Family is Complicated…Or is it? A Dancing Rabbit Update

Family is Complicated…Or is it? A Dancing Rabbit Update

I've been reflecting on what makes a person "family". Certainly there are the legal connections by marriage and birth or adoption. There are folks who, like it or not, are family. But what about my mother's best childhood friend, whom I grew up calling my aunt? Or my friends who my young children knew as uncle? Or the playmates my kids were so tight with, that their parents felt like family too? Clearly there is some point at which that personal connection becomes deep enough, and comfortable enough, that people shift from friends to becoming like family...or perhaps even more…read more >
Has To Taste Like Turnips: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Has To Taste Like Turnips: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Howdy y’all.  Ben here, just in from the cool, slimy drizzle currently permeating our atmosphere here at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. After a long week of summery weather, a cold front has finally pushed aside the warmth and sun I’ve become accustomed to, and replaced it with precipitation and a more Octoberly type of cold. I am hesitant to ever describe the weather as beautiful, which so many other folks often do. I’ve always felt like the weather is just the weather, and that all variations have their benefits as well as drawbacks for us humans. But folks wanna talk about…read more >
New Folks and Movie Stars: A Dancing Rabbit Update

New Folks and Movie Stars: A Dancing Rabbit Update

This week held many highlights, for me anyway, so it was hard to decide what to leave out! Even the weather was exciting, with a cold snap, a few gloomy dark days, other days of unseasonable warmth and bright sun, not to mention some intense storms and a tornado watch (no actual tornado, thank goodness). And even though the time of year suggests that things should be slowing down, there's no sign of that in my reality, at least not yet. Here’s the news of the week, according to Tereza. Quite a few of the week’s highlights for me relate…read more >
The Approach of Fall: A Dancing Rabbit Update

The Approach of Fall: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Sara and I went out for a lovely walk on the land this morning, with early autumn growing all around us. We have not yet seen any frost, putting this year on the late end of typical (third in a row, by my reckoning). The odd sprig of New England aster or goldenrod and a few fleabane are still flowering, but I'm thinking my bees' final honey flow must be at an end now. Most of the osage balls have dropped, but black walnuts still fall intermittently from the adolescent tree outside our bedroom window in Ironweed courtyard. The raspberries…read more >
Celebrating 20 Years: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Celebrating 20 Years: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage is growing up! The several-days-long on-farm Board of Directors meeting was ample proof of that. Our intrepid Board gathered to tackle high-level issues and review our collective progress to ensure we're on track with our overall mission "to create a society, the size of a small town or village, made up of individuals and communities of various sizes and social structures, which allows and encourages its members to live sustainably. And to encourage this sustainable society to grow to have the size and recognition necessary to have an influence on the global community by example, education, and…read more >
Building the Dream: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Building the Dream: A Dancing Rabbit Update

“We’re building Dancing Rabbit because we love the Earth, and to help all people recognize it’s worth… and you know that this is true, we couldn’t do it without you!” For 20 years we have been in construction of cob dwellings and alternative culture, and this weekend we are celebrating all that hard work with new and old friends alike! Katherine here with a look back on where we’ve been. In 1997, a group of California college students decided to take a more firm grip on their realities and leave the mainstream society which we all know heavily subsists in…read more >
Full Circle Memories: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Full Circle Memories: A Dancing Rabbit Update

This fall I’m experiencing some pleasant full-circle memories that I’d like to share with you. Liz here, one of the newer residents of Dancing Rabbit. You see, this time last year I was a student of the nine-day Permaculture Design Course that has taken place at Dancing Rabbit the last several falls. I had a hidden agenda for taking the course: to spend nine days at Dancing Rabbit, to see if it was the right place for me to begin a new life. I stayed another two weeks after the course was over, one week as a guest and one…read more >
Moments of Beauty: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Moments of Beauty: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Since I’ve moved here to Dancing Rabbit, I have definitely had more time to stop and smell the roses. Except, since we don’t really grow roses around here, the smells that I have enjoyed here are more of the woodsmoke, prairie grass, sawdust, manure-pile-for-my-garden variety. I think one of the fears people often have about moving to an intentional community is the giving up of “nice things.” But I’ve seen a lot of beauty in the past days, as I have since we moved here. Christina here, writing about all of the ways that I have stopped to smell the…read more >