Tree Elbow
Daylesford, Victoria


18 - 19 May 2024


9:00 am - 4:00 pm



Permaculture subsistence in the suburbs and beyond (a weekend course in Daylesford)

A two-day intensive with Artist as Family – May 18 & 19 at Tree Elbow University

You are invited to spend two days with Artist as Family at their home, Tree Elbow, in Central Victoria, in beautiful Djaara Country.

Share their harvest abundance, learn their alternative economic lifeways, experience their processes and observe the many relationships they’ve cultivated in order to turn their backs on industrial capitalism, while leaning ever further into what they call, ‘a flow of gifts economy.’

Artist as Family is just 20% reliant on the monetary economy. This weekend is offered for you to understand how they’ve crafted such a radical, economic-freeing lifeway for nearly two decades.

These knowledges are what they ordinarily share with their volunteers over the duration of a week, however this course is for people who are more time restricted; people who are looking to dive deep into the many knowledges and actions they employ to practice subsistence permaculture. While most of their teaching is non-monetary, they are offering this course to those with money who are looking to transition away from full money dependency, to become more economically resilient.

Over the weekend you will learn about bio-intensive food gardening, temperate food forestry,  walked-for food, medicine and energy, custodial forest practices, gift economy relating, managed herbivory, animal-centric poultry and bee systems, simple engineering, dynamic composting and grey water systems, salvaging and repair practices, community sufficiency, and most importantly their relationship with Mother Country.

The course runs from 9am Saturday 18 May to 4pm Sunday 19 May. All meals provided. Please note, this is not a residential course; you will need to find your own accommodation for Saturday night. There are many short term accommodation options in this region. Artist as Family are experienced guerrilla campers, so if camping is your preference, they know of many spots you can pitch a tent nearby.

During the course you will need only a backpack, water bottle, journal, pen, and camera. If you need to bring your phone, please keep it on silent during the weekend or better yet, use the time as a digital detox.

The course is designed for adults but older teenagers are welcome too. There are three scholarship places available for young adults (under 30 years of age), so please get in touch to learn more.

The food you will be eating over the weekend will be Artist as Family’s neopeasant produce, therefore mostly a locavore, organic diet. It will mainly cater to gluten free and vegetarian diets, though there will be animal fats, meat and spelt sourdough options too.

At dinner on Saturday night, you will be joined by permaculture elders David Holmgren and Su Dennett, and you’ll be able to yarn around the fire with them.

The course is suited to anyone wishing to transform their cultural and economic paradigm, those who are curious about alternative economic models that are lived not just theorised, and anyone who wants to deepen their permaculture knowledges.

The course costs $250 and includes all meals.

Please contact Artist as Family if you’d like to book your place or find out more.

[email protected]

(Above images of Meg and Patrick teaching by Jordan Osmond.)

The event is ongoing.

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