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 >
A Tree Ate My Tarp: A Dancing Rabbit Update

A Tree Ate My Tarp: A Dancing Rabbit Update

On the last day of February this past week, among the warmest we've experienced so far, Aurelia and I heard both peepers and woodcocks for the first time in the year, around dusk. The peepers were only active down in the bottom, distinct though pretty far off; but the woodcocks with their "peent!" calls and the twitchy, liquid chirp of their mating flights were all around us at the edges of the village in the lowering twilight. It is an evening I keep an ear out for every year around this time, and it seems to satisfy that part of…read more >
Help Us Spread the Word + Special Offer

Help Us Spread the Word + Special Offer

We know our visitor program has a profound impact on people who attend, because so many of them have told us so over the years. This year we're having a harder time getting the word out about it, though, due to Facebook’s algorithm changes and new Google Ads requirements. If you’re not sure what those words mean, it boils down to it being more difficult for small, non-corporate organizations like ours to be seen online. We really want people to be able to learn about and connect with Dancing Rabbit, so while we're working on ways to increase our visibility…read more >