Certification Program Courses
Fundamentals of Feng Shui (FS101)
A comprehensive overview of the classical feng shui tradition. Covers history, philosophy, fundamental principles, and the basic elements of practical feng shui. Students will learn how to assess qi energy and the flow of qi, and how to establish a balanced and harmonious relationship with the living environment. Required for all courses numbered 200 and above.
Qi Energy Workshop (FS102)
A comprehensive introduction to qi energy as it works in our bodies, lives, and the land and spaces in which we live. According to traditional Chinese science, the fundamental constituent of everything in the universe is qi, which is known in other traditions by such names as prana, vital energy, or pneuma. Basic concepts and forms of qigong practice will be introduced, and students will learn the complete Eight Meridian Qigong form.
Feng Shui in Interior Space and Design I and II (FS201, FS202)
A two-session workshop covering all aspects of building interiors. After a review of general feng shui principles, each kind of room is discussed in terms of form, shape, layout, furnishings, color and flow. The overall interior structure of buildings is also treated in terms of the same features. The advantages and disadvantages of these features for individual rooms and for whole structures are discussed. The first session consists of lecture and discussion and ends with assignment of individual projects to students. The second session begins with presentation, discussion and evaluation of the student projects, followed by a field trip to a private home and a public place to provide hands-on experience of feng shui evaluations. Prerequisite: FS101.
Feng Shui in Exterior Environments I and II (FS211, FS212)
A two-session workshop covering all aspects of land forms, building exteriors, and exterior settings of buildings. After a review of the basic principles of landscape features and energy flow, the effects of immediate external environments are presented. Also covered are methods for detecting energy flow, fostering energy accumulation, and locating good energy spots, in terms of Yin-Yang and Five Element principles. The first session consists of lecture and discussion and ends with assignment of individual projects sites for evaluation. The second session begins with presentation, discussion and evaluation of the student projects, followed by a field trip to one or more locations to provide hands-on experience of external assessment. Prerequisite: FS101.
Yin-Yang and Five Element Theory I, II and III (FS221, FS222 FS223)
A three-session workshop covering the foundations of the traditional Chinese sciences, which provide a working model of the universe, and thus provide the basis not only for Feng Shui, but of traditional Chinese medicine, architecture, astronomy, governance, military sciences, and all aspects of human and social affairs. This set of workshops will be of interest not only for students of Feng Shui, but for anyone interested in the deeper aspects of Chinese culture and history. The first session focuses on Yin-Yang. The second session focuses on Five Element Theory, ending with the assignment of individual practical projects. The third session consists of presentation, discussion and evaluation of the student assignments, and further detailed discussion of practical applications of the theory. Prerequisite: FS101.
Ba Gua Theory and Applications (FS224)
A one-session workshop covering the structural core of the I-Ching or Book of Change, from which the principles of Chinese traditional philosophy and science are derived. Presentation and discussion of the origin of the Ba Gua model, its applications in feng shui, astrology and divination, medicine, martial arts and warfare, and in general daily life. The Ba Gua model is one of the bases of the cosmological side of feng shui. Prerequisites: FS101 and FS221-222.
Cosmological Feng Shui I and II (FS231, FS232)
A two-session workshop covering time and orientation in feng shui. Cosmological approaches, concerned with the effects of orientation and time, were popular from the seventeenth century onward, becoming more influential as human beings have become more urbanized and less directly connected with nature. The first session consists of presentation and discussion of the basic approaches of the principal schools: San Yuan, San Ho, Ba Zai (Eight Dwellings), and Jiu Xin (Nine Stars), and the basic aspects of the feng shui compass. In the second session, student case presentations will be discussed and evaluated. Prerequisites: FS101, FS 221, 222, 223.
Feng Shui in Business and Office Design (FS241)
A one-session workshop beginning with review of feng shui concepts, with special emphasis on selection and design of office and business space. Presentation and discussion of principles governing office space, the optimal arrangement of people with specific functions within a building, arrangement of furniture to suit specific functions, and designs to optimize the energy flows of specific types of business (such as restaurant, law office, retail store, production facility, or corporate headquarters). Prerequisite: FS101.
Feng Shui in Landscape and Garden Design (FS242)
Covers the application of feng shui to landscape and garden design: philosophy, principles and technique of design, with emphasis on the application of Yin-Yang and Five Element principles and the integration of garden with structures. Comparative discussion of Oriental and Occidental approaches to garden design. The focus is not on technical specifics (drainage methods, pruning, and so on), but on the overall design approach. Prerequisite: FS101.
The Yin and Yang of Love and Relationships (FS251)
Love and relationships are crucial issues in human life, and people often become overwhelmed by the immediacy of their involvement. In this course we use the perspectives of the Yin-Yang and Five Element theory to see human desire and behavior in the broader context of the patterns of nature and natural energies. We examine the relationship between male and female not from the point of view of men and women, but from the point of view of the interaction of Yin and Yang.
The Yin and Yang of Food and Cooking (FS261)
Food is central to human life, and for many people it is much more than just fuel. Food is also more than a matter of taste, flavor or nutrition: it is a matter of energy, and the balance of energy. Traditionally, Chinese have seen food as an aspect of medicine. In this class we study traditional Chinese cooking from the energetic point of view, and examine the part played by Yin Yang and Five Element Theory in traditional methods of choosing ingredients, cooking the food, and selecting the menu and presentation.
Feng Shui Classics (FS300)
Introduces the historical tradition, the major classical texts, the rise and fall in popularity of various methods, and the historical and cultural background. Presentation of selections from the most important of the hundreds of surviving ancient texts (in translation). Prerequisite: all 100 and 200 level courses, or permission of instructor.
Feng Shui Case Studies (FS310)
Gives advanced students a chance to use what they have learned by working with real cases, both classical and modern. There are three parts: presentation of classical examples, presentation by students of assigned cases, and presentation by students of a case from their own experience. Prerequisite: all 100 and 200 level courses, or permission of instructor.
Feng Shui Remedies (FS320)
Introduces advanced students to techniques for dealing with problem environments or conditions. Feng Shui is about the living environment, but it sometimes happens that we find ourselves unavoidably in situations that are less than ideal. This course presents the traditional, conventional methods for dealing with such issues from the point of view of the Form School. WE will also examine non-conventional, esoteric approaches to dealing with such issues, and discuss the historical and cultural context of various attempts to resolve Feng Shui problems. Prerequisite: all 100 and 200 series, or by permission of instructor.
Sign and Symbol (FS330)
Form defines energy, and energy manifests information. In this course we will guide students to tap into the information aspect of all things from signs and symbols, as they are the simplest and most concise form. It includes static forms, such as company logos, and dynamic forms, such as events. Students will learn how, from the logo of a company or political campaign, to tap into their inner nature/character and also to tell if the company or event will be successful or not. Students will also learn to pick up future information from dynamic images. Nature does not hold secrets; it just that we need to know how to tap into it. This does not require any special talent or psychic ability; as always, Nature’s way is the simple and easy way. Pre-requisite: FS 221,222, 223 or instructor’s permission.
Feng Shui for Communication and Face Reading (FS340)
The key to communication entails the messages, the delivery techniques, and the people involved. In this course, we will discuss the methods of message delivery. To be effective in communication, it’s important to know the people we are communicating with. “Form defines energy”; the body, the demeanor, and the facial structure, are all aspects of form. Just as we can read the energy of the land form, we can also read the energy of a person’s form. We will introduce this age-old science developed in China which is an important knowledge to have for successful political and business leaders.
Independent Study (FS400)
Students will be assigned specific feng shui-related research projects. Requirement for feng shui certification. Students will present research report for evaluation. Prerequisite: all 100 and 200 level courses, or permission of instructor.