Wind & Water Center

Wind Water Center

Formerly known as the Wind and Water School of Feng Shui, the Wind Water Center with directors Carole Hyder and Lisa Janusz are excited to share their new programs and catalog.

Q: Please describe your very first coming into awareness about Feng Shui.

A: Carole: I heard someone speak about Feng Shui at a conference. At that moment, I realized that I had intuitively been doing Feng Shui since I was a little girl. I just didn’t have the context or structure for why. The speaker turned me on to His Holiness Professor Thomas Lin Yun.

Lisa: It was the same for me! I was working with someone who was going to hear someone speak about it at a bookstore. She thought I would be interested – and of course she was right. I was captivated. I immediately bought one book, then another, then another – I did a lot of reading initially.


Q: What is your branch of Feng Shui? How have you made it your own?

A: Carole: I have been trained in both BTB and Compass approaches to Feng Shui. Typically, I will examine a space from both perspectives to determine whether one fits the situation better than the other. At times I can subtly blend both schools. Since most of my work is focused on healthcare, I find that Compass works well in that arena.

Lisa: I trained in BTB (through Carole). I really emphasize the empowerment aspect of Feng Shui. I want people to know it’s accessible for them and that even small changes can reap results. I find that it is very personal, so while there are guidelines, people have a lot of leeway in making changes, which inspires me and I hope inspires them.


Q: How has Feng Shui changed your life?

A: Carole: Feng Shui informs not only decisions about my home and office but also about my life. Understanding and applying the principles of yin and yang help reinforce inner balance when I may be struggling with some disparities. The 5 Elements structure exemplifies the power of change and movement which helps me through my own inner upheaval.

Lisa: I would say I live a Feng Shui lifestyle; it’s changed my entire outlook and approach to daily living. It goes back to that empowerment piece, where when things are challenging or in flux, I rely on what I’ve learned to take a fresh look at myself and my spaces. It also clarified a lot for me in terms of why certain spaces are at times uncomfortable. Looking with Feng Shui “eyes,” I understand what is happening and in some cases I can make changes with the tools I’ve acquired.


Q: Describe your school’s approach to teaching Feng Shui.

A: We’re focused on the personal journey, and supporting each person as they take the information and make it their own. Our program is comprehensive, but it’s structured in a very deliberate way. We lay a foundation and then the material builds on itself as we go along. It’s also very experiential. We have a blueprint workbook that each student receives so that they get a lot of practice placing the bagua on different layouts. They also see us doing appointments and do practice appointments themselves to ensure they are comfortable with what they’re learning and can integrate it in a real situation.


Q: What is the newest addition to your curriculum?

A: Our catalog! We’re in the process of further expanding beyond our professional program. We know there is a large need out there for smaller, virtual classes and we’re working to meet that need. We currently have 11 classes and are planning on releasing more each quarter. Our hope is that we can be the one-stop-shop for Feng Shui and other related topics for e-learning.


Q: What is the latest area of expansion for Wind Water?

A: Virtual learning. Even though students have traveled to us for 20 years (!), we know the learning landscape is changing. Online, virtual, e-learning are hot topics for good reason. Technology has expanded opportunities and we’re committed to meeting the need for accessibility, no matter where you live.


Q: Besides yourself, what do you offer that is unique to Feng Shui training opportunities?

A: We provide a lot of support as people go through the program in terms of connecting every couple of weeks and having a private forum where we’re available. Our program incorporates topics like Ming Gua and the I-Ching into our curriculum, which goes beyond Black Sect. We also give students the opportunity for practice through doing their own appointments and providing feedback. It’s that real-life experience that can solidify what they do well and what’s challenging for them. And as they are figuring that out, we’re there for them to ask questions and get clarification.


Q: What is your guiding philosophy about teaching Feng Shui?

A: That each person has a unique perspective and once they learn the foundation material, we really encourage them to make it “their own.” We want each student to walk away feeling confident, knowledgeable and supported. When the material becomes a part of them, they can take that energy out in the world and make a difference in their own lives and the lives of others.


Q: What is your favorite nugget of wisdom about using Feng Shui yourself?

A: Carole: When I was first learning about Feng Shui, I owned another business and I was happily single. Eighteen months after hanging a windchime in the Partnership area of my condo (not because I was looking for a partner but because my bathroom and laundry room were located there), I was thrilled to be selling my business and was engaged to be married. That windchime is still with me (and 25 years later I’m still married to the guy who heard the windchime!).

Lisa: It’s a journey, and a very personal one at that. How I practice Feng Shui has evolved from when I first started learning about it 20 years ago, and even when I was just certified. Feng Shui encourages me, inspires me, grounds me, and has provided me a new perspective for both personal and spiritual growth. It’s been life changing.


Q: What additional training do you offer or plan to offer?

A: For now we’re going to focus on the shorter virtual classes. We may offer additional training in the future, but we’ll have to see where this journey and expansion lead us!


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Carole Hyder, Wind Water CenterMore about Carole

Carole is an internationally recognized consultant speaker teacher author and trainer in the field of Feng Shui. She has been a Feng Shui consultant since 1992 having studied with His Holiness Grandmaster Thomas Lin Yun Her Holiness Crystal Chu Rinpoche and Roger Green. In 1998 Carole founded The Wind and Water School of Feng Shui, now the Wind Water Center. 


Lisa Janusz, Wind Water CenterMore about Lisa

Lisa McCue Janusz is a Feng Shui consultant, speaker and teacher. She graduated from the Wind & Water School of Feng Shui in 2006, after 10 years of personal studies in Feng Shui. She joined the School in 2007 as a consultant and now serves as partner, faculty and registrar. She has studied with Professor Thomas Lin Yun and Khadro Crystal Chu Rinpoche and is a past board member of the Feng Shui Institute of the Midwest.


Mindful Design Feng Shui School

Our latest Feng Shui School Spotlight features the Mindful Design Feng Shui School with founders and directors, Anjie Cho and Laura Morris.  These talented and wise educators bring a new level of business + Feng Shui sense for their students, bringing an enjoyable freshness and passion.

The Interview…


Q: Please describe your very first coming into awareness about Feng Shui.
A: Laura: I think the first time I truly became aware was over 20 years ago, I was single, and tired of the quality of men I was meeting. My friend suggested I try feng shui and lent me a book. I bagua-ed my space, made a few simple adjustments, and long story short, two weeks later I met the man who is now my husband. I decided I wanted to learn more about this amazing practice, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Anjie: Feng shui has always been in the background for me. Being aware of my environment, and the impact it has on me was part of my upbringing. This awareness was solidified in my twenties when I was looking for a way to bring more mindfulness and spirituality to my career. I took my first feng shui course at the Open Center in NYC and fell in love with the practice.

Q: What is your branch of Feng Shui? How have you made it your own?
A: We teach a traditional approach to Black Sect (BTB) feng shui. We have had the good fortune to have had amazing teachers and mentors, we honour them and H.H. Master Lin Yun, by closely following the lineage and passing on this collective wisdom to our students.

Because of our backgrounds in interior design and architecture, Mindful Design Feng shui School is a unique blend of mindfulness practices, traditional BTB feng shui, and business school.

Q: How has Feng Shui changed your life?
A: To put it simply, feng shui brought us together. Feng shui brought us to where we are today – founders of the Mindful Design Feng Shui School. The study and practice of feng shui allowed both of us to begin brand-new, unique, heart centered, joyful careers as entrepreneurs. It has strengthened our qi, our confidence, and given us the tools to hone our own intuitive gifts.

Q: Describe your school’s approach to teaching Feng Shui.
A: Mindful Design School takes a practical and hands-on approach to feng shui, our goal is to make sure our grads have the right tools to confidently work one-on-one with clients. We support our students so they can succeed. Students learn traditional BTB teachings, design details, reading floor plans, and most importantly how to apply them in a client situation. We show our students how they can combine their gifts with feng shui to create a unique offering for their own businesses.

Q: What is the latest area of expansion for your school?
A: We are currently working on bringing senior feng shui teachers on board to teach advanced standalone courses and workshops, such as Nine Star Ki. We are also in the process of creating two new feng shui business courses that focus on building your client base and manifesting growth in your business.

Q: Besides yourself, what does your school offer that is unique to Feng Shui training opportunities?
A: Our name was not by accident. We have meditation and mindfulness practices integrated into our feng shui certification program. Anjie Cho is a trained dharma arts teacher in the lineage of Shambala, and we have a module dedicated to cultivating your qi and building a meditation practice.

Q: What is your guiding philosophy about teaching Feng Shui?
A: Our guiding principle about teaching feng shui is to be true to the tradition and lineage of Black Sect feng shui. We honour the golden chain of wisdom. This is the reason we offer all the materials in our certification course live and in real-time, and do our best to transmit the teachings one-on-one to our students. Fundamentally, our hope and joy is that our students exceed and succeed us, because that means we have done our jobs as teachers.

Q: What is your favorite nugget of wisdom about using Feng Shui yourself?
A: Laura: It is so important to meditate and reflect in order to cultivate good qi, but you also have be ready to meet people where they are. Sometimes a client may not be ready to work on their own qi. Focusing on the physical space may be a better place to start. Hanging a feng shui crystal or moving a desk can sometimes be all they need to create a meaningful shift. Keep it simple, don’t make anyone feel wrong or fearful, because good feng shui is about flexibility and compassion.

Anjie: By connecting with the spaces around us, we can begin to further relate to and celebrate our outer and inner worlds. Feng shui says that we are interconnected with everyone and everything is alive, that there can be magic in making your bed every morning, gazing out the window, or walking through a doorway.

Q: What additional training does your school offer or plan to offer?
A: We are launching a Level 3 Post-grad Feng shui & Business course. It is a mentoring style 6 module (live & online) program where feng shui practitioners can case study their own business. We will cover everything from contracts, and branding to advanced cures for both residential and commercial clients. It is open to grads of the Mindful Design Program, we will also be accepting graduates and practitioners from other programs on a case by case basis.


More about Laura and Anjie
Laura Morris and Anjie Cho are the founders of the Mindful Design Feng Shui School. Together they have over two decades of experience designing harmonious spaces for their clients in their successful design businesses. Through their articles, books, workshops, videos, TV appearances, and consultations, Laura and Anjie have guided thousands of people to shift their energy and revitalize their living spaces.



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School Spotlight – Feng Shui School of Chicago

Featuring the Feng Shui School of Chicago with director and founder, Laurie Pawli.  Read more about the school, her passions and joys of teaching in Laurie’s own words…

The Interview…

Q: Please describe your very first coming into awareness about Feng Shui.
A: It was truly an “AhHa” moment which I remember so clearly as a turning point in my life. Feng Shui was being discussed during a 2 hour PBS special and after seeing the program, I was absolutely, positively “hooked”. It mirrored a reflection of who I am as a person… a focus on balanced design & helping others achieve their goals in life. I followed up with a 6 hour class and then received my Certification. The rest is history!

Q: What is your branch of Feng Shui? How have you made it your own?
A: BTB (Black Sect Tantric Buddhist School of Feng Shui). I follow the guidelines of BTB closely according to the teachings of one of my first teachers, Professor Lin Yun.

Q: How has Feng Shui changed your life?
A: WOW! Now THAT is a question! The life changes have been massive. And fabulous! We were going through an extremely challenging valley in life, and after implementing Feng Shui in our home… Voila! New career opportunities appeared in unusual ways. Helpful people popped up from nowhere. Stuff started to happen to reform the paths in our family. I have been able to follow my passion of design and have found my true life path with Feng Shui.

Q: Describe your school’s approach to teaching Feng Shui.
A: Each student joins the class with an exciting energy to learn. My method is to continue that flow of energy while using a light hearted approach to the serious subject of Feng Shui. My technique includes examples of real life experiences using various Feng Shui adjustments, and the stories of success that are achieved.

Q: What is the newest addition to your curriculum?
A: The newest teaching program is through the addition of webinars. I’ve started a series of short, affordable classes that focus on particular aspects of Feng Shui.

Q: What is the latest area of expansion for your school?
A: We are now in Florida, too! And we will be hosting our first weekend retreat from March 1 to March 3, 2019, in Sarasota, FL which will focus on the middle areas of the Bagua: Sand, Surf, and Sun (Earth, Water & Fire)

Q: Besides yourself, what does your school offer that is unique to Feng Shui training opportunities?
A: Much of the Certification training is held in person. We also travel off site to conduct Feng Shui and Space Clearing consultations. The class also visits a design showroom where we analyze the 5 elements of Feng Shui in furniture to learn how each piece of furniture can be used in various guas.

Q: What is your guiding philosophy about teaching Feng Shui?
A: Everything is in perfect timing. Timing is always exactly as it should be for each student or client as they implement Feng Shui in their lives. I view myself as the catalyst to share the information of Feng Shui when that energetic time appears.

Q: What is your favorite nugget of wisdom about using Feng Shui yourself?
A: Always keep moving forward.


Director and Founder, Laurie PawliMore about Laurie
Laurie Pawli is the Founder and Director of the school, and has taught and certified hundreds of students from all areas of the world. Laurie is Certified from the Integrative School of Feng Shui (2001) and has studied with Professor Lin Yun, Katherine Metz, Crystal Chu, Roger Green, Eliott Tanzer and many others. She sends her mom much love and gratitude for placing her on the Feng Shui path!

The Feng Shui School of Chicago (Chicago and Sarasota campuses) teaches Feng Shui guidelines based on BTB, the front door of the space, exterior areas, flow of chi, the bagua, the I Ching, and incorporates teachings of Grandmaster Professor Lin Yun.

The 75 hour Professional Consultant Certification Training Program consists of a combination of 40 hours of “in person”, hands- on, classroom study, conference calls, field trips, on site consultation and space clearing, out of classroom projects, personal observations, meditations, bagua study, I Ching, marketing your business, EMF’s, Chi Flow, Color and Furniture placement, transcendental adjustments, blessings. 

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The Power of Stillness

Learn from Kristi Stangeland how the power of stillness and meditation can make a difference to help you make connections, to grow, to learn, and discover the wonder in ourselves.Buddha, Meditation

“The Buddha clearly taught that even if one has great knowledge if his mind is not quiet, then the knowledge is worthless. The heart must be still to learn.”

Dalai Lama: What Matters Most, Conversations on Anger, Compassion, and Action by Noriyuki Ueda

I recently researched the Black Sect Feng Shui tradition versus Northern Geomancy. My interest in the latter stems from my heritage, as my father’s parents emigrated from Norway. I wanted to jump into Northern Geomancy and Feng Shui to make amazing connections. One of my first steps was to make a connection between the runes and trigrams. I looked at color associated with guas versus runes, definitions, polarity and elements. I took the first nine runes and compared them to the eight guas and the T’ai Chi. I calculated the numerology of the trigrams related to the position of the runes.

But despite my enthusiasm, I was floundering, frustrated and not making good connections.

I then realized that I needed to settle down and take it slowly with meditation. This is not my style (I have a client who tells me, “You like quick!”) but every part of me told me that this was how I could achieve a better understanding of the connection between Feng Shui and the Runes of the Northern Tradition. I decided to follow the spirit of an exercise in Nigel Pennick’s book Secrets of the Runes and meditate on the Elements (including Northern and Chinese) and related runes and guas. This practice helped me substantially deepen my connection with the guas. For example, Gen is generally thought of as mountain or knowledge. But when you read the interpretation of the I Ching, the essence is stillness.

Through this process, I was able to make the connections, because as Buddha reminds us, “The heart must be still to learn.” Indeed, some of the greatest minds in history, including Einstein, Dali and Aristotle, have been proponents of using different kinds of meditation techniques to release creativity to discover “a-ha!” moments.

Taking the time to ponder the trigrams through meditation gave me a much deeper understanding of the bagua and helped me see connections to the runes. So when struggling to find a solution for a vexing problem or a way to enhance your creativity, remind yourself (as I do) to slow down and just do it! Meditate.


Kristi Stangeland, MeditationKristi Stangeland is the founder of FSC, a company dedicated to helping corporate and private clients realize their goals using Feng Shui practices. Prior to establishing FSC, Kristi, who holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a CPA license. Read more about Kristi.

Feng Shui Red Envelope Tradition

The Feng Shui Red Envelope Tradition Explained – the time-honored tradition rooted in traditional Chinese folk custom and culture by Peg Donahue

Red Envelope, Peg Donahue


As a feng shui practitioner I often receive questions about the Red Envelope tradition, so I thought some background would be helpful.

The red envelope practice is a time-honored tradition rooted in traditional Chinese folk custom and culture. The color red symbolizes good luck and power and the rectangular shape, resembling ancient shields, symbolizes protection. On special occasions, such as weddings or Chinese New year, money is exchanged in this way.

When a feng shui practitioner from the Western or Black Sect tradition shares sacred wisdom or mystical cures, one or more red envelopes with any amount of money inside are presented for their service. Some consultants request a fee plus red envelopes, others may request their fee be placed in one or more red envelopes, and others may ask for a particular number of red envelopes and leave the amount up to you. The practice varies.

As in all of life, the value you place on something is related to the value you actually receive. More red envelopes may be requested for deeply rooted issues or complex solutions. Multiples of nine are auspicious. Customarily you place one or more dollars in each envelope and give any combination of nine. Twenty seven is a strong feng shui number and 108 is very auspicious. You can also place one or more coins in each envelope. Coins add weight, which is also auspicious. The intent with which the envelopes are given and the weight that the money represents, strengthens the solutions. A monetary offering presented in red envelopes according to your ability and feelings is appropriate and appreciated at the conclusion of each consultation or exchange of information. The red envelopes energetically protect both the giver and receiver.

According to tradition, the red envelopes:

  1. Show the giver’s sincere intention, appreciation and respect for the sacred knowledge shared.
  2. Protect the practitioner from harm for inappropriately or naively revealing secret information.
  3. Strengthen and increase the effectiveness of the information given.
  4. Acknowledge the integrity of the working relationship.

Feng shui and ancient wisdom work on a variety of levels that are not always evident. Being open to the possibility that the expert may help you is fundamental.

Prior to a feng shui consultation, take time to prepare your red envelopes in a sincere manner. Slow down and quiet your energy. Reflect on what you hope to accomplish as a result of the consultation or information being shared. Then place any amount of money into each envelope. As you do so, visualize your anticipated outcome and express appreciation for the right answers coming to you easily.

Ancient wisdom is something that is learned and experienced. It is not purchased. Money is simply a carrier of energy. When you are not ready to receive the information on one or more levels, you may feel uncomfortable with the practice. You may also find a variety of issues related to money, self worth, the value of the information, and ancient wisdom traditions surface. When you feel resistance, a feng shui consultation may not be in your best interest. Look to solve your problem another way. When a student or client receives feng shui information and does not honor the tradition, I let it go. Experience has shown me that whatever action they take is not as powerful or effective as it could be, or their issue continues to linger.

The red envelope ritual expresses respect and sincerity for the expert’s knowledge as well as for feng shui practices and traditions. The expert takes the red envelopes home and blesses them to strengthen and increase the effectiveness of the information shared. Some practitioners place the red envelopes on an altar for nine days before opening them. Others may sleep with them under their pillow. The blessing and nine day ritual harnesses ancient wisdom and empowers the information that was exchanged.

Red envelopes can be purchased online, card stores, office supply stores, in any Chinatown, or you can make them out of red paper or paint/color a white envelope red. In a pinch, use a new black pen and write “RED ENVELOPE” on a white envelope. Any new, unused red envelope works.

When I began my practice, I was uncertain about incorporating the Red Envelope tradition into my practice. In an amazing twist of synchronicity, the day of my first consultation I returned home with my red envelopes and found a large box stamped “Red Envelope” on my doorstep. I was stunned! There are no coincidences. I immediately got the message. A beautiful gift from one of my sisters arrived unexpectedly from the gift company “Red Envelope.” I had never heard of it before. On a deep level I got the message loud and clear. Of course I would incorporate the Red Envelope tradition into my practice.

Over the years I have received all sorts of red envelopes. One day a client presented me with nine gorgeous red envelopes she made using her finest red paint. She expressed her sincerity and appreciation by putting a lot of thought and energy into each envelope. I was so touched by this outpouring of respect and appreciation. I often receive homemade red envelopes in which the entire family participates, imparting their sincerity and intention. This can be an amazing family experience. Other times clients go out of their way to find beautiful red envelopes or they purchase red envelopes with a particular intent and symbol in mind. All practices work. Sincerity, respect, intention, and appreciation for all that we do and don’t understand are what matter most.


Peg DonahuePeg Donahue combines her intuition with advanced training and experience in feng shui, Bau-Biologie, mind-body energy techniques, manifestation, coaching and business to provide highly personalized feng shui consultations for individuals and businesses. Read more about Peg.


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