Books That Made a Difference

At DR we all have our stories about how we found the courage to move to an ecovillage and live differently from most of the people in the US.  Alline recently put up this post on her blog Ecovillage Musings about the books that inspired her to want move to a place like Dancing Rabbit.  If you want to be inspired, you should check out her recommendations. http://ecovillagemusings.blogspot.com/2012/02/books-that-made-difference-how-i-got-to.htmlread more >

A Sustainable Vineyard and Winery At DR

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 >

This Year’s Workshops at DR: Natural Building, Ecovillages, Dance, Food Preservation

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 >

Ways We Live More Sustainably: The Milkweeds

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 >

Transcending Twitter

Sara Peters contributed this post to the blog in the theme of enriching our lives by living more sustainably. It is November 29 and nine days ago I checked the battery voltage for our mini-grid solar power system and AHHHHH!, it was LOW. After running around to the four other houses that are affected when we shut off our system, I switched the inverter off. The weather forecast promised sun in just two short days. We would be back into a voltage range for limited use of lights and computers in no time! Forecasts are educated guesses and no matter how educated…read more >

Challenges to Starting a Sustainable Business at DR

This is the second of two articles I wrote on sustainable economy at DR about 2 years ago.  Some of the information may be a little outdated, such as the electrical grid references.  We are now hooked up to the power grid (and feeding power back into it), though we are still not on the water or heating grid.  Most information is still relevant though.  If you haven't read the previous article, look here.  Just a disclaimer--these articles are my thoughts and opinions and do not represent the views of everyone at DR.   My goal is to get people thinking about these things. While nibbling on…read more >

How Living Sustainably Can Make Our Lives Richer: Food

I may be writing more articles on this subject because there are so many facets to living sustainably in which, though it may seem we are giving up something we need, we are actually enriching our lives. I invite others at DR to write their own articles for the blog telling of the ways in which living more simply and more sustainably can make our lives richer while at the same time reduce our impact on the planet. Many people these days would have a hard time imagining life without refrigeration. No doubt refrigerators can be extremely useful, but somehow…read more >

Composting Toilets at DR

Who thought the concept of combining human feces and water was a good idea?  Since these two were brought together on a mass scale in the flush toilets of the world, our water has never been the same and our waste has just gone to waste. Alline just posted this great article about composting toilets on her blog Ecovillage Musings.  Check it out.read more >