In Feng Shui and Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is believed that health for an individual occurs when chi flows freely through the body nourishing every cell. The same is true for a space -- whether it is your home, office, public environment or even a ship!
Compass School, teaches us to take a reading in a space with what is called a "Lao Pan" Compass. This compass is used to determine the directional influences on a property in relation to the universe. EcoChi designers use this method for hotels, spas, restaurants, offices and residential developments. Since boats, ships and yachts are perpetually in motion, this school of Feng Shui is not relevant for this kind of project.
The most well-known school of Feng Shui is called Form School. The flow of energy in a space is enhanced by intentional selection and assignment of furniture, or by specific placement of a decorative item. This school is appropriate for any interior design project including boats and yachts.
Feng Shui Tips for boats, ships, yachts and SuperYachts:
1. Proper door alignment is critical for good Feng Shui. An oversized door opening into a small space like a bathroom (head) means guests will be in there very often with indigestion or sea-sickness. A remedy would be to hang a mirror or beautiful art on the outside of the door.
2. Any boat is already rich with Water energy so stay away from dark colors like black or navy blue and uneven patterns or shapes. This creates too much water energy which can result in very uncomfortable journeys.
3. Avoid spiral staircases without risers. This causes chi to escape, acting like a hole in the center of the ship. A Feng Shui cure for this scenario? Glue 5 lucky Chinese coins under the first and last stair.
4. Position your bed against a solid wall so you can see the door to your room but be sure not to be in line with it. The wall symbolically protects you, your dreams and goals. The sightline to the door keeps you in control and in the power position.
5. Looking for passion onboard? Red fresh flowers are sure to spice things up! Be sure to change the water every day and discard the flowers as soon as they start to wilt.
Prince Albert II of Monaco's Wood Forever Pact promotes the use of wood on SuperYachts from well-managed forests and sustainable sources. Green and sustainable choices make for good Feng Shui and a better world. EcoChiￂﾮ designs utilize wood from managed forests whenever possible. Taking care of our natural environment nurtures us-it is the circle of life that the 5 Feng Shui elements are based on.
Debra Duneier is a Feng Shui Master Practitioner, Certified Eco-Designer, accredited LEEDￂﾮ Green Associate, award winning Author of EcoChi: Designing the Human Experience and Reality TV Feng Shui expert on Veria Network's "Natural Reboot."www.ecochi.com