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

Visit Our Three Locations

The Gentle Barn is currently located in Los Angeles, California, Nashville, Tennessee, and St Louis, Missouri. It is open to the public once a week for guests to hug the cows, give the pigs tummy rubs, cuddle the turkeys, feed the horses, hold the chickens, and learn their stories of resilience. During the rest of the week The Gentle Barn is available for private tours, VIP all day tours, school field trips, birthday parties, groups of at risk, inner city, and special needs kids, and special events.

California

15825 Sierra Hwy.
Santa Clarita, CA 91390

Tennessee

9295 Christiana Fosterville Rd.
Christiana, TN 37037

Missouri

9171 State Road Y
Dittmer, MO 63023


Open To The Public, On Sundays

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Annual Sunday Passes Available

We have passes for individuals, families and their guests, starting at just $75. A donation towards a Annual Sunday Passes can be placed online or you may upgrade your already reserved ticket when visiting on Sunday.



Private Tours, Parties, & Field Trips

Hosted during the week on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday
(Not available during public open Sunday)

 

Are Your Looking For Animal Therapy?

See Our Programs Page

 

Family Tour

In this tour you’ll have the barnyard to yourself and with the help of your tour guide, you’ll brush cows, meet the horses and donkeys, cuddle turkeys, hold chickens, pet goats, and sheep, give pigs tummy rubs, and so much more. Being at The Gentle Barn is like walking through a giant storybook where you’ll hear the animals’ stories of resilience and learn what they teach us about forgiveness, unconditional love, and living in the moment. You are sure to fall in love with animals more deeply than ever before.

  • Donation: $400
  • 1 - 10 guests
  • 2-hour sessions held on Tue, Wed, Thu, & Sat
  • Time slots: 10a-12p or 2p-4p

Intended to be in intimate experience for a small group of close friends/family.


 


Group Tour

This tour follows the same format and description of the Family Tour but is intended for a larger group of adults only from mixed households as part of an organized group activity. This tour is perfect for a company team building activity.

  • Donation: $500
  • 11 - 20 guests (Adults Only)
  • 2-hour sessions held on Tue, Wed, Thu, & Sat
  • Time slots: 10a-12p or 2p-4p

Intended to be in intimate experience for a small group of organized adults only. Ideal for company team building.


 


Party Tour

Try something new and different, have your next party at The Gentle Barn. Not just for kids, our parties are great for ages 6 to adult! Listen to an engaging presentation about the animals, then hug the cows, meet the horses and donkeys, give the pigs tummy rubs, hold the chickens, cuddle the turkeys, pat the goats and sheep, and so much more. Once you and your party have worked up an appetite loving animals, have a meal and cake on our picnic tables. Out of respect for the animals, we ask that your meal and cake be vegan. Our staff are happy to give you recommendations if needed.

  • Donation: $600 (Up to 20 people)
  • $30/person over intial 20 people
  • Maximum of 30 people total
  • 3-hour sessions held on Tue, Wed, Thu, & Sat
  • All guests 2yrs+ count toward total
  • Celebration must be for 6yrs+
  • Time slots: 10a-1p or 1p-4p

 


Field Trips

The Gentle Barn teaches children about animals in a way that will change their perspective about themselves and the world around them. We want to show children that even though we all look different, we are all the same inside. Every living being has language and needs food, water, shelter, and love. Our programs follow the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) to make sure that we support teachers' curricula.

We teach the children a wide variety of things including what animals eat, where they sleep, how they have families, why roosters crow, why pigs love mud, why goats chew, and how each species communicates through body language. Here at The Gentle Barn, kids gain an understanding of animals, see how much we all have in common, and get to expand their empathy for all living beings.

After a presentation that is geared to age and grade level, the children get to brush the horses, hug the cows, give the pigs tummy rubs, talk to the turkeys, play with the goats and the sheep, and so much more. It is an educational, hands-on experience that they will never forget. Our school program is appropriate for kids K-12.

  • Donation: $400 (min. of 20 kids & adults)
  • $20/person over intial 20 people
  • Maximum of 30 kids (1 classroom)
  • Maximum of 5 adults
  • All guests 2yrs+ count toward total.
  • 2-hour sessions held on Tue, Wed, Thu, & Sat
  • Time slots: 10a-12p or 2p-4p

 


All-Day Tour

You’ll have the barnyard to yourself as your guide you will get insight and stories of the barnyard that can only be told the best by them. You’ll brush cows, meet the horses and donkeys, cuddle turkeys, hold chickens, pet goats, and sheep, give pigs tummy rubs, and so much more. Being at The Gentle Barn is like walking through a giant storybook where you’ll hear the animals’ stories of resilience and learn what they teach us about forgiveness, unconditional love, and living in the moment. You are sure to fall in love with animals more deeply than ever before.

Reservation for our All-Day Tour is handled offline.

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  • Donation: $1000
  • 1 - 5 guests (Only 1 household, ages 14+)
  • 6-hour session held on Tue, Wed, Thu, & Sat
  • Vegan Lunch Included
  • (CA ONLY): Tour both our Main property and Healing Center property
  • Time slot: 10a-4p

 


All-Day Founder's Tour

You'll have the barnyard to yourself as the founder of The Gentle Barn, Ellie Laks gives insight and stories of the barnyard that can only be told the best by them. You’ll brush cows, meet horses and donkeys, cuddle turkeys, hold chickens, pet goats, and sheep, give pigs tummy rubs, and so much more. Being at The Gentle Barn is like walking through a giant storybook where you’ll hear the animals’ stories of resilience and learn what they teach us about forgiveness, unconditional love, and living in the moment. You are sure to fall in love with animals more deeply than ever before.

Reservation for our Founder's Tour is handled offline.

CONTACT US FOR MORE INFO

  • Donation: $2000
  • Guided by our Founder, Ellie Laks
  • 1 - 5 guests (Only 1 household, ages 14+)
  • 6-hour session held on Tue, Wed, Thu, & Sat
  • Vegan Lunch Included
  • (CA ONLY) Tour Main & Healing Center properties
  • Time slot: 10a-4p

 


Virtual Tour

Live too far away from The Gentle Barn to visit in person? No worries, we have virtual tours where you can meet the animals, hear their stories, and get to know them. Perfect for any animal lover, family, or classroom where you can ask questions and learn about animals in a deeper way than ever before. Meet our rescued horses, donkeys, cows, pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, turkeys, peacocks, llamas, and emu. Learn their names, witness their larger-than-life personalities, fall in love, and feel like you are here with us.

  • Donation: $200
  • Maximum of 30 guests (unless approved)
  • Up to 1hr held on Tue, Wed, Thu, & Sat
  • Time slots: 12p-1p or 1p-2p

Special Events

Looking to have a group of 50 or more people? We’d love to have you no matter what event you have in mind. We host weddings, bar and bat mitzvas, and corporate functions. Our wide-open spaces dotted with trees, barns, and loving animals make our location the perfect outdoor, peaceful experience for any event to be remembered.

Reservation for a Special Event is handled offline.

CONTACT US FOR MORE INFO