The Tipi Experience Series

During a two year span I spent six months on and six months off living in a tipi as I was exploring how to merge with nature, sleep on the earth, and all this without leaving my job and society.

I started in the summer of 2012 and practiced Cold Thermogenesis in the South Toe River which is cold all year…located in Pisgah National Forest about one mile north of Asheville, North Carolina.

By the winter I was pretty well seasoned to give it a go, although I spent some months moving back into a house so I could repair and refine my tipi living equipment. It was partly a biohacking experiment, partly a midlife crisis, and partly just a childhood dream coming true. 

Following are some photos, a video, and links to the three part blog post series which was posted at

Tipi is the best Paleo Sleep Hack: NOTHING modern can come close to the benefits:

1) Shumann’s Frequency (Earthing)

2) Telluric Waves

2) Fresh Air

3) Cold

4) Moisture (negative hydrogen atoms found in mist)

5) Photovaltaic Effect from natural lighting

6) Natural light cycles (away from artificial light)

7) No VOC’s from the 8,000 offgassing chemicals found in modern homes

8) No nn EMF’s from electrical wiring

9) You can see the stars through the smoke hole

10) Healing power of the pyramid shaped structure

Tipi Experiment Part I: Minimalism to the Extreme

When I think of my proverbial ‘happy place’ it is out under the big blue sky either in a desert, wind swept prairie, or mountain top. It isn’t any one place. It is the world. It is all those incredible places of roaring wild nature that I have …

The Tipi Experience Part II: Wilderness as Home

There is nothing like waking up to the forest as my house, deep down close to the bossom of Mother Earth, in the quiet, still pounding of the soft heartbeat, where I can hear my own presence merging with that of the whole of nature. As I sat on …

Tipi Experience Part Three: Embracing the Cold

The sun was rising over the frosty hillside. I forgot where I was as my eyes opened. I was outside somewhere, perhaps camping? I was so warm inside my sleeping bag, it was hard to imagine within inches were subfreezing temperatures. Oh yes, it was …

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