Becoming our Best Selves: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Becoming our Best Selves: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Its official: I have lived at Dancing Rabbit for a year. I’m so glad that nature reserved this wacky weather for my second spring and not my first. This time last year there was no last-gasp snowing or freeze/thaw/muck/freeze/repeat cycles in the month of April. I think I made a handful of fires last year in April; this year, a handful each week of April, so far. Liz here, rolling with the ups and downs of spring in the midwest. When the days are warm, (and last week there were several days of downright hot) my son, Graham, and I…read more >
Help Us Build it to Last

Help Us Build it to Last

There's baby chickens in my house and the sun ain't up yet. Just so you know where I'm coming from. Howdy y'all. My name is Ben, and I'm some type of goatherd here at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, of rural northeast Missouri. I'm not any sort of expert on much, which is why I refrain from offering advice to anyone on any subject, but I'm pretty good at knowing when something is sorta messed up. I've been instructed by my editors to not focus on the negative in this promotional article for our Timber Frame Workshop, and much to their chagrin,…read more >
April is for Fools: A Dancing Rabbit Update

April is for Fools: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Raised as a mainline Protestant in the Presbyterian tradition, I find Holy Week to be a deeply contemplative and yet joyous time. With a wealth of sacred music to accompany the progression from Tenebrae to Easter morning, from the encroaching darkness to the shining resurrection, it's an emotional roller coaster for me, ending with a deep gratitude for the return of spring and the reawakening of the earth. Cob here, feeling somewhat foolish writing this as yet another round of snow and cold seemingly contradict this notion of warmth, light, and renewal. Much like Easter falling on April Fools Day…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 >
Singing Rabbit 2018 – Registration Now Open!

Singing Rabbit 2018 – Registration Now Open!

Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage is happy to announce that registration for Singing Rabbit 2018 is now open! Singing Rabbit is a 4-day community singing event in Northeast Missouri that celebrates our voices, friendships, and community. Singing Rabbit will take place Labor Day weekend, August 31 to September 3 (Friday afternoon - Monday afternoon). We'll open our doors and our voices to welcome old friends and new friends to join us for community singing. Whether you think of yourself as a “singer” or not, whether you’re confident about your vocal abilities or not—if you'd love to sing with others in an eco-community…read more >
Learning to Ride It Out: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Learning to Ride It Out: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Things I Can Control and Things I Can't One of my favorite parts of working at the Milkweed Mercantile during pizza night is when we're closing up at the end of the night and I clean all of the counters. Life outside that kitchen might be chaotic and out of my control, but for a few moments at least, those glistening counters are comforting. As someone who often believes that she would prefer to get her way all the time and to have jurisdiction over every aspect of her universe, this week has been one that has tested my limits…read more >
It Could Hold Two Rhinos!

It Could Hold Two Rhinos!

Thomas here, with a wee-little update about a project you can come be part of. This June we’ll be timber-framing a very stout barn on a site overlooking the beauty of the Long Branch Creek and some of the best sunsets this world has to offer. In hopes that you’ll realize how incredibly fun and educational this will all be, I’d like to share more details about the design of the structure itself and our plans for hosting an awesome workshop experience. Sorry if there is too much timber frame jargon… it’s all simple, sensible stuff really. The “work” of the workshop…read more >
Nine New Kids! A Dancing Rabbit Update

Nine New Kids! A Dancing Rabbit Update

Howdy y’all. Ben here, once again sending in a report from our quaint little ecovillage, where the soil conditions are soup-tastic. After experiencing five or six different types of precipitant over the past week, the ground has taken on a texture similar to a lot of the food I get at potluck here. Similar mouth feel, less tasty though, and arguably less nutritious; though I have been putting a fair bit of work in over these past years to raise the nutrient profile of our soils. Not unlike my two year old, our land is experiencing a condition known as…read more >