Sandplay for self-healing and transformation
A six-week experiential course in exploring Integrative Sandplay as a creative and powerful medium for self-healing and personal transformation. Offered through weekly online classes, live-streamed videos, group discussions and written materials.
Topics covered are likely to include:
- Connecting with the sand, grounding and centring in the Sandtray.
- Family dynamics and ancestral healing in the Sandtray.
- Inner child in the Sandtray.
- Self-care in the Sandtray.
- Meeting your soul and your shadow in the Sandtray.
- The four elements in the Sandtray.
- Mythology and symbolism in the Sandtray.
- Manifesting goals and dreams in the Sandtray.
Content will be adapted according to the needs of the group
Important: Whilst Sandplay is a gentle and safe way of self-healing and personal development, it can potentially connect you to some intense emotions. If you are feeling vulnerable or are experiencing significant mental health issues, and have limited support at home, this course may be unsuitable for you. Please discuss with the tutor before signing up.
List of Zoom meeting dates (all Thursdays, 1pm till 2:45pm GMT):
Week one - 14th January
Week two - 21st January
Week three - 28th January
Week four - 4th February
Week five - 11th February
Week six - 18th February
(Please note that some changes to the timetable are possible)
Additionally, there will be four live-streamed 30-minute sand mandala meditation with sound (days/times to be arranged, it will be recorded for replay if you can't attend in person).
A private Facebook group will be available to the course participants for sharing, questions and discussion. Support and guidance from the tutor will be available.
Experience: No specific experience necessary, but the course is particularly suitable for those working in, or interested in, the helping and/or creative professions.
Personal qualities: Curiosity, love of exploration, responsibility for your own wellbeing, deep respect for human experience (including your own)
You will need to have some basic equipment ready for the first week of the course, including the Sand, the Sandtray, and some Symbols.
Play Sand (not builders’ sand) available from garden centres, DIY shops and supermarkets (I like Tesco’s version). This needs to be dried by the start of the course (when bought in plastic bags the sand is often damp, it can take one to two weeks for the sand to dry in a Sandtray at room temperature, though you can also dry it in the oven).
You need enough Sand to fill your Sandtray to the depth of approximately 4-5cm (1.5"-2").
A shallow, flat-bottomed, rectangular or round container, big enough to place both of your palms in and move them around a bit.
An ideal Sandtray is made of wood, is approximately 70 x 50 cm (28" x 20") in size and about 8-10cm (3-4") deep, with the bottom painted blue to represent water (sometimes the inner sides are also painted blue to represent sky).
For the purposes of this course, the Sandtray can be smaller (but big enough as explained above) and made of any material - wood, plastic, even sturdy cardboard. The bottom of the tray can be painted blue, or alternatively you can use some blue paper or card to line the bottom, or leave it as it is if you prefer.
A collection of small objects, figures, miniatures (this does not have to be extensive unless you get a Sandplay "bug" - which is likely). These could be small everyday objects from your house/garden, such as:
- piece of string
- large beads
- pieces of wood/bark
- broken jewellery
- small textile pieces
- broken crockery
- Christmas decorations
- toys (figures, animals, lego, vehicles, etc)
- craft materials
- small pots and other containers
- artificial and real plants/flowers
If you wish to purchase symbols for your collection, the tutor can give you guidance on the selection and sources where to obtain them, but a selection of small household objects and items from nature will be sufficient for this course.
Taking into account current circumstances where many people are still affected by the quarantine restrictions, the course is offered on 'pay what you can' basis, and you are invited to contribute between £35 and £125 for the six-week course, depending on what you can afford.
Booking: Email your expression of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hosted by Masha Bennett
ABOUT YOUR TUTOR Masha Bennett is a UKCP registered psychotherapist and clinical supervisor, trauma specialist, sound healer, and is a tutor for the Association of Integrative Sandplay Therapists, with experience of work in the NHS, prisons, probations, residential children’s homes, international development projects and private practice.