25th Congress of the International Society for Sandplay Therapy“Dreaming with the Hands“

Dear participants and presenters,
dear all!

On behalf of the organization team I want to thank you for the wonderful Conference we had.
The 25th ISST International Congress “Dreaming with the Hands” was the biggest coming together since years. Almost 270 registered colleagues came to Berlin from 35 countries all around the world.
During five days we had

  • 9 keynotes
  • general assemblies
  • German preconference
  • teachers‘ meeting
  • morning activities with dreams and music
  • opening get together with food and chamber music
  • conference dinner event, music and dance- more than 60 workshops and break outs
    • 19 “early morning”
    • 12 “pre lunch”
    • 13 “afternoon “
    • roundtables
    • poster “power” presentations
    • discussion groups

You can re-read the 63 abstracts of more than 80 presenters in the program.
Besides the scientific program there was a wide space for

  • meeting old friends
  • find new connections
  • eat and drink good food
  • walking through the garden
  • play in the sand trays
  • look at books and buy them
  • share and buy miniature

The friendly and competent staff of the Harnackhaus constantly was on hands and made our congress working so well. Last but not least the reception people and technical staff supported us excellently.
We do hope that this experience helps and will continue to qualify sandplay therapy of all who participated and will accompany you and your patients over a long future time.
Good bye, take care and see you later on coming opportunities!

Ulrike Hinsch
Norma Michel
Jörg Rasche
Stephan Eiswirth
Thomas Mantel



Impressions of the Congress will follow soon.

Download Program

The program is now finalized and can be downloaded here.

Donation campaign

Appeal to all participants: We are planning to collect figures and sell them for little donations and give the money to a developing sandplaygoup in East Europe.

Please bring some figure of your collection and deliver it on the reception desk before Friday, September 6th, 2019 evening.

Important Dates

    • May 2, 2018
      Call for Abstract opens

    • August 1, 2018
      Online Registration open

    • December 31, 2018
      Deadline abstract submission

    • March 31, 2019
      Abstract Acceptance Notification

    • May 1, 2019
      Early Bird Deadline

    • September 5 - 9, 2019
      ISST Congress 2019



DGST Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sandspieltherapie e.V.
Roscherstraße 12
D-10629 Berlin, Germany


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