Learning to Ride It Out: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Learning to Ride It Out: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Things I Can Control and Things I Can't One of my favorite parts of working at the Milkweed Mercantile during pizza night is when we're closing up at the end of the night and I clean all of the counters. Life outside that kitchen might be chaotic and out of my control, but for a few moments at least, those glistening counters are comforting. As someone who often believes that she would prefer to get her way all the time and to have jurisdiction over every aspect of her universe, this week has been one that has tested my limits…read more >
It Could Hold Two Rhinos!

It Could Hold Two Rhinos!

Thomas here, with a wee-little update about a project you can come be part of. This June we’ll be timber-framing a very stout barn on a site overlooking the beauty of the Long Branch Creek and some of the best sunsets this world has to offer. In hopes that you’ll realize how incredibly fun and educational this will all be, I’d like to share more details about the design of the structure itself and our plans for hosting an awesome workshop experience. Sorry if there is too much timber frame jargon… it’s all simple, sensible stuff really. The “work” of the workshop…read more >
Nine New Kids! A Dancing Rabbit Update

Nine New Kids! A Dancing Rabbit Update

Howdy y’all. Ben here, once again sending in a report from our quaint little ecovillage, where the soil conditions are soup-tastic. After experiencing five or six different types of precipitant over the past week, the ground has taken on a texture similar to a lot of the food I get at potluck here. Similar mouth feel, less tasty though, and arguably less nutritious; though I have been putting a fair bit of work in over these past years to raise the nutrient profile of our soils. Not unlike my two year old, our land is experiencing a condition known as…read more >
Your Deep Dive into Community

Your Deep Dive into Community

If you’d like to come experience life at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, consider applying for our Sustainable Living Visitor Program! In one of six sessions happening between April and October this year, you can join us in a one- or two-week deep dive into community, and learn eco-friendly skills and systems to take home with you. The many aspects of living a more sustainable lifestyle that you’ll discover here could change your life. Take the plunge and apply for a visitor session now! Meet like-minded people while getting your hands dirty in the garden or working on a natural building. Stimulate…read more >
A Tree Ate My Tarp: A Dancing Rabbit Update

A Tree Ate My Tarp: A Dancing Rabbit Update

On the last day of February this past week, among the warmest we've experienced so far, Aurelia and I heard both peepers and woodcocks for the first time in the year, around dusk. The peepers were only active down in the bottom, distinct though pretty far off; but the woodcocks with their "peent!" calls and the twitchy, liquid chirp of their mating flights were all around us at the edges of the village in the lowering twilight. It is an evening I keep an ear out for every year around this time, and it seems to satisfy that part of…read more >
Help Us Spread the Word + Special Offer

Help Us Spread the Word + Special Offer

We know our visitor program has a profound impact on people who attend, because so many of them have told us so over the years. This year we're having a harder time getting the word out about it, though, due to Facebook’s algorithm changes and new Google Ads requirements. If you’re not sure what those words mean, it boils down to it being more difficult for small, non-corporate organizations like ours to be seen online. We really want people to be able to learn about and connect with Dancing Rabbit, so while we're working on ways to increase our visibility…read more >
Nourishment and Energy: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Nourishment and Energy: A Dancing Rabbit Update

One of the jokes that Californians often chuckle over is how much we talk about the weather even though it doesn’t change much. But here in northeastern Missouri the weather changes pretty much hourly. Liz here, with more of the latest from Dancing Rabbit. And so many kinds of weather! I feel as if I am becoming a connoisseur of weather. As an example, I hear raindrops on my metal roof and as soon as I get my coat on to go outside, the rain has changed to snow, or sleet, or freezing rain, or just an icy coat on…read more >
Timber Framing a Real Deal Barn: Join Us?

Timber Framing a Real Deal Barn: Join Us?

Sustainable growth and building a life without debt are two things that are important to me. This is Mae, and my family and I are embarking on our sixth year here at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. Along the way we've embraced the permaculture principle of small and slow solutions, spending more time focusing on design than getting everything done at once. It's more affordable that way, too. So we've gradually grown our flock of chickens, the goat herd, and our physical infrastructure. For example, to build our first shelter for the animals, we started with a $200 load of materials that…read more >