Yoga in the great outdoors is always a special treat, especially when combined with the opportunity to enjoy an evening with new friends and connecting the dots between the farm the grocery store. The farmer volunteers of CommonGround Kansas hosted the group’s third Yoga on the Farm event on May 18 at Keriel Dairy outside Whitewater, KS, welcoming about 40 guests to the third-generation dairy for an evening of relaxation, fun and education.
After checking in and receiving their free yoga mats, attendees started with a tour of the dairy. There were plenty of opportunities to ask questions of the Wiebe family and interact with the cows up close, including bottle-feeding calves and testing out the equipment in the milking parlor.
After the tour, guests enjoyed a refreshing break for snacks, lemonade and wine before settling into their yoga mats for a relaxing practice led by Jessica Mounts, who teaches at Hot Asana Yoga Studio in Wichita. The warm late-spring sun had slipped behind the clouds, just in time to provide cooler temperatures for the practice, which included gentle poses for all ages and abilities.
Afterward, the group gathered in the dairy barn’s hayloft under twinkling lights for post-yoga wine, a casual pulled pork dinner, door prizes and conversation with farmers and other guests.
Ticket sales benefited Kansas Food Bank in Wichita. Guests also donated non-perishable foods to the organization, helping community members who don’t enjoy the same freedom of choice in their food and struggle to provide the most basic needs.
Special thanks to the Wiebe family, who operates Keriel Dairy, for hosting us on their farm.
Events like Yoga on the Farm bring farmers and consumers together to discuss farming and food and build relationships to help folks feel more confident in their food choices. Have a question? CommonGround farmer volunteers are here to help! Send us a message or visit findourcommonground.com to learn more.