The Beauty of Conflict: A Dancing Rabbit Update

The Beauty of Conflict: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Whenever it’s my turn to write this column, I always try to think of a theme for the previous week; some kind of uniting idea or concept always makes it easier for me to decide what to write about, and I imagine that it also makes it easier for readers to follow the random events of my life and life in the village. Well, I’ve looked back on the week, and there is one clear theme that unites the past seven days: conflict. Christina's son, Max, playing with homemade slime. Christina here, writing about disagreements, hurt feelings, and why I…read more >
Mending a Village: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Mending a Village: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Everything is different; and likely some things will never be the same around here again. This column is generally about what’s hard and what’s wonderful about living here, and I guess this week is no exception, but there are also many many moments of normalcy throughout the day — along with moments of extreme emotions and beautifully tender care.   Some of the people of Dancing Rabbit, gathered together to support one another. Christina here. We have finished the first week of our annual retreat and are about to embark on the second. Normally, this is a time when we…read more >
Time Home: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Time Home: A Dancing Rabbit Update

I recently returned to Dancing Rabbit for a week and a half, after spending some time with family, before heading out to a meditation retreat. It was just in time to fulfill my monthly clean team duties, to attend approximately eight meetings, and to write this column. It has also been just enough time to appreciate what I love about living at DR; but not quite enough time to do as many of those things as I would have liked. Christina here, writing from cold, snowy northeast Missouri (taking some inspiration from a late-night show of my youth) with the…read more >
Slow and Busy: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Slow and Busy: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Since spring, I have looked forward to wintertime, when I hoped to have hours every day to lounge around reading books, knitting, and chatting by the fire. Well, we have had a fire going most days at our house and I have read some great books recently, but I still haven’t learned to knit. And I haven’t felt my days are especially leisurely yet . . . there has just been so much fun stuff going on I can’t resist! Christina here, writing about a week at Dancing Rabbit that has felt as busy as it ever does around here.…read more >
Handprints in the Soil: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Handprints in the Soil: A Dancing Rabbit Update

It seems like every time I write this column, I end up writing about why the previous week wasn’t a “normal” week. And this last week was no exception. Many of my regular weekly events took place— “the WIP” (the week-in-preview), Ultimate Frisbee games, homeschool classes, there was a Tuesday night potluck—but I wasn’t available to participate at any of them. Instead, I spent the week observing worms eating food waste, activating bio-char, making “lasagna” with cardboard, straw, and compost, and listening to more fascinating presentations than I can count. Christina here, writing about the Permaculture Design Course which I…read more >
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 >