A Very Special Holiday Season

A Very Special Holiday Season This holiday, instead of being home with family and friends eating, drinking, and opening gifts, we instead embarked on a wonderful road trip to bring a family of pigs home to The Gentle Barn. A female pig was purchased to be eaten on...

T & T Team – Wallers’ Gym Jam

T & T Team – Wallers’ Gym Jam Trampoline events involve athletes using trampolines that can propel them up to 30 feet in the air, during which they can perform double, triple and quadruple twisting somersaults. Tumbling utilizes elevated rod-floor runways...

S.T.R.E.A.M. Talk

S.T.R.E.A.M. Talk S.T.R.E.A.M. is hitting the ground running this February with a lot of new concepts to add to their thriving operation. This month founder, Niamani Knight and the S.T.R.E.A.M. team will be launching In the S.T.R.E.A.M. Light. These one minute...

Harmony’s Birthday

Harmony’s Birthday This month marks our sheep, Harmony’s 7th birthday. She was born at The Gentle Barn to a mom who was rescued from horrific abuse just prior. Her mom was part of over sixty animals who were rescued from a cruelty case. They were sick and scared when...

Swimming Benefits

Swimming Benefits Water resistance: • Water weighs eight pounds per gallon. Moving through water is like lifting weights!• Improves strength and cardiovascular fitness. • Compared to exercise on land, the same level of fitness can be attained in up to half the time!...

Good Vibes with Performing Arts

Good Vibes with Performing Arts With over 20 instructors, seven private studios, a dance studio, and a multi-purpose theatre; VIBE offers something for the entire family. From singing, acting, instruments, and dance, it’s easy to bring performing arts into any...

Give the Gift of the Arts

Give the Gift of the Arts  It is the season of giving, laughter, and love. When it comes to Holiday shopping and planning; it often becomes a hassle dealing with crowded stores, long lines, and maybe even camping out at some places to get the perfect gift. Vibe...

Swimming… A Gift for Life!

Swimming… A Gift for Life! I remember my first swimming lessons. My sister taught me how to swim in our neighbor’s backyard pool. I started by pushing off the steps into her waiting arms, then I graduated to swimming between her and her friend. It was a little scary,...

The Gentle Barn is Saugus Strong

The Gentle Barn is Saugus Strong  We opened our doors to the community for those affected by the Saugus shootings. Entrance to The Gentle Barn on Sundays is free to Saugus students and their families and we have welcomed those struggling, to come during the week for...

Another Year!

Another Year! Another shiny, new year has started at The Gentle Barn to work with animals rescued from abuse and neglect and connect them to people who have suffered the same. This year we are hosting groups from probation camps, drug and alcohol rehabilitation...

S.T.R.E.A.M. Turns Five

S.T.R.E.A.M. Turns Five  It has been five years since 13-year-old Niamani Knight began her journey with S.T.R.E.A.M. Kids Expo. Now, she and her team are working to ensure children are prepared to meet industry expectations, eventually exceed them. S.T.R.E.A.M. has...

Ferdinand Turns Two

Ferdinand Turns Two  The Gentle Barn just celebrated its twentieth anniversary, but that is not the only birthday we are rejoicing; our calf Ferdinand just turned two! Mostly we rescue older animals who come in fully grown. We can guess how old they are, but...

Exercise Makes You Less Anxious

Exercise Makes You Less Anxious  Princeton University researchers have made very interesting and remarkable discoveries regarding exercise and the reduction of anxiety and stress. The studies were done with rats who exercised, and slothful rats. They found the neurons...

A Family Gym for Everyone

A Family Gym for Everyone  I’m surprised there aren’t more gyms that cater to the entire family.  Many families have multiple fitness memberships.  Maybe a woman’s only gym for Mom, a “mega gym” for Dad, a sports gym for the athlete, even memberships for martial arts,...

Why Swim Year-Round?

Why Swim Year-Round?  Water is a unique medium that offers opportunity for everyone: Newborns, toddlers, children, teens, adults and the elderly. Swimming is the only sport one can do from first breath to last. It is a skill that saves lives; infant, child and adult....

A Celebration of 20 Years

A Celebration of 20 Years  It feels like a lifetime, and it’s gone by in a blink. I’m so grateful to have saved animals and healed children for the last 20 years and I am excited to serve many more! What started as my 7-year-old dream became a reality when I was...

Another Year!

Another Year!  Another shiny, new year is starting at The Gentle Barn to work with animals rescued from abuse and neglect and connect them to people who have suffered the same. This year we are hosting groups from probation camps, drug and alcohol rehabilitation...

The Best Back to School Tool

The Best Back to School Tool  The best back to school supplies can make a student feel prepared, confident and even cool.  Those great feelings from new clothes and supplies are fleeting. How long does a new outfit feel new?  How long until the new backpack is...

Twenty Years

Twenty Years  So much has happened in twenty years, but at the same time it has gone by in a blur. Starting on a half-acre back yard and bringing animals home from an abusive petting zoo, then moving to Santa Clarita in 2003, rescuing hundreds of animals, becoming a...

The Best Back to School Tool

The Best Back to School Tool  The best back to school supplies can make a student feel prepared, confident and even cool.  Those great feelings from new clothes and supplies are fleeting. How long does a new outfit feel new?  How long until the new backpack is...

Water Smart Kids

Water Smart Kids  These three, easy, water safety rules just might save your child’s life. Review them early and often for a Water Smart kid! 1. Never swim alone – Always swim with a grown-up! This is the number one rule in the pool. Even a good swimmer can get a...

A Wonderful Year

A Wonderful Year  Another healing year at The Gentle Barn has come to a close and as we look back at all the children we hosted, we also look forward to another great year starting up again in a few months. Our Peace Enhancement Program runs from September through...

Drowning Simulation for Awareness

Drowning Simulation for Awareness  Last month during the Academy Swim Club Spring Swim Meet, first responders performed a drowning re-enactment to educate everyone on water safety. The whole point of this was to raise awareness for Water Safety, since most drownings...

Raising Young People with Animals

Raising Young People with Animals  I am the owner of Oak Canyon Equestrian Center. I have been in the horse business for many years and have raised several children both my own, my nieces, my nephews, cousins, etc. I have never found anything that keeps kids more...

The Gentle Barn

The Gentle Barn  Ever wanted your own cow, horse, pig, chicken, turkey, goat, or sheep? Ever met a llama or emu? Wish you could have more dogs? Ever dreamed of starting your own animal sanctuary? At The Gentle Barn you can hug cows, give pigs tummy rubs, hold...

Summer Fun at the Boys & Girls Club

Summer Fun at the Boys & Girls Club  The last school bell of the year is about to ring and children in Santa Clarita can’t wait for summer break.  It’s the season of hanging out with friends and grabbing ice creams on hot days, but for many parents and guardians...

How I Met Your Swim Instructor

How I Met Your Swim Instructor  Who teaches your child to swim is often as important as where he takes lessons. For many kids, it’s their first experience with a teacher. Of course, you want someone with lots of training, who is Lifeguard/First Aid/CPR certified, but...