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The David Lynch Foundation's Meditation Center at Washington, D.C.'s THEARC (Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus) is making a big impact against the epidemic of trauma and toxic stress among at-risk populations, fostering a strong sense of community in underserved neighborhoods.

THEARC was established to serve youth (ages 10+), adults, and seniors, providing Transcendental Meditation education to the residents of Wards 7 & 8, as well as those served through THEARC non-profit partners. The Meditation Center furthers THEARC’s mission of improving the quality of life for children and adults who reside east of the Anacostia River and revitalization of the community in southeastern Washington, D.C.


reduction in PTSD assessment scores among meditators – Psychological Trauma

“When I meditate, I feel calm and like everything is going to be okay. I don’t hold in my anger or have outbursts of rage anymore. If more people learn, I think there will be less violence in the world.”

Elijah, 8th grade student
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The Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus (THEARC), a project of Building Bridges Across the River (BBAR) is located in Ward 8 across the street from The Villages of Parklands, near the neighborhoods of Congress Heights and Shipley. THEARC first opened in 2005 and since that time, over one million visitors have passed through their doors and resident partners have provided over $115 million in community services!

THEARC is a $60 million campus composed of 2 main buildings THEARC East and THEARC West, that together have a footprint of over 200,000 sq. ft on 16.5 acres. THEARC’s primary goal, provide access to high-quality programs and services to under-resourced communities located east of the Anacostia River (Ward 7 and Ward 8). The campus features regulation-size gymnasium, libraries, computer labs, classrooms, dance, music and visual arts studios, an art gallery, a DreamCourt, and a 5,000 sq. ft Kabooml playground.

THEARC is home to a total of 14 nonprofits.

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