Critter Work Exchanges Now Available

We’re pleased to announce we are officially taking applications for summer 2017 Critter work exchange. We’ve got a big summer ahead of us and are interested in hosting folks who are interested in experiencing life as Critters. Come help us scurry around the barnyard and build our timbered nests.

We have two positions open — building and homestead/childcare. You can read details about each at our Work Exchange tab above. Looking forward to hearing from you!


Installing a Poo Primer

For those living in conventional housing but interested in adding a more natural feel, here’s an idea on how you can prime your space to accommodate earthen plaster. Here, Kyle illustrates “priming” plastic insulation so that it can receive finish plaster. It would also likely work on drywall, wood, metal, etc. Keep in mind that the bond probably won’t support a lot of weight, so you’ll want to keep subsequent coats / finishes fairly light. (I will probably keep the next layers under an inch total in most places.)

Update 1/30/17: The primer has continued to hold, and exceeds my expectations in performance. It’s remained on the wall everywhere, and hasn’t cracked at all. Will wait until spring before applying finish plaster, will report on how well that goes.

Cat Liberation and the Persuit of the Ideal

Cobbing on Kyle's new wallIn the midst of a late heat dome slowly approaching northeast Missouri, it is with great honor that one of the critters’ latest work exchangers, (That’s me, Clare!) is here with a small update on the many affairs and goings-on in this small corner of Dancing Rabbit. This summer so far has presented a steady flux of community members passing through daily affairs. It seems in this constant state, that things may change at a pace faster than what a small, out-of-the-way community is expected to encounter but folk’s adaptability to such situations never falters.  Continue reading

Critter Radio: Katherine Talks Retreat

We step into K Sparrow's bus for analysis on Dancing Rabbit's annual "Retreat"-- membership numbers, committee reports, and song!

We step into K Sparrow’s bus for analysis on Dancing Rabbit’s annual “Retreat”– membership numbers, committee reports, and song!

Introducing K* Sparrow! Fellow critter Katherine opens up her bus-house “Aubergine” as a make shift studio for this episode of Critter Radio. After the obligatory hoo-hawing over the locale, we move on to cover our featured topic– Retreat at Dancing Rabbit.

Retreat is an annual grouping of increasingly informal meetings where we converge to discuss where we stand on some of the hot topics circulating the village. Katherine and Winey (Whiney?) Piney Ben each summarize their committee’s reports (Eco-Progress and the Oversight Team, respectively), musically and otherwise. Katherine goes on to fill us in on the Dancing Rabbit membership numbers for 2015. We wrap up the show with Validation Day (our take on Valentine’s day). We take it beyond chocolate and sex for a more community oriented and affirming holiday.

We’re also psyched to say that we’re now officially listed in the iTunes podcast database! Search for Critter Radio, and subscribe with your favorite podcast app or player. Cool beans!