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SandStory Therapy® Training

Welcome Video

What Is SandStory Therapy®?

SandStory Therapy® is a unique therapeutic approach which enables the child or adult to tell their story in the sand. SandStory Therapy® safely combines the therapeutic use of sand, water and symbols to enable the SandStory Therapist to fully support their client through their therapeutic journey. 

SandStory Therapy® is unique in holding a safe and gentle space for the conscious to be curious and to communicate with your unconscious so that intuitive insights and significant shifts may take place.

It has been developed by the amazing Lara Kasza by combining the therapeutic use of SandTray Therapy and SandPlay Therapy with the expressive elements of storytelling. 

SandStory Therapy® is engaging, hands on and waiting for you!

Who is SandStory Therapy® Training for?

The training is suitable for qualified Creative Arts Therapists, including Play Therapists, Art Therapists, Music Therapists and Drama Therapists and Counsellors. This training is also suitable for talking-based Therapists looking to introduce a creative component to their practice.

As SandStory Therapy® Training is a 2 two-day experiential workshop that requires solid clinical skills and self-awareness, it is best suited to those who are already qualified, or those reaching the end of their therapuetic qualifications. 

SandStory Therapy® can be used with children, young people and adults. And it does not matter whether you are new to using sand therapeutically with clients or are looking to develop additional skills in using sand and symbols in your practice as SandStory Therapy® is a complete training. For those for who are entirely new to the sand, then what a way to start! I cannot wait to welcome you and introduce you to the power of the sand.

The training builds on layers and offers you an experience to build your confidence and competence. There is a section in the application form that enables you to let me know how I can best support you with this medium.

SandStory Therapy® training is conducted in small groups to ensure an indepth experience. Learning will involve a mixture of presentation, experiential exercises, reflection and discussion to ensure an enganging and enriching training.

SandStory Therapy® training is an accredited training and upon completion of the training you will gain 14 CPD hours.

Who can benefit from SandStory Therapy®?

SandStory Therapy® is most suited for children from the age of 8 years onwards, teenagers/young adults and adults right through to senior adults. It can be used as a stand-alone therapy or fit in with your current pratice. SandStory Therapy® can be used for a wide variety of referral issues including, but not limited to:
Individual therapy/counselling
Group work
Family work
Couples/relationship work
Parent work
Support groups such as bereavement or addiction groups

Table of Contents

Day One

1. Welcome

2. Connecting with Symbols

3. Connecting with Sand

4. The Origins of SandStory Therapy®

5. What is SandStory Therapy®

6. Experiential Practice

7. Similarities & Differences in Sand Therapies

8. The Five Elements of SandStory Therapy®

9. Check Out

Day Two

1. Check In

2. The Therapist's Presence

3. Experiential Practice

4. Storytelling & Narrative Structures

5. Experiential Practice

6. The Five Stages of a SandStory Therapy® session

7. Experiential Practice

8. SandStory Therapy® Clients - Case Studies

9. Check Out & Closing

When is the SandStory Therapy® Training?

SandStory Therapy® Training will take place throughout the year. Below are the dates currently available. When completing the application form please state prefered date, followed by second choice. Once the application form is recieved I will do my best to accomodate due to availability.

  • 29th/30th May 2021
  • 7th/8th August 2021
  • 23rd/24th October 2021

Each day particpants will be welcome at 9:30am for a 10:00am start and the day will end at 5pm. 

Further dates will be added to meet demand. Alternatively, if you work for an organisation and would like in-house training please do contact me to discuss you requirements.


**Due to the current Covid-19 social distancing measures Courses may have to be postponed. If this is necessary, postponements will be confirmed as soon as is reasonably possible in line with Government advice. If the Course you are booked onto is subsequently postponed due to Covid-19 you will have the choice of booking onto another date or receiving a refund. If Courses go ahead and you cancel the normal Cancellation Policy will apply (see FAQs below). 

Where will the SandStory Therapy® Training take place?

SandStory Therapy® Training  will take place in Heath and Reach, a small village near the Chiltern Hills in Bedfordshire. It is 2 miles (3.2 km) north of Leighton Buzzard, 3 miles (4.8 km) south of Woburn and 7.7 miles (12.3km) from Milton Keynes.

Located 40 miles (64 km) from central London, the village is 6 miles (9.7 km) from the M1 and benefits from a non-stop fast train from nearby Leighton Buzzard to Euston in just 30 minutes.


The training will take place in Heath and Reach Village Barn, offering a quiet peaceful space to learn new skills and experience the power of sand and symbols.

The Barn provides off road parking, with limited on-site parking availability, a new refitted kitchen with an oven, cooking equipment, cutlery, tea and coffee making facilities.

Come and start your story in the sand! Come and join us!

Things to know

Before you apply I would like to highlight the following:

*The Sand can be a powerful therapeutic medium that access our unconscious. Therefore it is vital that the training focuses on developing skills to use safely, gently and ethically whilst empowering the client to share their story;
*SandStory Therapy® training will involve a high level of experiential learning, this may activate participants’ unconscious and trigger their own ongoing material. Although personal process and emotional expressions are welcome, participants are encouraged to hold themselves safely and appropriately within the containment of the training group , it is not a therapy group;
*There is an expectation that, as a therapist or counsellor, you are attending regular Clinical Supervision as set out by your Governing Body. Whilst using SandStory Therapy® in your client work, this should be able to be discussed within your normal supervision sessions. If you wish to discuss your SandStory Therapy® practice with The Trainer, she would be happy to support you;
*SandStory Therapy® training will qualify you with the title 'Registered SandStory Therapist' upon satisfactory completion of the 2-day training AND two short written assignments that evidence a thorough understanding of SandStory Therapy® and your ability to practice safely and ethically.

Enroll today and download the application form!

Cancellation Policy

Understandably sometimes life gets in the way and we have to change plans. The cancellation policy is written in accordance with the Consumer Contracts Regulation 2013, and is set out below - any questions please ask:

*Full payment (£300) needs to be made a minimum 2 weeks before the training, whether in full or by instalments.

*Any cancellation must be received in written, email, form.

*A £50 non-refundable admin fee will apply for all non- attendance.

*Alternative training dates will be offered subject to availability. If the offered dates are not possible for participants to attend and Wendy is unable to find a replacement participant, the following cancellation charges will apply:

[a] 2 weeks before the course: 50% of the fee;

[b] less than 2 weeks before the course: 100% of the fee;

[c] within 24 hours before the course starts (in cases of personal or family illness or other emergency) reasonable arrangements will be made for the participant to transfer to another course date. If this is not possible for the participant, a refund (minus the £50 admin fee) will be made subject to satisfactory medical evidence.

Should a participant withdraw from a course once the training has commenced there will be no refund.

Refunds will be made within 14 days of the cancellation.

Should the training be cancelled by Wendy a full refund will be available if the proposed replacement dates are not suitable.

Refund and Cancellation due to Covid-19

Due to these particularly uncertain times we understand that embarking
on new courses can be daunting, therefore we want to be as accommodating as possible regarding the flexibility of courses. As stated above the policy is that we ask for full payment due two weeks before the course.
However, if we are advised by the government to cancel the course, then a full refund will be given or the offer of future dates will be given.

We now have a risk assesment and a comprehensive policy regarding safe measures for the training during this pandemic. These will be uploaded in due course in a document available to download.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the address of the venue?

Eastern Way Junction with, Leighton Rd, Heath and Reach, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 0AA.

Heath and Reach can be accessed easily from the M1 by car or by taxi from Leighton Buzzard Train Station.

Is there parking at the venue?

There are limited parking spaces on sight at the Barn, however there is ample off road parking throughout the village and close to the Barn entrance.

Are there places to stay near by?

YES! There are 3 lovely Bed and Breakfasts in the Village. I have attached the websites below. Each of them do evening food as well so I can highly recommend each of them.

https://www.theaxeandcompass.pub/ - This is a 2-3 minute walk from the Barn, up the hill.

https://www.thedukes.uk.com/ - This is a 2-3 minute walk from the Barn, down the hill.

https://www.theheathinn.co.uk/ - This is a 5-8 minute walk from the edge of the village.

Are refreshments and lunch provided?

There is a newly refurbished kitchen in the Barn, which you are welcome to use. There is also a Co-op within a 4 minute walking distance.

Tea/coffee, water and squash will be provided throughout the day, as will biscuits and nibbles!

Do I need to bring anything?

The only things you need to bring is yourself and a camera-phone camera is great! Don't forget your lunch your eagerness to learn a new skill and get your hands in the sand!! :) Everything else will be provided, workbook and pen included.

Please feel free to bring anything else that would help you feel comfortable during the training whether it's a comfy cushion, your cosy slippers or your favourite snacks. I want you to enjoy your experience as best you can.

Can you accomdate my individual needs?

Please contact me in confidence, if there is anything that you feel is important for me to know in order to support you in accessing SandStory Therapy® training. Whether this is a specific learning need, disability, health issue or personal circumstances i want to support you the best I can.

Just drop me an email at wendy.sawyer@time2play.co.uk

Is the training CPD accredited?

Yes! SandStory Therapy® training is in the process of being accredited with the CPD Accreditation Group. This will be complete by the time of training and upon completion of the training you will receive a CPD certificate and 14 CPD hours.

I still have a question, how can I contact you?

I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have. Send me an email at wendy.sawyer@time2play.co.uk and I will do my best to help answer questions.

Don't miss the application form after you have enrolled!