TRAINING LEVEL 1 & 2
Hello and a warm welcome as you have a look around this page introducing SandStory Therapy® Level 2!
This training is available for Registered SandStory Therapists and other qualified Sand Therapists, such as Sandplay and Sandtray Therapists. It's aim is to build further on your knowledge base and to have time and space for yourself in the sand to grow in both your personal life and your professional life as a sand-based Therapist.
So, while there won't be any new clinical strategies, skills or approaches to learn, either from your initial training in sand and/or as a SandStory Therapist [for example, the 5 Stages, the 5 elements, the grounding in presence etc. are all the same] there is both a broadening and deepening of your understanding and learning of aspects that occur within SandStory Therapy® and the use of Sand Therapy - for your clients certainly and also for you as a Therapist.
If you have longed to continue your journey in the sand ... this course and these words below will speak to you! We are going to dive deep ....
"Sand lines my soul which is filled with the breath of the ocean”
- A. Posey
And as we go deeper, we will enter the dark, the mystic night, the infinite cosmos of stars and moon. Let's go deeper, let's go into the dark ...
"When I embarked on my SandStory Therapy® journey three years ago, I never envisaged that this would trigger a deep connection with therapeutic work in the sand.
Over the years, I always yearned to go deeper in my knowledge.. Out of the blue, Lara announced that she was launching Advanced SandStory Therapy® and (being based in Australia) it was conveniently available online, work at my own pace (perfect)!
Right from the start, I have been totally absorbed in the training and I now have a fuller understanding of archetypes, energies, chakras and everything else connected to the sand and the wonderful symbols our clients so gracefully use to help them heal.
Thank you Lara. This has really made a difference to my own journey as a maturing therapist."
"I have found the second part of SandStory training even more fascinating than the first. I thought it could not get any better than part one.
In the advanced, Lara goes so deep into the psyche. This meant I had to go deep into myself, unknowingly most of the time.
This work is incredible, the delivery is beautiful and Lara has the calmest gentle way in her presentation.The examples of trays were incredible to see and helped me understand the content of the training. 'As a non directive Play Therapist, this training has given me the incredible window to understand so much about my Clients work in the sand, it has also given me permission to gently ask questions, or reflect on observations, without making my clients feel pressured.
Thank you, Lara! your work is incredible! I very much enjoyed this training.."
Remembering that this training is a journey for you as part of your own self-growth as a Sand/SandStory Therapist, there will be a large emphasis on your own experience in the sand.
For the online training, having your own sand tray and a collection of symbols to hand will be essential as we explore the following in the 8 Chapters of the course:
Introducing the course - a comprehensive explanation of the structure, content, resources, qualifying process and support for the course. This will be a recorded module for you to watch prior to joining the in-person or live Zoom training.
The psychic terrain - a guided tour of a Jungian framework of our own and our client's inner world looking at the therapeutic process at work. We will explore the healing therapeutic process through the lens of 'shadow work' such as the alchemical process and recognise the 'soul work' in process.
Understanding the power of the archetype - such as the Sage, the Innocent, the Explorer, the Creator, the Hero, the Lover etc. and looking at how these are captured and portrayed through stories in books and film and weave their way into stories in the sand.
Exploration of the core archetypes of the Animus and Anima within the psyche, the 6 stages of the feminine and the masculine and a focus on the 'mother wound' - a primal attachment wound - experienced potentially by many of our clients and the journey in the sand to healing.
Looking deeper at the 'Hero/ine's journey' and a way of moving through the thresholds and introducing a map to your client's hero journey in the sand ... whilst exploring your own.
Exploring 'Energy in the sand [part 1]' through the lens of the Chakras and how these can be unblocked or balanced within us and our clients in the sand.
Exploring 'Energy in the sand [part 2]' through the ancient Medicine wheel and the 4 Elements - to deepen our sense of the connected flow within us and all things.
The maturing Sand/SandStory Therapist - exploring the use of Silence and the Untold [non-verbal] stories in sand therapy with a myriad of case studies and sand tray images; and the vital essence of a maturing Sand/SandStory Therapist with an introduction to SandStory Circles®. This final module is a recorded one which you will be invited to watch at the end of the training as part of your completing the programme.
Training is accessible in either one of 3 ways:
ONLINE: as an Individual Learner - the full training is available immediately on enrolment and you can simply access the content and work through the modules instantly and at your own pace and time ... OR
ONLINE: as a Group Learner - attend the live, interactive training as part of a group - see dates and times below [note these are offered in UK time, so please check with yours using https://www.thetimezoneconvert...:].
IN-PERSON: at the SandStory Centre, Stanmore [London, UK] over 2 days or at another venue.
In-person on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 May 2022 from 9 am to 5 pm [4 pm on Sunday]
Online Group on Saturday 2, 9, 16 and 23 July from 10 am to 1 pm [4 Saturdays]
Other dates could be made available and I am happy to take requests!
I look forward to meeting you in-person or on the online world where I will offer a safe and sheltered space to deepen our experience of ourselves as Sand & SandStory Therapists - and wrap us up deeper in the world of SandStory Therapy®!
Frequently asked questions
What is the cost of the training?
The fee is £300. Thsi can be paid once or, if you needto, in 2 installments of £150 each or 3 installments of £100 each month. You can pay via PayPal or using yourcard.
How can I make the most of the learning experience?
Whether you are coming to the SandStory Centre or sitting on the sofa with your laptop or even using the Spaces app to work through the content on your commute, do what you need to do! Have your favourite tea [welcome to bring your best tea bags/coffeee and comfy slippers here!].
For the in-person, how do I get to the SandStory Centre?
Once you book on, you will receive the full address of the SandStory Centre, based in Stanmore.
If you are coming by car, I do recommend the free app 'Waze' - it's saved me loads of time and stress.
Coming by air? Heathrow airport is the nearest airport.
What accommodation is there?
There is an onsite B&B with 2 double bedrooms available - do email me if you are interested for all the details.
Otherwise, the nearest accommodation is Grimsdyke Hotel which is a 6 minute drive from the SandStory Centre. Their website is https://www.bestwestern.co.uk/hotels/best-western-plus-grims-dyke-hotel-83956.
What time does the training start and end for the in-person training?
On Day 1 we will start at 9am and have a morning and afternoon break with an hour for lunch and end at 5 pm.
What happens with meals for the in-person training?
I'll be honest - I'm the worst cook ever. So [for health and safety reasons!] please bring a packed lunch.
Is there anything I need to bring for the in-person training?
For the in-person training: please consider printing or purchasing a printed copy of the Workbook as it will be very useful to have and then any creature comforts and your lunch, it would be great if you could bring a camera [your phone camera is fine],
Is this a CPD accredited course?
Yes! There are 14 CPD hours accredited for the training by the International SandStory Association.
What if I have to cancel attending the training?
Ah, that would be sad but 'life happens'. Here's my cancellation policy (written according to the Consumer Contracts Regulation, 2013) - any questions do email me:
How long do I have access to the training online?
For a lifetime!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.