Farm-based nonprofit to offer yoga, after-school kids’ programming

Online Staff Report

CALEDONIA, Ill. — Angelic Organics Learning Center will begin offering yoga classes for adults, together with after school farm programs for children, starting Wednesday, Sept. 5.

Angelic Organics Learning Center is the educational nonprofit partner to Angelic Organics, a vibrant community-supported farm in western Boone County. The Learning Center offers more than 70 programs per year for youth and adults at their farm location, as well as custom programs for school and community groups.

After-school youth programs will include an animals series in September and a cooking series in October. Children will work with farm staff to learn to care for the livestock, including chickens, dairy goats, cattle, a draft horse and pigs. October cooking projects will utilize the fall bounty from the farm to make dishes with apples, beets, winter squash and more.

The Learning Center has been offering farm-based programming for youth and adults since 1999, but this is the first time to include yoga in the roster.

People come to the farm to get healthy food and learn to ways to care for themselves and the earth,” said Program Director Deb Crockett. “They find the farm an inspiring and peaceful setting. It is a natural extension for us to offer yoga classes. We’ve timed it with parents in mind. Their kids already love the farm through day camps; they want to come back for more during the school year. We can now offer an option for parents to drop their kids off for a farm program, and attend a yoga class at the same time and location.”

The yoga classes will be a flowing, energetic style called Prana Flow, as taught by California teacher Shiva Rea. Class is adaptable for many different levels, so beginners are welcome.

Yoga classes will take place either in the farm’s outdoor gathering space, or in the newly refurbished barn, depending on weather conditions. Students should bring their own yoga mat.

To register for either yoga or children’s programming, visit or call (815) 389-8455.

Classes are also timed to coincide with the weekly pick-up of vegetables from partner farm Angelic Organics’ Community Supported Agriculture (or CSA) program. Every Wednesday, the farm’s shareholders can pick up their 3/4 bushel box of freshly-picked vegetables from the farm. For more about Angelic Organics’ CSA, visit or call (815) 389-2746.

Posted Aug. 29, 2012

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