The Span of a Year: My Dancing Rabbit Experience

The Span of a Year: My Dancing Rabbit Experience

By Ryan Morris Eleven months after attending the Dancing Rabbit Sustainable Living Visitor Program in May 2017, I finally started my residency at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. You may remember my first post about the eye-opening and transformative experience I had at the visitor program. Since then, it has been a winding and sometimes turbulent road with occasional discomfort and fear, yet abundant excitement and joy. I decided to move on from my previous community residency at the neighboring community of Red Earth Farms and begin again here at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. Thankfully, I will not lose those friends, as the tri-communities…read more >
Cat Karma: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Cat Karma: A Dancing Rabbit Update

The other night, Highway MM from Rutledge to Memphis and back was two very different experiences. On my way, in the partial light and drizzle, it was a beautiful country drive: hills and curves and cows. I love these kinds of drives. I used to have to leave the city to take a country detour like this. Now, as a new resident at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, I get to enjoy these back roads in the natural course of my comings and goings.   While the drive to Memphis was enjoyable, the drive back to Dancing Rabbit later that night was a…read more >
My DR Visit: Blood, Sweat, Tears, Laughter, and Beers

My DR Visit: Blood, Sweat, Tears, Laughter, and Beers

Blood, sweat, tears, laughter, and beers. That’s the conclusion a Rabbit and I came to over coffee one morning. We were having a chat in the Common House, talking about what has gone into creating Dancing Rabbit over the last 21 years. For me, the Visitor Program was a real look into the building of Dancing Rabbit and the people that have done the work, as well as a short immersion into what life at DR would be like for new residents. I arrived for my two-week stay with a strong feeling I would pursue becoming a resident at DR,…read more >
Village Fires and Singing Rabbits

Village Fires and Singing Rabbits

by Alyson Ewald “You went where?” My brother's voice on the phone sounds confused. “Village Fire. It's a kind of song camp. We're hosting one at Dancing Rabbit, too, in September.” “What's a song camp?” I pause. What is a song camp? It's waking up gently at sunrise to a few people singing a morning round as they walk through the campground. It's drifting to sleep in my tent with the sound of faraway voices melding and lifting. It's leaning closer to the person next to me during a song, to hear exactly how our different parts create something tangy…read more >
Collaboration Is the Key: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Collaboration Is the Key: A Dancing Rabbit Update

This week brought the sweet relief of cooler temperatures and less humidity, although still not enough rain to keep my cucumbers happy without supplemental watering. In truth, I don’t really mind watering the garden, as it gives me some precious moments to contemplate the progress of the plants and to think about where and how I will expand the garden next year. Melany here, noting the juxtaposition of wishing for more rain and enjoying the meditative practice of watering and watching plants grow. The truth is, I have done something this year that I don’t usually do when it comes…read more >

Ecovillages Around the US

Building sustainable communities that demonstrate a different way to live and thrive is essential to our collective future on this planet. To further this goal, the Center for Sustainable and Cooperative Culture at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage is partnering with other eco-communities to show there are models of sustainability all around the US that can provide a beacon of hope for you in your life. Two such communities are Lost Valley in Dexter, Oregon, and Ecovillage Cite Ecologique of New Hampshire. Lost Valley Educational Center is an intentional community and ecovillage near Eugene, Oregon.  Founded in 1989, Lost Valley is one…read more >

7 Important Ways You Are …

...Already Like a Rabbit! By the time you read this, tears have fallen and hugs have been shared as the first visitor group of the season departs. Our Sustainable Living Visitor Program showcases all that Dancing Rabbit has to offer, provides a place for you to be vulnerable, and an environment to learn and experiment with how to live lightly in our day and age. There are many ways in which you may already be doing your part to make the world a better place, and we would like to celebrate with you on your success, whether big or small.…read more >
Connection Within and Without: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Connection Within and Without: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Dancing Rabbit is a very busy place. There is work and there is play, a plenitude of regular weekly events on the calendar, as well as numerous spontaneous or seasonal occasions. Then there are the people you would love to stop and chat with on the path or in the hall, the glimmers of natural beauty to stop and take in around every corner, that distant laughter you hear and are curious to investigate, as well as maintaining quality connection with partners, kids, cooking co-op mates, distant family, and WOW! This introvert is spent! As a new resident and a…read more >