Beach Art Play and Therapy

The word Synchronicity comes to mind when drawing in the sand at Polzeath. How could it be that Carl Jung was also here and what influence did the summer visit of 1923 have upon him?

The Jungian Sandplay method of therapy was developed by Doria Maria Kalff. Her fascinating story contains synchronicity with Jung's and there is much to gain from drawing on the beach and/or going to see a professional Sandplay therapist.

Although I studied Psychology at Durham University I have no qualifications or expertise in Sandplay therapy. I have accidentally leapt out of the Sandplay therapy box, so to speak, and can just offer you a guiding hand to a larger canvass and some basic drawing tools. I can also help you frame, explore and record your art... but then the rest is up to you.

Carl Jung knew that, "Images and Symbols are the language of the unconscious" and all about the "healing power of play". Both make a visit to the beach for some beach art play and therapy a worthwhile pursuit that I am more than happy to help you discover. BOOK NOW!



Read the complete 1923 Polzeath notes here

C.G. Jung: “I sketched every morning in a notebook a small circular drawing, a mandala..."


Carl Jung carved this and put it by the lake in Bollingen 10 years before he died at his home in Kusnacht, near Zurich, at the age of 85. Part of the inscription translates "This is Telesphorus, who roams through the dark regions of this cosmos and glows like a star out of the depths. He points the way to the gates of the sun and to the land of dreams."

Carl Jung had just gravel and stones to play with down by the lake at Bollingen

Was there a heart in the sand? Both 35 year old Toni Wolff and Carl Jung's wife, Emma, 39, came to Polzeath with Jung in 1923 for his 48th birthday. Robert Meller, who lives in New Polzeath and worked for 30 years as a consultant child psychiatrist, writes the Bedrock Cornwall Books and in Book VI explores this visit to Polzeath.

Jung's financial independence came from Emma's family's watch company.

"What did you do as a child that made the hours pass like minutes?" Carl Jung.

Might Carl Jung have drawn the workings of a watch in his Discover sand art session?
What else was Jung doing in 1923 apart from celebrating his 48th birthday in Polzeath? He started building his "tower" in Bollingen by the lake and visited Pueblo Indians in North America. And then he started to write many of his books!


Images and symbols are the language of the unconscious - Carl Jung

Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair - Khalil Gigran

It's all connected through this gate to a perception. Pentireglaze Haven 2018