January 2, 2012

Hi everyone. This is Alline writing the very first Dancing Rabbit column for 2012.   I’m sitting here at my (solar & wind-powered) computer feeling sugared-out, and wondering what it would be like to have Christmas in, say, Australia, where the holiday falls right smack in the middle of the summer. Would we be eating fresh tomato and basil salads instead of eggnog and chocolate fudge?   Many of us are still smiling from our New Year’s Eve party. Planned and executed by former work exchanger Craig Duncan, the evening was filled with something for everyone, and was chock full…read more >

Transcending Twitter

Sara Peters contributed this post to the blog in the theme of enriching our lives by living more sustainably. It is November 29 and nine days ago I checked the battery voltage for our mini-grid solar power system and AHHHHH!, it was LOW. After running around to the four other houses that are affected when we shut off our system, I switched the inverter off. The weather forecast promised sun in just two short days. We would be back into a voltage range for limited use of lights and computers in no time! Forecasts are educated guesses and no matter how educated…read more >

Challenges to Starting a Sustainable Business at DR

This is the second of two articles I wrote on sustainable economy at DR about 2 years ago.  Some of the information may be a little outdated, such as the electrical grid references.  We are now hooked up to the power grid (and feeding power back into it), though we are still not on the water or heating grid.  Most information is still relevant though.  If you haven't read the previous article, look here.  Just a disclaimer--these articles are my thoughts and opinions and do not represent the views of everyone at DR.   My goal is to get people thinking about these things. While nibbling on…read more >

How Living Sustainably Can Make Our Lives Richer: Food

I may be writing more articles on this subject because there are so many facets to living sustainably in which, though it may seem we are giving up something we need, we are actually enriching our lives. I invite others at DR to write their own articles for the blog telling of the ways in which living more simply and more sustainably can make our lives richer while at the same time reduce our impact on the planet. Many people these days would have a hard time imagining life without refrigeration. No doubt refrigerators can be extremely useful, but somehow…read more >

Composting Toilets at DR

Who thought the concept of combining human feces and water was a good idea?  Since these two were brought together on a mass scale in the flush toilets of the world, our water has never been the same and our waste has just gone to waste. Alline just posted this great article about composting toilets on her blog Ecovillage Musings.  Check it out.read more >

Building a Sustainable Economy at DR

Over two years ago now, I wrote two articles exploring economic issues at Dancing Rabbit. They sort of got lost in the March Hare limbo that has existed since then, and now that I am the new MH editor I thought I'd finally let them see the light of day. Actually both of them were posted on my blog a while back so if you ever went there you might have read them. This one is the first. Some basic DR facts may be out of date, but I think the general concepts have not changed much. This one is…read more >

Intimacy in the Ecovillage Setting

Written by Ted Sterling [Recently printed in Communities Magazine, issue #151, Intimacy] Since first I met Dancing Rabbit founder Tony Sirna at the Communities Conference in Willits, CA in 1998, I have understood that the “village” part of ecovillage here was meant as more than a euphemism. Dancing Rabbit was intended to be more or less like the village of popular conception-- small, rural, surrounded and supported by agriculture and practical arts, and made up of villagers whose lives would doubtless be intertwined in many ways. When I subsequently arrived at Dancing Rabbit for an internship in July 2001, I…read more >

How Much Does a Rabbit Consume?

How much can I consume while still being socially and ecologically responsible? How little can I consume and maintain a high quality of life? In many ways Dancing Rabbit is an experiment built around these questions. So far I believe we have made significant headway. In the chart below you can find numbers comparing consumption for the average Rabbit to the average American and the results are interesting. We have managed to find a way to reduce our total footprint by 85% compared to the US average while retaining many comforts of modern life. For instance, I am writing this article in my 200 sq. ft.…read more >