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In our Resources section, you will find a listing of sources and materials that range from sandplay and Jungian literature, to practical items like sand and miniatures. These resources can further support the deep understanding of sandplay that we provide in our training programme through theoretical, clinical and experiential learning.

While reading the literature and developing a sandplay collection are important parts of offering sandplay to clients, we believe that completing these tasks is not sufficient to create competency and clinical expertise in the therapeutic benefits of sandplay therapy. Developing a professional practice in sandplay requires deep learning on the part of the therapist, including the rich components of our training programme: personal experience of sandplay, training, clinical supervision, learning to look at sandpictures, integration of learning, and collegial exchange.



Weinberg, B. & Baum, N., (Eds), (2007) Sandplay and the Psyche: Inner Landscapes and Outer Realities. Thera Art, Toronto. (Including articles from CAST members: Brenda Weinberg, Nehama Baum, Joan Németh, Johanna Beyers and other international Sandplay Therapists). To order this book:

Ammann, R. (1991), Healing and Transformation in Sandplay: Creative processes become visible. Chicago: Open Court.

Armatruda, K., Simpson, P. (1997), Sandplay, The Sacred Healing: A guide to symbolic process.San Francisco, CA: Trance-Sand-Dance Press

Baum, N., & Weinberg, B. (Eds.), (2003). In the Hands of Creation: Sandplay images of birth and rebirth. Forward by Kay Bradway. Toronto, Muki Baum.

Boik, Barbara Labovitz; and Goodwin, E. Anna (2000). Sandplay therapy: A step-by-step manual for psychotherapists of diverse orientations. New York: W.W. Norton

Bowyer, (1970). The Lowenfeld world technique: Studies in personality. London: Pergamon Press.

Bradway, Katherine ; Signell K., Spare G., Stewart C.T., Stewart L.H., Thompson C. (1990). Sandplay studies: Origins, theory and practice. Boston:

Bradway, K. & McCoard, B. (1997). Sandplay: Silent Workshop of the Psyche. New York: Routledge Sigo Press

DeDominico, G.S. (1986). Applications of the Lowenfeld world technique: A comparative illustration of the analysis of the final world and the analysis of the sand tray play process. Oakland, CA: Vision Quest Into Symbolic Reality.

Dundas, E.T. (1990). Symbols come alive in the sand. Boston: Coventure.

Eastwood, P. (2003). Nine windows to wholeness: Exploring numbers in sandplay. Honolulu, HI: Sanity Press.

Griffith, M. (2000). The wolf in sandplay therapy: A symbolic approach to psychotherapy. Bloomington, IL: Health Psychology Publications

Grubbs, G. (1997). The sandtray categorical checklist (SCC) for sandtray assessment. Saratoga, CA: Self published.

Hunter, L. (1998). Images of Resiliency. Palm Beach: Behavioural Communications.

Kalff, D.M. (2003/1980). Sandplay: A psychotherapeutic approach to the psyche. Cloverdale, CA: Temenos

Kiepenheuer, K. (1990). Crossing the bridge: A Jungian approach to adolescence (K.R. Schneider, Trans.). La Salle, IL: Open Court.

Lowenfeld, M. (1993). Understanding children's sandplay: Lowenfeld's world technique. Great Britain: Antony Rowe Ltd.. (Originally published as The world technique, George Allen & Unwin Ltd., 1979)

McNally, S. ( 2003) Sandplay: A sourcebook for play therapists. Writers Club Press

Mitchell, R.,& Friedman, H. (1994). Sandplay: Past, present & future. New York: Routledge.

Reed, J.P. (2002). Sand Magic: Experience in Miniature. Albequerque: JPR, Publishers.

Ryce-Menuhin, J. (1992). Jungian Sandplay: The wonderful therapy. London: Routledge

Steinhardt, L. (2000). Foundation and Form in Jungian Sandplay: An art therapy approach. London: Jessica Kingsly.

Turner, B. (2004). H.G. Wells Floor Games: A father's account of play and its legacy of healing. Cloverdale, CA: Temenos Press.

Weinrib, E. (1983). Images of the Self: The sandplay therapy process. Boston: Sigo Press.

Myths and Fairy Tales

Kawai, H. (1988). The Japanese psyche: Major motifs in the fairy tales of Japan. Dallas, TX: Spring Publications, Inc.

Theories of Development

Bowlby, J. Attachment and Loss trilogy: (1969) Vol. 1 Attachment; (1973) Vol 2. Separation; (1980) Vol. 3 Loss. New York: Basic Books

Bowlby, J. (1988). A Secure Base: Parent-Child Attachment and Healthy Development. New York: Basic Books

Neumann, E. (1973). The Child. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, for C.G. Jung Foundation for Analytical Psychology.

Sroufe, A.L. (1996). Emotional Development. New York: Cambridge University.


Schore, A.N. (2003), Affect Regulation and the Repair of the Self. New York: W.W.Norton & Co., Inc.

Schore, A.N. (2003). Affect Dysregulation and disorders of the Self. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., Inc.

Siegel, D.J. (1999). The Developing Mind: Toward a neurobiology of interpersonal experience. New York: Guilford.

Solomon, M., & Siegel, D. (Eds.), (2003). Healing Trauma: Attachment, mind, body, and brain. New York: W.W. Norton.

Play Therapy

Landreth, G. (1991). Play therapy: the art of the relationship. Muncie, IN: Accelerated Development.


Watkins, M. (1984). Waking dreams. Dallas: Spring Publications, Inc.

Therapeutic Approaches

Lowenfeld, M. (1948). On the psychotherapy of children. London: E.T. Heron.


Kast, V. (1992). The Dynamics of Symbols. New York:Fromm International Publishing.

Other References

Markell, M.J. (2002). Sand, water, silence: The embodiment of spirit; explorations in matter and psyche. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.


Journal of Sandplay Therapy, San Francisco, California. Sandplay Therapists of America at


Besides retail sources of toys and specialty manufacturers of sandplay miniatures, there are a number of other ways to collect figures.

  • Garage sales
  • Second hand stores (Value village, etc.)
  • Natural and found objects
  • Cake decorating stores
  • Dollhouse miniature shows
  • Folk and world art shops
  • Toy train stores and Preiser human figures
  • Craft stores, e.g. Michaels
  • Flea markets, e.g. St. Lawrence Market in Toronto on Sunday mornings
  • Learning materials, e.g. Wintergreen Learning Materials
  • All toy stores, especially suppliers of: Playmobile; Schleich; Papo
  • Specialty chess sets
  • Hospital gift stores

Some specialty sandplay miniature manufacturers (many others available on the web):
If you work in a hospital setting where a collection must be able to be cleaned free of germs, you may wish to consider in particular:
  • Playmobile
  • Schleich
  • Papo
  • Wintergreen Learning Materials

Sandtrays and Sand


There are now two Canadian suppliers for sand trays who are able to ship their products, making it possible to order trays without incurring customs charges:

Greg Zachernuk
Light Heart
8551 Chemainus Road
Chemainus BC, V0R 1K5
Phone: 250-715-6825

JAK Canada
Phone: 905 650 1773

Other suppliers in the US will ship to Canada including You could also contact sandplay therapists in your area for local sources they have used.


Sandtastik is one source of clean, fine play sand. It is available in a variety of colours. See 800-845-3845. Available from KidzGroup Distribution Inc., 6615 Ordan Drive, Mississauga, ON L5T 1X2 (905) 670-7999.

It is also possible to bring in sand from nature, wash it, and use it in the sandtrays.


Gardens of the Soul: Sandplay Therapy. Documentary file, English version. Ruth Ammann, Zelgstrasse 10, 8963 Kindhausen Switzerland. E-mail:

Sandplay with Dora M. Kalff. A film by Peter Ammann, English/50 minutes, VHS NTSC.

Dora Kalff: Beyond the Shadow: Symbolic Images of the Self in Sandplay Therapy.


International Society for Sandplay Therapy​

Links to National Societies Around the World

  1. AISPT: (ITA)
  2. BISS: (GBR/IRL)
  3. ibtsandplay: (BRL)
  4. DGST: (GER)
  5. HKSTA: (HK)
  6. ISTA: (ISR)
  7. JAST: (JPN)
  8. LSST: (LAT)
  9. NVST: (NED)
  10. SGSST: (SUI)
  11. STA: (USA)
  12. TSST: (TWN)