Lorraine Freedle

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The Living Mythology of Pele: Mobile sandplay in disaster relief- A Multicultural Perspective

September 28 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

| $60 – $75

This is a HIPA Event:  Hawaii Island Psychological Association

Dr. Freedle will present with members of our Big Island Sandplay group, highlighting a multi-cultural perspective on disaster response using mobile sandplay therapy.  Participants will enjoy discussion, experiential activities, and film.

Brief program description:

Life with Tutu Pele is revealed as we examine Jungian sandplay therapy in disaster relief during the 2018 Kilauea eruption. The firsthand experiences of evacuees and helpers are also explored through symbol, story and the award-winning documentary film, Fire and Sand

Summary of the program:

On May 3, 2018 the revered Pele, Goddess of the Volcano, took her lava form on Hawai`i Island. The eruption was sudden and prolonged, claiming over 750 homes and causing thousands of residents in the lower Puna district to evacuate. Local therapists immediately banded together; they joined community-based relief efforts and brought mobile Sandplay Therapy to the people in crisis.

Sandplay Therapy is an expressive, trauma-informed method that helps to alleviate symptoms of distress following traumatic events. Sandplay provides children and adults a tangible, active way to release and metabolize overwhelming emotions. Sandplay has been used effectively after 9-11 in New York City, mudslides in Thailand, earthquakes in China and Nepal, and the 2011 tsunami in Japan.

In this workshop relief therapists, including Hawai`i psychologist and international sandplay teacher (STA/ISST) will review the key tenets and research base of Jungian sandplay therapy and discuss its multicultural applications in disaster relief. Findings from our work in Puna will also be reviewed. Concepts will be brought to life through film, image-making and mobile sandplay. Participants will view the award-winning short, documentary film, Fire and Sand. “Talk story” will follow. Together, we hope to uncover the clinical and cultural implications of life in relation to Tutu Pele.

Learning objectives:

  1.  Identify seven (7) key tenets of Jungian sandplay therapy (SPT).
  2. Define the evidence base of SPT.
  3. Distinguish mobile sandplay in disaster relief from traditional applications of SPT.
  4. Describe four essential components of SPT that promote healing of trauma.
  5. Identify and discuss the research results from 2018 mobile sandplay relief efforts.
  6. Discuss multicultural perspectives on disaster relief.
  7. Describe how myth, symbols and archetypes promote psychological healing—with particular focus on the living mythology of Pele in Hawai`i.

Location: Mana Christian O‘hana (Directly across from the Kahilu Theatre in Waimea, BEHIND Kahilu Town Hall)

Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm


September 28
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
$60 – $75


Hawaii Island Psychological Association (HIPA)


Mana Christian Ohana
67-1182 Lindsey Road, Kamuela, Hawaii 96743
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