Goat Yoga RVA was founded in May of 2022 shortly after Eric Evans gifted four adorable baby goats to his fiancé Katie. The goats were immediately the stars of the farm. Their curiosity and joyful spirit was such a positive addition to the family farm, made up of already 40 Alpacas. After discussing the concept of bringing goat yoga to Pactamere farm, Eric and Katie worked up a business plan and started on renovations.
With only a few weeks of planning, marketing, renovating and hiring teachers and staff, along with adopting 12 more Nigerian Dwarf goats, Goat Yoga RVA was born!
Neither of us knew anything about goat yoga. We had heard all about the incredible health and wellness benefits that it provided, but we knew we had to try it. We wanted to share the joy the goats brought us with the community and surrounding area, as well as reach out to individuals, families and children who struggle with loss, trauma or mental illness and make a positive difference in their lives. And what better way, than incorporating yoga with goats?
“Eric and I have both felt the immense sadness of losing people we love, and yet having the goats in our lives somehow makes the healing process easier.
We fell in love with them the first day they came into our lives. They are pure unconditional love. Even on a bad day, we can‘t help but smile and be happy when we’re around them and we know you will too!”
Our vision at Pactamere Farm, is to enrich lives through positive connections & therapeutic healing to those struggling with loss, trauma and mental illness.
The simple act of petting animals releases automatic relaxation responses, lowers anxiety, and provides comfort.
Adding the fact that animal interaction can lower blood pressure and increase cardiovascular health is why we, at Pactamere Farm, want to share the incredible benefits animal assisted therapy has on us.
Our mission is to promote mental & emotional healing through human-animal interactions.