Downward dog with a goat on top: It’s yoga with a twist at Mayfield Garden

SOMETHING NEW: Mayfield Garden, with the assistance of Pranayayoga, will hold a yoga retreat that includes a session of goat yoga. Photo: SUPPLIED
SOMETHING NEW: Mayfield Garden, with the assistance of Pranayayoga, will hold a yoga retreat that includes a session of goat yoga. Photo: SUPPLIED

WHAT do yoga and goats have in common? Surprisingly, quite a lot.

The two are coming together for a special event being held at Mayfield Garden this weekend. 

The team behind Mayfield is aiming to make the 160-acre garden a leading NSW tourist destination by adding a variety of new and unique events to its annual calendar. 

These have included seasonal festivals, artistic entertainment, workshops and now a yoga retreat.

“[Mayfield Garden is] providing an immersive and intimate destination that holds inaugural and unique events, bringing people to the region with its incredible backdrop and talent - which is why we have created our Spring Yoga Retreat,” marketing and events manager Meg McKenna said.

The yoga retreat will be held from Friday through to Sunday in the garden and be led by Jan Green, the owner of Bathurst’s Pranayayoga Studio.

Participants will be able to connect with nature as they rest their minds, bodies and spirits with daily yoga and meditation sessions.

While accommodation is on offer at Mayfield Garden for the duration of retreat, locals are encouraged to sign up for the yoga-only package.

Included is morning and afternoon tea on Saturday and Sunday, an exclusive tour of the private garden, access to Mayfield Cafe’s garden-to-plate menu and numerous yoga sessions that include an Australian-first goat yoga session.

Goats are known to walk among the yoga participants during sessions and interact with people, sometimes climbing onto their backs.

Involving goats in yoga is said to be a form of animal therapy that is accessible and affordable, helping people to feel happy and relaxed just from being in the presence of these creatures. 

For more information about the retreat or to sign up, visit www.mayfieldgarden.com.au.

The yoga-only package costs $195 for the weekend, while the remaining accommodation package, allowing people to stay in the Mayfield Guesthouse, is priced at $345.