Sand Tray Training Institute of New Mexico

Training Schedule with Bonnie Badenoch


Incubated in Rhythm:
Moving with the Tempo of Our Inner World

Bonnie Badenoch, PhD, LMFT and Theresa Kestly, PhD

Corrales, New Mexico October 25-28, 2018


Workshop Retreat Description

From the moment of conception, we are surrounded by the rhythms of life and relationship - bodily rhythms, emotional tempos, the pattern of life's rituals, the cultural pulse and pace, the cycles of nature, and the sweep of galaxies. All of our embodied brain's systems are shaped by these rhythms - our belly and heart brains, brainstem, primary emotional circuitry, implicit memories, explicit knowings, and our relational expression. We carry not only our own patterns of movements, but those of all the people with whom we have developed emotionally meaningful relationships. Such a symphony of rhythms inside - some of them discordant, some of them harmonious. Together, we will invite sand and miniatures, art, movement, and music to guide us in our exploration and transformation of these rhythms in the context of play therapy. Although we will utilize the sand tray modality each day, the workshop will not include training in the basic skills of facilitating sand tray therapy.

In the quiet, supportive environment of Theresa's home, in Corrales, New Mexico, we will have the opportunity to be with one another playfully and soulfully as we deepen our awareness of life's rhythms. We will use a variety of play therapy modalities to develop skills in collaborating with the brain's innate tendency to organize itself in rhythmical ways. Our retreat format will include breakfast and a healthy lunch so that we can deepen relationships by spending more time in one another's company.

Workshop Goals

The workshop will help participants to:


Bonnie Badenoch, PhD is a therapist, mentor, teacher, and author who has spent the last 14 years integrating the discoveries of relational neuroscience into the art of therapy. In 2008 she co-founded the nonprofit agency Nurturing the Heart with the Brain in Mind to offer this work to the community of therapists, healthcare providers, and others interested in becoming therapeutic presences in the world. For 25 years, she has supported trauma survivors and those with significant attachment wounds to reshape their neural landscapes for a life of meaning, resilience, and warm relationships. These days, Bonnie takes joy in offering immersion trainings for therapists and others. These groups cultivate the capacity for presence through the development of deep listening and the embodiment of the principles of interpersonal neurobiology. Her conviction that wisdom about the relational brain can support healing experiences for people at every age led to the publication of Being a Brain-Wise Therapist: A Practical Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology in 2008 and the Brain-Savvy Therapist's Workbook in 2011. Bonnie's latest writing is The Heart of Trauma: Healing the Embodied Brain in the Context of Relationships. These books seek to build a bridge between science and practice with clarity, compassion, and heart.

Theresa Kestly, PhD is a psychologist, educator, consultant and a registered play therapist/supervisor with the Association for Play Therapy. She is the author of The Interpersonal Neurobiology of Play: Brain-Building Interventions for Emotional Well-Being. Theresa is an international presenter, and she maintains a private practice with specialties in play therapy and sand tray therapy in Corrales, New Mexico for children, adults, families, couples, and small groups. She served as a senior staff psychologist at the Albuquerque Family and Child Guidance Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico where she specialized in child, adolescent and family therapy, consultations with the Indian Health Service, and consultations with the Albuquerque Public Schools. She supervised psychology, counseling and psychiatry trainees as an adjunct faculty member at the University of New Mexico. Theresa served as the first president of the New Mexico Association for Play Therapy. She is the founder and director of the Sand Tray Training Institute of New Mexico in Corrales, New Mexico where she provides large-group seminars and small-group intensive training for psychotherapists in child and adult sand tray therapy.

Location: Corrales, New Mexico

Date: October 25 - 28, 2018

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Lunch will be served at the retreat during our one-hour lunch break.)

Limit: 28 participants

$750 early fee (postmarked 30 days in advance)
$810 regular fee
$695 early fee for students (postmarked 30 days in advance) - send proof of full-time student status

Refunds: Fees for this workshop are nonrefundable due to travel expenses of our guest speaker. Registrants may transfer/sell their enrollment to another qualified person at any time.

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