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Could This Ancient Ritual Be an Effective Treatment for Depression?

I’m writing this in a tent, using a pen, at the Headwaters Outdoor School. The school is in the forest near the foot of Mount Shasta, a dormant volcano and the second-highest peak in the Cascade mountain range. Cindy and I come here every year to reconnect with this sacred place in nature and to spend time with a group of old friends. This is Cindy’s tenth year and my fifth. We sit around fires and talk and cook s’mores; we build forts from fallen branches and climb trees while blindfolded; we swim in crystal-clear water; and we put ourselves through the intentional ordeal of a sweat lodge ceremony.

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