Richard Ashworth Imperial Feng Shui

Director/owner of Imperial Feng Shui, Richard Ashworth’s first love is “going in and out of people’s spaces being enigmatic” both face to face in the flesh and online.  Over the last decade plus, he has taken that passion and joy in what he does to develop programs that leaves his students and clients “healthier, wealthier, happier, and wiser.”  With humor, wisdom, and grace, he approaches the student relationship with a personal touch. 

Read on to find out about his unique style and school.  

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

A: Having studied the material of a variety of (mostly Western) Masters, teachers, self-help gurus, what-have-you in the 1980’s, I spent the first half of the 90’s investigating feng shui: what was understood as feng shui, what was authentic and what was silliness. And I was lucky enough to be invited to observe a day in the life of Master (now GrandMaster) Chan Kun Wah. Which was a revelation. When we arrived at a house he was to work on, he said – without getting out of the car – that it had always been the home of lonely women. He was absolutely right. It took me about 12 years to work out how he did that.

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

A: I studied Chue Style pretty much full time with Master Chan. Because he was just starting out I had a series of one-to-one conversations with him which was an extraordinary privilege. It was during this time that I met Derek Walters who first taught me ba zi. Derek was then and I think remains, the only European name the Chinese Masters generally admit to recognising. After four years I felt that I needed to move on from Chue style and learn other approaches. So I sought out teachers in China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and elsewhere in SE Asia, in that time completing a short course at Huazhong University in Wuhan.

I teach the classical foundations I learned on these travels but also that if you know the principles thoroughly, you’re not only safe to improvise, you will often have to. That’s probably contentious, I guess. My best students can do complex XKDG calculations but also work with crystals. And I’m very conscious of language. Perhaps unusually for someone classically trained , I encourage intuition but I insist on thorough and prior knowledge of classical principles.

Q: How has Feng Shui changed your life?

A: It restored my faith in the miraculous.

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

A: I teach almost exclusively one-to-one and online in real time. I had been doing that for several years before Covid-19 made online teaching the only real option. 1-hour Sessions are usually weekly by mutual arrangement. Obviously we have limited capacity but the waiting list isn’t too long.

I like to start my students with ba zi – that is Four Pillars, personal feng shui based on time and place of birth, often misleadingly called a Chinese Horoscope. The ba zi lets us know a great deal about a client before a consultation. Learning ba zi ahead of feng shui makes people the priority. Equally it means the student learns many of the terms and principles he will need when studying feng shui later.

In terms of material, I tend to decriminalise all approaches by initially examining with the student a number of methods that I don’t teach. Then I teach the history and origins of feng shui – not only in China by the way – and a great deal of philosophy. Only then do I teach classical. I aim to abide by the ancient principle of tian-ti-ren: each of us lives in several realms simultaneously. There is a major aspect of feng shui that is mechanical and calculated but much that is not.

Q: What is the newest addition to your curriculum?

A: Basic QMDJ but also a very simple classically-rooted but intuition-based Foundation Course. Which oddly, in 20 years of teaching I’ve never offered before. In 2021 I will – because of the demand for it – also be teaching forecasting.

Q: What is the latest area of expansion for your school?

A: Live Workshops on Zoom. On the Book of Changes, on Date Selection, on the prospects of each New Year and a number of other topics. Historically online teaching was perhaps 60% of my activity. It’s 90%+ now. Students can record the sessions but nothing is pre-recorded. At least for the time being.

Q: Besides yourself, what does your school offer that is unique to Feng Shui training opportunities?

A: Tuition at the student’s own pace with unlimited email back-up. I also teach more Chinese history and politics than most. I figure that (to paraphrase CLR James) you can’t really understand Classical feng shui if Classical feng shui is all you know. You need some understanding of China. If you take this thing seriously you need to have felt Chinese soil under your feet, to know that Chinese food doesn’t taste like er….Chinese food for instance. My first authentic dim sum (with Master Howard Choy) when I was studying in Wuhan was a revelation.

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

A: My purpose is to leave my client healthier, wealthier, happier and wiser. That’s what I try to teach. If we define the purpose of feng shui and indeed ba zi, as a spectrum from performance enhancement to actual physical change, what I realised when I first encountered classical feng shui was that it was the most powerful transformational model I had ever encountered. There remains to me something extraordinary about the fact that the Celestial Animals, for instance can have hard and fast meanings and yet have deep personal significance for the individual student.

Life is about decisions, I think, some smart, some not-so smart. I teach that what the ba zi does better than any method I have ever come across is to highlight where we make decisions and where they lead.

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

A: From the Tao Te Ching: “Solidity is an advantage but it’s emptiness that makes a space useful.”

Q: What additional training does your school offer or plan to offer?

A: We offer selected students bespoke mentoring. Some mentees now practise professionally, some just love learning. Some of my students and ex-students are quite high profile professionals. Often assistance with social media is as important as practising sam he procedures. Some students are as likely to want to discuss hashtags or The Dream of the Red Chamber as formulae.

Click here to find out more or at Richard Ashworth Feng Shui. 

 

More about Richard Ashworth

Richard Ashworth is probably best known for introducing authentic Chinese Imperial Feng Shui to BBC tv’s Housebusters and for his book The Feng Shui Diaries which apart from anything else, may be the funniest on the subject to date. Respected widely for his innovative approach to classical ba zi & feng shui, many professionals have studied with him. Richard himself studied with a series of masters over a period of decades including attending Huazhong University in Central China. His direct, authoritative and humorous approach has changed lives for the better from Poland to New Zealand.

In 2012, he became one of very few Western masters to address the Singapore International Feng Shui Conference and in 2008 was co-chair of the 1st International Congress on Scientific Feng Shui in Turin. A regular enquirer of The Course in Miracles as well as the Book of Changes, Richard is happily married with six grown-up children.

Storyboard ONE by ONE

Katherine Metz, the founder and creator of Feng Shui Storyboard, which has now become The Storyboard ONE by ONE , studied with world-renowned H.H. Grandmaster Professor Lin Yun for 25 years. He was a revolutionary thinker who took the best of traditional Feng Shui and, with extraordinary insight, introduced new concepts to suit our changing world.   Read about her journey and how things are changing yet staying the same at the Storyboard.  

Feng Shui Storyboard ONE by ONE

Q: Please describe your very first coming into awareness about Feng Shui.
A: As a child, with shovel in hand and on the sly, I rearranged the flowers in neighboring gardens – much to the chagrin of my mother. As the creator and owner of Blooming Success, my interior landscaping business in the San Francisco Bay Area, mall operators asked for my assistance guiding the flow of visitors. They noticed that as I changed the plantings, people moved in ever-changing ways. We worked together to encourage movement that eased the movement of the elderly, provided teens with safe places to congregate, and opened areas of congestion.

I had not yet heard of Feng Shui.

It was standing on a mountain side, as a location scout for a movie film crew, that I realized I knew something about placement. After two days and wasting thousands of production dollars, I whispered, up close and personal, in the ear of the exasperated director, “Move the car just three feet to the right and you’ll get the shot.” Quite impertinent for a location scout, but successful.

This was the beginning of my search to learn more.

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

A: I listened carefully for over twenty-five years, and with each and every meeting, Professor’s Black Sect teachings were broader and deeper. To this day, I continue to be inspired by his desire to share all that he knew.

In that same spirit, I created The Storyboard ONE by ONE, my chronicle of Professor’s mastery. The teachings are “Pure Professor,” rich and unaltered. They carry the weight of time and centuries of positive results. They are steeped in the humility of an enlightened being, and flow from his compassionate heart and wise mind.

With access to this robust and exclusive archive of Professor’s teachings, as well as my 36 years of experience, you can expect to develop a deep understanding of this work in your day-to-day life.

You will develop your craft and sharpen your skills with the knowledge that the information comes directly from One Lineage and One Master. This is the heart of The Storyboard ONE by ONE.

Q: How has Feng Shui changed your life?

A: In addition to becoming a career that has sustained me for 36 years, I am most grateful to truly understand the importance of a masterful mentor. Professor challenged me at every turn. He asked me to take risks. Perhaps, most importantly, he asked, “Are you ready, in an instant, to face someone in need, knowing the most precise and effective answer is at your fingertips?”

I learned that in all things, practice is necessary, courage is mandatory, and loving inspiration is paramount. I learned that it takes time and experience to offer answers that help untie knots and resolve unease. It takes an artist with a masterful sense of timing and great respect for the sanctity of another’s life to “simply” be present and aware. Compassion and inspiration unfold and beauty happens.

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

A: We must allow ourselves to be surprised by the present moment. In Professor’s words, “We must get a hold of our hearts.” The knowledge we provide enables one to confront chaos and complexity with reason and structure. The methods of spiritual cultivation we provide enable one to confront chaos and complexity with composure and wisdom. With both in place, inspiration and artistry will flourish.

It is our goal to support every student’s original and unique offering, and in the same breath, to offer warmth, courtesy, kindness, respect, generosity, humor, and precision.

Q: What is the newest addition to your curriculum?

A: The Storyboard ONE by ONE is the perfect place to unravel the hidden, quirky, and nuanced Feng Shui clues that you would surely miss without the trained, masterful eye of a Feng Shui Master Teacher.

Q: What is the latest area of expansion for your school?

A: Katherine On Call is open once again.

I have found that it is here, one on one, listening carefully, that we learn to hear Professor’s whispers of wisdom. I have been graced with the understandings of a master. They must not disappear with me.

Space is limited to 12, so act now. Call Katherine at 425.419.4469 to secure your spot and ask any questions you have. You may also email Katherine

Here are notes from former participants to help you understand why this may be the perfect way to continue to cultivate your mastery of Black Sect Feng Shui.

  • The teachings are true to the lineage, and I hear H. H. Grandmaster Professor Lin Yun come to life as Katherine shares her knowledge.
  • Katherine is accessible to answer questions every day. This is a rare opportunity to ask anything you wish! Her explanations are insightful, nuanced, and clear, reflecting her passion for maintaining the integrity of the lineage.
  • Truly mind expanding, even after years of study.

Q: Besides yourself, what does your school offer that is unique to Feng Shui training opportunities?

A: The Storyboard ONE by ONE offers flexibility – Your choice of 48 Case Files every time, any time, and from anywhere.

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

A: Surround yourself with those with eyes to see beyond.

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

A: From the I Ching, a close and constant mentor:

“Success comes to those daring enough to initiate a new era.”

Q: What additional training does your school offer or plan to offer?

A: Katherine’s Practitioner’s Library contains more than 220 hours of audio and 24 eVolumes for purchase.

In the works and when the time is right – a cross country, photographic road trip meeting practitioner’s and clients.

 

Storyboard with Katherine Metz

Katherine Metz, the founder and creator of Feng Shui Storyboard, which has now become The Storyboard ONE by ONE, studied with world-renowned H.H. Grandmaster Professor Lin Yun for 25 years. He was a revolutionary thinker who took the best of traditional Feng Shui and, with extraordinary insight, introduced new concepts to suit our changing world.

Over the years, Katherine chronicled her teacher’s words, honoring his knowledge by chronicling his teachings as succinctly as possible. She now expertly shares her first-hand account of Professor’s teachings and over 36 years of experience as a practitioner, teacher, and mentor. Her quiet presence and nuanced writings continue to educate and inspire students and practitioners around the world.

 

Intrinsic School of Feng Shui

Intrinsic School of Feng ShuiWe are delighted to welcome Intrinsic School of Feng Shui to our membership.  This is a new school started by long time professionals Steve Kodad, also a real estate expert, and Lisa Alban.  Read more about their exciting upcoming programs and courses and how they plan to approach this new journey.  (Hint…with a ton of passion!)

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

Steve: I had been a Realtor for over 10 years, and received an email about how Feng Shui could help me with my business. I decided to look into it, and started reading heavily.

Lisa: My earliest awareness of Feng Shui was when I was in middle school. I grew up in the northeast, US, and during our long winters I spent much of my time reading, writing, drawing, and changing around the décor in my bedroom. I had a fascination with energy; particularly light reflection/ refraction, aura reading, and dowsing. Raised with awareness that my grandmother and mother were intuitives; my family encouraged my extracurricular studies and cultivating my own sense of intuition. I can’t remember which Feng Shui books I picked out form the library, but they really resonated with the wonderful experiences I had with space clearings and blessings.

Q: What is your branch of Feng Shui? How have you made it your own?
Steve: I first became certified with Helen and James Jay, and have always followed, primarily, Form and BTB. The changes that have evolved in my training are incorporating Green building techniques and human psychology. How Feng Shui interacts with a person’s subconscious is something I stress.

Lisa: I was also trained by James and Helen Jay and proud to receive Certification through their school, Feng Shui Designs. Form School and BTB Feng Shui are my main schools that I follow. I also received Feng Shui Staging for Home Sales Certification through Steve’s course, and have take it twice in the course of our friendship. I have been receiving additional training in Shamanism, meditation, and crystal studies. I would say integrating these backgrounds has enhanced my capabilities in my approaches. Having a 20-year background in live television, retail and corporate marketing; I had the opportunity to apply Feng Shui in my professional career as well. This has given me an applied focus on the effects of our environment in business relations, project success, communications, and the workplace itself.

Q: How has Feng Shui changed your life?
Steve: It was instrumental in a huge career change. I decided to sell my half of a mid-size real estate company to pursue Feng Shui for training and for aiding and evaluating environments. I was years ago a public school math teacher, and then spent 20 years as a Realtor. Feng Shui allowed me to “wed” teaching and real estate, two things I love.

Lisa: Feng Shui confirmed many things in life for me that I believed to be true: our environments are a reflection of our inner-selves and vice-versa; nature communicates opportunities and affirms success for us in signs and synchronicities, light, and wildlife abundance.

Q: Describe your school’s approach to teaching Feng Shui.
Steve: our school has a strong dedication to our students in making them successful as a consultant. So we focus a lot on who needs their help, and how to find them. We stress using your mind strongly in rein-forcing their interactions, their cures, and improving their own lives.

Lisa: Steve and are proud “helpers” in this life. We find joy in the success others’ experiences, and both of us recognized a real need in this world for more Feng Shui enthusiasts and professionals. Our teachers trained us to educate our clients to the extent that they could effectively perform our recommended Feng Shui cures themselves, and our clients were hungry for more training! We are both proud Feng Shui Professional Consultants as our main career and wanted to help others achieve the same goal. It doesn’t have to be a “side-gig” or secret study; however, Feng Shui is a complimentary profession to so many. Our course alleviates the guesswork in establishing a business, and we vow to be lifelong mentors to each student; here, whenever they need us.

Q: What is the newest addition to your curriculum?
Steve: Universal Design is a topic that has become important for many people when moving or staying where they are. One of our modules goes into how to use Feng Shui in a way to help disabled and senior citizens.

Lisa: We have extensive information to offer our students in terms of successful business practices and use of various electronic platforms to make their lives easier. Work-life balance is important to us. We also keep our ear to the street in terms of new software and apps that we can use for a Feng Shui consultant business.

Q: What is the latest area of expansion for your school?
Steve: We are offering our training in several ways. We start off a new class with what we call a “Kick-Off”. The Kick Off is a full day of live training on site which creates a real spring board for the 13 live, interactive webinars that follow. Our webinars are also recorded, but the best part is we can see each other and hear each other clearly.

Lisa: I am thrilled about our inter-personal Kick-Off events! This gives us an opportunity to bond with our students and participate in unique Feng Shui experiences in various locations and communities. Coming from a TV background, video and communications are valuable to me, and I think these assets will be crucial to the success of our graduates.

Q: Besides yourself, what does your school offer that is unique to Feng Shui training opportunities?
Steve: Being a former Realtor, has enabled us to present a module on being involved with the real estate community that is very powerful and quite helpful for a new consultant to get a quick start in their business

Lisa: We spend a great deal of time educating our students on approaches to use for various types of clients from holistic to real estate to design and corporate. We also believe whole-heartedly in the success of our students reliant on joining the International Feng Shui Guild. So much so, that we enroll our graduates for 1 year, paid for by us!

Q: What is your guiding philosophy about teaching Feng Shui?
Steve: For my students to love the training, but more importantly LOVE the beauty of Feng Shui. I want them to understand how to make Feng Shui a fulfilling career, but I also want them to discover how it greatly improve their own lives

Lisa: I teach from a place of love, helping, and support. No one is alone in this journey, and I won’t leave you behind when lessons feel complicated.

Q: What is your favorite nugget of wisdom about using Feng Shui yourself?
Steve: Feng Shui is an ancient environmental science that is based on a lot of common sense!

Lisa: “Jump in and go with the flow.” Just like the meandering chi we discuss in the foundations of Feng Shui, our lives and career journeys will healthfully take on many twists and turns. Envision your success in your career, as if it is, and it will be! Continual learning is key as well. Never stop learning and sharing.

 

Click here to find out more or see it at Intrinsic School of Feng Shui. 

 

Steve KodadMore about Steve
A long time successful real estate agent, Feng Shui practitioner and educator, Steve Kodad has conducted over 285 seminars and presentations since 2004 and has trained over 4,450 real estate agents, homeowners and home stagers. He has been featured many times in the media, on television and the radio. He was recently tapped as a Field Producer and Show Advisor for the program “Home Staging Pros.” His third book: “The Feng Shui Cure (for Home Sellers)” was published in November 2016.

Lisa AlbanMore about Lisa
Lisa Alban is the owner of Cloud 9 Feng Shui, LLC, serving the Tampa Bay area and beyond. She carries a specialized certification in Feng Shui Staging for Home Sales. She is an intuitive designer with a love for art, holistic health, beauty, and balance. She specializes in consultations for home construction, interior and exterior design, holistic wellness and business prosperity. Lisa is a keynote speaker, as well as hosts workshops and events that are inspirational, educational and entertaining.​

VIA Feng Shui with Tina Falk

VIA Feng Shui with Tina Falk

Q: Please describe your very first coming into awareness about Feng Shui.
A: I’m not sure there was a defining moment that brought about awareness of “Feng Shui”. As a child, growing up in an unstable environment, I had an innate drive to make my bedroom my “safe place”. It was the only thing I felt I had any control over. Of course, I wouldn’t have known I was doing feng shui back then (starting in the late 60s), but I was extremely mindful of my surroundings and even how they influenced others. Everything had to be in its place. As a little girl my stuffed animals and dolls were handled with so much love and care. As a teen in the early 80’s, I was inspired one day after school to rearrange the furniture in our living room (it was just my mom and I). I often didn’t know what kind of mood she’d be in when she got home and was a bit nervous about how my idea of change would be received. Initially, her coming home was typical, but when she turned the corner to see the “new” living room she got a big smile on her face and complimented me saying she would have never thought of arranging the room like that. I felt the difference in her. In us. And it wasn’t just the arrangement of the furniture that changed things. It was me physically pushing sofas and chairs around the room, sitting on them to test the view, and then picking up and actually moving items around. It was the action of it all that created a shift in me. Then throughout the years I would hear about feng shui “cures” from various sources. Upon completion of intensive studies under a Buddhist Meditation Master, and really feeling like memories of home had been stirred up within me, I began to seek out formal feng shui training and certification. At that point the stars aligned and I was divinely guided to my Feng Shui Master.

Q: What is your branch of Feng Shui? How have you made it your own?
A: My go to aspect of feng shui that not only excites me, as well as my clients and students, but also is the very first step in any application of any school of feng shui is the BaZi (or 4 Pillars Chinese Astrology) chart. Just can’t imagine not having those profound insights to inspire a truly custom and unique feng shui experience for my clients. I don’t read the charts necessarily the way a traditional astrologer would. For the most part it’s there. However, having done around 600 readings, I’ve really been able to track patterns in events, behaviors, challenges, successes…you name it. My intuition and guidance from Spirit has allowed me to create such a comprehensive chart with feng shui recommendations that I haven’t seen anywhere else.

Q: How has Feng Shui changed your life?
A: I’ve been professionally consulting and teaching since 2005. Not only has feng shui made remarkable differences at home, in my personal life and that of my family, but the biggest change has been in my connections to people and being able to serve them. I have an interesting dynamic in my own 4 Pillar chart. I have a Dragon that desires to live outside the box and not be bound by the mundane. I also have a Dog in my chart — who is loyal to humanity and wants to serve. My feng shui business and school allow me to feed both of these parts of myself. When I leave a class or consultation I am on cloud nine — I know this is my purpose.

Q: Describe your school’s approach to teaching Feng Shui.
A: The Yang Earth Dog in me strives for practicality in my teaching. My goal is to take abstract concepts and present them in a manner that feels doable. It’s not about dumming it down. It’s about elevating someone’s awareness and experience with solid core concepts, awakened intuition, lots of practice, and support within our community of grads. I don’t offer online classes. I get asked about it a lot. But I want to be sitting in front of you, face-to-face. I want to see your eyes roll or your arms fold in front of you telling me you’ve had enough. I want to see the light bulb turn on when the lesson clicks in. Where two or more are gathered…there I shall also be. The group energy is an important component and the feeling of support and inspiration you get from one another is priceless.

Q: What is the newest addition to your curriculum?
A: The newest addition to my curriculum is an added piece to the field work. Aside from charts and consultations, I require each student to submit a Creative Integration Project. Whatever that looks like for them. I want them to tell me, or show me, how they will be integrating this practice or knowledge into their life or business. I had one student create a flyer for her business. One gal wrote up how she will use feng shui to enhance her coaching services (and ended up using that copy for her website). There needs to be a plan at the end of the training, because there is a lot of excitement and momentum right out of the gate and that can easily dwindle if there’s not some direction in place.

Q: What is the latest area of expansion for your school?
A: The latest area of expansion in my school is the group trainings. I used to only teach one-to-one. But I could tell my students were missing out. They were missing out on that group energy and having that other student in the class ask a question when they couldn’t think of one.

Q: Besides yourself, what does your school offer that is unique to Feng Shui training opportunities?
A: I believe we are multi-dimensional beings with complex lives. The more layers we understand and have in our toolbox the better we are able to assist our clients, friends, and family at whatever level they are. I layer Form School, Classical Feng Shui, BTB, Chakras, Numerology, and the 5 senses into my material. You never know what kind of tool you can use to connect with your client. Once for me, it was simply comment about a cast on a client’s left wrist and my mentioning the color orange and the Sacral Chakra that started a pivotal conversation that I’m not sure I would have gotten to without that knowledge.

I also offer continuing education classes for my students, like advanced Flying Stars.

Q: What is your guiding philosophy about teaching Feng Shui?
A: My guiding philosophy in teaching feng shui is my desire to pay it forward. Amazingly gifted and generous teachers have shown up in my life and openly shared with me, answering my ever-persistent questions. How can I possibly hold onto all of that myself? It must be passed along. There is something special in honoring the sacredness of the ancient schools and their traditions, but there’s also something special about them that can be adaptable and stand the test of time even in the most modern of settings.

Q: What is your favorite nugget of wisdom about using Feng Shui yourself?
A: Mindfulness. Feng Shui took my mindfulness practice to a whole other level. It has given purpose and meaning to everything in a more tangible way.

Q: What additional training does your school offer or plan to offer?
A: One of my dreams is to have VIA grad/practitioner retreats. Some of my students fly into Utah for the training’s and some are local. I would love to have a way we can all connect for a few days and provide a place for them to share their wisdom with one another. My belief is that we really only have two main roles in life…to be a student or to be a teacher. That’s a fine line to walk and anytime I can encourage my students to teach is a plus for all of us!

Tina Falk, VIA Feng ShuiMore about Tina

Tina Falk BFA-VC, CFSP is a Professional Feng Shui Educator, Mentor, Consultant and Speaker and the founder of VIA Feng Shui Training & Mentoring. Training and practicing feng shui since 2005, she combines her expertise and intuitive perspective to enhance your awareness and appreciation of Self and Space.

 

Click here to find out more or see it at VIA Feng Shui

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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