Workshops & Training
Florida Sandplay Therapy Association
Please join us to study Sandplay Therapy in Florida

Our workshops provide continued learning for therapists. You are welcome to join fellow students, meeting for education and consultation with certified teachers of the Sandplay Therapists of America. We gather one Saturday per month for five (5) hours of STA credit toward STA requirements. Topics include Jungian Theory, Sandplay Therapy Fundamentals and Adult/Child cases. 


The Florida Sandplay Therapy Association’s Sandplay Sittings monthly classes are resting for the summer. This past year we welcomed guest teachers Kate Adams, Margaret Humphris and Olga Lipadatova. We sold miniatures and books to support our scholarship fund for students. 

Congratulations to our two new STA Sandplay Practitioners:

Flora Torra, EdS, ABSNP School Psychologist, Child/Adolescent Therapist in Orlando/Winter Park, and

Karen Hartfield, MA, RMHCI in Lakeland, FL. 


The Florida Sandplay Therapy Association is planning three special events for 2017-2018:

FALL: Gretchen Watts, LCSW, CST, Nashville, TN. Saturday, September 16, 2017.  

Presentation: “Jason, the Boy Hero - Boys’ Obsessions”

WINTER: Sandplay Intensive Retreat - January 19 & 20, 2018. We offer a Friday evening and Saturday Sandplay Retreat for personal growth, learning, introspection and connection. Our goal is to nourish our Florida Sandplay community, deepen our experience of the sand, and educate practicing therapists in Sandplay Therapy.

SPRING:  Olga Lipadatova, PhD, CRPO Registered Psychotherapist, CAST/ISST certified teacher/supervisor, ATR-BC, RCAT, CCC. Canada. Saturday, April 14th, 2018.

Presentation: “Loss and Grief in Immigration Expressed through Sandplay Therapy”   

TIMES: All Saturday Workshops meet 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Winter retreat begins after supper, Friday 7:00 p.m. until Saturday 4:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Trudy Rankin’s home


WORKSHOPS: Early bird fees: $95.00 for therapists / $70.00 for students (1 month prior). Regular Registration: $110.00 for therapists / $85.00 for students.

SANDPLAY INTENSIVE RETREAT:  Early bird fees: $130.00 for therapists / $105.00 for students (1 month prior). Regular Registration: $150.00 for therapists / $125.00 for students. 

CANCELLATION POLICY: Written cancellation notice is required (letter or email) up to the date of the event. A 10% processing fee will be deducted from your refund. Otherwise, a voucher will be given. If you do not notify us by the date of the event, you will not receive a refund or credit.  

CONTINUING EDUCATION: 6 CEs for workshops (includes STA). Cost: $15.00.

To REGISTER for an event or to join our mailings, contact Christine Bergman ( or Bunnie Graham ( 

Please register as soon as possible to hold your spot!  

Have a Great Summer!


Read our Teacher Interviews for past STI modules:
Lucia Chambers
​​Trudy Rankin
Rie Rogers Mitchell
Audrey Punnett
Patricia Dunn-Fierstein
Joe Meyer
Donna Johnson
Gita Morena

Sandplay Therapists of America Conferences & Training:
For other upcoming conferences and training offered by the Sandplay Therapists of America, please follow the link to their conference schedule.
Lucia Chambers and Trudy Corry Rankin, teachers of the first  module
Gita Morena, photographing teachers
STI Founding Committee Members and Core Faculty, left to right: Regina Driscoll, Gita Morena, Lucia Chambers, and Patricia Dunn-Fierstein

Fostering growth & healing through symbolic process