Food, Firewood, and Friendship: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Food, Firewood, and Friendship: A Dancing Rabbit Update

One of the pleasures of life for me here at Dancing Rabbit is that we have long focused on preserving the fruits (and leaves, etc.) of our seasonal harvests for the leaner times of year. Despite the ever-miraculous ability of birds and mammals to eke out a living through the cold months here in the mid-latitudes and above, I look out the window these days and know I would not be eating much if I had to rely on what was readily available. Ted here to bring you this week's news from northeast Missouri at the tail end of January.…read more >
Growth & Optimism (Despite Discomfort)

Growth & Optimism (Despite Discomfort)

CSCC Looks Back on 2017 Another year has come and gone, which I find myself a little more disappointed by than usual, since I have a personal affinity with the number 17. Despite this discomfort, the promise of all that could happen in 2018 is enticing enough that I’m not only willing but excited to open my arms wide and greet the new year, along with all the potential visitors, workshop participants, tour groups, and residents who might find their way to Dancing Rabbit in the coming months. Danielle here, writing to you as the Executive Director for the Center…read more >
Winter Wisdom: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Winter Wisdom: A Dancing Rabbit Update

I was going to write about my Christmas week spent back in my hometown in California, but California gets enough attention. In the meantime, I’ve weathered record cold temps here at Dancing Rabbit, and lived to tell the tale. Liz here, with the latest from my ecovillage home. I returned from California to find my yard covered in snow, and it took several days of running the wood stove to get the straw bale walls back to releasing heat at night, that process aided by passive solar warmth passing from the attached greenhouse through a bank of windows on the…read more >
Bittersweet Winter: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Bittersweet Winter: A Dancing Rabbit Update

I don't think I've ever checked thermometers so religiously in my life. As a native Coloradoan I'm no stranger to the cold and snow, but this is my first winter at Dancing Rabbit and staying warm is a little more complicated than cranking up the thermostat. This is Cameron, one of the newest residents here, I just arrived at the beginning of December. I'm not sure I would recommend moving here in the winter, but it's been a remarkably soft landing for me. I'm living in a cozy strawbale house with an attached greenhouse and beautiful interior woodwork. My neighbor…read more >
Joy and Snow: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Joy and Snow: A Dancing Rabbit Update

This is the time of year for reflection: How was 2017? Did I accomplish all that I hoped to this year? What goals do I have for the coming year? How can I improve in 2018? Each year, like clockwork, these questions arise from within me and help me continue to strive for more meaning, peace, and connection in my life. Melany here, writing while bundled up in many layers, very different from the last time you heard from me. The unseasonably warm 60 degree days have turned into the harsh reality of -15 degrees, or -30 when accounting for…read more >
Celebrating in New Ways: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Celebrating in New Ways: A Dancing Rabbit Update

I’ve spent a lot of the last week thinking about two things that are usually ignored or avoided or generally brushed under the rug in mainstream society: darkness and conflict. Christina here, writing about the death of the year, some tough feelings between Rabbits, and how I’ve been celebrating in new ways this week. My week started off with an email to “conres,” otherwise known as the Conflict Resolution Team (or Conflict Celebration as Hassan likes to call it). My first reaction to hearing about conflict is one that I still carry over from my previous life in the mainstream:…read more >
Claustrophobic Coziness: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Claustrophobic Coziness: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Oh hey y’all. It’s me, Ben, taking time out of the limited daylight hours to give a little update on life here at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. I’ll do my best and make it briefer than usual, for in these short days of waning light, there is much to be done before the sun turns the corner and disappears for fifteen hours. It has been awful dry lately, to the point where I almost miss the sensation of having my muck boots suctioned off my feet in the mud. The relatively mild, okay, freakishly mild weather has given me opportunity to…read more >
Return of the Cold: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Return of the Cold: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Greetings from a much chillier Dancing Rabbit! If you’ve been reading the last few weeks you’ve likely noticed regular mentions of continuing unseasonable warmth. Yeah, not this week. Tereza here, with a cold-impacted take on happenings in the village. Note that there’s a double meaning in that last sentence: I’ve been down with a nasty cold most of the week. So as sometimes happens, most of my reporting will be word-of-mouth, as I wasn’t around and about to find out what’s up, and certainly didn’t go to much myself. Even if I wasn’t able to participate this week, I’m really…read more >