Goat Yoga Frequently Asked Questions
Managing the Goats are a full-time job and keep us very busy. Since it is a peculiar activity, as you can imagine, we get many of the same questions. Unfortunately we do not have time to answer every email or phone call, but will do our best to get back with you as soon as possible. Here is a list of Goat Yoga Frequently Asked Questions. I hope you will find the answers you are looking for. Please read through all FAQ before contacting us.
Q. What is the Address for the Goat Yoga Classes?
A. Most of our goat yoga classes are held at Welcome Home Ranch in Gilbert Arizona 26601 S. Val Vista Dr, Gilbert, AZ 85298. This is the NE corner Val Vista/Hunt Hwy. Locations may vary so always check your ticket. All our classes fill, so we do not allow walk-ins without special permission. Parking for Goat Yoga is in the first parking lot after the entrance. Occasionally there are Rodeos and High-quality equestrian events going on that you are welcome to attend after goat yoga class.
Q. What is Welcome Home Ranch?
Welcome Home Ranch is a non-profit organization and home of the Welcome Home Life Skills Academy. This is a two year program for young men to improve their life skills, confidence, social skills, healthy living and freedom from previous addictions. The students develop mentally, physically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually until they are ready to live as responsible, contributing members of society – for life! The foundation also dually supports destitute and needy orphanages in Africa, mainly Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Sierra Leone. Their ultimate goal is to help each orphanage become self-sufficient and to provide each child with as much education and life-skills as possible. You can learn more about the program here: Welcome Home Ranch.
Q. Can we just come and pet the goats without yoga? I don't really do yoga.
A. Goat Yoga is a very casual fun environment. The yoga is as hard as you want it to be. You may find that you actually like doing yoga after coming to a class. You are welcome to just sit on your mat and meditate with the goats, but you still sign up for a class. Only about 20% of goat yoga participants do yoga on a regular basis.
Q. How long is class?
A. Each class is an hour long, but people usually stay after to take pictures and mingle with goats.
Q. Why don't you offer more classes?
A. We will open new classes as the others fill so there are always classes available. Goat Yoga is always closed on Sundays for the Sabbath.
Q. Is it handicapped accessible?
A. Yes! It is in an open field with plenty of room. We have had several people come in a wheel chair. Depending on the handicap, you may want to bring a friend to help.
Q. How many goats do you have?
We Guarantee a Goat Experience and have plenty of goats to go around! They are constantly having cute little babies... we've had up to 75 goats!
Q. Are children permitted in classes?
A. For the safety of the child, and our goats, we prefer them to be around 10 years old and comfortable around animals. Children still need a ticket regardless of age. They should be able to make it through a fun yoga class and not wander around. We have a lot of other animals so it can be tempting. Some of our goats are around 35 pounds and don't discriminate who they jump on. So please use your own discretion when bringing a child.
Q. How do I sign up for a class?
Class can be found under our "Classes" tab. Scroll down to the calendar and Click on the highlighted date you want and then the "Register Now" button. You will be directed to Eventbrite and pay by credit card for your class.
Q. Do we bring our own yoga mats or do you provide?
A. You are required to bring your own mat or towel, or you can be one with the earth. We have only a few Goat Yoga mats you can rent but they go quickly.
Do you have bathrooms?
A. Yes! We have a small bathroom in the barn, 2nd horse on your left.
Q. Do you give refunds?
A. Sorry there are no refunds unless class gets cancelled due to unforeseen rain or irrigation. Its sunny 325 days a year in Arizona, and even during monsoon season, it has never rained during a goat yoga class! In very special circumstances we might be able to move you to another class, but you must have permission to do so because our classes fill quite quickly.
Q. Do you offer private classes?
A. Goat Yoga is more fun with a lot of people. If you have a large group of 100 people for a private event we can open a special class for you. The base rate for a private goat yoga class is $1200. Text or email to schedule.
A. April and Sarah can travel to your location and do yoga with your goats. The goats will only travel if Ellen wants them on her show, in a RV, all the way to Los Angeles. (hint,hint Ellen)
Q. How do we find the pictures from our class?
A. We will put the link on our website under "Recent Class Photos." Please allow a couple days for our photographer to get them ready for us.
Q. Are spectators allowed at Goat Yoga just to watch and take pictures?
A. We understand that many people come to Goat Yoga and don't want to do yoga. You do not have to do yoga but you still need to pay for the class. We have a limited amount of people permitted on the property.
Q. Can we pick up the goats?
A. There is a very specific way to pick up a goat so we would prefer you not to. If you want to hold a baby goat, just ask!
Q. What kind of goats are they?
A. They are a Nigerian Pigmy Dwarf mix Yoga Goats. They are super smart and well trained to do Yoga.
A. No. Just see if you can find another class to come to. We have the maximum amount of people the goats can entertain when we make a class FULL. You will have more fun coming to a class that isn't full.
A. We want everyone to be able to enjoy goat yoga so we keep it inexpensive! We do not offer group discounts or refunds. If you have a large group we can set something up so you avoid registration fees but would have to contact us beforehand.
A. You may wear whatever you want to goat yoga. Some people wear workout clothes, costumes, swimwear, PJ's, jeans and flannels....Goats don't judge, Goats just love. Just remember you'll have goats jumping on your back and your in a grassy pasture.
Sarah is our Yoga Master/ Comedian and will teach and entertain yoga class with yoga sequences appropriate for all levels. April is the GoatWhisperer as seen on TV and makes sure everyone has a unique goat experience during their practice.
Q. Can I transfer my ticket? Can I check in without my ticket? Do I need to print out my ticket?
A. You can check into goat yoga with just the name that bought the ticket or the email. If you'd like to give it to someone else then forward them your ticket or give them the name you bought the ticket under! You do not need to print out your ticket.
A. We have in the past but now they are just yoga goats.
A. We do not hire people to buy goats. There have been instances of people acting as a "middle man" buying goats for AZ Goat Yoga. This is a scam and I would not sell my goats to them. We would personally contact you if we were to buy a goat from you. We sometimes take in rescue goats. For the yoga goats and yogis safety we have to make sure rescue goats are compatible with the other goats and people before adopting them. All of Aprils goats have been raised and trained from birth.
Q. What about the goat poo?
A. All of our classes are held in a grassy field so any poop becomes part of the Earth and you'll barely notice it! The goats like privacy and usually do their business in a secluded area. Goat poo doesn't stink and makes awesome manure for your gardens. We give it away for free so if you are interested bring a bag and shovel and take as much as you want.
A. Goats are provided at goat yoga! Please don't bring any other animals, goats are prey animals and we don't want them to be scared.