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New podcast! House + garden tours! New PLC dates! And a very special forthcoming event!

Well, it’s been three weeks since our sweet divorce from social media and we’ve been breathing more deeply by not serving the algorithm. We are exceedingly more productive, co-organising a significant new community speaking event, tending, gathering and making returns within our food and energy biomes, and teaching our first Permaculture Living Course (PLC).

Teeka, Marty and Cara are our first three PLC students


PLCs aim to transform permaculture principles and ethics into truly living the change – living alternative economies, practicing social-permaculture, fermenting and composting incalculable things to extend life and honour death, caring for kin, community and more-than-humans, developing post-materialist/capitalist lifeways, growing and harvesting home and community food and energy resources, making biomic returns (humanure, potash, micturated biochar, weed and poultry teas etc), and guerilla-managing public lands using regenerative land practices. Song-, philosophy- and poem-making also feature big throughout the day’s labours, coupling the pragmatic with the soulful, the earthly with the abstract. Our PLCs are 100% non-monetary and 100% non-accredited.

Apply. Our next round of applications to do a Permaculture Living Course are open. Head here for more info about what’s involved. Please email us if you’d like an application form. Applications close Friday November 23. The three autumn 2019 PLC dates are:

Dates.
Feb 25 – March 10
April 1 – 14
April 29 – May 12

Gift. We’re looking for those who are not only committed to transforming their home economy into a carbon-conscious social ecology, but those already engaged in such work within the community (by which we mean non-monetary) economies.

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Tours. Our house and garden tours have begun again and you can book for a tour here. There are two more tours this year.

Podcast tour. If you can’t make it to an actual tour you can listen to our latest podcast, Radical neopeasant homemaking, which was recorded a few weeks ago, captured on our last tour:

We hope this gives you a little insight into some of the processes, systems and biomes we labour with and within.

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Event. With our community caps on we have been working hard with Eva Perroni to put together this special event, which takes place in our home town of Daylesford in less than two weeks:

Land for Life. Featuring Jaara speaker Rebecca Phillips, permaculture co-originator David Holmgren and US food activist-scholar, Eric Holt Giménez, this event will be the second in a series of talks, since we co-produced Land Cultures: Aboriginal economies and permaculture futures (2016) with Anthony Petrucci.

Note. If you’d like more info about Land for Life, please email us (click above right) or head over here.

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Another thing. If you are reading this in your inbox, some of our media will not appear. You may have to click through to our blog to read the post in full.

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Thanks. Thank you for reading and engaging with our labours in our little neck of the world,
Artist as Family.

Creatures of place

In March of this year, Jordan and Antoinette from Happen Films came and spent a few days with us to talk ideas, share food and labours, and film us going about our daily makings. The result is this beautiful short video, Creatures of Place.

If you are reading this in your inbox, you will need to click through to our blog to view it. And if you haven’t seen their films, we highly recommend you check them out.

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In other news:

* For those interested in seeing up close how we live you can now book for one of our spring house and garden tours.

*And for those wanting to hear the audio version of Patrick’s re:)Fermenting culture you can now listen by clicking on the ‘pop out’ on the sidebar, or listen to it on our YouTube channel.

*Thanks to everybody who applied for our first three Permaculture Living Courses (PLCs). We received over 50 applications, which were all inspiring to read. This has made selecting just 9 people (for the three courses) very challenging. We’ll introduce them to you after the winter break.