The DLF Center for Health and Wellness in Washington D.C.

The Center for Health and Wellness of the David Lynch Foundation on Capitol Hill is providing government leaders, health experts, and influence-makers with innovative, cost-effective, evidence-based approaches, such as the Transcendental Meditation technique, for addressing the epidemic of trauma and toxic stress among at-risk, underserved populations.

Local Center Initiatives

Ideal Academy

DLF supports the school-wide “Quiet Time” program at the Ideal Academy Public Charter School in the District, which was first implemented in 2004. Quiet Time provides students, faculty, and administrators with two 15-minute periods of Transcendental Meditation each day to help balance their lives and improve their readiness to teach and learn. The Quiet Time program complements existing educational strategies by improving the physiological underpinnings of learning and behavior. Dr. George Rutherford was the first principal in America to introduce the Quiet Time program into a public school—the Fletcher Johnson Learning Center in D.C.—in 1994, and the success of that original program has led to more than 500,000 students participating in Quiet Time in 35 countries.

video Transforming the Community – Quiet Time at Ideal Academy


Want to reduce stress? Seeking methods to improve focus and learning?

The David Lynch Foundation helps to prevent and eliminate the epidemic of trauma and toxic stress among at-risk populations through Transcendental Meditation (TM). The Meditation Center @ THEARC (Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus) 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 will further 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.

What is Transcendental Meditation (TM)?
  • Simple, natural, effortless technique
  • 20 minutes, twice a day
  • Practiced sitting comfortably with the eyes closed
  • Not a religion, philosophy, or lifestyle
  • No special tools needed

  • What Happens When You Meditate?
  • Transcendental Meditation allows the active thinking mind to settle inward
  • Experience a naturally calm, peaceful level of awareness
  • Spontaneously experience quieter levels of thought
  • Enjoy rejuvenating rest of the mind and body

  • Transcendental Meditation Benefits
  • Reduced stress, anger, and depression
  • Lower blood pressure, decreased high cholesterol and 48% reduction in heart attack and stroke
  • Increased focus
  • Improved sleep
  • Twice the effectiveness of conventional approaches for reducing alcoholism and substance abuse
  • Reduced flashbacks and bad memories
  • Improved relationships and quality of life

  • How Do You Learn Transcendental Meditation?
  • TM is taught in a personal course of instruction by a specially-trained, certified teacher.

  • TM Course Fee at THEARC

    Our goal and commitment as a resident partner at THEARC is to make the TM technique available to everyone within the Ward 7 & 8 communities, including family and friends of THEARC and its agency partners. Course instruction costs are on a sliding scale based on household income.

    Boulder Crest Retreat

    Boulder Crest Retreat in Bluemont, Virginia provides a free, safe, and sacred place for nearly 700 veterans and their families each year to rest, reconnect, and recharge. Boulder Crest Retreat is the nation's first privately-funded rural wellness center dedicated exclusively to combat veterans and their families and is a model location for DLF’s Operation Warrior Wellness program, supporting veterans dealing with the debilitating effects of post-traumatic stress.

    Conferences and Benefits

    December 8, 2016 – This national forum on “Exploring the Science of Trauma, Meditation and the Brain” at the US Peace Institute brought together leaders in health, veterans, education, and addiction to explore 40 years of research and clinical applications on the use of Transcendental Meditation for reducing stress, anxiety, and depression.

    June 5, 2017 – This grand benefit concert, “A National Night of Laughter & Song,” held at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, raised funds to teach 10,000 veterans and at-risk youth in the greater Washington, D.C. area. Featured performers included Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno, Hugh Jackman, Katie Couric, Margaret Cho, Ben Folds, Kesha, and others.

    More events to be announced (sign up for our Newsletter here).