Today we have a guest post from Jennifer Rosendale, who uses a Rainier Yurt to house her massage practice, Avalon Yurt Sanctuary, and a meditation group. Her clients love the relaxing energy of the yurt, and Jennifer is truly enthusiastic about the space. Here’s her story.
The Magic of a Circle
I am often asked, “Why a yurt?”
I wasn’t quite sure how to answer that question when we began to pursue the idea of a yurt. Our intention was to create a space appropriate for healing through massage, yoga, and meditation, which called for something very Zen.
The answer today simply unfolds itself to me effortlessly: It’s just the magic of a circle.
A circle is sacred and complete in and of itself. The space inside the yurt is pure, and reflective of bringing oneself back to a state of completion. The practices that an individual pursues in their personal healing have as much to do with their state of being as it does with the space they hold around them.
A Rainier Yurt holds the potential for sacredness with its beautifully crafted wood lattice walls and peaked ceilings.
Whether my client is lying on their back gazing at the clouds through the dome, or in deep meditation listening to the sound of nature outside, I know that my massage clients are truly being nurtured by the space that holds them so closely to the earth.
In the yurt, we are not severed from nature by thick walls, electrical conduit, concrete, and sheetrock.
Building a yurt does not compromise the integrity of the land that it is placed upon. It’s simple, affordable, and has minimal maintenance in comparison to a house. The space flows with the natural beauty around it.
I’m not sure if there are any Dr. Who fans out there, but for those who are, our mediation group has begun to refer to the yurt as “The Yurdis,” after the Tardis on the show. The Tardis is a time machine that looks from the outside like a small phone booth, but inside is an incredibly huge ship. The Yurdis shares that same illusion, and has become the place where we transcend time and space.
Throughout our indigenous history, gatherings have always converged in a circle where everyone is equal and all ideas are shared. It seems to me that the circle is a worthy space for finding connection, completion, and wholeness.
Jennifer Rosendale, Licenced Massage Practicioner
Avalon Yurt Sanctuary