The Work of Life, with Laughter and Tears: A Dancing Rabbit Update

The Work of Life, with Laughter and Tears: A Dancing Rabbit Update

After weeks of record-breaking warmth and associated wild weather, the return to more seasonal temperatures has been a relief. While the maples have all bloomed, and the maple sugar season was over before it really started, the colder days have slowed the budding of the fruit trees. Hopefully the delay will hold them long enough that a late frost won't come along and nip them in flower. Cob here, wracking my brain to recollect what all happened this past week. I've lived here long enough, and have perhaps reached that personal mileage marker, where the routine doesn't lodge in my…read more >
Sometimes the Grass Really is Greener: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Sometimes the Grass Really is Greener: A Dancing Rabbit Update

I love the month of March. Every year, as winter cold dissolves into spring, I find myself amazed at the sheer heartiness and determination it must take for plants and animals to survive a climate that turns against them for months on end. I’m reminded of the creativity and strength of will our ancestors must have had to possess in order to survive and thrive without so many of the technological advances we enjoy today. Lucas here, contemplating the spirit of the grass as it sprouts up through the scorched landscape of a recent prescribed burn site here at Dancing…read more >
Drums, Voices, and Circles
: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Drums, Voices, and Circles
: A Dancing Rabbit Update

I’m sure that lots happened this last week here at Dancing Rabbit, but all I can think about is singing. Christina here, bringing news of drums, voices, and circles. Before I moved to Dancing Rabbit, singing was barely a part of my life. Sure, I sang to the kids to get them to sleep at night and I sang in the car all the time. But I'd been told sometime somewhere that I wasn't a good singer, and so I never really sang with or around other people. When I came to my first visitor session, I was by myself.…read more >
A Different Way of Living: Visiting Dancing Rabbit

A Different Way of Living: Visiting Dancing Rabbit

by Liz Hackney Why did I decide to come to a visitor session at DR? To step off the merry-go-round of my life, to think about what was important to me, to try on a different way of living. And I longed to meet others who were living in community and living sustainably. I came to DR with a heavy heart. I was leaving my partner of 34 years and my adult children were not thriving. Nothing was certain. I didn't know where I was going to live and what my life going forward would look like. My instinct was…read more >
Nevermind the Groundhog: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Nevermind the Groundhog: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Howdy y’all. Ben here at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, where I’m currently doing my best to stay ahead of the changes in the weather. Folks who’ve read this column for years certainly know by now that we Rabbits, like most rural folk, have a preoccupation with the weather. After all, it dictates a lot of our choices, habits, and has a relative impact on what foods are available, what roads and trails are generally accessible, and in my case, how ornery the animals are. We’ve been in an unsettling warm dry trend for this time of year. Today carries some chance…read more >
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 >