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. 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 >
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 >
The Return of Spring…and Things: A Dancing Rabbit Update

The Return of Spring…and Things: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Yes, indeedy, spring is here, a time of growth, rebirth, and lots of activity. Recently returned from a month in Texas with Nathan visiting family and friends, I made my first batch of asparagus and shiitake mushrooms last week, sauteed up with plenty of Ironweed garlic, and that right there was the taste of spring in NEMO to me. Mmmmmm... Tereza here, writing to you at the end of a busy spring week, and the beginning of what looks to be a busy season altogether, here at Dancing Rabbit. The first week of the first visitor session of 2017 is…read more >
Season of Flowers: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Season of Flowers: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Hello all, and happy flowering season to you! Ted here to bring you the news from Dancing Rabbit. Everything seems to be in bloom this week, all-in on spring's arrival. Green is the new gray/brown, and our honey bees are often a good clue for me, as I roam about our gardens and orchards and out on the land. Where the buzz is, I find pollen sources and nectaries... until nightfall. In recent years we've realized that right around sundown, the bees go home to the hive and the moths come out. As busy as our courtyard peach tree is…read more >
Moving at the Speed of Life: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Moving at the Speed of Life: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Saturday's Metropolitan Opera broadcast was a performance of Richard Wagner's Tristan und Isolde. You know, the one with the famous wedding march that virtually all brides use to make their grand entrance. While listening I was observing the frantic activity of at least 14 different species of insects visiting my blossoming plum tree. Cob here, offering that unusual pairing as the foundation for my report on all the happenings at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. I noticed that the many creatures visiting my plum tree each moved at different speeds as well. The honey bees were continually on the move, whereas some…read more >
This Week’s Reasons Why: A Dancing Rabbit Update

This Week’s Reasons Why: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Every once in a while, I wonder why we decided to move our little family halfway across the country—why we decided to leave behind our house, extended family, jobs, schools, and a giant patch of black raspberries in our back yard. Christina, here, writing about this week’s reasons why. My week started off with a game of Capture the Flag on Sunday afternoon. Of the many ways that we play here, this is perhaps my favorite. Kids and adults sprinting along the paths, hiding behind buildings, chasing each other and screaming and laughing. I don’t remember which team got more…read more >