Village Fires and Singing Rabbits

Village Fires and Singing Rabbits

by Alyson Ewald “You went where?” My brother's voice on the phone sounds confused. “Village Fire. It's a kind of song camp. We're hosting one at Dancing Rabbit, too, in September.” “What's a song camp?” I pause. What is a song camp? It's waking up gently at sunrise to a few people singing a morning round as they walk through the campground. It's drifting to sleep in my tent with the sound of faraway voices melding and lifting. It's leaning closer to the person next to me during a song, to hear exactly how our different parts create something tangy…read more >
A Life Full of Joy, Hope, and Duty: A Dancing Rabbit Update

A Life Full of Joy, Hope, and Duty: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Greetings! I don't know about y’all out there but for me this week was full! Tereza here, with news of duties, food changes, theater, sky-watching, and birthdays, as well as the usual connection, laughter, and warm season busy-ness. My first (of two) civic duties this week was voting in the state primaries on Tuesday. It’s always fun to fill a car with Rabbits and go see the nice ladies in Rutledge who run the voting station. Rumor has it a bunch of Rabbits went in by bike together earlier in the morning, which was probably fun too. I won’t stray…read more >
A Big Dose of Practical Hope: Permaculture Design Course at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage

A Big Dose of Practical Hope: Permaculture Design Course at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage

This summer marks a troubling anniversary for the planet. In June 1988, NASA climate scientist James Hansen told Congress that global warming wasn’t something far off in the future, it was already here. His testimony was the opening of what many now call “the Age of Climate Change.” Thirty years later, many of James Hansen’s predictions have come true: Earth is hotter, weather is more extreme, sea levels are rising, wildfires are burning. As I sit here at Dancing Rabbit dripping in sweat, a feeling of hopelessness sets in. I worry about the impact that reckoning with a chaotic planet…read more >
Buzzing Through a Busy Summer Week: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Buzzing Through a Busy Summer Week: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Summertime, and the livin’ is … hmm, not usually easy, only sometimes hard, but definitely full. Surprising, too, despite the ongoing droughty weather, the recent cool spell and nip of rain were enough to trigger the first, real flush of shiitakes on my mushroom logs this year, though I had to water them for a few days to bring them to full size. Some weeks are more stuffed than others, and the list of things to mention this week gives me plenty to tell you about. Ted here to offer the condensed version of our very, full week at Dancing…read more >
Five Reasons Why I Sing

Five Reasons Why I Sing

Five Reasons Why I Sing by Christina Gill Before I moved to Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, I was never much of a singer. I sang in the car on the way to work, I sang my kids to sleep, and that was about it. When I came for the visitor program at Dancing Rabbit, I heard about this thing called “song circle.” I observed it as I passed by the window, but I was too shy to go myself. I have since come to learn that Song Circle is a weekly event that involves teaching and singing songs as a group…read more >
Staying Present and Looking Forward: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Staying Present and Looking Forward: A Dancing Rabbit Update

This week, I’ve been enjoying the moment but also looking forward to things coming--some exciting and some less so. Benji here, struggling to stay present while also planning, excitedly or worriedly, about things coming up for me and our little village. Another group of participants arrived this week for the Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage Visitor Program. They’re friendly, engaged, and quite musically inclined. I’ve had enjoyable conversations with many of them and have enjoyed hearing their music on a daily basis. They even hosted a jam session, inviting Rabbits to join them in making music, dancing, and singing. I didn’t attend,…read more >
Collaboration Is the Key: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Collaboration Is the Key: A Dancing Rabbit Update

This week brought the sweet relief of cooler temperatures and less humidity, although still not enough rain to keep my cucumbers happy without supplemental watering. In truth, I don’t really mind watering the garden, as it gives me some precious moments to contemplate the progress of the plants and to think about where and how I will expand the garden next year. Melany here, noting the juxtaposition of wishing for more rain and enjoying the meditative practice of watering and watching plants grow. The truth is, I have done something this year that I don’t usually do when it comes…read more >
Facing Life Head-On: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Facing Life Head-On: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Graham and I have tried to implement as many permaculture concepts in Cob’s vegetable garden this year as time has allowed. One concept that really caught my fancy was to plant perennial flowers and certain veggies in amongst the veggie beds to attract pollinator insects (e.g., cosmos, nasturtiums, zinnias, daisies, borage, and dandelions) and to discourage pest insects (e.g., onion, garlic, leeks, basil, radishes, and marigolds). Liz here, in awe of the beauty of a permaculture garden in the fullness of summer. The summer bounty is beginning to come in at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. It’s been a dry summer and…read more >