Wipi? Our Rocking Yurt Bed

Here at Laurel Nest Yurts, we are always trying to think of ways to be more sustainable. There are many ways to do this, but one simple and obvious way is to reduce waste.  We generate a good bit of waste material from both sewing our covers and making the yurt frame.  Finding something to do with this material is a challenge and we do everything we can to keep this material from the dump. 

Some uses of our scrap:

We sell our canvas to artists in the area.  A local friend of ours makes drum bags with the canvas scraps.  We use the scraps for tying and wrapping our pre-cut fabric.  Our wood scraps that are small are used in our wood stoves.  Other scrap fabric is turned into various pieces for building projects at home or sculptures.  However, our latest new product, the Wipi, was designed with our scrap wood from the roof rings in mind.  We are proud to say that most of the wood material is “recycled” and the Wipi is a beautiful new design!

So what is the Wipi? It’s a wee bed for a little child…. our daughter’s first bed was the trial run.

Our daughter's first bed…

After 3 years of a family bed, Hal is encouraging Emilia to have her own space.  She loves it for sleepover parties with her cousin, but only takes naps in it.

It’s pretty amazing though, hung from the ceiling and pivoted off one central spot, Emilia’s wipi is a small tipi bed.  I love cuddling with her and the fun of being in a round floating bed has many benefits, too.

The rocking motion is so nice with a small child, it’s  the same motion they feel in our womb.  It has positive effects on the limbic, circulatory, and other systems. It activates a deep, powerful relaxation response. Apparently the rocking increases blood and lymphatic circulation. In order carry toxins away from the cells, our body requires motion; the body’s drain system, the lymphatic system, has no pump. So the motion activates the drainage, and leaves you feeling so refreshed.

It’s so nice, and I notice that when I wake up from a nap with Emilia in her bed, I am so refreshed and completely limber, not at all stiff.

I was telling one of my girlfriends about the bed, and she quickly decided she wanted one! We’re making them for kids and adults, too… oh what fun it is to rock in a lovely wipi bed!!

We’ll be taking more pictures soon, to give you more information about the wipi.  In the meantime, if you’d like one for yourself, give us a call, (877) Eco-Yurt!


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