Last updated: September 4, 2014 (1 month ago)
Listing created on: December 15, 2008

Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage

(Rutledge, Missouri, United States)

  • Status: Established
  • Formed: 1993  Established: 1995
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
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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

Mission Statement:

ecologically sustainable town

Community Description:

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 build a healthy alternative—a social structure that is both non-exploitative and vibrant. As our village grows, this ideal takes shape more clearly every day: a diverse range of people living ecologically sound lives in a community that models 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 developing community structure. People’s social and economic needs are met primarily on-site and locally, though a few do 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 to 1,000 people living in our village, with businesses and homes around a village green.

Ecological sustainability is the primary focus of our long-term vision and daily lives. We build homes using alternative techniques such as strawbale and cob, powering them with sun and wind. Vehicles at DR are owned cooperatively and run on 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. We are reintroducing native prairie plants to help revitalize our region’s biodiversity. We have planted over 10,000 trees to restore our land, stabilize the riparian zone, and provide sustainable wood for our community in years to come.

Diversity is important within our human population as well. We are individuals, families, and subcommunities. We look forward to having other subcommunities join us, and we 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; we promote DR as a viable alternative to the mainstream.

Interested in Dancing Rabbit? Write us to arrange a visit or get our newsletter, do a work exchange stint or workshop, or enjoy the eco-luxury of our B&B. We actively seek new members to share


  • 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


  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Rural
  • 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%[if 3-m1-energy-other] ([3-m1-energy-other])[/if 3-m1-energy-other]
  • Energy sources: Connected to the Grid, Solar, Wind

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Shared Expenses: Little or no share of expenses
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Required Labor contribution: 0
  • Join Fee: No
  • Regular Fee: 0
  • Additional Comments: Annual dues are 2% of yearly income plus fees for various co-ops


  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Current food produced: Between 25-50%
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Additional comments: We have several food options. Twice a week we have full community meals, but many eat all lunches and dinners with a coop.

    Some food co-ops are vegan or vegetarian.

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

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

Community Affiliations

Skyhouse Community, Sandhill Farm, Red Earth Farms


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

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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.