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.

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Highlights from the blog.

In a world of misinformation, censorship and propaganda, here are our go-to media and thinkers

Because we do not trust government-funded or corporate media – our trust of mainstream media (MSM) was broken long before, though significantly amplified by, Covid – we thought it might be useful to share links to the broad range of media and commentary we subscribe to, which we cross-reference on a regular (if not daily) basis to help build an understanding of where we are now.
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Artist as Family’s Covid protocols (prevention and early treatment)

Covid finally arrived in our home this week and we use this event to explain our protocols for both prevention and early treatment, and examine the lies, the lab leak, and the misinformation spread by the corporate media in collusion with the state-Pharma nexus that resulted in the deaths of millions of people.
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Hosting a community grief ritual

Have you wondered what a grief ritual is? What sharing grief publicly is for, and what the intention of such a gathering of souls is? Have you been part of one yourself? In this video we tell the story of a community grief ritual we hosted last night. We describe the form of it, the protocols, the feelings and the purpose of it. Our intention for this video is to share with you the possibilities of such a process, and to encourage you to find, or create, those places in your community where such rituals can take place.
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People Care includes Voluntary Consent (with Holocaust survivor Vera Sharav)

"Those who declare that Holocaust analogies are "off-limits" are betraying the victims of the Holocaust, by denying the relevance of the Holocaust."- Vera Sharav, Holocaust survivor speaking at the 75th Anniversary Event of the Nuremberg Code in Nuremberg, Germany, on August 20, 2022.
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