Why Live In A Yurt? - A Counter To The Prevailing Paradigm
The generation known as the Baby Boomers grew up in an era with secure employment, wage growth and the largest houses ever made.
In the 1970s there was a large tract of primarily rural land South of Penrith, on the outskirts of Sydney.
To maximise profits for developers it was carved up into tiny plots with postage size backyards and nothing but views of your neighbours’ fence.
The suburb was renamed Glenmore Park, which The Sydney Morning Herald described as "designed without consideration of public transport.”
Today it is a poster child for modern housing - a human rabbit warren where traffic crawls to a standstill every morning and afternoon without fail.
In order to pay back the median house price of $800 000, most residents endure long commutes, doing work they feel at best ambivalent about, in order to secure the necessary income.
Irvine Welsh captured this shift that impacted both Generation X & Y in the mid ’90s. Trainspotting, his novel and film of the same name, became famous for its classic ‘Choose Life’ monologue:
Choose life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose fixed-interest mortgage repayments. Choose a starter home.
20 years later, the generation known as the Millenials now grow up with the term “austerity measures” in the lexicon.
Trainspotting 2, the sequel, no longer made references to mortgage repayments because so few of this generation can afford to buy a house.
Instead, the Choose Life monologue continues:
Choose a zero hour contract, a two hour journey to work and choose the same for your kids, only worse.
For the small minority of young people who manage to purchase their own homes, one wonders what the long-term cost is in terms of health, quality of life and stress levels.
The social engineering principles being implemented today would have made Aldous Huxley weep. As one wag put it:
“How can I think outside the square when I live inside a box?”
Cookie Cutter Housing Estates have furthered the disconnection people have from nature and its rhythms.
One benefit of the ever-widening income disparity in modern society is that people are becoming more focused on exploring alternative options.
Through building our yurts for just $40 000, a lot more people are able to afford their own place.
In mid-2017, while Glenmore Park properties continued to sell for on average $800 000 or more, a piece of land sold in Katoomba for $160 000, just 50kms further afield. It had impressive views, was close to town, positioned in a quiet location and even a river running through it.
$200 000 to be surrounded by nature and tranquility or $800 000 to be cramped in a human hamster wheel? Doesn't seem like much of a choice... and yet.
When a person is not hamstrung by an excessive mortgage there are far more opportunities to pursue work that is satisfying and meaningful rather than merely income oriented.
People have more time to grow their own food, connect with a community, raise families and escape the concrete jungles to live more closely and connected to nature.
Abraham Lincoln was well and truly ahead of his time when he said:
The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land.
Salvatore Gencarelle grew up like any other American but found that when his family moved from a house to live in a Tipi his whole outlook changed. As he put it:
“Living in a circular room, close to the earth, alters a person in dramatic ways.”
The Sioux elder, Black Elk, spoke of this principle many years ago:
Everything the Power of the World does is done in a circle. The sky is round and I have heard that the earth is round like a ball and so are all the stars.
The wind, in its greatest power, whirls. Birds make their nests in circles, for theirs is the same religion as ours.
The sun comes forth and goes down again in a circle. The moon does the same and both are round.
Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing. The life of a man is a circle from childhood to childhood, and so it is in everything where power moves.
Our teepees were round like the nests of birds, and these were always set in a circle, the nation’s hoop, a nest of many nests, where the Great Spirit meant for us to hatch our children.
The Rakotzbrücke, located in Germany, was a specially built during the mid-19th century to create a circle when it is reflected in the waters beneath it.
Sea-Change, Tree-Change and now the Yurt-Change
Lucy AitkenRead was living in a London terrace when she and her family made the radical change of moving to an organic farm in New Zealand to live in a yurt.
Instead of battling the rat race and the challenges of full-time work and full-time parenting, they now earn their income through her freelance writing work, and by renting our their smaller yurt on Airbnb. Currently, they are planning to earn extra income from their farm when they get it up and running.
Having had time to decompress and adjust to a much healthier mode of living she remarked:
“The thing we loved about yurt living was the roundness of it. Something feels really peaceful and almost verging on sacred when you’re living in a round space.”
Take a look at her Youtube video which showcases her families life in a yurt.
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