We still have a couple of vacancy left foe a small group tour on a Friday afternoon before the Self-Activated Talisman workshop. The tour will last for three hours with a comprehensive copy of notes given out to the participants free of charge. Come and join us!

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The First Symposium of the Academic Journal of Feng Shui (AJOFS) – 2017, Down Under.

Date: Sat. 13th and Sun. 14th May 2017.
Venue: University of Technology, Sydney Australia.
Theme: “Canopy and Chariot – Chinese Concepts of Heaven and Earth in the Feng Shui Tradition.
Cost: Almost next to nothing, you can afford it!

The following rising stars in the Feng Shui world and Post-Modern Grandmasters will reveal to you their many years of research, in their hidden Ivy Towers, the most inner secrets of this mysterious and intangible cultural heritage of China, in two short days at a cost of a cheap i-phone.

1) Dr. Hong Key-Yoon – University of Auckland.
2) Dr. Derham Groves – University of Melbourne.
3) Dr. Micahel Paton – University of Sydney.
4) Dr. Michael Mak – University of Newcastle.
5) Dr. Stephen Skinner – Feng Shui Grandmaster
(Gee! They are all bloody Doctors!)
6) Mr. Tyler J Rowe – TCM Practitioner
(Another Doctor!)
7) Mr. Howard Choy – Feng Shui Architect.
(Phew! Just an Architect!)

….and many more of course, like Grandmaster Yap Cheng-Hai’s daughter Boon Yap, who will reveal, the never before, Feng Shui secrets passed down through her family. You cannot, simply not possible, ask for more. It will be better than any Feng Shui Extravaganzas or boring conferences you will ever attend in your life. Come and enjoy the warm sun and the funny Aussies with their BBQ jokes!

See you there!

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My Feng Shui journey of becoing a Feng Shui architect started just after I graduated from my architectural study in Australia, I was looking towards Feng Shui, my cultural heritage, to find a way to help me grow into a better architect, more humane and more in touch with nature.

Recently we just finished a 2 years training program accredited by the Feng Shui Society UK and Europe and about to embark on a second program in the new year. In order for us to understand our potential students better, we asked them to tell us a little bit about themselves why they want to learn Feng Shui with a set of questionnaire.

Today I received one reply and it touched my heart because what the student said is so similar to my search and my feelings at the time nearly 40 years ago. I asked her for permission to post it here what she wrote, by way of expressing my own longings to excel in our profession.

Picture below show a page from students submitted for the final practical examination on the Qi Flow and Containment Study of a house. If you are interested in the new 2 years program to be taught in London you can find the relevant information here: http://www.fengshui-college.org/uk

“2. I am interested in Feng Shui for some years now. However, until now just being an idea rather than taking it seriously and studying it deeper. I would like to study it because to me it should be the basic and the primordial study and finding for any place occupied by people. It just happened that the Chinese were the ones very hard working to put it together and give it to humans as a structured writing and information.
3. We are part of the Whole which works perfectly any way, we as humans at some point forget to follow those principles and lows and forget to live together and started to go away and fall apart. We can not…we can see that clearly- we are part of the creation…one of the greatest and we should take responsibility of what we are doing and how we are living and mature. Some of the ways to learn how to understand , follow and be part of the whole is thru Feng Shui to me. In the way I live and what I do a significant part.
There is a dream I have also about designing “THE DREAM”- a kind of self contained town/ village/space as I see it working in harmony with Nature and life itself, based on the 5 Elements, the seasons, the cardinal direction, flower of life, Platonic solids and the houses being spheres as the best form… based on molecule/ sell structure. Any way, working from time to time on that I realized that I need more knowledge and I can find a big part of it in Feng Shui.
4. It started back home with an article I had red in a magazine maybe 12-15 years ago. The whole writing sounded with a lot of sense and then later from time to time I will read a book or watch you tube videos to a point where I got confused of so many schools and left it for the moment being.
Also I have tried to figure out my self the Feng shui at home…☺ In general I am starting from scratch☺
5. I work in an architectural practice, mainly dealing with Historical listed buildings but also some new and extensions.
6. Yes at this point of my life I think I am able to complete the two years course.
7. Yes I would love to serve and help people to live in a better place and better life and become better people if possible….:) if I may and if/ when they are open and willing to take the journey. I will be very happy to apply my knowledge at work.
8. Most of all it is my journey and I am willing to take it- it is my personal seeking to develop my self and have the knowledge on that subject. Even if it just for that and for making my home , my parents and friends homes a better places it is great. Second of all I think at my work – I am designing people’s houses most importantly homes, whether new or old I am sure I can apply this knowledge (even secretly ☺ ) and make this places happy and make them live in harmonious places ( I would love to be the fairy and spread some Feng Shui magic dust around☺) .And last but not least this big Dream I have…Even it will sit on a paper at home I would love to make it proper. We never know…life is full of miracles.
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Zhouzhuang 周庄 is a water town in Jiangsu Province about 80 Km west of Shanghai, it is well-known as the “Venice of the Orient”. The town is located and divided by lakes and rivers; all in all it has 14 bridges with the “Twin Bridge” being the symbol of the town. Because of the limited arable land and dense population surrounded by water, the traditional houses of Zhouzhunag have a much tighter spatial arrangement and smaller courtyards than the traditional houses north of the Yangtze River. The smaller courtyards are more like light wells than a garden courtyard, and since all the water flows down into the courtyard in the middle of the house complex, the layout of the Jiangnan (south of the Yangtze River) houses, like the ones in Zhouzhuang, are often called “Double Water Entering the Mingtang” 两水入明堂 in Feng Shui terms and is considered very auspicious. “Double water” refers to water from the front and back, left and right of the house. After the water is collect in the middle of the courtyard it is often channeled to the outside according to a particular compass direction, so not only the form and configuration of a house is auspicious and but the compass calculation is also considered desirable to “hasten the luck” for the occupants. Pictures below showed the Twin Bridge in Zhouzhuang and also the layout of a typical Jiangnan traditional courtyard house like the one shown in the site plan indicating the location of the two bridges in town. We will visit this water town in the forth-coming Feng Shui Study Tour of China, from 17 – 30 October 2015, and will stay there for a few days to study and enjoy the Feng Shui of a traditional water town. There is still a few vacancy left for the trip, if you are interested you can find out more information about the study tour by clicking onto the pdf Flyer for the tour. We hope you can join us in China this year. Flyer for Feng Shui Study Tour of China 2015 The water town of Zhouzhuang showing location of the Twin Bridge

The Twin Bridge in Zhouzhuang

The Twin Bridge in Zhouzhuang

Site Plan of the Twin Bridge showing a typical single courtyard house between the two bridges.

Site Plan of the Twin Bridge showing a typical single courtyard house between the two bridges.

Plans of Lower and Upper Floor of a typical Jiangnan Courtyard House with its Front Elevation and Section.

Plans of Lower and Upper Floor of a typical Jiangnan Courtyard House with its Front Elevation and Section.

“Good Luck Comes when the Elements are Together”
An Introduction to the Core Principles of Feng Shui

September 12 & 13, 2014 10am-5pm

A 2-days FSS Accredited Foundation Course  
Taught by Howard Choy FSSA B.Arch.          
September 12 & 13, 2014 – £160 includes full course notes
London University International Hall
Lansdowne Terrace,   London WC1N 1DJ 

“Does my house have good feng shui”? “What makes my garden a feng shui garden”? “How can I change my bad luck”? How would you answer these often-asked questions? We will go into the core principles to find the answers. Then you will begin to understand what feng shui is, why it can be so powerful and how to use it yourself.

Howard Choy is a bi-lingual practicing feng shui architect and fully China-trained in feng shui. He will give you a genuine understanding of the traditional theories and contemporary practice of feng shui, with materials drawn from recognized Chinese feng shui classics.
Attendees will be able to make some effective changes in their homes and their life by the end of the two days. An attendance award is given upon completion of the course.  
 
Graduate students who wish to pursue the subject further will have gained the foundation skills required as a pre-requisite for practitioner level training with a Feng Shui Society accredited school.

To book a place on the course and for further enquiries:
Phone: Sylvia Bennett 020 7419 7828 or 07779 139187
Email: Sylvia Bennett sylvia@fengshui-living.com
Email: Howard Choy fengshuiarchitect@hotmail.com
Website  http://www.fengshui-college.org/uk

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We are delighted to announce the final line up for the conference and workshops taking place in London on 17 & 18 May 2014. As you will see there are varied and interesting presenters for both days and you are urged to book now so that you will be sure of a place. You will also be pleased to see that the conference dinner has also been finalised at the Wallace Collection and you can now also book for this event on line. Below are brief details of the presenters and, full details and booking please follow the link: Conference Booking

THE Timeless Home – Alidad (UK)
Alidad is marking the publication of his first book “The Timeless Home” by sharing with us his unique aesthetic style, evocative design, and how to create a timeless home. Functionality, proportion and comfort are paramount, but Alidad will also reveal the secrets of the intangible feng shui principles which enhance beauty, harmony and balance.

HOW to Feng Shui Your Bedroom (for Love and Health) – Carla Miles-Robinson (UK)
Our bedrooms are the most important rooms in our homes, simply because we spend at least one third of our lives there. Come and learn how to optimise, energise, beautify and feng shui your bedrooms for love and health in nine simple steps. You’ll never see your bedroom in the same light again (whether by day or by night).

NIDOTHERAPY: The Importance of Harmonious Relationship with the Environment – Peter Tyrer (UK)
Nidotherapy is a new mental health treatment. It is actually a ‘proxy-treatment’: rather than treating the patient directly, it works by adjusting the environment to make a better fit for the person. Although other therapies have an environmental component, nidotherapy, named after the Latin ‘nidus’ (‘nest’ – since a nest accommodates to a wide variety of shapes), is the only one that works only on the environment. The psychological component comes with the nidotherapist’s systematic analysis of all aspects of the patient’s environment to make sure the right environmental pathway is chosen. In a randomised trial compared with standard treatment, nidotherapy has been shown to reduce the time those with severe mental illness spend in hospital (Ranger et al, 2009; Tyrer et al, 2012).

THE Art of Feng Shui – Jeannie Tower (USA)
In these times of information overload, Steve Jobs said “Simplicity is the highest form of sophistication”. Feng shui can get complex and complicated at times but it doesn’t have to be that way. This talk will help you to see feng shui in a new, fresh and crystal clear light. Like art, feng shui works best when it’s clear and simple – but, like art, it can still be profound as it works on many levels. Come and learn how to use feng shui to simplify your life and business, getting the results you want with simple and powerful feng shui solutions.

THE way we Decorate our Home is Often a Message from the Subconscious – Elliot Jay Tanzer (USA)
In this talk we discover how we can interpret the messages that our homes reveal about our inner lives. The items and images we use to decorate our homes, and their placement, are actually metaphorical “messages” which give deep insights into our emotional issues, our health, and our attitudes to abundance and relationships, among other things. We will examine how an analysis of a home’s imagery can be used for personal growth and self development. “Every Picture Speaks a Thousand Words” – early Emperor of Xia Dynasty, 4,000 BCE.

ONE Chart, Many Lives – Ting-Foon Chik (UK)
There are many people on this planet whose ‘four pillars’ astrological chart look the same. Do they lead the same lives? What is pre-destined? What are the influences of human decisions and actions? In this presentation there will be a brief introduction to the four pillars of destiny, and a discussion of some of the subtleties that mean people born with the same qi energy pattern in their birth chart can lead different lives. Find out how you can make the most of your future luck.

FORM School, Architecture and Feng Shui in China – Jodi Brunner (Australia)
Australians love to travel and in order for us to truly understand the roots of this extraordinary art known as feng shui, at some point in our training it is important to actually travel to China ourselves. Doing so allows us to feel the qi of the place, to visualise the locations where our predecessors have planned their feng shui, and to ponder their techniques and choices.

The Main Door as the Connection between Internal and External Energies (Qi) – Diane Grobler (South Africa)
This is a largely visual presentation on landform feng shui and its influence on homes, apartments and businesses. We focus on the main door to see how it influences the quality of energy (Qi) entering the property, how to successfully collect and use the positive aspects, and how to block what is not beneficial. We explore who will be affected and how.

EVERY Home Tells a Story: The Symbolism Found in Landform Feng Shui and Why we are Attracted to the Homes we Choose to Live In – Elliot Jay Tanzer (USA)
In this workshop, we explore the actual structure of the home – how it is sited and constructed, the room layout, and compass directions – and how these reflect the personality and personal issues of those who live within. After considering the physical impact of landforms – including excessive wind exposure, proximity to toxic waste dumps etc – much of landform feng shui is predicated on how we respond to the symbolism of certain structural components of the home. Many aspects can affect our unconscious minds, from room configuration to the placement of a bed or desk in relationship to doors and toilets. As with all things, ‘form shapes content’ – with the corollary: by changing the shape, the consciousness of those who reside within will also be forever changed.

Feng Shui Water Methods – How to Maximise your Wealth with Water Element
This presentation will focus on the use, meaning and symbolism of water element from the most fundamental to the more advanced Xian Tian Hou Tian Water methods to the technically complex systems of Shui Long Fan Gua and Na Jia. The feng shui water method will open your eyes to the vast world and applications of water methods for enhancing your wealth with examples showing the potential positive and adverse effects they can have on a building depending on its facing orientation, main entry and the location of surrounding water ‘mouth qi’.

FSS Gala Dinner will be held afterwards
17 May 2014 ( Saturday 6.30pm for 7pm)
Reception & Gala Dinner at the Wallace Restaurant, Wallace Collection, Hertford House, Manchester Square, London W1U 3BN – Google Map
Price: £45.00

Conference Booking: http://www.fengshuisociety.org.uk/8-feng-shui-society-conference-17-18-may-2014-london-uk/

Kind regards
Feng Shui Society

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