Formed: 1993 Established: 1995
This page last updated:3/16/2013
Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage
At Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage (DR), we understand how difficult it can be to live sustainably and responsibly within modern US culture. We believe that we can work to build a healthy alternative-- a social structure that is both non-exploitative and vibrant. As our village grows, we see this ideal take shape more clearly every day: a diverse range of people living ecologically sound lives in a community that truly serves as an example of positive human action within the natural world.
In 1997 the DR Land Trust purchased 280 acres in the rolling hills of northeastern Missouri. We are now deep into pioneering, constructing buildings while planning and developing community structure. People's social and economic needs are met primarily on-site and locally, though a few support themselves doing web work or off-site consulting. There is an ever-increasing emphasis on internal economy, including a lot of barter and a well-used internal currency. Eventually, we see 500-1,000 people living in our village, with businesses and homes surrounding the village green.
As you might expect, ecological sustainability is the primary focus of our long-term vision and our daily lives. We build our homes using alternative techniques such as straw bale and cob, powering them with renewable energy from sun and wind. Vehicles at DR are owned cooperatively and powered by biodiesel. Overall, we eat an ever-increasing amount of local, organic, and in-season foods, including many home-grown vegetables.
We strive to be good stewards of our land, with much of our acreage reserved as wildlife habitat. In the grasslands we are reintroducing native prairie plants to help revitalize our region's biodiversity. We have planted over 10,000 trees to restore our land to its pre-settlement ecology, stabilize the riparian zone, and provide a sustainable source of wood for our community in years to come.
Diversity is an important element within our human population as well. Our village is composed of individuals, families, and subcommunities. We look forward to having other subcommunities join us, and encourage the development of cohousing and cooperatives. To allow for economic diversity and simple living, we keep lease rates and membership dues low and have no buy-in fee.
In addition to being a wonderful home for us, DR is a model for social change. Outreach and education are integral to our mission. Rather than isolating ourselves completely from the mainstream, we promote DR as a viable alternative. We enjoy sharing discoveries and ideas of sustainable living with people who have a wide variety of lifestyles.
If you are interested in Dancing Rabbit, you have lots of options: write us to arrange a visit or receive our newsletter, come do a work exchange stint, attend a workshop or enjoy the eco-luxury of our B&B. We are actively seeking new members to share our lives and goals. Together we can build our dreams!
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Introduction to Dancing Rabbit
Former/Other Names: The Dancing Rabbit Project
This page last updated:3/16/2013
Visitor Process: To visit DR, write us a letter or email, and our visitor team will help you plan and schedule a visit. It generally helps to contact us at least two months in advance, as spots fill up quickly. We have one- to three-week visitor periods at set times between April and October.
Ecovillage Network of the Americas
:: Fellowship for Intentional Community
Statement of Housing Non-discrimination:
Our community does not discriminate in regards to housing based on race/color, national origin, religion, sex/gender, family status (i.e. having children, not having children, or being pregnant), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry, source of income, age, creed, personal appearance, political affiliation, HIV infection, military/veteran status, unfavorable military discharge, gender identity or expression, receiving public assistance, or being the victim of domestic abuse.
Members(adults and children):
(number does not include work exchangers and long term visitors, which can add as many as 40 people during some summer periods)
Leadership Core Group:
Labor and Money
Members have independent finances
Open to Members with Pre-existing Debt:
(Annual dues are 2% of yearly income plus fees for various co-ops)
Land and Buildings
280 acres (113.3 hectares)
Land Owned By:
Community-controlled land trust
Percentage of Food Grown:
Share Community Meals:
(We have several food options. Twice a week we have full community meals, but many eat all lunches and dinners with a coop.)
Dietary Choice or Restrictions:
Diet is up to each individual
(Some food co-ops are vegan or vegetarian.)
Common Spiritual Practices:
(Some home-schooled and some public. Parents are free to choose an educational style.)
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