Welcome to my webpage. Here you can find everything you need to about Sandra Cointreau: my work, my art, my writing and my animals. I believe in the balancing and harmonizing of our life experiences for synergy and optimum creativity. I hope you enjoy this site and its perspective.
For over 40 years, I have worked as an engineer on civil/sanitary/environmental engineering, strategic planning, and private sector participation projects. I specialize in waste management systems and have worked in the US and over 60 developing countries on municipal, hazardous, medical and livestock waste systems, from collection to disposal recycling to resource recovery, and remediation of contaminated lands.
My work on livestock production and processing wastes started with recognizing the relation to the sanitation chain of disease development for livestock-related Zoonotic diseases such as SARS, Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, and Transmissible Encephalapathies such as Mad Cow Disease, and their relationship to the growing global resistence to antibiotics related to livestock daily feeding of antibiotics for growth promotion. My work has also included focus on how to improve the municipal live market and slaughtering facilities that prevail in serving the meat supply for the majority of urban dwellers in developing countries and the humane treatment of animals at these facilities.
At home, my parallel work with raising animals and energy healing has provided intuitive and creative balance to harmonize the analytical demands of engineering. I have bred over 130 standard poodle puppies and care for horses, dogs, cats, chickens, and bees at Stoney Brook Farm in the village of Roxbury, CT.
I recently completed a book about energy healing for animals, available through Earth Lodge Publications and Amazon.com (digitally and hard copies). And sometimes in my painting efforts, I paint animals….mostly horses. My watercolors are sometimes shown in local galleries, and I was blessed with two gallery shows in early 2014.
I believe that meditation enhances intuition and focus, balancing the brain’s analytical work to create greater creativity and productivity. For training in energy healing and spiritual unfoldment, I have completed the following:
-A Course in Miracles, four years of daily intensive study and meditation, 1986-1990.
-Shamanism, drumming, and space clearing studies with Native American traditional healing and ethnobotany expert, E. Barrie Kavasch, Medicine Wheel Wellness Center, 1998-2002. -Shamanism, Level I, Michael Harner, Foundation for Shamanic Studies, 1999.
-Komitor Healing Touch® for Animals, Level I, Carol Komitor, 2003.
-Shamanism, Healing the Shadow Self and Solstice Vision Quest, Paul Sivert, 2007.
-Usui Reiki I and II, Catherine Burke, Usui Reiki Master and Certified Massage Therapist, 2003.
-Usui Reiki III and Reiki Master/Teacher, William Lee Rand, International Center for Reiki Training, 2004.
-Karuna Reiki® I, II, III and Master/Teacher, William Lee Rand, International Center for Reiki Training, 2008. (Karuna Reiki® is taught only to Usui Masters, adding a total of 9 new Karuna Reiki® symbols for deeper and more focused healing potential). –Bard Training, a full year of monthly course efforts to be certified as a Bard, through the UK international organization, OBOD, in 2011.