The Big Red Barn Retreat has announced the 2020 schedule for their photography program, Healing Lens.

Once a month, a group of 10-12 service members meet at an interesting location around the Carolinas to take pictures for as long as they want. Three days later, they meet at the Big Red Barn Retreat to show and share their images.

The Healing Lens photography program at the Big Red Barn Retreat was formed to provide local military and their families with a non-therapeutic creative outlet, camaraderie and a voice for expression. The groups’ experience ranges from novice to professional with images captured on cell phones and digital cameras.

“While it may be surprising to some, photography is an incredible way to relieve stress,” said Jim Dukes, Director of Healing Arts at the Barn. “Our goal at the Big Red Barn Retreat is to provide as many outlets of healing for our military as possible.”

This year’s program features a variety of locations that will give service members an opportunity to step out of their comfort zone behind the camera. Some of the locations include Florence National Cemetery, Soda City Market, Riverbanks Zoo, and Fort Sumter. For a complete list of locations and times, find the Big Red Barn Retreat on Facebook,  @TheBigRedBarnRetreat.

These sessions are free for veterans, active-duty military, and their families. Space is limited. To reserve your spot or find out more information, contact Jim Dukes, Director of Healing Arts, at [email protected]

The Big Red Barn Retreat is a 501(c)(3) located in Blythewood 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