This Year’s Workshops at DR: Natural Building, Ecovillages, Dance, Food Preservation

As our village grows there are more opportunities for all of you out there to learn from us and at the same time find out more about our ecovillage.  Attend workshops on natural building, dance, food preservation, and sustainable culture leadership, and see first hand how we are creating a model for a more sustainable world. Our workshops are organized by different people at DR, so you'll have to contact the organizers to find out more about registration,  accommodations, and details about the workshops themselves. See the links below for each workshop category. Hope to see you at Dancing Rabbit this season! Natural Building…read more >

Ways We Live More Sustainably: The Milkweeds

I've been wanting to do an article about the many different lifestyle and infrastructure changes we as individuals have made at DR to reduce our impact on the planet.   Fortunately, the Milkweeds wrote just such an article for their blog, Ecovillage Musings.  Like they say in their post, outside of the 6 covenants we live by here at DR,  everyone chooses how far they will go to shrink their footprint.  This is their story, and if I can convince some others to talk about their lives, I will post more stories here.  If you want to find out a little about how Thomas lives,…read more >

January 16, 2012

Hi everyone. This is Alline filling in for Jordan, who had to go California unexpectedly (hi Jordan! We miss you!). OK. Here is your hypothetical/imaginary assignment for today. You are asked to design a new community building for your neighborhood. You’ll be working with the 50 neighbors who live closest to you. Oh, heck. For this exercise I’ll even let you choose people that you actually like. You and these 50 people share core values but have very different opinions about how things should be done. Now – Your first step is to agree on what features the building will…read more >

January 9, 2012

Greetings gentle readers, and welcome back to October!  It's hard to grasp that sunny days in the upper 50s and night time lows above freezing have anything at all to do with January.  Cob here, not really complaining about the weather, but feeling unsure about what it will mean for the maple sugaring season!  Maple sugaring here in NEMO is a bit different from what I experienced in Upstate New York.  NY always experienced a deep freeze from mid-December through late-February, and when the weather broke the sap would flow heavily for a solid 2-3 weeks before the trees broke…read more >

December 26, 2011

Happy Boxing Day to all you email subscribers out there from Ted here at Dancing Rabbit! We've had a good week here, including everything from a dance party at La Casa, to a Solstice gathering at the Common House, to a Christmas Eve gathering with mulled cider, cookies and games hosted by Kurt and Alline at the Milkweed Mercantile. Now moving on toward the new year with expectation of another celebration at the end of the week, we seem to be taking a collective break from the intensity one often experiences here. On the 25th we took advantage of the…read more >

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 >