Lothlorien community: a holistic approach to recovery from mental health problems
- HICKLEY Brendan
- Journal article citation:
- Therapeutic Communities: the International Journal of Therapeutic Communities, 29(3), Autumn 2008, pp.261-272.
This paper describes the work of the Lothlorien Community, a therapeutic community for people with mental health problems situated in a quiet rural setting in the hills of South West Scotland. The natural environment is a central part of the therapy, with the daily programme primarily based on organic gardening. Interacting with others in a mutually supportive atmosphere and contributing to the working life of the community helps to rebuild residents' self-esteem and self-confidence. Relaxation groups influenced by Buddhist mediation practices help to further develop the sense of mindfulness and relaxation which is gained through gardening.
- Subject terms:
- holistic care, mental health problems, therapeutic communities, complementary therapies, gardening;
- Content type:
- practice example
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- ISSN print:
- 0964 1866