At its fundamental level Sandplay and its use of the sandtray, the figures, and the therapeutic holding, provides a ‘free and protected space’ within which deep layers of self-healing can take place.
“Often the hands know how to solve a riddle with which the intellect has wrestled in vain.” (C G Jung Transcendent Function para 180)
Developed by Dora Kalff, with Jung’s encouragement, sandplay is a ‘hands on’ method of psychotherapy and personal development based on practical, creative work in the sand tray. Sandplay combines the World Technique of Margaret Lowenfeld and the analytical psychology of C G Jung.
During my training at The C G Jung Institute Zurich I was fortunate to have seminars and supervision with analysts specialising in sandplay who had trained with Dora Kalff. I thank Ruth Ammann, Marianne Meister-Notter, Carlo Ruffino and Elvira Valente for their insights and guidance.