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What better way to escape the hustle and bustle of the suburbs than to retreat to the holistic red rocks of Southern Utah and open a farm that celebrates community, natural wellness, and self-awareness? Inner peas Farm owners Camille And DJ Zolman yearned for a more rural lifestyle after the COVID-19 pandemic, causing them to flee the suburbs and seek healing on an acre of land in Hurricane, Utah. Now, Inner peas is a fully functioning farm with plans for an upcoming fall vegetable season, over six varieties of fruit trees, 30 chicks and chickens, and an outdoor goat yoga area with 11 adult goats and seven goat kids.

Class participants perform a yoga pose surrounded by goats at Inner Peas Farm. Photo courtesy of Hazel Sage.

When talking about why they initially decided to leave Northern Utah and purchase their land in Hurricane, Camille says, “We wanted something a little simpler, and it’s definitely not simpler, but it’s really nice to have something that connects you to the earth and other living things — (to) find respect for the food we eat and the land we live on.” As someone who has practiced yoga for 10 years and taught it for eight, Camille notes the peace and tranquility found in Hurricane’s red rocks and an abundance of healing energy because of their proximity Zion National ParkShe says: “There is a special energy in the landscape down here. It offers tranquility and the lack of crowds creates a nice environment for people to practice (yoga).”

“I tell people not to take it too seriously. It’s just a chance to get out there and move your body… at the end of it, everyone is just happy and smiling and connected.”

Inner peas first introduced three goats to their farm as a way to control their pasture and provide companionship. Since Camille has been involved in yoga for the past decade, it made sense that their next step would be to offer goat yoga in May 2023 as a way to provide funding to support the animals and let the community experience the joy of being with the goats. “Goat yoga is definitely a different feeling than a studio class,” she laughs. “I tell people not to take it too seriously. It’s just a chance to get outside and move your body. We’re out in the sunshine and listening to the birds chirping and the goats bleating — by the end of it, everyone is just happy and laughing and connected… It’s a chance to move and breathe.”

A class participant raises his hands during a goat yoga session. Photo courtesy of Hazel Sage.

A typical goat yoga class at Inner peas lasts about an hour, with the last 20 minutes reserved for goat cuddles and photos. Sessions are open to all experience levels and are usually filled with a group of strangers, though you can also book a private lesson, who come together to enjoy a new experience in nature. Mats (and goats) are provided, and the weekly class schedule is usually set about a month in advance. “All of our goats are Nigerian Dwarfs, so they’re a little bit smaller… They don’t normally do goat yoga after they’re a year old,” she says. For those unfamiliar with goats, Camille notes that they make the perfect yoga companions due to their tendency to jump around and snuggle up to participants, though you may experience the occasional nibble or playful headbutt.

“The more I learn about yoga, the more I realize it is so much more than just the physical poses.”

In addition to goat yoga, Camille also teaches at local studios around Hurricane, is currently completing an online yoga teacher training, and recently completed the annual Zion Yoga Party in June, featuring music, meditation, talks and a variety of yoga classes and offerings focused on community building. “The more I learn about yoga, the more I realize it’s so much more than the physical poses,” she says. “It’s about connection, love and acceptance for yourself and every living being, seeing other people as equals and recognizing that we are all one. Yoga is for every body and every person.”

Checking out innerpeasfarm.com And @innerpeasfarm on Instagram to stay up to date on the farm’s future offerings and to sign up for upcoming goat yoga classes.

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