Intimacy in the Ecovillage Setting

Written by Ted Sterling [Recently printed in Communities Magazine, issue #151, Intimacy] Since first I met Dancing Rabbit founder Tony Sirna at the Communities Conference in Willits, CA in 1998, I have understood that the “village” part of ecovillage here was meant as more than a euphemism. Dancing Rabbit was intended to be more or less like the village of popular conception-- small, rural, surrounded and supported by agriculture and practical arts, and made up of villagers whose lives would doubtless be intertwined in many ways. When I subsequently arrived at Dancing Rabbit for an internship in July 2001, I…read more >

How Much Does a Rabbit Consume?

How much can I consume while still being socially and ecologically responsible? How little can I consume and maintain a high quality of life? In many ways Dancing Rabbit is an experiment built around these questions. So far I believe we have made significant headway. In the chart below you can find numbers comparing consumption for the average Rabbit to the average American and the results are interesting. We have managed to find a way to reduce our total footprint by 85% compared to the US average while retaining many comforts of modern life. For instance, I am writing this article in my 200 sq. ft.…read more >

Ten Years Later, 50 People Call Dancing Rabbit Home

Written by Ted Sterling When I first came to Dancing Rabbit as an intern in 2001, there was a poster chart in one of the old double-wide trailer's back hallways showing a more-or-less exponential projected growth rate, with a fairly linear actual growth rate plotted year-by-year beneath it. At our Land Day rituals, I have heard stories about how the original group of six founding members dwindled in the first couple years to as few as three people. Having come to Dancing Rabbit interested in starting my own community but concerned that I might not have what it would take…read more >

Welcome to The March Hare Blog

Welcome to the newly launched March Hare blog! Dancing Rabbit's long-running print newsletter is finally entering the era of blogs. We are sad to discontinue the print version of our beloved newsletter, but we're also excited about the new possibilities of upkeeping a website dedicated to life at Dancing Rabbit with news, stories, how-tos, and more written by the members of our community. Here you can expect the same kind of content about living sustainably, organic gardening, natural building, consensus, etc., that we've been sharing for over 10 years in our print newsletter, plus more. You may have noticed that…read more >

Sustainable Agriculture and Community at Sandhill Farm

Sandhill Farm, home to friends of Dancing Rabbit, is a small neighboring intentional community here in northeastern Missouri. Sandhill has been practicing organic agriculture and gardening since 1974 on 135 acres, and the community provides most of its own food, including vegetables, fruits, herbs, sorghum syrup, honey, chickens, and turkeys. This video gives us a glimpse into how members of the community actually grow their own food, and how this lifestyle is central to community life at Sandhill Farm. Hopefully this is the first of future DRTV: Neighbors videos!read more >

Milkweed Mercantile: Straw bale bed & breakfast – opening soon!

The Milkweed Mercantile at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage is an off-the-grid, straw bale bed & breakfast, organic cafe, and eco general store. Alline gives us a mini tour of the business, which is currently under construction, but opening soon. The Mercantile is currently a finalist for a $10K award at Please consider voting for us if you like what we're doing. The winnings will go towards the purchase of a wind turbine if we get enough votes. Simply visit this link and register to vote: Straw bale off-the-grid business opens! Thanks for your support!read more >

‘Life With Thomas’ playing at Hi Mom! Film Festival

Hello dear viewers. Despite what you may think, DRTV is not dead. It's merely on a break, since I have been busy building a cob house the past four months. With all that stomping of mud, little time is left to capture daily life here at Dancing Rabbit. However, there is some exciting and relevant news. Life With Thomas, the fifth DRTV documentary entry, is playing at the Hi Mom! Film Festival in Carrboro/Chapel Hill, North Carolina next week on September 5. Here's the schedule. If any DRTV fans are in the area, I urge you to check it out.…read more >

Rocket Stoves video: superefficient wood-fired heaters

Rocket stoves are superefficient wood-fired stoves that can easily be built using readily available and recycled materials. They are a common sight in cob, straw bale, and other natural building designs. In this video, Nathan and Tony describe two different rocket stove systems, detailing the inner workings of the stoves and their unique ability to store heat much more effectively than traditional wood stoves. Unlike other stoves, rocket stove flues can run horizontoally through cob benches or other cob furniture, effectively storing much more heat that would otherwise be lost. For more information about rocket stoves, visit, or check…read more >