Hard Play and Fun Work: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Hard Play and Fun Work: A Dancing Rabbit Update

This has been a week of hard play, hard work, fun work, challenging work, and finally some rain (which lessened the workload considerably). Christina, here, bringing news of what’s been happening in this corner of NeMo. In my past life, I often heard people use the expression “work hard, play hard.” What I imagined when I heard that was someone who worked 50 or 60 hours at a corporate job all week, and then became a weekend warrior, running up mountains or playing hours of tennis with the same amount of intensity that they maintained all week at their jobs.…read more >
Abundance in All This: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Abundance in All This: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Howdy y’all. Ben here, with another report from Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, which is pretty much where I intend to always be, regardless of the heat, cold, dryness, dampness, or whatever. This current extended heatwave and accompanying dry weather isn’t quite pleasant enough to describe as sultry. I’m pretty ok with sultry. This heat is soul-scouring, at least for myself, and pretty much anything sentient or non- that I’ve come across lately. Except the snakes, the snakes seem to love it. There is abundance in all this, and we have not reached epic drought status quite yet, though with another week…read more >
Warm Days, New Folks, and Workshops: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Warm Days, New Folks, and Workshops: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Hello, and welcome to the latest installment in "This week at Dancing Rabbit"! Tereza here, feeling quite warm as I write, in my still-cool house with all the shades drawn... It is beautifully sunny outdoors, and as soon as I finish the first draft of this, I'm heading out for some pond time. (Later: Aaaahhh, very refreshing!) I've been enjoying the weather of late, especially the warm temperatures, and all the colors of green everywhere, not to mention strawberries and mulberries galore, ‘though I do feel sympathy for those who are spending much time and energy watering gardens. I hope…read more >
The Theme of Plenty: A Dancing Rabbit Update

The Theme of Plenty: A Dancing Rabbit Update

I found myself awake at dawn one morning this past week (our cat Gromit gets wired at about 4 am and we don't have a cat door), and seeing the blooming pink of the sky, I decided to go out for a short walk around the village at a time I don't usually do so. Mist hovered a few feet above the ground, giving all the land a hazy obscurity as though it had not quite taken shape. It might just be my longing to know the world as it was before humans occupied and influenced most of the earth,…read more >
Letting Go: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Letting Go: A Dancing Rabbit Update

If you are like me, you probably struggle with finding the time to accomplish everything that you've tasked yourself with. I don't really understand why it's so hard to let go of the things that I obviously won't get to, or to simply accept that my notions of what I *think* I can get done are delusional and that I'm bound to trip over reality sooner or later. Cob here, writing to you after a week of regular collisions between what I WANT to do, and the realities of what I CAN do. Many of these reality-checks were time-based, and…read more >
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. Dancing Rabbit was the first intentional community I visited, and I wasn't familiar with the concept I was unfamiliar with. My mind often associated “community” with the idea of a cult (i.e. where a husband chief has 10 wives, ranging from ages 13 to 21…). Happy to report I was way off! Regardless of my preconceptions, come last spring, I found…read more >
So Much Growing! A Dancing Rabbit Update

So Much Growing! A Dancing Rabbit Update

One of the main reasons I wanted to move to Dancing Rabbit was to be more in touch with the rhythms of the seasons and of day-to-day life. To watch things grow and change and develop and to be there for each step of the way. Well, I have been very in touch with that growth recently. Here’s what happens in northeast Missouri when it rains a bunch and then it’s hot and sunny for a few days: everything turns into a jungle. Christina here, writing about things that are growing, whether I want them to or not. My husband,…read more >
Sure Signs of Spring: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Sure Signs of Spring: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Howdy y’all, Ben here, again. It is a pleasant morning in early May here at Dancing Rabbit. I have been awake for quite some time, prompted mostly by the pre-dawn scolding song of house wrens about my warren, the occasional crow of roosters, and the ever present hum of trains a mile and a half away. Shoeless on my way to feed the pigs and poultry, I am damp to the ankles in spring dew, soothing relief for the constellation of wild parsnip burns lining my left foot. The chestnut sapling that we’ve planted down near the barn is finally…read more >