Rachel Mary

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My family and I are interested in off grid living, permaculture homesteading, and independence from the current crazy systems we're all in!
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Looks really amazing! I have a friend who recently got back from Costa Rica, he spent some time in Guatemala and Mexico as well. He has been on a mission to find some existing communities that seem sustainable enough to become invested in and possibly start bringing out other folks who are serious about stewarding the Earth and being part of a community (like my family and I for example). I'll show him your thread and stay up to date with it as well. Best of luck out there!
2 years ago
Way to go! Is it going to be a permanent structure? That stove looks like it couldn't have been light to move around.

Looks really cozy! Always good to get out there and produce something
2 years ago


We did it!

Thanks to the guys at CampingYurts.com my family and I are officially nomadic in our yurt.

Ours is a 20' yurt, with a fire/heat-proof roof hole that will allow for a woodburning stove or a RMH chimney. It's got two windows and two doors (usually a traditional yurt have one door, but for this size Richard with CampingYurts does one on each side and just two wall latices segments). The walls are canvas, which I wanted to go with over vinyl because they breath and let in light. We did get a roof vinyl tarp for the winter months, as well as a roof dome. We plan on making our own doors sooner or later, right now they're just canvas zippers, and I'll also be sewing mosquito net doors and edging that goes up about 1.5-2' around the bottom of the walls. That's because Richard advised us that when it's hot we can raise the walls at the bottom to allow a draft that will carry up through the round in the roof. This creates a really pleasant draft on those hot days, the only problem being bugs! I have noticed that bus are way more inclined to fly out the roof than they normally would be to find their way out a door or window in a traditional home though.

For everything we bought through CampingYurts the total came to about $6000. Because they're based out of Oregon and we could meet up with them it saved us the cost of shipping. The cool thing about these guys is they offer all the parts of the yurt separately or as a package, so if you just didn't want to mess around with making the round itself, or you wanted the latices but you were down to do your own knotting, etc, they can work with any of that. The best part is that you have the support of Richard whenever you need it, which is really great for us especially since we'll be nomadic for a while and have to be setting it up and breaking it down quite a few times.

If we had done all the work ourselves and just payed for the raw materials it would have cost us about half of what we paid. The reasons we didn't for us largely had to do with time, we needed it faster than we could have acquired and assembled materials ourselves -- and the two big things that would have taken a lot of time/work/cost to figure out would have been the round and sewing the canvas. I've seen one couple on YouTube that did their own yurt all themselves and they managed to find an old sewing machine that could handle the thickness of the canvas -- the great piece of advice they gave was to always go with polyester core, cotton coated thread. They said this allowed for the strength of the polyester while the cotton would swell up with any moisture and as a result they hadn't had any leakage at their seams.


We're currently living in the yurt at places we find through Airbnb and camping sites while we search for a property we can afford and is suitable for farming where we can begin our own permaculture farm. Good luck to
anyone with similar aspirations! I highly suggest going with the yurt, they're cozy, functional, and beautiful!

It's happening Wish us luck!

2 years ago

Rhonda Stout wrote:
...The materials used were things I recycled and that has allowed me to spend little. Mine, I'm planning to be used as a place to camp and teach young kids to train dogs while learning lots of other good stuff and there is no doubt it will serve my purposes well. I built a ring, used cedar poles for roof poles, left over fencing stretched around cemented poles (so, I have left a foot print or two and am very glad to have spent the time enjoying the build). The yurt's diameter is 22', with one door and one working window, the skylight (ring) is 36.5" across and it's awesome. I love being there and every bit of "work" has been sheer entertainment. The tension band I weaved through the top line of the red brand fence and through a drilled hole in each of the roof poles. It has been through three huge storms and faired very very well.




Awesome detail and photos! Thanks! I think the fam and I are going to have our first yurt put together by a professional. We'll need it for living in probably before we'd have the time to build something reliable -- so update to our journey: talking to the pros about getting a full-time living structure put together for the next step in our adventure
2 years ago
Hi Tom!

Hope you're still around the thread & site I'm from the McMinnville area and still have family farming out that way. I'm up North of Portland love to hear an update about your plans and property!

~Rachel
2 years ago
Hey there! Thanks for this thread as a resource! Really looking forward to connecting with others here in the NW. My family and I are on the path to getting land by the end of the year, so in the meantime we've been mostly learning and preparing ourselves. I have started a blog site focused on social and environmental justice from a NW perspective. I haven't been able to devote a lot of time to it but my plan is to create a solutions focused news blog that comes back to the idea of applying permaculture principles to the social, political, and environmental problems that face the Cascadia region.

The site is Mercury Rising Blog, and my Youtube is MercuryRising -- I'll make sure to have more content up soon

Take care all and looking forward to connecting across our region!

~Rachel
2 years ago
Thanks for the topic, and for everyone's information!

My family and I are looking for land in the Pacific NW and plan on living in a yurt while we build our tiny home. I also do like the idea of the yurt being nomadic, that it could be something we move around the property, seasonally for example. We're getting all the details hammered out right now and looking for materials that are good for our climate. We're serious about embarking on an off-grid journey, so it would be great to keep up with some people who had advice.
2 years ago

Daniel Johnson wrote:I have gathered that most in the permaculture are not Christians, but we are. We love Jesus, but love and respect anyone. I hope to connect with anyone in the area who stumbles across this post! Sharing seeds, plants, knowledge, friendship, board games, good stories, and maybe even a beer.



Hello Daniel! I'll shoot you an email too, just trying to get acquainted with the forums, too. My family and I live in SW Washington, but we're hoping to be on our own property by this Summertime. We've got two boys and a third little one on the way and are also home schooling. It would be great to keep in touch, we're a Christian family too, which seems like it's own rare island in the Portland area! It would be awesome to swap advice on home schooling and homesteading sometime, take care!

Rachel
2 years ago