Welcome to my webpage. Here you can find everything you may need to know 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. If every activity is filled with love and growth, every day is wonderful. There then is no need for vacations, as every day is a holiday. 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.
I have drawn and painted all of my life. My art increases my ability and enjoyment in seeing. It facilities learning to see the big picture. It balances and enhances the analytical engineering work. While I have painted in oils, pastels, and acrylics, watercolor is a unique medium that is more like a partner with a mind of its own. It forces me to relinquish control at some points and let the colors simply flow and mix. My quest to paint motion in cars, animals and people has further pushed me to relinquish control, as motion often involves lost or blurred edges, ghosting or vibratory lines, dust, and refracted light.
At home, my parallel work with raising animals and energy healing has provided grounding, meditative rest, and connection to the mysteries. Building these intuitive skills has been immeasurably helpful in interviews for the engineering projects, providing clarity on what to trust and who to believe. The breeding work with my dogs is scientific and artistic, while the selection of their families requires clarity of insight, learning to trust one’s “gut”. I have breed over 150 standard poodle puppies in the past 20 years, through my licensed breeding kennel at Stoney Brook Farm in the colonial village of Roxbury, Connecticut. On our farm, my daughter and her husband do the vegetable and herbal gardening, while I provide much of the daily care for our horses, cats, dogs, and bees.
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 community centers. Most recently, I’ve been blessed to be the guest artist of Lime Rock Park, the most beautiful racing center in the Northeast, painting daily at their annual racing events..
Meditation enhances intuition and focus, leading to rest and greater creativity and productivity. A life-long Catholic, I grew up with a love of the repetitive prayer of the rosary beads, as a form of meditation and connecting to the Great Creator. For training in meditation, energy healing and spiritual unfoldment, I have completed the following, courses and participate regularly in various drumming, crystal meditation, shamanic journey and reiki healing circles (both locally and when traveling):
-Eastern studies from Lee Sensai at his Boston Do Jo of Tai Chi and Buddhist energy healing early 70’s
-Trancendental Meditation, early 70’s
-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). -Druidic Bard Training, a full year of monthly course efforts to be certified as a Bard, through the UK international organization, OBOD, in 2011.