Using Dancing Rabbit as your living laboratory, you’ll benefit from the wisdom and knowledge of the permaculture movement and the hard-won experiences of a 25-year-old ecovillage.
Join us for presentations, hands-on activities, cooperative projects, and creative exercises that help you connect with the material, with each other, and with the land. Prepare to be surprised and inspired!
Our goal is for you to be able to put into action what you learn the moment you get home. You’ll find valuable, useful answers to your burning questions about how to design a bountiful life in partnership with nature and with other humans.
This course is an opportunity to spend a weekend seeing for yourself what a balanced life can look like, and come out with a little (or a lot) more hope for our planet’s future and your role in it.
Be ready for very full days, as we have a lot to share with you. We’ll also give you regular breaks for exploring the ecovillage and pursuing your personal interests.
There IS a solution, and it’s called permaculture. Help us spread permaculture’s ethics, principles, and practices throughout the world. The only limits are in our imagination.
As Bill Mollison said, “Permaculture is a dance with nature, in which nature leads.”
The course will be based in our beautiful Casa de la Cultura. The village, gardens, and agricultural lands of Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage will be our laboratory. You’ll have abundant opportunities for hands-on learning!
Although course days are packed full, there will be opportunities to learn about Dancing Rabbit, connect with villagers, and participate in village activities. Please check out the rest of our website to learn more about our ecovillage.
Alyson Ewald has spent over twenty-five years leading environmental and educational programs both within the US and abroad. Alyson currently serves as facilitator of the social dimension of Gaia Education’s online course in sustainable design and as a consultant and trainer for communities working to strengthen their decision-making and conflict engagement systems. Alyson has received training and experience in English teaching, Permaculture, Alternatives to Violence, Nonviolent Communication, and Restorative Circles. She has also served as a Board member for Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, Scotland County Farmers’ Market, and the Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC). She is a certified Permaculture Designer and an avid student of governance, conflict, and justice.
After receiving her BA in English from Bates College in 1990, Alyson lived and worked overseas in Russia, Ukraine, Hungary, and Croatia for nine years. During that time she taught English, coordinated cross-cultural exchange programs for students and environmental professionals, led workshops on consensus, nonviolence, and facilitation, and founded and taught a leadership and skill-building program for antinuclear activists. In 2005 she co-founded Red Earth Farms, a homesteading community in northeast Missouri, U.S., where she lives and practices Permaculture on seven beautiful acres.