All Things Maine
All Things Maine

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Better Living Through Yurt-Building

An extended interview with Bill Coperthwaite may be found at Heron Dance [hat tip: Sub Specie Aeternitatis].

Coperthwaite, a resident of Bucks Harbor in Machiasport, founded The Yurt Foundation in the 1970s to promote those traditional Mongolian dwellings, and to "collect folk wisdom from around the world and combine it with contributions from modern knowledge for the purpose of creating a lifestyle which will be simpler and in more intimate contact with the natural world while promoting intellectual and creative fulfillment." He has built or guided the construction of hundreds of the structures, a few of which may be viewed at Heron Dance.

Seekers of a Thoreau-like lifestyle may want to check out Coperthwaite's 2003 book A Handmade Life: In Search of Simplicity.
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