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

Hearts Beat As One

Jay and I flew to Tennessee this week to host our very last groups of foster children for the year, and to prepare for our one year anniversary in Knoxville.

To get the animals at this new Gentle Barn used to working with children, and to train our staff we hosted 3 groups of foster kids this year. The groups were small as the…

Growing gardens and growing girls

Today, we hosted some foster children at The Gentle Barn, Tennessee. We welcomed Spring by planting vegetables in the garden. The teens brought dirt to life, connected with Mother Earth, learned about nutrition, and spent some time away from their troubles enjoying themselves, feeling like…

Miles Becomes an Ambassador

Miles hosted his very first group of foster kids this month. We started the group by telling the kids Miles and Maybelle’s story: they were separated, cried for each other for days, and were finally reunited to spend the rest of their lives together at The Gentle Barn Tennessee.

We explained…

Planting, growing, and setting down roots

Last week we hosted some foster children at The Gentle Barn Tennessee. We welcomed Spring by planting vegetables in the garden. The teens brought dirt to life, connected with Mother Earth, learned about nutrition, and spent some time away from their troubles enjoying themselves, feeling like kids…

Caring

Jay and I went back to Tennessee this week to host groups of foster children, to train our staff, and to continue the rehabilitation of our animals. Of course, the first thing we did was hug and spend time with Dudley!

Our activity this month was preparing dinner for all our babies. The…

Horses Healing Hearts

I am so honored to be able to host a group of girls from a group home every month as part of our Peace Enhancement Program. I have grown to care for these girls more than I could have imagined and this past month touched me the most.

The girls were very excited to work with the horses since…

Healing, Having Fun, and Finding Hope

We had three wonderful groups of foster children come to The Gentle Barn, Tennessee in January: toddlers, elementary school kids, and teenagers. Each group was so fun and unique. Surrounded by nature, the kids practiced motor skills, social skills, and confidence among the animals. Each group left…

Resilience

We just came back from an amazing week in Tennessee. We hosted three groups of foster children: one for toddlers, one for 6-10 year olds, and, one for teens. Like our animals, they all have had the most horrendous, unimaginable abuse and are trying to get through life, feel confortable in their own skin, and find trust, forgiveness…

Homage to my greatest teacher

This month marks the 3rd anniversary of Buddha’s transition, but it feels like yesterday. Buddha was my partner, my teacher, my confidante, and my friend, and when she left it was by far the most painful thing that has ever happened to me. I know she is still with me in spirit and…

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…

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