HKSTA Study Group August 2021

The Ten Oxen Herding pictures from The Orient are often used to describe the road to enlightenment in the Zen tradition.  We will explore whether this series of poems and pictures can be applied and understood from the Jungian perspective of Individuation.

We will start by learning the meaning of the pictures and the poems that accompany them. We will see how they can be related to the Jungian concepts of Individuation that leads to the conscious awareness of wholeness.

This study is the 1st of a 3-part series where we try to understand the concept of wholeness from the East and West. We will study the story of The Wizard of Oz next month and draw some comparisons between these two stories as well as using these concepts for the theme of ”Finding our Way Home” in sandplay in October.

A short you-tube clip is attached herewith at to wet your appetite on how this Ten Oxen Herding story can be applied to our present lives symbolically as well.


Study Topic: The Ten Oxen Herding Pictures
Presenters: Ms Jennifer Wong (A counsellor and a part-time assistant lecturerer for the Master program in counselling of the University of Hong Kong)
and Ms. Berenice Lee (A private practitioner, Certified Counsellor of HKPCA)
Date: August 18, 2021 (Wednesday)
Time: 7:00-9:00pm (online)
Language: Cantonese

This study group is only opened to members of the Hong Kong Sandplay Therapy Association.

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HKSTA Oct 2021 Introduction to Sandplay Therapy by Mr. George Kwok Kar Kin

Mr. George Kwok Kar Kin

We are glad to announce that Mr. George Kwok Kar Kin (certified sandplay therapist & teaching member, ISST) will offer a workshop ‘Introduction to Sandplay Therapy’ in October 2021. This workshop consists of 5 Zoom sessions and 1-day face-to-face experimental training which will fulfill 18 hours of theoretical training required by the International Society of Sandplay Therapy (ISST).

Introduction to Sandplay Therapy

Sandplay therapy, founded by Dora Kalff, is one of the Jungian therapies which is used by many therapists worldwide. In this introductory course, the participants would be able to acquire the basic concept of sandplay therapy. Experiential learning of sandplay therapy would be provided. In addition, the application and clinical use of sandplay therapy in different age groups, including children, adolescent and adult, would be taught with case illustrations.

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HKSTA Study Group July 2021

The movie Forrest Gump begins with a white feather floating about in the breeze and gently landing next to Forrest’s foot.  The feather is blown about randomly by the wind and, Forrest says, “you never know what you’re gonna get”. If a feather was chanced upon on the ground, ancient people believed that it was the Divine sending a message or blessings to the finder. They were seen as having a connection to the divine. 

It makes sense that birds have always been considered holy or sacred creatures by ancient peoples because of their ability to fly close to the heavens. They believed that birds carried prayers, souls, wishes and good luck from the earth to the sky. Native Americans used feathers in ritual because they knew the spirit of the bird was represented by the feather. Bird spirits (and by association, feathers) are extremely powerful in purifying the spirit and cleansing the energetic environment. Feathers held a special meaning to Native Americans; they were considered the bridge between Mother Earth and the Spirit World. In Egyptian mythology, the feather was the symbol of Ma’at, the goddess of truth, justice and order. Weighing the hearts of the newly dead in the underworld against the weight of a feather of Ma’at determines the worthiness of his or her soul or to determine the purity of the soul. If the heart was light as a feather, the soul was deemed pure and the spirit could move freely into further evolution. Besides, in Celtic symbolism, feathered cloaks worn by priests represent the journey to the Otherworld.

The presenter will use the sandplay scenes to further the understanding of the symbol of the feather. How it appears in the Sandplay process and how does it carry significance for the process?

Symbol Sharing: Feathers
Date: July 29, 2021 (Thursday)
Time: 10:00-11:30am
Presenter: Ms Sally Chan (Certified ISST Sandplay Therapist, Chairperson of HKSTA)
Venue: Webinar via zoom
Language: Cantonese

This study group is only opened to members of the Hong Kong Sandplay Therapy Association.

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HKSTA 4-Day Supervision Group in July/August 2021

We are very excited to let you know we will have a four-day supervision group in July and August 2021.  As we were not able to offer supervision group for a long period of time, we are looking forward to this face to face supervision group and to resume sandplay therapy training in person soon.  The supervisor of this four-day supervision group is Dr. Alex Esterhuyzen and he has been our trainer for over a decade.  He is the past President of the International Society of Sandplay Therapy (ISST), a psychiatrist specialized in Psychotherapy, a Senior Jungian Analyst and visiting Professor at Kyoto University.  He has extensive clinical experience as a Training Analyst, Sandplay Therapist, Teacher of Sandplay Therapy and Analytical Psychology. Group Supervision with him is NOT an individual supervised in a group. It is a learning experience for all participants as everyone is engaged in learning how to think symbolically and to link sandplay images, the clients’ psyche, and the therapeutic relationship to the image.

Some participants will present their clinical materials and each presenter can have at least a 2 hour-slot to present.

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HKSTA Study Group June 2021

Octopus is one of the most interesting sea creatures. Name octopus is derived from the Greek language, and it means eight-footed. It moves with grace and fluidity, using both strategy and intuition equally as Octopus enjoys exploring the ocean.

Octopus contain a fantastic creature with an ability to defend itself with an ink-like liquid and the ability to camouflage. Moreover, the mysteries of Octopus are dissolution and regeneration, which expresses the hidden connections between chaos, emptiness and the ordering capacity of the psyche in a paradox.

After realizing the characteristics and the metaphors of Octopus, how to support clients in exploring personal growth?  In this study group, the presenter, Ms ManYee Wong will use Sandplay and creative art play case for illustration.

Date: June 22, 2021 (Tuesday)
Time: 7:30-9:00pm
Presenter: Ms ManYee Wong (Accredited Play and Creative Arts Therapist)
Venue: Webinar via zoom
Language: Cantonese

This study group is only opened to members of the Hong Kong Sandplay Therapy Association.

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HKSTA June – July 2021 Six Online Training Classes by Dr. Amy Leung

Dr. Amy Leung
Wai YIn

We are glad to announce that Dr. Amy Leung will offer six online classes in Sandplay Therapy from June to July 2021 which will fulfill 15 hours of theoretical training required by the International Society of Sandplay Therapy (ISST).

The workshop is on Individuation in Sandplay Therapy.  Individuation is a core concept of analytical psychology and it is the central process of human development.  When symbols appear in sandplay therapy, they follow some patterns over a period of time.  Certain contents emerge, disappear, and then turn up again.  Therapists can observe a hidden regulating or directing tendency at work, creating a slow process of psychic growth – the process of individuation.  Gradually a wider and more mature personality emerges.  In these six sessions of online sandplay therapy workshop, Dr. Amy Leung will lead us looking into the process of individuation in sandplay therapy.  Some of the participants will present their sandplay clinical material to demonstrate the process.  This course required participants to have a background in sandplay and have attended other HKSTA or ISST sandplay therapy training before.

Workshop Title: Individuation in Sandplay Therapy
Dates: 16, 23, 30 June & 7, 14, 21 July (Wednesday), 2021
Time: 7:00 – 9:30 pm
Language: Cantonese 
Venue: Meeting online through ZOOM 

Dr. Leung offered another online course “Sandplay Therapy: Imagination At Work” last year and it was well received.  With more experience in online teaching, she is looking forward to doing more teaching online. 

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HKSTA Study Group May 2021

Healing and personal transformation are the sine qua non of therapy. In Sandplay therapy, healing occurs with the strengthening of the ego-Self axis in the process of individuation, while transformation is evidenced by an expansion of consciousness and personal world view (Ammann, 1991)

Murray Stein argues that a person’s destiny is made up of a series of transformative images and experiences, such as an impressive person you meet, a dream, an active imagination experience, or a traumatic event such as a divorce or death of a loved one. Dr. Stein then focuses on the importance and significance of intimate relationships on the journey towards individuation because such relationships involve projections and therefore transference and countertransference. In order to analyze further such an important interpersonal dynamic, he makes use of Jung’s four stages of analysis: confession, elucidation, education, and transformation itself. Finally, the author illustrates the stages of inner development on the journey towards individuation as seen in the images and sequence of the Rosarium Philosophorum.

In this Study group, Adrian Davis will examine the nature and role of transformation in Murray Stein’s book Transformation: Emergence of the Self

Book sharing: Transformation: Emergence of the Self (Carolyn and Ernest Fay Series in Analytical Psychology)by Murray Stein,1998
Presenter: Adrian Davis(Certified Play therapist (APTA) and Art therapist (CiiAT), Lecturer of Social Work Programme in Macao, Currently study Sandplay therapy with HKSTA)
Date: 25 May, 2021 (Tuesday)
Time: 7:00-9:00pm
Venue: Webinar via zoom
Language: English

Remark: Book could be bought in the online book store, such as Amazon or Book Depository.

Reference: Ruth Ammann (1991), Healing and Transformation in Sandplay: Creative Process Made Visible (The Reality of the Psyche Series)

This study group is only opened to members of the Hong Kong Sandplay Therapy Association.

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HKSTA Study Group April 2021

Fox is a paradoxical kind of animals, which is not only cute and clever but also cunning and cruel. Fox is not as powerful as big cats. Nevertheless, it is no doubt relatively more intelligent among animals. Due to its intelligence, fox is always considered one of the spirit animals. This attribute, besides its instinctual power, sometimes appears in the sand tray.

Moreover, fox’s paradoxical nature is polarized and is expressed by the fox spirits. Some fox spirits are considered benevolent and loyal but others malevolent and treacherous. The characteristics of the fox spirits are “poles apart”. Interestingly, there have been quite some folklores regarding marriage with/of a fox spirit in the oriental literature. If the supernatural creatures are projection of our complexes in the unconscious psyche, which complex (or complexes) does the fox spirit represent? What is its relationship with our shadow?

In this study group, we will discuss the nature of fox, fox spirits in the oriental literature and its relationship with our unconsciousness, and these are illustrated by several clinical case materials.

Date: April 28, 2021 (Wednesday)
Time: 7:30-9pm
Presenter: Mr Ryan Hung (a counsellor who works with adults, in particular parents, and sometimes with children as well)
Venue: Webinar via zoom
Language: Cantonese

This study group is only opened to members of the Hong Kong Sandplay Therapy Association.

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Notice for the Tenth Annual General Meeting, 2021

Dear Members,

The Hong Kong Sandplay Therapy Association will hold our Tenth Annual General Meeting on 24 March 2021 (Wednesday). It will be followed by our March study group on a symbol – Genie: a mentor within, presented by Bhakta Ng.

We look forward to your attending either in person (via Zoom video conferencing) or by proxy, but please note that due to security procedures you are required to turn on your camera to gain access to the Zoom video conferencing.

The announcement and related documents of the Tenth AGM have been sent to all members in a separate email.

If you have any feedback or comment on holding the AGM, please contact the Honorary Secretary at

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Sally Chan is Certified as an ISST Sandplay Therapist

Chan Shook Yim Sally

We would like to congratulate Ms. Sally Chan Shook Yim who has become the fifth locally trained Certified Sandplay Therapist in Hong Kong.  Ms. Chan has been certified by the International Society for Sandplay Therapy (ISST) as a Certified Member as of February 10, 2021. 

In brief, the certification process includes (1) a personal process in sandplay therapy with an ISST member; (2) theoretical training of a minimum of 100 hours of participation in training seminars by ISST Teaching members in the tradition of Dora Kalff that is based on the principles of the psychology of C.G. Jung; (3) two written symbol papers; (4) 80 hours supervision of practical work in individual and group sessions; and (5) one completed written case study evaluated by three International ISST case readers.

Ms. Chan began her sandplay journey in 2010 when she attended sandplay workshop conducted by Dr. Alexander Esterhuyzen in Hong Kong. She continued to engage in numerous sandplay training in the following years. She went through her personal sandplay process with Barbara Turner.  Her two major supervisors are Dr. Alexander Esterhuyzen and Ms. Lenore Steinhardt. She has done “The Well as a Symbol in Sandplay” and “The Closet in Sandplay Therapy” as her symbol papers. Sally has been an active and dedicated member of HKSTA and has contributed in a significant way.  She served as a Committee Member from 2014-2017; and as a Vice-Chairperson from 2017-2020.  Currently she is the Chair-Elect.  Sally is looking forward to sharing her clinical experiences in writing and teaching.

HKSTA fully supports those who intend to become Certified Sandplay Therapists.  We will continue to offer programs and other means to facilitate the process.

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