The main reason we requested this WWOOFing (Willing Workers On Organic Farms) opportunity was to gain experience and practical skills in yurt building, as this is a aspiration of ours in the future. Here is a little video of the construction.




As already stated we came at a critical and exciting part of the building stage. The conna (side walls), roof polls and canvas had already been built so it was just a case of finishing off the crown and assembling the pieces.

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Andy’s main role was to inlay a brass hinge into the crown which would enable it to open like a skylight. This was a great opportunity for him to use his outstanding woodworking skills. He was also used for his gogo gadget arms to hold pieces in place and his OCD nature to organise Keith’s shed and tools efficiently.

Here are the labour dogs in there pen.

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I had to draw on my girl guiding skills to tie many knots and loops to attach the pieces together. Assisting Maree with the sewing of the canvas was fascinating and I was taking constant mental notes for the future.

We were fortunate to do some house sitting at the back end of this woofing experience so slept in the yurt for a couple of nights.

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  1. Anne
    Jan 16, 2015

    Bild a Yourt in 90 seconds! Great idea )) nice house )
    I like traveling and I have the experience of staying in a yurt during my trip around Kyrgyzstan. Nomads in Kyrgyzstan live in yurts during the spring, summer and autumn. Have you ever been there?

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    • Look Mum No Car
      Jan 16, 2015

      Thanks Anne. We have not been there (yet), but only heard good things. Also interested in living in a ‘different’ type of dwelling in the future so was interesting to see how they were build. How did u find staying in a yurt and any advice u have for visiting Kyrgyzstan?

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  2. Anne
    Jan 19, 2015

    The first thing I remembered seeing your video was my last year’s trip to Kyrgyzstan. It was really beautiful country with amazing and hospitable people. During our trip, we stopped several times in different yurt camps and were involved into life of nomads – their culture, cuisine, way of life. My friends and I traveled within the 7 day tour (https://silkroadexplore.com/sightseeing-in-kyrgyzstan-a-7-day-tour/) all over the country from north to south and back again ))
    We really enjoyed mountainous lake Son Kul, Tash Rabat caravanserai, well known since the days of the ancient Silk Road. And of course, the Kyrgyz cuisine is worth mentioning.

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    • Patrick
      May 16, 2016

      Hey guys! It´s great to read all your stories. I plan to go for a cycling tour in Kyrgyzstan end of may, beginning of june and would love to experience and beeing part of yurt building. I was looking for wwoofing opportunities but couldn´t find anything. Can you suggest me a place or should I just cycle around and I will bump into? Would really appreciate, to hear from you! Patrick

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      • Andy
        May 21, 2016

        Hay Patrick. Thanks for the question and glad you enjoyed reading our blog. The way WWOOF works is that each country has its own community and website and you need to join the one in the country you wish to WWOOF in. In the case of Kazakhstan head on over to http://kazakhstanwwoof.narod.ru/ get signed up and you will be able to apply to the avaiable opportunities in that country.

        This is by far the best way to do it, but we have also done a bit of ad-hoc style WWOOF along the road, but I would say thats just a nice extra where as the site is the best way to get on a project you really want to do like yurt building.

        Best of luck and have a fab trip! We are both very jealous 😉

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