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7 & 8 Oct 2023 | 2-day Experiential Sandplay Workshop | in Person

This two-day workshop is an experiential dive into the world of Sandplay. Using the sand tray as a container, you will have the chance to explore, play, reflect and learn while remaining open to the possibilities inherent in a range of figurines/symbols. The experiential nature of the workshop will allow participants to explore this medium as a mirror of different aspects of themselves in a safe space.

Because the nature of Sandplay is pre-verbal and symbolic, the greatest emphasis lies in the experiential component of this weekend workshop. As part of a small group of six, there will be the opportunity to work in pairs as both creator and silent witness, coming together to reflect upon the sand pictures. The work will be treated sensitively; interpretations will be put aside to give the maker/world creator space to allow for the growth of their self-awareness. The development of our self-awareness is a continuing journey whatever our level of experience; therefore, therapists of varying approaches and trainees with all levels of experience are welcome.

A brief introduction to the skills, models and approaches to sand tray work will be given. However, the emphasis will be on the experiential nature of learning. The weekend is built around the participant’s use of the sand tray to actively experience the theoretical concepts underpinning this approach. We will also explore how the sand tray complements the Art Therapy practice.

By the end of the weekend participants will have:

  • Experienced the use of figurines and the sand tray as a containing space
  • Considered varied theories relating to symbolic play and their application
  • Explored how to use sand tray work to complement Art Therapy
  • Developed an understanding of the use of Sandplay with clients in Art Therapy


Kali Turabi has over 16 years’ experience working in various mental health settings. She has worked with children and young people as an Art Psychotherapist in mainstream and special educational needs schools. Kali has also worked with adults in community settings and at Studio Upstairs. She worked as a Place2Be Postgraduate Diploma Tutor before becoming Interim Programme Leader during the pandemic. Kali provides Sandplay workshops for students on the Postgraduate Diploma at Place2Be.

Next Workshop:

Dates: Sat & Sun 7 & 8 October 2023 | in-person at London Art Therapy Centre (CoVid dependent)
10:00 – 4:00 pm each day
Course fee:
Employer-funded £320
Self-funded £280
Trainees £240

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