We 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.
More 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.
More 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.