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

The Original Lap Chicken

Our sweetheart, Norma Jeanne made her transition home last week. How do I thank someone enough who worked besides me to make this world a gentler place? How do I find enough words to express my love for the one who coined the phrase "lap chicken" and opened hundreds of hearts? How do I say…

Animals Healing Kids in TN

Jay and I went to Knoxville, Tennessee last week to offer our Peace Enhancement Program at the second Gentle Barn for the very first time. We were so excited! We decided to start with three groups of foster children of different ages, 2 to 3-year- olds, 6 to 10-year-olds, and teenagers of…

The Inside Scoop: Leslie

I have always believed in the power of rescue. From childhood, bringing home countless stray animals, to the present with my current rescues that live with me, I have always felt driven to help an animal in need.

I came to Knoxville seven years ago, alone with my teenage daughter, completely uncertain of where life was leading…

Healing Kids in Tennessee

This week Jay and I went to Tennessee to start our Peace Enhancement Program, hosting groups of children with special needs. We hosted several groups, the first of which was for two and three-year old foster children with stories as tragic and heart breaking as our rescued animals. These kids have had the…

Gentle Barn Concerns for our future

We heard about him through several people asking us on our social media if we could help him. The news article explained that ‘Red Box’ was being raised as part of a school FFA project. The project was that the kids would help care for him, feed him, clean after him, halter train him, take him…

My Life as a Momma Hen, Week Three

I’m thinking that all moms can attest to this - babies don’t always go to sleep when we want them to, and Jasmine is no exception. Chickens are supposed to go to sleep at dusk and wake at dawn. In preparation for Jasmine to transition to the barnyard when she is old enough, I am trying…

My Life as a Momma Hen, Week Two

My day starts before sun-up so I can take a shower and brush my teeth and get dressed before Jasmine wakes up. When I’m in the shower and she can’t see me, she gets upset. So, I decided to get ready while it’s still dark and she is still sleeping. When I am done getting ready, I open Jasmine’s crate and am greeted…

Katy's Journey Home


Katy belonged to a loving family and all was well until they moved and abandoned her, tied to a tree in front of a vet’s office. Concerned for her safety and not wanting to see her destroyed, the veterinarians kept Katy for six-years. They tried to adopt her out a few times…

The Inside Scoop: Nicholas Moran

My name is Nicholas Moran, “a.k.a . Hat Guy,” and I have always wanted to become a veterinarian. To me, being a veterinarian is more than just a career, it’s a way for me to connect to animals that are in trouble and need my help. I wanted experience…

Being a Momma Hen

Our new hen has been with us for a week now and has changed our lives forever. She sleeps in my hands during meetings, perches on my shoulder in the car, follows me all around the house, and cries for me in front of the shower door in the morning. I have to keep telling her that I am still there and that I will be right out.…

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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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