Inspiring Kindness and Compassion towards Animals, Our Planet, and Each Other
Inspiring Kindness and Compassion towards Animals, Our Planet, and Each Other

Beautiful Marsha

We said goodbye this week to a great teacher, an amazing spirit and a true friend. Marsha passed away this week peacefully, quietly, in her sleep. Like all great masters, when she was ready she just simply slipped away to go sing and shine in other worlds.

We rescued Marsha five years ago from Thanksgiving with her late husband, Monty. They were both filthy and terrified when they came to us, but very soon learned to trust, forgive and be happy. Marsha loved to cuddle and would actually get offended when we didn’t say hello to her first when we entered the barnyard. She expected us to go straight to her for love and affection and when she was done cuddling with us, then we could say hello to the other animals, if we still had time. Marsha was a great conversationalist and could carry on a good talk for hours. She had a beautiful voice and made children giggle when she would chirp and squawk.

Wild turkeys can live up to 15-20 years and are very agile: able to run, mate and fly. Domestic turkeys are genetically modified to grow very big, very fast so they can be slaughtered when they are only twelve weeks old. By the time domestic turkeys reach a few years old, usually they can no longer carry their own weight and cannot walk. They are prone to heart attacks and other stress conditions due to these modifications and abuse. We wish we could have had Marsha for twenty years, but are grateful that we had her at all. It is so hard to imagine the barnyard without her. We will miss her and she will live forever in our hearts! Marsha cuddled with thousands of people in her lifetime and made a huge difference at The Gentle Barn.

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  • Chakra Meditation and Sound Healing (Winter 2024)

    March 2nd 2024 - The Gentle Barn California

    Clear, Balance and Align your 7 main Chakras through guided meditation, chanting, and Integrative sound bath. When your chakras are aligned, the energy moves through you more freely, and you can feel in harmony with all aspects of your physical, emotional and spiritual self.

  • Thermal Horizon - Windsong Retreat (Spring 2024)

    May 4th 2024 - The Gentle Barn California

    Let’s come together as a community as we support The Gentle Barn in their endeavor to enrich the lives of abused animals worldwide. Let’s bring our loving hearts, the spirit of opportunity and fill our cups emotionally, spiritually, and physically as we celebrate unity in community by helping these wonderful support animals.

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    We are excited to be open to the public again on Sunday, at The Gentle Barn: Missouri.

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At Katjes we believe that every life is precious and these values extend beyond our plant-based gummies. As part of our campaign featuring rescued animals, we’re honored to join hands with The Gentle Barn, to support their non-stop efforts in protecting animals. By drawing attention to their heart-warming stories, we hope to provide food for thought when we say: Kindness just tastes better.

Eliza Jahn

Head of Marketing Katjes USA