The role of ancient landscapes in mental health
UNITED KINGDOM — Modern celebrants have been convening at the ancient site of Stonehenge in Wiltshire for many years now: revivalist Druids of the early 20th century, hippies of the 1960s and 70s, New Age travelers and political activists, and modern Pagans have all gathered at the summer and winter solstices to hold free music festivals, conduct rituals, hold raves, and simply acknowledge the turning points of the year.
Beginning in 2015, the Human Henge Project is a mental health initiative run by a number of organizations. These include the Restoration Trust, the Richmond Fellowship, English Heritage, and Bournemouth University. It also has the support of the National Trust and the Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership -National Health Service. The project is being funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Wiltshire County Council and English Heritage.
The Restoration Trust itself helps people with mental health conditions engage with art and heritage via a process known as Culture Therapy.
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