Authentic Classical Chinese Feng Shui is an ancient, traditional science established 3,000 years ago. Its primary methodology interprets the natural environment and determines one’s best placement within the setting. Culturally, this was viewed as essential for every day survival; yet, ideally it is a system that expands human potential at all levels—individual, collective and spiritual.

Feng Shui, (pronounced fung shway), literally means wind/water, and is the Taoist art of living in harmony with the environment. Why were the elements of wind and water so important? Ancient agrarian societies systematically studied the elements of nature. Obviously, homes placed near fierce winds and torrid water courses suffered. Crops often failed, and people could die. However, the well-placed community, home, temple, or palace could ensure prosperity, security, good health, loving relationships, and support from nature.

Agricultural principles and societal beliefs merged into the instinctive stance that natural surroundings must “support” its inhabitants. A community that offered protective mountain ranges, clean and gentle rivers, and fertile soil was ideal. Since the traditional art of Feng Shui was developed by keen observation of the earthly elements, it also incorporated a scientific knowledge of the movement of the stars. The cycles of planets were factored, and crops planted accordingly. Feng Shui embraces and utilizes the subtle knowledge inherent in both heaven and earth.

Originally known as “Kan Yu,” Feng Shui is the study of man in relation to these forces. During the stable political period of the Tang Dynasty, a renaissance of the arts and sciences flourished, including Feng Shui. Kan Yu’s intricate study of earth energy and positions of the sun and moon evolved the practitioner’s knowledge into the sciences of astronomy, geography, surveying, numerology, and architecture. It was also during this time the quintessential tool of the Kan Yu practitioner was developed, the Luo Pan compass. Using and measuring the directional flow of energy became an essential component of Classical Feng Shui.

The masterfully planned community of Wenima will incorporate the ancient wisdom of Classical Feng Shui in all areas and phases. This includes the infrastructure design on the macro-level, and the individual site selection and design of custom homes on a micro-level. The end result is a community resonating in harmony with the natural land forms, resources and inhabitants of the Wenima Valley.