ECOFS accredited Professional Feng Shui Training course

This course is structured to provide 30 days (210 hours) of classroom attendance with 5 modules of 6 days each spread over fifteen months, plus post-graduate personal mentoring support to give you a full two years of continuous learning overall.

The course offers a combination of in-depth theory, practical applications, on-site case studies and mentoring throughout, providing exceptionally high quality training. Students will learn all the required skills to become competent Feng Shui practitioners.

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

Principal Teacher: Howard ChoyB.Arch.FSSA Feng Shui Architect assisted by: Sylvia Bennett FSSA Accredited Feng Shui Consultant

Course Content Outline


This initial module covers the various concepts and language that in combination form the basis of Feng Shui. We will examine the worldview in traditional Chinese culture and trace the historical origins, development and evolution of Feng Shui to the modern day. You will gain the essential core understanding of Feng Shui theories, applications and ‘tools’.

We will look at the major classical schools to recognise how their applications differ from each other and how they also link together. We will examine the established history and theory of the Xing Shi Pai or ‘Form and Configuration’ school of Feng Shui in the classic texts. 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 ‘Xue' in the natural landscape, the urban environment and inside buildings. You will also gain a core understanding of Qi flow in the environment and how it can be analysed inside different areas of a property. Subjects include:

Definitions of Feng Shui
Historical Development of Feng Shui
The Deep and Shallow Structure of Feng Shui. Standards & references us in Feng Shui. The Feng Shui Paradigm
The Major Feng Shui Schools - Xing Shi Pai & Li Qi Pai Causative and Correlative Thinking
Destiny and Free Will, Symbolism and Mythology
San Cai - The Three Relationships
Yin & Yang Theory
Qi Characteristics and Definition
The Eight Trigrams - Attributes and Characteristics Earlier Heaven (Xian-Tian) Bagua Later Heaven (Hou-Tian) Bagua
Five ‘Elements’ (Wuxing )
Luoshu and Hetu Configurations
The Chinese Calendar, 24 Solar Terms, Chinese Numerology
60 Jiazi Years, 10 Heavenly Stems, 12 Earthly Branches
Insight into the Feng Shui Classics and Evidence Based Historical Research Guo Pu’s “Book of Burial” The Ideal Feng Shui Model
The Five Characters of Xing Shi Pain
The Four Mythical ‘Celestial Animals’ (Xiling Model) Differentiating Between Direction and Location
The Chinese Luopan and Liji Ruler
Taking a Compass Reading
Reading the Qi of a Building
Qi-Flow and Containment On Site Case Study of a Property


This module teaches the practical application of the Xing Shi Pai (Form and Configuration School) of Feng Shui. It also covers the Bazhai Pai (Eight Houses School) Feng Shui system. Its application is used to chart auspicious and inauspicious sectors of a building according to its compass directions and to correlate and balance the pattern of an individual’s ‘luck’ with that of a building. The methods of this Liqi School have been passed down since the Tang Dynasty (618 – 907 AD).

We will examine the Qi patterns of individuals and buildings in real examples. At the end of the module you will have gained an understanding of how the Qi pattern of a building can be improved to support and empower the occupants, including the use of specific solutions that are applicable to resolve various circumstances. Subjects include:

Visual Modelling
Tangible, Intangible and Virtual Form
The Qi Mouth and the Water Mouth
Establishing the Centre of a Regular and Irregular Shaped Floor Plan
Plan Reading for Residential and Commercial Sites
Where to Build a Property on an Empty Plot
Feng Shui in Architecture and Design
Feng Shui Observation and Aesthetics
Room-by- Room Form Analysis
Rushi (Into the World) Shushi (Out of the World) and Jie Hua (Transformations) Jie Hua Remedies and Adjustments for Internal and External Problems
The Different Bazhai Schools, Background and Methodologies:
The Six Skills of Bazhai
’Bazhai Mingjing” - Bright Mirror of Eight Houses
“Yang Zhai San Yao” Bazhai – The Three Requirements of Yang Dwellings Feixing Bazhai - an Alternative Method
The Concept of Directionality – Sitting and Facing
East Four and West Four Groups
Calculating the Zhai Gua of a Building and the Ming Gua of a Person Meanings of the Eight Bazhai ‘Wandering Stars’ (You Xing) Song of the Yearly Cycle (Da Yu Nain Ge) and its Principles Bazhai Aanlysis and Solutions
Feng Shui Audit Checklist for the “Xing Shi” and “Bazha Pai” Methods Usage of the Sanyuan Bazhai Luopan Rings Practical Form and Bazhai Applications – Class Case Studies in Selected Location


This module teaches the Xuan Kong Fei Xing Pai (Mysterious Void Flying Stars School) of Liqi Feng Shui. The system enables us to chart the various cycles of a building’s ‘usefulness’ over time in relation to compass directions, space and time, in order to select appropriate locations, remedies and enhancements.

Methods of this school are credited to have been originally passed down by Guo Pu in the Jin Dynasty (265 – 420 AD). We may also study an advanced level of Feixing and Master Luo Shi-Pang’s method of looking at the influence of the external Qi on the internal Qi Field of a house. Subjects include:

History and development of Xuan Kong Fei Xing (Flying Stars) Feng Shui Different Xuan Kong Schools
The Purple-White Nine Stars and the Luoshu Bagua Diagram
The Luoshu ‘Magic Square’ and Flying Stars Path The Three Cycles and Nine Periods (San Yuan Jiu Yun) Wuxing and the Nine Stars
The 24 Mountains
Facing and Sitting Palaces Water Stars and Mountain Stars
How to Construct and Use a Flying Star Chart Timely and Untimely Stars The Four Patterns and Ten Arrangements including: Prosperous Sitting and Prosperous Facing
A line of Fiery Pits
Double Stars Arriving at the Facing or Sitting Palace Facing Period Star in Prison & Usage Period (Di Yun) Yin Yang Adding Up to 10 Fu Yin and Fan Yin
Fu Mu and Lian Zhu San Ban Gua
Seven Stars Robbery
Castle Gates Two Palaces
Replacement Stars Theory and Practice
Shen Sha Affecting a House
External and Internal NaJi Mouth Methodology
Influence of the External Gua Qi of Space and Time on the Internal Qi of a House. Strategy for Flying Stars Analysis
Feng Shui Audit Checklist using “Feixing” and “Xingshi Pai” methods
Further Luopan Rings and their Usage
Practical Application – using a selected location for case study.


This module covers professional practice skills, including presentation techniques, business skills and consulting ethics. Applications of Feng Shui knowledge that will help you to gain an insight into a person’s personality characteristics, their health and the basics of traditional Chinese Medicine will be discussed.

A comprehensive introduction to the subject of Bazi Suanming, otherwise known as “Four Pillars of Destiny’, will be taught. Your learning will enable you to apply this system sufficiently to carry out an elemental analysis. Before this module, you are required to revise the 10 Heavenly Stems and 12 Earthly Branches studied earlier. Subjects include:

Feng Shui and Health:
Relationship between traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Feng Shui Human Qi
Therapeutic Classifications of Foods
Yin and Yang, The Five Elements and their Flavours
Seasonal Connections
Basic Face and Body Reading Bazi Suanming Revision of The Chinese Calendar and 60 Jiazi Years Cycle 10 Heavenly Stems, 12 Earthly Branches, 12 Zodiac Animals How to Calculate a Bazi Four Pillars Chart Using Five-phase Relationship to Assess a Chart Significance of the Day Master Professional Practice Skills:
Core Skills Required to be a Feng Shui Practitioner The Consultation Process
Responding to your Client Brief
Listening and Observation Skills
Presentation Skills
How to Write a Feng Shui Report Professionally
Practice Administration and Business Skills
Advertising and Public Relations
Professional & Moral Ethics
Fee Structure
Practical Case Study Consultation and Report Application


This module examines the different requirements to undertake large scale residential and commercial projects. It draws together the theory and techniques taught throughout all the previous modules. 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.

In order for the students to have a broader understanding of the various Liqi Methods, we may also briefly examine the working of Liu Fa School Xuan Kong Feng Shui and review the use of a Feng Shui Luopan Compass.

There were six Xuan Kong Feng Shui schools in China during the late Qing and early Republic era, but only two of them survive today. The Xuan Kong Da Gua (XKDG) system is lesser known and less used than the Xuan Kong Feixing (Flying Stars) School. Da Gua refers to the 64 Hexagrams. The XKDG system uses the Early Heaven Trigrams with the Luoshu numbers to assess a situation’s auspiciousness and harmfulness (Ji-Xiong) relative to the 64 Hexagrams, using the ‘Coming Dragon’ and ‘Going Water’, sitting and facing of a site as references.

Subjects include:
Different Methodologies for Residential Sites and Commercial Sites Commercial Project Case Study
A Large-Scale Project Case Study
Feng Shui Connection with Urban Planning
Construction of the 64 Hexagrams
Xuan Kong Da Gua (XKDG) Feng Shui
XKDG methodology to measure land features and locate a house Coming Dragon and Going Water
Da Gua Water Placement
XKDG Luopan Rings and their Usage
Final Exam Site Visit and Consultation

NB. The teaching contents listed in the modules outlined above are to be referred to as guidelines, as they may be changed from time to time according to students learning outcomes or other circumstances.


Students who wish to obtain a Certificate of Completion are required to keep an ongoing Feng Shui journal throughout the course and to complete all their set homework and their exam submissions. They will be expected to participate in a minimum of ten case studies or consultations during the course, including supervised onsite visits.

Homework will be set after each class and has to be submitted before the next module. Students who have completed all 4 modules to the satisfaction of the college may take the module 5 examination assessment. A Certificate of Completion of the course will be awarded to students who pass their final assessment successfully.

The final assessment examination will consist of four parts: 1. Submission of your complete journal entries for assessment of the progress you have made during the course. 2. Verbal presentations or interviews during the course covering theories and practices taught in Modules 1 to 4 of the Course, to show your understanding of Feng Shui philosophy and history, Form School, Bazhai and Feixing methodology and application. 3. Undertaking a selected practical on-site consultation together in Module 5, after which you will prepare and submit an independent written report for final assessment. The aim is to ensure that you will have the ability and the skills to collect data, to observe and to examine a site and the human concerns and be competent to carry out an analysis and come to a set of determined suggestions in a professional manner. 4. Submission of an independent Feng Shui consultation that you have undertaken with your own “clients”, with your written report and written client feedback regarding the effectiveness of your consultation. The report is to be prepared in a professional format taught during the course.

A total of 168 hours hours of attendance prior to this final module is required, making a grand total of 210 hours attendance training to be fully certified: Module 1: 42 hours Module 2: 42 hours Module 3: 42 hours Module 4: 42 hours Module 5: 42 hours Total: 210 hours

On some days the teaching may continue later by a prior arrangement that would be agreed with students attending the class at the time.


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

Learning the language and history of Feng Shui (Module 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 interconnected relationships, rather than our more accustomed cause-and-effect linear relationships.

Reading energy in tangible forms (Modules1&2) - Landscape -  Form and Configuration -  Dwellings, cities, etc We rely on the tangible and intangible energy information we receive from all of our senses - sight, sound, touch, smell and taste - to be able to piece together the complex pattern of inter-relationships in any given situation.
In order to read qi (energy) as it manifests in ‘form’, we need to use our spatial skills (our internal 3D map) and to be able to think about how objects sit in space, before we can effectively create and appreciate the outward form of places. .

Reading intangible energy patterns (Modules 2 & 3 ) -  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 patterns of time and the subconscious energy patterns involved. This includes being able to listen and respond to our client’s unique needs.

Putting it together: (Modules 4&5) -  Identifying problems & formulating solutions -  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.

Communicating the solutions (Modules 4 & 5) Both verbal & written communication:
- To clients
- To other professionals - In case studies and reports
Professional Feng Shui consultants must be able to present solutions and advice clearly both to clients and to other professionals, such as architects, interior designers, draftsmen, engineers and builders. We need to be able to communicate well verbally and be able to read plans and produce sketch designs that are of a professional standard. When forming a solution, the key objective is to aim to satisfy our client’s brief, their requests and n


1. Our course is unique, offering the most extensive coverage currently available. It has unsurpassed content, including many effective topics not normally being taught in other practitioner training. It includes lots of on-site practical work and case studies with an excellent class location close to the centre of London.

By the time of graduation you will have gained an impressive level of expertise to practice at a high professional standard, which means your work will be in demand because of it. The training outcome will be the best available anywhere to support your chosen career.

2. We will share our specialist skills and the practical applications with you. Both Howard and Sylvia work full time at the cutting edge of of Feng Shui consulting and we will share with you our longstanding professional work experience. You will learn all the most effective traditional Feng Shui methods, their classical origins and their practical application in today’s living environment for residential and commercial situations.

3. We can guarantee you the very highest level of quality teaching. We both have an excellent reputation in the international Feng Shui community for setting the highest level of education standards.

4. You will receive exceptional personal attention from us. We will be available to offer you personal support and mentoring all through the course. Our aim is that every student excels. We will do our best to make that happen.

5. The small class size is set at a personalised teaching level. There will be a maximum of fifteen students on this course. That means you will have our fullest care and attention at all times and you will learn in a close and personalised teaching atmosphere.

6 Post-graduate personal 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 will continue to be on hand for eight further months to give you ongoing support if needed as you start to develop your professional consulting skills, giving you potentially two full years of continuous Feng Shui learning.


The European College of Feng Shui (ECOFS) aims to produce efficient students and practitioners who are not only practically effective but also classically correct. This is possible because the sources of our teaching materials come from the original Chinese Feng Shui classics. We use them as our starting point to explore the theories and the practice of Feng Shui today. Extensive student course-note manuals and teaching aids are supplied with each module.

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 we refer to the past to serve the present instead.

Being a Feng Shui architect as well as an authority on the living tradition of Chinese Feng Shui, Howard teaches in a practical, efficient and down to earth manner and has a spatial design orientated approach to Feng Shui. Student learning of the classical theories is always supported by presentations of case studies, as well as conducting practical on site studies that demonstrate the effectiveness of Feng Shui in our 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 high quality teaching that an institution like ours provides. Therefore we are committed in our endeavour to bring out the best qualities in each and every one of the students who attend our courses.


The Full Course Fee is £5900
An Earlybird Course Fee of £5500 is offered until August 2019

Class places will be limited to fifteen maximum to give our students the finest quality learning opportunity and fullest attention. So you are encouraged to enrol early to reserve your place on the course and to take advantage of our generous Earlybird offer.

Payment Schedule in Three Instalments:

£500 | 575 euros due at registration for enrolment.
£2700 | 3100 euros (Earlybird fee is £2500 | 2875 euros) due by 15 January 2020. £2700 | 3100 euros (Earlybird fee is £2500 | 2875 euros) due by 15 September 2020.

If any student experiences unforeseen financial constraints, staged payment of the final instalment may be possible by special arrangement. Your payments guarantee your
place on the course, so it will not be possible to make a refund if you do not attend any classes or if you decide to discontinue your studies.

After successful completion of this course and its final exam requirements, you will be awarded your graduation certificate. Then you will be eligible to obtain professional practice insurance cover, which Feng Shui consultants in the UK and in most other countries are expected to have.

Our graduates of this course are offered free one to one mentoring by Howard Choy until June 2022, so you will receive a total of two years learning opportunity. During that time, if you need help with any of your initial consultations or continuing studies, then we will be available to support you in the process.

Qualified consultants and former students wishing to attend individual modules will also be welcome to join us provided there is a place available in the class.

Class fee for attending an individual module is £1200 | 1400 euros


Prospective students are expected to gain preliminary foundation knowledge of Feng Shui by attending an ECOFS accredited two day intensive introduction training course prior to undertaking the professional course. The introduction course fee is £290 | 340 euros and includes a comprehensive student manual. Full details can be requested from us, or found on our website

The ECOFS 2 day Introduction Course will be held at Swiss Cottage Hotel NW3 3HP on 31 October - 1 November 2019. To assist students enrolling later than that, ECOFS foundation training may be available to offer as a distant study option until the professional course begins.


The next professional training course commences in 18 June 2020 - 5 October 2022.

There are five modules with six days in each module, from Thursday to Tuesday which totals thirty days classroom attendance spread over fifteen months, 10am-5pm each day.

On the last day of each module the class will finish at 4pm to allow international students to travel home that evening. Teaching may continue later on certain days, by a prior arrangement that would be agreed at the time with students attending the class.

Class Venue is The Adamson Suite at Swiss Cottage Hotel 4 Adamson Road, London NW3 3HP, just a minute walk from Swiss Cottage Jubilee line tube station, Eton Road exit and five minutes walk from Finchley Road Metropolitan Jubilee line tube station.

For enrolment, registration of interest and enquiries, please contact either of us, with your name, phone numbers, address and website if you have one.

Howard Choy: ECOFS Principal and Teacher. Sylvia Bennett: Email or +44 (0)7779 139 187 ECOFS Co-ordinator, London.

What Students Have Said About Howard Choy’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 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 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 more people will study the practitioner courses with him.“ Anna Dun

“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