A bit of a time warp: Here's the newsletter from July 30!
With high temperatures hanging around 100 again at the moment, and much of my life and work based outdoors, I am finding acceptance within me: discomfort is transitory. I can always take comfort from the trees that stay green around us, despite baking in the heat day after day with extended periods of no rain. Like a tree with deep roots to find the moisture below, I have now been here long enough to remember previous hot, dry spells. We survived those. Wetter, cooler times return sooner or later; meanwhile there is still plenty of work to be done. Ted…read more >
If you have lived, worked, played or stayed at Dancing Rabbit before for any length of time, you are invited to our 15th Anniversary Land Day Celebration, October 5-7, 2012. Now is the time to RSVP at reunion.dancingrabbit.org and let us know if you will be joining us. We’ll be celebrating 15 years of Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage history with storytelling, music, dance, food, fun, and reconnection with Rabbits new and old. Join us as we enjoy potlucks, photos, dance parties, campfires, talent (or no-talent) shows, and much more, including burning the last two of our original mortgages! Please RSVP now…read more >
Hello folks! The daylight hours each day are getting fewer now, and rabbits all around the village are squeezing every minute of productivity and fun into what are still very long days.
Our cooling pond has been a frequent meeting ground as we all attempt to dodge discomfort in this unrelenting heat wave. It's a reminder of the importance of everything that we are doing here, and how it is more pertinent than ever to adopt a life-style that is harmonious with the earth's rhythms rather than discordant with it.
The deal is you wear a silly hat and get a free piece of amazing birthday cake. Most everyone from Dancing Rabbit, Red Earth Farms, and Sandhill rose to the challenge to out-funny everyone else's headgear.
Part of our mission says that we want to grow to be the size of a small town, and which is usually spoken of as being 500-1000 people. (Our current population is approximately 70.) Population growth has been a hot topic off and on at DR. Folks discuss, how much, how fast, and in what ways we should grow. I think we all agree that if we grow too quickly we run the risk of losing our unique culture and possibly even experiencing the dreaded "mission drift." What we differ on is exactly how fast is too fast.
The garden is one of the most calming places for me at the moment. More so than in any previous year, and thanks to the energies of our work exchangers and DR visitors helping out, Ironweed garden is almost completely planted, and more weed-free and immaculately tended than ever.