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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 program 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 modality 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 program: personal experience of sandplay, training, clinical supervision, learning to look at sand pictures, integration of learning, and collegial exchange.


New & Noteworthy

Kalff, M. & P. Ferliga (Ed.) (2022). Old and New Horizons of Sandplay Therapy: Mindfulness and neural integration. New York: Routledge.

Excellent resource on recent books, with viewable reviews/reflections is available on the Sandplay Therapists of America website


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. Availability to be announced.

Baum, N., & Weinberg, B. (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). Availability to be announced.

Bowyer, (1970). The Lowenfeld World Technique: Studies in personality. London: Pergamon Press.

Bradway, K., Signell K., Spare G., Stewart C.T., Stewart L.H., Thompson C. (1990). Foreword by Dora Kalff. Sandplay Studies: Origins, theory and practice. Boston: Sigo Press.

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

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

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.

(NEW EDITION): Kalff, D.M. (1966/2020). Sandplay: A psychotherapeutic approach to the psyche. Translated by Boris L. Matthews. Edited by Dyane Neilson Sherwood. Oberlin, Ohio. Analytical Psychology Press: Sandplay Editions.

(NEW): Kalff, M. & P. Ferliga (Ed.) (2022). Old and New Horizons of Sandplay Therapy: Mindfulness and neural integration. New York: Routledge.

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).

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

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

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

Sherwood, D., & Jackson, B. (Eds.), (2018). Into the Heart of Sandplay. Analytical Psychology Press.

Smith, D.S. (2012). Sandtray Play and Storymaking: A hands-on approach to build academic, social, and emotional skills in mainstream and special education. London: Jessica Kingsley.

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

Steinhardt, L. (2013). On Becoming a Jungian Sandplay Therapist: The healing spirit of sandplay in nature and in therapy. London: Jessica Kingsley.

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

Zoha, E. P. (2011). Sandplay Therapy in Vulnerable Communities: A Jungian approach. New York, NY: Routledge.

Zoha, E. P. (2018). Where Soul Meets Matter: Clinical and social applications of Jungian Sandplay Therapy. Asheville, NC: Chiron Publications.

Other References

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

Kalsched, D. (1996). The Inner World of Trauma: Archetypal defences of the personal spirit. New York: Routledge.

Kalsched, D. (2013). Trauma and the Soul: A psycho-spiritual approach to development and its interruption. New York: Routledge.

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

Punnett, A. (2018) (Ed.). Jungian Child Analysis. New York: Fisher King Press.

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.

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

Stevens, A. (1990). On Jung. New York: Routledge.

Symbol Dictionaries

Andrews, T. (2000). Animal-Speak. St. Paul, MN:  Llewellyn Publications.

Biedermann, H. (1999). Dictionary of symbolism. New York: Penguin Books.

Chevalier, J., & Gheerbrant, A. (1996). Dictionary of symbols. London: Penguin Books.

Cirlot, J. E. (1996). A dictionary of symbols. London:  Routledge.

Cooper, J. C. (1992). An illustrated encyclopedia of traditional symbols. London: Thames and Hudson.

de Vries, A. (1984). Dictionary of symbols and imagery. Amsterdam: Elsevier Science Publishers.

Jobes, G. (1962). Dictionary of mythology, folklore, and symbols. New York: Scarecrow Press.

Ronnberg, A., & Martin, K. (2010). The book of symbols: Reflections on archetypal images. Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism: Taschen.

Walker, B. (1983). The women’s encyclopedia of myths and secrets. New York: Harper Collins.

Walker, B. (1988). The woman’s dictionary of symbols and sacred objects. New York: Harper Collins.


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 figurines.

  • 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):

Sand Trays and Sand

Sand Trays

There are currently (2020) 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 can 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.

Building suppliers such as Home Depot may carry play sand which can be sifted to remove larger particles, creating a natural feeling sand that is reasonably priced.

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


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.

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


International Society for Sandplay Therapy​ (ISST)

See the ISST website for up-to-date links to member societies around the world.