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An Outline of Course Curriculum and Content for a Professional Practitioners Training Course Accredited with UK Feng Shui Society

ECOFS Professional Practitioners Training Course         
Fully Accredited by the Feng Shui Society             

This is a Two Year Course held in Central London commencing 10-13 October  2014

                    210 hours / 30 days of classroom teaching spread over seven modules.                     

The course is structured to provide an exceptionally high quality comprehensive training for students wishing to acquire the necessary skills to be competent feng shui consultants.

Teachers: Howard Choy B.Arch. FSSA  Feng Shui architect
assisted by Sylvia Bennett FSSA 

The European College of Feng Shui (ECOFS) and its teachers
are accredited by the Feng Shui Society (UK & Europe)   

Note: Details of the Teaching venue, Course dates and Fees are set out in full at the end of this outline of the course content and curriculum information.


Content Outline


This unit teaches the theory and methodology of the Xing Shi Pai or ‘the Form and Configuration’ school of Feng Shui. We will look at the history and the classic texts of this school. You will learn how to ‘chase the Dragon’ (trace the path of Qi to determine the best location and orientation of a site), ‘look for the Sands’ and locate the ideal Feng Shui spot or the Xue in the natural landscape, the urban environment and inside buildings. The Qi flow of buildings is analysed in relation to the function of different areas of the home. At the end of the unit you will gain an understanding of how Qi flow in the environment can be read and how the Qi of a building can be improved to empower the occupants, including the use of specific solutions that apply under different circumstances.    

Subjects include:

Different Schools of Feng Shui

Form School Classics

Guo Pu’s “Book of Burial”

The Ideal Feng Shui Model

The Five Characters of Xing Shi Pai including:

Chasing the Dragon

Looking for the ‘Sand’

Locating the 'Xue' (the Feng Shui spot)

Finding the ‘Water’ and

Establish the Direction and Location

Visual Modelling

The Four Mythical Animals (Xiling)

The Qi Mouth and the Water Mouth

Qi-Flow Analysis

He-Xiang (Calling Out the Picture)

Room-by-Room Analysis

Rushi (Into the World) and Shushi (Out of the World) Jiehua (Cures)

Practical Application – using a selected house for case study.


This unit covers the foundation concepts and the language that form the basis of Feng Shui. We examine the traditional Chinese worldview, and the historical development of Feng Shui to the modern day. We will look at the different major classical schools and how they differ to each other in essence. On completion of this unit you will gain an understanding of the Feng Shui paradigm, the language and basic theoretical ‘tools’ of Feng Shui, including the concepts of Yin and Yang, the Five Phases (Wuxing), the Bagua, the Luoshu and the Hetu Diagrams.                

Subjects include:

The Core Skills Required to be a FS Practitioner

Definitions of Feng Shui

Historical Development of Feng Shui

The Feng Shui Paradigm

The Deep and Shallow Structure of Feng Shui

A brief summary of FS classics

Destiny and Free Will

Yin & Yang Theory

The Eight Trigrams including

Xian-Tian Bagua (Earlier Heaven)

Hou-tian Bagua (Later Heaven)

Wuxing (Five ‘Elements’) 

Luo-shu Diagram and He-tu Diagram

Stems and Branches

The 24 Solar Terms

The Sixty Jiazi Years

The different Standards and References used in Feng Shui

Mythology, Symbolism and Ritual

Chinese Numerology


This unit covers the Bazhai Pai (Eight Houses School) system of charting auspicious and inauspicious sectors of a building according to the compass directions. The Liqi methods of this Feng Shui School have been passed down since the Tang Dynasty (618 – 907 AD). The system is used to correlate the pattern of an individual’s ‘luck’ with that of a building. We will look at the working of this method and examine how to apply solutions that balance the Qi patterns of individuals and buildings in real examples. The Luopan compass will also be introduced.              

Subjects include:

Background of Bazhai School

The Working of the different Bazhai Schools.

“Yang Zhai San Yao” – The Three Requirement of Yang Dwellings

The Six Skills of Bazhai

The concept of Directionality – Sitting and Facing

Calculating the Ming Gua (for a person)

Calculating the Zhai Gua (for a building)

Song of the Yearly Cycle (Da Yunain Ge)

Principles behind the Da Yunian Ge

The Meanings of the Nine Stars.

“Fu Yuan” and the front door.

Bazhai Aanlysis and Solutions

“Yang Zhai San Yao” Bazhai - an alternative method.

Feixing Baizhai – another alternative method.

Feng Shui Audit Checklist using “Xing Shi” and “Bazhai” Pai methods.

Practical Application – using a selected house for case study.


This unit teaches the Xuan Kong Fei Xing Pai (Mysterious Void Flying Stars School) Liqi Feng Shui. The methods of this school are believed to be passed down by Guo Pu in the Jin Dynasty (265 – 420 AD). This system enables us to chart cycles of a building’s ‘destiny’ over time in relation to compass directions, space and time, in order to select appropriate locations, cures and enhancements.  

Subjects include:

History and development of Xuan Kong Fei Xing (Flying Stars) Feng Shui

Different Xuan Kong Schools

San Yuan Jiu Yun (the 3 Cycles and Nine Periods)

The Magic Square and flying stars path

The Purple-White Nine Stars and the Luoshu Bagua Diagram

The Timely and Untimely Stars

Wuxing and the Nine Stars

The 24 Mountains

The Water Star and Mountain Star

How to construct a Star Chart

How to use the Star Charts

The Four Patterns and Ten Arrangements including:

Prosperous Sitting and Prosperous Facing

A line of Fiery Pits

Double Stars Arriving at the Facing Palace

Double Stars Arriving at the Sitting Palace

Facing Period Star in Prison and Usage (Di Yun)

Yin Yang Adding Up to 10

Fu Yin and Fan Yin

Fu Mu San Ban Gua

Lian Zhu SBG

Seven Stars Robbery

Castle Gates Two Palaces

Replacement Stars - their theories and practice

The Shen Sha affecting a House

Xuan Kong Water methods

Influence of the external Gua Qi of space and time on the internal Qi field of a house.

Strategy for Flying Stars Analysis

Feng Shui Audit Checklist using “Feixing” and “Xingshi” Pai methods

Practical Application – using a selected house for case stud


Xuan Kong Dag Gua Feng Shui

In China there were six Xuan Kong schools during the late Qing and early Republic era but nowadays only two Xuan Kong schools survived, one is the more popular and more well-known Xuan Kong Feixing (Flying Stars) School and the other is the less well-known and less popular Xuan Kong Da Gua (XKDG) system.

Da Gua stands for the 64 Hexagrams and the core of this system is based not on flying the stars but on using the Early Heaven Trigrams with the Luoshu numbers as applied to the Hexagrams to assess the Ji-Xiong (auspicious and harmfulness) of a situation, using the Coming Dragon, the Going Water, the Sitting and the Facing of a site as references.

Before coming to it, you are required to refresh yourself to recognize and be able to write the 10 Heavenly Stems and the 12 Earthly Branches, as well as some of the fundamental concepts used in Feng Shui, like the Hetu, the Luoshu, Early and Later Heaven Trigrams and the construction of the 64 Hexagrams, which you should have learned in the earlier units.

Plus an introduction to the basics of Bazi Suanming, commonly known as the Four Pillars of Destiny, to a point where you can understand the basic rudiments of how to carry out a simple consultation.


This sub-final unit in the course is centred on drawing together the theory and techniques taught throughout the previous units. We look at the application of these ‘tools’ to the working environment, focusing on the development of ‘pattern thinking’, learning how to see solutions from a web of inter-relationships. The emphasis is on practical skills, including plan reading, presentation techniques, interview techniques and ethics. Also in this unit we will study the advanced level of Feixing, including Master Luo Shi-Pang’s method of looking at the influence of the external Qi on the internal Qi Field of a house.

In order for the students to have a broader understanding of the various Liqi Methods we will examine briefly the working of Liu Fa School Xuan Kong Feng Shui, as well as on how to use a Feng Shui Luopan Compass on-site for subjects studied so far.

Subjects include:

A selection of additional two Compass methods from the following 5 schools:

Xuan Kong Da Gua, Xuan Kong Liu Fa, San Yuan Pai, San He Pai or

The Jiu Xing (Nine Stars) Water method

The Sanyuan Bazhai Luopan Rings and their Usage.

Practical Application of the Compass

Case Studies of the Old Masters

Commercial Sites

Residential Sites

Plan Reading

Presentation Skills

Listening & Interview Skills

How to write a Feng Shui Report professionally

Practice administration

Advertising and public relations

Fee Structure

Basic Qigong for Feng Shui

Basic Face & Body Reading (optional)

Feng Shui & Therapy/Health

Business morals & professional ethics

Business Skills


Large Scale Projects

For students who wish to obtain a Certificate of Completion, the applicant must carry out at least 8 case studies / consultations to be done during the course, including a minimum of 3 supervised onsite consultations and a further 3 consultations carried out independently by students with reports written up by them for formal assessment. The final test will include writing a comprehensive report and doing a formal presentation in front of the assessors.

Total hours of attendance required prior to attending this final unit is 182 hours, making a grand total of more than 210 hours training required to be fully certified.:

Unit 1:  28 hours                                                                                                                 
Unit 2:  28 hours                                                
Unit 3:  28 hours                      
Unit 4:  35 hours           
Unit 5:  35 hours                               
Unit 6:  28 hours              
Unit 7:  28 hours                       
Total:  210 hours


Each student who has completed a unit will be given an award of attendance for that unit. When the total of 6 units are completed to the satisfaction of the college, the successful students will be allowed to complete Unit 7. A certificate of completion of the course will be given to successful candidates after passing their final assessment.

The final assessment examination consists of 3 parts:

  1. Out of the 8 case studies, a minimum of 2 examples should be on commercial Feng Shui consultations you have done with your own clients with written reports and written feedback to show the effective of your own work – they are to be submitted as part of the examination requirements. Please prepare reports in professional layout formats as taught during the course, and hand them in hard copies plus copy on CD.
  2. Verbal examination and interview – covering theories and practice taught from Units 1 to 5 of the Professional Practitioners Course including Form School, Bazhai and Feixing plus your understand of FS philosophy and history; a total of up to 50 questions will be asked. Duration of examination: about 3 hours.
  3. The third part consists of going through a chosen practical on-site consultation together. The aim is to ensure that you will have the ability and the knowhow to collect data, to observe and to examine a site and the human concerns and able to carry out an analysis and come to a set of suggestions in a professional manner. One month is allowed for handing in the final report for assessment.

              Teaching contents listed above are only used for guidelines, they may change from time to time according to circumstances.


Core competencies = basic skills necessary to be a practitioner of Feng Shui.

Learning the language & History of Feng Shui (unit 1)                                                             

- The Feng Shui paradigm                                                                                                
-      The deep and shallow structure of Feng Shui             
This includes having an understanding of the traditional Chinese paradigm and means being able to think within this framework by looking for patterns and inter-relationships instead of linear cause and effect relationships. 

2 Reading energy in tangible forms (unit 2)                                                                            

- Landscape                                                                                                                         
-       Form and Configurations                                                                                              
-       Dwellings, cities, etc             
We rely on the tangible energy information we receive from sight, sound, touch, smell and taste to be able to piece together the complex pattern of inter-relationships in any given situation. This includes being able to listen to our Client’s needs.                          In order to read qi (energy) as it manifests in ‘form’ we need to use our spatial skills, (our internal 3D map) so we can create and appreciate the outward form of places. We need to be able to think about how objects sit in space.

3. Reading energy in intangible forms  (unit 3 & 4 )                                                                 

-      Time & space                                                                                                                   
-      Bazhai Pai (Eight Houses)                                                                                             
-      Feixing Pai (Flying Star)              
Knowing techniques for uncovering the qi (energy) patterns we cannot ‘see’ with our five senses. To get a complete a picture of the inter-relationships of a situation we need to consider the subconscious energy patterns involved and also the patterns of time.

4. Putting it together:  identifying                                                                                            

-      Problems & formulating solutions  (unit 5)                                                                      
-      Check lists                                                                                                                       
-      Case studies                                   

By using a mixture of techniques and information we can put together a pattern of any situation. Form is considered the pivot of the model of inter-relationships because Feng Shui is essentially about creating space and form. The other techniques are ‘tools’ to help us to do this in the most holistic manner possible.

5. Communicating the solutions   (Case studies in unit 5)                                                 

Both verbal & written communication:                      
a.  To clients                                                                                                                         
b.  To other consultants (eg. Architects, interior designers)                                                  
c.  Case studies and reports                      
As a professional Feng Shui consultant we need to be able to present our solutions and advice clearly to both our Clients and other professionals, such as architects, interior designers, drafts-people and builders. We need to be able to communicate verbally and be able to read plans and produce sketch designs that are of a professional standard. When forming your solution remember to keep in mind your Clients brief, their requests and their needs.


1. Our course is unique – 

It has unsurpassed content, including many effective topics not normally being taught in practitioner training.   

The training outcome will support your chosen career, you will have an impressive level of expertise at time of graduation and you can practice at a high professional standard and your work will be in demand because of it. It has lots of on-site practical work and case studies. Plus the excellent class location right in the centre of London at the University of  London’s International Hall.  

2. You will receive exceptional personal attention from us-

Both Howard and Sylvia will be available any time for mentoring during the course. Our aim is that every student excels. We will do our best to make that happen. 

3. We can guarantee you the highest level of quality teaching-

Both Sylvia and Howard have an excellent reputation in the international Feng Shui community for setting high education standards. 

4. We will share our specialist skills and the practical applications with you-

Since we are working full time at the cutting edge of of Feng Shui consulting, we teach effective traditional feng shui methods and share with you our longstanding professional work experience.

5. The class size is set at a reasonable teaching level-

We do not envisage having more than16 students going through each course. This means you will have our fullest care and attention at all times and you will learn in a close and personalized teaching atmosphere.

6 Two years of post-graduate mentoring is included in the course fee - 

We recognise that after students have graduated they meet real life consultation situations that may be challenging to them at first.  We are on hand for two further years to give you ongoing support if needed as you start to develop your professional consulting skills.


In European College of Feng Shui (ECOFS), we aim to produce students and practitioners who are not only practically efficient but also classically correct. By being classically correct, we mean the sources of our teaching materials all came from the Chinese Feng Shui classics and we use them as our starting point to explore the theories and the practice of Feng Shui.

We have a healthy respect for the written words of the past but we do not follow the classics blindly, for as Zhuangzi said it once, reading the books of sages who are no longer with us is like looking at the drudges of dead men. We try to make the classical text come alive and use the past to serve the present instead.

Being a Feng Shui architect, Howard has a spatial design orientated approach to Feng Shui and he teaches in a practical, efficient and down-to-earth manner, with the learning of the classical theories always supported by case studies and practical on-site applications in a modern environment.

We prefer face-to-face teaching in an intimate atmosphere, where the individual progress of a student is of primary concern to us. We truly believe that the future of Feng Shui as a profession depends on the quality of the students a teaching institution like ours can produce. Therefore we will try our hardest to bring out the best qualities in each one of the students who will attend our courses.

This we promise, and will deliver.


Our course location over the next two years is to be held at 
The University of London International Hall  Lansdowne Terrace London WC1N 1DJ


The 2-year course dates are arranged as follows:

7 sessions of 5 x 4 days and 2 x 5 days = 30 days total 

2014 (Confirmed date)     

October 10 - 13 - 4 days (Module 1)

2015 (Tentative dates subject to change)            

Jan 30 - Feb 02 - 4 days (module 2)

April 24 - 27 - 4 days (Module 3)

July 02 - 06  - 5 days (Module 4) 

Sept 18 - 22 - 5 days (Module 5)

2016 (Tentative dates subject to change)            

Jan 29 - Feb 01 - 4 days (Module 6)

June 04 - 07 -  4 days (Module 7) including exam.

There will be a further optional class after the course completion

Oct 03 - 04   - 2 days   (Postgraduate study class on the use of the Luopan compass       
and Presentation of Certificates). 

The Certificate of Completion presentation is held in October 2016, plus a 2 days weekend post-graduate training is available on how to use the Xuan Kong Bazhai Luopan Compass covering all the methods learned in the training course, plus the Dragon Gate Water Method and a Date Selection for Construction using the 24 Jieqi.

As soon as you have received your graduation certificate, you are qualified to apply for Feng Shui Society Accredited Consultant membership registration.  

Graduates will be mentored for up to 2 years.  During this time if you need help with some of your consultations, we can support you in the process.


You will receive a generous £500 Earlybird Discount off the full course fee when you register before 20 June 2014 and we recommend that you take full advantage of this offer by enrolling early.                               

Year One         
£500 deposit if booking before 20 June 2014 (Early Bird discount students)         
£750 deposit if booking after 20 June 2014                            
plus £2000 First Year fee balance is due by End August 2014                  
or £2750 First Year fee is due in full if booking after End August 2014 

Year Two    
£2750 Second year fee is due in full by 20 April 2015       
(£2500 for Early Bird discount students)

You are encouraged to enrol early to reserve your place on the course and gain advantage of our generous discount.  

For registration of interest and for further inquiries please contact: 

Howard Choy:                        

Sylvia Bennett:



What Students have said about Howard’s Teaching -

“Howard’s knowledge is unparalleled. He is perhaps the only teacher of Feng Shui equally at home in practical application and academic research. He is also one of the few who understands the Chinese classics and is able to explain them, not just in translated English but into Australian!   His sense of humour and passion to answer any question or solve any problem, paired with his uncanny insights make him the most influential local master of his generation. It would be negligent not to take any opportunity to learn from Howard, as those who do, never leave with their skill and art unchanged.” Tyler J Rowe

“Howard is an amazing teacher with an abundance of knowledge and skills which he openly shares with the class. Howard’s teaching style is relaxed, varied and enthusiastic, providing practical excursions, clear presentation and invaluable handouts and knowledge. I look forward to doing many, many more classes with Howard.” Jill Lynch

“Howard is a very valuable and knowledgeable tutor, I loved his real Chinese attitude and Philosophy. I think the training was very good. A very clever man. Hope he will get more people starting the practitioner courses with him.“ - Anna Dun