CURERS - Healers and Practices

featured this month on Free & Native

We were inspired to start our Saturday IG Story CURER series to highlight some of our favorite healers teachers, expanders, and thinkers. We asked some of our CURERS to now share their own go-to healers and healing practices with all of you. Stay tuned Saturdays on @freeandnative IG for a new CURER each week!

So honored to be featured among Katie Dalebout's healing practices! 

iii. Katie Dalebout • Let it Out

Feng Shui consultant Anjie Cho of Holistic Spaces (NYC + LA)-- has designed and cleared every space I've ever lived in which as helped so much. I wouldn't live anywhere without first having Anjie clear it and set it up optimally according to Feng Shui principles.

Sacha Jones, Stiggly’s Holistics NYC, Sacha is one of the coolest, smartest, women I’ve ever met. She’s an herbalist, holistic health counselor, and officiates weddings. I don’t know where I’d be without her wellness and life guidance.

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Q&A Sunday: Feng Shui for a New Home

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We are looking to move to a new home. What positive feng shui elements should we look for when looking for a new home?

Margaret W., Seal Beach, CA

Just in case you didn’t know, Margaret is my sister and the co-owner of Holistic Spaces Studio!

Margaret, I get this question a lot! First of all, it really is the best to start looking for or designing a home from the beginning with feng shui in mind. This way you can avoid doing remedial feng shui. While most feng shui is remedial, it’s most ideal to get it right to begin with! Because each home and family has different needs, I’ll address the general exterior elements that affect the feng shui of a home.

Neighborhood Chi

As you approach the new home, pay close attention to the chi (or energy) of the neighborhood. Are the trees healthy? Is the neighborhood vibrant? Do the neighbors appear happy? You can gather a lot of information from observing the area. From the feng shui perspective, when the natural and human elements in the surrounding area are lively and lush it’s a good indication that the inhabitants will dwell similarly.

Curb Appeal

Getting closer to the prospective home, examine the condition of the exterior including the landscaping, the curb and location of the entry door. Like the neighborhood chi, in feng shui we look for healthy landscaping and good curb appeal. The exterior appearance influences how the world will see the homeowners. We want the exterior to be welcoming and well manicured. The location of the door is also important. Was it easy to find the front door? Or is it hidden behind an overgrowth of bushes? The ease in which you can find the front door indicates how effortless it will be for opportunities and positive energy to find their way into your life.

Predecessor Chi

If possible, research as much information as you can about all the previous owners. The fates of the preceding inhabitants surely affect the feng shui of the home. The predecessor energy may indicate a happy and abundant lifestyle. On the other hand it may expose leanings towards health or money troubles. This is especially true if there are recurring patterns. But if you find a home that you love, there are usually ways to clear the home of the negative predecessor chi with space clearing techniques.

By the way, in case you're also selling a home, here are some feng shui tips for sellers!

Overall, it’s important to look at the location, exterior and history of a home before you decide to move. We want your home to improve and support the health, happiness and prosperity of you and your family.

by Anjie Cho


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Q&A Sunday: Welcoming New Friendships

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What is a good way to welcome new friendships in your life? Not just superficial friends but actually friends with whom you truly connect and are supportive?

Charmaine B.M., Morganville, NJ

Hi Charmaine, 

Thank you so much for your question! It's a great one, because many people run into the same issue as we get older, in that it's not as easy to welcome new friends into our lives. It's harder to meet people, and we also tend to grow apart from former friends. Not everyone walks the same path, and sometimes friends don't serve us as well once our paths diverge. 

My first suggestion for you is to look at the location of your dining room and dining table in your home. How close are they to the front door? In your case, it's better if the dining room and table are further towards the back of the home. If they are close to the front door, is it possible for you to move the dining room or table towards the back of the house / room, past the mid-line? Your dining table represents how you break bread with people, interact with them and connect with them. When the dining area is close to the door, it may indicate superficial friendships coming into and leaving from your life quickly. Kind of like "dining and dashing!"

If you do have the situation in your home with the dining area near the front door, but can't change it, there's still hope! The second option, if the first is not available to you, is to place a mirror in the dining area. Choose a large mirror (the larger, the better) and set it up so that it reflects the dining table towards the back of your home. This means that when you look at the mirror, you're facing the back of the home. This energetically pulls your dining table back further into the home and therefore further into the feng shui bagua layout of your home. This may seem a bit confusing, so I encourage you to submit your floor plan, and I can specify which wall to use. 

I also suggest using your dining area often, if you don't already. These days we often neglect dining tables and end up using them as landing places for old mail, working at home and essentially everything but eating! In fact, if you're working at your dining room table too often, that could signify that you are spending too much time on work and not enough on cultivating friendships. Take some time to clean off your table, and host a dinner party or a few friends to activate that energy. 

Finally, activate the Benefactors area of your home. You're not just looking for superficial friends, but for people who can connect with and support you. This means you're looking for Benefactors, helpful people in your life who comfort and encourage you. To welcome these relationships, activate the Benefactors area of the bagua. You can do this by adding a heavy statue in this area to provide support and stability. You can also add plants to your Benefactors area, especially plants with red flowers. Red is auspicious in feng shui, and green plants stimulate new growth and new beginnings

If you'd like, send your floor plan along, and we'll take a more personal look at your dining area. If you're already working with a consultant, consider getting into the question a bit deeper and looking at your specific situation. Are you meeting lots of friends but not connecting? Do you not meet anyone? Do your friends often betray you? It's important to answer these questions so that you can take steps to adjust your space and life to make room for great friends!

by Anjie Cho


Thanks for reading our "Q&A Sunday".  We will be answering questions submitted by our readers. Click here to submit any Feng Shui or Green Design questions!


Go Fair Trade in Your Holistic Spaces

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October is Fair Trade Month, which is exciting for us, because Fair Trade principles align closely with what we work toward in creating truly nourishing holistic spaces. There are numerous organizations dedicated to moving us closer to a Fair Trade society, and though each of them has their own set of specific standards and guidelines, there are a few underlying principles that really define what it means to encourage Fair Trade. 

First, let's define "fair trade." According to Merriam-Webster, fair trade is 

a movement whose goal is to help producers in developing countries to get a fair price for their products so as to reduce poverty, provide for the ethical treatment of workers and farmers, and promote environmentally sustainable practices.

Following this general push to ensure that producers around the world are treated fairly and humanely, Fair Trade principles require that organizations participating in this trade meet the following guidelines:

  • Seek to create opportunities for disadvantaged producers
  • Maintain clear and understandable processes and procedures
  • Establish fair prices that will both benefit producers and find sustainability in market
  • Refrain from engaging in any sort of child labor or forced labor
  • Refrain from discrimination for any reason, including but not limited to, age, gender, caste, nationality, HIV status and political beliefs
  • Provide good working conditions
  • Provide training and beneficial opportunities for workers to build their skills
  • Actively promote fair trade
  • Respect the environment

These conditions ensure that employers and companies not only reach out to third-world producers to take an active part in relieving poverty, but that each of these service providers and producers are treated with humane, dignified conditions that establish an enhanced quality of life. 

This is all great, but what can each of us do to help encourage fair trading in our society? We can seek out Fair Trade products! The most common Fair Trade items are coffee, wine, fresh fruits and handicrafts. When you're creating a holistic space, Fair Trade handicrafts can be a fantastic way to fill your space with beautiful items while helping others at the same time! 

Keep an eye out for:

  • hand knit, organic textiles
  • hand carved statues and home decor
  • hand embroidered wall hangings and other art made from natural materials like jute. (Organic cotton is farmed with much higher regard for our environment, and often by family farmers in disadvantaged areas. Likewise, jute is a 100% biodegradable and recyclable rain-fed crop that grows predominately in Bangladesh and other Indian countries. )
  • fair trade essential oils, (like the ones we use in our home mists!)

Like everything, there are products that will give the impression of Fair Trade without meeting the requirements, so be sure to look for a Fair Trade seal and do your research! Check out My Favorite Things this month to get your search started!

by Anjie Cho


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My Favorite Things: 5 Fair Trade Autumn Essentials

Welcome to My Favorite Things! Each month, we highlight products to help you create a holistic lifestyle that inspires and nurtures you, so that you can be happier and feel supported.

October is officially Fair Trade Month, during which we're all encouraged to focus on making purchases that align with fair trade practices around the world. Seeking out fair trade goods is a spectacular way to do our part to ensure that our environment and workers and employees around the world are not exploited in any way. In honor of Fair Trade Month and the new season, we've gathered up our favorite fall essentials that contribute to fair and honest working conditions around the globe!


Organic Cotton Throw

Fall is the time to add warmer layers to your space, and this organic throw is an incredible addition. It's not only 100% organic cotton with eco-friendly, non-toxic dyes, it's sourced ethically in India and produced on Fair Trade farms and mills. 

Throws even come in a reusable storage box, and a portion of proceeds goes to stop human trafficking. If you want to embrace the season in feng shui style, opt for white to symbolize the Metal element and Completion area of the bagua, which are associated with fall. 

Available at: Boll & Branch


Jute Market Bag

As the weather cools, It's time to head to the farmer's market and choose seasonal veggies to nurture your body and spirit. We've talked before about bringing your own bag, and this one is perfect!

This jute market bag is hand knotted and stretches to accommodate various market products. They are created by CORR: The Jute Works, a Fair Trade Bangladesh organization that works to help rural women provide for their families and provides beneficial trainings on everyday issues. A portion of funds from craft sales go to helping children attend school as well!

Available at: serrv


Recycled Metal Bells

One of our favorite ways to say hello to fall is through the feng shui cure of circumambulation (here's what that means), and these bells are a great tool! 

Handmade in Moradabad, India as part of a workshop through Noah's Ark, a Fair Trade registered handicraft marketing organization, these recycled bells are perfect for circumambulating to activate clarity and joy in your space for the new season. Since they're metal, they also add the metal element, which is related to autumn! 

Available at: One World Projects


Focus Spray with Essential Oils

Here at Holistic Spaces, we're proud to also use Fair Trade where possible, including our apothecary mists, no. 1 Happy and no. 2 Focus, which are made with Fair Trade essential oils

Autumn is time for grounding ourselves in preparation for winter, and as we near the holiday season, stressors and busyness can make focus difficult. Our Focus spray helps to provide grounding and meditative focus and is safe and eco-friendly! 

Available at: Holistic Spaces


Plant-Based Dry Skin Brush

Skin is our largest organ, and it can get sluggish during the change to cooler weather. Dry brushing can help to give your skin and lymphatic system a refresh to ensure that you're eliminating toxins as needed throughout the autumn and winter.

This brush is made with ethically traded cactus bristles, harvested and manufactured by a group of indigenous Nanhu women called Ya Munts'I Behna. 

Available at: The Body Shop



This Week on Instagram

I'm beyond excited to be part of the upcoming and all-new Moon Circles from  @overthemoonmag . If 2016 is your year for improving, creating your ideal life and building a community of supportive and creative women, there's a Moon Circle for you! Visit the website below for more information and to submit an application before February! http://overthemoonmag.com/circles/

I'm beyond excited to be part of the upcoming and all-new Moon Circles from @overthemoonmag. If 2016 is your year for improving, creating your ideal life and building a community of supportive and creative women, there's a Moon Circle for you! Visit the website below for more information and to submit an application before February! http://overthemoonmag.com/circles/

Having fun with curves  #floorplans   #curvedwall   #tracepaper   #interiors

Having fun with curves #floorplans #curvedwall #tracepaper #interiors

 
 
Lobby selfie!  #sitevisit   #interiors

Lobby selfie! #sitevisit #interiors

This Week on Instagram

Come visit me and  @stiggly  selling fun  holiday gifts  in  #NYC

Come visit me and @stiggly selling fun holiday gifts in #NYC

welcome the month of the rat (or zi in chinese)! as most of you know there's a  chinese zodiac animal  for each year. they also have corresponding months. today is the start of the Rat month. Rats are best friends with Ox, Snake, Dragon and Monkey. If you're a Ram or Horse - be careful this month. Be sure to carry my  feng shui charm  for the year! find the charms on my website  holisticspaces.com   #rat   #chinesezodiac  #fourpillars   #bazi   #holisticspaces

welcome the month of the rat (or zi in chinese)! as most of you know there's a chinese zodiac animal for each year. they also have corresponding months. today is the start of the Rat month. Rats are best friends with Ox, Snake, Dragon and Monkey. If you're a Ram or Horse - be careful this month. Be sure to carry my feng shui charm for the year! find the charms on my website holisticspaces.com #rat #chinesezodiac#fourpillars #bazi #holisticspaces

 
Arrangement today upright left variation one again!  #amaryllis   #flowers   #kado   #ikebana   #shambhala

Arrangement today upright left variation one again! #amaryllis #flowers #kado #ikebana #shambhala

 
#mantraMonday ! the  Moon yantra  today.  The Moon  is a yin planet that is associated with femininity, nourishment, creativity, emotions, and yin energy. it's also related to  #Mondays !  The associated mantra is: Om Som Somaye Namaha Om   #mantra   #yantra   #vedicnumbers   #sacredart   #sacredgeometry   #holisticspaces   #themoon   #theplanets

#mantraMonday! the Moon yantra today. The Moon is a yin planet that is associated with femininity, nourishment, creativity, emotions, and yin energy. it's also related to #Mondays!

The associated mantra is:
Om Som Somaye Namaha Om

#mantra #yantra #vedicnumbers #sacredart #sacredgeometry #holisticspaces #themoon #theplanets

Why Save Water?

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If you live in this century, and let’s face it, you do, you’ve undoubtedly been encouraged to save water in any way possible to you. One obvious reason for preserving our water supply is that, contrary to popular belief, water is not a renewable resource. Our planet has a finite amount of water, and only 1% of this resource is even available for human consumption. In addition to this very obvious reason to be wary of water use, there are numerous other factors influencing the mission to reduce our nation’s, and our planet’s, use of this precious resource.

As previously mentioned, of the finite amount of water available to us on Earth, only a stunning 1% is potable, and this number is rapidly decreasing due to excessive pollutants and litter being dumped into our clean water supply almost daily. We absolutely cannot live without clean drinking water, and neither can any other species supported by Earth. Every living creature needs water, which means that even if we redirect our pollution into water sources that humans do not currently use, we are still actively killing various species of the animal kingdom, many of which are already endangered. Even for advocates of animal consumption, this is an issue. What will you eat if we eradicate all existing species? Inability to conserve our water for later use ultimately means extinction of all life on our planet.

Aside from keeping the entire planet alive, conservation of water is beneficial for that other green substance we love: money. Taking care to monitor your water usage and preserve as much as possible directly influences the amount of money we spend each month, each year on utility bills. These equations are simple. Many of us are charged based on water consumption, as we are with any other energy source. The fewer gallons we utilize, the less money we pay. As a side note, popular methods for conserving water can save thousands of gallons of water annually. Conserving water doesn’t just decrease water utility bills, though. It also directly affects the cost of other energy bills including gas. The fewer gallons of water you heat for various reasons, from showering to washing clothes to washing dishes, the less gas you use to heat this water, which results in immediately lower gas bills.

Other reasons for conserving water include reducing state and national funds (to which we contribute) spent on public structure aimed at keeping our water supply flowing and fresh, reducing expenditures on sewage and wastewater processes and even reduction of the occurrence of sinkholes in some states.

by Anjie Cho


How to propagate plants with cuttings

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Yay! It’s finally feeling like spring here in NYC. As Earth Day just passed last week on April 22nd, it is perfect time to refresh your indoor plants. You can re-pot them, prune them, and even propagate them. I think the easiest way to share your plants is to propagate with cutting. This works with most plants that have many stems or side branches.

You’ll need a clean knife or plant clippers, and a plant.

These photos are from a Golden Pothos that’s been with me a long time. It was a housewarming present when I moved into my first apartment in NYC. It’s very hearty and probably one of the easiest houseplants to maintain. Remember, plants can bring nature into your home to help create a healing and holistic space for you. Plants are often used as feng shui adjustments.

  • Select a healthy stem to use as your cutting.
  • Locate a node, where a leaf and stem meet. It’s best to cut just below the node.
  • The easiest thing is to place the cutting in a glass of water so it can grow roots. You can also place it back into the original soil or new soil to grow roots. If you want to share with someone, place it in a moist paper towel for easy transport!

Propagating plants with cuttings is easy! Do you have a plant you’d like to share with someone today?

by Anjie Cho