Have you ever wanted to take part in an outdoor yoga class in a quiet farm setting in a secluded area away from the hussle and bussle of the city? Have you ever thought about doing that but with baby goats milling around?
This Saturday at Blue Heron Bed and Breakfast/Retreat Center, attendees can. The Blue Heron has been holding yoga with baby goats for the past three years at their location on East Prong Road. Co-owner Connie Hubbard said the event will feature a full yoga session complete with 16 baby goats.
Each person is given a bag of goat food to feed the goats as they come around. Hubbard said the goats usually meander through guests and will come by to play while they go through their flow.
"Some people will sit down and play with the goats while others will do the whole yoga session and take photos with them after," Hubbard said. "We can also place the goats on them while they are doing downward dog and other positions."
The yoga session will be led by certified instructor Cindy Reed. Reed's yoga session can accommodate all levels of ability, from beginner to expert. Hubbard said Reed is one of the best instructors in the field, noting her ability to make one feel comfortable and at ease.
The only thing attendees need to bring with them is a yoga mat. Hubbard did recommend that those attending should wear something they don't mind getting a little dirty since the event is held outdoors on a pasture field.
Hubbard also noted that people should register before the event and arrive 10-15 minutes early the day of.
For Hubbard, the yoga event serves to not only help stretch and move the body, but it also has an ability to be healing as well.
"When people get to pet an animal, or get them to eat out of their hand, something about that just feeds the soul," Hubbard said. "There's just something very healing about getting connected to a creature and the Earth."
A portion of the events proceeds will go to Heifer International, an organization that provides a hand up, not a hand out, by teaching people how to use environmentally-friendly farming methods,
"We believe in Heifer International," Hubbard said. "We’ve been donating in some form to them for years. It helps people become more sustainable. They work to end hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth, providing life stock and environmentally sound ways."
Yoga with baby goats is slated for June 29, starting at 10 a.m. Should there be rain, the event will be rescheduled. To attend, the price is $25 per person. To find out more or to purchase tickets, visit their Facebook event page at www.facebook.com/events/2307573412852888. To learn more about the bed and breakfast aspect of Blue Heron, visit www.blueheronretreat.com.
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