Dating as far back as the 13th Century, yurt living has provided comfort and security to those who have recognized its value. While the yurt has been, and remains, the traditional residence for nomadic tribes of Central Asia, the value of a yurt was not widely recognized within the United States until the second half of the 20th Century. Yurts are currently used as homes, camping facilities, yoga houses, spa rooms and resort lodging. The benefits of a yurt include its accessibility, versatility and environmental friendliness.
When It Comes to Efficiency, Yurts Reign Supreme
A yurt is warm in the winter and cool in the summer, thanks to its wall structure, insulation and coverings. The round walls of a yurt provide less surface area for heat to escape and allow wind to move naturally around it, which wind-proofs the windows and prevents chilly leaks. The support system of a yurt is self-sufficient. The roof is held up by a compression ring and tension band, which needs no additional internal support. The self-supporting roof not only proves efficient, but also leaves the room completely open. This structure works beautifully amid the trees and cabins found at Bluegreen’s Shenandoah Crossing.
Yurts are Environmentally Friendly
As yurts are built upon a raised platform, these structures produce little impact upon the elements they stand on. The building beams and fabrics are environmentally friendly, and can be completely sustainable. The fabric used to insulate and shroud a yurt leaves only a small footprint, and can even prove beneficial for people with chemical sensitivities to the materials used in contemporary building supplies.
As well as being environmentally friendly, a yurt is environmentally compatible. The rounded façade of a yurt blends into its natural surroundings better than its rectangular contemporaries.
Yurts Give the User Flexibility
The structure of the yurt allows the building to withstand earthquakes, strong winds and heavy snowfall. Their strength and durability allow for their use in many areas of the world. The portability of a yurt is an attractive feature for those who want to experiment with mountain, forest or beach living without committing to a permanent structure.
The openness of the interior allows for its many uses as well. Yurt owners can partition areas designated for sleeping, eating and cooking, or, leave the entire building open. Yurts can be used for basically anything, basically anywhere. Whether you want a yoga studio on the cliffs facing the Pacific Ocean or a loft situated in a valley of the Rockies; a yurt can make that happen.
On top of the many tangible benefits of a yurt, the aesthetics and conditions of a yurt are often attributed to healing, as well as creative, communal and spiritual advancement. The warm, embracing and nourishing structure of a yurt is often used by resorts and retreat centers to facilitate meditation, spiritual practice, dancing and healing arts.
Overall, yurts just feel good.
Yurts at Shenandoah Crossing
Now that you know a little about what a yurt is and its benefits, here’s more specific information about the yurts that Bluegreen offers for our vacation stays. When staying at Shenandoah Crossing, you may choose to stay in a yurt on the campgrounds. Bluegreen’s yurts are located on platforms with electricity and running water. These come in two layouts: one-bedroom and two-bedroom models. Both have pull-out couches. These yurts are also equipped with televisions, full kitchens and central heat and air.
It’s a luxury experience while still getting the benefits of camping. The Bluegreen yurt experience is truly the best of both worlds.