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.

Sacked while in hospital recovering from her vaccine injury – Liz Mann’s story

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Martin Luther King Liz Mann, a sheep farmer and ag consultant for the organic dairy industry, was still in hospital recovering from her first Pfizer jab when her contract with her employer was terminated because she refused the second. Liz’s vaccine injury is still affecting her life, […]
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The majors and the Greens (an election ditty)

Voting at an election is just one way we can disrupt the eating up of the world – to continually flush out career politicians from parliament and have ordinary folk sitting who won’t be as easily captured by corporatism. That is – the process of dismantling the old world while we are growing the new. You […]
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How vaccine mandates crushed an Aboriginal Cultural Centre in Victoria (part 2)

Welcome back to this heartbreaking story of human rights abuse occurring right now in this very moment in Australia. If you haven’t yet listened to or watched part 1 please head over here. In part 2 we hear from Anna, a human rights scholar, who has been offering Eric, Angie and Mandy paralegal support in […]
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How vaccine mandates crushed an Aboriginal Cultural Centre in Victoria

This is the story of Eric, Angie and Mandy, who worked together to build the profiles of numerous local Aboriginal artists and develop an important cultural hub recognised across Australia and around the world. But then the vaccine mandates came into force in late 2021. This is the story of loss and dismissal, and the crushing of a vibrant Aboriginal cultural centre.
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