About Us

An ever evolving community of guests, health and wellness practitioners, farmers, neighbors, and artisans working in harmony with goats and nature.

We believe in fostering community and appreciating the living environment.

Ed and Rick established Mariaville Goat Farm in 2011 with a motor home…2 young pygmy goats (Lily and Dahlia)…and a vision! Striving for a simpler, more self-sustainable way of life, we intentionally built a farm by leveraging natural resources in order to leave a smaller environmental footprint. Our first product was goat’s milk!

This evolved into the creation of our all-natural, hand-made goat milk soap! Collaboration with Jodi Fowler resulted in the creation of goat yoga at Mariaville Goat Farm and allowed us to begin sharing our space with our community – all are welcome here! Goatie Cuddles were created soon after to allow others an opportunity to experience joy while cuddling baby goats during more inclement weather. We added a 20’ yurt to our property in 2017, which we began listing on Air BnB in 2018. Since then, we have become an extremely popular vacation destination spot and even added a second venue – our tree house!

Recently, we’ve established a network of local artisans in order to support neighboring local businesses via our Community Farm Stand!

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Our Partners

Our wonderful partners, makes our world go round.

Rain & Rok Loftfield (Farm Associates)

Rain & Rok Loftfield

Farm Associates

Rok and Rain are neighbors of the Mariaville Goat Farm and are honored to be a part of it. They have 3 beautiful children, a doggy named Xena, and a lovely brood of chickens. The Loftfield family contributes to the care of the critters and strives to ensure a wonderful experience for all our guests at Mariaville Goat Farm!

Lauren Touhey

Yoga Instructor

Lauren Touhey has been with the farm since February 2018. She loves creating a comfortable and safe environment while encouraging participants to be in the moment. Lauren became a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance in 2016, after finishing her 200-hour yoga teacher training. She furthered her education in 2018 by completing an 85-hour teacher training to become a Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance. Lauren has also earned certifications in SilverSneakers Yoga, Curvy Yoga, and Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga.

She enjoys teaching all levels, all ages yoga classes at the farm with the goats. Whether checking goat yoga off your bucket list or partaking in a class for fun and goat snuggles, Lauren brings her sense of humor and lightheartedness to every class.

Jodi Fowler

Jodi Fowler

Yoga Instructor

Jodi Fowler began learning to teach yoga in 2012, to strengthen her knowledge base as a physical educator. She heard about goat yoga, had a brainstorming session with Ed and Rick, and taught her first class at the farm in 2017. Jodi is a 750-hour Baptiste Yoga Certified Educator, a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher and member of Yoga Alliance. created.

Joani Isabella

Joani Isabella

Yoga Instructor

Joani Isabella was initially drawn to yoga for fitness after being diagnosed with polymyalgia rheumatica. She quickly fell in love with the transformative peace of mind, clarity or thoughts, and overall feeling of wellbeing that the practice of yoga and meditation brought to her life. Joani’s mission is to challenge others to form a relationship with movement, inspire a deeper sense of confidence in their physical experiences, and spiritually provide students with a practice that they can embody in their daily lives on and off the mat. 

Her yoga training includes Baptiste Yoga level 1 and 2, 200 hour Baptiste teacher training, Baptiste Art of Assisting, 100 hour Baptiste Children’s Yoga teacher training, is a facilitator for the Baptiste 40 Days to Personal Revolution program, and a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher as a member of Yoga Alliance. Joani is a first grade teacher and also a Level II certified ski instructor through PSIA, teaching skiing for over 40 years.

Rick Hopkins

Rick Hopkins

Yoga Instructor

Newly minted Yoga Alliance certified instructor and lifelong yoga fan. With a deep appreciation for biomechanics, I bring a gentle scientific approach to yoga. Classes are shaped with consensual casual form and atmosphere. Hatha and Vinyasa based. Play and conversation encouraged. Spoken cues and adjustments. Always seeking an uplifting experience for all students at any level on the shared path of yoga.

Namaste

Kari Mesec

Horsemanship Instructor

Kari Mesec has had a love and passion for horses since early childhood. It was love at first sight when her parents bought her a pony when she was just three years old. Immersed in horsemanship through schooling, competitive riding and instructing, Kari has developed a passion for giving horses the best care nature intended. She loves teaching people natural horsemanship, becoming a better rider. She offers Horse Lessons in all disciplines. Horse training, a natural boarding facility and Horse Dentistry.

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to common questions.

Yes. In order to properly care for the critters, maintain the farm, and ensure the satisfaction of all our guests, reservations are required.

Gates open 10 minutes prior to the event.

Generally, yes, we welcome well behaved dogs (but not for yoga); please note that our goats may not relax around dogs.

Yes. Please email us at Mariavillegoatfarm@gmail.com with the details of your inquiry and and we will do our best to accommodate.