Monthly Archives: June 2014

Hotels Feng Shui – India

POSTED BY Cathi Hargaden June 28, 2014 IN Podcast, wealth | No Comments

Some of the best Hotels in the world have the Best Feng Shui design – dont you agree? Hotels are plentiful throughout the major cities in India – all exhibiting various levels of splendour.

I know India uses their own philsophical perspective of environmental design known as Vastu Shastra but as I was travelling there recently I took the opportunity to photograph some of the feng shui features the hotels had implemented in their design.

There are a variety of hotels dependent  on the environment in which I stayed.  For example, the hotel on the houseboat; the hotel in the Tea Plantation the hotel by the seaside and the Privately owned family Hotel. Lets look at the Feng Shui of each of these four hotels:

The Houseboat Hotel IMG_2477   Many years ago I had the priveldege of staying on a houseboat in Lake Dal up in Kashmir.

It was the most elabourate quintessential Victorian interior decoration I had ever seen outside of the UK.  Much of its magnificience still existed despite a war torn Kashmir.

The houseboats in Kerala did not have the same magnifience about them.  The splendour was waning and the decor looked somewhat saddened.  But, remember, that the Feng Shui is not all about what is visible and what you can see.  People and their energy are also what make up the vibration of any space in which we inhabit.  In this space, the driver of the boat had such a happy spirit that it filled the boat with more great energy making up for the tiredness of the design, colour and arrangement of furniture.

No matter that the prinicples of Feng Shui were lacking the energy of the people driving the boat were charismatic.


The Tea Plantation Hotel An amazing layout of small bungalows strategically positioned between some tea plantations hills.

Very well manicured gardens, the paths flowed towards all of the doorways-great lights at the entrances but one of the things I really noticed specifically significant regarding the feng shui of this hotel was the pots!

IMG_2965 Yes, that is right I said Pots!  We can see a black empty pot at the entrance to the reception.   And, on my sojourn I began to realise the apparent mystery of the empty pot. I began to realise how much space that empty pots reftlected back to us.  It was almost symbolic of inviting something or being open to receiving; almost anticipating something being invited into the pot.

You see, I began to realise that Feng Shui is not just about what you can physically, tangibly move and re-arrange  around your home, business but its about managing the space where there is nothing in it at all!  What is the magic of that space?

Throughout our lives we fill our spaces with material goods, people, stuff and then we wonder why we are stuck or frozen at times? That is the question I started to ask – what is the space reflecting back to us that has nothing in it at all?

Ever heard of the Zen story where the monk is trying to teach the student by explaining that if his cup his constantly overflowing what new things can ever come into the student’s life? Well, its a similar idea here; no space for new things to enter in and the freezing over of energetic debris and habitual patterns of living.

It often has a vibration of its own and equally influencing how we feel.  But Pots with plenty of space were significant in and around this hotel.  Once again, the carefully manicured tea plantations and gardens created a geometry all of its own – creating a space in which you dont want to leave.


The Family Hotel IMG_2414 This hotel had an amazing Feng Shui Design.  The main reception area had a square design with an open space in the centre.  It had a water feature with goldfish providing movement and a healthy supply of water complimenting the wood element in the many pots of plants leading to the entrance. Another property with an amazing manicured garden.

The whole focus of the reception is drawn towards the open space in the centre of the building.   This hotel lies on the edge of a river – and, its not a great stream of clean water and this does not appear to be significant when the advertising of this hotel is concerned.

Water is important for all establishments but if its not good in terms of cleanliness then it distorts the energy of the locaiton and the establishment.


The Seaside Hotel This Hotel was an oasis amongst a desert of chaos.  It offered a welcome symmetry in its entrance; interesting textures and textiles to greet the wearisome client; an amazing infinity pool, glass elevators giving panoramic access to the coastline and beautiful stained glass decor for the ayurvedic medicine treatment rooms. There was an amazing view of the whole beach from the bedroom giving the impression that you were almost on the beach yourself.

The magic of the infinity pool was one of the best features of the hotel. IMG_3495When the design of the hotel has many different textures,

forms, and colours to it and  the orientation is facing the sea there is a healthy combinations of all the 5 elements significant in feng shui; earth, water, fire, metal and wood. A recommended oasis in a desert of chaos and confusion.

If you want to discover more about Feng Shui, click the link below to discover how you can implement the concepts in your own space: 

Windsor Hotels UK – Beaumont Hotel

POSTED BY Cathi Hargaden June 27, 2014 IN Podcast, wealth | No Comments
wood & water elements

Windsor Hotels UK

Windsor Hotels UK – Beaumont. A great entrance into a beautiful architecturally designed building once a private residence and then a boys Catholic School.

How would you like to feel as you approach your place of relaxation?

The attention to detail in colour and design especially within the grounds outside have been sculpted the way a fashion designer would cut its cloth.

The entrance details colours within the flowers, textures of the trees which alter the first impressions of this hotel.

As you approach the entrance to the reception area the symmetry – pots create a flow guiding the customers into the reception head on.

The element of wood is prevalent throughout the hotel- there are great illustrations of trees throughout the pictures on the walls.

The wood throughout the estate is very important as it relates to the history and story of the hotel.

There is a beautiful fountain in the grounds which complements the variety of trees within the vicinity.  The elements of wood and water are deliberately featured in environments in order to attract wealth and this is often visible in the oriental and eastern cultures.

The grounds are quite comparative to other Windsor Hotels UK in the area but, having water and wood in close proximity to each other makes the environment rich for wealth. Water is synomonous with wealth and it is self evident that this whole estate is one of great richness within the world of nature.

A fountain feature in the grounds behind is framed by some of the most outstanding trees in the area.

Much attention is paid to the colouring of the grounds, the design of the entrance, the beautiful tree photography on the walls but one aspect is always missing from most hotels and that is the power of aroma.

Aroma is very important because it does two things; it stamps our emotional memory of the place we are visiting quickly and simply and it quickly evokes an emotional reaction immediately so we know how we are responding to our environment whether its conscious or subconscious.

The leisure area would benefit from some fresh plants. Wood and water are great complements and enrich any environment.

The chapel area and the corridiors flowing towards that area are all thoughtfully lined with photographs relevant to the history of the Estate.  Some interesting pictures detailing the success of the students and their subsequent fame connects the building from the glory of its past to the present.

A building that is connected with its various phases throughout history leaves a more holistic wholeness and fluidity of time.

An opportunity to enjoy the grandiosity of a period designed property that offers the experience of enjoying all its different facets; an uplifting feeling.


I would recommend a stay at this Windsor Hotel UK – just for the magnetic entrance. To find out more on feng shui and how to implement it in your own space click the link below:

Change Your Environment

POSTED BY Cathi Hargaden June 25, 2014 IN Podcast | No Comments

Change Your Environment in Your Home?

We are talking about the Feng Shui or the vibrational energy that your home exudes sometimes without you knowing.

This in turn affects your health, wealth, relationships and many other aspects in your life.  Whether its your heart for health or love either way it appears there is an electromagnetic force that exists around us all and therefore affects the quality of our life within the environments or the climate of our homes in which we dwell.

Is it time to Change Your Home  Environment?

What does that mean?  Mark Abadi talks about the many forces within our environment especially the one’s we cannot see and illustrates how they are impacting upon us all the time, most of the time we are unconcscious of its effect.

As an holistic  psychologist he discusses the power of aroma, sounds and designs but he goes from the micro – cell to the macro.  The invisible forms of communicating appear to be occuring between people all the time without us every knowing.

He talks about the electrocmagnetic energy fields within us all and the power of the patterns in water which, in effect, make up over 90% of what the human body constitutues.

So, for the first time, we are not just realising the environment refers to what we can see outside of us, but what can we know about our selves and our environments within us.

Is this why you choose a certain person to be attracted to because of the resonance  or vibrational field of yourself within?

Is this why you choose a particular place to live because of some inner energetic field that is working within you unbeknownst to yourself?

How do you change your environnment once you realise something needs to energetically shift for both you and your family?

Here are some ideas on what is going on in our physical and metaphysical universe – listening to Mark he gives us a scientific and psychological insight which makes you really think Who are You really? and, how can you  Change Your Environment?

Change Your Environment!

For more information on how to Change Your Environment in different ways so that you can get the best out of You and Your Home click on the link below:


Feng Shui Business Office Secrets of Success

POSTED BY Cathi Hargaden June 20, 2014 IN Podcast, wealth | 1 Comment

Feng Shui Business

Feng Shui Business Office- L.A.

Why is Feng Shui Business Office  the place to start when you are re-vamping an existing business or starting a new one ?  This is where many businesses  fall down; procrastination; unclarified goals, poor focus are just a few of the obstacles that meet the modern day entreprenur.

They are trying to create a successful business whilst all around them is one of chaos, lack of creativity, disharmony amongst the staff.  I spoke to Julie who runs her own fashion business in the east end of London.

Her views on implementing what she had learned on a Feng Shui Workshop are amazing to hear.  She tells us how she was captivated by what she heard and how it resonated with her own home,business and office.

How many of us have sat in offices where plants are dying, the flow of energy is disrupted by blockages, low morale in the work place?

People are surrounded by institutional colours and subtley informed to not be particuarly creative in their work.  Do we realise that what we choose to surround ourselves with whether people, pictures or design all impact on our health, wealth and wellbeing.

Did you know that Feng Shui Business, Office and Retail enviornments such as supermarkets all are designed to dictate the flow in which people move around the shops – sublimely suggesting where and what they need to buy.

Why do you have to go through the whole store just to buy basics like bread, butter and milk?

It is because we will catch many other items to buy in the process……..and so it goes… does your business and office influence your choice on how you feel, think and what you believe.

Julie talks not only about how colours in fashion affects our feelings, but how geometric designs influence are desire to purchase designs in fashion.

Feng Shui Business Office is very important to the overall production of a company and we can see this evidently in more creative, colourful and vibrational environments in apple, google and vodaphone.

Feng Shui Business Office

Feng Shui Business Office


You see google has plenty of inspirational colours, designs and geometries surrounding their workforce sufficient for them to extract the creative ideas that give the company its unique selling point.

What does your office say about you and your team?Are you using your Feng Shui Business Offices tips effectively?

Find out more by going to this free webinar:


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