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Join Amanda Collins for the Feng Shui Master Certification in Ireland her homeland for 6 days going deep into the knowledge of Feng Shui.
Training held at the Amber Spring Hotel Gorey, Co. Wexford, Ireland

The training will be held May 19th-24th 2014 from 9am-5pm

Price 599 €

To sign up please contact Amanda Collins

amandacollins.me@gmail.com

Ireland number: (053) 942-8174

What you gain from attending the Feng Shui Master Training

You will receive all the information to get your own Feng Shui business started as well as all the materials needed

You will be part of the International Feng Shui School alumni/ family where we have monthly classes, on-line support with all the previous graduates sharing there knowledge and experience.

 

You will receive a free listing on the International Feng Shui School web site.

 

All the resources from how to start your business from A- Z from Web designers, business coaches, how to register your domain name.

 

This class will be fun, empowering, you will meeting over amazing people and create some life long friendships

 

You will receive certificate of completion from the International Feng Shui School, on completion of the training you will have a level of confidence to go out in the world and help improve peoples lives why earning a fantastic living. During the training you will have hands on training together we will go an Feng Shui a house bringing all the knowledge that you have learnt to take out in the world to start your business right away.

 

Amanda will be teaching you everything she has learnt over the past decade from leading Feng Shui Master from all over the world, numerous trainings and running a successful business Feng Shui consulting for fortune 500 companies to thousands of residential clients

During the training Amanda will share with you how she found feng shui and knew it was her life’s purpose and then turned it into a career that earns me and my family a rewarding income. It is her true passion and honor to inspire, educate and support you to be the best Feng Shui consultant you can be and to go out in the world improve people’s lives by creating supportive environments.

How this will benefit your life

  1. This Feng Shui course will help you become the master of your own life.
  2. Improve health, family, love, creativity and prosperity in your life and the lives of others
  3. Being a Feng Shui Consultant is one of the most rewarding and personally fulfilling professions – really making a difference to people’s lives.
  4. Being conscious of your environment, making sure your home is a reflection of what you would like to manifest in your life.
  5. This Feng Shui training will be one of the best investments you will ever make – not just of financial benefit but an investment in you – knowledge you will have and use for life.
  6. The classical Feng Shui methods in this training have their basis in natural science and these ancient systems that have worked for over 6000 years.
  7. You will develop confidence, intuition and understanding to enhance your own life as well as the lives of others.
  8. You will learn all the necessary skills for success in the growing market for feng shui consultants
  9. How to pick the perfect home for yourself or a client whether buying or renting a house or an apartment
  10. 10. On-going support when working with large or complex projects.
  11. You will learn how to run a successful business.
  12. Know how to build or remodel a house with amazing Feng Shui.

 

Who should consider doing this Feng Shui Training?

  1. If you always wanted to learn about feng shui even just to enhance your own life.
  2.  People who want to become a professional Feng Shui Consultants earning up to 150 -500 Euro per hour and you will be ready to consult with clients from day one
  3. Students who have received training at other Feng Shui schools and who now wish to learn advanced techniques.
  4. Enhance your current profession as an interior designer, architects, landscape designer’s, real estate professionals, home stagers, professional organizers, light worker, acupuncturists and practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine and life Coaches.
  5. You do not need to have any prior Feng Shui knowledge to take this training.

 

Training outline:

Day One

  1. Classical Feng Shui
  2. History of Feng Shui
  3. The different schools of Feng Shui
  4. Making sense of Feng Shui in the western world
  5. East West Theory
  6. Yin/Yang
  7. The Nine Flying Stars
  8. Five Elements

Day Two

  1. Introduction to the Lo Pan Compass
  2. The External Environment, including streets, other buildings, neighbors, land and property shapes and location
  3. The Eight Trigrams
  4. The Internal Environment
  5. The External Environment
  6. The Luo Shu
  7. Furniture alignment
  8. How to calculate your own personal best directions
  9. Case study

Day Three

  1. Yin/Yang Patterns
  2. Spring Establishment
  3. Construction Cycle Chart
  4. Bldg Construction Year Charts
  5. Floating the Sitting & Facing #’s
  6. Form Feng Shui
  7. Case study

Day Four

  1. Architecture and Floor plans
  2. Landscaping with Feng Shui
  3. How to create a Healthy and natural Home
  4. How to find create attract your soul mate using feng Shui
  5. Understanding Electro Magnetic Fields
  6. Case study

Day Five

  1. Color Theory
  2. Office and cubicle Feng Shui
  3. Artwork and Feng Shui
  4. Nursery feng Shui
  5. Feng Shui for fertility
  6. Clutter Clearing
  7. Space Clearing
  8. Home Blessings
Day 6
Doing a Feng Shui Consultation together
Using Feng Shui Secrets to Sell your Real Estate Listings Fast
Living a greener and healthier life
How to create an altar
How to conduct a business and residential consultation
How to create you’re Feng Shui Business, your professionalism, ethics, confidentially, peer and community support
How to market your feng shui business, how to write bids, pricing, advertising packets, how to have your clients for life.
Grounding and protecting yourself before a consultation
Practicing feng shui professionally

 

If you feel a desire and calling to learn about Feng Shui and help people it can be the most rewarding and fun career, there are so many amazing opportunities from Feng Shui for large corporations to residential clients, doing celebrities homes, writing a books, doing a feng shui TV show, making a line of DVD’s or CD’s teaching, feng shui product development, an online store, a retail store even franchising.

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Because you spend more than 80 percent of your time indoors, your home must be supportive and nurturing. When you enter your home, you should feel your spirits rise, for your home is the outward expression of your inner life. Your home should reflect the life you want to live.

Do you want to attract love?

Then dress the home as if you are already in a loving relationship.

1. De-clutter

The first step in Feng Shui is always to make your home clutter-free. To attract love, you should get rid of anything from past relationships—gifts, photos, love letters, anything with an old love’s energy on it. Otherwise you are holding on to that person. Let him or her go to free up your life for love.

2. Clear Out

Create an open space in your closet for a future partner’s things. Add eight empty hangers to say “I am welcoming you into my life. I have space and time for you.” Make room in your drawers, too, creating equal space for your belongings and your partner’s. Give unwanted items to someone who needs them, or to a charity, or to a recycling center, always honoring the earth as you decide where such things to go. Avoid giving clothing to friends, so you will be free of seeing your castaways and keeping that energy in your field.

3. Pair Up

Arrange bedroom items such as nightstands and lamps in pairs. Display artwork that suggests romance and intimacy. Anything that does not serve the bedroom’s function of offering rest and romance should be removed; this includes photos of friends and family.

4. Like with Like

Within those pairs, organize items of similar size; if one lamp on a nightstand is much larger than another, this will create an imbalance in the relationship. Whatever you do on one side of a pair, do the same on the other, even with nightlights and plants.

5. Give Electronics the Boot

Your bedroom is the key to creating a sacred home that welcomes the love of your life. Televisions or exercise paraphernalia do not belong there, and electronic equipment should be placed in your office. Such items in the bedroom make relationships appear to be about hard work, not about rest and romance.

6. Color Matters

Earth tones are soothing and grounding for attracting relationships. Then you might add small accents in the red spectrum, such as pinks, maroon, or berry. Try to create a room that is neither too feminine or too masculine. Find a nice balance so both persons will feel welcomed and honored in the space.

7. Bed Position

Assure yourself that you are supported in life and love. Your bed should be positioned so there is enough space to walk on either side. You should not sleep in line with the door but should see the door from your bed. It is best not to sleep under a window or have the bathroom on the other side of the headboard.

8. Size Matters

The size of your mattress is important! If you are single with a single mattress, you will stay single, while a King size mattress doesn’t encourage romance either. Queen size is perfect for love. It is best not to sleep on a mattress from a previous relationship; if you must, give it a clearing with some sage. Remove clutter from under the bed so energy can flow freely.

9. Remember the Rose Quartz

Rose quartz is the gem for love, compassion, healing and romance. Place two pieces on your nightstand; carry the gem in your purse or car. As jewelry, allow your gem to rest on your heart.

The southwest corner of your home is the area for love. Place two pieces of rose quartz or two peonies—the flowers for love and romance—in that area of your home

10. Start with Yourself

Treat yourself lovingly every day and do not wait for someone else to. Use your best bedding of satin or silk and wear your best underwear and nightgowns. Light your candles; buy yourself flowers. To attract love, you need to be, first of all, completely loving with yourself. Be in that vibration of love in order to receive it.

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Boost your vision board with the power of Feng Shui.

The Vision Board is an amazing tool to help align you with your deepest wishes and to inspire love to manifest in your life. You can create this powerful tool from images, words and the concepts of Feng Shui to join the power of Feng Shui with the Law of attraction into one dynamic board. Before you begin, sit quietly to meditate and envision your goals and dreams. Be truly compassionate, loving and authentic with yourself during the process of creating this sacred board. Even the process itself will bring clarity about your intentions and your self-knowledge.

What you’ll need

  • Cork board/poster board
  • Scissors
  • Magazines from travel, business, real estate, yoga
  • Glue/sticky tape
  • Computer and printer

Creating a vision board based on the Feng Shui principles

In Feng Shui, your home is divided into nine sectors called the Bagua Map. This map is an energy blueprint of your home and can be layered over your vision board to add more power to it. The map will boost the energy of each goal as you are directly relating it to the relevant life area. The areas of the Bagua begin at the top center section and move clockwise from there.

Creating your Bagua map

Top middle: Fame, recognition and how you share your light with the world

Upper right corner: Love/marriage, all relationships in your life

Mid right: Children, creativity, inner child and fertility

Lower right: Helpful people, travel, synchronicity

Lower middle: Career, life’s journey following your bliss

Lower left: Knowledge/self-cultivation, personal growth, meditative area, peace

Middle left hand: Family and community, deepening connection

Center: Health, unity and self-love

Upper Left corner: Wealth/prosperity and abundance

As you come out of your meditation, you are ready to create your board. Go through your magazines and tear out images that resonate with you. Your vision board might change as you are making it, so don’t become overly attached to certain images. Trust the divine process and know that what you attract is exactly what your soul needs for it evolution.

Amanda Collins

Add inspirational words specific to your goals. Words are very powerful; they turn ideas into action. The words should be written in the present tense and be positive. Have fun while creating your board. If specific pictures call to your imagination, search the Internet for the perfect image. When you feel deeply connected to your vision, your soul and your purpose, choose your favorite images and lay them on the board aligned with the your Bagua map. Eliminate any images that do not excite you. Add a beautiful, radiant picture of yourself to the center. As you create, feel your entire being open and align with your intentions.

Hang your vision board where you’ll see it everyday and allow the messages to go deeply into your subconscious. The wall across from your bed would be powerful placing as you’ll see your vision every morning and each night. Keep the board private from those entering your home, as you are planting seeds and until the roots are strong, it’s best to keep these tender shoots close to the heart and let the magic begin!

Amanda Collins will be teaching the Feng Shui Master Certification in Ireland in May 2014. internationalfengshuischool.com

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May
18

Creating a sacred Altar

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A personal altar invites us to reconnect with the deeper parts of ourselves. Here’s how to get started.
1. Find a space in your home (inside or outside) where you could fit a small to medium table that is unobtrusive to walking paths or other furniture.
2. Find a small to medium table to put in said space.
3. Find a nice tablecloth to cover said table.
4. Place items that represent what you are building an altar to on the table, which is now your altar.
5. If you use your altar for ceremony, it is a good idea to find a table or desk that has drawers in it to store extra candles and tools.
6. You can place it in the garden, meditation or yoga room; I do not recommend placing it in the bedroom. If it most go in the bedroom place a screen around it.
Whenever you get a new item of a magical nature, such as a crystal, a special feather, shell, a new magical tool, then it is appropriate to pop it on your altar for a while to absorb the energy which is focused there.
Oracle cards are energized by being on an altar, as well as any items related to magical workings.
Intention
first, set an intention. To set the energy of your altar, simply declare or write down your intention – “Abundance Altar” or “Healing Altar” etc. Your home altar is a personal power spot for you where you can continue to grow and deepen your relationship with the divine and yourself. Simply declare your space, this is MY SACRED SPACE. Ask yourself, “if this altar could be about anything, what would it be about?”
Altars have been created from the beginning of time – not only to ask for blessing and connect to the divine, but also to give thanks, make personal magic and to honor those who have come before. Creating an altar CONNECTS the physical world with the spiritual world. It is a physical place for dreams to live and a direct telephone line to the invisible forces that weave through one’s life. An altar grows and changes responding to your life. An altar reminds us to honor and give attention to our inner lives as we develop inner-authority.
• ask for guidance and strength
• offer gratitude, send out blessings
• pray for yourself and others
• meditate
Indoors – if you are planning to set up a formal indoor altar, find a spot in your home where you feel comfortable placing this sacred space. This may be in the corner of a room, on a coffee table or cupboard top or shelf. Be mindful that it should be kept higher if there are small children or animals in the home.
Outdoors – an outdoor altar can be set up on an inverted plant pot, a log, or on an old table top set upon a wooden box – whatever flat surface you can find of a size which suits you. Again be mindful of small children and animals when planning a permanent altar in the garden.
Place similar items on this as for the indoor altar, although you may decide to have more garden-style items, such as a cement statue of a Goddess.
Traveling altar – If you travel and like the comfort of having some of your sacred space with you, you can simply pack up a few ritual items in a small toiletry bag and then set them up in your motel room or other accommodation – items could include a small altar cloth, shell, pine cone, and candles.
An altar can be used in many ways:

to say thank you to the powers that be
to celebrate Mother Nature in all her guises
to seek spiritual wisdom
to honor the ancestors
to offer up struggles
to receive creative inspiration
to dialogue with the deeper part of her being
to honor her body
Keeping the Magic Alive
• Visiting your altar daily
• Changing it around weekly
• Dust and wipe down the area around your altar (and yes, under your altar!)
• change the fabric, pick something fresh and present tense
• pick fresh flowers for your altar (and clean water for the vase)
• maybe a new candle, in a different color than you normally choose
• Place objects and images that feel current. Start with the question: “What wants to be on my altar?”
Altar set-up and Ceremony:
These are helpful guidelines…to just get started, create what FEELS right for you. Blessings.

Open Sacred Space- I look at this step as CALLING in my helpers and Sacred Guardians to create a space of which only Love, Light and Truth are present for me to do my “work”. So, remember that ALL is a part of the Divine but we do want to be working in the light so this step is important. Even though we may be “clearing” things that are may be lower in vibration…we are giving them into the light of the Goddess so she can transform them. She has the power to take ALL and transmute it into Love and Light. Take the time to sit down with a piece of paper if you want to and write out what each direction means to you or take guidelines from my sheet you if you like.
1. Come into your space,
2. Light your candle,
3. Light your incense, or sage from the candle etc,
4. You can start start facing East as is common because it is the direction of beginnings. Then you follow moving sunwise or clockwise. Then after Sacred Space has been made you can sit down to clear yourself and let go of anything you may be holding on to that is less then Love and Light, any heaviness. Check your body…it tells you. Any place feel tight or heavy? Go there and breath it out, take a Black Obsidian and rub on that area while you breath, shout it out, cough it out, cry it out, MAKE NOISE! You may tone it out. WHATEVER FEELS RIGHT DO IT!!! (It can be done without the Obsidian as well.)
5. Then when you feel clear…and only then, as it may take 5 minutes or 50 minutes. This is your journey to learn how to clear and heal yourself!!! It is time!!!
Then when you are centered you focus on the stillness, go into meditation, or begin your prayers, asking etc. Any sacred work you want to undertake can begin at this time. WHEN YOU ARE CENTERED!
Sometimes it is just to clear and get re-centered other times you may need clarity for something, other times you may be needing guidance. You have the ability to get it directly from your higherself from the Divine. Or you may feeling some emotions. These are just needing to be acknowledged and want to be release!!!! Emotions are not meant to stay inside us. Go into a your sacred space or the bathroom…whatever, and let it out.
This is what ceremony, ritual or prayer time is for. (What ever you want to call it.) Clearing our STUFF, re-centering, giving thanks and asking as if it has already come to be, this is the key, giving thanks again!
This is also a good time to do a Tarot reading, a card reading, pull a card for your day etc…just ask simply “What do I need to do or know today”, and pull a card, read it, and set it on your altar. Contemplate it during your day. You will be surprised.

6.Then when you feel complete. Stand up(by the way…you don’t have to sit in lotus position or anything, if you it doesn’t work for you…be flexible for where your body is at and if you feel…sit, lay down, whatever! LISTEN to your needs, do not force.
When you are ready, close space. This can be done many ways. Start with the direction you opened with and then turn counterclockwise etc. Or you can just thank all the energies together as a group.
Also, if you leave your space and forget to close space and you are at work or driving down the road…DON’T freak out!!! There is no time or space so, just bring your awareness back to your space and thank everyone and imagine closing it. And it is done!

8.Blow out your candle and you are complete.

Suggested Items for you altar
Goddess items, angels cards
Symbolic spiritual things, candles, charms, incense, a wand.
Items that represent the 5 elements
Earth – crystals, stones, sand, dirt from a site sacred to you, cornmeal, tobacco,
Wood: flowers, greens
Fire – a candle
Water – purified water, holy water, a seashell
Metal: an item made of metal a statue, singing bowl, bells, a knife.

Air – incense, sage or sweetgrass, a feather
Sacred texts or pictures which inspire you

The left side of your altar is the feminine side
The right is the masculine

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Apr
19

Feng Shui Master Training Ireland

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Dear Feng Shui enthusiast,

Join Amanda Collins for the Feng Shui Master Certification at Walmer College & Holistic Centre in Dublin, Ireland her homeland for 6 days going deep into the knowledge of Feng Shui.

The training will be held May 27th-31st 2013 from 9am-5pm

To Sign up for the training please contact Walmer College & Holistic Centre

1st Floor River House, Raheny SC, Dublin 5.

Tel : 01 8329645

Email: info@walmer.ie

www.walmer.ie

The potential market for Feng Shui services is massive and growing. Feng Shui is unique in that every residence and business can benefit from it. Now more than ever, people are seeking the ancient art of Feng Shui to bring abundance, growth and give them that competitive edge.
This trailing builds a solid foundation for a Feng Shui practitioner by revealing its underlying theories. Develop the profound ability to analyze the unique “energy blueprint” of a business or home to reveal its past, present and future potential.

What you gain from attending the Feng Shui Master Training

This class is such a great investment that is would cost much less then ever having to hire a feng shui consultant again whether for your present home, moving, remodeling, building or helping family members

You will be part of the San Diego School of Feng Shui alumni/ family where we have monthly classes, on-line support with all the previous graduates sharing there knowledge and experience.

You will receive a free listing on the International Feng Shui School web site.

All the resources from how to start your business from A- Z from Web designers, business coaches, how to register your domain name.

This class will be fun, empowering, you will meeting over amazing people and create some life long friendships

You will receive certificate of completion from the International Feng Shui School, on completion of the training you will have a level of confidence to go out in the world and help improve peoples lives why earning a fantastic living. During the training you will have hands on training together we will go an Feng Shui a house bringing all the knowledge that you have learnt to take out in the world to start your business right away.

Amanda will be teaching you everything she has learnt over the past decade from leading Feng Shui Master from all over the world, numerous trainings and running a successful business Feng Shui consulting for fortune 500 companies to thousands of residential clients

During the training Amanda will share with you how she found feng shui and knew it was her life’s purpose and then turned it into a career that earns me and my family a rewarding income. It is her true passion and honor to inspire, educate and support you to be the best Feng Shui consultant you can be and to go out in the world improve people’s lives by creating supportive environments.

Who should consider doing this Feng Shui Training?

If you always wanted to learn about feng shui even just to enhance your own life.
People who want to become a professional Feng Shui Consultants earning up to 150 -500 Euro per hour and you will be ready to consult with clients from day one
Students who have received training at other Feng Shui schools and who now wish to learn advanced techniques.
Enhance your current profession as an interior designer, architects, landscape designer’s, real estate professionals, home stagers, professional organizers, light worker, acupuncturists and practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine and life Coaches.
You do not need to have any prior Feng Shui knowledge to take this training.

Training outline:

Day One

Classical Feng Shui
History of Feng Shui
The different schools of Feng Shui
Making sense of Feng Shui in the western world
East West Theory
Yin/Yang
The Nine Flying Stars
Five Elements
Day Two

Introduction to the Lo Pan Compass
The External Environment, including streets, other buildings, neighbors, land and property shapes and location
The Eight Trigrams
The Internal Environment
The External Environment
The Luo Shu
Furniture alignment
How to calculate your own personal best directions
Case study
Day Three

Yin/Yang Patterns
Spring Establishment
Construction Cycle Chart
Bldg Construction Year Charts
Floating the Sitting & Facing #’s
Form Feng Shui
Case study
Day Four

Architecture and Floor plans
Landscaping with Feng Shui
How to create a Healthy and natural Home
How to find create attract your soul mate using feng Shui
Understanding Electro Magnetic Fields
Case study
Day Five

Color Theory
Office and cubicle Feng Shui
Artwork and Feng Shui
Nursery feng Shui
Feng Shui for fertility
Clutter Clearing
Day Six

Space Clearing
Home Blessings
Using Feng Shui Secrets to Sell your Real Estate Listings Fast
Living a greener and healthier life
How to create an altar
How to conduct a business and residential consultation
How to create you’re Feng Shui Business, your professionalism, ethics, confidentially, peer and community support
How to market your feng shui business, how to write bids, pricing, advertising packets, how to have your clients for life.
Grounding and protecting yourself before a consultation
Practicing feng shui professionally

How this will benefit your life

This Feng Shui course will help you become the master of your own life.
Improve health, family, love, creativity and prosperity in your life and the lives of others
Being a Feng Shui Consultant is one of the most rewarding and personally fulfilling professions – really making a difference to people’s lives.
Being conscious of your environment, making sure your home is a reflection of what you would like to manifest in your life.
This Feng Shui training will be one of the best investments you will ever make – not just of financial benefit but an investment in you – knowledge you will have and use for life.
The classical Feng Shui methods in this training have their basis in natural science and these ancient systems that have worked for over 6000 years.
You will develop confidence, intuition and understanding to enhance your own life as well as the lives of others.
You will learn all the necessary skills for success in the growing market for feng shui consultants
How to pick the perfect home for yourself or a client whether buying or renting a house or an apartment
10. On-going support when working with large or complex projects.
You will learn how to run a successful business.
Know how to build or remodel a house with amazing Feng Shui.
If you feel a desire and calling to learn about Feng Shui and help people it can be the most rewarding and fun career, there are so many amazing opportunities from Feng Shui for large corporations to residential clients, doing celebrities homes, writing a books, doing a feng shui TV show, making a line of DVD’s or CD’s teaching, feng shui product development, an online store, a retail store even franchising.

Feng Shui Master Training Pricing:

Early Bird pricing 695 Euros if registered by March 15th 2013

795 Euros if registered after March 15th 2013

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Dear Feng Shui Enthusiast,
The next 5 days Feng Shui Certification training in San Diego will be held April 8th-12th 2013; during this time you will learn how to become a professional Feng Shui consultant.
The potential market for Feng Shui services is massive and growing. Feng Shui is unique in that every residence and business can benefit from it. Now more than ever, people are seeking the ancient art of Feng Shui to bring abundance, growth and give them that competitive edge.
This trailing builds a solid foundation for a Feng Shui practitioner by revealing its underlying theories. Develop the profound ability to analyze the unique “energy blueprint” of a business or home to reveal its past, present and future potential.

What you gain from attending the feng Shui Master Training
This class is such a great investment that is would cost much less then ever having to hire a feng shui consultant again whether for your present home, moving, remodeling, building or helping family members

You will be part of the San Diego School of Feng Shui alumni/ family where we have monthly classes, on-line support with all the previous graduates sharing there knowledge and experience.

You will receive a free listing on the San Diego School of feng Shui web site.

All the resources from how to start your business from A- Z from Web designers, business coaches, how to register your domain name.

This class will be fun, empowering, you will meeting over amazing people and create some life long friendships

You will receive certificate of completion from the International Feng Shui school, on completion of the training you will have a level of confidence to go out in the world and help improve peoples lives why earning a fantastic living. During the training you will have hands on training together we will go an Feng Shui a house bringing all the knowledge that you have learnt to take out in the world to start your business right away.

Amanda will be teaching you everything she has learnt over the past decade from leading Feng Shui Master from all over the world, numerous trainings and running a successful business Feng Shui consulting for fortune 500 companies to thousands of residential clients

During the training Amanda will share with you how she found feng shui and knew it was her life’s purpose and then turned it into a career that earns me and my family a rewarding income. It is her true passion and honor to inspire, educate and support you to be the best Feng Shui consultant you can be and to go out in the world improve people’s lives by creating supportive environments.

Who should consider doing this Feng Shui Training?
If you always wanted to learn about feng shui even just to enhance your own life.
People who want to become a professional Feng Shui Consultants earning up to $175 -$500 per hour and you will be ready to consult with clients from day one
Students who have received training at other Feng Shui schools and who now wish to learn advanced techniques.
Enhance your current profession as an interior designer, architects, landscape designer’s, real estate professionals, home stagers, professional organizers, light worker, acupuncturists and practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine and life Coaches.

Training outline:
Day One
Classical Feng Shui
History of Feng Shui
The different schools of Feng Shui
Making sense of Feng Shui in the western world
East West Theory
Yin/Yang
The Nine Flying Stars
Five Elements
Introduction to the Lo Pan Compass
The External Environment, including streets, other buildings, neighbors, land and property shapes and location
The Eight Trigrams
The Internal Environment
The External Environment
The Luo Shu
Furniture alignment
How to calculate your own personal best directions
Case study

Day Two
Yin/Yang Patterns
Spring Establishment
Construction Cycle Chart
Bldg Construction Year Charts
Floating the Sitting & Facing #’s
Form Feng Shui
Case study

Day Three
Architecture and Floor plans
Landscaping with Feng Shui
How to create a Healthy and natural Home
How to find create attract your soul mate using feng Shui
Understanding Electro Magnetic Fields
Case study

Day Four
Color Theory
Office and cubicle Feng Shui
Artwork and Feng Shui
Nursery feng Shui
Feng Shui for fertility
Clutter Clearing

Day Five
Space Clearing
Home Blessings
Using Feng Shui Secrets to Sell your Real Estate Listings Fast
Living a greener and healthier life
How to create an altar
How to conduct a business and residential consultation
How to create you’re Feng Shui Business, your professionalism, ethics, confidentially, peer and community support
How to market your feng shui business, how to write bids, pricing, advertising packets, how to have your clients for life.
Grounding and protecting yourself before a consultation
Practicing feng shui professionally
Writing feng shui reports
Running your feng shui business
How this will benefit your life

This Feng Shui course will help you become the master of your own life.
Improve health, family, love, creativity and prosperity in your life and the lives of others
Being a Feng Shui Consultant is one of the most rewarding and personally fulfilling professions – really making a difference to people’s lives.
Being conscious of your environment, making sure your home is a reflection of what you would like to manifest in your life.
This Feng Shui training will be one of the best investments you will ever make – not just of financial benefit but an investment in you – knowledge you will have and use for life.
The classical Feng Shui methods in this training have their basis in natural science and these ancient systems that have worked for over 6000 years.
You will develop confidence, intuition and understanding to enhance your own life as well as the lives of others.
You will learn all the necessary skills for success in the growing market for feng shui consultants
How to pick the perfect home for yourself or a client whether buying or renting a house or an apartment
On-going support when working with large or complex projects.
You will learn how to run a successful business.
Know how to build or remodel a house with amazing Feng Shui.

If you feel a desire and calling to learn about Feng Shui and help people it can be the most rewarding and fun career, there are so many amazing opportunities from Feng Shui for large corporations to residential clients, doing celebrities homes, writing a books, doing a feng shui TV show, making a line of DVD’s or CD’s teaching, feng shui product development, an online store, a retail store even franchising.

Feng Shui Master Training Pricing:
Early Bird pricing $997 if registered before February 22nd 2013
$1297 if registered after
Monthly payment plans available
Deposit $250
Refer a friend get $100 discount
Sign up a friend and get a $100 gift voucher for the International Feng Shui School

The training is from 9am -5pm daily
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Dear Feng Shui enthusiast,

Join Amanda Collins at the International Feng Shui School for the Feng Shui Master Certification Training, located in the beautiful San Diego Area.
The Training will be held January 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th, 26th,27th 2013; during this time you will learn how to become a professional Feng Shui consultant.

The potential market for Feng Shui services is massive and growing. Feng Shui is unique in that every residence and business can benefit from it. Now more than ever, people are seeking the ancient art of Feng Shui to bring abundance, growth and give them that competitive edge.
This trailing builds a solid foundation for a Feng Shui practitioner by revealing its underlying theories. Develop the profound ability to analyze the unique “energy blueprint” of a business or home to reveal its past, present and future potential.

Who should consider doing this Feng Shui Training?
1. If you always wanted to learn about feng shui even just to enhance your own life
2. People who want to become a professional Feng Shui Consultants earning up to $175 -$500 per hour and you will be ready to consult with clients from day one
3. Students who have received training at other Feng Shui schools and who now wish to learn advanced techniques.
4. Enhance your current profession as an interior designer, architects, landscape designer’s, real estate professionals, home stagers, professional organizers, light worker, acupuncturists and practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine and life Coaches.

How this will benefit your life
1. This Feng Shui course will help you become the master of your own life.
2. Improve health, family, love, creativity and prosperity in your life and the lives of others
3. Being a Feng Shui Consultant is one of the most rewarding and personally fulfilling professions – really making a difference to people’s lives.
4. Being conscious of your environment, making sure your home is a reflection of what you would like to manifest in your life.
5. This Feng Shui training will be one of the best investments you will ever make – not just of financial benefit but an investment in you – knowledge you will have and use for life.
6. The classical Feng Shui methods in this training have their basis in natural science and these ancient systems that have worked for over 6000 years.
7. You will develop confidence, intuition and understanding to enhance your own life as well as the lives of others.
8. You will learn all the necessary skills for success in the growing market for feng shui consultants
9. How to pick the perfect home for yourself or a client whether buying or renting a house or an apartment
10. On-going support when working with large or complex projects.
11. You will learn how to run a successful business.
12. Know how to build or remodel a house with amazing Feng Shui.
If you feel a desire and calling to learn about Feng Shui and help people it can be the most rewarding and fun career, there are so many amazing opportunities from Feng Shui for large corporations to residential clients, doing celebrities homes, writing a books, doing a feng shui TV show, making a line of DVD’s or CD’s teaching, feng shui product development, an online store, a retail store even franchising.

What you gain from attending the feng Shui Master Training

This class is such a great investment that is would cost much less then ever having to hire a feng shui consultant again whether for your present home, moving, remodeling, building or helping family members

You will be part of the San Diego School of Feng Shui alumni/ family where we have monthly classes, on-line support with all the previous graduates sharing there knowledge and experience.

You will receive a free listing on the San Diego School of feng Shui web site.

All the resources from how to start your business from A- Z from Web designers, business coaches, how to register your domain name.

This class will be fun, empowering, you will meeting over amazing people and create some life long friendships

You will receive certificate of completion from the San Diego School of Feng Shui, on completion of the training you will have a level of confidence to go out in the world and help improve peoples lives why earning a fantastic living. During the training you will have hands on training together we will go an Feng Shui a house bringing all the knowledge that you have learnt to take out in the world to start your business right away.

Amanda will be teaching you everything she has learnt over the past decade from leading Feng Shui Master from all over the world, numerous trainings and running a successful business Feng Shui consulting for fortune 500 companies to thousands of residential clients

During the training Amanda will share with you how she found feng shui and knew it was her life’s purpose and then turned it into a career that earns me and my family a rewarding income. It is her true passion and honor to inspire, educate and support you to be the best Feng Shui consultant you can be and to go out in the world improve people’s lives by creating supportive environments.

Training outline

Day One:
Classical Feng Shui
History of Feng Shui
The different schools of Feng Shui
Making sense of Feng Shui in the western world
East West Theory
Yin/Yang
The Nine Flying Stars
Five Elements

Day Two:
Introduction to the Lo Pan Compass
The External Environment, including streets, other buildings, neighbors, land and property shapes and location
The Eight Trigrams
The Internal Environment
The External Environment
The Luo Shu
Furniture alignment
How to calculate your own personal best directions
Case stud
Day Three
Yin/Yang Patterns
Spring Establishment
Construction Cycle Chart
Bldg Construction Year Charts
Floating the Sitting & Facing #’s
Form Feng Shui
Case study

Day Four
Architecture and Floor plans
Landscaping with Feng Shui
How to create a Healthy and natural Home
How to find create attract your soul mate using feng Shui
Understanding Electro Magnetic Fields
Case study

Day Five
Color Theory
Office and cubicle Feng Shui
Artwork and Feng Shui
Nursery feng Shui
Feng Shui for fertility
Clutter Clearing

Day Six
Space Clearing
Home Blessings
Using Feng Shui Secrets to Sell your Real Estate Listings Fast
Living a greener and healthier life
How to create an altar

Day seven
How to conduct a business and residential consultation
How to create you’re Feng Shui Business, your professionalism, ethics, confidentially, peer and community support
How to market your feng shui business, how to write bids, pricing, advertising packets, how to have your clients for life.
Grounding and protecting yourself before a consultation
Practicing feng shui professionally
Writing feng shui reports
Running your feng shui business

Day Eight
Conducting a real life Feng Shui consultation
Graduation dinner and ceremony.

Feng Shui Master Training Pricing
Early Bird pricing $997 if registered before November 15th
$1297 if registered after November 15th

Deposit $250
Refer a friend get $100 discount

The training is from 10am -5pm daily

If you just want to take certain days here is the price break down

Day 1 Beginners classical Feng Shui: $175
Day 2 Intermediate Classical Feng Shui: $175
Day 3 Advanced Classical Feng Shui: $175

Take Day 1, 2, and 3 at once for classical feng shui / flying stars: $499

Day 4 Floor plans, landscaping with feng shui, how to attract your soul mate, EMF’s: $175

Day 5 Feng Shui color theory, art work, nursery, fertility, and clutter clearing $175

Day 6 Space clearing, home blessings, feng shui and real estate, living a greener life, creating altars and vision boards: $175

Day 7 Starting your Feng Shui Business $150

Day 8 Going on a professional Feng Shui consultation half day $75

Monthly payment plans available debit and credit card payment plans are available.
To register for an upcoming Open House give us a call at (858) 736-7241 or email us at AmandaCollins.me@gmail.com we have graduates and staff available to answer all your questions.

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Our surroundings have a powerful effect on what we attract into our lives. When the energy around us is blocked or unbalanced, our prosperity, health, and relationships can be adversely affected. Feng Shui improvements unblock the flow of positive energy, remove negative influences, and allow you to attract the prosperity and abundance you deserve.
Our Deepest Fear
By Marianne Williamson
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
So that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We were all meant to shine, as children do.
It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same
As we are liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others.
One of the most important principals of Feng Shui is clearing clutter
Throwing out junk and getting rid of things like excess paper, empty boxes, and broken items can go a long way toward energizing your home for prosperity.
This includes
Your car, Your purse, Your garage, The computer inbox, Your desk top

Replace Burned Out Light Bulbs. If your rooms are dark so is your financial future; replace burned out bulbs and brighten your possibilities to attract wealth.

Clean you’re Windows. Windows are the eyes of your home; dirty windows cloud vision but clean windows represent a clear view of the opportunities.

No cracks in the windows this is our view out in the world

Remove Dead Plants. Dead plants symbolize dead energy; replace them with healthy living plants to grow wealth in your life.

Replace Your Desk Chair. If you sit on a broken, stained, or torn desk chair it represents disregard for your work; get a new chair and improve your career outlook.

Repair Broken Mirrors. If you look at a broken mirror you can’t see things smoothly; remove or replace it to reflect a smooth road to prosperity.

Tighten Lose Door Knobs and Handles. If your handles are loose you cannot get a grip on your money: tighten them and wealth will be within you grasped.

Activate Your Power Spots
• Add red color to the West area for 2012 to enhance prosperity
• Add water to the east
• Add red to the Northeast
• Add metal to the North
• Add water to the Northwest
• Add 45lbs of metal to the South east
• Add fire to the South west
• Add wood to the south

The South East Area is associated as the wealth area of your home
• Display your valuable objects in this room to symbolize wealth, such as crystal, valuable collections, fine art.
• Add healthy plants in beautiful pots to symbolize flourishing wealth. If you plants die, replace them immediately with healthy ones to keep your wealth growing.
• Place a picture of statue of Lakshmi the Hindu goddess of wealth in the SE area
.Front Entrance
• Grow red or purple flowers in red ceramic planters during the growing season, since plants and flowers represent abundance.
• Hang a wind chime, flag, or bird feeder to attract chi to your home.
• Clean you’re Front Door. The front door is where all good energy enters your home; a clean door attracts prosperity while a dirty or faded door repels it.

The Kitchen
• Is your kitchen in the prosperity place? Food is associated with wealth in Feng Shui, so display a bowl of oranges or apples on the counter to symbolize prosperity.
• Keep the kitchen scrupulously clean.
• The kitchen is related with the prosperity area of the home very important to clear the clutter
• This includes old, stale foods in the cupboards and refrigerator. It’s also important not to have an excess of stored food, even in the freezer. To encourage prosperity, you have to have room to grow.

• To double prosperity, a mirror or reflective aluminum, may be placed at the back of the stove. This also allows the cook to be in a position to see what is going on behind his/her back thus keeping them in a position of command. It’s particularly important to the honor the cook since they bring chi to the food we eat.

• Do use your oven, an unused stove implies untapped resources or ignored opportunities.

• The stove should be in good operating order; it’s as reflection of what is going on in your life
Dining Room
• Food and guests are associated with wealth.
• Hang a mirror that reflects your dining room table and you will symbolically double your wealth. Keep valuable items like crystal, silver, and china in the room to represent the continuing accumulation of wealth.
The Bathroom
• If you bathroom is located in the center of the home to keep prosperity inside your house the Remedy is Paint the walls red, and place a stone or other earth-type object Place a full-length mirror on the entrance door.
• Keep toilet lids down we don’t want money leaking down the toilet.
• Keep all plumbing in excellent working order. A dripping faucet is your money dripping away.
• Cover all drains to keep the money in your possession. You do not want to accumulate wealth and watch as it drains away.
• Keep bathroom doors closed and have them sparkle.
• add Earth Element or a brown object to represent the Earth Element and symbolically “dry up” the excess water.

Your office Desk positioning & Elements
Set up Your Desk in your Power Position:
• Clear sight of the door, what do you see when you look up from your desk
• Wall at your back.
• See who is entering, security and protection keeps the area in front of the desk clear,
• Avoid placing your desk beside or directly opposite the door. The direct path of the energy flow.
• Avoid situating the desk so that you are facing a wall. The wall acts as a barrier and is confining. If this can not be avoided place a mirror so you can see what going on
• Hang a mountain picture behind your back to give yourself stability and strength.
• If this is not possible, you can restore good Feng Shui by arranging a mirror that gives you a clear view of the door.
• A high-backed black chair indicates power
• Always have items that allow you to feel comfortable around you
• A good combination glare screen/radiation filter to prevent headaches and eyestrain, a comfortable chair that doesn’t squeak comfortable keyboard and arm position, a mouse that fits your hand etc
• Make inviting to come into., Welcoming in good experiences
• Plants: improve the quality clean air, vibrant, no cactus, or dried flowers
• Water: soothing symbolizes opportunity and abundance, moving make sure you love the sounds
• Fire, Light candle, or place a salt lamp
• Rug in the center of your office with earth tones to ground the space
• If you don’t have a view outside from where you sit, hang a plant or a picture of a plant in your line of view to bring the outdoors inside for a calming effect.
Create energy flow: Enter into your home and ask yourself the following questions
What gets in your way? , Where do you flow smoothly? Are any areas blocked off from you? Are you able to open all the doors fully? Are there large piles of clutter?
• Repair broken items
broken energy comes from, well, broken things.
• If it is broken, cracked, chipped and can not be repaired let it go
• If your dishes are chipped, you are eating off of broken energy.
• Keep your clothes, your home, your car and your doors in good working order. What’s broken that is draining your energy?

• Energize your finances
Get a red wallet and checkbook,
• Put your investment and banking account information and statements in red folders,
• Put bills into blue or black folders so they aren’t energized.

Get a the correct color purse or wallet. It attracts money
• What’s in your wallet?
• Old scraps of paper, credit cards for accounts you closed two year ago or for accounts you never use? Remove them
• Don’t have an old torn wallet invest in a new one.
• Be sure your wallet is clean, neat, and organized.

Filing systems for abundance
• Put bills in blue folders
• Put clients in green folder
• Put prospective clients in red folders
• Put things you would like to manifest in purple folders

Affirmations to attract Prosperity

• Do you Believe you deserve
Do you believe you can be wealthy and prosperous?
• Do you think you deserve it?
• Do you really FEEL that way or are you just intellectualizing it?
• It’s so important that you believe you are worthy of being a prosperous person, someone who doesn’t just make a living, but makes a life with the money you earn.
• Observe your thoughts about wealth and money and see if it’s really not you who is standing in the way of money.

• Wealth enables me to more fully express my creative potential
• Expressing my creativity allows me to be wealthy
• Money and prosperity help me to help others
• I am willing to receive money for my pleasure
• I am willing to allow my life to be fun and easy
• I am a trust fund baby of the universe
• I am a magnet to money

Create a vision Board showing all your abundance for 2012

Write an affirmation on your abundance for 2012 and place in the South East area of your home
Live generously. Money is a form of energy, and it needs to flow through your life, not just into it. Living generously within your means makes space for even greater abundance. If you don’t yet have ample money to share, give as generously as you can of your time, energy, compassion, and appreciation.
Express your gratitude The more you notice, appreciate, and express gratitude for blessings received, no matter how small, the more good things will come your way, including money.
Feng Shui for Wealth By Amanda Collins
www.SDFengShui.com

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04

Feng Shui for Valentines

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Considering we spend more than 80-percent of our time indoors, it’s vital that our home is supportive and nurturing – that it serves as a haven for self-love and support. When you enter, it’s almost as if your abode is hugging and embracing you. This starts with you being kind to yourself, as your home is merely an outward expression of what’s happening inside.
As a Feng Shui teacher, people often ask me the best first step. Most importantly, I suggest that your home is clutter free. That means letting go of anything that no longer serves or honors you. For instance, clothing you haven’t worn in a year, appliances that are broken, objects you don’t need, use or LOVE. Oh and if someone gave you something that you don’t love, re-gift it or at least pass it on to someone who can truly use it. Find a charity you believe in and exercise a random act of kindness. You will probably receive even more in return.
With Valentines just around corner I thought it may be fun to go over some important tips for Feng Shui to attract love or enhance your present loving relationships
Remove clutter Eliminate the old to bring in the new.
When you get rid of clutter, you are making room for romance. If you are single, create an empty space in your closet for a future lover’s things. If attached, make room in your drawers and closets so there is equal space for both you and your partner’s possessions.

If you have pictures of old boyfriends and girlfriends hanging around, then they’re still there! Get rid of the pictures and mementos. Make sure that you have new sheets, too, to sleep on. Old energy can linger in the bed as well.

No TV or Exercise Equipment! Keep the TV out of the bedroom. Any electronic equipment should be placed in the office or other area of the home. A TV in the bedroom is not conducive to romance. The bedroom is for lovin’ not work. A treadmill or workout machine in the bedroom makes your relationship exhausting.

It’s not advised to work out in the bedroom because this represents hard work that is often a hindrance of romantic space.

Always have things in pairs Replace mismatched night tables with a set to encourage equality in your relationship. Have a pair of lights show you want to share your life and home with your loved one.

Decorate your room in the right color Shades of pink helps draw love to you easily and create a romantic mood. Red, used sparingly, can be a sexy, bold color that creates passion or help draw a new lover.

Check the statues and art in your bedroom Replace any photos, sculptures or art of single people or figures. Replace them with happy couples. This simple change will help draw a wonderful partner! You should discard or put away photos and momentous of old flames. Gifts and anything with the ex’s energy on it, keeps new love at bay.

If there are any abstract, dark or sad artworks in the bedroom, take it out. These things encourage negativity when this room should be peaceful and safe for those who sleep there. You can replace it with a painting of Peonies, love birds or silk flowers as these represents love
Should the bedroom doors squeak, fix it because it blocks romantic energy from entering the bedroom.
The bedroom should be well ventilated so old energy moves out of the room.
Bed placement having your bed up against a wall, pushes away your chance for love. You should have your bed positioned so there is enough space to walk on either side. Not in line with the door but being able to see the door as you sleep.

The size of your bed matters!
If you are single a single mattress is not a good idea or snoozing on a king size or single mattress doesn’t encourage romance. There’s too much space. Sleeping on a huge mattress won’t encourage intimacy. Invest in a full size or a queen. What’s under your bed affects your sleep.
Satin sheets think of sensual, soft, bedding when selecting pillows, sheets and comforters. Any type of bedding that creates a cozy environment is great for the bedroom

Rose quartz or green quartz Buy chunks of rose quartz, rose quartz hearts, rose quartz lamps and place them in your bedroom. This stone is known to draw love into your life, increase self love and help heal a broken heart.

Personal photos don’t display family and kid photos in the bedroom. This is said to hinder your sex life. Put them in the living or family room where they belong!

Set the mood – the mood in the bedroom is important too Light scented candles, drape your lamps in sheer fabrics or lace. Keep lighting soft. Play romantic music.. Place “happy” photos of you and your honey on the dresser.
Use a magic box. This is said to draw a spouse to you. Write your deepest desires for a loved one on a piece of paper. Place this box in the SW corner of the house, in a cupboard or out of sight.
Mirrors in the bedroom… If they are facing the bed, relocate them because it reflects the couple on the bed. Some believe that this will cause a failure in the relationship because of the entry of a third party. Believe it or not, televisions are just as negative as mirrors do get rid of it.
Treat yourselves to fresh flowers and once they wilt, replace it. Remove dried flowers or cactus

The South West area of your home and any room is associated with love, make sure and spruce that area up with something that represents love

If the South West area corner of your home is missing make sure and add plants or stones to square off the corners.

Write a letter to your soul mate, making sure it is all written in present tense
To activate the South West area of your space try these ideas:
Desk: Place a beautiful stone (such as rose quartz) or a beautiful vase in the SW corner of your desk. Add red items in this location, crystal objects (a crystal pendulum clock would be wonderful here!), or red crystal paperweight is also a perfect addition.
Home/Living Room: Make sure the SW sectors of your home and living room have love objects appropriate to the SW corner.
Yard: Place a statue of a couple in this location, or plant some red or pink flowers here.
Fake it until you make it.
Make your bedroom appear as if a couple lived in it. So be sure to decorate it in a gender-neutral manner (no fussy flowers and pastels or severely masculine rooms). Make sure there are pairs of lamps (one on either side of the bed), and pairs of objects in the bedroom.

Daily affirmations
I attract loving, beautiful people into my life.
I always deserve love.
I am attracting loving relationships into my life.
I project love to everyone I meet.
I love and approve of myself.
I express love freely
As I give love, I am instantly supplied with more.
I radiate love to all persons and places and things.
People are just waiting to love me, and I allow them.
Love radiates from me at all times.
I love myself completely.
Love comes to me easily and effortlessly.

Amanda Collins
International Feng Shui School
www.internationalFengShuiSchool.com
amandacollins.me@gmail.com
858-736-7241

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Christmas does not have to be a burden on the environment. With a little effort and imagination, we can reduce the environmental impact of the holiday season.
Here are some ideas to help celebrate the season while caring for the earth.

Buy Less
Some holiday gifts fill a practical need and need to be bought new. But many gifts are really gestures of thoughtfulness. You can give more while spending less.

• Not all gifts have to be store-bought.

Before the holiday season begins (Thanksgiving is a good time because the extended family is often together), put the names of all adult family members on separate slips of paper and put the slips in a hat. Take turns picking one name per adult – the name you pick is your gift recipient. Keep your chosen pick a secret, to help maintain an element of surprise.

Your gift list for the adults in your family has just been shortened to one! You can now focus on a special gift for the person whose name you picked, without the difficulty and expense of finding just the right gift for everyone.

Buy Smart – think ‘green’
• look for locally made gifts – many gifts in today’s marketplace come from halfway around the world, and the impact of transportation contributes significantly to greenhouse emissions and global warming. Local craft fairs and artisan shops are a good source for gifts that come without the added costs of transportation.
• choose gifts made from recycled sources – many individuals and small businesses have developed great products using recycled materials. Supporting these businesses helps reduce the waste stream while promoting the concept of making best use of available materials.
• give ‘battery-free’ gifts – According to the EPA, about 40% of all battery sales occur during the holiday season. Discarded batteries are an environmental hazard. Even rechargeable batteries find their way into the waste stream eventually. Here are a few examples of gifts that have less of an impact on the environment: Naturally-powered toys
• avoid children’s toys that promote violence – there is too much violence in the world, and the new wave of video games for children is disturbing. Remember the theme of Christmas is “Peace on Earth”. There are many toys and games that are fun, and nurture childrens creativity and sense of active play.
• ‘re-gifting’ is OK – there is much discussion about etiquette behind the trend to ‘re-gift’, that is, to pass on a gift you received but do not need.

“A great way to teach children the spirit of giving (and simplifying) during the holidays is to ask them to pick 3 toys that they don’t play with very much, and donate them to a homeless shelter, domestic violence shelter etc

Connect with Nature
Christmas is a time for giving, and a time for family. What a great opportunity to start a family tradition of giving back to the earth and instilling the values of sustainable living to your children, friends and community. Start an annual, earth-friendly Christmas family tradition! It will also get you outdoors for a few hours to build an appetite for the big dinner.

Family nature hike – a peaceful walk through nature on Christmas day will be remembered and valued. Nature restoration activity – planting a small tree together symbolizes the value of nature and offsets the ‘taking’ of the Christmas tree. An hour spent cleaning up or enhancing a natural area also enriches the giver and acknowledges nature as the source of our well-being.

Decorate a tree for the birds – place seed bells, suet, pine cones with peanut butter and seed trays on any tree in your yard, preferably a tree in the open where cats can be seen easily by the birds. Yo attract a wide variety of birds, use varied seed types such as black oil sunflower seed, wild bird mixed seed and nyger seed bells. This is a great activity for kids, and offers an important food source for birds during the winter.

“Another way to make the Holidays more sustainable is to use a living tree as your Christmas tree.

Lower the impact of holiday lighting

The house with the most lights used to be the ‘best’. Times have changed. The cost of electricity goes way beyond the utility bill. Electricity drains natural resources.

• Reduce the size of outdoor lighting displays – A smaller presentation of lights can still be attractive, and more appropriate in the ‘season of giving’.
• Use LED lights for house and Christmas tree lighting – LED (Light Emitting Diode) holiday lights use up to 95% less energy than larger, traditional holiday bulbs and last up to 100,000 hours when used indoors. LED holiday lights use .04 watts per bulb, 10 times less than mini bulbs and 100 times less than traditional holiday bulbs. Over a 30-day period, lighting 500 traditional holiday lights will cost you about $18.00 while the same number of LED lights costs only $0.19. As an added bonus, if one of the LED lights burns out the rest of the strand will stay lit.
• Outdoor Mini-lights will also save energy. A 100-light string uses only 40 watts. If you’re buying a new set of lights, compare based on equal ‘lighted lengths’. Some higher priced brands have 100 mini-lights for only 8 1/2 feet of length, while some 100 mini-light strings cover up to 40 feet in length. For the most efficient outdoor holiday lighting, consider the new solar LED strings now available.
• Turn tree lights and outdoor house decorative lighting at bedtime. It’s simply a waste of energy to leave the holiday lights on at night after everyone’s gone to sleep.

Remember, never install lights with the power on. Test lights first, then unplug to install.

Choose a live tree
Although plastic Christmas trees are reusable from year to year, real trees are the more sustainable choice. Plastic trees are made of petroleum products (PVC), and use up resources in both the manufacture and shipping. While artificial trees theoretically last forever, research shows that they are typically discarded when repeated use makes them less attractive. Discarded artificial trees are then sent to landfills, where their plastic content makes them last forever.
Live trees, on the other hand, are a renewable resource grown on tree farms, that are replanted regularly. They contribute to air quality while growing, and almost ninety percent are recycled into mulch. Live trees are usually locally grown and sold, saving both transportation costs and added air pollution. Live trees also smell like Christmas! When buying a live tree, consider:

• live potted trees – if you buy a small tree in a large pot, you may be able to reuse the tree for 2- 3 years without having to plant or re-pot the tree.
• re-pot the tree – if the tree is root-bound, you can replant it in a larger pot for several years’ use.
• replant the tree – if you have the space, of course, replanting the tree outdoors is an option. Be sure to anticipate the full-grown size of the tree, and avoid planting near foundations or underground services.
• chip and mulch the tree – many communities now have a free chipping service for trees. If you can keep the chipped material, it makes excellent mulch for your shrub beds.

Homemade Cards
Store-bought Christmas cards are rich, elegant and expensive. They also consume a huge amount of natural resources for a throw-away item. The amount of cards sold in the US during the holiday season would fill a football field 10 stories high, and requires the harvesting of nearly 300,000 trees. Homemade cards may not be as professional, but they are more personal and just as appreciated. Making the cards is also a fun activity for the family.

Childrens’ art work is another good source for Christmas card pictures. Even the ‘scribblings’ of the wee-ones are interesting, fun and especially appropriate for the season. Cut out sections of the artwork which look best, and fit to the required size.

Making your own cards is easy if you have the material to work with. Try to get in the habit of saving pieces of heavy paper (good one side) to use as the backing for your glued-on pictures. “Card stock” is the ideal weight, and even small pieces are worth saving.

Alternatives to Wrapping Paper

Half of the paper America consumes each year is used to wrap and decorate consumer products. (Source: The Recycler’s Handbook, 1990) In the US, the annual trash from gift wrap and shopping bags totals over 4 million tons. In Canada, the annual waste from gift wrap and shopping bags equals about 545,00 tons. If everyone wrapped just three gifts in reused paper or fabric gift bags, it would save enough paper to cover 45,000 hockey rinks.

• Use environmentally friendly wrapping paper made using fibers such as hemp. Look for paper using recycled content.
• Avoid buying glossy foil or metallic wrapping paper – this kind of material is difficult to recycle.
• Reuse gift wrap where possible – large wrapped presents usually have large enough uncreased sections to be reused for wrapping small gifts.
• Use tape sparingly, or not at all – if you’re going to use ribbon to finish off your wrapping, you may not need to use tape. By not using tape, more of the wrapping paper can be reclaimed, and it’s easier for the recipient to save the wrapping for reuse.
• Choose alternatives to commercial gift wrap – there are many options which are cost-free, attractive solutions. Gift bags can be made using fabric scraps, or wrapping can be made using comic strips from the paper, old calendars, maps, posters and more. For more ideas, visit our page: Gift-wrapping Alternatives

Reuse/Recycle
• Reuse or recycle gift packing materials – Bubble wrap can be stored for reuse, or recycled. Foam packing chips are not as easily recycled; if you don’t want to store this material for reuse, take it to a shipping center like Mailboxes. etc, who will accept it for their own use. Cardboard boxes should be opened flat and set out for recycling; storing and reusing these boxes is even better as no additional energy is used in remanufacturing.
• Save any special gift wrap, ribbons and bows – When unwrapping large gifts, save the paper for reuse; it can often be cut down for smaller presents. Creased wrapping can be ironed flat. Ribbons and bows are easy to save and reuse.
• Recycle old electronics – New flat-screen computer monitors, laptops, cameras, cell phones and other electronic items are common holiday gifts. Older models which are being replaced are usually still in working order, however, and should not be discarded to a landfill. Here is information to help recycle these items: Recycling electronic goods
• Christmas trees can be recycled too – real trees that have been cut are a useful material for composting. Composting requires a carbon source and Christmas trees are just right for municipal operations which use chippers to shred the material. Look for tree drop-off locations in your neighborhood. Artificial trees which are up for replacement can also be recycled. These trees are usually made from twisted metal which is accepted by most recycling centers.

Note: Never burn Christmas tree branches in your fireplace. It can cause the buildup of creosote, which is a highly flammable compound.

Each year, 50 million Christmas trees are purchased in the U.S. Of those, about 30 million go to the landfill.

This article came from eartheasy.com

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