Proud to Be a Muse

Proud to Be a Muse

by Brooke Jones I’ve got some exciting news to share with all of you! First, a bit of background... Research has always been an important part of our mission at the Center for Sustainable and Cooperative Culture (CSCC), the nonprofit arm of Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, and for the last six years we’ve been working with a team of social scientists to collect data on our resource use and carbon footprint. The results of these years of research have not only enlightened our perspective as to where we currently are (environmentally speaking), but have also pushed us to work harder (and…read more >

Holiday consumerism sucks! Want a better option?

Dear friends and supporters, Would you like to live in a world that focuses more on the meaning of the season than on all the products and sales? Do you think holiday consumerism is a poor substitute for real human connection? Yet does it sometimes seem easier to focus on the “stuff” than to deal with difficult, politically-charged conversations with relatives? You don’t have to settle for a world where we try to bury our conflicts in piles of presents. There is an alternative: you can help us create a better world, one that empowers people to connect—in spite of…read more >
Sad News, Guests, and Land Day: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Sad News, Guests, and Land Day: A Dancing Rabbit Update

From my perspective, life in the village of late has been a bit of a mixed bag, with some sad happenings, family and friends visiting, and our annual Land Day celebration. Tereza here, feeling a bit under the weather, but doing my best to keep y'all in the loop. The sad news is more passings. Ted's father, Keir Sterling, passed away on September 24th. Keir and his wife Anne have been stalwart supporters of Dancing Rabbit over the years, and visited frequently, most recently attending Aurelia's 10th birthday party in June. Among other roles he played in his life, Keir was…read more >

Benefits and Compromises
: A Dancing Rabbit Update

It is hot outside. The pond feels like a bathtub, the sun is hazy, the tomatoes are wilting, and I have spotted Thomas on more than one occasion lying on the Common House floor to cool off. Did I mention that I am from New England? Did I mention that I am terrified of the heat? Did you know that it will be in the 90s for days straight this week? Christina here, writing news of what’s been going on recently at Dancing Rabbit, while sitting in a dark room in front of a fan and drinking green tea over ice.…read more >

Feels Like Summer: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Ted here to bring you the latest from Dancing Rabbit, after what felt like the first week of summer, complete with steady warmth, mild nights, and some good thunderstorms. I had a second week off from my current day job last week, and managed to slowly tick off some long-awaited to-dos from my list. Moving more earth and manure to top up the soil level in the top-most planting terrace on our house's berm, I finally got my artichoke seedlings planted alongside some leeks. I made long-awaited fixes to my bike (my current commuter conveyance), got my aging cheeses moved…read more >

Midwest Communities Conference speakers announced!

Dear Community-minded friends, It's time to register for the Midwest Sustainable Communities Conference, and network with your fellow activists! Whether your passion is for social justice, climate change work, personal growth and conflict resolution practices, or intentional community, you'll find inspiration and practical tools you can use immediately, wherever your path takes you. Here's a brief taste of our amazing roster of speakers who have been living and working on the leading edge: Dr. Jifunza Wright Carter MD, a family physician boarded in holistic integrative medicine and a community health advocate with the Black Oaks Center for Sustainable Renewable Living…read more >

Moving On: A Letter from the Executive Director

Dear friends and supporters, It is with a profound mix of sadness and excitement that I share with you the news that I will be stepping down as the Executive Director of the Center for Sustainable and Cooperative Culture in late 2016. Everyone always says this kind of thing when they write this kind of letter, but for real: it’s been an amazing, growthful journey for me, and I am incredibly grateful to all of you for supporting us as we’ve grown this vibrant, impactful nonprofit the past three years. In the time since I stepped into the Executive Director…read more >