Acrylic Canvas

Yes, to most tent people, the idea of acrylic canvas, sounds strange and unnatural, on these beautiful, traditional nomadic structures. But, the truth is, of course, that to make cotton and polycotton able to withstand the elements in a European climate, various chemical products need to be applied. Don’t worry, all have passed safety tests.

If you have lived in or worked with canvas, you are well aware of the black spot mould which appears and the inevitable deterioration of the fabric. We recommend, every year, to clean the canvas with a soft brush and mild detergent and then to reproof the canvas with a reproofing solution (we can supply a paint-on FWR (flame, water and rot-proofed) solution). Acrylic canvas, however, doesn’t rot.

8 years ago we made this yurt cover for Tithe Farm B&B in Lincolnshire, England. They chose to have acrylic canvas, rather than the usual cotton canvas we were working with at that time, for longevity.

After standing outside for 8 years in Britain (to quote Biff Vernon, the yurt owner): “The fabric is still completely waterproof. The only problem we had was that where the six ropes that hold the top star down rub on the canvas at the roof/wall angle little holes have been worn. We stuck patches on with fabric glue to reinforce these and wrapped the ropes in a fabric sleeve to reduce the pressure. That might be less of a problem with curved roof poles but ours are straight so there’s quite a sharp angle”. (This issue can be prevented by threading a small piece of clear plastic hosepipe onto the star ropes, to sit on this shoulder of the roof rafter).

(Guess which is new and which is 8 years later).


A more natural fabric like cotton or even polycotton would have well perished long ago in these conditions. The synthetic fabrics are woven and look very much the polycotton, only hang a bit more stiffly.

And here is the lovely little wedding pavilion at Cornish Tipi Holidays which we made 7 years ago, which we have heard, is still fine, only a bit ‘not perfect and wedding’.FullSizeRender-4


These fabrics were PU coated, but we are now working with a FWR (flame, water and rot-proofed), fabric in which the proofing is in the fibres themselves, so is permanent, and can’t be removed.

Acrylic canvas is expensive, and not for everyone, but weighing up all the odds and external conditions, may be worth the investment, especially for a more upmarket look.

The circles of the soul, a healing seminar 19th-24th July

The lure of mother earth  manifests itself with the need to be closer to nature. Getting in touch and communicating with the Earth allows one to become more sensitive, awakening the body’s capacity for deep listening, listening to the vibrations which resonating with our cells allow you to bring out the souls real message, bringing them to the level of consciousness, using them for our evolution, in other words finding our inner voices.

During the days stay at Heartland, where nature has restored its balance, we would get in tune with the rhythm of nature and to listen to the voice of our soul, reestablishing communication between the body, consciousness, mind and soul.

Heartland in Torricella Peligna is a space near the “sacred” mountain “The Majella”. The seminar will take place in the space of Heartland where the land has a high vibration, and where once stood the Temple of ARTEMIS, Athena.

Accommodation in yurts allows us to tune on the rhythm of mother Earth during the night when we are open and we are able to accept unconditionally all we need. This will allow us to purify us from pollution and regenerate.

The program of the event

arriving on July 19 from 09:00 to 11:00
12:00 Opening circle of seminars .

Healing the Heart
seminar Usui Reiki and Karuna Reiki .

The Runes of Magic
Preparation of Runes with clay.
Introduction in divination .
recommended book to buy
Rune -Tomo 1 Norak Odal and Fjord White

The Tree of Life – a human symbol of the soul
bioinformative technologies Arkady Petrov
besides illusion of duality , male and female .

We will conclude the event program with a sweat lodge to purify ourselves and bring us back to the everyday clear and ready.

The event will be run by Angela Schmel and Pina, it will be a bilingual event so a good way to learn some Italian, and a one in a lifetime chance to experience the healing of the mountains of Abruzzo

Group Work

Wow, long two weeks of events and having people in Central Italy, we started by building a masonry mass heater stove, a week of hard work with a master stove brick man called Martins Brikmans, between laying bricks in sand and call mortar we got to work on some inner realm, mainly dreams, it was interesting to see how people move in connection to our energy and place, also learning to work within our own group much more, the stove took place bit by bit layer by layer, it is constructed of an inner shell of fire bricks, covered by normal clay bricks, the heat is diverted to a masonry bench, it than crosses the wall, and passes to another masonry bench, and only than it goes up the chimney.


Masonry stove work

masonry stove

The bench at the other side of the wall

The high energy and work week meant there were moments it was hard to keep up with all that was happening, working with power off-grid, running the camp, building and keeping a level of energetic clarity through it all, we felt like we lost the space one night, than a quick turn around and we started our next event of yurt making, a small group this time and so it was easier to get going.

It took a few hiccups until we got the momentum going again, it was nice again to be making yurts and teaching to people that actually plan to live in one later on.

We had more time to practice holding the campsite for a group, and oiling the dynamics we have within ourselves, learning how our own group work tends to spill over into the event if we aren’t on top of it but seeing how its important to keep things in the open rather than create a false front.

drilling the yurt wheel

Drilling with the brace

Beduin bread

Making bedouin bread

Beduin bread

Beduin bread comes out of embers

burning the yurt wheel

Burning the yurt wheel


Pizza night




The warrior pastoral nomads of Abruzzo and yurts for free

I live in an open field in front of the sacred mountain.
In front of me the the valley of the plain is stretched open, an ancient tribal land of the Samnites. Living here in their ancestral land is a special experience, the Earth speaks of their beliefs, their memories Below the land there is ancient spa, it has been there for a thousand years, only to collapse down to the ground after the Second World War – a tunnel feeds a pool, and a stone pipe made out of square stones each a meter wide, with a massive hole in the middle, the pipe and the stone wall drop down some 8 meter to a larger pool, below which there are small rooms, I call it the spa of the Samnites. It’s a healing place, I know this land has been chosen over a thousand years ago for its healing.

I wonder how many of us get to touch that, the slow pace, the ancient, the mountain in front of me is filled with hermitages, with caves, were the Samnites used to offer to their mountain deities, there is an intensity here, everyday is different, the wind blows hard, the rain, the sun, the mountain disappears in cloud, I’m growing to love those rocks, those people, their strength, the warrior nomads, and their ever present mother the mountain.

There is an old custom that those people used to follow, they had a sacred animal, and it would lead them on their migrations, when it stopped in a place so did they, I can see them traveling those valleys behind a white bull, a deer, a special boar even, with their white Abruzzan shepherd dogs, it is said they used to shave all their bodily hair and do so in public in order to frighten the more “civilised” people of Italy.

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The white Abruzzean shepherd  leading the way.

I wonder if this is how they found this place, following their sacred animal, which led them to the sulphury waters coming out the mountain, I can imagine them walking their herds, with swords and baggage, shaved and dressed scantly walking down the dirt paths of the mountain, the view of the mountain opening before them all of a sudden, just as it does for us nowadays, and suddenly the whole southern face of the Majella, their sacred mother is in full view.

On A more practical note, we will be holding another event on the last day of may, it is called “yurts for free” – we have had been trying for a while to establish a system where one can make a yurt for free, using a contionus system of workshops.

The idea is simple we aim to teach you how to make a yurt, but not only we hope you will understand how to make a yurt workshop yourself, so basically one pays for going on the first workshop, than goes back home and organises a yurt workshop, which in turn pays for the materials to make his own yurt, so each yurt is thus “free”.

We will cover all the elements of yurt frame making, peeling coppiced poles, drilling the walls. steaming roof and wall poles, making the wheel, and how to put it all together, tying the walls, etc.

The event will take place in our land in central Italy, in the county of Abruzzo, by a small village called torricella peligna, from the dates of 31st of may to the 5th of june, with the first and last days are mainly for arrival and leaving.

follow this link to read more, or contact us directly if interested, the costs are 35 euros a day or 150 euros for the whole event, this is mainly because we like to keep the costs as low as possible while allowing us to feed whoever comes in style, we would be living outside in yurts, in one of the most beautiful places in Italy. this is a special opportunity for you to learn how to make your own yurt for free.


yurts for free

Yurts for free

The Fire of Dreaming



At the end of May from the 24th to 30th we will be hosting a special man, for  a workshop/event in which we will be building a masonry rocket mass heater.

His name is Martins Brikmans, a specialist masonry stove maker from Denmark, and he will be teaching us through building, one of his wonderful stoves, inside La Difesa, our old Italian house at Heartland.

You will go away with the knowledge and experience to build one of these in your own home. These stoves are an amazing way to heat a house with 90% efficiency. The usual method of heating which our Italian neighbours use is to cut a green oak tree from their land, and make a big fire, placing massive trunk pieces in the fire place as feeders, with a few small bits in the middle to keep it going. This does work, and does heat up the place nicely, but the amounts of mature oak trees that need to die each year for the fire is incredible. This is a much more efficient way to keep warm.

Alongside this outer focus, we will be intending to become more aware in our sleep with the aim to go into lucid dreaming. Although it may be easier for some than others to ‘break through’ and wake up in dreams, with enough effort and intent, anyone can access this space. So at night we can travel beyond, grounded by the Brik work by day!

This will be a week of work and laughter: we are looking for a group of 5-8 people who can work hard, are open to learning and dreaming, people that are comfortable with living in wild open nature off grid in yurts, washing in heat fired tubs, and eating the best organic vegetarian food cooked on the fire.

If you can come for the whole duration the cost will be 180 euros or 35 euros per day.

There will be a yurt making event directly following the stove making.

Contact us on with any questions and to book. This event will only be open for 5-8 people so speak early to secure your place.

Phone numbers
UK mobile: 0044 7895 019028
Italian mobile: 0039 338 8622686

For travel info contact Angelika on

Here is the Facebook link too.