This last week something strange happened…something wonderful: I put on my favorite pair of plaid shorts accompanied by a newly acquired plaid hat and, for good measure, a plaid shirt and jacket. This is noteworthy because it was WARM and SUNNY and BEAUTIFUL. With spring just around the corner I was swept up with glee and inspired to sport my warm weather attire in celebration. As I rejoiced in the glory of nature I saw folks joining in on the spring-like vibes. More walking. More talking. More work outside. Less scurrying inside to start fires. Less depression. More fun! Being…read more >
Hi, this is Sam, reporting from Dancing Rabbit's 2012 annual retreat. We're in the thick of it now. The first weekend of our annual decision-making retreat began Thursday evening and ended Monday afternoon. We have a few days off before going back to meetings on Friday morning. Retreat opened on Thursday evening with a potluck dinner and check-ins. "Check-ins," for those unfamiliar, is a time for a group of people to get together and just listen to how each other are doing. Around here a variety of groups use them, from couples to committees to sub-communities, and once a year…read more >
Hi all. This is Alline writing for Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. Writing this column can be a bit embarrassing at times. After my last column, where I declared the new Community Building to be fully approved (it was not) I reluctantly donned the title Minister of Disinformation. I promise that I will try to do better in the future, and be at least marginally more accurate. However, since one of the more entertaining aspects of small-town life is rumors – well, accuracy flies out the window when entertainment is at stake. Things feel very much in flux this time of year.…read more >
Hello from Northeast Missouri! Ted here to update you from Dancing Rabbit. Hard to say what season it is out there, exactly. I'm not much of a birder, but I know the sound of Spring birdsong in my bones, and I certainly heard it this week. That and the faint but wonderfully consistent blade whir of the Mercantile's wind turbine churning the steady wind into kilowatts. There is an odd quality to peoples' appraisals of the weather lately—a mixture of enjoying a seemingly stolen bit of another season, and waiting for the other shoe to drop…will we have some real…read more >
Modern winemaking has brought many apparent improvements to wine. In the past, while developing a reputation, California tried to emulate French winemaking, which was based largely on time-honored winemaking traditions. But California became a frontier for modern winemaking techniques, and at some point ventured out on its own. Now many wineries worldwide, French wineries included, are adopting modern methods to produce wines different from those of the past, with a taste that many consumers have now come to view as superior. Wine preferences are influenced by many things, and many still debate whether modern wines are superior or whether the…read more >
Funding and designing the new common house have been the biggest things affecting the most members lately. It takes a diverse palette of talents and energy to make a building happen, and even more so in a consensus-based non-profit environment.
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 >
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 >