Sandplay in Switzerland
An International Training Intensive
A short history …
1984 – First offered in 1984. Created by Patty Flowers in collaboration with Dora Kalff and offered under the auspices of University of California Extension, Santa Cruz, California. The program was 3 weeks long. Dora Kalff was key instructor and other European Sandplay teachers joined as well. The program always included painting and experiential work. In the beginning that meant 3 private sessions with Dora Kalff to do Sandplay in her incredible room. Participants stayed at Hotel Sonne in Kusnacht and commuted by train several times daily to the Kalff home in Zollikon where all program sessions were held.
1986, 1988, 1989 – Subsequent programs with Dora Kalff and other European Sandplay teachers were held in 1986, 1988, and 1989. This was the last course Frau Kalff taught in 1989 before she died. These 3-week long courses were all held at the Kalff home in Zollikon and participants stayed at the Hotel Sonne in Kusnacht.
1992 – First time program was offered without Dora Kalff. Martin and Sabine Kalff taught intensively and with other European instructors, we found there was a still a great interest in this program.
1993, 1995, 1997 – Sandplay in Switzerland was held successfully, still a 3-week program in Zollikon with participants commuting from Hotel Sonne in Kusnacht.
1999, 2001 – Sandplay in Switzerland moved to Boldern, a retreat/conference center in the hills above the Lake of Zurich. No more commuting! We found as many program hours in a two-week residential setting with evening sessions than we had in the three-week format, which had become too expensive.
2006 – Caring for the Soul was formed. Judy Zappacosta and Patty Flowers, no longer at the University, formed a partnership to enable the continued offering of Sandplay in Switzerland. Judy became a key instructor along with he Kalffs and other European Sandplay practitioners and teachers.
2007 and 2008 – Sandplay in Switzerland was held at Boldern, near Zurich.
2011, 2013, 2015 – Sandplay in Switzerland moved to the best location yet: Hotel Allegro in Einsiedeln. We like our quiet, rural location just a few minutes from the Black Madonna of Einsiedeln, hiking trails in the gorgeous dark forest, a nearby lake for swimming, and the charming small town. The program has grown to be very international; each of these programs gathered participants from 8 different countries. While keeping the best parts of the course, we now also include Marion Woodman’s work with the body and embodied consciousness, further enriching and deepening the experience.
2017 – Now planned and open for enrollment. The program will be held June 17–July 1, 2017. For more information, see Sandplay in Switzerland. This will be the 16th session of this intensive program, offered on the average of every other year over a 32-year period of time.
Caring for the Soul wishes to honor several magnificent human beings and inspired teachers who taught in the Sandplay in Switzerland programs over the years. Dora Kalff started it all, and many lives have been changed by her work. Catherine de Dardel shared her experience, wisdom, and graceful presence. Kaspar Kiepenheuer taught us to take Sandplay outside in Nature Play. Adriana Mazzarella, so perceptive and profound, was brilliant. They all enjoyed their contact with the international students in this program. We are very grateful for their contributions and for the opportunities to learn so much of value from them. They are missed.