To help you put a bit of reference to these pictures, these are all the blessings that I GOT to partake in during the Sandtray Summit. Of course, working with/for a non-profit is a LOT of work to make it all go, but it's SOOOO worth it when we get to see all of the amazing people we serve all over the world.
A few of the highlights from the pics
-We welcomed a new board member, Nindi Kirpalani who is our Director of International Operations
-We hosted Bessel van der Kolk as our keynote speaker and did a special fireside chat with just him and our VIP's
-Several of my good friends and colleagues spoke about sandtray topics near and dear to their hearts, allowing for their love of sandtray and healing to spill over onto all of our attendees. I HEART this so much - one of my driving passions to to give ALL a seat at the table. No right last name, no in crowd, just real people helping others.
-Giving SWAG to our attendees. Helping others feel good and special is a very cool part of BIRGing that I LOVE to do!
Nearly 350 sandtray therapists attended from literally all over the world (even some staying up in the middle of the night to watch live!)
So, I'm taking this time to show you and remind myself of all of the things I have to be braggy about and allowing myself a bit of BIRGing with you all!
This past weekend, Southern Sandtray Institute (my team and I) hosted 1 of our 2 ICST 2021 ICST cohorts.
These ladies traveled from literally all over the US to train twice this year, doing nearly 2 weeks of intense sandtray training here in Arkansas.
Watching them grow and evolve is one of the best parts about teaching a cohort. I love how they all make real connections with each other, allowing for deep healing and honing of sandtray skills.
Check out some of the highlights from this last week
Or take a look at Sue Kruk - she's somewhat new to the sandtray world but is already falling in love with all things sandtray!
But don't take my word for it - here's her own words..
My favorite part of being in the Sandtray Community IS the Community. I found the Sandtray Suite in 2020 and it literally SAVED my sanity. Between the Suite and my ICST training, I love tremendous support, like-mindedness, new ideas, therapists learning from therapists and nerding out on our passion.
My biggest transformation in working in the sand is the power is has to HEAL. The progress is instant and POWERFUL, no matter how small it is. I have definitely become a more confident therapist as a result. I use the tools of Sandtray in every session, even sometimes without the sand. I have learned so many new tools for my therapy tool box.
I am truly ecstatic to be a part of this community and want to learn ALL THINGS SANDTRAY. During the Sandtray Summit 2021, I found Animal Assisted Play Therapy in the Sand. What drives me to go deeper is it's ability to be applied to all therapeutic modalities. It literally can be combined with wherever your interest lies while helping to transform the process of healing by leaps and bounds. I'm HOOKED for sure. #sandtraytherapist4life
Ready for one more??
Meet Mary Rottier - she's an amazing therapist who specializes in both Animal Assisted Therapy AND sandtray therapy.