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


Ellie with Magic the HorseAs Jay and I are now moving through our own grief, I’m noticing the many different stages of sorrow. When Magic first passed away, the grief was so heavy in my body…

My baby turns 3!

Jay and I have had many animals in the house with us over the years, including sick pigs, baby goats, disabled chickens, senior turkeys, an injured pigeon, an orphaned gosling, and a mouse with a head injury. But I will never forget the time we had a cow in the living…


Ellie & John Lewis

Knowing how to support teenagers is hard. When they were young and dependent on us, it was a bit easier to manage, but once they turn into teenagers, they often reject our advice and…

Baby Stanley

As an animal communicator, I speak to animals of all kinds around the world who share their feelings, experiences, and needs with me. I speak to many animals who are filled with gratitude for the care and love that they enjoy. I have talked to hundreds of animals who have passed and relay messages and memories to their families full of joy and…

4th of July

July 4th might be fun for most humans, but it is terrifying for our household pets, wild animals, and war veterans. The trauma of being stuck outside alone can affect our pets’ lives for the rest of their lives, and, in some cases, can cost them their lives. The shelters and animal hospitals are always crowded the day after July 4th with animals…

Lakota turns Eleven

Almost eleven years ago, Jay and I took our family to South Dakota to build a home for a Lakota nation medicine woman. We experienced and learned many things while there, including participating in a sweat lodge ceremony where the details were new to me, but the songs, smells, and heat on my skin felt somehow familiar to my soul. We paid our…

Father's Day at The Gentle Barn

Father's Day 2023

In the animal world, fathers are rarely in the picture. Male animals are used to breed, but once the female is pregnant, the father is usually removed. Out in the “real” world, animals are not allowed to fall…

Helping Wild Animals

It is finally spring and there are baby animals everywhere, filling me with a sense of responsibility to help them if they need help, and leave them alone to live their best lives when they don’t. Sadly, many wild animals get injured…

A message from Ellie: Loss

When I started The Gentle Barn after having it as a dream since I was seven years old, I imagined it to feel like seeing rainbows, playing with unicorns, and listening to harps every day. It does feel like that, and it is also full of painful loss that sometimes brings…

Fathers at The Gentle Barn

Father’s Day is coming, and it is time to let our dads know how much we appreciate their hard work, strength, and love. When I think of a dad, I think of someone who is the provider, the protector, and the hero. Huge hands holding…

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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.

  • Chakra Meditation and Sound Healing (Spring 2024)

    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: Missouri.

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

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