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.

Taking the green pill (Warrnambool to Portland) in Gunditjmara saltwater country

After two weeks of lockdown in Warrnambool we farewelled the lively Kelp Street mob and thanked Rod once again for hosting us above his boxing gym. We rode out through the Gunditjmara city, ushered by Steve and Kathleen on their bikes, farewelled them at Dennington, and crossed over the Merri River on a beautiful sun-filled […]
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Where are we now? Our lockdown in Warrnambool

Where are we now? Well that's a complex question. Let's begin with the tangible end of the answer. We're in Gunditjmara People's Country, living in retrosuburbia between beautiful Moyjil and Merri Island.
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Making home on the road (in Gadubanud, Eastern Maar and Gunditjmara Countries)

"There are dangers with using disconnected, abstract metaphors," says Tyson Yunkaporta on his podcast The Other Others. Like Victor Steffensen, Beckett Carmody and other Indigenous thinker-maker-actors, Yunkaporta argues for a lived (and living) scientific methodology to return to Country. In direct constrast to such called-for tangibility, President Biden's reductive and polarising headline this week – The Pandemic of the Unvaccinated – enabled us to reflect further on the times we live in, the point of our journey, and the making-doing-saying processes of this pilgrimage of unsettlement, uncertainty and insecurity.
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Civil roads, underworld sharks, olympian neopeasants and crabmongers for China (Wadawurrung to Gadubanud Country)

There’s an ever present chill from saltwater wind that we're becoming more hardy and alive to, so too the smell of old fish, which proliferates our hands and our clothes. (Wadawurrung to Gadubanud Country.)
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