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  • Thank you Jay. You were a GREAT instructor! I hope to someday have the opportunity to work with you again in the future.
    Scott Hackney, Bright Spot Wind and Solar

  • I definitely walked away empowered technically, but the additional benefit of having a deeper context around the why of solar power, and its significance in our energy evolution. Your passion and commitment to the cause comes through in your delivery of the class, and your willingness to engage each of us, despite a variety of technical levels, really lowered the barrier to effective learning.
    Vince Weseli, Cincinnati, OH

  • That was a very useful and informative class. Your teaching style was excellent. I haven't sat in a class for this long in 35 years. You kept the class interesting and interactive.
    Sugu Suguness, Cincinnati, OH

  • Thank you so much for putting all that knowledge on me. Regardless of test outcome i feel more certain about solarizing...and the message after yours was my AEP bill. I'll take that as a sign to get moving on my plans.
    Nancy Jesser, Columbus, OH

  • Thanks for offering the solar cert I just finished up a 8kW on grid, off grid system for a guy.
    Russell Gabriel, Athens, OH

  • We are very happy that we had chosen your Photovoltaic course in Newark. We learned so much from your course regarding photovoltaic cells , electricity generation, the techniques of installation of panels etc in a very congenial, friendly and laid back atmosphere. Your great input in this field encouraged us to work on a small project at home on small solar cells.
    Satyanarayana Kadim and Rajeshkumar kadim, Athens, OH

  • Jay’s knowledge on solar and related topics, delivered effectively through anecdotal experience and his pragmatic approach, is inspirational. There are very few questions he is unable to answer or provide a reference for. His enthusiasm for our success never waned even when asked the same questions repeatedly. I look forward to attending more of Jay’s classes and know that I’ll come away with more than I paid for.
    Chris Kenney, Cincinnati, OH

  • Jay’s solar power course was a refreshing introduction into the world of photovoltaics. I couldn’t have asked for a better instructor. He provides real-word experience that is thorough and relevant. Jay is well spoken and a gifted communicator. His class provides a solid framework from which to build knowledge and experience.
    Dale Ramsey, Pickerington, OH

  • From the beginning, Jay measured each student’s background and technical understanding. Our class experience ranged from doctors and engineers to tradesmen and finally students. His material is well-organized and delivered in a way everyone can understand. He provides a mixture of lecture and hands-on instruction, building on each topic in a logical manner.
    Dale Ramsey, Pickerington, OH

  • I’ve been a technical instructor for almost 20 years and Jay is at the top of the list of the best instructors I’ve witnessed. He engages the class from the beginning and answers the question: "Where we are…how we got there…and where we are heading?” Most importantly, Jay provides the tools and direction for each of us to make it happen.
    Dale Ramsey, Pickerington, OH

  • Having taken numerous classes, I consider myself an expert on taking numerous classes. Jay Warmke’s warm and thorough approach to the instruction of photo-voltaic installation exceeded my expectations in every way. His patience and perseverance left the entire class feeling as if no question was a stupid question and he complimented the classroom setting with his extremely funny sense of humor. I whole heartedly recommend taking any of his or his wonderful wife Annie’s classes you may be interested in, with no reservations.
    Nick Adams, Columbus, OH

  • It really helped me to re-assess our plan - better determine our household system. Great instructor! Easy to understand, stops and explains whenever needed. Jay is extremely effective and makes learning easy. All I knew beforehand was that I wanted solar, now I know what I want, but more importantly, what I can afford.
    OEFFA Session, Columbus, OH

  • Thank you so much for giving the workshop. My husband and I learned a great deal. We hope to visit Blue Rock again in the future. We came quite a few years ago when you gave a workshop on the solar oven. It was very interesting, you and your wife are doing society a favor by letting us experience and learn how to be practical in this life.
    Ken and Lorene Diehl, Columbus, OH

  • Jay - we have power! Thanks so much for your course - never would have tackled it without your teaching and encouragement. It was a challenge for me in several ways (including wet spring) but am now so happy to be through it! A 2-decade dream come true!
    Louis Iverson, Radnor, OH

  • The day spent at the Akron Zoo workshop was outstanding! Like most adults 50 years old, I have endured too many soul draining seminars and workshops in search of knowledge and enlightenment. Your workshop was awesome! The combination of "tech speak" combined with man on the street explanation was a perfect fit for me. Thank you for an informative, entertaining and valuable workshop.
    Dan Arthur

  • Thank you for the update and thank you for a great class. The class exceeded all my expectations. Learned a lot.
    Jim MacMillan, Cuyahoga Falls, OH

  • I had a wonderful time at your seminar. I was able to meet like minded people who are enthusiastic about the same issues and doing the same types of sustainable projects. The amount of the information that was given was tremendous. You kept the us entertained and engaged the entire day.
    Matthew Corbett, Cleveland, OH

  • The one-day PV workshop was extremely helpful, although I had almost "zero" knowledge before the workshop. Now, I know what to look out for and what questions to ask. That is an important step forward for me. It also gives me a better way of assessing whether I might want to take the full course next year. Thanks, Jay!
    Andrea Gorzitze

  • Stewart Brand wrote "We are as gods and me might as well get good at it" in the first Whole Earth Catalog. Well Jay is good at it. He has interpreted the technical, governmental and human nature involved in designing solar voltaic systems to be understandable. The first day really sucked me in with Jay's views of the energy business and reinforced my thoughts on the topic. His teaching method was spot on with this complicated subject. Jay broke each section down so it could be understood. He would often digress into some humorous stories that often had me laughing. Solar technology is changing rapidly and Jay gave us many ways to keep up with it. The price of the class will be paid back many times over the next few years.
    Jon Branstrator, Clarksville, OH

  • Just wanted to say you're the best teacher I have ever had and that just the experience I had in your class and the things I learned from you will carry on in my life. Thanks allot and I am so happy I got to meet you. Thanks again and I will keep in contact.
    Robert Anderson, Wooster, OH

  • Thank-you very much for the wonderful workshop last week. It was well worth the time and money. You are a wonderful teacher and did a great job packing in a ton of content.
    Howard Plevyak Jr., Cincinnati, OH

  • I appreciated you keeping us on track and working in the hands-on activities to solidify the book and classroom instruction. That was a perfectly designed learning lab for me!
    Howard Plevyak Jr., Cincinnati, OH

  • This training was one of the best theory and hands on training I have ever received an as a result I have built my second 10KW solar generator based on the instructions I received.
    James Mosley Jr, Ft. Campbell, KY

  • I also have to give a huge hearty YES to the PV Certification Training workshop Jay teaches--I came away with so much know how and information--and it is the same when I am at Blue Rock for a workshop, a cup of tea, or a tour!
    Sheryl Billman, Grafton, OH

  • The course certainly does what was advertised. I now know how to design almost any PV system.
    Christian Collett, Wilmington, OH

  • Again, I cannot say enough good things about the class! Great material, well taught, all around an experience I'll never forget!
    Chris Reznick, Flint, MI

  • I went into your course not knowing how to strip a wire or the difference between voltage and current. Now I'm wiring inverters, running strings of power optimizers, doing site audits, bending conduit to connect arrays, and of course annoyingly banging away on peoples roofs to find rafters to install the racking system.
    Ryan Conley, Maryland

  • I am particularly impressed by the method of delivery of the course content by the instructor and the guest instructor. The methodology of delivery of the course content was captivating and even flawless as topics that appear new were broken down and made simple for better understanding.
    Okhaigbe Fatairu, Abuja, Nigeria

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Goat Yoga and Meditation - The Serenity Series
Saturday, May 06 2017, 10:00am - 2:00pm

SESSION 1: Goat Yoga and Meditation

Saturday, May 6th

10 am-2 pm (plan to arrive a little early to get situated by meeting the goat kids, etc. before class begins)

Class Fee:  $65  

Instructor:  Samantha Werner of Werner Wellness**

Join Samantha Werner and the goat kids of Blue Rock Station for 45 minutes of basic yoga movements and stretches that will help you cultivate awareness and balance. The goal is to offer simple techniques into your everyday life that will draw you back (once you return home) to your experiences at BRS. Samantha will tie the "Goat Guide to Life* into the yoga practice to help us understand the need for resiliency and serenity in today's world.

This session takes place in a small pasture near the barn where the goats will be interacting with you and encouraging your release of stress and tension. You should plan to wear clothes appropriate for gentle exercise, and you are welcome to be barefooted during the class. The barn will be available for changing clothes. Please bring yoga mats and clothes that will not be bothered by practicing yoga in the outdoor fields of BRS. Yoga mats can be made available. Please let us know prior to class if you will need a mat and any dietary needs you may have.

All of the Serenity Series events are open to any level of yoga experience (ranging from first timers to experienced practitioners) and anyone interested in exploring the gifts of meditation. Please avoid perfumes and scented body hair products since some folks are allergic, and the garden pollinator insects are attracted to them.

Annie, Shawn Samantha, and the goats invite you to discover your resiliency at Blue Rock Station!


  • Yoga/Meditation 10am-11:30
  • Meal: 12pm-1 pm
  • Conversation with Annie & Shawn plus a mini tour of Annie's favorite parts of BRS: 1-2
  • Take home offerings and send off: 2:15 PM

You may also like our fall offerings of Japanese Forest Bathing with Goats. Save the dates of September 9th and September 30th and October 14th. Watch for registration opportunities beginning in early July, 2017.


Shawn Fiegelist and Annie Warmke are chums who share an interest in bringing people together to build community. In late 2016, they noticed feelings of anxiety and general nervousness in their circle of friends, neighbors and colleagues and began to talk about what was happening and how to change the dynamics. Annie has a practice of using her animals as therapy and had recently found a yoga class that included goats to help participants relax and practice calmness. Shawn has long been interested in and practiced yoga and meditation and was delighted to hear about the use of goats to create serenity and resiliency through yoga and art. They introduced the idea to the goats, who of course were immediately on board (they're pretty sophisticated in their education), and this is how the goats became interested in yoga and the Serenity Series was created.


This Blue Rock Station series will show you how to bring awareness and balance to your everyday life while taking time to connect with others, nature and animals. You are welcome to sign up for one, or all of the sessions. A simple seasonal meal is a part of the shared time to offer nourishment to the body in a communal way.


Self-care is critical to long term health and happiness. If we are to go the distance in a healthy and whole manner, we must take time for ourselves. Giving us a pause to reflect on our challenges creates balance, stability and healing of the soul. It offers us resiliency at a time when we need it the most in life.

Goats are unique critters, eager to connect with humans and offer a goat kid smile or a nudge to prove it. The goat kids that will interact with you were born this winter and have spent their lives being nurtured by their mothers and the humans that work with them.


Each session will offer participants an opportunity to connect to each other, nature and the animals of Blue Rock Station through simple yoga stretches , meditation, art and nature plus a simple seasonal meal. At Blue Rock Station we are keenly aware of dietary needs including gluten and lactose. Each participant will leave with some simple gifts to serve as reminders to breathe and reach for your sense of calm and resiliency when you return to your busy life.

Our shared goal is to return you to home base with renewed hope and encouragement and a well- rested and rejuvenated body and mind.


*Goat Guide to Life

Make it their idea
2.    Everybody needs a mama
3.    Lead without fear
4.    Know when to come in out of the bad weather
5.    A little dose of rest in the sunshine cures lots of ills
6.    Rest when you need to, no matter what is going on
7.    Know who is the leader, and follow her
8.    Try a little of this and a little of that
9.    Don’t stick your nose where it doesn’t belong
10.  Teats rule
11.  Massage is the answer to good health
12.  Grass, not ass
13.  Keep your horns
14.  Expect the unexpected
15.  Don’t make assumptions
16.  Take care of your feet
17.  A smile brings a smile
18.  Use your horns for good
19.  Be curious
20.  Try everything once
21.  Eat real food
22.  Don’t eat corn
23.  Don’t be afraid to challenge the herd
24.  Be proud
25.  Poop is valuable - it all makes soil
26.  Good touch produces results


Samanatha Werner is the owner of Werner Wellness and has just returned from spending four months in Zimbabwe honing her skills in teaching dance, yoga, natural healing, women’s health, and a variety of other topics. She has a degree from Ohio State University and is in the process of building her business by providing wellness consulting. She is based in Columbus Ohio.


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