Feng Shui & Ecology International Conference
New England, USA
22 - 27 October 1998
Keynote address - The Spirit of Feng Shui
Come look at the way of life in cultures where Feng Shui first emerged: what were the societal structures, geography and cultural contexts: how did families relate and communities develop? Glimpse a time when interior design was not the focus, but rather integration with the world of spirit. Learn why we need to heal the separation of ourselves to reconnect with this original spirit.
William Spear is an internationally known educator, author of the best-selling Feng Shui Made Easy, and environmentalist whose non-profit foundation has, since 1983, implemented a variety of global projects. He has spoken at the United Nations, the Smithsonian Institution and the Russian Science Academy. He is also the founder of the Silent Oceans Project, committed to preserving marine biodiversity, which is coordinating a global moment of silence in the oceans beginning September 19th 1999
Feng Shui Design Principles
Feng Shui is the ancient art of analyzing and balancing the natural flow of energy called 'chi', and arranging homes and workplaces in such a way that the occupants feel in harmony with their environment. Our decisions about where to live and work can have a significant impact on our well-being. Burdened with increasingly complex lives and dwellings that have a 'toxic' effect, we need to establish environments that support rather than fragment our lives. Feng Shui has been used in the Orient for more than 3000 years. The universal principles it is based on make it applicable and adaptable to all people. Roger Green teaches around the world with several Feng Shui and Natural Medicine curricula. He has sponsored study tours to China and India, and is organizing an April 1999 tour to Tibet and Taiwan. For 20 years he has conducted practitioner training programs; the course materials he has developed represent years of research in the application of Taoist philosophy and Feng Shui into our community. He lives with his family in Sydney, Australia.
Peter Champoux and Susan Franklin-Wilson
The Pattern Language of Landscape
Throughout history, the language of geometry has been used to connect human culture with nature and the Creator. When we become aware of this language around us, the patterned dialogue between the landscape and its inhabitants enables us to create a conscious relationship between our macro and micro environments, resulting in nature-based planning and design. This evening's lecture and computer-generated visual presentation explores our shared and sacred landscape, place, and Grace.
Peter Champoux is a sculptor, artist, stonemason and geomancer who discovered the geometry of New England energetics. Susan Franklin-Wilson has worked in environmental evaluation, land-use policy and land trust development. In 1992, after lifetime individual explorations into the qualities of place, they founded the Arkhom Millennium Project, uniting twelve sites in the northeastern US in a geometric configuration designed to enhance peace in the world. Their consulting company, Arkhom Land Services, offers site plot design and sacred space location.
Permaculture: Nature's Principles in Design
Permaculture is a whole-systems approach to ecological design based on the close observation of how healthy natural systems work. The philosophy of permaculture, or 'permanent culture,' is to work with the Earth through careful observation of natural systems in all their functions. The goal is to enrich and strengthen the natural ecology while making sure that people obtain their shelter, energy, food, water, income, community and aesthetic requirements. By selecting appropriate technologies and using natural resources in a sustainable fashion, permaculture applies fundamental natural laws to conserve resources, generate greater yields, and repair damage.
Patricia Michael's designs for a 'green' hotel won Texas' top ecological award in 1997. She is a graduate of the Institute in Sustainable Systems Design and has published many papers on ecology and permaculture. She teaches permaculture throughout the USA, including at several universities.
The Art of Personal Placement
Each of us is a unique energetic hologram in which every aspect of life is displayed, and which can be perceived spatially in relation to others and within our environment. Every memory, quality, relationship, and situation can be located in this energy field. Within a group we create geometries of consciousness that provide a wealth of information; Elisa Novick guides group participants through an experiential process to enable them to create more optimal patterns for their lives.
Elisa Novick is a healer who for over 25 years has facilitated workshops and trainings in energy work, bodywork, nutrition, herbology, vibrational healing, and counseling. She has developed her own unique approach to personal healing which includes spiritual kinesiology, intuitive wisdom, and contributions drawn from T'ai Chi, dance, movement, classical music, and yoga.
Eco-village at Ithaca.
Ecovillage at Ithaca is a five-neighborhood co-housing community in upstate New York which incorporates ecological design. David Jacke will introduce participants to the permaculture principles he applies as a consultant to the project, resulting in the ongoing creation of an environment integrating dynamic social spaces, protected habitats, edible landscaping, and sustainable land stewardship.
David K. Jacke is a landscape designer who has successfully applied principles of ecological design to a variety of residential and farm sites, forest management, and town and regional planning projects. He has taught numerous permaculture courses and studied with Bill Mollison, co-founder of permaculture design.
Building designs must respond to issues of the heart and spirit as much as of the mind and body. By answering to these four qualities, Organic Architecture embraces Sustainability and Placemaking/Geomancy. Henry MacLean relates these concerns to designing and building in the 21 st century, and suggests ways to weave them together while contributing to the health and well-being of the Earth and its interdependent political, economic, ecological and social bodies.
Henry P. MacLean (AIA) is an architect and educator whose work centers on designing, building and researching alternative solutions in architecture that integrate the healing of ecology with the spirit of place. He initiated the Foundation for Timeless Architecture and teaches at the Boston Architectural Center and Wentworth Institute of Technology.
Developing Earth Awareness.
Using Spirit stories gathered from Lakota, Iroquois, Navajo, Mayan and Aboriginal traditions, Susan Hirschberger encourages us to deepen our awareness of interdependence with nature and its inhabitants, thus restoring our innate balance. Participants are helped to develop the skills necessary for unpacking the memory of Self, Earth, and our link with the Cosmos. The class will include a combination of stories and guided experiences to enable us to access our place in the greater web.
Susan Hirschberger has travelled in the US, Mexico and Australia, studying the teachings and practices of indigenous peoples. For ten years she has facilitated workshops and individual sessions based on these principles, to help bring people back into balance with the Natural Self. Her forthcoming book, 'Balance, on Behalf of the Earth' will be published in 1999.
Plant Your Dream.
Discover the enchantment of the soil, the passion of the garden with Leslie Goldman. What seeds lie dormant within you? Where could your life use some blossoming or some fruit? Through earthy ritual and inspired poetry, Leslie invites participants to re-awaken an intuitive relationship with the primeval forces of growth, flowering and bearing fruit. By mindfully planting a seed in the Earth, you can give life to your dreams and nurture them to an abundant harvest.
Leslie Goldman, the 'Enchanted Gardener,' is an extraordinary organic farmer from Southern California who in 15 years of gardening has developed an intuitive relationship with the Earth. Gardening is Leslie's spiritual, poetic and mystical practice, and his inspiring example leads people to a whole new way of experiencing the vitality and life-energy around them.
Richard Creightmore and Roger Green
Feng Shui and the Mysterious Earth Energies.
What is the relationship between European 'geomancy' and Feng Shui? For years, people have speculated whether the Chinese had a system of dowsing similar to what was developed in the West. Based on Richard and Roger's research, study tours and recently translated material from Chinese texts, this one-day workshop will present, for the first time in the West, totally new material on: the Shui Peng Ba Zhen Fa - 'Eight Needles of the Water Compass Method'; use of the Lo Pan compass; Geopathic Stress from both Chinese and European perspectives; Earth acupuncture, theory and practical work; the Lu Ban and Ya Bai proportions for carpentry and architecture; the eight principles of classical Chinese garden design; classical gardens of Suzhou.
Knowledge of mysterious underground energies, and the ability to dowse their precise location, are as integral to the Chinese Feng Shui tradition as to other geomantic traditions of the world. The personification of earth currents as the consciousness of the subterranean Dragon, Serpent, or Crocodile spirit is a global image. Whether named Lung, Naga, Wyvern or Wonambi, these beings are variously respected, feared, appeased, tamed and honored the world over.
Richard Creightmore has been studying Geomancy from Chinese, Celtic and other traditions since 1979, and practicing professionally since 1986. A Geography degree at Worcester College, Oxford (1980) was followed by explorations into the British Earth mysteries and work with leading dowsers. A degree in Acupuncture and the study of herbal medicine, cranio-sacral therapy and other healing arts led to his establishing an holistic medical practice in 1985. This he combines with his Feng Shui consultancy and lecturing. specializing in Earth Acupuncture. Since 1996 Richard has been studying Feng Shui in China with Professor Wang Yude and Professor Cheng Jianjun.
Sacred Geometry and Magnetism - The Wind on Which Love Travels.
A scientist might explain Feng Shui to an eight-year-old by saying, 'Wherever magnetism gets dizzy, so do the flowers and the people.' It turns out that magnetic lines are what teach cells how to braid DNA into shape, and human glands how to make the fires of passion. Sacred Geometry shows how each time two lines cross, they have to either figure out how to distribute and share their pressures or self-destruct. The result of this test for 'shareability' is called symmetry. Dan will be demonstrating these principles with over 15 computer-generated animations.
Dan Winter is a physicist, psychologist, sacred geometry teacher, author, musician, computer wizard, and polygraphic teacher. His teaching aids include fascinating multimedia animations. He produces internationally distributed videos on topics including sacred geometry, electromagnetic fields, ecosystem regeneration and geomancy.
Ecology of the Soul
Is the Earth a living being? How do different environments on Earth affect behaviour? What is the human mind? How do we think? How do we live within infinity? What is Gaia Consciousness? The study of Feng Shui encompasses human consciousness in relationship to nature and the planet we call home. As we learn to connect again with the intuitive genius within us all, the distinction between the 'inner' and 'outer' worlds falls away and we rediscover the true oneness of universal ecology.
Yoga: 6 - 7 am (optional)
Breakfast: 7 - 8:30 am
Lunch: Noon - 1:30 pm
Dinner: 5:45 - 6:45 pm.
Wednesday, October 21
2:30-5 pm Check-in
7 pm Entertainment
Thursday, October 22
8:30-10 am Keynote Address: The Spirit of Feng Shui, William Spear
10:30-noon/2-5:30 Feng Shui Design Principles, Roger Green
7 pm Pattern Language of Landscape, Peter Champoux and Susan Franklin-Wilson
Friday, October 23
8:30-noon/2-5:30 Permaculture, Patricia Michael
7 pm Personal Placement, Elisa Novick
Saturday, October 24
8:30-noon Ecovillage at Ithaca, David Jacke
2-5:30 Organic Architecture, Henry MacLean
7 pm Entertainment
Sunday, October 25
8:30-noon Dowsing, Gary Skillen
2-5:30 Developing Earth Awareness, Susan Hirschberger
7 pm Plant Your Dream, Leslie Goldman
Monday, October 26
8:30-noon/2-5:30 Feng Shui and the Mysterious Earth Energies, Richard Creightmore and Roger Green
7 pm Sacred Geometry, Dan Winter
Tuesday, October 27
8:30-noon / 2-5:30 Ecology of the Soul, William Spear
The Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health is a well-known holistic retreat center in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts, founded on the yogic principles that all humanity belongs to one family and that the divine dwells within each of us. Kripalu's facilities reflect the simplicity of its spiritual and educational mission. The smoke-free, alcohol free atmosphere is peaceful and contemplative; the vegetarian meals are delicious; rooms are clean and simple.
Included in accommodation prices, in addition to three meals a day, are extensive amenities such as morning yoga classes, use of outdoor trails, whirlpool and sauna, and entertainment events. Additional services available onsite include reflexology, energy balancing, shiatsu, craniosacral therapy, massage and more.
Either full payment or a 25% nonrefundable deposit are due at the time of registration. You may pay by Visa or MasterCard, or check or money order payable to Kripalu Center. If you live outside the US, your cashier's check or money order must be in US funds, with the words 'US Funds' imprinted on it by the issuing agency. Balance Due: If you are planning to pay for and have guaranteed your registration with a credit card, we will charge your card for the balance 3 days before your arrival date to facilitate your registration. If you prefer, you may pay the balance with a personal check (US residents only) due 7 at Kripalu days before arrival. There will be a $20 charge for all checks returned for insufficient funds.
Cancellations: If you cancel 7 or more days prior to your reserved arrival date, you will receive a refund minus a $25 processing fee. If you cancel fewer than 7 days prior to your reserved arrival date, your 25% deposit is forfeited. If you haven't arrived by 10 am on the day after your expected arrival or you leave a program early, no credit or refund for tuition or housing is available.
Arrival and Departure: Check-in begins at 2:30 pm. Please plan to arrive by 5:30 pm, in time for dinner; if you'll be arriving after 6:30 pm, you should plan to eat beforehand. If you will be arriving after 9 pm, when the Front Desk closes, please call Kripalu so arrangements can be made to accommodate you. Lights are out in dormitories and semiprivate rooms after 9:30 pm.
Your meal plan begins with dinner on your arrival day and ends with lunch on your departure day. Room check-out time is 10 am; if you wish to stay for dinner on your departure day, you may purchase a meal ticket at the Front Desk.
Accommodation: Kripalu was formerly a Jesuit seminary. Accommodations are very simple. There is no daily maid service. Bedding and basic bath linens are provided. Dormitory Rooms have bunk beds and accommodate 4-24 people. Hall bathrooms are nearby. If you cannot use an upper bunk, please choose another type of housing as we cannot guarantee lower bunks. Standard Rooms are 8'x12', with either two low twin beds, a double bed, or a queen-size bed. We cannot guarantee a double or queen-size bed. Hall bathrooms are nearby. Standard Plus Rooms are decorated, are more spacious, and have double, queen-size, or twin beds. Hall bathrooms are nearby; some smaller Standard Plus rooms are available with private bath.
Contact Kripalu directly to reserve accommodations.
In the US and Canada, call 800 741 7353;
From abroad and within 413 area code, dial 413 448 3152.
By fax: 413 448 3384.
By mail: Send registration form to:
Box 793, Lenox
MA 012400793, USA.
By website (after September 15): www.kripalu.org
(Double Occupancy./ Single Occupancy)
Dormitory: n/a / $65
Standard Room, hall bath: $75 / $100
Standard Plus, hall bath: $100 / $130
Standard Plus, private bath: $130 / $160
registration is done directly with William Spears office:
Feng shui & Ecology International conference
The office of WIILIAM SPEAR FORTUNATE BLESSINGS FOUNDATION Inc.
24 Village Green Drive
Litchfield CT 06759 USA
You may register for the entire 6-day conference and receive a discount; any 5 or 4 days; or one or more single days if available Preregistration is required for all options.
TUITION: A tuition discount is available if your full payment is postmarked by October 1.
Please check where applicable.
Entire 6-day program $1062 (by Oct. 1) $1224 (after Oct. 1)
Any 5 days $995 (by Oct. 1) $1145 (after Oct. 1)
Oct. 22,Oct. 23, Oct. 24, Oct. 25, Oct. 26, Oct. 27
Any 4 days $896 (by Oct. 1) $1040 (after Oct. 1)
Oct. 22, Oct. 23, Oct. 24, Oct. 25, Oct. 26, Oct. 27
Single-day pass (8:30 - 5:30) $210
Oct. 22, Oct. 23, Oct. 24, Oct. 25, Oct. 26, Oct. 27
Single-evening pass $50
Oct. 22, Oct. 23, Oct. 25, Oct. 26
If you do not require overnight accommodations, you must still preregister. Please add one of the following facility fees to your tuition payment. Day guests sign in at Kripalu's front desk at 8 am daily.
Guest Fee 1 (includes 3 meals, full use of Kripalu amenities, no overnight accommodations): Add $30 per day to above prices (except for single-evening pass).
Guest Fee 2 (no meals, amenities, or accommodations): Add $10 per day to above prices (except for single-evening pass).
Registration For Tuition
Cut and paste this form and either email or fax to William Spear's Office: (email email@example.com)
State .................................Zip.................................... .
Phone Fax .
Payment method: Visa Mastercard American Express
Personal Check ..Money Order
Credit card #:.........................................Expiration:.............
Signature as it appears on card: ...........................................
Total tuition: ........................................................................
Guest fee (if applicable): ......................................................
TOTAL: .............................. .. .................
(25 % deposit to accompany registration.
Balance due by October 13 1998)
Please return to:
Fortunate Blessings Foundation Inc.
24 Village Green Drive
Litchfield CT 06759, USA
Telephone: 860 567 8801
Fax: 860 567 3304
Either full payment or a 25% nonrefundable deposit are due at the time of registration. You may pay by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, check or money order. If you live outside the US, your cashier's check or money order must be in US funds, with the words 'US Funds' imprinted on it by the issuing agency.
Balance Due: If you are planning to pay for and have guaranteed your registration with a credit card, we will charge your card for the balance on October 13. US residents may pay the balance with a personal check by October 13. There will be a $20 charge for all checks returned for insufficient funds.
Cancellations And Changes
If your cancellation is postmarked before October 1, you will receive a refund minus a $50 processing fee. If it is postmarked after October 1, the fee will be $100. In the unlikely event of cancellation by the organizers, all money will be refunded. A $15 fee will be charged for any changes you make in your registration during the conference. Every effort will be made to ensure that the Feng Shui and Ecology Conference takes place as advertised, but we reserve the right to make changes without prior notice.
How to get there.
Kripalu is across from Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, on Route 183 at the Lenox/Stockbridge line.
Directions By Car
Take Exit B-3 (Route 22, Austerlitz/New Lebanon) off Interstate 90.
Follow Route 22 South for 0.7 mile and turn left onto Route 102 East.
Stay on Route 102 for 2.5 miles into West Stockbridge.
Continue another 3.5 miles to the junction of Routes 102 and 183, and turn left onto 183.
The entrance to Kripalu is 3.8 miles north of this intersection, on the left. We are 0.5 mile past the Berkshire Country Day School and just before the intersection of Route 183 and Richmond Mountain Road.
Take Route 7/20 South from Pittsfield.
Take Route 7A for 1.2 miles to Lenox Town Monument, and turn right onto Route 183.
After 1.6 miles, at Town of Stockbridge sign and junction with Richmond Mountain Road, bear left; the entrance to Kripalu Center is immediately on your right.
Take Exit 2 (Lenox/Lee/Pittsfield) off the Massachusetts Turnpike (Interstate 90).
Take the right fork of the exit ramp onto Route 20 West.
After 4 miles, Route 7 merges with Route 20.
Turn left onto Route 183 at the traffic light 100 yards past the above merge.
After 1 mile, you will be at the monument in the center of Lenox.
Follow signs to Tanglewood, staying on 183 for another 1.6 miles.
At Town of Stockbridge sign and junction with Richmond Mountain Road, bear left; the entrance to Kripalu Center is immediately on your right.
From New York City, take the Taconic Parkway or the New York State Thruway (Interstate 87) North to Interstate 90 East.
Proceed as from West above.
Albany Airport is the nearest airport to Kripalu; it is about 60 minutes away. Kripalu offers a reduced-fare limo service every Friday and Sunday from the Albany Airport to Kripalu at 3 P.M. and from Kripalu to the Albany Airport at 1:30 P.M. This service must be booked with our Reservations Department. The fee is non-refundable if service is cancelled with less the 24hrs notice. When traveling at times other than these, take a cab or the Albany
Airport Limo (bus) to the Adirondack bus terminal in Albany for service on Bonanza or Peter Pan bus lines to Lenox. See Taxi/Limo service for more information.
Bradley International Airport (Hartford, CT) is about 75 minutes from Kripalu. Peter Pan runs a shuttle bus to the Springfield Bus Terminal at regular intervals throughout the day. Call for times: 800 343 9999. Peter Pan buses also travel from Springfield to Lenox at regular intervals.
Service from Springfield, Boston, Albany, and New York City's Port Authority on Bonanza: 800 556 3815 or Peter Pan Bus Lines: 800 343 9999. Buses arrive at Lenox Town Hall, 2 miles from Kripalu.
Amtrak runs one train daily from Albany, Boston, and Springfield, arriving Pittsfield, 9 miles from Kripalu. Reservations required.
Berkshire Regional Transit and Bonanza buses from Pittsfield will stop at the Lenox Town Hall, 2 miles from Kripalu.
Local taxi and/or limo service is available from Lenox, all airports, or door-to-door from any location in the Northeast. You may wish to call local companies directly:
Alston's: 800 286 3674 or 413 637 3676
Berkshire Taxi: 413 637 1737
Tobi's (for airport transportation only): 800 662 1224 or 413 637 1224.