We all know that there are some spaces we live or work that feel great—and some that don’t. But we don’t always know why. On Thursday, April 11 at 7 p.m. the Library will host a special guest to help untangle the question.
M. Charlyne Chiasson is the author of Elemental Feng Shi: The Art of Orientation, a beautiful new book that celebrates the ancient architectural and interior design practice. Her talk will cover its origins, the Five Elements at its core, and Geomancy and how it relates to Feng Shui and healing. Participants will learn how to use a Bagua (Feng Shui compass) and take one home.
Chiasson was born in Cape Breton Island, where her earliest recollections were of a community whose homes incorporated tunnels into the coal seams below. A worldwide traveler, she has explored how culture and land mass shape the perspectives of the people who live within them. It was a period of time she spent working in the Arctic, in particular, that sparked her interest in Feng Shui.
“A phrase that impacted me early on was a quote that described Feng Shui as ‘the original environmental impact statement,’” she says. “As an art, Feng Shui allows conscious consideration of all aspects of human existence. Feng Shui design allows for us to cut down waste and consumption while creating healthy, energized building.”
Chiasson has been practicing as an interior designer and Feng Shui consultant for more than 30 years. She holds an interior design degree from Ryerson University and a diploma in Feng Shui from QI-Mag Institute. Elemental Feng Shi: The Art of Orientation will be available for purchase at this free event.