Retreat in Ticino | 129

Well camouflaged and far away in the Ticino mountains, three yurts between stone houses and birch forest find their new home.

Town  TI
Customer Private
Date(s) July 2019
occasion Courses, seminars, retreat
Key data 2 isolated 4m yurts & 1 7m yurt

The tent story

After an hour's walk up the mountain steep with a child on our back we reach the hidden hamlet of our customer. The material was flown up the day before by helicopter, because this place can only be reached on foot.

We stayed further down on a parking lot in our bus. Early in the morning we set off on a journey with day provisions to build up the three yurts with the customer and his helpers that day. Luckily the yurts, except for a small scratches on the dome, survived the transport well and the material had arrived completely. An intense day was ahead! To put three yurts in one day would actually be ambitious enough, but to combine this with a toddler and a one-hour roundtrip, a small challenge we faced.

But we were able to start on time and made good progress and also thanks to the nice child care on site and the helpers. By noon, the lower 7m seminar yurt was under construction and one of the two 4m accommodation yurts. The hamlet supplies a small solar system on the roof of the electricity and the drinking water must be procured by a fountain higher up the mountain on foot. Far and wide is nothing, except forest and maybe a few wild boars. A place of peace and seclusion.

In the evening, a few little things on the one 4m yurt have not yet been completely finished, but the three yurts are standing and the steep descent was waiting for us. So we said goodbye and started back. We arrive tired and sweaty at the bottom of our bus and treat ourselves to a warm solar shower, which we put out in the morning. This was probably one of the most spectacular jobs this year!



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