Working in Sandplay within the therapeutic framework and aspects of tray interpretation

How can we best understand trays and interpret their meaning?

We will begin by reviewing the work of Martin Kalff in his publications of the article: “Twenty One Points To Be Considered in the Interpretation of a Sandplay” and from his new work “Old and New Horizons of Sandplay Therapy: Mindfulness and Neural Integration.

Additionally, we will engage with the work of Estelle Weinrib, Kalffian Sandplay Teacher and Jungian Analyst in video and through her writing (“On Delayed Interpretation in the Practice of Sandplay Therapy”).

We will spend time on several series of client trays presented by the facilitator.
In this training, we will work with how to create the “safe & protected space” with emphasis on containment, competency and presence through discussion, tray presentation and experiential activities. We will explore vital Kalffian concepts of holding space with clients, staying patiently with the unknown, and learning a stance of non-interference with the client’s process in their healing journeys.

Appreciating the language of symbols and the role they play with regard to archetypal energies in tray progression is also essential. We will investigate some of the themes of wounding and healing in sandplay process through the lens of Rogers-Mitchell and Friedman as well.


  • Kalff, M. (2007). Twenty-one points to be considered in the interpretation of a Sandplay. Journal of Sandplay Therapy, 16 (1).
  • Kalff, M. (2022). Old and new horizons of Sandplay therapy: Mindfulness and neural integration, Routledge.
  • Rogers-Mitchell, R. and Friedman, H. (2017). Archetypal themes in the sandplay process. Journal of Sandplay Therapy, 26 (1).
  • Weinrib, E. (1991). What is a sandplay process? (video, S)
  • Weinrib, E. (2017). On delayed interpretation in the practice of Sandplay therapy. Journal of Sandplay Therapy, 26 (1).