Situated in the bend of Yarra River, Abbotsford Convent precinct is as breathtakingly beautiful as historic and artistic. It was formerly called the Convent of the Good Shepherd and to date it is the most important Catholic institutional complex in Victoria. It's a place where art, culture, history, learning, music, food and shopping – all come together.
Only 4 km from the CBD, the place is set across almost 7 hectares of land. The precinct houses 11 buildings - some of which are built in the medieval French ecclesiastic architectural style, heritage gardens and panoptic farmland – in a rural yet aesthetic setting. Apart from that, the Convent is also home to many artist studios, creative spaces for writers and designers, spaces for activities and rehearsals, exhibition galleries, function spaces, a school, a radio station, restaurants, cafes, bars and bakeries, et al.
The Convent Community comprises of artists, health practitioners, writers, music composers, artisans, potters, sculptors, jewellery makers, quilters, bookbinders, chocolate makers, bakers among others.
There are many independent health practitioners within the precinct who offer therapies like yoga, acupuncture, reflexology, massage, counselling, kinesiology, homeopathy, Ayurveda, Feldenkrais method, Alexander technique, Craniofascial therapy, focusing, Shiatsu, traditional Chinese medicine and more. This section of the precinct is rightly named Wellbeing - where the idea is heal the mind, body and spirit.
The Convent studios can be tenanted by artists who wish to engage in creative pursuits in a quiet and inspiring environment. The studios are available for lease by artists for a period of 12 to 24 months.
Within the Convent precinct, various spaces are available for hire for weddings, functions, filming, photography, exhibitions, meetings, conferences, rehearsals, workshops, events and festivals for big and small groups alike.
But above all, the Abbotsford Convent is historic place – housing a closed order of Good Shepherd Sisters and many women under care, for over a century. To get an up-close feel of the history and heritage of the place, you can take a guided tour.
The Convent is open daily from 7:30am to 10pm and entry is free except between 8am – 1pm on the fourth Saturday of every month when the Slow Food Farmers' Market is held. But the ticket is cheap at a mere $2 charge.
Fantastic place, not many people have been here, I only recently had the pleasure of walking around this beautiful place. Very close to the Collingwood children's farm, which is well worth a visit too.
By janef - reader Monday, 3rd of September @ 09:22 pm