Courses and Resources

Sandplay courses

Sandplay therapy is great therapy for all ages and versatile in many different settings. It enables our clients to create a story or revisit an experience or simply express how they are feeling in a tray of sand.

Introductory and advanced courses in sandplay therapy for counsellors, psychotherapists, students, psychologists, youth workers, social workers, teachers. 

Art and creative therapy courses

Courses intended for professionals who are interested in incorporating therapeutic art into their practice. You do not need to be an artist to benefit from these courses. The courses are largely experiential with a view to the participant being able to incorporate or have a greater understanding of art in their therapeutic work.
Accredited by the Association of Integrative Sandplay Therapists.

Resources for therapists

Sandplay symbols

In her own learning, work with clients and in her teaching, Ruth has built an impressive collection of sandplay symbols. Students have access to the whole collection which inspires and informs, providing the perfect resource to learn and progress.

In this short video she talks about how the collection has evolved and the decision making process for choosing symbols. 

What people say?

I just wanted to say thank you so much for a wonderful course last weekend ... I feel passionately about sand tray work and am very keen to do the diploma starting in the new year
I’m already up and running this morning with two young people burying and fighting characters in my sand box. Fab.

Ruth Baker

Ruth has over 25 years’ experience as a counsellor, psychotherapist, supervisor, teacher and consultant with a private practice in South Devon. Ruth has taught in a variety of settings including counselling courses, university, charities, mental health and drugs and alcohol services.  She has extensive knowledge of working with people of all ages both at ‘the coal face’ and as a manager in and brings this expertise to her training.

She currently teaches sandplay, counselling and mindfulness with an emphasis on using theory to support the practical. Ruth uses sandplay and art therapeutically in her practice with individuals, couples, groups and in supervision. She is creative in her approach and brings this to her teaching and work. Ruth is interested in the field of ecotherapy and engaging our hearts and minds in our connection with nature. She has lifelong interest in her spiritual development and is currently a student of the Ridhwan School. Ruth lives on a smallholding and in her free time, loves to walk, to play, to dance, to garden to canoe and wild swim.over

Course calendar for 2023 and 2024



Foundation in Integrative Sandplay Therapy (2 Day course)   
9th and 10th December 2023
10th and 11th February 2024
20th and 21st April 2024
8th and 9th June 2024
14th and 15th September 2024
9th 10th November 2024


Diploma in Integrative Sandplay Therapy . Course includes 4 weekends of 3 days each:

18, 19, 20 October 2024
22, 23, 24 November 2024
10,11,12 January 2025
28 February 1 &2 March 2025 


 Foundation in Therapeutic Art

16 and 17 March 2024
2 and 3 November 2024 

  Creative weekends
11 and 12 May 2024

29 and 30 June 2024


Ruth Baker, Nautilus Rooms, 35A Fore Street, Totnes, Devon. TQ9 5HN. UK