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


In November 2017 the DLF Center for Health and Wellness will join the THEARC (Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus) to provide TM courses to the Ward 8 community and surrounding areas. The mission of THEARC is to improve the quality of life for children and adults who reside east of the Anacostia River through a collaboration of partner organizations that provides access to high quality educational, health, cultural, recreational, and social service programs. These organizations include the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington, Levine School of Music, Covenant House, Washington Ballet, Children’s Health Project of DC, and many others. The Center for Health and Wellness will further THEARC’s mission of community service and childhood development.

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.

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