Want to Feel Better About the World?

Want to Feel Better About the World?

With so much happening in the world around us, have you been thinking this might be the year you take an even bigger step towards sustainable living? If so, it might be just the right time for you to join us at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage for one of our six Sustainable Living Visitor Program sessions this spring, summer or fall! With almost twenty years as a thriving ecovillage, we have lots to share about virtually every aspect of sustainable living. Natural building? We’ve done it! Green building? That too! Grow food organically? We’ve done it! Use solar and wind power?…read more >
Pick a Season, Any Season: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Pick a Season, Any Season: A Dancing Rabbit Update

It's certainly been an interesting week here in Rabbitland in terms of the weather. Seems like we had every season this week. There was snow, though sadly (for some) not enough for sledding, and it melted fairly quickly leaving my least favorite kind of weather: muddy. Those soggier days felt like fall to me. Then there was sun (very welcome after the weeks of grey we've had) and almost-summer-like warmth, and then even more sun, with brisk winds that felt like spring. It is February though, right? I didn't lose track of the days and it's actually April?] Oy. Tereza…read more >
Big Burn, New Kids, Big Game: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Big Burn, New Kids, Big Game: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Despite what the calendar says, large V-formations of geese have been doing their annual fly-over westward this week, and the wind and temperature variations have suggested early March. We tapped a few maples early in the week, and I've managed to get in some outdoor work most days. Just another consecutive year of the hottest global weather on record, and again I'm stuck between welcoming the convivial weather in the moment and worrying about what the unseasonable trend portends. Ted here with Dancing Rabbit's latest. Unquestionably the most dramatic few hours of the week came about when the brave folk…read more >
New 2017 Workshop Schedule!

New 2017 Workshop Schedule!

Will you join us for a workshop or visitor program at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage in 2017? We took your feedback from last fall’s program survey, and designed this year’s program menu with YOU in mind! Here are ways you can learn with us this year: •  Natural Building Workshop - Come experience the exhilaration of learning how to build with natural materials! This 3-day workshop will cover a variety of wall infill techniques, including cob, cordwood, wattle & daub, and light clay straw. You’ll tour many of DR’s natural buildings, learn from seasoned Dancing Rabbit builders, and come away knowing…read more >
Plan to Keep Dripping: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Plan to Keep Dripping: A Dancing Rabbit Update

In song circle, we often sing a song that says: “Every time I go into the darkness, I return with fistfuls of jewels.” We sang that song many times on November 8th, along with plenty of other songs about darkness. And we've been singing it a lot since then. Still, it seems like a difficult idea  for many of us to believe right now—that times of darkness will result in something beautiful. Christina here, writing from cold, cloudy NEMO. Dark times are upon us, literally and figuratively, but there are ways to bring the light. I’ve been thinking a lot recently about…read more >
What a Year! CSCC Looks Back at 2016

What a Year! CSCC Looks Back at 2016

Editor’s Note: Not too long ago we shared on our blog a “State of the Village, 2016” piece from Thomas, who serves the village on the Oversight Team. Now we offer a similar retrospective from the Executive Director of Dancing Rabbit’s non-profit branch. Enjoy! First things first: Thank you, thank you, thank you! The Center for Sustainable and Cooperative Culture (CSCC) at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage wants to express our deepest gratitude to everyone who supported our work in 2016. You helped us exceed our fundraising goal for the year, with a final total of over $32,000! Your contributions allow us…read more >
Good Soil to Grow In: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Good Soil to Grow In: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Good morning, dear readers! Lucas here, and I’m going to be a bit selfish today, and share some personal news and perspective with you. Technically, this IS news about Dancing Rabbit, but instead of focusing on village happenings as a whole, I find my thoughts can’t wander too far or wide these days, as my partner and I are GOING TO HAVE A BABY!!! In July. Not, like... right now. Don’t freak out yet. At least, that’s what I’m telling myself. My partner and I have been together for over two years, and I honestly could not imagine a better…read more >
The Secret Is in the Crust: A Dancing Rabbit Update

The Secret Is in the Crust: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Gentle Readers, it is my glad duty to report on recent (and some near-future) happenings at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. Cob here, musing on my personal relationship with the weather. I'm feeling a heightened blend of anxiety and gleeful anticipation for the ice storm, which as I write is encroaching on northeast Missouri. Anxiety because much of my weekly work and responsibilities are computer-based, mixed with a child-like anticipation of widespread and long-lasting power outages, as such things usually result in an unexpected break from responsibility, school, work, and so on. So much of nature's beauty is shared with the awesome…read more >