Returning: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Returning: A Dancing Rabbit Update

As we we left Minnesota, headed once again for Dancing Rabbit, the I-94 corridor sported a few inches of fresh snow — another reminder of our changing climate. Jami here, writing about my most recent return to the village. My husband Dan and I were excited to visit the friends we first got to know through the community’s weekly column, and who we now feel are a part of our extended family of choice. Jami, pictured right, hanging out with her Rabbit friend, Katherine. Upon our arrival, we were surprised to hear that we'd picked an eventful time to visit.…read more >
May Day: A Dancing Rabbit Update

May Day: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Hi friends, Prairie here! This month I took my Dancing Rabbit adventure to the next level by work-exchanging with the Ironweed kitchen co-op, and I have since been enjoying my meals in their cozy cob and straw structure. In this co-op there is the opportunity, every Sunday before lunch, for each member to check in with others about how they are doing, how their week was, and what their internal experience is/has been. As someone who leans heavily on the extroverted side of the spectrum, these check-ins have been an excellent way for me to process what has been going…read more >
Living Lightly: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Living Lightly: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Where does the time go? My answer could easily be my son, soon to be age 4; Carolyn, my partner for 11 years running; or the ever-growing list of homesteading tasks. In truth the answer is all of those things and more. This life can be relaxing, though my personal time is often fleeting. (Maybe I’m getting older and wiser, or maybe I’m just getting older.) Matthew here, writing as the new Development Director for the nonprofit at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage: the Center for Sustainable and Cooperative Culture. Matt with his wife Carolyn and son Henry. One of the most…read more >
The Exciting Life of A Sometimes Non-Gardener: A Dancing Rabbit Update

The Exciting Life of A Sometimes Non-Gardener: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Hi friends! Alline here, writing from Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. The weather is warm and sunny, and if I were actually a gardener I’d be outside basking in the sunshine, planting seedlings, applying layers of compost and mulch, and thinking deep, organic thoughts. Alas, my brand of gardening is more Darwinian, as in “survival of the fittest”. I begin with such good intentions. I spend the month of February drooling over the dozens of seed catalogs that land in my mailbox, turning back pages, circling precisely which variety of kale and peppers I want most, and then drawing beautiful designs of…read more >
Stories from the Mud: My Dancing Rabbit Experience

Stories from the Mud: My Dancing Rabbit Experience

Amy helping fill in a straw bale wall  As I drove towards Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage last August to attend the Natural Building Workshop, I was full of anticipation, questions, and even a little bit of fear.Questions like: who else would be attending the workshop? How could 4 days possibly be enough time to learn anything? What would the work be like? Would the food be good? The fear had to do with a dream I’d been harboring: one day building a cozy, beautiful home for myself or my family. What if my dream was beyond my skill or means? We started with…read more >

A Message from the Dancing Rabbit Board of Directors

In the wake of trauma and tragedy, we find ourselves in a very delicate and difficult experience. Our community continues to grapple with how to best carry onward. How can we best support those directly affected? How can we best process our emotions? How can we best hold each other with care, compassion, and respect? How can we best respond in a way that acknowledges an imperfect understanding of events while also emphasizing honor, safety, and belief for those who speak out? All things are possible with perseverance and love, but the challenges we face are real, and the road before…read more >
Service for the Soul: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Service for the Soul: A Dancing Rabbit Update

On Thursday mornings I run errands with Uncle Kurt. He’s been doing the Thursday morning errands for quite a while now. (“I’ve been doing it quite a while,” he said, when asked how long he’s been doing it.) “It’s one of my contributions to the community,” he added. “I also like to get to know the locals.” After 18 years living at Dancing Rabbit, Kurt is a local himself, and a trip into town with him proves to me he is a fixture in Rutledge and Memphis. T here, with an update about life at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. Why all…read more >
Recharging My Batteries: My Dancing Rabbit Experience

Recharging My Batteries: My Dancing Rabbit Experience

I didn’t know much about ecovillage life before coming to Dancing Rabbit — just the assumptions of some of my friends (like it is some kind of a hippie commune, with one of my friends expecting to see me bald by the end of the summer). Despite these unfounded stereotypes, everything else I heard sounded encouraging, but I needed to experience it myself before drawing any conclusions. I didn’t have many expectations, except that I would spend some time gardening; interact with some chickens, dogs and cats; and get to enjoy fresh produce and fresh air. It turned out to…read more >