Welcome to the School of Applied Neopeasantry
at Tree Elbow University.

Hello! We are Artist as Family – Zero, Meg, Patrick, Blackwood (Woody), and back in the day, Zephyr.

We live in Daylesford, Australia in Djaara Mother Country on a quarter-acre permaculture plot, home to our School of Applied Neopeasantry at Tree Elbow University. We practice a unique form of performance art, comprising how we live, get our food and medicine, and move around; performing modes of life making we call permacultural neopeasantry.

We teach a unique skill set of radical homemaking, community economy making and other accountable living skills to volunteers called SWAPs (Social Warming Artists and Permaculturists) and online through our various videos, talks and blog posts.

We are bloggers, fermentors, writers, public speakers, goatherders, gardeners and video makers who also make music, but mostly we’re a family who belong to a bloody great community and a beautiful small patch of sacred forest, and therefore we’re much more than the sum of our parts.

Understanding the importance of relationships throughout our transition has been essential. Relationships with soil communities, with individual trees, with messenger birds, with clouds, with dog kin, goats, bees, microbes, with one another and with ourselves.

Our Latest Video

Highlights from the blog.

Who is really part of the anti-mandate movement?

In our latest ‘what-the-hell-is-going-on’ video we dive deep into the mysterious waters lapping outside the official media tent to reveal a parallel universe of thought and intention. The Age newspaper and the broader mainstream media ensemble want us to believe these protests have a hidden, sinister agenda. Maybe they do, but we haven’t seen any […]
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Vitamin D – The lowest hanging fruit for Covid-era health, rarely picked

We've been back for three weeks now and we are pleased to present our third video in this weekly Covid series, once again drawing on the vast medical commons that is so rich online.
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Early homecoming (Gunditjmara to Djaara country in a flash)

With much regret we abandoned our pilgrimage in this little corner of the River Vu camping ground, in the southwest corner of the colonial-corporate state of Victoria, in Gunditjmara peoples’ country. We had made our last video on the road. Our friends Nikki and Petrus so generously picked us up in Nikki’s ute and we […]
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Snake mackerel dreaming (to the far west of Gunditjmara Peoples’ Country)

After 110 days of riding this pilgrimage we forever find ourselves becoming someone's or something else's story. We ride into bower spinach country, succulent and salty, and it predominates the through lines of our slow traverse. Young seal-play country leads us into the hearth of another family. Emu country runs through stumped pine forests, pulp of which is destined for Japan and other places. And all the while we find kinship and comfort in blue wren, blackwood and magpie countries. Welcome to another post from the road.
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