Of all the areas in which we are involved, education is perhaps the most rewarding. By helping to design and build educational environments we have been able to contribute to the growth and cultivation of student populations, as well as to the dissemination of new ideas and models of thinking that include holism, environmental consciousness, and respect for the land and the web of nature.

We have been involved in a wide range of projects, from early education to institutions of higher learning such as colleges and universities. Among others, we have collaborated with the Board of Education of the City of New York in the creation of improved classrooms and management offices, and with the University of Minnesota's Medical School and its College of Architecture. We have also collaborated with specialized learning facilities such as the Center for Discovery (highlighted on this page) Skyshapers, a motivational program for early teens, and the Waterside School, a top-notch preparatory school for disadvantaged kids. In all of these cases our fundamental objective has been to improve the educational environment through the use of a more holistic approach to learning.

Our contributions include site assessments, evaluations of energy flow, recommendation for interior design, and more personalized adjustments for individual classrooms, recreational facilities, and educational offices. We have also participated in focus groups and visioning sessions, and have helped develop guidelines for improved materials, lighting and decor. In addition, we have also produced instructional booklets that highlight the fundamental role of imagery and symbolism in the classroom.


THE FENG SHUI PROCESS

The educational process has special challenges for the feng shui consultant. Spaces are used typically used in rotational sequences, making it difficult to tailor these to individual needs. This means that the energetic qualities of classrooms may vary considerably from day to day, even from hour to hour. Consequently, it is of utmost importance that the space be free of complicating factors such as stagnant earth energy, geopathic stresses, underground mineral or water veins, as well as compromised historical processes. Preparation of the land is therefore critical to success, although remediation in existing structures is nevertheless possible.

Our analysis for educational purposes always begins with a historical analysis of the land as well as the dowsing for earth energies. Our goals is to create an energy map plotting all pertinent criteria, and which can serve as a graph of the available energies on site. This mapping exercise is of extreme value when allocating functions within a given structure, as it allows us to concentrate critical classroom and study space in areas of highest energy, and to relegate other functions, such as storage, mechanical, and loading, to areas less suitably endowed.

This analytical process also provides information that can then be translated for allocation of management and supervisory functions. Educational facilities have a marked need for spaces that can promote leadership, authority, and mentorship. These types of spaces have energetic requirements that are very specific, as they require very high energy within a relatively narrow bandwith of earth and cosmic forces. This is due to the need for inspirational and motivational charge in these environments.

Consequently, it is axiomatic that educational facilities will require more than normal enhancement, often including mineral crystals incorporated into foundations and construction materials, as well as more complex ritual enhancements.

Conventional feng shui analysis is the next step in this process. Evaluations of site planning, architecture, landscaping and interior design are critical to this. In this context it is interesting to note that educational environments also require higher-than-average qualities in all these areas. It can be safely said that good architecture and graceful interiors have significant impacts on the educational outcomes, helping to promote and enhance not only study, retention, and creativity, but also because they can motivate and inspire students into efforts that would be weaker in lesser spaces.