Saturday, May 3, 2014

Milkweed Mercantile Tent and Breakfast: Camping at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage

For reservations, please call 660-883-5522

The Milkweed Mercantile is offering an exciting new option: Camping at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage!

Until now, camping has not been available for folks interested in a short visit* to Dancing Rabbit (unless they are part of an educational group program). Our village simply does not yet have the infrastructure to enable you to cook, wash dishes, shower, and poop without heavily impacting the lives and resources of those who already live here.

However, we’re delighted to have found a compromise between traditional camping and a full bed & breakfast stay. By camping in our campground and using the Milkweed Mercantile for meals showers and toilets you will pay almost 50% less than a stay in a room will cost. We’ll even include an organic chocolate for you to put on your own pillow.

True, you will not be able to cook your own meals. But there are several upsides of dining at the Mercantile:
  • The Mercantile offers vegan, vegetarian and omnivore options.
  • With ample notice, the Mercantile will also work with other food requirements (celiacs, etc.)
  • You will eat great meals produced from locally sourced  produce (and meat, if you eat it)
  • You’ll be directly supporting members Dancing Rabbit – the staff at the inn, farmers and gardeners
  • You’ll get to join members of Dancing Rabbit and other guests for meals, and will have the opportunity to make great connections and ask lots of questions.

These camping packages are only available 2nd and 4th weekends of each month. A free tour of Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage is offered on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays at 1:00 p.m.. See below for dates.

The Milkweed Mercantile Tent and Breakfast Plan
  • Rental for 1 person - $60 PER NIGHT ($120/weekend, includes 4 meals)
  • Rental for 2 persons (in the same tent, on the same tent platform) - $85 PER NIGHT ($170/weekend, includes 4 meals each for 2 people)
  • Cost for children when sleeping in the same tent as adults: 
    • baby to age 2... free
    • age 3-12... additional $10 per night
    • age 13-15... additional $15 per night
    • age 16 and up...additional $25 per night
NOTE: only one tent is allowed per tent platform. All tents MUST be on a platform.

  • Rental of tent platform in campground
  • Dinner on the evening of your arrival - 3-course organic, local dinner, served in the climate-controlled, straw-bale Mercantile dining room. Dine with other guests and members of Dancing Rabbit.
  • Breakfast on Saturday morning- Organic, local, made-to-order breakfast
  • Use of Mercantile toilet
  • Use of Mercantile shower
  • Tour of Dancing Rabbit at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday (2nd and 4th Saturdays ONLY)
The Fine Print:
  • You supply your own tent, sleeping gear and towels
  • Please be prepared for rain and wind.
  • Tent must fit on a tent platform (approximately 8' x 10')
  • ABSOLUTELY no cooking allowed in campground
  • Coolers are OK, but ice is not available at DR. (Ice may be purchased at Zimmerman’s store in Rutledge).
  • Guests may not use the Mercantile kitchen (the fridge is also not available for guest use).
  • No laundry facilities available
  • Two night maximum, listed dates only
*If you are interested in a visit of 1-3 week visits, please read about Dancing Rabbit’s Visitor Program here.

For reservations or questions, please call 660-883-5522 or email

Cancellation: One half of total due at time of reservation; balance due upon check-in. Full refund (less $20 accounting fee) returned with a full 7 days notice. Less than 7 days notice for a cancellation will result in loss of deposit.

Some of the tent platforms in the Campground at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. Photos were taken May 1st - the leaves were just beginning to come out. Typically in the summer it is fairly shady in the campground.

 One of the tent platforms. Sizes are approximately 8' x 10'.

 Path from the campground to the Mercantile (past the Old Pond).

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