Yurt + Dome = My life in a yome #Families#Homes & Tours#California#eco-conscious#geodesic domes#hippie#kids#tiny home#Western homes#yurt June 13 2012 | Guest post by Dori Mondon Dori and her daughter Paloma My 16-month-old daughter and I live on an herb farm (no, not that kind of herb farm, though we are in Northern California). I am a farm hand here, and in exchange for a certain amount of hours a week working the land, we get to live here and breathe the fresh air, learn about herbs, and watch everything bloom. My daughter spends most of her days naked and looking like the dusty feral hippie child that I guess she probably is. We live in a yome here. Yep, a yome — it's a cross between a yurt and a geodesic dome — so while it's "round" in a sense, it's actually got flat sides. It's canvas and wood framed with windows all around. While it's insulated and watertight (the yome's creators, Red Sky Shelters, also offer a custom insulation package) and we have a wood stove, winter was still a bit of a hard go, as were the monsoons. Some folks like the sound of rain hitting canvas. I do too (in a tent, anyway) but in this thing a sprinkle sounds like a torrential downpour – and we actually had a couple of weeks straight of true torrential downpours. Since spring kicked in, however, I have had all the windows open (this means I've got them unzipped, as canvas flaps can cover them during inclement weather). Like this, I am basically surrounded by triangular screens. My daughter LOVES the yome, showing her appreciation by being an easy sleeper — napping in it for two hours every afternoon, and sleeping through the night. She sleeps with me, and our bed is on the floor for this reason – when we wake up, we are surrounded by trees and sky and birdsong, the chilly morning breeze passing over us. It is sheer pleasure, the only downfall being that everything, and I mean everything, that I own is covered in a fine yellow coat of pollen. Related Post Yurts, slugs, and life in a temperate rainforest We've talked about Sacred Groves before -- it's Ariel's mama's land in Western Washington that used to be an intentional community. But it's worth revisiting,... Read more I'd always wanted to live in a yurt. I've done plenty of camping over the years but that right there was the turning point. While I do have dreams of someday building an earthen home, I've also come to realize that I really, absolutely cannot stand being blocked in by walls and stuffy air. Somehow or another I'll have to work a treehouse onto the top of it. I can't stand walls, and I can't stand staying in the same place for months on end, either. Home is where the heart is, says the ages-old cliché – I've got a huge one. I'm working on a composting toilet and an outdoor shower, but in the meantime, we've actually got modern amenities in a building a couple hundred yards away, which makes bathing my filthy farm kid a lot easier. Nothing glamorous, just your average kitchen and bathroom with a goofy shower curtain from Target. We share it with other farmhands, which at this point is just my daughter's father, who has his own yome on the property. Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Guest post written by Dori Mondon Dori and her toddling daughter currently live and work, as noted, on an herb farm (think echinacea and arnica, please) in northern California. To buy groceries, she writes a mostly-weekly "letter blog" called Sanguine Meander about growing things, "offbeat" parenting, and the happy wanderings of nomadic life. Find out more at letter.ly/sanguinemeander https://twitter.com/girlgr00vy PREVIOUS My U.S. military hospital birth didn't follow protocol NEXT Rainbow orange peel Jello shots Show/Hide comments [ 24 ] This is so cool! Thanks for sharing your beautiful home. Are you a WWOOFer? How long have you lived in your yome? Reply nope, not a wwoofer 🙂 i mean, i never have – but i guess that's kind of what i'm doing without actually doing it… we've been here since january and we'll be here until around november or so, probably. 🙂 Reply This is absolutely amazing. Thank you for sharing. Reply whats a wwoofer? Reply i was curious too, a very quick google shows that its an organization that helps those wishing to work as volunteer farm hands? Reply Mich, are you REALLY going to make me do this? http://lmgtfy.com/?q=WWOOF 😉 Reply That was AWESOME Ariel. Can you post a tutorial for how you make that happen? I'd love to send it to my kids, who seem to think I know everything (which is cute and flattering, but they are in their TWENTIES now, it's time for it to stop.) Reply No tutorial necessary. Just go to http://lmgtfy.com Reply cool as HELL!! I'm totally going to use this for annoying relatives, and said kiddies. Yes I made you do that!!! 😛 but I was on my phone and opening multiple windows gets tricky on my crappy android. AND it was a strange abbreviation that I've never heard of Reply WWOOF stands for Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms. It's basically a global network of farms who offer work exchanges: visitors contribute their labor in exchange for room, board, and hands-on farm experience. The farms, arrangements, etc. vary widely. I've visited three U.S. farms for short stays and had incredible experiences! Reply I like your chakra dangly! Your yome is lovely. Reply Thanks for sharing. I really enjoyed peeking into your home/life. You daughter is so lucky to experience the life you created. Enjoy. Reply That is really cool! If I had guts I would try it out too! Reply I like it! Awesome home! That is all! Reply I love everything in this post! An amazingly beautiful and happy home and life. =] Reply This is exactly what I want for my family!! I would love to hear how you got into a place like that 🙂 Reply krista – honestly? prayer (not a christian, just… intention i guess) and a firm faith that i deserve the things that i ask for. Reply I'm doing a similar experience, but only temporary. I'm currently doing a work exchange for Dancing Rabbit Eco-Village in Northeastern Missouri for three months. I don't have a bitchin' yome to live in while I'm here, I just have a massive tent. All of my food is provided for and they teach me cool shit like permaculture, natural and sustainable building, a lot of stuff about solar and wind power, and a whole bunch of other stuff about what it takes to live in a eco-conscious and sustainable way in exchange for 30 to 40 hours a week of work. It is very similar to WWOOF-ing except that the minimum stay has to be two months and instead of working for a single farmer, you are working with an entire community. Reply I love this, beautiful! I respect the way you are living and raising your family. I had to subscribe to your blog and look forward to reading about your journey! Reply I have had a six sided yome in my backyard for five years. It is my meditation space and I love it. I have only one triangle-shaped window… and one whole side is a screened opening too. In a month or two I am going to make it my bedroom and rent out my bedroom to a friend inside the house. It looks like you got the roof insulation kit–has it helped moderate the temperature for you? Reply Awesome! We live part of the year in our traditional Mongolian yurt with our two young daughters and it is the most beautiful place. Built with wood, sheep felt insulation and hand painted by a Mongolian family it is truly a sacred home. I hope to be able to live there year round in the future, but we have to work out some kinks as we live in the High Peaks of the Adirondacks that have very long, cold, wet winters. But my girls love the yurt too and we are planning some winter weekends in it so we can figure out how to do it. The summer and fall have been beautiful! I always dreamed of living in a yurt! I am glad you are getting your wish too! Reply Hi happen to see your Dome request on pintrist. I have lived in my dome for 30 magical years on the eastern end of long island. Please contact me if you have any questions . I will send photos as well. Bye, Barbara Reply Glad to hear your positive experience, I m considering moving into a yome (or a yurt). My main concerns are about adequate heating without using excessive amounts of wood or electricity. You said winter was a rough go; did you have any of the insulation packages offered by Red Sky? Thanks! Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Subscribe me to your mailing list No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.