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About Cyndera Quackenbush, MA

Cyndera Quackenbush was born and spent her childhood in Joshua Tree, California. She credits the desert landscape for gifting her with an expansive and playful imagination. Having also been given a unique inheritance from her father, Cyndera is the creator of the Story Through Stone Reflection Cards and Story Stone Play for children. She is the author of a chapter on this subject in the 2022 anthology Nature-Based Play and Expressive Therapies: Interventions for Working with Children, Teens and Families.

She has a master's degree in Counseling Psychology, with an emphasis in Depth Psychology, from Pacifica Graduate Institute.



Cyndera, an engaging storyteller and speaker, has presented Story Through Stone workshops for a variety of populations. In addition to her own local retreats, she has also presented in the US and internationally at the following Institutions and Conferences: 

  • North American Association of Environmental Education

  • Association for Environmental & Outdoor Education (CA)

  • Jung Society of Austin

  • Purusha Yoga School, San Francisco

  • International Coalition of Girls' Schools

  • Yorkshire Festival of Story (Settle Stories, UK)

  • Burke's School, San Francisco

  • SoulAtPlay

  • Inside Out Children and Nature Network

  • Beatnik Art Lounge, Joshua Tree

  • Holos Institute, San Francisco

  • Hamlin School, San Francisco

  • International Art Therapy Conference

  • The British Association of Art Therapists

  • International Association for the Study of Dreams

  • California Institute of Integral Studies

  • Dream Wolf Bereavement Center, Netherlands

  • Study of Myth Symposium at Pacifica Graduate Institute

  • Faithful Fools, San Francisco

  • Dream Institute of Northern California, Berkeley

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