South Africa

Sandplay South Africa

Since the Covid-19 Pandemic has made international travel more difficult, training is in the hands of the fledgling South African Society for Sandplay. All information on Sandplay training can be found on the website


I have been a teaching member of the German and the International Society for Sandplay Therapy (ISST) since 2007. Since 2009 I have taught not only in Germany, but also in South Africa. I have taught a full curriculum together with German and South African colleagues in Stellenbosch, near Cape Town, with a practice in Stellenbosch.  I was also involved with a support group of psychiatric patients named Spring Forward and have been involved with a project for short term sandplay in a group setting with students of the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Pretoria in the past, as well as with Good Hope Psychological services, a non-profit offering free psychological services in Paarl and Stellenbosch.

Sandplay training according to the guidelines of the International Society for Sandplay Therapy (ISST) include a personal process with a certified member of ISST as well as 100 hours of theory and 80 hours of individual and group supervision with teaching members of ISST. Theoretical training involves 6 three day workshops offering 18 hours of credit each. CPD credits have been applied for.

The curriculum of the current course includes:


  • Roots, History and Way of Working of Sandplay
  • Materials
  • Documentation and Photography
  • Dry and wet sand
  • Attitude of the therapist
  • Healing factors
  • Reading scenes: association, amplification, space symbolism
  • Silence and speech

Jung´s Map of the Psyche

  • The conscious and the unconscious
  • The self and the ego
  • Ego functions and attitudes
  • Persona and shadow
  • Complexes and archetypes
  • Anima/Animus concept
  • Symptoms, meaning and libido

Symbols and Symbolism

  • What is a symbol and how does it work
  • Symbols in fairy tale, myth, nature, culture and everyday life
  • Personal and archetypal symbols
  • Understanding symbols
  • Symbol paper presentations

Methods of Sandplay Therapy

  • Invitation to Sandplay
  • Initial Trays
  • Recognizing disorders and resources
  • Transference and Countertransference
  • Progression and Regression
  • Models of Interpretation of Sandplay Process

Child Development and Adult Individuation

  • Basics of developmental psychology (Fordham)
  • Stages of ego development (Neumann/Kalff)
  • Age-appropriate Scenes
  • Life-long Development (Jung)
  • Process of Individuation

Sandplay applications and Trauma

  • The neuropsychology of trauma
  • Kalsched´s theory of trauma
  • Sandplay therapy with trauma in children and adults

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