Frequently Asked Questions
Are these services free to active duty service members, as well as veterans?
Yes, if you are currently serving or have served, all the therapeutic services we offer are at no cost to you.
How do I sign up for the free services?
If you want to attend the service member yoga classes, just check the calendar for the next available class & show up. Yoga classes are held in the Welcome Center (white and red building) in front of the Big Red Barn at 8024 Winnsboro Road. If you have questions about the yoga, you can contact the yoga teacher, Ginger, directly at (803) 315-0390.
If you want to attend a Healing Art workshop, check the calendar and to sign up, contact Jim Dukes at (704) 940-9008.
If you are interested in gardening, check the calendar for open gardening days & planned events.
Finally, if you are interested in the equine assisted psychotherapy, contact Pathways Growth and Learning Center at (803) 403-8469.
Can I bring my wife or a family member?
We encourage you to bring a family member to join in on the yoga, healing art and gardening; however, contact the instructor (names and number are listed in the previous answer) to make sure the class you want to attend is appropriate for the family member you want to bring.
Can you ride the horses at The Big Red Barn Retreat?
No, you do not ride the horses in equine assisted psychotherapy, you work with the horse from the ground on equal footing.
Can you rent the facilities at The Big Red Barn Retreat?
If you are interested in renting the facilities for personal use, there is a fee and is subject to availability. All fees and monies collected go back to fund the FREE services we provide the military. If you are a military group interested in hosting a meeting or event, there is no fee, but it is subject to availability. Contact our executive director to check availability.
Where are you located?
The Big Red Barn Retreat is located at 8024 Winnsboro Road (Highway 321) in Blythewood, basically at the corner of Hwy 321 and Lorick Road. The garden entrance is on the Lorick side of the property at 812 Lorick Road.
How far is The Big Red Barn Retreat from Fort Jackson?
The Big Red Barn Retreat is 15-20 minutes from Fort Jackson. The easiest way to get to the BRBR is take Interstate 77 North to Interstate 20 toward Augusta. Take Exit 70, Hwy 321, off Interstate 20 and go left at the light. We are up about 6 miles on the right.
How far is the Big Red Barn Retreat from the VA?
The Big Red Barn Retreat is 20 minutes from the VA. Take Interstate 77 North to Interstate 20 toward Augusta. Take Exit 70, Hwy 321, off Interstate 20 and go left at the light. We are up about 6 miles on the right.
Is there a way to get to the Big Red Barn Retreat from Interstate 77?
Yes, take interstate 77 North to the Killian Road exit and go left back over the interstate. At the end of Killian Road, take a right, and then take a left at FOLK Road. Folk road turns into Lorick and dead ends on Hwy 321. At Hwy 321, go left and the BRBR is on your left.
Can I just show up and walk around on the trails at The Big Red Barn Retreat?
No, we prefer that any veterans or active duty service members that want to explore the Big Red Barn Retreat do so as part of a group. If you are part of a military group, such as the Combat Motorcycle Veterans Club for example, or in a therapy group, we welcome you to set up a group visit to the BRBR by contacting our executive director.
How can I volunteer?
We have volunteer days at The Big Red Barn Retreat that we promote on our Facebook page and on our calendar. Additionally, you can register on the website as a volunteer and so when we have volunteer events, we will email you.
Also, if you have a group that wants to volunteer, please contact the executive director to arrange a volunteer day specific for your group.
How can I donate?
You can either donate through out website or you can send a financial donation directly to The Big Red Barn Retreat at 8024 Winnsboro Road, Blythewood, SC 29016. You will receive a letter confirming your donation. All donations are tax-deductible as we are a 501(c)(3).