Open House

Saturday, May 11th, 2024

10:00am – 3:00pm

Join us for our Annual Open House!

Tony talks about conservation and renewable energy at Open House 2013. Photo by Angela Neese.

Tours start every half-hour from 10:00am thru 3:00pm, on a $0 to $50 sliding-scale donation basis, with a suggested rate of $10/adult.  Lunch and refreshments will be available for purchase.  Kids are welcome, but please leave your pets at home.

Dancing Rabbit was founded in 1997 to find out how people can live rich, vibrant lives while leaving an ecological footprint that our planet can sustain. Come learn about sustainable living and see all that we have created!

There will be loads of friendly Dancing Rabbit members to answer your questions, a Village Fair selling unique crafts and goods, free kid activities and face-painting, including a petting farm. What’s not to like?

If you can’t join us this May 11th, we hope to see you at one of our regular Saturday tours or one of our other programs.

Open House is your opportunity to:

  • Visit one of the largest collections of natural and green buildings in the Midwest;
  • Peek inside some hand-built structures, each with a unique design that offer lessons in energy efficiency;
  • Learn more about passive solar design and the use of thermal mass for heating and cooling;
  • Gain insight into how we share infrastructure effectively (kitchens, vehicles, and more);
  • See how Rabbits thrive on 1/10th of the resources consumed by the average American;
  • See how organic gardens and permaculture principles are integrated throughout our village;
  • Learn about renewable energy and how we power our village with the sun and the wind;
  • Be amazed that 40ish people can share 3 cars, a truck, and a tractor and feel good about it;
  • Understand more about sustainable and cooperative living;
  • Drink filtered rainwater and learn about our water catchment systems;
  • Discover more about how we are making the world more sustainable!


Village Fair

Village Fair items for sale. Photo by Angela Neese
 Village Fair items for sale. Photo by Angela Neese

We’ll also have a Village Fair with unique crafts and goods from our ecovillage members and neighbors, plus free activities for kids, including games, face-painting, and petting farm.  Lunch and refreshments (including kid-friendly options) will be available for cash purchase.

Comfortable walking shoes are highly recommended.  While we love pets, please leave yours at home.  It’s probably no surprise that carpools are encouraged. Here are biking or driving directions.

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