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Finding zen with goats and the great outdoors

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    Nigerian Dwarf goats at A Tiny House Resort in South Cairo go on walks twice a day with visitors. This summer the goats will participate in goat yoga classes.
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    The interior view of The Vista, one of the nine units at A Tiny House resort in South Cairo.
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    The Flat, one the nine units at A Tiny House Resort in South Cairo.
April 23, 2019 09:06 am Updated: April 23, 2019 09:07 am

CAIRO — A local resort will be offering a new twist on yoga this summer that enlists the help of some furry friends.

A Tiny House Resort, located on Route 23B in South Cairo, has nine vacation rental units, scaled down to between 100 and 400 square feet in size. The grounds are also home to seven in a miniature species of goat, Nigerian dwarfs, which will be star attractions in the resort’s new yoga classes this summer.

Goat yoga, which is yoga practiced in the presence of — and sometimes in physical contact with — live goats, is the latest exercise fad to be born in California and make its way across the country, according to the New York Times News Service.

“They are absolutely going to love it,” Operations Manager Marjorie Juszczak said, alluding to the goats. “They really love people.”

Juszczak has five whethers, or neutered males, and two does, but she plans to breed the females next year.

“We go for goat walks twice a day,” Juszczak said. “The goats are better trained than the dogs.”

Goat yoga is just one of the new offerings coming to the resort this summer.

“We have turned the Airstream into an art studio,” Juszczak said. “Kids and adults will be able to make souvenir cards, stamping, punching.”

The resort added a wellness tent where patrons can get massages and spa treatments. “We have a beautiful soaking tub that overlooks the Catskill creek,” Juszczak said.

Visitors will also have access to a heated in-ground pool for the first time this summer.

The resort has come a long way from its opening in 2017 with four units.

“It all started because I was traveling in an RV across the country,” Juszczak said.

Juszczak’s father, Robert Malkin, who owns the property, had rental properties in Palenville and New York City at the time, Juszczak said.

“He sold the property in the city and took the plunge,” she said.

Malkin reinvested the money in the Cairo property and it is now a three-generation business, Juszczak said.

Juszczak runs the resort with her daughter Melissa.

“We’ve taken the best of RVing and put it into our tiny houses,” Juszczak said.

Each site comes equipped with grills, patio furniture, fire pits, kitchens, bathrooms and WiFi. All of the sites are dog-friendly. A store is located on-site for essential items.

Around the grounds, patrons can go kayaking on the creek, visit the nearby waterfall, take their dogs to the dog park and visit the resort’s critters including chickens, ducks and, of course, the goats.

Patrons commonly visit from the New York City, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont, Juszczak said, adding that they have also had visitors from overseas.

“The tiny house brings them here but the experience being in the country leaves them wowed,” she said.

The average stay is two nights, but increases to five nights in the summer, Juszczak said. The units are designed to house two to six guests

More growth is on the horizon, Juszczak said.

“We plan to add nine units in the fall of next year,” she said.

The family also has an adjacent 12.5-acre lot they are considering renting to visitors who own tiny houses, Juszczak said.