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

My Life as a Momma Hen: Bedtime Ritual

Jasmine has been an absolute delight to have in the house, aside from the poop. She has gotten so big but still follows us around and cuddles when we watch TV. With all three of my children, I had a very special bedtime ritual I used to do with them when they were small. I would tuck them…

A Gentle Thanksgiving Poem

A Gentle Thanksgiving
a poem by KC and Val Smith

To all the young turkeys, we wish to welcome you
To the Gentle Barn where your lives will start new!

A Gentle Thanksgiving Poem
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A Turkey Helps A Girl Find Her Song

I can’t celebrate Thanksgiving without remembering a very special turkey who not only stole my heart but effected so many people in her lifetime. Chloe was rescued from Thanksgiving many years ago, but I will never forget her. Here is a story of one of the many remarkable things Chloe…

My Life as a Momma Hen, Week Twelve

When we first brought Jasmine home, I was with her for the first 4 weeks and she went with me wherever I went. She slept in bed with me, rode in the car with me, brought my daughter to dance class, and ran all my errands with me. She sat in my lap while I worked and followed me all around the house. She was never alone; we bonded…

Gentle Barn Concerns for our Health

We have had Gentle Barn concerns for our health for the last sixteen years as we have observed people's meat intake increase right along with the rise in heart disease, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and dementia. Watching the obesity rate elevate with the…

The Inside Scoop: Ally Hanshaw

It's Never Too Late for a Second Chance

Everyone will reach a moment in their lives when they feel like they are completely alone and they want to give up on everything. But just because you feel this way…

The Gentle Barn and Alicia Silverstone

Actress, Alicia Silverstone wrote about The Gentle Barn in her blog, The Kind Life, Sanctuary Spotlight. Thank you Alicia!…

Dudley Do Right

It was so great to spend time with Dudley and all his pals this week in Knoxville, Tennessee. Dudley is doing amazingly well: his prosthesis fits like a glove, he is playing, running, exploring, and loving life. He is madly in love with his girl, Destiny, and the two of them are inseparable.…

The Inside Scoop: Susanne

I’ve been an animal lover and advocate for as long as I can remember and, luckily, discovered The Gentle Barn Los Angeles several years ago. A series of challenging situations brought my partner, Jody, and I to Tennessee 14 months ago. I was in a bad car accident and continue to suffer from a TBI which causes constant double/rotating…

Fallen Leaves and Open Hearts

Jay and I are in Tennessee this week to host groups of foster children for the second month and we have been teaching the kids about turkeys and how to be gentle with them. They learned how to feed turkeys and what they like to eat. They practiced holding still and quiet to show the turkeys that they are safe. The older groups…

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  • 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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    May 18th 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.

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