What makes life so abundant and multiple in this forest? How can countless beings of varied forms and needs live-in balance sharing limited resources such as space, water, sunshine and scarce nutrients?

The answer lies in the fact that it is not the competition rules that prevail, but actually those of cooperation. From scarcity and diversity, abundance and balance are generated. The keywords are collaboration, self-organization, interdependency, resilience, freedom, originality, creativity and respect.

How to prosper from diversity instead of fighting it? How to evolve, without threatening the life and well being of all species? How to create abundance where there is a sense of scarcity? How to create resilience and undertake a change positively?

At this moment in history, when the pillars of the current model of society are deeply questioned, this forest is a legacy of wisdom.

The Araretama System, a Therapeutic and Educational Platform, brings forth Sandra Epstein’s research on the Brazilian Atlantic Rainforest. Through her studies, she developed a whole paradigm to collaborate with creating a new planetary culture using the biological, social behaviours from plants, as an example of collaboration for humanity’s evolution.

As a species, we are instinctively oriented to separate ourselves from others in race and culture. The very opposite happens in the Atlantic Rainforest: plants come together, and it is through their differences that they build a whole tapestry of life, weaving a complex web that supports creative survival and abundance.

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An Educator in essence and action and an innovation consultant for these new times, Sandra Epstein has the experience and ability to implement creative solutions that establish cooperation and balance amidst diversity.
This comes from her extensive research on the biological intelligence of the Atlantic Rainforest in Brazil, a living example of cooperation with respect for differences between species. The principles and wisdom embodied by this forest are urgently needed if humanity is to evolve and thrive truly.

Based on these principles and wisdom, where creativity, flexibility, empathy and responsibility are the vortex of a healthy society, she has developed multifaceted work and offerings. Her company, Ararêtama, brings together her research on flowers and plants through a special line of vibrational essences and cosmetics and a range of integrative educational projects.

"I was born in Brazil, South America, from German parents. I see myself as embodying a unique fusion of the German logical way of thinking with the wilderness and freedom of South America. My own life is a living example of successful integration, resulting in creating a unique path: I express myself through art, photography, movement, and I have degrees in Education and research that integrates concepts of Quantum physics and Neuroscience.

Nature has always strongly influenced my perception and therefore, besides German and Portuguese, I became finely attuned to its language: it wasn’t just human words I listened too, but stories shared by the wind soughing through trees, the flowing melody of leaves, rain, insects, wild birds.

The decision to study pedagogy at the Academy of Art came as I realized the need to develop new methods to help people in creativity.


Through my company Ararêtama, its educational programs, individual and group coaching and its line of unique products, I can share what I learnt through years of original research on the wisdom and healing offered by the Atlantic Rainforest.

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Study of the Rainforest led to the Creation of an Original Educational and Healing System



My experience as a watercolour artist has influenced my work as a Coach and Consultant

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 Ability to implement creative solutions that establish cooperation and balance amidst diversity.



Creator and Developer of the company Araretama Natural Essences and Cosmetic

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Specialised Professional Guidance tailored to the client’s or to the company’s unique needs

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Rainforest Photography Harmonizes Environments, Inspire and Awaken our best Virtues


Threading a non-conventional path for those times, in 1989, I began my research work in Brazil, where I was born. Following the calling of the Atlantic Rainforest, I entered a long process of observation. Over time, I perceived and understood the Atlantic Rainforest’s biological wisdom, reflected in the micro and macro ways that interweave its numerous species into a unique tapestry of wealthy biodiversity.

Study of the Rainforest led to the Creation of an Original Educational and Healing System of Essences prepared in the heart of the Brazilian Atlantic Rainforest. These essences are carriers of exemplary virtues of adaptation & cooperation masterfully embodied by the Atlantic Rainforest.

Essences are prepared from trees and vigorous vines, from lichens and bromeliads, without cutting out plants, always capturing their qualities within their original environment of full interconnection to the earth and/or surrounding life.

Through these Essences and Educational Programs, rainforest’s templates of social intelligence are offered worldwide, meeting great needs and challenges of our present time, supporting our evolution towards a quantum planetary leap.
The focus has been to keep the system small in several essences produced, while deep in its educational purpose.

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Sandra is committed to considering that each individual emanates, and builds, from a unique inner design that manifests itself through their gifts, passions and life purpose.

​Sandra offers Coaching for individuals and enterprises, educational programs and workshops, helping people find synergy between their Talents, Passion and Direction in life by integrating 3 personal ecologies – self-development, excellence in relationships and a positive impact the world – each individual taking responsibility for their own process.

I see the full range of living experience, starting from birth, as a process of creative interaction with cultural and genetic patterns and inherent conditioning. And I believe that, throughout our lives, education needs to be transdimensional, providing experimentation, social interaction, empathic action. It needs to offer enticing and creative conversation, that allows for reflection and initiative, leading to friendly, dynamic exchange, and flexible action. This integrative approach allows individuals to participate in life, trusting that it is a truly Sacred process.


Experiencing our innermost design, gifts, passion and life purpose leads to evolved action. When education encourages us to experience our innermost design, passion, gifts and life purpose, we also find we can integrate our own unique design with other people’s innermost design, act in cooperation, and offer our gifts to this world is more complex and precise ways.

It is time to move beyond educational approaches that fragment individuals. We can bring forth education that leads to an integrated process of embodying life, and we are the ones who can choose to generate these new principles, applying them to the foundations of family and institutions. Read more about Sandra Epstein as an Educator.



Specialized Professional Guidance tailored to the client’s or to the company’s unique needs.

One to One Coaching
Examining the work journey, project development and unique creative options. Sandra Epstein’s coaching offers guidance and supports awareness and integration of the 3 levels of Personal Ecology.

For Entrepreneurs and Enterprises:
Grounding your advanced Vision of an XXIst Century Enterprise
Our programs awaken the awareness that all individuals are responsible for creating the right atmosphere in the company.
Our approach enables in each individual the ability to know how they can influence, and positively contribute, to the overall health of the environment.

Learn about our programs for visionaries, leaders & companies.

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My artistic eye is one of a Watercolor Artist that perceives life through the interplay of layers of light and colour. When painting, trees, rivers, creeks and waterfalls are my main theme, nature is seen in a choreographic dimension.

My experience as a watercolour artist has influenced my work as a Coach and Consultant. Similarly, as the many layers of light and colour end up configuring an image, the many dimensions of an individual make up their behaviour's physiology: my experience has shown me that we truly are multilayered beings!


The way I look at individuals, perceiving the many layers, nuances and facets of the who they are, reveals how being a Watercolor Artist has influenced my perception as a coach, consultant and healing facilitator.



Creator and Developer of the company Ararêtama Natural Essences

Based on my original research on the Atlantic Rainforest plants, as an entrepreneur, I have created bridges to share Nature’s Healing Wisdom with individuals worldwide! I offer this through the Ararêtama System.

Founded at the beginning of the ’90s, my company Araretama combines all of my life passions: in-depth work with people, gratefulness and honour towards Nature as intelligence, expression through movement and dance, dramaturgy as a linear line of shamanismplant infusionsaromatherapy, colour and cosmetics.


Over the last two decades, distributors in different countries in Europe, United States, South America and other places have been offering Ararêtama products to their public – Flower essences and a cosmetics line, often paired with Workshops and Programs specially developed for each country and community.


Learn about the qualities offered by each one of these unique products. Meet our full line of products and services visiting the Ararêtama Natural Essences website. Learn about our products and find a distributor in your area.

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Nature Inspiring and Awakening our best Virtues

Through the photography media, my Watercolor Artist eye, that perceives life through the interplay of layers of light and colour, takes the plunge into the “inner universe” of Nature. Much is revealed to me through the lenses, the camera serving as an interface to access a unique oracle perspective.

These macro images of Nature are being used to bring harmony and energy to work and living spaces, emanating qualities coming from the depths and the delicacy of the Rainforest (click here to see more images).


Being a Photographer and Watercolor Artist has refined my perception as a Coach, Consultant and healing facilitator!

The way I look at individuals, perceiving the many layers, nuances and facets of the who they are, confirms to me that, in the same way as the many layers of light and colour define an image, the many dimensions of an individual make up the physiology of their behaviour: we truly are multilayered beings!



Over these 27 years, several partnerships have been established between Ararêtama and healers, Masters, entrepreneurs, therapists, and musicians. Some became our representatives; some became partners and collaborate in their own flow and rhythm.