Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage

Last updated: September 16, 2015 (2 months ago)

Listing created on: December 15, 2008

Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage

(Rutledge, Missouri, United States)

  • Status: Established
  • Started Planning: 1993
  • Start Living Together: 1995
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address:
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  • Phone: 660-883-5511
  • Address:
    1 Dancing Rabbit Lane
    Rutledge, Missouri, 63563
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    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.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes
    After a successful visit, one can begin the process of becoming a resident. After 6 months of residency, one can apply to become a member. For details see

Mission Statement:

Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage is a growing, rural, ecologically sustainable town.

Community Description:

Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage invites you to live, play, and work with us to help build a better world!

We founded Dancing Rabbit (DR) Ecovillage to discover how to live rich, vibrant lives while leaving an ecological footprint the planet can sustain. If you yearn to live a more fulfilling and sustainable life, we might be what you’re looking for.

By making sustainability the primary focus of our long-term vision and daily lives we’re creating a healthy alternative to modern mainstream US culture.

In 1997 the DR Land Trust purchased 280 acres in the rolling hills of northeastern Missouri. Since then we’ve been building a village from the ground up, creating homes, gardens, kitchens, and community infrastructure, not to mention the less-tangible necessities for a sustainable culture. We use consensus in our Village Council governance, value clear communication and peaceable co-existence with our neighbors, and continue to create our own songs, stories and traditions.

Social and economic needs are met primarily on-site and locally, and we have a well-used internal currency. Our vision is to grow to the size of small town (500 – 1000 people), with businesses, residences, and agricultural areas radiating out from the central village green.

We build natural and green homes, use sun and wind for power, and run our cooperatively-owned vehicles on renewable electricity or biodiesel. Diets are individually chosen, but many prioritize local, organic, and in-season foods.

We strive to be good stewards of our land, reserving many acres for wildlife habitat. We are reintroducing native prairie plants to help revitalize our region’s biodiversity and have planted over 10,000 trees to restore our land, stabilize the riparian zone, and provide sustainable wood for our community.

We are made up of individuals, families, and subcommunities, cooperating with each other to varying degrees and sharing as much of our lives as we choose. We encourage the development of cohousing and cooperatives.

To allow for economic diversity and simple living, we keep lease rates low, have no buy-in fee, and membership dues are income-based.

Outreach and education are integral to our mission, and the primary focus of Dancing Rabbit, Inc., our non-profit arm.

Interested in Dancing Rabbit? Write us to arrange a visit, get on our e-mailing list, or do a work exchange stint or workshop. We actively seek new members to live, play and work with us, modeling change for the better.


  • Adult Members: 42
  • Child Members: 14
  • Non-member Residents: 10
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Parents are free to choose an educational style: some children are home-schooled and some attend the local public schools.

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Not a particularly spiritual or religious Community
  • Education Style(s): Up to each individual
  • Healthcare Style(s): Up to each individual


  • Type: Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability.)
  • Decision Making: Other
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No
  • Additional Comments: Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage makes most decisions by committee or the elected 7-person Village Council. These groups operate by consensus, with clear power levels assigned to them for the areas they have responsibility for, and all community members can have input into decisions.

Land and Buildings

  • Area: 280 acres
  • Land owned by: Community controlled land trust
  • Current Number of Residences: 36
  • Current renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Energy sources: Connected to the Grid, Solar, Wind

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes


  • Required Labor Contribution: 0


  • Additional Comments: Annual dues for members are 2% of yearly income, plus fees for various co-ops.



  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Current food produced: Determined by Individuals or Households.


  • Planned food produced: Determined by Individuals or Households.


  • Food produced locally: Determined by Individuals or Households.


  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Paleo (no grains, dairy, processed foods, or legumes), Local (food sourced within 100 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Vegetarian (no animal meat; dairy and eggs okay), Mostly Vegetarian, Vegan Only (plants only, no animal products) – Please check this only if you are 100% Vegan., Mostly Vegan, Opportunivore (dumpster diving, nature harvesting, etc.), Other


  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.


  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used occasionally.


  • Additional comments: Dietary choice is an individual matter, and we have a wide range of diets at DR, inlcuding vegan, vegetarian, and omnivore. Individuals may eat on their own, with family, or in a food co-op or group kitchen. We have a potluck with two other local communities once a week, and a community dinner, where Rabbits bring their meals to eat together in the Common House, once each week.


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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Global Ecovillage Network (GEN), Ecovillage Network of the Americas

Community Affiliations

Skyhouse Community, Sandhill Farm, Red Earth Farms


sustainability, ecovillage, natural building, green building, alternative currency

We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.
Bryan Bowan Architects California Cohousing International Communes Desk ICSA NICA Wolf Creek Lodge