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 >

Ecovillages Around the US

Building sustainable communities that demonstrate a different way to live and thrive is essential to our collective future on this planet. To further this goal, the Center for Sustainable and Cooperative Culture at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage is partnering with other eco-communities to show there are models of sustainability all around the US that can provide a beacon of hope for you in your life. Two such communities are Lost Valley in Dexter, Oregon, and Ecovillage Cite Ecologique of New Hampshire. Lost Valley Educational Center is an intentional community and ecovillage near Eugene, Oregon.  Founded in 1989, Lost Valley is one…read more >

Why I Sing

By Alyssa Martin When I sing, I feel alive!  I feel like every cell in my body is alert, vibrating with harmony. I notice that my worries and typical thought patterns seemingly melt away. I am completely present, a meditation of sorts. I sing to feel awake. For me, shared song is pure joy. In fact, studies have shown “that singing is like an infusion of the perfect tranquilizer, the kind that both soothes your nerves and elevates your spirits” (“Singing Changes Your Brain” by Stacy Horn, TIME). My sense of hope, even if just for the duration of that…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 >