Why We make Yurts
Since my first experience of visiting a yurt more than 25 years ago, I have been enchanted by these spaces. Entering for the first time was like coming home. The regularity and rhythm of the circle brought a serene feeling of completeness; the mirror of the cosmos, at once complex and simple - what the Kyrgistani refer to as the Eternal Homeland .
It was then, at the beginning of my interest into space, place and memoryscape that I started to find out about liminality - the use of space as a transformative vehicle for the mind-soul complex.
Sitting here all these years later, it doesn’t surprise me that I became a yurt maker. Even now, I still experience that catch-of-breath when we put a yurt frame up for the first time.
The yurt is simple, harmonious and calm as a focus for daily living, as if by design. The circle not only bringing one back to centre, but at the same time unconciously bringing a 360° awareness of the environment and ones place therein.
Recent years have brought a growing awareness of environmental issue, and there has been a steady movement towards looking for more sustainable, ‘low-impact’ ways of living with the earth.
"Being in touch with the natural world is crucial."
- David Attenborough
The symbolic connection which yurts present to the past and a simpler, less ‘cluttered’ way of living have seen a marked increase in these tents popularity.
Their circular form and its kinship to the ‘eternal circle’ and the rhythm of the natural world is not only becoming popular in the west, but is also offing those seeking a change of pace the perfect means to do so.
Whether for full time living, or for accommodation in the new ‘glamping’ movement, yurts are becoming central to lifestyle questioning. Indeed the yurt, along with tipis, is becoming the focus of an eco-centric view of the world, coupling a nostalgia for a romanticised past, with the physical demands of sustainable living.
"Whether the circle moves with you,
or you are moved by it, it is the same."
- Fiona Sass
"One has only to enter to be moved by the grandeur of these yurts, at once feeling a connection to the sacred, and also to the lineage of an older tribal vision and heritage."
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