Caring for the Soul

Patty Flowers and Judy Zappacosta formed Caring for the Sol in 2006 to combine their interests, experience, and talents to explore cutting edge material in new ways. Judy brings decades of expertise in sandplay, Jungian psychotherapy, and teaching. Patty brings a creative energy and vision to evolving areas of Jungian psychology and 30+ years experience developing and managing educational programs. Both trained extensively with Marion Woodman and completed the BodySoul Rhythms® Leadership Training Program. They have worked together for more than 25 years and look forward to collaborating further in Caring for the Soul programs.


PATTY FLOWERS, co-owner of Caring for the Soul, brings a wealth of experience from 25 years as a Continuing Education Specialist at University of California Extension, Santa Cruz, where she directed programs in the arts and humanities including Jungian-oriented psychology and international study tours. She is strongly influenced by her work with Dora Kalff (11 years) and Marion Woodman (28 years). She was Program Director for the Marion Woodman Foundation for 9 years from its inception until 2011. She worked closely with Marion Woodman in the creation and management of programs offering an experience of Woodman’s groundbreaking BodySoul work; she also completed the BodySoul Rhythms® Leadership Training Program. She now devotes time to Caring for the Soul. She has been a life-long student of religions and has done extensive research on the Black Madonna especially in Switzerland, northern Spain, and France.



IMG_0935JUDY ZAPPACOSTA, MFT, is a Certified Sandplay Teacher in Sandplay Therapists of America (STA) and the International Society for Sandplay Therapy (ISST). She served on the boards of both organizations and is past president of STA. She has maintained a private practice in Santa Cruz, California, for over 31 years; focus is on Jungian psychotherapy, sandplay, dreams, and the integration of psyche and soma. She consults and supervises therapists using sandplay, and has published and taught both nationally and internationally. She also served on the board and is past Treasurer of the Marion Woodman Foundation. She is one of the contributing authors in Sandplay Supervision, edited by Rie Mitchell and Harriet Friedman, (Routledge), and Living the Tides of Uncertainty, (STA). Her most recent book is Pearls – Defining Moments in Our Lives, edited and published in 2014.

In her teaching, Judy identifies archetypes around us and emphasizes the necessary experience of relating to archetypal energies. She teaches how to bring this experience into body awareness and embodied consciousness. In this program, she will work with archetypes, including the Great Mother as represented by the Black Madonna, offering opportunity to interface with mystery, image, and embodiment.