Sandplay Courses

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Sandplay therapy is great therapy for all ages and versatile in many different settings. It enables our clients to create a story or revisit an experience or simply express how they are feeling in a tray of sand in the context of a holding environment.

The symbol or miniature collection consists of a wide selection of objects from nature, real life, fantasy, mysticism and spiritual realms. The sand can be used wet or dry, moved or left almost untouched. There are no rights, wrongs or judgements in this way of working.

It is a creative way of exploring our inner worlds: our relationship with self, others and our life experiences. It offers people of all ages the psychological safety to communicate what it is they need or what they are feeling. Blocked energies can be transformed, situations can be seen in a new and often expansive light. It creates greater understanding. It operates at depth yet can also feel fun and creative. You do not need to be a ‘creative type’ to enjoy and benefit from this way of working. Any one of us young or old, whether you are working with individuals, couples or groups can benefit from the power of working in the sand. My youngest client was three and my oldest in their 80’s.


The course is experiential and interactive which gives the participants an opportunity to play in the sand, experience the power of it and gain a brief overview of the underlying theory.

The course consists of:

* A series of experiential sand trays.

* The therapeutic and clinical value in using sandplay therapy.

* An introduction to the theory of sandplay therapy

* Practical discussion as to how to set up sandplay therapy in the setting in where you work including safe and ethical practice.

* An introduction to the world of symbols.

* Discussions link the theory and practice.

* The importance of creative imagination in connecting the conscious and unconscious aspects of the psyche.

* Creative visualisation and mindfulness practices.

* Accredited by the Association of Integrative Sandplay Therapists

Participants from a range of backgrounds are welcome including: counsellors, psychotherapists, students, psychologists, youth workers, social workers, teachers etc. If you are unsure of your eligibility, please ask.

2nd& 3rd June Sat/Sun

15th & 16thSeptember Sat/Sun 

24th &25th November Sat/Sun 

Cost £150 including tea / coffee etc.

About Ruth Baker

Ruth has over 20 years’ experience as a counsellor, psychotherapist, supervisor, teacher and consultant with a private practice in South Devon. She teaches sandplay, counselling and mindfulness with an emphasis on practical applications. She has extensive knowledge of working with people of all ages in a wide range of settings including mental health services, drug and alcohol services and the probation service she brings this expertise to her training. Ruth uses sandplay and art therapeutically in her practice with individuals, couples, groups and in supervision. She is creative in her approach and brings this to her teaching and work. In her free time she loves to walk, to play, to dance, to garden and wild swim.

The Venue

The Nautilus Rooms are based in the heart of Totnes a thriving market town in South Devon. The Nautilus Rooms was set up with the needs of talking therapists in mind, a comfortable and tranquil space with fully equipped kitchen and break out space. The collection of sandplay symbols is extensive – almost certainly the largest in the South West. Having undertaken extensive sandplay training Ruth has understood the need for a large symbol collection particularly in the training environment. Totnes itself has a market and numerous charity shops all of which are great hunting grounds for symbols.

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