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