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Spend a long weekend with us at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage and gather ideas, concepts, and skills for living lightly wherever you live. This unique program blends the “eco” with the “village” of our community life. You’ll have hands-on opportunities with natural building, low-carbon gardens and kitchens, alternative energy systems, and organic resource recycling. You’ll also interact with alternative economic systems, skills for human connection and cooperation, and creative fun – all part of life at Dancing Rabbit! And, most importantly, the course will guide you to take what you’ve learned and create an action plan for bringing it home with you.
Just some of what you’ll experience during the weekend:
- tour of Dancing Rabbit
- natural and energy-efficient building
- food systems: growing, cooking, and preserving local food
- recycling resources: compost, humanure, and greywater
- alternative energy: solar, wind, and human power
- economics: cooperatives and Dancing Rabbit’s alternative currency system
- communication and conflict resolution for cooperative culture
- cooperative decision-making
- opportunities for physical and spiritual practices
- simple, creative funN
What will you gain by taking this course?
Simply experiencing life at Dancing Rabbit can shed light on what’s possible for living lightly on the planet. And, if you’re like the hundreds of people who’ve visited, you’re sure to be uplifted and inspired. But this course takes you a step farther! This 3-day experience is all about what YOU can actually do within the context of your home and your lifestyle. We’ll guide you to create your own action plan for a truly do-able project, and we’ll support you to take steps to implement that plan at home. And, who knows, you might become an inspiration to others where you live!
Located in Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage
Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, nestled in the rolling hills of Northeast Missouri, is one of the most well-known and successful ecovillages in the country, and one of the few in the Midwest. Founded in 1997, DR is home to many excellent examples of sustainable and eco-living. Plus the stars at night are amazing. You can check out the rest of our website to learn more about our ecovillage.
Discover What People Have to Say About Their Experience
I first heard about DR 15 years ago, finally came to visit for the first Saturday tour of 2019 back in April, and was so intrigued and really just wanted the chance to have a more extended experience of this amazing place! The highlights for me were the sessions that shone a light on the daily lives of the residents here and how they make things workable and conducive to whatever needs they have to accomplish. I loved the hands-on opportunity to help Hassan make his sand/clay/straw concoction and the opportunity to get so gloriously muddy applying it to the wall.
Thank you for all your hard work and effort in putting this together for us to learn about your amazing home! Your community has been so great about opening itself up to complete strangers and loving and educating them!
I found interaction with DR members and residents…to be the most valuable portion of the weekend experience. Through the testimony of these individuals, a highly intimate and deeply personal connection were formed with DR in my mind.
I would highly recommend this experience to everyone.
I have actually fallen in love with you folks and hope that we collaborate over time in the area of new sustainable economics and scaling your model.
Alyson & Avi were the consummate hosts and teachers. Alyson has one of the best holistic facilitating styles that I have encountered in 37 years of workshops and gatherings. Tons of head material wit the right amount of balance with heart, body, & spirit.
Alyson’s facilitation was significantly remarkable. The way she brought joy and ease to bear must have been an enormous amount of work; it made everything else feel light, comfortable, and doable.
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2 Weekends to Choose from in 2020:
Ecovillage Weekend #1: August 13-16
Ecovillage Weekend #2: September 24-27
Arrive first day, by 4pm & depart in afternoon on last day.
Meals provided from first day dinner through last day lunch.
Instructors for this course include a variety of different residents and members of Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, based on their particular expertise and skill sets. You’ll have the opportunity to get to know and learn from some of the wonderful folks who make Dancing Rabbit the example of sustainable living that it is.
The course fee includes camping accommodations in Dancing Rabbit’s wooded campground. Platforms for tents are provided, along with a composting toilet and access to showers in the Dancing Rabbit Community Building.
Indoor accommodations are available to rent during the course for an additional fee. We have several options: rooms in cabins, private homes, and the bed & breakfast. Email us after you register to see what’s still available.
The Milkweed Mercantile, our on-site eco-cafe, will serve you 3 meals a day, packed with as much nourishing, local food as possible. We can work with a range of dietary needs – let us know your particulars when you fill out the registration form. Please note that we do our best to accommodate different dietary needs but cannot guarantee that we will be able to.
The all-inclusive fee covers: instruction, materials, meals, camping platform (bring your own gear), showers, bathrooms, WiFi, and community building access. Indoor accommodations are available at an extra cost.