My New Favorite Word: Sustainability

My New Favorite Word: Sustainability

by Deena Dawn Larsen Editor’s Note: Deena wrote the following just after leaving her Dancing Rabbit visitor session last month. Since then she has applied to become a resident, and returned for a weekend writing workshop at the Milkweed Mercantile. Six days have passed since I left Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage (DR). I continue to struggle with trying to explain my experience to people. What usually emanates from my mouth is a semi-coherent rambling of all of the intriguing things I experienced while there as a visitor. I have been told that there is a gleam in my eye and I am more animated…read more >
Abundance of Summer: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Abundance of Summer: A Dancing Rabbit Update

New resident Liz here, writing to you after living at Dancing Rabbit for four months. I’ve had a great first summer in Missouri after moving here from Berkeley, California. When I told people that I was moving to Missouri, the first thing both people from Berkeley and midwesterners alike said was, “you know it gets really hot and humid there in the summer?” And yet here I am. Two things surprise me this summer: how much cooking and processing of food I’m doing and how much the warm humid air amplifies the senses: the feel of warm steamy air on…read more >
Give Yourself a Gift!

Give Yourself a Gift!

Give Yourself the Gift of a THRIVE Weekend Workshop with Laura Wolf at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage You’re active, you’re eco-conscious, you’re doing what you can to make the world a better place. What do you do to keep yourself going, to sustain yourself as you seek to create a more sustainable world? Here’s an invitation to give yourself a well-deserved gift—to not just keep on going, but to grow and thrive! Long-time friend of Dancing Rabbit, Frank Cicela, puts it this way: “Over the past three years, I have been blessed to participate in several retreats that Laura Wolf has facilitated.…read more >
Birthday “Tape” and Other Antics: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Birthday “Tape” and Other Antics: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Greetings friends! Katherine here to regale you with our ecovillage antics of the week. The weather has been absolutely amazing, with cool nights and windy days. The August tempers are a bit cooler than in recent years and people are often heard during group check-ins to be enjoying the sun-showers and frequent rainbows. The rain could not have come soon enough as our gardens have been thirsty and the cisterns running low. Last Sunday saw the end of the Milkweed Mercantile’s Preserving the Harvest workshop. About 9 folks came from all over the country to learn about canning, fermenting, and…read more >
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 >
It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s a… Drone? A Dancing Rabbit Update

It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s a… Drone? A Dancing Rabbit Update

I'm often surprised at how much we (the world in general, including those of us living at Dancing Rabbit) rely on technology, bucolic rural location notwithstanding. Given what we know about the impacts of resource extraction, and the negative effects this has on our environment and indigenous populations, how much longer can we continue to pretend "everything is fine" and feel good about our personal tech and the power it consumes? Cob here, bringing you the news of this past week at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. I do find myself sliding into grumpy-old-man territory more often as the work of my…read more >
What’s so special about…

What’s so special about…

What’s So Special About… a Permaculture Design Course at Dancing Rabbit? Permaculture is growing by leaps and bounds as an international movement, and Permaculture Design Certificate courses (PDC) are held in many places all over the world. But there is something unique—and very special—about experiencing a PDC at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. We’ll let Brad Williams, 2016 DR PDC participant from Columbus, Ohio, tell you what sets our permaculture course apart from others: “The course was led by Midwest Permaculture's Bill Wilson and Dancing Rabbit's Sharon Bagatell, two diverse and wonderful teachers that taught us about earthworks, swales, and soil building,…read more >
Ben Sez: It’s Hot! A Dancing Rabbit Update

Ben Sez: It’s Hot! A Dancing Rabbit Update

Howdy y’all. Ben here, bringing the latest happenings from Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, nestled in the humid rolling hills of northeast Missouri. I don’t know if you can smell me from wherever you are, but I can. Right now, I’m getting notes of billy goat, swine excreta, sprouted oats, pencil lead, and beer sweat. I always smell like pencil lead. If you’ve read more than a couple of these ecovillage updates, I’m truly sorry about the constant obsession with the weather. It’s very relevant here. And actually, I’m not sorry. To make an understatement, it is hot and humid, as it…read more >