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Sustainable Living Inspiration from an Eco Village

Folks who watch Morgan Spurlock’s show 30 Days might know a bit about Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage from the episode about off grid living. That show is where I first learned about this intentional community in northeastern Missouri. Dancing Rabbit is a community dedicated to eco-friendly living. From relying totally on renewable energy to using compostable toilets, they consider the environment in every aspect of their day to day lives.

Some people live there full time, while others will come to visit or work for a shorter period. Right now, they have a really cool sustainable building jobs program, where folks with construction experience can learn more about green building while living in the community.

What they’re doing out there is pretty groundbreaking and inspirational. For folks unfamiliar with Dancing Rabbit and their mission, check out this short introductory video about the community:

Natural building is a huge part of what they do there: creating sustainable homes from salvaged and unprocessed materials. You can get an idea of their processes by looking at how they created their Community Building, a common area where folks can meet, work, and play. All of the wood and insulation is salvaged, and it uses passive solar to keep it cool in summer and warm in the winter. They also installed rainwater catchment and a greywater recycling system.

Even if total off grid living isn’t for you, there’s a lot we can learn from the folks at Dancing Rabbit. Like they mention in the video, small changes add up to a big difference. Just following their example in one or two aspects of our lives, we can make significant change. Imagine if everyone harvested rainwater or took the burden off of their heating and cooling bills with passive solar!

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!


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4:25PM PDT on Aug 22, 2010

This is my kind of village. When can I move in!

12:50AM PDT on Aug 15, 2010

Yah, Kayla, my reaction, too.
Was watching the vid with my daughter and we said "oh, no" at the same time when the singing in a circle started.
I LOVE the idea of sustainable living, but the hand holding and singing seems cultish.

9:53AM PDT on Aug 12, 2010

Love it!

1:48PM PDT on Jul 23, 2010


1:17PM PDT on Jul 22, 2010

Very inspiring article, thanks.

12:56PM PDT on Jul 19, 2010

oh and i agree, kayla!

12:55PM PDT on Jul 19, 2010

good article, thanks!

12:26PM PDT on Jul 9, 2010

Myself and my husband are going to build our own home and live off grid. Let me just say that people don't like the idea because every time they see eco stuff they see women in skirts and groups of people hanging around in a circle singing. For gods sake. That's going to scare people away. I have no intention of dancing in a circle with a group of people when I have my house built. Not that I mind others doing it, but not when you're trying to encourage normal people to join the eco effort. Do you agree or am I just picky?

1:05AM PDT on Jul 8, 2010


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