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.

Hot chips & cigarettes (or, how government regulators fail us, again and again)

There's a common argument in polite Australia that goes something like this, 'Governments regulate industry and all is well in the world. We don't need to watch corporate activity, our regulators have that all covered.' But is this assumption naive and hazardous to our health?
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In honour of Meg ‘Magpie’ Ulman

We gathered a few days ago to celebrate Meg’s 50th orbit around the sun, neopeasant village style. As individuals or in small groups we spoke our praise of Magpie in heartfelt words and song, including ‘Clearing the inbox’ to the tune of Waltzing Matilda, created and performed by Meg’s frolleagues (friend-colleagues) at Melliodora – David, Ostii, […]
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Overcoming fear in the New Year (news, views and crews from the neopeasant home front)

Hello Dear Reader- It's been a while. We hope your social season has been a time of reflection, growth and joy, and if there's been pain or grief in your world we hope you have both support and inner resources that are aiding you.We've been away visiting friends and family and are now home, having returned to an abundant garden with all the rain a Djaara Country summer could hope for.
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Is there a time and place for binary thinking? Or, what mythos do you serve?

In our latest post, we ask whether binary thinking has a place. In the absence of binaries how do we form our values? Is it possible to live without binaries?
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