Originally created as portable homes by nomadic tribes of central Asia, yurts have become a symbol of a simpler, more sustainable way of life in the 21st Century. Today, a yurt can be an elegant and green permanent home, or a portable summer shelter. They are environmentally friendly – with their wooden platforms easily moved without leaving a trace – and can withstand heavy snow loads, high winds and earthquakes. They are also economical to heat.
An article in Natural Life Magazine’s November/December 2009 issue describes the yurt’s unique design, and provides details you’ll need to consider before joining this movement to living in the round. It also includes some photos and resources.
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