It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s a… Drone? A Dancing Rabbit Update

It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s a… Drone? A Dancing Rabbit Update

I'm often surprised at how much we (the world in general, including those of us living at Dancing Rabbit) rely on technology, bucolic rural location notwithstanding. Given what we know about the impacts of resource extraction, and the negative effects this has on our environment and indigenous populations, how much longer can we continue to pretend "everything is fine" and feel good about our personal tech and the power it consumes? Cob here, bringing you the news of this past week at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. I do find myself sliding into grumpy-old-man territory more often as the work of my…read more >
What’s so special about…

What’s so special about…

What’s So Special About… a Permaculture Design Course at Dancing Rabbit? Permaculture is growing by leaps and bounds as an international movement, and Permaculture Design Certificate courses (PDC) are held in many places all over the world. But there is something unique—and very special—about experiencing a PDC at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. We’ll let Brad Williams, 2016 DR PDC participant from Columbus, Ohio, tell you what sets our permaculture course apart from others: “The course was led by Midwest Permaculture's Bill Wilson and Dancing Rabbit's Sharon Bagatell, two diverse and wonderful teachers that taught us about earthworks, swales, and soil building,…read more >
Ben Sez: It’s Hot! A Dancing Rabbit Update

Ben Sez: It’s Hot! A Dancing Rabbit Update

Howdy y’all. Ben here, bringing the latest happenings from Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, nestled in the humid rolling hills of northeast Missouri. I don’t know if you can smell me from wherever you are, but I can. Right now, I’m getting notes of billy goat, swine excreta, sprouted oats, pencil lead, and beer sweat. I always smell like pencil lead. If you’ve read more than a couple of these ecovillage updates, I’m truly sorry about the constant obsession with the weather. It’s very relevant here. And actually, I’m not sorry. To make an understatement, it is hot and humid, as it…read more >
Unforeseen Benefits: A Special Visitor Session Sept 3-17

Unforeseen Benefits: A Special Visitor Session Sept 3-17

You may recall us raving about how awesome our women’s visitor session was last year. It was such an amazing experience for all involved that we knew immediately we wanted to offer another one in 2017. There are still spots left for this year, and we want to encourage sustainability-minded women to consider joining this special session, happening Sept. 3-17. While we know some women are naturally interested in a women’s session, not every woman who wants to visit Dancing Rabbit feels immediately drawn to a women-only experience. So, especially if you’re in the latter category, we want to share…read more >
Relying on Others: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Relying on Others: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Saturday morning I went out for my normal Ultimate engagement with my many friends who like to chase flying plastic, but had to sign a couple releases before I could play. Rae and Aaron, who play Ultimate with us now and again, as well as serving on our Outreach committee and running a private business engaged in the production and good use of video and audio content related to community, had arrived with gear. Rae with a digital camera took video from the sidelines as we played. A drone flown by Aaron took aerial footage at the same time, which…read more >
Workshops at the Mercantile: Fun and Informative!

Workshops at the Mercantile: Fun and Informative!

As a member of Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage I’m always surprised by the reactions from first-time visitors to our little town. The spirit of DIY is strong among our residents. It’s a lifestyle of creation instead of consumption and lots of folks are inspired by what we do. Folks come to the village to learn about our hand-built homes, our local currency, our system of governance, the composting systems we have in place, and much more. The village’s immersive visitor program lasts between one and three weeks, which not everyone can manage. Because of this the Milkweed Mercantile Eco Inn &…read more >
A Mix of Worlds: A Dancing Rabbit Update

A Mix of Worlds: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Hello! It’s Stephen and I’m back on farm after being away in Los Angeles for six months, and I’d forgotten what summer really means. Stepping out of the airport: hot and sticky—why did I wear pants? How soon can I take them off? And arriving here, at Dancing Rabbit: so much greenery and life! Plants shooting up wherever they can. Birds, so many birds. And bugs, yes. The invisible, getting-in-your-skin and itching kind too. It is so not California. And with all of that, and with seeing everyone here again, and with our house—Casa Caterpillar—it feels very good to be…read more >
Workshops, Visitors, and Tractors: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Workshops, Visitors, and Tractors: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Greetings, friends! It feels good to be writing again to y'all after so long. Katherine here, with a few musings for your reading pleasure. This week has seen a lot of high energy around the village with workshops, visitors, and tractors! After a successful Milkweed Mercantile Natural Building workshop last week, followed by the CSCC Natural Building workshop (both of which I cooked for), we launched immediately into the second visitor program of the season and a yoga retreat (for which I am also cooking). With all these people in town, I can tell you that mounds of kale and…read more >