Help Us Build it to Last

Help Us Build it to Last

There's baby chickens in my house and the sun ain't up yet. Just so you know where I'm coming from. Howdy y'all. My name is Ben, and I'm some type of goatherd here at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, of rural northeast Missouri. I'm not any sort of expert on much, which is why I refrain from offering advice to anyone on any subject, but I'm pretty good at knowing when something is sorta messed up. I've been instructed by my editors to not focus on the negative in this promotional article for our Timber Frame Workshop, and much to their chagrin,…read more >
April is for Fools: A Dancing Rabbit Update

April is for Fools: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Raised as a mainline Protestant in the Presbyterian tradition, I find Holy Week to be a deeply contemplative and yet joyous time. With a wealth of sacred music to accompany the progression from Tenebrae to Easter morning, from the encroaching darkness to the shining resurrection, it's an emotional roller coaster for me, ending with a deep gratitude for the return of spring and the reawakening of the earth. Cob here, feeling somewhat foolish writing this as yet another round of snow and cold seemingly contradict this notion of warmth, light, and renewal. Much like Easter falling on April Fools Day…read more >

Like Rabbits Do

by Robbie Love Entering the gravel lot off Woehrle Road, I tried in vain to ignore the thumping pitter-patter in my chest. This visit was building up to be quite different than my first short stay—that first meeting of Frankie Danger and the Unruly Allies (future band name), aka the Milkweed Mercantile’s writing workshop. More significant than the duration, a venue had become a prospective home, and I, a prospective Rabbit. So with my introverted mind still processing sorghum harvest at Sandhill (memories like reducing cane juice) and a desire to hop around like a Rabbit for a few weeks,…read more >
Singing Rabbit 2018 – Registration Now Open!

Singing Rabbit 2018 – Registration Now Open!

Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage is happy to announce that registration for Singing Rabbit 2018 is now open! Singing Rabbit is a 4-day community singing event in Northeast Missouri that celebrates our voices, friendships, and community. Singing Rabbit will take place Labor Day weekend, August 31 to September 3 (Friday afternoon - Monday afternoon). We'll open our doors and our voices to welcome old friends and new friends to join us for community singing. Whether you think of yourself as a “singer” or not, whether you’re confident about your vocal abilities or not—if you'd love to sing with others in an eco-community…read more >
It’s almost time! Are you in?

It’s almost time! Are you in?

Spring has arrived, and soon our first visitors of the season will too. We hope you’ll be among them! As the frog songs and bird chirps delightfully begin to fill the air here in the rolling hills of northeast Missouri, excitement over meeting new visitors and potential community mates is budding in the village. Activity is on the rise as we anticipate your arrival, including spring cleaning and planning where to put the new solar farm. There are only two weeks left before the first session of our 2018 Sustainable Living Visitor Program starts, so if you want to be…read more >
Learning to Ride It Out: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Learning to Ride It Out: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Things I Can Control and Things I Can't One of my favorite parts of working at the Milkweed Mercantile during pizza night is when we're closing up at the end of the night and I clean all of the counters. Life outside that kitchen might be chaotic and out of my control, but for a few moments at least, those glistening counters are comforting. As someone who often believes that she would prefer to get her way all the time and to have jurisdiction over every aspect of her universe, this week has been one that has tested my limits…read more >
It Could Hold Two Rhinos!

It Could Hold Two Rhinos!

Thomas here, with a wee-little update about a project you can come be part of. This June we’ll be timber-framing a very stout barn on a site overlooking the beauty of the Long Branch Creek and some of the best sunsets this world has to offer. In hopes that you’ll realize how incredibly fun and educational this will all be, I’d like to share more details about the design of the structure itself and our plans for hosting an awesome workshop experience. Sorry if there is too much timber frame jargon… it’s all simple, sensible stuff really. The “work” of the workshop…read more >
Your Deep Dive into Community

Your Deep Dive into Community

If you’d like to come experience life at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, consider applying for our Sustainable Living Visitor Program! In one of six sessions happening between April and October this year, you can join us in a one- or two-week deep dive into community, and learn eco-friendly skills and systems to take home with you. The many aspects of living a more sustainable lifestyle that you’ll discover here could change your life. Take the plunge and apply for a visitor session now! Meet like-minded people while getting your hands dirty in the garden or working on a natural building. Stimulate…read more >