World-renowned Drum Circle Facilitator leads workshop in Blythewood for military

Nonprofit partners with Spark Laboratory to host workshop

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) – The Big Red Barn Retreat is partnering with Spark Laboratory, a music leadership program based out of the University of South Carolina School of Music, to hold a free drumming workshop for service members titled, “Mindfulness Through Group Drumming” on March 18 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Big Red Barn Retreat.

The workshop will be hosted by John Fitzgerald, globally-recognized drum circle facilitator and wellness coach. Based out of California, Fitzgerald’s mission is to use music to “deliver transformative experiences that enhance the ability of individuals and organizations to meet their greatest challenges and fulfill their greatest potential.” To find out more about Fitzgerald, go to his website at

“At the BRBR, we believe that music is healing, but we have never been able to offer an experience like this for our veterans and active-duty,” said Sutton Shaw, Executive Director at the Big Red Barn Retreat. “We are grateful that Spark Laboratory provided us with this opportunity.”

This event is free for veterans and active-duty military. Space is limited. For more information or to reserve your spot, email

About Organization Name
The Big Red Barn Retreat is a 501(c)(3) located in Blythewood, SC that provides free therapeutic services to active-duty service members and veterans struggling with military and combat related stress issues. Started in 2014, the retreat helps more than 2,500 military personnel annually. All services provided at the Big Red Barn Retreat are funded through grants and private donations. For more information or to donate, go to


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