Q: Please describe your very first coming into awareness about Feng Shui.
Terah: I moved to San Diego in 1990 and soon after, was dragged to a lecture by a well-meaning friend on a subject I had zero interest in. I called it Fang Shuey. The speaker was Dr. Richard Tan, Taiwanese acupuncturist and Feng Shui expert, and he completely took me by surprise. He described our homes and offices as living bodies “who” we are in intimate relationship with, whether we know it or not. “When we consciously embrace this relationship,” he said, “we can partner with our surroundings to hold our vitality, prosperity, and happiness in place.”
By the time he finished, I was on fire. This was my future, I could feel it! I registered for all of his Feng Shui classes and dove in.
Q: What is your branch of Feng Shui? How have you made it your own?
Terah: I learned Form School Feng Shui primarily with Dr. Tan. As I practiced, I sorted out the Feng Shui skills that were really helping me and my clients, which included working with the Bagua Map, balancing the 5 Elements, and adjusting Ch’i flow. As an educator, it’s also vitally important to me to teach every student and client how to relate to their surroundings from their own unique perspective. I named my work Essential Feng Shui®, now a registered trademark of the Western School of Feng Shui™.
Q: How has Feng Shui changed your life?
Terah: The first day I applied Feng Shui to my own home, my miserable marriage ended. I had removed a row of dead plants from the Love & Marriage area and cleaned up the extensive clutter in the garage. I was busy enhancing the foyer when my former husband came home, looked around, and blurted out, “I don’t want to be married anymore!” I heard the truth in his voice, resonated with his words, and felt strangely calm. The work I’d done in the house had opened a clear line of communication between us. That really turned my head.
30 days later I was living in my own place. It became my Feng Shui studio where I practiced what I was learning and experienced the results. When I was ready, I hung a wind chime made of bells over my bathtub to call in Love and Marriage. Shortly after, my husband Brian Collins arrived. That was 27 years ago.
Q: Describe your school’s approach to teaching Feng Shui.
Terah: The Essential Feng Shui® Practitioner Certification Training is our signature program, teaching the practical and dynamic coursework on how to enhance people’s lives. It focuses on the many valuable applications Feng Shui has in our Western culture, has no religious affiliations, and honors every individual’s path. It is highly interactive. We teach our students to determine clients’ needs through meaningful dialog and skillful observations, and then to make precise, personalized recommendations that address their clients’ goals for improvement. No two consultations are alike.
Q: What is the newest addition to your curriculum?
Terah: We are always adding new content for our students and alumni, such as new handouts, audio programs, and marketing materials. Our private online forum is also a perpetual font of interesting images, insights, and problem-solving discussions. Our community is dynamic, so there’s always something new in the mix.
Q: What is the latest area of expansion for your school?
Terah: We’ve added a new way to become an Essential Feng Shui Practitioner, which is in a 6-day live classroom setting. This satisfies the desire some students have to learn with kindred spirits, enjoy field trips and live discussions, and be ushered through the training by an experienced EFS Facilitator. Upcoming trainings are scheduled for the Spring of 2020 in Sedona, AZ., Nashua NH., and Calgary, Alberta Canada.
Whether students choose to study live or online, we issue a Certificate of Achievement upon successful completion of the EFSPT, the highest form of certification available in the Western world.
Q: Besides yourself, what does your school offer that is unique to Feng Shui training opportunities?
Terah: The Western School of Feng Shui has 23+ years of experience in the field, which makes us one of the first Feng Shui schools in the USA. We bring lots of practical wisdom to the table. Our students and alumni have the ongoing collaborative support of all those who have studied and practiced before them. Whether they’re preparing for their first consultations, launching their practices, or involved in a complicated case, we are ‘the wind beneath their wings’ offering guidance, wisdom, and encouragement all along the Way.
Q: What is your guiding philosophy about teaching Feng Shui?
Terah: To elicit the genius in every student and client I have the privilege to work with and teach them how to see clearly through their own Feng Shui eyes. There are no rules set in concrete, only fluid guidelines that can help each of us create environments that hold our happiness in place.
Q: What is your favorite nugget of wisdom about using Feng Shui yourself?
Terah: Experiment. Make your own environment your Feng Shui studio. Ideally, Feng Shui is a lifestyle, not an event. Feel into it, try things out, LIVE IT, and see what happens. That’s what I do and it’s transformational.
More about Terah Kathryn Collins – Founder of the Western School of Feng Shui & Originator of Essential Feng Shui®
Best-selling author and the originator of Essential Feng Shui®, which honors the essence of Feng Shui’s eastern heritage while focusing on many benefits it provides in today’s world. Her 6 inspirational books on the subject have sold over a million copies worldwide.
With a passion for transformational education, Terah founded the Western School of Feng Shui in 1996. More than 2,000 people from 26 countries have taken her signature course, the Essential Feng Shui® Practitioner Training.