The South African Sandplay Therapy Society
Jungian Sandplay Therapy
Welcome! Welkom! Wamkelekile!
"There is a dream dreaming us" - Khoisan saying
The South African Sandplay Therapy Society (SASTS) is a Member Society of the International Society for Sandplay Therapy (ISST).
ISST is the international body founded in 1985 by Frau Dora Kalff in Zollikon, Switzerland for the study and practice of Sandplay Therapy, and the development of this therapeutic method.
With Analytical Psychology as it’s theory, ISST is an affiliate of the International Association for Analytical Psychology (IAAP).
SASTS is a professional body that represents and supports the professional practice of Jungian Sandplay Therapy.
SASTS was founded in 2021 by its seven founding members: Braam Beetge, Reyhana Seedat, Irmgard (Imme) Thom, Gwenda Euvrard, Judith Bredekamp, Sylvia Clutten and Aletta (Retha) Roux.
The SASTS website provides information and a range of information as regarding Jungian Sandplay Therapy (ISST). Whether you are just browsing in curiosity or seeking specific information, we hope you will find helpful information here.
If you have additional queries, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Please note that this website is not a substitute for formal therapy
Frau Dora Kalff
About our Society and what is Jungian Sandplay Therapy?
“Often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain.” - C.G. Jung
Sandplay Therapy (ISST) is an in-depth psychotherapeutic method (Jungian) with its Kalffian methodology developed by Frau Dora Kalff in Zollikon, Switzerland, based on the psychological principles of C.G. Jung.
Sandplay therapy is a creative form of psychotherapy using the imagination, “a concentrical extract of the life forces both physical and psychic” (C.G. Jung). It is characterized by the use of sand, water and miniatures in the creation of images within “a free and protected space” of the therapeutic relationship and the sandtray.
A series of sandplay images portrayed in the sand trays create an ongoing dialogue between the conscious and unconscious aspects of the client’s psyche, which activates a healing process and the development of the personality.
This therapeutic method may be successfully applied to individual work with both children and adults.
Membership BenefitsMembers registered as ISST Certified Sandplay Teachers, ISST Certified Sandplay Therapists and Advanced Candidates who have paid the annual membership fee and are in good standing with regards to ethics, qualify for the following benefits:
• Participation in the activities of the General Assembly as stated in the Constitution.
• Listing on the official SASTS website
• Participation in the webinar programme of the society at a reduced rate
• One complimentary weekend training event of 3 hours during the year
To become a member contact our membership executive Retha Roux on firstname.lastname@example.org
Training and Events
Sandplay Journey to Wholeness through the Alchemical Colors Black, White and Red
Wednesday 10 April 2024 at 19:00
Presented by Dr. Lynne Ehlers
The ancient alchemists’ quest to transform base metals such as lead into gold unfolded in generally agreed-upon color-stages, from black (the Nigredo), to white (the Albedo) to red (the Rubedo). Today we understand these color stages, as described by C.G. Jung and others, as the process of transformation in the human psyche—empirically validated in a doctoral thesis by the sequence of colors emerging in Dr. Ehlers’ dreams over a 15-year period (Ehlers,1992).
In the first half of the program, using images from art, we will explore the psychological meaning of these color-stages, with a focus on the albedo and the rubedo as a complementary pair in the psyche, representing archetypal feminine and masculine energies, with corroboration for these opposites as a pair found not only in cross-cultural color symbol-systems worldwide and across time but also in contemporary studies of the neuroanatomy of the human brain. We will discuss the challenges we and our clients face in balancing these two energies in our daily lives.
In the second half of the program we will focus on these changes of colors selected for use in the sandplay of a deeply wounded woman, on her transformational 22-year journey from addiction and the self-destructive behavior of her past to a radiant new life.
Dr. Lynne Ehlers
Lynne L. Ehlers, Ph.D., is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and Teaching Member (CST-T) of ISST/STA with a private practice in Albany, California where she offers sandplay, dreamwork, case consultation and Jungian-oriented depth psychotherapy for adults. She has worked with sandplay since 1977. For many years she has taught classes on dream symbolism and sandplay at local universities and presented papers at sandplay conferences biennially since 2009 . Her many articles, on Kali, the Scarab, The Pearl of Great Price, Written in the Sand, Archetypal Defenses of the Self, etc., appear in the Journal of Sandplay Therapy. Her chapter on “The Tao of Sandplay Therapy” appears in Into the Heart of Sandplay (2018) and she is the author of Alchemy and Individuation: The Colors of Transformation, (2022) Analytical Psychology Press.
27th ISST Conference
18-22 August 2025
Articles & Links
On the Bookshelf
Video: Dora Kalff on Sandplay