Strength in Vulnerability: A Dancing Rabbit Visit

Strength in Vulnerability: A Dancing Rabbit Visit

by Ash Sturm It’s strange to think that somewhere I feel so emotionally close to now was a complete stranger a year ago. I’d had several friends and colleagues recommend checking out Dancing Rabbit, but hadn’t done much follow up research. I was very unfamiliar with the concept of intentional community, and my mind associated “community” with the idea of a cult (like where a husband chief would have 10 wives, ranging from ages 13 to 21…). I was way off! Regardless of my preconceptions, come last spring, I found myself feeling more frequently depressed, day to day, month to…read more >
True Confession: Permaculture Course at DR

True Confession: Permaculture Course at DR

by Liz Hackney I have a confession to make before I tell you all about how wonderful the Permaculture Design Course (PDC) at Dancing Rabbit (DR) was. You see, all the DR visitor sessions for the year were full, and I felt urgent about seeing it all in person, so I signed up for the PDC course because there were open spots for me and my 27-year-old son. I didn't do the homework reading beforehand, I didn't watch any of the recommended videos. My son and I traveled together to St. Louis the day before the course started and on…read more >
I Love the Way I Live Here

I Love the Way I Live Here

Howdy, readers! My name is Kale and I was once just like you: a person interested in living more sustainably and following Dancing Rabbit (DR) as a means to get that inspiration for my own life. That was 2-5 years ago. Now I’m writing this blog post as a person who returned to Dancing Rabbit, after an immersive internship and more than a year back home in Canada. After years of reading about Dancing Rabbit, the lives of the folks who live here, and the amazing ways they contribute to the betterment of our world, I decided it was time…read more >
A Different Way of Living: Visiting Dancing Rabbit

A Different Way of Living: Visiting Dancing Rabbit

by Liz Hackney Why did I decide to come to a visitor session at DR? To step off the merry-go-round of my life, to think about what was important to me, to try on a different way of living. And I longed to meet others who were living in community and living sustainably. I came to DR with a heavy heart. I was leaving my partner of 34 years and my adult children were not thriving. Nothing was certain. I didn't know where I was going to live and what my life going forward would look like. My instinct was…read more >
State of the Village 2016

State of the Village 2016

by sambucus holleraway* [Editor's Note: Most years the Village's Oversight Team offers an in-person State of the Village report to Rabbits, and this year they presented it at the annual on-farm meeting of our Board of Directors. They very kindly agreed to write up the following to share the info with you, our readers, as well...] Dancing Rabbit's human population is around 36 adults and nine children. These numbers are down from previous years, but that's just how this roller-coaster rolls.We are so glad for the many new folks who arrived in 2016 to help us build our dream! In…read more >
Veterans Day: A Rabbit’s Personal Perspective

Veterans Day: A Rabbit’s Personal Perspective

Dear Readers, My name is Lucas. I am a veteran, and the newest member (after a two-year residency) here at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. I am writing today in remembrance of Veterans Day, and as a personal act of service to my community and my country. It is my hope that you’ll read this, and pass it along to others to read as well. I’ve often found that listing some of my personal experience tends to open ears that would otherwise stay closed, so first, a quick introduction: I served four years in the Marine Corps as a Military Policeman, the…read more >

Introducing the Center for Sustainable and Cooperative Culture—formerly known as DR Inc!

'Tis the time of year for self-reflection and resolutions, and as usual, we've been ahead of the curve. Self-reflection is something we’ve built into our culture at Dancing Rabbit, both within the Ecovillage as well as within our nonprofit. And 2015 held an especially exciting and intense version of self-reflection, as we’ve finally taken the plunge and renamed our nonprofit. As it's Executive Director, may I be the first to introduce you to the brand new Center for Sustainable and Cooperative Culture at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage! We love how the new name reflects the most important things we’ve been doing…read more >
Impressions from a Recent Rabbit Visitor

Impressions from a Recent Rabbit Visitor

Christina visited Dancing Rabbit in July 2015 to check us out. Apparently she liked it, since she then brought her family along for the October visitor session, and they have been accepted for residency. Here she shares about her first visitor session... Some highlights from my 2015 visitor session at Dancing Rabbit:
 getting covered in a sand and mud and straw mixture that would soon make the walls of a new home floating and swimming and cooling off and relaxing and watching birds and thinking in the swimming pond talking to people whose life stories and realizations sound a lot…read more >