In the spirit of this NY warm weather and our summer adventures ahead, we chatted with the owners of Treebones. Like the rest of Big Sur, this mountaintop getaway along Highway 1 has a breathtaking view of the ocean, but unlike any other, it’s got a collection of yurts AND a human-sized nest to nestle into for the night. Read on for nesting tips…
The best part about living in a nest? It is an adventure. A pure, elemental experience..Most unique ‘lodging’ experience possible! Conversation starter back home.
It is risky, it requires courage. It replicates an animal’s nesting habits.
What are some supplies to bring when staying in a nest? Come with a tent in case weather turns inclement . Sleeping bags rated for ‘high warmth”. Flash lights, camera. (you won’t want to miss the photo ops!!)
How long did it take to build?About two months. Gathering branches and shaping..pre construction done off site.
What you need to build a nest? It was created as an artistic expression using still pliable eucalyptus braches and a screw gun. Don’t; try it! It’s an art form and should n;t be copied. Instead, if you want your own Nest contact Jason Fann at Big Sur Spirit Garden. We commissioned him to build ours.
What was your inspiration?We saw another one that Jason Fann had constructed in north Big Sur. We like the theme of ‘perching lightly’ which we also carry out at our resort with the yurt structures which are also unimposing on the land.
Do you ever find birds in it?Yes! The perch around the perimeter and stare in at you! …wondering…who are these strange human-birds in their home?
Give us some random tidbits of information on yurts?Yurst in Mongolia are one of the oldest, most ancient types of buildings that are STILL being used today. Date back to before Christ. Living in the round without any corners. Almost all of native peoples lived in round structures like wigwams, teepees, wicky ups and igloos..they are the strongest structurally against nature’s fierce elements of wind and rain…
Interview with owners Corinne & John Handy. Recommended attire: R44.