Bank of America Awards the Big Red Barn Retreat A Grant to support Transcendental Meditation Training for Veterans, First Responders

Transcendental Meditation Training for Veterans, First Responders, and Immediate Family Members

BLYTHEWOOD, SC – The Bank of America Foundation awarded a $10,000 grant to The Big Red Barn Retreat on June 2nd, 2022 to fund its Transcendental Meditation (T.M.) training program. The money will be used to offer T.M. Training for Veterans, Active-Duty service members, First Responders, and their immediate family members in an effort to improve the mental wellness of South Carolina’s military and first responder communities.

The cost of transcendental meditation can be very costly, but due to the generous grant award from Bank of America, the Big Red Barn Retreat was able to offer the training at no cost to participants. The T.M. training takes place over four days on-property at the Big Red Barn Retreat, where participants participate in one individual training session and three group training sessions. Once trained, participants become part of a global wide T.M. Community that gives them access to virtual T.M. training events. With the Bank of America grant, the Big Red Barn Retreat was able to provide transcendental meditation for 18 participants that live here in the Midlands.

Transcendental Meditation is one of the oldest and most studied forms of silent meditation and is a cornerstone regulation practice taught in the Warrior PATHH program offered at The Barn. T.M. is free from any religion or philosophy and is simply a way of quieting the mind from intrusive thoughts and stress.

There have been hundreds of independent research studies that correlate T.M. practice with significantly higher levels of calmness, creativity, energy, clarity, and happiness. This training has been found to be extremely beneficial to those suffering with posttraumatic stress or have severe anxiety and depression symptoms, many of whom happen to be our Veterans and First Responders.

About The Big Red Barn Retreat – The Big Red Barn Retreat (BRBR) is a 501(c)(3) located in Blythewood, South Carolina that provides free therapeutic services, programs, and training to Veterans, Active-duty service members, and First Responders struggling with combat-related or critical incident related stress. Established in 2014, the BRBR helps more than 2,500 military and first responders personnel annually. All services provided at the BRBR are funded through grants and private donations. For more information about T.M. training, please visit www.thebigredbarnretreat.org or email info@thebigredbarnretreat.org


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