Sleeping in a Yurt: the Next Stop on Our Yurt Journey

We have been inside a yurt, we have researched and fallen in love with the idea of living in a yurt, we have talked to yurt dwellers and read their stories, and we have started our own yurt journey, but there is one more thing we thought would be important before truly moving forward in our decision: we have to sleep in a yurt.

I started looking at different options on Airbnb at local yurts to rent for the weekend. Since we live in Connecticut, I looked at all the surrounding areas, like Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. Then I found one in Connecticut about 45 minutes from where we live, and jumped at it. While staying in the Vermont mountains in a yurt sounds like a great weekend retreat, we thought that for our first yurt stay, we might want to try one as local as possible. While this yurt will have a similar climate to our own, we will also be able to pick the owner’s brain about the entire yurt building process in Connecticut. 

We’ll enter this yurt with open hearts and open minds. We want to look at how it’s built, arranged, heated, etc. We’ll be making mental notes of what we like and what we don’t like, gaining ideas for our own future yurt.

This weekend’s yurt is nestled in the fullsizerender-1woods on the owner’s property, not far from their stick built house. Their yurt is equipped with a/c, heat, a wood stove, WiFi, kitchen with a refrigerator, running water, and an induction stove. There is a composting toilet in the yurt (which is an option for us if we don’t have indoor plumbing for a period of time), and a full bathroom with a shower in the main house, a short walk away. There is a private fire pit outside for our use and a four-season hot tub. 

We’ll be staying there this Saturday night, which is perfect timing. We have read about how well yurts hold up in the snow, and have heard how well they stay warm from yurt dwellers, but as always, there’s that small voice inside of us that wonders if it’s really as true as they say. We’d like to find out firsthand. Hopefully it will be very cold and snowy this weekend to give us the full experience!

We’ll also keep in mind that our own yurt will be different than what we’ll stay in. Ours will be for our permanent living space, so we will do all that is necessary to make it as comfortable in cold, snowy weather as possible. We are probably going to order our yurt from Shelter Designs. This small company was created by a group of people who have been living in yurts for years, and through trial and error have developed some great add-ons specifically for permanent yurt dwellers with potentially rough winters.

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Our beloved bus at a music festival last year. We left out chalk so passersby could get creative!

We are really looking forward to seeing what it’s like to sleep inside a yurt. A few years ago, Chris bought an old shuttle bus on a whim because it was the right time and the right price. It had been used as a makeshift RV from the previous owners and was virtually cleared out, except for a few seats in the front. We scrubbed it down, added a few chairs, a folding table, and a futon and we had a new portable living room. Ever since, we have used it on many camping trips.

 

The best part about our bus is how it feels to sleep inside it. It’s a large open space with lots of windows, which offers a beautiful view while protecting us from the elements. But when inside, sounds from nature are clearly audible, almost lulling us to sleep.

We have heard that sleeping in a yurt has a similar effect. The walls and structure offer a substantial shelter from the harsh environment, but still offer a connection to the surrounding nature. We imagine that it will be somewhat like sleeping in our bus, only ten times better. We will have the comforts of living in our own home, while still enjoying a connection to the outdoors. Staying in the yurt this weekend won’t be quite like sleeping in our own bed with our kitty curled at our feet, but it will be a great way to really see what it feels like to sleep with such a connection and separation from nature.

While we are both so excited for our weekend away in a yurt, a small part of us is slightly terrified. From all we have learned so far, we love yurts. We simply cannot wait until we have one of our own. But that small part of us still wonders if we will love it as much as we think we will. I can’t help but wonder whether we will leave this weekend even more excited, or ready to move on to new things.

Since deciding to build a yurt is quite unorthodox, it’s a big risk. A risk that will give us so much in return if it goes according to plan. Yet there is no surprise that we have some questions and concerns, if only in the back of our minds. We look forward to getting a few of them answered so we can fully move forward, whether it will be moving forward with our yurt journey, or choosing another path.

For now, we are going to enjoy a December weekend in a yurt with a delicious Connecticut pizza and some tasty craft brews, savoring one moment at time. Whatever happens, I know it will be a great weekend!

 

Photo credit: mypubliclands via VisualHunt / CC BY

5 thoughts on “Sleeping in a Yurt: the Next Stop on Our Yurt Journey

  1. Wow! I didn’t realize you were in Connecticut (I am, too). Are you building a yurt on a property in Connecticut? I live in the Northeast corner and they’re so restrictive about everything that I was pretty surprised when you said CT. How on earth did you get local zoning and planning to allow it? Or is this something that slips under the proverbial wire because it is, technically, portable? Sorry to bombard you with questions but I can’t help but be curious; my Mom & I keep looking at yurts and tiny houses, and various other alternative living accommodations. Anyway, thank you for sharing…love your blog! =)

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    1. Well honestly we are still going to have to jump some hurdles. We are looking for land in Northwest CT and one town in particular doesn’t even have a zoning department so we are hoping the building inspection may not be as tough. The main problem we will face will be in with passing certain building codes but we are prepared to do everything we have to to make it work! Luckily we have many people on our side who may be able to offer some help! But we shall see how it all plays out!

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      1. Again, wow! I’m wondering though if, because it is a yurt and might not be considered a “permanent” structure, you may not have to deal with building regulations. Though we both know it is a little more labor-intensive to put a yurt up than a tent, it does have that mobility factor. You would have to build the platform but, because what’s going on the platform isn’t solid brick, stone or wood, it may not fall under the building code regulations at all…except for the fact that you plan to actually live in it. They don’t make it easy but I know you and Chris will be successful; I just read your most recent post. Having slept in it, and feeling the boost of energy and enthusiasm for this lifestyle, you will manifest it for yourselves. Best of luck to you in the new year as you journey to your dream of yurt living! And thanks, again, for your blog. I enjoy reading it, feeling inspired, and look forward to continuing this journey with you. =)

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      2. If we plan to not have a septic or a well we won’t have much to worry about, but if we decide to do those things, than we will have to deal with building inspectors. I think the fact that it isn’t a permanent structure may help us in some areas and hurt us in others. Like you said, I’m hoping that all our positive energy and drive for making this happen will help us manifest our dreams! And thank you so much for your kind words! It brings me so much joy to know that someone enjoys reading it and feels inspiration. Happy New Year!

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