Sandplay Aotearoa has hosted a number of successful events in the past.


Introduction to Symbol Work and Sandplay Therapy

with Facilitators Carina Conradie and Jean Parkinson
Symbol Work and Sandplay Therapy – Continuing Education Opportunity!

Introductory Level. Open to any mental health and or health professional working with
clients in a creative way or interested in creative therapies.

Programme details:
Sandplay therapy creates a bridge between the conscious and unconscious. Dora Kalff describes it as a “pathway to the psyche and in the hands of a properly prepared therapist, it is a powerful, invaluable modality”. This two-day training opportunity is the beginning foundations of a creative expressive therapeutic modality. In this introductory training Jean and Carina introduced the origins of sand-tray as a therapeutic modality and applications for across a wide range of populations.

Facilitators: Carina Conradie and Jean Parkinson

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Phases in ego development in children and its expression in sandplay

Saturday 24 July 2021

with Facilitators Carina Conradie and Jean Parkinson

Requirement for attendance:
Member of a professional society and exposure to some basic training of sandplay therapy and symbol work

Programme details:
CG Jung stated that the Self directs the process of psychic development from the time of birth. Dora Kalff observed evidence of this individuation process in her sandplay work with children and adolescents. This workshop will explore her observations, focusing especially on the development of ego and how it may present itself in sandplay.

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2020 – The Hero’s Journey

with Facilitators Carina Conradie and Jean Parkinson

Every hero must have the courage to be alone, to take the journey for himself. Joseph Campbell

Day ONE – Saturday 25 July 2020
The Departure of the Hero – Exploring the call to adventure and the hero’s response to this call as expressed in the creative therapies, with a specific focus on sandplay therapy.

Day TWO – Sunday 26 July 2020
The Initiation Phase of the Hero – Where the journey has now begun with trials and tribulations; Focus on the feminine hero using a well-known story.

Day THREE – Saturday 26 September 2020
The Return of the Hero – What does this imply in the therapeutic process; Focus on Maori mythology.

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Dr Alexander Esterhuyzen – Hamilton

Jill Kaplan – Auckland


Dr Alexander Esterhuyzen
Alexander Esterhuyzen, BSc Hons, MB ChB, MRC Psych, CCST, IAAP, ISST Certified Sandplay Teacher, has held roles as Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy and Clinical Department Leader in major UK health services along with his role as Senior Psychoanalyst with the Independent Group of Analytical Psychologists, London. He practices privately now mainly in Hong Kong, although he travels and lectures globally, serving several international universities and learning institutions. Alexander has a wealth of experience working with both adults and children in analytic and sandplay contexts. He is the current President of the International Society for Sandplay Therapy, and Past President of the British and Irish Sandplay Society.


Jill Kaplan
Jill Kaplan, MA, LMFT, CST-T, is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California and Certified Sandplay Therapist and Teacher with ISST (International Society for Sandplay Therapy). Jill specialises in child therapy and also works with adults. She offers an integrative approach using dream work, body awareness, meditation, Body/Soul/Rhythm work (Marion Woodman Foundation), and active imagination to facilitate a process toward healing and an experience of the Self. She is especially interested in trauma and the complementary teachings of Buddhism and Sandplay. Jill has practiced Zen meditation for over 20 years and is a teacher in the lineage of Suzuki-roshi. Jill has authored many articles in the Journal of Sandplay Therapy and has taught nationally and internationally. She is current President of Sandplay Therapists of America.