Our Story

The Big White Barn is a community center devoted to providing a diverse approach to physical and mental health. We are collection of dedicated, independent practitioners and educators who believe in the pursuit of wholeness. From traditional Western medicine to psychotherapy, yoga, massage, energy work, hypnotherapy, and spa services, you’ll find your path to better health and wellness at the Barn.

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our story

The Big White Barn is the brainchild and passion of two old friends.

A Dream Was Born

As residents at Maine Dartmouth Family Practice in the early ‘90s, Jenn McConnell and Lisa Clarcq dreamed of one day creating their own practice. Job opportunities, family commitments, and financial responsibilities (oh, those med school loans) took them in different directions but they never let go of the idea of creating a healing space of their own. That desire increased over the years as they both grew weary of the medical “industry.” They were drawn to the profession by the Hippocratic ideal: to remedy suffering and offer comfort on a personal level. But they became increasingly frustrated with the institutional, assembly-line approach to health care. They wanted a place not just for their own medical practice, but for alternate health care providers, as well. They believe that health of mind and body can be achieved through a variety of approaches, and combining multiple disciplines under one roof could create a collective vibe that would resonate throughout the community. Jenn and Lisa opened their first office in 2010 on the Church Rd. in Readfield, and began taking on new patients. Within a year, Lisa spotted the old barn on the South Road, and the vision was rekindled. A full renovation of the old structure has retained its airy, rustic charm while creating warm and intimate spaces in which to visit a practitioner and move closer to healing energy.

A Dreamy Yoga Studio

The Big White Barn boasts a lovely yoga studio. With it’s natural light, high vaulted ceiling, posts and beams and all around relaxed atmosphere it is a place for new and experienced yogis alike. Come benefit from the practice of yoga, meditation and the healing arts. Our practitioners are honored to offer the central Maine community a space that promotes whole being wellness. Challenge your body, quiet your mind, soothe your soul, create calmness, release stress, heal, and discover your best health.
Visit our Practitioners page to find out more about our health care and wellness providers.