Mark Ainley is a Contemporary Feng Shui Consultant with a unique sensibility. http://www.senseofspace.com/feng-shui/. His advanced training in multiple disciplines and twenty years as a teacher and workshop facilitator have given him an integrated perspective that helps him to synthesize the roots of this Taoist science-art into practical, easy-to-apply solutions for modern architectural spaces.
Mark Ainley has a unique contemporary approach to the ancient practice of Feng Shui. Having begun his introductory training in London in 1997 with more traditional applications, he updated his approach with Rhea Peake’s professional training in Vancouver in 2001 (she had graduated from The Western School of Feng Shui) and soon became his mentor’s protege. Since beginning annual consulting and teaching trips to Japan in 2003, he coined the term Contemporary Feng Shui as he realized that he was not practicing Feng Shui in either a Western or Eastern way but rather as a contemporary expression of the root of the practice’s teachings.
In Mark’s consulting, common-sense groundedness and integrative perspective are fused with Feng Shui principles to keep functionality at the foreground. His creative and subtle approach enables him to make suggestions that incorporate energetic balance, aesthetic alignment, and practicality in a way that resonates with the client’s individual style. His ease in working with both a big-picture overview and the most precise details of a space enables him to help his clients optimize their home and professional properties.
Mark has worked with a varied client base across the globe. He has designed shops in Japan and an office in Qatar, worked with interior designers with the high-end properties Silicon Valley CEOs, and consulted in person and via Skype for both laypeople and businesspeople across North America, throughout Europe, in Australia, Bali, and all over Japan, where he regularly leads sold-out seminars for 100+ participants in addition to training professional consultants. He was featured alongside the legendary traditional consultant Raymond Lo in the high-end Hong Kong magazine Home, as well as in Hong Kong Elite Homes magazine. Mark has made several television appearances in Canada, in addition to international radio appearances: he was featured on the London-based Monocle 24 Radio’s program The Urbanist in 2015 to discuss modern architecture as it relates to Feng Shui theories. The first volume of a set of instructional DVDs was released in Japan in early 2016.
Mark is currently writing a book that will explore the foundational principles of Feng Shui that relate to its etymology: how the concept of ‘Wind and Water’ applies to the ancient practice and its present-day application, a topic not developed in the myriad books on the subject. Far more than a ‘how to get what you want’ decorating book, this will be an exploration of how our consciousness is subtly and overtly informed by our environment and how artificial structures and modern design trends have shifted society’s thought process from one aligned with natural integration to one that is antagonistic and self-serving.
In addition to Mark’s Contemporary Feng Shui practice, he is recognized as a leading authority on historical classical piano recordings: he has lectured at universities and written articles in prestigious international music magazines and CD booklets. He also trained in the practical application of neuroplasticity research for stress management and educational contexts with prioneering researchers Gordon Stokes and Daniel Whiteside, and he is a leading proponent of the use of Structure-Function facial analysis, an approach scientifically validated by Whiteside’s parents in the 1950s.