Founder and Facilitator of SandWorks®

paula-shelvesAs a consultant, facilitator, educator, counselor, and the founder of SandWorks®, Paula has worked with a wide range of age groups and populations in 4 continents for over 30 plus years. Her masters degree and undergraduate work in Psychology, Humanities and the Arts focused on Individual, Family and Child Counseling; Expressive Art Therapies- including Sandplay Therapy, Play Therapy, Art and Drama therapy; Program Development and Administration; and the Performing Arts. In private practice since 1991, she works with the private, professional and business sectors facilitating individual and group sessions, workshops and retreats, customized to suit the specific needs of her clients.


Paula’s skills, talents and passions have empowered her clients from all walks of life to actualize their potential with clarity, enthusiasm and success. Some of her greatest joys are Sand Play, writing, performance arts, traveling and playing in the inner and outer worlds of Life. If there is a heart-felt, soul-stirring discovery to experience, Paula is present and eager to facilitate her clients beyond self-limitations into new worlds of possibility.


Paula’s Work in the Media

  • Paula’s work can be seen on the documentary series 5 Seekers (nominated for a Gemini, a Golden Sheaf Award winner) and in the sequel Guides and Gurus.  Both series air nation wide in Canada.
  • To view a video interview on Paula’s Sand Play Work visit Conscious Media Network. CMN offers a 5 day free pass. Online registration required.
  • To view a short excerpt of the CMN interview of Paula’s work, click here.


What other people have said about Sand Play with Paula…

“I found the Sand Play experience with you to be both profound and illuminating. The importance of this singular event has enabled me to clearly focus my intention and will into the growth of my corporation. Your ability to create a safe environment for this experiential process is uncanny.”

-John Freedom, Miracle Systems, Inc.

“Sand play was a wonder-full experience! At first it was fun, and then suddenly… I was healing non-verbally, very deeply…”

-Erin M., School Psychologist, California

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SandWorks®: Powerful Tools for Creative Solutions
welcomes all who seek a brighter personal
and planetary future.

“When you enter
the Expansive World of Sand Play for the Soul,
a touch of the mystical and profound offers
extraordinary insight and knowledge!”

To learn more about the powerful communication tool of Sand Play and how it has profoundly affected people of all ages from all walks of life who have journeyed in the sand tray, add Sand Play for the Soul: Awakening the Power of YOU to New Worlds of Possibility to your reading list.