Teaching People Kindness and Compassion to Animals, Each Other and our Planet.
Teaching People Kindness and Compassion to Animals, Each Other and our Planet.

Ceasar

Caesar the Horse, Caesar with Jay Weiner

Caesar came to us in the summer of 2003. He was not being cared for very well, and it was Jay’s birthday coming up. Rescuing Caesar in Jay’s honor was a perfect…

Half Way

Four months ago Jay and I went to an Engine 2 Immersion in Sedona, Arizona. We spent time exercising, eating whole foods, and listening to leading cardiologists, oncologists,…

Adeline

Adeline with a volunteer

Jay and I spent last week at our Tennessee location, working hard each day, and accomplishing so much! But my favorite part of the trip was working with the staff to see and hear the animals more clearly.…

Remembering Christmas

Ellie & Christmas

A week ago we didn’t know he existed as we went about our lives and routines; making the bed, cooking breakfast, feeding the dogs, and going to the movies, blissfully unaware. Then we got a call that…

Emotional Blindness

When I was a child, it was so clear to me that animals were angels among us. They were here to love us unconditionally, witness us, and mirror back to us that we were loveable and perfect just the way we are. It…

Intelligence

Tommy Turkey

I rescued my very first turkey the November after our grand opening in 1999. I was so excited! His family purchased him to eat for Thanksgiving but could not go through with it, so they brought…

Cuddle Turkeys

Ellie Laks & Cuddle Turkey

November is my favorite months of all time! Not just because of our Gentle Thanksgiving event, but because I get to talk about turkeys all month long! In each week’s newsletter…

Leave it in Sedona

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Nineteen years ago, when I found out what happens to animals in the milk and egg industry I went vegan on the spot and never looked back. A few years later when Jay…

Busy Learning All About Healthy Foods

Ellie & Jay at Engine 2 RetreatJay and I are at an Engine 2 immersion retreat. They are keeping us extremely busy learning all about a healthy, Whole Foods, plant-based diet. I have been vegan for nineteen…

Creating Worlds Inside Our Minds

Ellie Laks - In Meditation

When I was a child, all I dreamed about was to have a huge place full of animals and show the world how beautiful they are. I would sit at my desk, and as the teacher droned on in…

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Upcoming Events

  • Even After They're Gone

    This will be a 90-minute virtual, live event on Zoom where Ellie will share stories of our rescued animals and everything they have taught her about their passing, including time for a Q and A at the end where you will get to speak directly with Ellie.

  • Modified #OpenSunday in Missouri

    We are excited to invite you our COVID-safe, modified open Sunday experience at The Gentle Barn: Missouri.

  • Modified #OpenSunday in Tennessee

    We are excited to invite you our COVID-safe, modified open Sunday experience at The Gentle Barn: Tennessee!