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The International SandStory Association - ISA

Are you sitting comfortably?

Good ... then let's begin.

For I have a story to tell and it's called 'The Story of SandStory'.

And like all good stories, it's starts at the beginning - a rather wonderful beginning. We are offered a CONTAINER - much like the book covers that contain the pages of a story.

Next we are introduced to the CHARACTERS of the Story! Some who are vital behind-the-scenes and others who are central stage. But they are all drawn together and set off on a quest, an epic adventure, their own Hero's journey in the sand following teh vision and mission.

And then as the story unfolds, starting with the the backstory, all is CHRONICLED as it came to life.


Lastly, the as the plot thickens and we see the future story as the next pages, chapters and volumes are written, the CELEBRATION of what has been and what will be continues on.

So get more comfy, snuggle down and feel free to grab a drink, a tipple of your choice [no judgement!] and maybe a choccy biscuit ... and stay a while. 

It's Storytime



Launched on 1 June 2020, the ISA offers a safe  container for the world of SandStory through a community of Therapists that focuses on personal and professional growth using sand and symbols according to it's mission and vision. 



The ISA is home to some of the world's most inspiring and passionate Sand Therapists & sandy souls!

It also holds a rather magical group of people on the ISA Advisory Board who serve and support the ISA in a spirit of collaboration, clarity & compassion.


The story begins with a  backstory set in 1994 within a 6 foot high walled enclosure - a secluded, monastic, contemplative community. There the interior life is richly lived and presence is paramount.

Read on to where this 'golden thread' of presence spooled out to be the core of SandStory, launched in 2018 and what happened next ...



Like a good broth, the plot thickens, providing warm nourishment. 

The future of the ISA, it's plans and dreams to spread SandStory through books, trainings, an annual Conference and a world tour ... show that we are just at the beginning of the story and with no signs of the Story of SandStory having a final chapter! So much achieved and so much to look forward to - so much to celebrate!



SandStory has its home in the International SandStory Association [ISA]. The ISA is an open and free container for Therapists and Counsellors interested in learning more about SandStory, as well as all:

  • Registered SandStory Therapists [Level 1/Level 2] 

  • Certified SandStory Therapy® Trainers       

  • Certified SandStory Skills® Trainers  

  • Registered SandStory Skills® Practitioners

  • Registered SandStory Supervisors®

  • SandStory Circle® members

To find your sandy home and be involved as a member, please join the ISA Facebook page where there is a space for exchange and dialogue on all things SandStory - just click on the SandStory logo:

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What is the Mission & Vision of the ISA?

The mission of the ISA is:

To promote SandStory in all it's forms, provide support and encouragement to all it's members, to develop its use in therapeutic professions and to offer guidelines and promote standards in sand therapy training and practice.

To act as a validating Organisation, supports research and the extension of all SandStory therapeutic applications so that itcan have a real-world evidence-based impact.

To provide a safe and warm forum for all it's members whilst being a referral base for them and encouraging their voice and presence as contributing, collaborative SandStory members.

The vision of the ISA is that:

Members join together with other like-minded Therapists and Counsellors and deepen their skill, knowledge and experience in this sand therapy approach.


Members receive invitations to trainings, events and an annual SandStory Conference.

Members have immediate access to news and updates, behind the scenes in the SandStory world and future developments.

Members contribute to the development of this gentle, safe therapeutic approach through sharing their ideas, feedback and contributing to the publication of books and presentations..



The amazing characters of the SandStory world are not ordinary Muggles - they are fully immersed in the wonderful and magical world of SandStory!


They are mainly Therapists and Counsellors who are:

  • Registered SandStory Therapists

  • Certified SandStory Therapy® Trainers

  • Certified SandStory Skills® Trainers

  • Registered SandStory Skills® Practitioners

  • SandStory Supervisors®

  • SandStory Circle® Members


They are also the 'beneficiaries' of the reach of those above - such as supervisees and clients. In the latter group these are young children, adolescents, young adults and senior adults.


In addition, through SandStory Skills®, they are as varied as Teaching Assistants,                      Prison Officers, Corporate workers, Staff of Residential Homes ... and many,                                  many others from all walks of life. 

Come and meet them on the various Registers! 

A lovely, slightly nutty and rather magical group of kindred spirits that helps to support me as the Founder of SandStory, to:

  • strengthen it's container,

  • establish deep foundations

  • protect it's quality, integrity and authenticity

  • proactively extend it's reach globally so that anyone and everyone can experience SandStory

  • and fulfill it's mission.

That's all! And, believe me, each one is amazing:

Advisory Board 

The Characters

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