We are honored to be part of the The Presence and Play Network, developed by Theresa Kestly founder of New Mexico Sandtray Training Institute. Theresa generously provided Heather the resources necessary to be rooted in the basics of her approach, while gracefully encouraging Heather to bring the fullness of herself to teaching.
This relationally based approach to sandtray is rooted in interpersonal neurobiology, which Heather views as the intersection of science & spirituality. Our program develops from the teachings of Margaret Lowenfeld, Dora Kalff, contemporary neuroscientists, and a variety of leaders from broad complementary creative and cultural studies.
We integrate principles from: trauma & attachment informed practices; polyvagal theory; the mysteries of right brain to right brain process; the power of presence & witnessing; play; mindfulness; expressive arts & the creative process; culture; myth & metaphor; existentialism.
Additionally, Heather has been trained and supervised extensively in sandplay, a Jungian approach to sand therapy, as well as various other sandtray approaches.
Inner Resources Training Institute offers 10 levels of training, consultation and certification. The layers are categorized as: 4 foundational, 2 developmental, 3 topical, and a final integrating capstone.
This is not a linear path, many of the levels can be taken in any sequence that makes sense for your individual journey, prerequisites are listed on each workshop page. Some participants repeat workshops simply for the nurturing of self.
The small size of our intensive workshops allows for hands-on experiential exercises and in-depth discussions related to each activity. The material shared in group process means that every training has an uncharted aspect to be discovered, in addition to the core objectives.
Sandtray is an expressive modality for all ages that uses sensory and symbolic means to safely explore the full range of self and experience. It’s a process difficult to fully comprehend in exclusively verbal, or even visual means; its power is revealed in the experiencing. The following quote is one of the best descriptions, it captures the key elements beautifully:
Sandplay provides an opportunity to process life experiences through a tangible, visible procedure which is both fun and intensely meaningful, both intimately revealing and symbolically concealing. The process of healing takes place while playing with the sand and figures, without the need for interpretation, verbalization or conscious awareness.Linda Hunter, Images of Resiliency
Heather calls this work “Sandpray”, to reflect her belief in sand therapy as a spiritual process based on the following definition by Meyers & Williams: