Gesler (1992, 1993) suggests that certain environments promote mental and physical well being. He proposes that specific landscapes will provide an identity, as well as a location for social networks and therefore this suggests a setting for therapeutic activities. Gesler’s theory provides an understanding that increased health and mental well being is the result of environmental, societal and individual factors working together.
Gesler, W. (1992). Therapeutic landscapes: Medical issues in light of the new cultural geography. Social Science & Medicine. 34 (7), 735–746.