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Hosting a Public Goats + Yoga Event @ Your Business

How does Goats + Yoga work at your location?

Willow City Farm will come to your location, and set up our fencing (and tarps if indoors) to keep the goats secure during yoga.  Our fencing dimensions are flexible, so we can work with any shape that may be needed.  At maximum capacity, we can fit about 40 people per session in 1024 sq ft of fencing.  An average class size is 30 people.  Our preference is to be mostly on grass.

 

What does WCF bring?

  • Certified Yoga Instructor

  • Goats

  • Secure 4' fencing

  • Tarps (if indoors)

  • Cleaning Supplies

  • Drink Tickets

  • Wristbands

  • Merchandise

  • Themed costumes (if themed event)

  • Spare yoga mats

  • Waivers

  • 2-3 staff members

  • Customers!

  • If your establishment does not serve alcohol, we are able to bring some if requested

 

How long will we be at your location?

We prefer to set the sessions for 11am, 12pm, and 1pm.  The 12pm and 1pm session are only added if it is clear the earlier classes will reach at least 25 people. If your business has different hours, no problem.  We can work with you!  We arrive about 1.5 hours before the first session to set up, and tear down takes us about the same.

What does it cost?

Your venue does not pay Willow City Farm to come, and we don’t pay you to be there.  WCF will do the marketing, and we just ask that you help share the event on your social media platforms.  We will sell the tickets on our website. Tickets are usually $40/per person; however, this can vary if the event is working with a local charity or it is held as a fundraiser. The goal is to get 50 – 100 potential new customers to your venue that would not normally be there!  If you’re an alcoholic establishment like a bar, winery or brewery, WCF will pay for one drink for each customer.  It’s included in the price of their ticket.  The hope is that they stay and have a few more, or bring friends!

How does check-in work?

WCF will need a small registration area, preferably away from the Goats + Yoga area.  Once people arrive, we check them in and have them sign a waiver. Once we have ensured their waiver is signed, we give them a drink ticket and a wristband.  They can shop, get drinks, and wait in the registration area until all participants are there, or it is the start of the session time.  We will explain what they can expect and general rules and logistics.  The class will move to the goat yoga area and begin.    If there are more sessions, we will remain at the registration table to move in the next group. Unfortunately, we don’t allow spectators in most cases, so we do require everyone in the goat yoga area to have a wristband.

What happens in class?

The first and last 10 - 15 minutes of class are spent playing with the goats and getting JUST the right photo.  There's about 30-40 minutes of actual yoga instruction, but students are welcome to join in or just keep playing with the animals. 

When all sessions are done, we’ll secure the goats in the air-conditioned van, tear down the fencing and registration, and clean everything up!  We’ll pay our tab and take the goats back home.

 

Alcohol Sales*

*Only applies to businesses that sell alcohol.

WCF gives each participant a drink ticket.  When they order their drink, we ask that you keep the ticket and put the cost on a tab for WCF.  At the end of the event, WCF will pay the bar tab + tips.  We give each participant a drink ticket regardless of age, so they are welcome to order a non-alcoholic drink.  It is the responsibility of the bar to check appropriate IDs.  We ask that you have the bar ready at least 30 minutes before the first session.

Are the goats messy?

Everyone asks!  It turns out our goats are NOT potty trained.  They're real farm animals living on a real farm.  But don't worry.  Goat poop is just small pellets.  It does not smell, and it's actually good fertilizer for grass.  If the goats are to poop at yoga, the students just simply brush them away if necessary.  Should there be any larger mess, we clean it up!  We bring wet wipes, bleach water, cleaning spray, and hand sanitizer, too.

To be honest, the biggest cleanup we usually have is just a split drink or two, and nope... we have never had a goat actually poop ON anyone!

 

Are children allowed?

WCF does hold some child-friendly events.  If you would like to allow children at your event, just ask us!  And if you do not want anyone under the age of 18 or 21, no problem.  Just let us know that, too.

 

Liability

Willow City Farm is fully insured to hold Goat Yoga and petting zoos.  Each participant must sign a waiver.  The waiver will include your business’s legal name.  If you would like to be listed as an additional insured on our policy for the event, no problem.  Just ask us at the time of booking as it takes about 2 weeks to get the rider back from the underwriter.  If you would like a copy of the waiver, just let us know and we’ll get it to you.

Themes and sessions

All of our sessions vary by season.  We have goats year-round, but the puppies, baby goats and piglets have a short window for yoga.  Our Great Pyrenees and Great Dane puppies are usually born in the spring or fall, and we only have litters every other year, but of course, nature has a way of being unpredictable!  We only hold puppy yoga when the pups are between 6 weeks and 9 weeks old, so the puppy classes are limited.  We expect at least 2 puppy litters in 2023.

Baby goats are born in February or early March, so the earlier sessions in the year have mostly those adorable springy jumpy newborns and their mamas.    

Piglets tend to come year-round, but their gestation is about 4 months, and we have a limited timeframe where they are safe to leave their moms, and when they’re too big for yoga.  We can usually schedule these for the spring and mid-summer.

Since we need to book well in advance, we will schedule your session as goat or piglet yoga.  If you are scheduled for a goat yoga class and we happen to have pups or piglets, we’ll be sure to give you the option for them to come if you’d like! 

If you are really wanting a puppy yoga class, and we don't have any available at the farm, let us know!  We're happy to work with a local shelter to see if they would like to provide some pups as an adoption event.  We'll even help collect money and supplies for the shelter or rescue organization as well!

Sessions:

  • Baby Goats + Yoga

  • Goats + Yoga

  • Puppies + Pilates

  • Piglets + Pilates

  • Puppies & Piglets + Pilates

  • Barnyard Yoga (Any mix of goats, pigs, sheep, alpaca, rabbits, and occasionally a baby cow)

  • Alpacas + Yoga
     

Themes:

We are always open to themes!  When an event is themed, we’ll change up the marketing.  The goats will wear the costumes, and we encourage the adults to come in costume, too! The following themes are currently available.  If you have another idea that may go along with your business, or might be fun, let us know!  We can usually accommodate.

  • Unicorn

  • Red, White, Blue “America” theme

  • Ugly Christmas Sweater Party

  • Hawaiian Luau

  • Halloween Costumes

  • PJ Party

  • Flannel Fest
     

2023 Availability: (Current as of 12/01/2022)

  • *February 12, 18, 25

  • *March 5

  • April 1, 2, 16, 29

  • May 20

  • June 4, 24, 25

  • July 9, 15, 16, 22, 30

  • August 5, 6, 26, 27

  • September 2, 16, 17, 23

  • October 7, 22, 28, 29​

  • *November 4, 12, 18, 19

  • *December 3, 16
     

* Must have indoor availability


If you're looking to host an event during the week or on a Friday, just let us know!  Our available dates currently just list Saturdays and Sundays.

Think your business or venue would be interested in hosting?  Simply fill out the form below and we'll get back to you!

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