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How to Sustain an Intentional Community — Lessons from Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage [Webinar]

May 4, 2021


3:00 PM

4:30 PM


May 4th | 3:00-4:30pm Eastern

How to Sustain an Intentional Community — Lessons from Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage

Tune into this two-hour webinar to learn all about Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. Longtime community members, Danielle and Cob will share their insights on common challenges and solutions to sustain an intentional community for the long haul.

With almost a quarter century of experience, Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage in Missouri has survived common (and uncommon) community growing pains, and continues thrive today. Learn what elements have served Dancing Rabbit well, and what to consider for your own project. While each group is unique, there’s no need to reinvent the wheel or repeat mistakes! Bring your questions, whatever stage you or your group is in.

Key webinar outcomes:

  • Understanding some of the key dynamics that will challenge your group
  • How to maintain legal compliance
  • How to plan for leadership transitions
  • The importance of both entrance and exit strategies
  • Thoughts on maintaining core cultural and behavioral expectations

Meet Your Facilitators

Danielle Williams, Presenter

Danielle Williams

Danielle moved to Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage in 2012 after living and tasting the flavors at multiple other intentional communities in different countries. In 2016 she became the Executive Director for the nonprofit there, which shares Dancing Rabbit’s unique flavor of hope and sustainable living inspiration with the world.  She delights in living in a 213 sq ft naturally built round house called the Hermitage. She originally hails from the state of Colorado, and her skills are as diverse and varied as the places she’s lived since then (hypnotherapy, breathwork, facilitation, marketing, spreadsheets). Her degree in Peace & Global Studies informs her vision of how ecovillages are part of a global movement towards curing the social pandemic of loneliness and meaninglessness, and creating a better world for everyone. She passionately cultivates the world she wants to pass on to future generations, and living in community (amidst all of the highs & lows) is an integral part of that cultivation.

David (Cob) Carleton, Presenter photo

David (Cob) Carleton

Over time Cob has served in many administrative and other committee roles at Dancing Rabbit, as the administrator for the Land Trust, on the executive committee of our municipal cooperative, as a manger of the shared vehicle fleet, and a term on the Village Council. Cob is currently also on the Board of the local Milkweed Mercantile Cooperative, where he cooks, tends bar, and manages the bookkeeping. He also runs a small local (nearly zero waste) grocery store at Dancing Rabbit.

Cob particularly enjoy working with visitors and new residents to explain how our different legal organizations and governing documents mesh with one another, the flow of group finances and budgets, and to help new folks accurately assess their cost of living when they move to the ecovillage. He often leads workshops during visitor programs, and enjoys cooking for large groups and generally talking about the joys and challenges of living in community.



How to Sustain an Intentional Community — Webinar


Date: May 4th

Time: 3-4:30pm EST (see your local time)

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