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 >
Spring Is Underway: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Spring Is Underway: A Dancing Rabbit Update

It has been 16 years since Sara and I took up residence at Dancing Rabbit, and every year I learn again that there is nuance and change within long-term patterns. Certain features of my life, like weekly potlucks with friends and neighbors, groups of interested strangers coming to visit our village for weeks at a time, naming our houses, and cooperative labor, remain the same, but the specific shape those things take does change over time: for instance, redbud and plum are about to burst into bloom as they do each year, but do they always coincide so closely, or…read more >
Hello Natural Building Enthusiasts!

Hello Natural Building Enthusiasts!

Are you looking for more natural building opportunities to expand your knowledge and skill set? Join us this summer for three amazing ways you can become the natural builder you have always aspired to be. With 2 intensive weekends or a summer long internship to choose from, where you get to be part of building a straw bale roundhouse from start to finish, there is something for everyone who desires to dive deep into the natural building world. Natural Building Workshops: July 4 - 7 Or September 12 - 15 Have you been dreaming of getting into the natural building…read more >
Tending The Garden: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Tending The Garden: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Time stands still for no one, and that is certainly true at Dancing Rabbit. Liz here, describing the ebb and flow of life at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. Spring has definitely sprung. The whole landscape is turning green and the first bulbs are beginning to flower. We have had mild temperatures, rain and cool winds, which is typical of spring weather in northeastern Missouri. Often, when I’m exchanging pleasantries about the weather with my village friends, there will be the inevitable warning not to get too used to it: April often has surprises in store. We had snow for a few…read more >
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 >
A Chorus of Many Voices: A Dancing Rabbit Update

A Chorus of Many Voices: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Howdy y'all. Ben here, bringing you my recent observations from the sodden hollows and misty hills of Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage in northeast Missouri. Arthur, outside and on the roof. Humans are not generally the first thing I interact with in the morning, and that's been working out for me pretty nicely so far, as well as for the humans. Every morning I am greeted by an ever-insatiable horde of chickens walking up the footpath from their cold season range, traipsing through the fog and mire for snackies. I emerge from my fitful sleep, and before mixing feed, or even pulling…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 >
Mud, Muskrats and Merrymaking: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Mud, Muskrats and Merrymaking: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Wow, a lot happened this week, and I think I'm experiencing a bit of whiplash, though that could be from one of the many slips I have taken in the copious mud created by the recent thaw. Ted here, to share the week's update from Dancing Rabbit as we run up to the spring equinox. One of Dancing Rabbit's newest inhabitants, delighted by the end of a baaaad winter. The nightmare of a cold winter, determined to thoroughly outstay its welcome, turned on a dime to the inevitability of spring. The spring birds all showed up at once. Unlike the…read more >