Contra Culture: September 27-29 2013

What is Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage?

Dancing Rabbit is an ecovillage and intentional community of about 70 people set amid the hills and prairies of rural northeastern Missouri. Our goal is to live ecologically sustainable and socially rewarding lives, and to share the skills and ideas behind that lifestyle.   We have built a village of natural buildings, powered by solar and wind, we grow our food organically, and share 4 cars for the whole village. We live cooperatively to varying degrees and govern ourselves using consensus.

How does dancing and Dancing Rabbit relate?

Despite the name, we have no official relationship to dancing.  But dancing has been a growing part of our culture in recent years.

Where do we dance?

La Casa de Cultura was built with dancers in mind.  With a quality sound system, excellent ventilation and a hardwood floor made from local hickory and walnut, you’ll be able to bring your nice shoes and have great slide.  Or, just dance in your socks.

“La Casa is beautiful–floors are just stunning. Dancing is even more fun when you have a beautiful setting in which to do it.”


“The Casa has the nicest floor I’ve ever been on. So fast and clean!”


Where do we stay?

Housing is limited and in high demand at Dancing Rabbit.  We expect most people to camp (we’ll provide platforms).  If the weather is bad, we’ll have a sleepover party in the Casa.  There are limited beds available for rent in the village ($15/person/night. some beds are singles and some beds are queens and will be shared.). Indicate you want info on your registration and we’ll connect you.  We may also have limited floor space, but with very small houses, we are sorry we cannot offer more indoor hospitality.

What will we do for toilets and showers?

Toilets at Dancing Rabbit are composting and the majority use a system called Humanure.  Showers use collected rainwater and the water is heated with high tech wood-burning systems.  While there will be plenty of hot water, there will not be that many showers available, so be prepared to shower less often then you are used to. You might consider a dip in the pond a refreshing alternative.

What will we do for food?

Saturday lunch, Sunday brunch, snacks and support for Saturday dinner potluck will be provided as part of your registration fee.  Food will be served community-style and will be primarily organic and local when possible.  Food will be vegan/vegetarian and we can try to accommodate special diets.  Everyone will be asked to participate in the dishes, snack preparation or other tasks.  If you like to have something that is not locally grown, consider bringing it along.  Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast, snacks and beverages will be available for sale at the Milkweed Mercantile (or can be brought along or purchased nearby):

  • Friday dinner will be $12, served 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. There are vegetarian and meat options. You must register for this meal.
  • Dessert/baked goods will be available separately all weekend.
  • Saturday full breakfast, including coffee, is $9, served 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. Home-made granola with fruit and milk/non-dairy milk/yogurt is available for $5.
  • Coffee is also available from 7:30 – 10:00 a.m. for $2.00. If you’d like to take your coffee to go, you will need to bring their own cup. 

The Mercantile sells omnivorous and non-local food (i.e. coffee, chocolate, etc.) most of which is organic and/or Fair Trade. Most of the meat and produce is local and organic.

Are tickets refundable?

Tickets are not refundable but are transferable.  If you cannot make it, we will attempt to find someone to buy your ticket. If we can find someone to fill your spot, we will refund all but $10/person to cover processing time and paypal fees. Beginning 3 weeks before the event, we especially do not guarantee finding you a replacement, but you can try to find someone to purchase your ticket from you directly.

What about transportation?

Be prepared to be organized into carpools from your home city or major transportation points.  This is an ecovillage, after all.  We cannot provide transportation as the village of 70 is served by a car co-op of 4 vehicles.  We also welcome bicyclists!

We will facilitate carpooling in the days leading up to the event and we will help you get here!

Who do I contact if I have questions?

It is being organized by Rachel and Sharon at Dancing Rabbit.  You can call Rachel at 510-621-7224 or email us.