We are happy to present this featured member spotlight of Teresa Hwang, Interior Designer, Feng Shui Research Centre Feng Shui Master, and Lecturer from British Columbia, Canada. Teresa has worked with clients from all walks of life and business – and you will love to hear her story. From Tanya Jahnke, IFSG Board Director of the Virtual Chapter.
Q. Please share with our members how you came to find Feng Shui? We love to hear about your Feng Shui journey–since there are many paths to our passion.
A. When I was growing up in Hong Kong, I was very aware of the daily application of Feng Shui in all different aspects of life. The media was always mentioning about businesses, government offices, international banking communities, famous local figures, etc. asking for the advice of Feng Shui Masters on matters relating to building sites, burial grounds, exterior and interior building design, sheng or sha Qi, water features, landscaping, etc. My father was also a firm believer in Feng Shui; he was constantly rearranging furniture and moving homes when I was growing up, which annoyed my mother to no ends. I did not realize his purpose until I started studying Feng Shui myself.
When I finished my nursing training in Hong Kong, I went to Scotland to study Midwifery, and I also took Cardiothoracic Intensive Care training in London, England. I enjoyed nursing and working with people from all walks of life and different parts of the world.
After I got married and had our first child in Scotland, we moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada. I became very interested in Fibre Arts; I took various courses and workshops in colour & design, weaving & spinning, batik, basketry, sewing & garment design. After we moved to Vernon, British Columbia, my original and one-of-a-kind hand-woven garments won awards in various juried Fashion Shows in the Pacific Northwest.
In 1992, all the adult members of my family suffered major health problems, which got me interested in taking a serious look into Feng Shui and its effect on my environment. I started studying Feng Shui in earnest, and subsequently made changes in my home with great results.
Q. What is your favorite Feng Shui success story?
A. In 1997 I completed my Interior Design Certificate program at Okanagan University College, and started my Interior Design business. Since then, I have taken courses with various Masters on different aspects of Chinese metaphysical studies. When we decided to build our dream home on the lake 16 years ago, I worked with an architect on the design of the house, and incorporated the traditional Chinese Feng Shui principles into the the layout and finishing, and we have been having financial and career success, great health and relationships ever since we moved into this house. Our home and garden are the favourites amongst our friends and family members for weddings and parties, everyone loves the great Feng Shui here.
Q. Who has been the biggest inspiration or influence on your Feng Shui career?
A. Master Joseph Yu of Toronto, Ontario, who is the founder of the Feng Shui Research Centre.
Q. What are your 3 best qualities?
A. Honesty, equanimity, compassionate.
Q. What inspires you?
Q. What three dinner guests would you invite to share a meal with you (living or dead)?
A. The Dalai Lama, Gandhi, Zhuge Liang
Q. Please share one completely wild/wacky/unknown fact about yourself.
A. I’m a sentimental romantic .
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Director of the IFSG Virtual Chapter, Tanya Jahnke