Goat Yoga with Rescued Animals
Enjoy the phenomenon of goat yoga with the rescued animal residents of Charlie's Acres Farm Animal Sanctuary. Yoga instructor, Milan will instruct you on poses and posture with the occasional goat distraction. This yoga class is intended to be fun and for all skill levels so no need to take it too seriously. Every class will be different and dependent on how our friendly goats (or sheep) decide to participate.
We'll provide yoga mats and will position all participants 6+ feet apart. Please bring comfortable clothes and a water bottle. Ages 14+.
Yoga class begins at 10:00 AM PST. Please arrive 15 minutes early to check-in, set up, and get acquainted with our rescued animal residents. Plan to stick around about 30 min after class for a meet and greet with more rescued animal residents.
In the event of inclement weather, Goat Yoga will be rescheduled.
About the Instructor
Elizabeth Fenn has 30 years of experience as a fitness instructor, 15 years as a yoga practitioner, and 3 years of experience teaching yoga. One of Elizabeth's other passions is dance, which inspires her yoga flows. Elizabeth recently moved to Sonoma and a highlight of her move here has been volunteering at Charlie's Acres! Because Elizabeth regularly helps care for our rescued goat residents, she has close relationships with each of these goats in the yoga practice.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are children welcome?
Young people 14 and up are welcome to join goat yoga with a responsible adult.
What should I expect?
We'll be practicing yoga outside so be prepared to potentially get dirty, and be exposed to the natural weather elements (rain, heat, wind). Also expect to meet some amazing farm animals and hear their incredible stories. We'll discuss safe animal handling before the class begins. All of the animals we'll be interacting with are friendly ambassadors who are used to visitors, but it will still be important to follow rules set out by staff.
What should I wear?
Please wear clothes you are comfortable doing yoga in. Shoes/socks are optional.
What should I bring?
Please bring a water bottle. Please do NOT bring any food or really yummy smelling items on your body or in your purse during the tour as our animals love to eat! Feel free to bring your camera and take pictures. You can tag us on Facebook /charliesacresfarmanimalsanctuary and Instagram @charliesacres.
What should I leave behind?
Please leave your companion animals (dogs, cats, etc.) at home. We do not have a space for them to be left safely during the tour and temperatures heat up tremendously in cars in Sonoma.
What are some safety rules?
We ask that you let animals approach you first. If they do not want to be touched don’t chase them.
What exactly is a sanctuary?
As a non-profit farm animal sanctuary, our priority is the physical and emotional well being of the rescued animals who call Charlie's Acres home. Our animal residents always have a choice as to whether or not they want to interact with visitors and will reside at the sanctuary for the rest of their lives. In contrast, the goal of a petting zoo is profit and entertaining, meaning that animals may be forced to be handled regardless of what they want and are often discarded when they are no longer profitable. Our ambassador animals are happy to meet visitors in order to share their stories and teach people about the plight of animals like them.
Where do my donations go?
Your donations go to our life-saving work at Charlie’s Acres. We take care of our rescued animals for the entirety of their lives, ensuring they have proper veterinary care, housing, medicine, and food. Charlie’s Acres is a 501(c)(3) registered nonprofit so all donations are tax deductible.
We have a lot of hay and alfalfa on site so if you suspect this may trigger your allergies please plan accordingly.