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

Learning to Trust

Spending the last week with the St. Louis Six, now that they're home, has been an honor and a privilege. Many of their fans and supporters were worried that the transport would be traumatic or set them back, but it actually was quite the opposite. It was the very first time Chico and his brothers had been loaded onto a trailer without being forced, scared, or hurt. I think that went a long way in helping them trust us.

When we opened the trailer to our lush green pastures, spacious skies, and welcoming shade trees, they understood that we kept our promise to keep them safe. No longer are they huddled together in fear. They are now spread out, exploring on their own. When I approach them, Chico does not lead them away, but hardly even looks up from grazing. Their faces are soft and relaxed. One of them came and sniffed my hand, and Chico even allowed me to sit with all of them in the barn. They have made enormous progress in such a short time, I cannot wait to see what the next few weeks will reveal.

Chico and his brothers have so much to teach us about kindness and love. They have already taught us about their intelligence, affection, and desire to live. I think they have even more to teach us about our world. There is a connection between how our society treats animals and global warming. The latest national fires, storms, and hurricanes have been absolutely horrific. Our prayers, thoughts, and hearts are with everyone affected. Did you know, though, that environmental changes are largely caused by animal agriculture? Forests are being torn down, oceans are being overfished, land is overgrazed, species go extinct every day, groundwater is polluted, and ozone layers are being distorted because of the meat and dairy industries.

When we adopt a plant-based diet, we don't just save 200 animals a year, but we save an acre of trees a year, and 1100 gallons of water a day. When we are kinder to animals we have healthier bodies, a more sustainable planet, and better, safer lives for ourselves. If you haven't seen it, Cowspiracy on Netflix is amazing, easy to watch, and so informative about our beautiful Mother Earth and how we can help her, to help ourselves.

We cannot wait to see Chico and the boys turn into ambassadors, bringing their message to the world. Please come see them at our grand opening on September 24th from 10-2, and every Sunday afterwards. Visit our Missouri page for tickets, info, and directions!

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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.

  • Open Sunday in Missouri

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

  • Open Sunday in California

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

  • Open Sunday in Tennessee

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


Spotlight Sponsor of the Month

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