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The Yala Story

We are a family first, a business second and adventurers always. There are a few things we’ve learned over the years: that an open mind is just as good as a road map, that life is better with a generous spirit and that laughter is always in style. Yala’s path is still unfolding; we welcome you to join us.

To Yala is to wander this world with intention, a joyful step and an open heart.

We were explorers – two English teachers living and working in China and raising a young daughter.  We had a deep well of curiosity that kept us actively seeking to understand and to make friends in the world. So with open hearts and big smiles we journeyed to see and learn as much as we could.  We traveled in every type of vehicle and slept in challenging accommodations.  And that is when the idea came to us: a DreamSack for a clean, comfy, and nurturing night’s sleep.

To Yala is to delight in the right now and to embrace what’s next.

As people discovered our DreamSack and wanted one of their own, we realized we had the start of a company.  The DreamSack and its promise for comfortable travel and a good night’s sleep was just the beginning.  Soon we added more sumptuous silk and cozy BambooDreams as well as our soft organic cotton. We wanted a name to reflect the company we have become and a name to grow with us as we continue this journey.  We are now Yala.

How do you Yala?

Yala is an invitation to enjoy every moment of your life and to share beauty and comfort along the way.  Here’s to chasing dreams, wherever they may take you.

With love for the journey,
Nancy, Chelsea, Larry signatures


Exploring the vastness of China. Larry, Nancy, Chelsea and our student Li Yan. Yunnan Province 1988.
The adventure is what's around the next corner. Chelsea, Nancy, Larry Mt. Hood National Forest, Oregon 2010