Tipping Tipping

Hello tippers! ponderosa is right here- still swimming around in an u topic paradise

and she has an invitation to ask you the same thing-

Where is ponderosa?

Who is ponderosa?

What is ponderosa?

Tipping Utopia, a project funded from Landkultur, invites all of us who made ponderosa what it is to detangle it from its own myths, delusions and stories.

Since 2000 she has lived so many incredible experiences some wacky, some meaningful some so very sophisticated.

Please send us your stories, your favorite moments as well as disturbing turns in the project you may have experienced.

We will begin performing these stories, documenting them in a participatory way which includes creating a huge archival tapestry that you may stitch yourself, some focused residencies around writting our stories and some open invitations to perform work that has been inspired and or made in ponderosa.

We are not an island, we are not a business, we are not a community, we are not a cooperative, we are not an edible forest, we are not a family, we are not a click, we are not a cult, we are not a studio, we are not a guesthouse, we are not the Maher/kaiser family, we are not ……..

We are a non profit organization that includes many facets of those things- we invite you to rediscover what ponderosa is and remake her—-reinvent her— come tip with us this summer!

How can we be brave?

how can we be brave enough to stare at our fading corpses and decide to be organ donors? donating ourselves to ourselves to create a new Frankenstein that hopefully we will not reject.

how can we accelerate our composting process or how can we enjoy the heavy stinky smell leaping out of the turning of all the things we have piled up and left aside to deal with later?

this is not a mercy death of an old sick lady it is the murder of a dog gone stray
its a communal sacrifice ritual with a yet unknown symbolism, it’s a cult-horror B movie from the future.
its a complicit rebellion, its the crystallisation of a conflict, it’s letting go of the one object you thought you will save when fire starts and find the nearest exit which maybe behind you. pay close attention. we are gonna cut off his head and use it as a cacti nursery.

let’s come together to dig our grave, to think of futures we will not be a part of, to reclaim the present, to carve a new landfill, let’s burn it and spray the ashes on sweaty bodies working on a new garden so our past will drip off of their skins into the moisturised soil of our flower beds. 


  • Tipping Utopia
  • Death-rebirth-rebirth-death-birth-rebirth
  • breakdowns
  • utopic parameters of stage, land, art & learning
  • echos of utopia & soil
  • exposing utopic visions
  • exhausted utopias
  • misconceptions of utopia
  • derailed utopias
  • broken utopic spells
  • ​earth forms of free agency
  • latent optimism & garden life
  • institution of an alternative art /education site?
  • non compliance & the gardening philosophy
  • covert social and earthly acts
  • guardians of social equilibrium
  • sublime psychophysical education
  • Fermentation & dark practices