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 >
State of the Village 2016

State of the Village 2016

by sambucus holleraway* [Editor's Note: Most years the Village's Oversight Team offers an in-person State of the Village report to Rabbits, and this year they presented it at the annual on-farm meeting of our Board of Directors. They very kindly agreed to write up the following to share the info with you, our readers, as well...] Dancing Rabbit's human population is around 36 adults and nine children. These numbers are down from previous years, but that's just how this roller-coaster rolls.We are so glad for the many new folks who arrived in 2016 to help us build our dream! In…read more >
Morphing into Squishes: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Morphing into Squishes: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Howdy y’all. Ben here at Dancing Rabbit, just waiting on a thaw. While this hasn’t yet been the coldest winter I’ve experienced in Northeast Missouri, it is fairly unpleasant to go about my daily necessities at times, between keeping the stock and ourselves fed and watered, and my daily visit to the draftiest functioning outhouse on farm. Without reliable, temperature-controlled, below-grade water storage, I must frequently shuttle water from the county spigot in five-gallon buckets across a landscape I like to refer to as Tundra Lite. The grasses and forbs have gone into a state of true dormancy, whereas even…read more >
Traditions Old and New (plus Jingles!): A Dancing Rabbit Update

Traditions Old and New (plus Jingles!): A Dancing Rabbit Update

 It was Sharon’s fault, really, the jingle-based song circle we had last Wednesday night. We didn’t sing catchy old commercial tunes the entire time, thankfully, just the first 20 minutes or so, by which time Aurelia was practically begging us to stop. [See further in the piece for more juicy details, but please note that the author cannot be held responsible for any earworms you may experience…] Tereza here, with a turning-of-the-year weekly update from Dancing Rabbit. I guess it makes sense to start with the most momentous event of the week. Yes, it’s true, I refilled wood for my…read more >