SandStory® Therapy Level 1

DATE: 2-Day Workshop (various dates in 2024) – Select Chosen Date Below
TIME: 9.30am – 5pm
VENUE: SandStory Centre, Stanmore, London


By purchasing this training, you confirm that you are a qualified Therapist/Counsellor (or in the final stages of clinical training at level 4 and above) and eligible to undertake this course.

Please note that all bookings are subject to an application process through which the SandStory Trainer reserves the right not to accept applicants without explanation. Any unsuccessful applicant will be automatically refunded. Please ensure you have read and understand the Terms & Conditions.


Payment instalment options available

Sandstories are already, in one week, a positive tool in my therapeutic practice! Thank you, from myself and my clients! I cant wait for the next level!

  • SandStory Therapy® is a powerful tool in helping clients explore a conscious connection with their unconscious processes/patterns, to create deep healing.
  • SandStory Therapy® uses a careful mix of storytelling within the safe container of a sand tray. By using elements such as sand, water and symbols, clients are able to make meaning and share their untold story.
  • SandStory Therapy® has been developed by Lara Kasza to incorporate both theories of Lowenfeld’s ‘World Technique’ which became ‘Sandtray’, and Jungian ideas about ‘Sandplay’ into a supportive framework, allowing clients to gently express themselves.
  • SandStory Therapy® is client led, but invites a gentle wondering by the SandStory Therapist to support each person’s unique processing of their inner world.
  • SandStory Therapy® can be used effectively with young children, older children, teenagers and adults alike.

This 2-day experiential workshop is the core training in SandStory Therapy® and successful completion leads to participants becoming a Registered SandStory Therapist.

The course will cover:

  • History and development of SandStory Therapy®
  • Bringing presence to your therapeutic work
  • The 5 stage SandStory Therapy® model
  • Storytelling in the sand
  • Using the Gestalt approach in the sand
  • Working with transference to deepen the client’s process
  • SandStory Therapy® case studies
  • Clinical application of SandStory Therapy®
  • Working as a SandStory Therapist

Over the weekend you will have an opportunity to get a sensory experience in the sand, learning in-person how to use this innovative and cutting edge approach with your clients whether they are 8 years or 80 years old. SandStory Therapy® helps clients work deeply and safely with all aspects of their life.

The benefits of all sand therapies are vast but SandStory Therapy® is unique in the way it invites the therapist to work within a 5 stage model. This model helps them feel confident and competent in offering this magical medium to clients.

Using a gentle, warm and wondering approach, the SandStory Therapist can support the client to bring greater conscious awareness of their unconscious inner self, by holding space for client to ‘tell their story in the sand’.

The wonderful thing about using the SandStory Therapy® approach is how inviting change and exploration of possibility in the sand, can lead to profound change in real life. Adults clients often notice deep shifts in their healing journey when working with sand.

Participants will leave the weekend with a sound understanding of how to use SandStory Therapy® safely in their work with children and adults and open themselves to a new style of working.

A private Facebook group will be available after the training to support participants to implement SandStory Therapy® into their work. You can share ideas, questions or exciting symbol finds with Shana and other therapists.


On finishing the course, participants will need to complete 2 tasks to qualify.

  1. 500 word training reflection (your experiences and learning from the weekend)
  2. 1000 word anonymised case study demonstrating how you have used SandStory Therapy® with one client

The course is limited to very small numbers – a maximum of 6 people, so the learning and support can be tailored to each person.

A workbook to guide you through the materials and for reference afterwards will be provided on the first day.

Please get in touch at [email protected] with any questions or to discuss any learning needs or requirements.

I hope to welcome you to the world of SandStory Therapy®

This course is suitable for qualified therapists and counsellors only (or those very near completion of their training) This is due to the skills and knowledge needed to practice SandStory Therapy® safely with clients in a clinical context. 

Should you have an interest in SandStory but do not have clinical training or experience, please look at the SandStory Skills® Programme at

Shana Laffy is a Registered SandStory Therapist , Couples Counsellor and MBAC. She teaches on the ‘Certificate in Working with Couples and Other Relationships’ run-in collaboration with The Grove and specialises in supporting conscious communication in relationships. Shana has a private practice in London working with adults, couples and families and has worked in a variety of schools and social care settings with children and young people.

Shana delivers training and coaching across the country, both to professionals and parents on topics such as Emotion Coaching, Attachment , Neuroscience and Trauma Informed Safeguarding. She brings knowledge from a variety of roles in education and as the designated safeguarding lead for a mental health organisation.

Tea, coffee and snacks will be provided. Please bring a packed lunch for both days or shops are a 15minute walk from the training venue. Parking is free outside

Should you need to split the cost of the training over instalments please contact me

In the unlikely event that the training is cancelled by the organiser a full refund will be issued. Cancellation of a booking by the participant must be received in writing. A non-refundable admin fee of £50 is always retained for non-attendance. The organiser will seek to offer other training dates and if this is not possible for the participant who is cancelling then charges apply as follows: (A) More than 2 weeks before the course: 50% of the fee [B] Less than 2 weeks before the course: 100% of the fee due. If the course is full and there are people on the waiting list whereby it is possible to fill the space, a refund may be offered less the admin fee. Refunds will be made using the same method of payment as used for purchasing within 14 days of the cancellation.

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People who have trained in SandStory Therapy® with Shana say…

The training was delivered with being mindful of each person’s individual processes and also as a group. Shana held the group and individuals with compassion and adjusted her timings/training day to the needs of the group. Thank you.

The SandStory Therapy training helped me to reflect on my current practice and deepen my understanding of the power of using symbols and sand with clients. The setting for the training was superb and added to the positive energy I experienced during and after the training sessions.

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Thank you for a fabulous weekend of learning. I went from knowing very little about the approach to feeling confident leading a full SandStory Therapy session with my partner from the group.