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

What a Wonderful Summer

Ellie Laks & Jemima Puddle Duck

This week Jay and I spent time at The Gentle Barn Missouri, before finally going home to California. We have been gone for about two and a half months now, but our trip just wouldn’t be complete without visiting St Louis. We were able to catch the last couple days of warm weather before fall officially hit, and after a very long, hot, humid summer, the rain, and crisp, cool air felt great!

While here we got to be part of our very first volunteer appreciation party for this location, a wonderful animal communication class taught by Joan Ranquet, and an open to the public Sunday. What a wonderful weekend! I got to meet Jemima Puddle Duck and Ella for the first time, pet Einstein, and see how well everyone is doing. It’s amazing that the Missouri location has only been in existence for a year, and yet fear has transformed to joy, animals have turned into ambassadors, and our volunteers have turned into family. Something so new and fragile a year ago has turned into something so impactful and inspiring in the community, and we look forward to so much more growth and healing.

Jay and I travel home to California today, at long last, with smiles on our faces, so very proud of our three locations and our nineteen years of service to animals, people, and Mother Earth. It is going to be so great to sleep in our own beds, see our kids and animals again, and be home. But we take with us memories of the bright blue Nashville sky with the whitest, fluffiest clouds, the animals’ homecoming in TN, our opening day with our parking lot full of cars for the very first time, the smell of the woods, the fragrant smell of the summer air, the chorus of cicadas, the thundering of hooves as our horses come running for cookies, Einstein’s soft, dreamy fur, Chico’s powerful energy and hugs, the Missouri turkeys sweet bright faces, and the feeling of happiness from everyone! It was a wonderful, wonderful summer!

Please come visit all our locations, meet our animal angels, enjoy the different gorgeous landscapes, meet all the wonderful volunteers and staff who make our locations great, and be a part of our gentle family. https://www.gentlebarn.org/visit-our-locations/

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Upcoming Events

  • 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