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We want to quilt a yurt that will provide a cozy indoor space for our forest preschool

**** Every backer will be invited to an exclusive Yurt Grand Opening party! We can't wait to share this unique learning space with you ****

The Plan:

To quilt a yurt to use as a classroom for our forest preschool program.  We will construct a 15ft yurt in the forest and then, with the children, watch the four seasons unfold around us.  With each season we will make one quilted wall panel - so that, in the end, we will have a beautiful external wall depicting the four seasons in our forest (with spaces in between for the windows and door).

The end design will be inspired by observational drawings by the children, discussions about the forest around us and my own quirky and playful design aesthetic!  The children will be involved throughout the design process, watching and giving input as the design evolves.

The School:

It started out as a forest playgroup meeting in the beautiful parks of Charlottesville, VA.  With the purchase of three beautiful, forested acres just outside of town we now have a more permanent place to meet. We are now a forest preschool where we play, explore, build, grow, roam, dig, climb and run. We have a creek to wade, an organic garden to water, plants and animals to study and big rocks to climb. But sometimes we also want to slow down and come together as a group to read, chat, create or rest.  We want to build a purposeful space for the group and allow the children to develop a sense of ownership of this space.

"If you don't know where you are then you don't know who you are" Wendell Berry

School is now enrolling for Fall 2013!

Keeping It Local:

We are committed to supporting local artisans wherever possible. 

We will be working with Hal & Asia from Laurel Nest Yurts in North Carolina.  They have been so helpful in advising and planning this project and we are super excited to have one of their beautiful yurts to embellish!

We will work with local carpenters to build a beautiful wooden deck/platform that will double as the yurt floor.

Sustainable Design:

The yurt is in itself a building with very minimal environmental impact.  It is primarily made of wood and canvas.  The exterior quilted wall will be sewn of yet more canvas! We will be building the yurt on a simple wooden deck in the forest.  It will have no plumbing or electricity  - we are a forest program after all!

Where the money will go:

Why so much for a bit of wood and canvas I hear you ask?  It is a LOT of heavy canvas and wood!  All funds raised will go directly to providing the following parts;

* Lots of canvas for the four quilted wall panels!

* The use of an industrial sewing machine to work through all that canvas

* Wooden platform on which the yurt will sit - this also doubles as the floor

* 15ft Wooden yurt frame - basically a lattice of wood and ceiling beams, which gives the yurt its unique strength and shape

* Insulation layer (a layer of double bubble reflective foil) to help naturally regulate the temperature - no air conditioning here!

* Canvas outer walls,vinyl windows and wooden door to let us bring the outside in!

------- We hope that you will consider supporting this creative venture.  The children are super excited at the prospect of building their very own school house this fall.  The nature studies have started and their dreams are there.  Let's make those dreams a reality!--------

Remember, we only get the funds if we meet our goal by the end of the campaign.  If we don't meet the goal then none of the funds get transferred......and no yurt :-(  

Our thanks

So many people have worked together to make this awesome project happen. Many thanks to;

Hal & Asia at Laurel Nest Yurts for patiently talking through the options and teaching us about how to bring our project to fruition

To Nathan Hanley of Sunnyside Projects for helping us work out the platform for the yurt

Estela and her sweet girls at Belmont House of Living Culture for letting us come and video her beautiful yurt classroom

Rich at Jaia Tipis for his beautiful yurt photos

And of course our thanks to you for expressing an interest in our project and reading the campaign through to the end :-)

* If you wish to support us anonymously Kickstarter makes this possible by allowing you to write any name you wish for your pledge.

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We should have a useable yurt within about a month of placing the order, thanks to Laurel Nest Yurts.
The quilted cover is expected to take quite a bit longer as it will be a collaborative project with the students. Working with children is exciting and inspirational but it can also bring unexpected hurdles! My idea of how the finished walls will look is probably very different from the design that will evolve with the children.
I don't foresee any major technical obstacles, however should anything arise we have many resources available to us to get support should we need it.

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    A heartfelt thank you from all of us at Ivy Forest School for helping to bring this from a dream into reality.

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    The children are super excited about your support. We will send you a unique forest coloring book inspired by the quilted yurt project. You will also receive a handwritten thank you note from the school community.

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    As a huge thank you for your support. We will send you a set of handmade crayons in the shape of little people AND the unique forest coloring book inspired by the quilted yurt project. You will also receive a handwritten thank you note from the school community.

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    Wohoo! For this stupendous donation you will receive a pack of 8 note cards - beautiful prints of the children's unique nature studies, and a handwritten thank you note from the school community.

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    Wow! For this generous donation you will receive a pack of 8 note cards - beautiful prints of the children's unique nature studies. We will also send you a set of handmade crayons in the shape of little people AND the unique forest coloring book inspired by the quilted yurt project. You will also receive a handwritten thank you note from the school community.

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    You rock!!! As a huge thank you for your donation we will send you a unique Creative Project Box! Your box will contain everything you will need for one fantastic nature inspired project e.g. felted river stones, plant dyed yarn, cork boats or felted soap. We would also like you to have the coloring book, crayons, and of course a handwritten thank you note. Why should we have all the fun :-)

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    My goodness you deserve a very big thank you! How about your very own unique quilted tote bag made from the yurt material! Your bag will also contain the coloring book, crayons and a handwritten thank you note from the school community.

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    We don't know what to say! Your donation is helping the children get so much closer to creating this cozy yurt. For this donation your child can spend five mornings at one of the Ivy Forest Summer Camps this summer - and maybe even help put up the yurt! And as a special thanks your child will also receive a unique lunch bag which will be filled with delicious, organic goodies each day! Local residents only please.

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    Gee Whiz, we don't know what to say. How about we offer our hospitality as a thank you. We would like to offer you one night of yurt camping! We will make sure you have a cozy forest camping adventure and will even bake you an organic, local breakfast! Local residents only please......and no school nights :-)

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    You are awesome! We are well on our way to reaching our target now. As a thank you you will receive one beautiful and unique quilted wall hanging, in the style of the yurt wall design!

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