Monthly Archives: August 2010

Register Now for the Fall 2010 Feng Shui Certification Course!

The Fall 2010 Certification Course begins on September 11th! 

Early Bird Special!   Register before August 31st and   Save $100!

  •  Are you interested in Interior Design, Feng Shui,
    Environmental Psychology, Decorating, Landscaping,
    Real Estate, or Architecture?
  • Have you been searching for an opportunity to improve your financial well-being while doing something you love?
  • Are you curious about learning new ways to enrich your own life and finding out how you can help enrich the lives of others?

If you said “Yes” to any of these questions, then the Fall 2010 Feng Shui Certification Course is perfect for you!

Why this course?

 Cathleen McCandless has been named “The Best Feng Shui Consultant in San Diego” by San Diego Magazine. She has almost twenty years experience as a Feng Shui consultant and teacher and stars in the Nation-wide television series “Feng Shui Living”. Cathleen’s client list includes Nike, Intel, Mercedes Benz Design, Loews Corporation, Alaska Airlines, and many more. Cathleen’s work has been profiled in publications including the New York Times and the Washington Post. No other Feng Shui course available provides so much knowledge, first-hand experience, and personal attention!

Twice a year Cathleen offers this Intensive Certification course for those interested in pursuing Feng Shui as a career, for those wishing to enhance their current professional skills (interior designers, architects, realtors, home stagers, etc.) or for those who would like a deeper understanding of Feng Shui. The course covers Compass, Form, and Flying Star Feng Shui for both residential and business properties.

Some examples of topics covered during the course are:

  • Landscape, garden, and exterior Feng Shui
  • Five Element Cycle
  • Interior Design Tips and Techniques
  • Feng Shui for the Home
  • Form, Compass, and Flying Star Feng Shui
  • How to conduct a consultation
  • Home Staging
  • Architecture and Floor plans
  • Healthy Home and Magnetic Fields
  • Environmental Psychology
  • Color Theory
  • Workplace Feng Shui
  • Yin/Yang and Balanced Environments
  • Clutter Clearing, Space Clearing, and Blessings
  • How to set up your Feng Shui Business
  • And much, much more!


Find out why Cathleen’s Certification students say…

This was one of the best things I have ever done!”
-Jan M.

“I can’t believe how much I learned. This experience was so much more than I expected. I loved every minute of it!”
-Amy M.

” I loved our class so much I never wanted it to end!”
– Julie T.

“In the first two weeks after I received my Certificate I already made back the money I paid for the course and then some. The best part is that I enjoyed myself the entire time I was working. That is something really new for me.” – Mary S.

“Cathleen, your course has changed my life in so many wonderful ways. I can’t begin to thank you for all you gave to us and for being such an amazing, inspiring teacher.” – Debbie L.

Dates: Seven Weekends including the dates below:

Week One: September 11 th & 12th

Week Two: September 25th & 26th

Week Three: October 9th & 10th
Week Four: October 23rd & 24th
Week Five: November 6th & 7th
Week Six: November 20th & 21st
Week Seven: December 4th & 5th

10:00 am – 4:00 pm each day

$1,500 for the entire course. Payments can be made by cash, check, or credit card.

Payment plans are available!

See above for big savings by registering early!

A deposit is required to reserve your space in the class.

Location: La Jolla, California

For more information or to register, please email me


Creating Excellence in your Home with Feng Shui

My motto has long been, “Anything less than excellent is not acceptable.”  In order to achieve this goal in your surroundings, take a moment and explore each area of your home or office.  Spend some time carefully and honestly answering the following:

1. Write down three words that describe this room (pretty, cluttered, spacious, small, etc.)

2. Write down three words that describe how you feel when you are there (happy, overwhelmed, upbeat, productive, tired, etc.).

The above two exercises are good indicators of how this room or area is affecting you.

3. Make a list of anything in this room that you don’t like, want, need or use (and get rid of those things).

4. Write a list of three qualities or items in the room that you DO like (it is always best to focus on the positive while eliminating the negative).

5. Is there anything in this room that you would change?  If so, what would it be?

6. Do your spirits rise or fall when you are here?  If they fall, what can you do to create a more positive feeling? (Paint, add plants, change artwork, clear clutter, etc.)

7. If you are evaluating your house, write down a list of the rooms in order of the ones that bother you the most.  The room at the top of the list should be the one that you feel needs to be attended to first.  Then spend time concentrating just on that room.  Don’t move down the list until the room or area before it has been taken care of.  Focusing your efforts will help you feel less overwhelmed and more productive.

8. Remember that what you choose to surround yourself with has a direct effect on your thoughts, emotions, physical well-being and more. When you are happy with your surroundings those feelings will transfer to how you feel about your life.  As your relationship to your physical space improves, you will find your attitudes and thoughts improve as well. When that happens you are well on your way to manifest excellence in  your life.

9. Once you make the changes you want to make in your surroundings be careful not to add items that create any negative or associations. It is VERY important to only live with what you love!

10. Finally, as you go through each section of your home or workspace, remember that Feng Shui is all about creating a space that feels as good as it looks.  If it feels good, it’s good Feng Shui.  If it doesn’t, it is time to roll up your sleeves and make some changes. This simple exercise should help you recognize how your environment makes you feel and what can be done to improve any areas that are “less than excellent”.  Not only will your space feel better, but most importantly, you will too!

Copyright protected c. 2010 Cathleen McCandless

Creating an Optimal Study Environment with Feng Shui

Whether you are going to school yourself or have a child beginning a new school year, finding the right environment to study in can have an effect on your success.  Below I have given you ten great tips on how you can use Feng Shui to enhance academic success.       

1. Add nature or images of nature to the setting.  Studies at Washington State University found that when plants were added to a work and study area, productivity went up 28%.  The theory is that people are soothed by images of nature and the plants create a less stressful environment.                                                                                                                  

2. Make sure the door to the room can be seen while studying.  When we need to focus on a task it is important that we feel as safe as possible.  Being able to see the door assures us that we will not be startled by someone while we are concentrating on our studies.  

3. Good lighting is a must.  Full-spectrum task lighting is a preferred alternative to regular incandescent lighting.  Full-spectrum lighting provides a greater spectrum of light which lessens eye strain.   

 4. Find a place that is free from as many distractions as possible.  Many children are allowed to do homework while watching TV.  It is obvious why this is not the best choice for distraction-free studying. 

5. Consider aromatherapy.  Peppermint essential oil is known for improving concentration and enables us to focus better on tasks.  Diffusing it in the air (with a non-heating diffuser), simply smelling it in the bottle, or dabbing a few drops on a ribbon and tying it to a blowing fan can help improve mental clarity.  Be sure to only purchase therapeutic-grade essential oils for this.  Synthetic oils often include toxic chemicals.  Oils such as Young Living brand (available on the shopping page of my web site and also in this month’s Essential Oil of the Month section) are pure essential oils that are safe and healthy to use. 

 6. Place items made of rock or stone in the Northeast section of the home.  The northeast is the location related to study.  The element associated with the Northeast is earth and the supporting element is fire.  Salt lamps, ceramic items, things made of stone, tile, pottery, etc. are all good in the Northeast.  Avoid large indoor plants in the Northeast area of the home as growing wood is not optimal in that location. 

 7. Eliminate clutter from the study area.  Clutter is distracting and can make us feel nervous and overwhelmed.  

 8. If you sit at a desk, be sure you have a comfortable, ergonomically correct desk and chair.  If you are sitting for long periods of time in an uncomfortable position it will impair your ability to concentrate. 

 9. Make sure the surrounding area is as quiet as possible.  If noise is an issue and you can’t do anything about it (such as in a dorm situation), consider the use of an inexpensive white noise machine or fan.  Both can be purchased at stores like Bed Bath and Beyond.  The whooshing noise from the fan or white noise machine helps drown out other sounds without being distracting. 

10. If you study with your laptop literally on your lap, purchase a laptop pad from the office supply store.  It will help the laptop (and you) stay cooler and provides a more stable surface for it to sit.  

These are just some quick tips to help you with your studies.  Of course there is no sure cure way to actually get someone to automatically absorb all the information they are trying to learn, but having a space that is nurturing and comfortable can certainly help. 

Copyright protected c. 2010 Cathleen McCandless

Basic Feng Shui Weekend Workshop August 14th & 15th

Date: Saturday & Sunday, August 14th & 15th 

Time: 10:00 am until 4:00 pm
Fee: $150 for the entire weekend

Location: La Jolla, California

This fun and exciting weekend workshop has been designed for those wishing to learn a basic understanding of Feng Shui and would like the knowledge to be able to work on their own home.

While not as extensive as the Certification Program, it is a wonderful opportunity for someone who wants to increase their knowledge and practical use of Feng Shui principles.

In this workshop you will learn basic

  • Feng Shui tips and techniques for the entire home, including all rooms and landscape or garden areas.
  • History of Feng Shui
  • Feng Shui tips for outdoor areas and landscaping
  • Basic design techniques for each room of the house
  • How to determine the Life Aspiration Areas based on the compass (wealth, career, etc.) and how to enhance them
  • Introduction to the Five Elements and how to place them properly
  • Space-clearing techniques
  • Healthy home tips
  • How to determine your Personal Best Directions
  • Home Numerology
  • Working with the Five Elements in decor and design
  • Environmental Psychology
  • How to apply what you have learned to your own home
  • And much more!

    For more information or to register, please email