Bee Swarm WEB

Hello readers! As I click-clack away our home is being serenaded by a bee swarm that has chosen a nearby branch to rest on just beside our east window. The hive has outgrown the home our neighbors made for them, and our beekeeping friends are now in scramble mode. It is a sight (and a sound) to behold!

While to some that may conjure an ominous feeling, I (and the scrambling keepers) take it as a very positive sign; an inconvenient but welcomed byproduct of their efforts to help stem the troubling tide of colony die off. Luckily, they didn’t move very far, and are soon to be boxed and transferred to a larger hive. Here’s to hoping they remember where my back yard is, wherever they go; we’ve enjoyed their company in our gardens this season!

Lucas here, doing some buzzing (in your ear) of my own on behalf of the DR hive. We too are in high gear, swarming around ideas for growth, improvement, and partnerships, while continuing our mission of conservation, education, and outreach. Here are a few of the upcoming opportunities we’re offering to inquiring minds:

DR has come together with Midwest Permaculture to present our first Permaculture Design Course, August 29-September 6! This 9-day course is designed to immerse its students in permaculture technique and, by sheer bonus of being held at DR, ecovillage life! Spots are filling up, so get in while you can! See for details.

We’re excited to be gearing up for our annual Open House, coming up September 12th! We’ll be offering a village fair, full of local sustainable goods, and free tours! More details to come, but we hope you’ll drop by and see what all the buzz is about!

Have that itch to take a road trip? We’d love for you to stop by and see us at the Mother Earth News Fair in Topeka, KS, October 24-25. We’re delighted to be taking part in such a massive event, maybe you would be too! Featuring over 150 workshops and a slew of exhibits, there will be much to see and do!

There are many ways to explore what DR is all about from your computer as well. Many of you may be familiar with our website, but have you checked out our YouTube channel? Some of our members and residents also keep individual blogs (find links on our site) for even more insight into who we are and how we choose to honor the values that bind us together. Dan also has a new venture with some great videos at Check them out: you’re bound to find useful tips and tricks that can be applied at home! Knowledge is power!

We aim to stay as busy as the bees, and we’re grateful to all our readers, visitors, and donors for their continued support in making that a reality! Thanks for reading!

Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage is an intentional community and educational non-profit near Rutledge, MO, focused on demonstrating sustainable living possibilities. We offer public tours of the village at 1pm on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month, April-October; the next is August 8th. Reservations not required. Tours are free, though donations to help us continue our educational and outreach efforts are gratefully accepted. For directions, call the Dancing Rabbit office at 660-883-5511 or email us at To find out more about us, you can also check out our website: