Milkweed Mercantile: Straw bale bed & breakfast – opening soon!

The Milkweed Mercantile at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage is an off-the-grid, straw bale bed & breakfast, organic cafe, and eco general store. Alline gives us a mini tour of the business, which is currently under construction, but opening soon. The Mercantile is currently a finalist for a $10K award at Ideablob.com. Please consider voting for us if you like what we're doing. The winnings will go towards the purchase of a wind turbine if we get enough votes. Simply visit this link and register to vote: Straw bale off-the-grid business opens! Thanks for your support!read more >

‘Life With Thomas’ playing at Hi Mom! Film Festival

Hello dear viewers. Despite what you may think, DRTV is not dead. It's merely on a break, since I have been busy building a cob house the past four months. With all that stomping of mud, little time is left to capture daily life here at Dancing Rabbit. However, there is some exciting and relevant news. Life With Thomas, the fifth DRTV documentary entry, is playing at the Hi Mom! Film Festival in Carrboro/Chapel Hill, North Carolina next week on September 5. Here's the schedule. If any DRTV fans are in the area, I urge you to check it out.…read more >

Rocket Stoves video: superefficient wood-fired heaters

Rocket stoves are superefficient wood-fired stoves that can easily be built using readily available and recycled materials. They are a common sight in cob, straw bale, and other natural building designs. In this video, Nathan and Tony describe two different rocket stove systems, detailing the inner workings of the stoves and their unique ability to store heat much more effectively than traditional wood stoves. Unlike other stoves, rocket stove flues can run horizontoally through cob benches or other cob furniture, effectively storing much more heat that would otherwise be lost. For more information about rocket stoves, visit rocketstoves.com, or check…read more >

Seasonal Living at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage

Here's a brief look at the seasonal aspects of life at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. Daily routines are largely influenced by the current season - winter is a time for relaxing, socializing, indoor projects, spring planning, and most importantly, staying warm. And by the end of winter, members are gearing up and itching for spring with new or continuing building projects and gardening plans. In this video, Alyson describes wintertime maple sap collection, Liat shares her plans to transform a school bus into a house (complete with greenhouse), and Dan talks about seed saving and starting seedlings. This video is also…read more >

Two new DRTV videos in the works

Fear not, loyal DRTV viewers: not one, but two new Dancing Rabbit TV videos are in the works and nearing completion. If it weren't for the frequent gray weather days, they might be ready sooner, but alas, patience is a valuable virtue. In the meantime, keep passing on the previous DRTV episodes to friends and family. The response has been great to this project so far, and all of the positive comments and feedback have been very welcome!read more >

Ecovillage Life with Thomas

Part 1 Part 2 Mushroom hunter, tent dweller, food fermenter, odd jobber and eco-expounder, Thomas has been living at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage for the past five years. In Life with Thomas, we get the chance to familiarize ourselves with one of the community's unique denizens. Thomas shares his personal story and how he came to desire a more ecological lifestyle, inspired by life experiences and global environmental issues. He also gives us a cooking lesson, goes mushroom hunting, reflects upon his wigwam, and pursues other exciting daily activities at his home in Dancing Rabbit. You can also find this video…read more >

DRTV #5 coming soon

The fifth installment in the Dancing Rabbit TV video blog is coming soon... very soon. Time has been somewhat limited lately, due to our annual retreat (read: meetings) filling up the majority of the past six days, plus a string of cloudy weather doesn't help when you rely on solar power to do your video editing! Nevertheless, the fifth video is coming soon. This one gets more personal with one of our members here. Check back soon!read more >

Where have all the rabbits gone?

So, you may have noticed a lack of new DRTV videos recently. Until now, it's been one a month, but currently, I am away from Dancing Rabbit, visiting family and friends. But never fear: you can expect to see new episodes of DRTV come January, when I will begin work on the latest episode. So stay tuned. In the meantime, there are five other DRTV videos out there, so now's your chance to catch up if you missed any. Be sure to share them with your friends and spread the word! And remember, if you are watching our Dancing Rabbit…read more >