Human Scale: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Human Scale: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Howdy y'all. Ben here, with an account of this week's happenings at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, Northeast Missouri. It's hot here; the sort of heat that boils the motivation out of my blood. Somehow, the air is extremely humid, but the soil is dry to the point of forming fissures. At this point, if you've been reading updates from me, you may have noted that I have a major fixation on complaining about the weather. The life we are creating here leaves little space for hiding from it. When extreme temperatures hit, there are a lot of lives at stake, both…read more >
Embracing Change: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Embracing Change: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Some folks embrace change, some avoid it at all costs. I’m somewhere in the middle. Liz here, with the latest from last week at Dancing Rabbit. I’m fully in the flow this spring and summer cooking for the visitor sessions, two so far, and cooking breakfast for workshops at the Mercantile, six so far this year, and inn guests. I’m able to meet visitors, chat, and remember their faces and most of their names. By fall, Dancing Rabbit village will have hosted close to 300 people: housing them, feeding them, spending an hour or two showing them around the village,…read more >
A Day Late and a Dollar Short: A Dancing Rabbit Update

A Day Late and a Dollar Short: A Dancing Rabbit Update

As the title of this particular Dancing Rabbit update might suggest, I sometimes struggle  with falling behind the curve of work and expectations. This has been such a week (month?) and consequently I'm finding I need to let go of some of the smaller things and reset my target threshold for what is good enough to call done, and move on to the next task. Cob here with an abbreviated retelling of the past week, as I am literally a day late in passing this along to our long-suffering and forbearing editorial staff. I'm letting go of putting these tidbits…read more >

Worthwhile Work: A Dancing Rabbit Update

At Dancing Rabbit, there are always approximately 114 things that I could be doing at any moment during the day. Should I go to the group meditation in the Casa or should I take advantage of the cool morning to plant the tomato starts? Should I go hang out at the Mercantile and talk about the lack of rain or should I take the kids for a swim in the pond to cool off or should I take a long walk out on the Prairie? Should I do some of the income work that I do online or should I…read more >
The Problem is the Solution

The Problem is the Solution

Greetings! Because you are a friend of Dancing Rabbit, I’m going to take a leap and guess that you are someone who’s interested in solutions—solutions to the ecological and cultural issues we face today. (Just a guess…) And because you’re aware of the issues, and excited by solutions, I’m also guessing that you could be a great match for the 4th Annual Permaculture Design Course at Dancing Rabbit, happening September 21-30! Why? Simply put, permaculture is a framework for creating sustainable and regenerative human habitat. The world-renowned Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course curriculum explores physical, social, economic, and inner personal…read more >
Chores and Chiggers: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Chores and Chiggers: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Hot darn y'all. It's me, Ben. I am not an astronomer, nor an astrologer, but I do in fact live in the dirt, like 80 percent of the world does, and I do declare that writing this inspirational tome, under a newish moon, in late May, in northeast Missouri, of temperate North America, is something of a chore. It is nothing I’m not used to; I do a lot of chores around here, some of which I actually enjoy when the weather cooperates. As of late, our quaint eco-burg has been affected by a climate pattern I like to call…read more >

Raising the Bar(n): A Bartender’s Perspective

by Sammy Jo I really love the wonderfully unique perspective of our village that I get from behind the bar at the Milkweed Mercantile. As you can imagine, the conversations I engage in and overhear on a weekly basis are worthy of a blog post in their own right. Everything from relationship dynamics to butchering techniques to quantum physics has been discussed during my shifts. If those straw bale walls could talk… well then I suppose we would remember a lot more of our amazing ideas. (And we’d be famous for having talking walls!) But of all the conversations I…read more >
A Greater Us: A Dancing Rabbit Update

A Greater Us: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Hello, friends!​ ​Tereza here, finally back home after a ​short stay in Chicago, IL, and ​two weeks each in ​San Antonio and Austin, TX​. I began writing this on a lovely Sunday morning​,​ ​​the day after ​Sandhill​'​s annual May Day celebration, and the village ​was quiet​, save the birds, both ​wild and domestic​, singing and chirping and clucking and crowing their way into the day... There was a deceptively calm feeling in the air, and ​it was easy to ​sense the underlying busyness of ​a Dancing Rabbit spring just under the ​surface. Our second crop of this season's visitors arrived…read more >