Mending a Village: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Mending a Village: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Everything is different; and likely some things will never be the same around here again. This column is generally about what’s hard and what’s wonderful about living here, and I guess this week is no exception, but there are also many many moments of normalcy throughout the day — along with moments of extreme emotions and beautifully tender care.   Some of the people of Dancing Rabbit, gathered together to support one another. Christina here. We have finished the first week of our annual retreat and are about to embark on the second. Normally, this is a time when we…read more >
Monsters and Ice: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Monsters and Ice: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Howdy y'all. You know, whenever I have a hard time talking about what's really going on — or worse, no idea what the other party could possibly be thinking — I like to discuss the weather instead. So I think I'll start there. Ben's chickens scrabbling for oats in the snow. Ben here, writing to y'all from the icy physical and emotional purgatory that is Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, tucked away in the impassibly slippery rolling hills of Northeast Missouri. This has been the hardest winter I've ever experienced, maybe. Then again, I've been through some pretty hard ones. Everything outside…read more >

Difficult News: A Brief Update

It is with shock and sadness that I write this update today. Our community has been rocked by a difficult and traumatizing situation. A member of Dancing Rabbit was arrested on 02/01/2019 on charges of sexual assault of minors.  Like any community would, Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage and the surrounding communities are struggling with this very challenging and sensitive situation. We are currently focused on doing everything we can to support everyone impacted by this issue, surrounding people with as much compassion and care as possible. As you might imagine, this situation is extremely fluid and complicated, and we are still learning…read more >
Tracks in the Snow

Tracks in the Snow

A new baby boy was born to Burl and Troy during the recent full moon eclipse at Dancing Rabbit, before the moon had reemerged from Earth's shadow. I struggle to credit that it was just a week past. Perhaps it is the innumerable snowflakes that have fallen since (seemingly every day) blurring my recall, but a week past seems a very long time ago. Folks from the tri-communities of Dancing Rabbit, Sand Hill and Red Earth Farms gathered to celebrate Alyson's 50th birthday and dance the night away. Ted here with an update from our fair ecovillage in northeast Missouri,…read more >
Making Life Sparkle: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Making Life Sparkle: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Guess who received a whopping foot and more of snow in the past week? Guess who hit the hills, sliding on sleds? Guess where the goats are these days? Guess who got to sparkle the evening away? Answers reside below... Some Rabbits sledding on the Vista de la Moo. From left to right: Alannah, Hassan, and Ezra stuffing his face with snow. Hello-hello from the windy, frozen plains of Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage! Prairie here, thankfully staying warm and toasty in the midst of all this weather. I am also grateful for the plentiful opportunities there have been to get out…read more >
The Only Constant is Change: My Dancing Rabbit Visit

The Only Constant is Change: My Dancing Rabbit Visit

By Michelle Winebarger I thought visiting Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage would be like taking a trip back in time, but once I got there, I felt like I was stepping into the future; a future where technology meets sustainability and conservation; a future where weapons and locks are not needed; a future where traditions are kept, yet new ideas are always welcome and appreciated. Solar panels sit atop many buildings, powering modern appliances from refrigerators to wifi modems, air conditioners, and coffee pots. As a community power source, there is an impressive solar panel array near the sports field, which powers…read more >
Time Home: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Time Home: A Dancing Rabbit Update

I recently returned to Dancing Rabbit for a week and a half, after spending some time with family, before heading out to a meditation retreat. It was just in time to fulfill my monthly clean team duties, to attend approximately eight meetings, and to write this column. It has also been just enough time to appreciate what I love about living at DR; but not quite enough time to do as many of those things as I would have liked. Christina here, writing from cold, snowy northeast Missouri (taking some inspiration from a late-night show of my youth) with the…read more >

Looking at the year ahead: A Dancing Rabbit Announcement

Ecovillage Weekend May 24–27 or September 26-29 Here’s your chance to get a taste of life at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage! This intensive weekend will give you a glimpse into how we live and work together to maintain a thriving sustainable community. For more information, or to register, click here! Natural Building Workshop July 4-7 or September 12-15 Come learn to use natural materials for sustainable home building. Join Dancing Rabbit builder Hassan Hall for this hands-on introduction to natural building. Get ready to get messy! Singing Rabbit August 30 – September 2 Come discover the power of singing in community!…read more >