Posted on Sep 04, 2014
By Ellie Laks, Founder of The Gentle Barn
"I'm very excited to feature Ellie Laks on Gratitude Speaks! Ellie's the founder of The Gentle Barn, a glorious place of healing for animals and people. Located in Santa Clarita just about 45 min north of Los Angeles, CA, it's open to the public every Sunday from 10:00am-2:00pm.
The Gentle Barn is a magical place. It's a sanctuary for both animals and kids who have had traumatic experiences. It's the peaceful home to rescued animals who get to spend the rest of their beautiful lives there. And it's also a safe haven for at-risk children and teenagers who, maybe for the first time ever, get to experience that peace, love, and joy are real. The Gentle Barn truly is a giant storybook. By learning about the animals' life stories and interacting with them, the kids experience first-hand that kindness is always available. They're taught compassion and empathy for all living beings." -Miriam Ava