Seven Plump Piglets and Bioluminescent Fungi: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Seven Plump Piglets and Bioluminescent Fungi: A Dancing Rabbit Update

September rolled in quietly last week while my attention was elsewhere. Now I find myself halfway through the remaining few weeks of summer, finally enjoying as many tomatoes and dropping peaches as I care to eat. I’m appreciating these cooler days and nights, as well, even though they portend the waning of the season when such delights will eventually come to an end for the year. Ted here, to bring you the latest from here. This week at Dancing Rabbit bridged one big event and another; from the Singing Rabbit event we hosted here on Labor Day weekend to our…read more >
Living As My Authentic Self: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Living As My Authentic Self: A Dancing Rabbit Update

What does it mean to live an authentic life? Liz here, observing the effects of passing the one year mark of living in alignment with my values, intentions, and purpose. What I remember of my former, urban life (as it fades into the mists of time), is that I experienced considerable tension when thinking about the state of the world and my opportunities to do anything active or meaningful to improve it. What I have noticed since moving to Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage is that I have relaxed internally, with greater joy and happiness, now that these two things line up.…read more >
Abundance and Adaptation: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Abundance and Adaptation: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Howdy y'all. Ben here, checking in from the slightly moist dust bowl of Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, northeast Missouri. We got about a half inch of rain overnight, just enough to make the step outside my outhouse slippery and keep my sweet potatoes from quitting for one more day, not to mention get some mildew brewing and keep me from dehydrating the metric boatload of produce I'm tripping over. After months of arid conditions, the cottonwoods are already dropping leaves due to stress. I drop things when I'm suffering from stress, too, mostly tomatoes. We are at the height of abundance…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 >
A Life Full of Joy, Hope, and Duty: A Dancing Rabbit Update

A Life Full of Joy, Hope, and Duty: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Greetings! I don't know about y’all out there but for me this week was full! Tereza here, with news of duties, food changes, theater, sky-watching, and birthdays, as well as the usual connection, laughter, and warm season busy-ness. My first (of two) civic duties this week was voting in the state primaries on Tuesday. It’s always fun to fill a car with Rabbits and go see the nice ladies in Rutledge who run the voting station. Rumor has it a bunch of Rabbits went in by bike together earlier in the morning, which was probably fun too. I won’t stray…read more >
A Big Dose of Practical Hope: Permaculture Design Course at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage

A Big Dose of Practical Hope: Permaculture Design Course at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage

This summer marks a troubling anniversary for the planet. In June 1988, NASA climate scientist James Hansen told Congress that global warming wasn’t something far off in the future, it was already here. His testimony was the opening of what many now call “the Age of Climate Change.” Thirty years later, many of James Hansen’s predictions have come true: Earth is hotter, weather is more extreme, sea levels are rising, wildfires are burning. As I sit here at Dancing Rabbit dripping in sweat, a feeling of hopelessness sets in. I worry about the impact that reckoning with a chaotic planet…read more >
Buzzing Through a Busy Summer Week: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Buzzing Through a Busy Summer Week: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Summertime, and the livin’ is … hmm, not usually easy, only sometimes hard, but definitely full. Surprising, too, despite the ongoing droughty weather, the recent cool spell and nip of rain were enough to trigger the first, real flush of shiitakes on my mushroom logs this year, though I had to water them for a few days to bring them to full size. Some weeks are more stuffed than others, and the list of things to mention this week gives me plenty to tell you about. Ted here to offer the condensed version of our very, full week at Dancing…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 >