Bringing the Festival to My Own Backyard: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Bringing the Festival to My Own Backyard: A Dancing Rabbit Update

I’m sure that plenty of exciting things happened here at Dancing Rabbit during the past week—not the least of which is that we finally got some much-needed rain! But I’m having a hard time remembering it all over the songs in my head. I’m not the first to say it, but one of the really great things about living here is how many awesome workshops and events happen in the village. I can learn and have fun and meet people and eat amazing food—and then go home to sleep in my own bed. Christina here, writing on the last day…read more >
Five Reasons Why I Sing

Five Reasons Why I Sing

Five Reasons Why I Sing by Christina Gill Before I moved to Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, I was never much of a singer. I sang in the car on the way to work, I sang my kids to sleep, and that was about it. When I came for the visitor program at Dancing Rabbit, I heard about this thing called “song circle.” I observed it as I passed by the window, but I was too shy to go myself. I have since come to learn that Song Circle is a weekly event that involves teaching and singing songs as a group…read more >
A Typical/Atypical Day: A Dancing Rabbit Update

A Typical/Atypical Day: A Dancing Rabbit Update

My favorite part of the visitor program is the Q&A, which usually happens on the first Friday night of the two-week session. It’s a chance for visitors to ask questions of a large group, especially questions that they think might get varying answers. My favorite questions are the ones that I can’t answer right away—the ones that make me think. Questions like “What are some ways that you are working to be more eco?” or “What was the hardest part of transitioning to life at DR?” or “What do you wish that you knew now about moving to Dancing Rabbit?”…read more >

Worthwhile Work: A Dancing Rabbit Update

At Dancing Rabbit, there are always approximately 114 things that I could be doing at any moment during the day. Should I go to the group meditation in the Casa or should I take advantage of the cool morning to plant the tomato starts? Should I go hang out at the Mercantile and talk about the lack of rain or should I take the kids for a swim in the pond to cool off or should I take a long walk out on the Prairie? Should I do some of the income work that I do online or should I…read more >
Learning to Ride It Out: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Learning to Ride It Out: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Things I Can Control and Things I Can't One of my favorite parts of working at the Milkweed Mercantile during pizza night is when we're closing up at the end of the night and I clean all of the counters. Life outside that kitchen might be chaotic and out of my control, but for a few moments at least, those glistening counters are comforting. As someone who often believes that she would prefer to get her way all the time and to have jurisdiction over every aspect of her universe, this week has been one that has tested my limits…read more >
Tasks, Goals, and Values: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Tasks, Goals, and Values: A Dancing Rabbit Update

This column is usually a reflective narrative of what has happened over the past week or so here at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage.  So when I know that I’ll be writing, I try to be extra observant and reflective—I want to capture that nugget of philosophy in the mundane and beautiful details of everyday life. Except here’s the thing:  I've been sick all this week, and the only thing that I have contemplated is the underside of a warm blanket.  Christina here, writing about a week that I mostly spent in bed. Yup, the flu hit our house hard these past…read more >
Celebrating in New Ways: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Celebrating in New Ways: A Dancing Rabbit Update

I’ve spent a lot of the last week thinking about two things that are usually ignored or avoided or generally brushed under the rug in mainstream society: darkness and conflict. Christina here, writing about the death of the year, some tough feelings between Rabbits, and how I’ve been celebrating in new ways this week. My week started off with an email to “conres,” otherwise known as the Conflict Resolution Team (or Conflict Celebration as Hassan likes to call it). My first reaction to hearing about conflict is one that I still carry over from my previous life in the mainstream:…read more >
Winding Down; Still Busy: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Winding Down; Still Busy: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Things are winding down around here. We’re lighting fires indoors, pulling out puzzles and needlepoint projects, and saying goodbye to the last visitors of the season. But also, this has been a busy week, as it usually is in the village. Christina here, writing from frosty NeMo, where things are changing but they’re also sort of the same as always. There have been some lasts this week. The goat co-op decided to end the evening goat milking, as the does have not been giving out much milk. The village finished out the last visitor session of the season, Saturday was…read more >