fitness, and we’ll bring everything we need to you, or you can come to us at our Stores Studio space, Brisbane Powerhouse.

Why book Vulcana?

Participants tell us time and time again that learning circus skills has a massive influence on their confidence and abilities in all areas of their life. Our tried and tested teaching techniques support students to:

  • Develop trust in fellow participants
  • Learn new ways to co-operate
  • Improve communication and leadership skills
  • Cultivate group morale through developing unique skills together
  • Promote social harmony and strengthen cultural identity
  • Challenge their own comfort zone
  • Encourage an appreciation of the value of diversity in body shapes and sizes
  • Provide an alternate physical activity which caters to individual strengths and interests
  • Build self confidence and body awareness
  • Strengthen communities by empowering individuals

Our many years of working with community groups has demonstrated to us that there is enormous value working in physical languages like circus with participants whose first language is not English.


" a group at WaW, we just love being around the Vulcana community."

Ann Webster, WaW Dance

"Thank you for giving us the opportunity to learn circus tricks and we enjoyed every part of the experience."

Students form Carinity Southside Education, part of the Small Change project

"I would like to say how privileged I feel to have had the opportunity to engage in the truly organic process of devising and performing a show like Small Change with you all."

Robyn Holdway, WaW Dance

"It’s rare, being in an environment so inclusive, respectful, companionable, adaptable and downright fun-producing, isn’t it?"

Beverley Anne Jansen

“Anthony enjoyed himself. Vulcana were the best facilitators we’ve had yet in terms of none of the problems that emerge at other workshops. The workshops were laid back but focused and less involvement was required of us support workers.”

James, Support Worker for Anthony

“After the performance, the ladies were excited about everything. Their family members were there and were thrilled.”

Marion, Support Worker for Christine & Jennifer

“I enjoyed the performance. Mainly being on stage… I liked it.”

Jan, Member

“Felicia was empowered, she felt important after the performance.”

Judi, Support Worker for Felicia

“Warren said he enjoyed himself and he had a big smile on his face.”

Judi, Support Worker for Warren

Workshop Structure

We start our workshops with fun and energetic group games that warm up and connect the group. More specific warm up stretches will follow to prepare for basic acrobalances that lead to activities like group human pyramids.

Our trainers will lead the group through the basic skills in counterbalancing and how to support each other’s weight and safe ways to balance on each other. The participants will discover that by working together they are able to create amazing formations that will inspire confidence in their physical abilities.

We also teach some manipulation skills such as juggling and hula-hooping. This is a very different exercise that focuses on individual skills and coordination.

In the longer sessions we are able to cover simple group devising exercises and assist the students to construct routines using the skills that have been developed. These can be presented to the whole group as Show & Tell.

Vulcana can also offer aerial workshops in skills such as trapeze, tissu and lyra at our training space at the Stores Studio, Brisbane Powerhouse in New Farm.

We finish all of our sessions with a warm down, check out and short debrief, where the group can share their thoughts on their achievements and collectively celebrate their work.

We can modify our workshops to take into account all cultural considerations.

How to Book

Just contact the Vulcana office and we can compile a bespoke training package to meet the needs of you and your students.

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