Who we are

[as posted in September 2012]

I’m Melanie, wife to Josh, momma to Caden and Aria.

In October of 2010 we began a journey out of suburbia and into “imagined living” in rural Maine.  We were looking for more purpose, fewer corners, deeper relationships, more dirt…

This is our story about circling into “home” and a life that feels a bit more right and real, and seeing how that evolves as we go.  Resonant community, yurts, gardens, foraging, streams, moss…  It has been a bumpy (literally, these backwoods roads are not on the state maintenance radar), invigorating, gratifying, stressful, educating, inspiring adventure.  We now live in this little seaside town in Maine, tucked away in a tiny fabric yurt, with plans to build a permanent wooden tapered yurt.

This blog is a way to answer the “why” questions we often get (more on that here) – why did we make the move, why do we live in a yurt…  To share the learning (and unlearning).  To try to follow through on the “pictures, please!” requests.  And to give our family and my terrible long term memory something to look back on.

Circle in!

9 thoughts on “Who we are

  1. I am so fascinated by what you’ve done! My family and I are moving to Colorado soon and my husband told me about yurts. I had never heard of them so I did some research. I love the idea! I have been searching online about how it is living in one with a family but haven’t found much success until I just came across your site! We have a 9 year old and 4 year old and I am a little worried about how this would all work out. We are in the beginning stages of looking at this but it is exciting and scary at the same time because it will be such a life changing move! Thank you for the wonderful website!


    • Very glad it is helping! It was so hard for us to really get an idea of what this would be like, especially with children. Ours really thrive in this space. I imagine it can be quite different depending on personality and age. But it is adventure at any age! Good luck with your planning.

  2. Would you be interested in presenting about your experiences at PechaKucha Bangor at some point? We gather audiences about four times a year, and invite presenters to talk about the creative, amazing things happening around Maine. I think you would be a great fit, if you are interested.

  3. Hi Melanie,

    Love your blog! It’s the first information I have found on simple yurt living with a family. Do you have an e-mail address I can contact you at? I have some questions for you.


  4. I’m so happy to have found your blog…I have always wanted to live in a yurt in the country. I believe i’ve finally got me husband on board with the idea and we have just started looking at land to purchase. We were looking in Vermont or Upstate NY, but have settled on upstate NY, land seems to be cheaper and I don’t want to spend a fortune on the land and not have anything left for the yurt, plus is closer to our current home and would be easier to work the land. I’ve been looking online and not had much success with finding families living in yurts, I have two boys 10, 7 and believe this type of living will allow them to really appreciate the planet we live on, and how to take care of her. Looking forward to reading back post and future ones.

  5. Hi Melanie!
    I hope you and your family are well. I came across your blog and I thought I would get in touch.

    I work for an award winning TV production company in the UK called Raw. We make factual and documentary programmes and are currently making a brand new series for a major US broadcaster.
    We are looking to speak with families, groups and couples who have moved off-grid. We want to show the many facets to this way of living – learn why and how people go off-grid, their achievements, the challenges and problems they face and their goals for the future.

    I was hoping that I may have the opportunity to speak with you and discuss further. Please email me more information and a friendly no obligation chat.

    Many thanks!


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