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‘Creating a community with a common goal of consciousness’

Note received from Brandy Galagher of O.U.R. Eco Village after a Tour and Labyrinth Ceremony:

Thank you so much Renee Lindstrom for bringing together such a sweet and beautiful group of humans….from the Labyrinth Society, The Church of Truth, local Bahai Community, and family and friends….all at OUR ECOVILLAGE. Your intention and connection for weaving the threads of community and spirit are deeply felt by all. heart emoticon

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Pathway Project @ #yyj’s Spring Ridge Commons

Spring Ridge is Canada`s oldest public food forest and Victoria’s largest public permaculture garden or community multi-layer food forest , located on a 1/2 acre city lot in Fernwood at the corner of Chambers and Gladstone. (Location Address is 1200 Gladstone Avenue. )

@insideawareness Summer Volunteer Focus, ’15

This summer Renee Lindstrom of @insideawareness spent time with Linda Chan, Co-ordinator of Spring Ridge Commons, in conversation about a focus for enhancing the community garden experience.  Through our discussions we began to  differentiate philosophy and practicality.  Both important influences upon each other, yet,  which comes first?  We decided to focus upon practicality and bring a change from the ground up!

After hosting  a clearing ceremony to voice the qualities community members would like to enhance in the garden,  we followed this up with creating some  new pathways.  The first pathway we started with was one that had become a shortcut through the gardens.  Our purpose was to change the super highway experience this pathway had become.  Instead we created meandering garden pathways by adding curves to redirect walkers. This would slow people down and take them on another pathway through the garden and offer them choices.  In the process of changing this pathway an unexpected feature became a welcome focal point.  A plaque!

In creating these pathways the focus of attention was on:

  • the pathway as the experience
  • rock edging to define the pathway

Our next pathway challenge will be the front entrance pathways!  The challenge is the designated front entrance is diminished by other entrances to the gardens!  Watch for pics!

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5 Element Design – #yyj Spring Ridge Commons

5 Element Design – Sacred Clearing Ceremony 


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LANDSCAPE CONVERSATIONS – Side of a Hill

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Renee Lindstrom  & Guest Writer ~ Dyan Grant Francis

  • Observations Written by Renee Lindstrom,
  • Personal Perspectives by Renee Lindstrom &  Dyan Grant Francis individually

IMG_20150730_070558Observations of Property

This Art Deco/Art Nouveau Design is located on the incline of a hill facing the ocean and backing into the hill.  It has a large circular design, presumed to be the living area, with an oblong shape off to the right.   All the edges are rounded with no sharp corners.    This home is painted completely white including  the trim.  The front door is a light shade of blue-green with the step leading up to front door grey and black metal handrails. There is a round sphere object at the front door and the door itself has a round window.

The landscaping is growing up and starting to block the front yard and facade, versus trimmed and tailored. The shapes of many of the bushes and plants are mirroring the rounded edges and spheres.   There is a sharp edged wall off the front down to the right that leads to a small patch of landscaping that has more round spheres, blue glass and copper, and a grouping of large boulders.   It also appears to have a bird bath.    The neighbors chimney seems close to the property edge and the houses behind loom over this one.

Numerological House Number

  • 3 reflects – body, mind & spirit,  communication, expression, optimism, fun, creativity

Cardinal Direction of Front Door – West 

  • South East – Wood Element – South-East is the prosperity doorway and it’s direction  represents money and abundance.
  • South-East Facing Front Door 

Read more on the the 5 elements


Personal Perspectives by Renee Lindstrom

A great representation of the Metal Element!  Even the added features continue  the metal theme.  These features are;  round window on the door, the round cutout above the door along the roof line,  the parapet, the rounded corners.  The South-East facing front door has rounded cut outs added as a feature and its washed out light blue/green isso light now it could be classified as metal.  A South East facing front door represents the element of wood and metal and wood are in disharmony according to the 5 Element Theory.

The entrance further highlights metal with grey concrete stairs, black metal handrails and round sphere ornaments leading up to the door.  Off to the right there is a concrete retaining wall that is terraced down to the lawn. The angles of this terrace is a fire pattern and could represent a waterfall.   On the lawn at the base of the terraced wall is a feature that includes more round spheres, large boulders and a round concrete bird bath.   This terracing away from the front entrance to me represents a draining away of resources. Rather than drawing in abundance, it is draining away and pooling in this lawn area!  In 5 Element Theory metal creates water. Too much metal too much water.  Water that represents finances and it is washing away.

Beginning in the 21st Century this property was sold.  I was told at the time and remember hearing something in the news to the effect that the new owners did not move into this house but rather blasted the rock behind it without the Municipality giving them permits.  Damage control was needed.   Eventually they built a large house that now looms over this one.  During construction this house sat vacant and was used by the contractors and construction crew.  The owners had the intention to tear it down, yet the community rallied and had the Community declare it an important heritage home.  It still stands and is now lived in.  Now there is another house recently built that is behind and off to the side that is looming over this property.

Originally this house had a perfect placement.  The hill behind protected it’s back and the front faced a body of water.  Now with the land leveled and it being built up behind this placement no longer has the powerful position it once held.

As a practitioner I would want to talk to the current residents to inquire about their experiences and relationships to find out if they match up to the qualities they are hoping for.  It there is a need for balance I would give consideration to the dominate metal features  and my primary focus would be to introduce some of the other 4 elements and stop the flow of water away from the front door.  I would like to investigate the larger sphere shape in comparison to the block shape as well.

On another day I may like to address the  thickening landscaping  in the front which could be an attempt for privacy along a scenic route along the ocean.

Renee Lindstrom


Personal Perspectives by Dyan Grant Francis 

The uniformity of white is the first feature that I notice about this home.  There is no colour contrast or enhancement to add character or interest or diminish the intense metal.  It is stark, cold and ‘loud’ against the natural colours of the hilltop.  However, the curved shape of the home introduced the element of water which drains metal.  The structure of the outer stairs on the hillside is akin to a waterfall…strengthening the water element and again draining metal.  While the colour seems to be most influential, the shape of the structure matches it and begins to create harmony.

The earth element is introduced in the low, flat shape of the building.  While earth creates metal, this feature appears to be secondary in importance to the water’s effect in controlling (draining) the effects of metal.

The fire element is introduced in the placement of this home on the hill.  It is high, hot and exposed.  The effect of the fire element, in this case, brings warmth to the coldness of the metal element.  Fire destroys metal in the destructive cycle of the 5 elements, so this placement is an important feature to increase harmony and balance for this home.

Completing the elements, wood is found in the perennial bushes and shrubs that surround this home.  Their colour and shape offer contrast as well as protection from the harsh winds that flow off the ocean that lies at the bottom of this hill.

Renee has provided good insights into the history of this home and how the changes have affected the elemental balance.  When doing this type of analysis, history is critical for understanding the effects of the changes made by the people who own the home and how that influences the 5 elements of a building.


If you are longing for a personal consultation please inquire privately:
renee@insideawareness.com.  Renee Lindstrom offers:

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*Contact Dyan Grant Francis @  The Maturing Edge


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LANDSCAPE CONVERSATIONS – Recessed Entrance facing a T-Shape Intersection

2015-06-21 10.40.36Renee Lindstrom  & Guest Writer ~ Dyan Grant Francis

  • Observations Written by Renee Lindstrom,
  • Personal Perspectives by Renee Lindstrom &  Dyan Grant Francis individually

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Observations of Property

A minimalist style house and groomed landscaping.  Main floor of house and garage are the shape of the low flat and square earth element.  Window frame shapes mirror the low flat shape of the house on the main floor.  This continue with the earth element shapes of the frames on the garage door.  The upper floor has a slight upward angle to the roof line that hints at the element of fire. Viewing the reflections in the windows on the upper floor you can imagine why windows reflect the water element!

The wood siding of the house reflects the wood element, yet the wood is laid sideways versus up and down,  mirroring the house and window frame shape. The doorway is recessed and accented with grey square stone bricks reflecting the element of metal .  The door itself is wood and accented with  bars that could be long rectangular windows with black trim.  The trim of the house is painted gun-metal grey with some white highlights which are both metal elements.

From the angle of this photo the upper floor of the house behind this property aligns with the garage and at first glance adds the fire element with the triangular shape!

The façade may have a missing corner on the right as you face the house or it may be an extension out (determined by square footage).  This creates a view of the façade as being smaller than the main body of the house.  The sidewalk leading up to the front door is a straight line and the front door faces a street directly aimed at it that is called a T-shape intersection.

Numerological House Number

Cardinal Direction of Front Door – West 

Read more on the the 5 elements


Personal Perspectives by Renee Lindstrom

The front door faces a street that ends in a T Shape intersection and the sidewalk continues this alignment extending the straight arrow to the front door. This would be the starting point of creating a change to shift the influence of these straight lines and what they represent.  Imagine arrows being aimed at the front door with every car driving up to this intersection. I do not view any design or enhancement to curve, slow down or deflect these arrows.

The placement of the garage is in the back right hand corner behind the house so it is not the first thing you see viewing the property therefore a more nurturing influence to the experience of settling or grounding.   Though it is located in the corner that reflects relationships!  Could this reflect connections that involve travelling?   An interesting point is that the garage has a large peaked roof behind that towers over it.  The peaked roof resembles the shape of fire and the garage shape resemble the earth element.  In the nurturing cycle of the element theory fire creates earth.  In this case though it may not be in the best interest of the occupants to leave this power with their neighbors!

The main body of the house and garage is an earth element shape that supports a west-facing door.  A west-facing entrance way is considered the creativity doorway that reflects children and the future.  The west-facing doorway is a metal element and in element theory earth supports metal.  Other metal features of the house are accented in the grey rock around the front door and in the trim colors of white and gun-metal grey.

However the wood siding in element theory is disruptive to earth and metal is considered to be the element to destroy it.  So here we have an earth shaped house disturbed by the wood and that is framed by metal that destroys it!  Water is reflected in the windows that are contained earth shaped frames and there is a hint of fire in the upward angle of the roof line!  Given the design of the house facing a T-shape intersection this cycle of elements that has been chosen may be productive.

The front door itself is located in the recessed design that imitates a cave like entrance.  This enhances the zen like quality of metal and remember metal is the element of a west facing front door!   Viewing the front door, it seems that it could be in two quadrants that reflects career and knowledge areas.

I love exploring the numerology, elements, cardinal directions and placements and finding the synchronicity!  If on-site I would begin to observe the personal relationships to life areas and each other as part of a enhancing or correcting area’s. Of particular interest would be the balance of the front door’s Yin with the T Square intersections Yang!

Renee Lindstrom


Personal Perspectives by Dyan Grant Francis

The major features of this home are of the earth element – the long flat surfaces of the roof, the square shape of the structure, the rectangular windows, and the earth-toned colour of the horizontal siding.  While the home has wood siding, the strength of the colour and position of the boards exerts a strong influence for the earth element.  The garage at the rear of the lot has a flat roof as well, increasing the power of the earth element with a garage door whose shape and colour mimic the earth of the building at the front of the lot.

The trim and accent colours are of the metal element – white, silver, pewter etc.  In the nourishing cycle of the Five elements, earth creates metal, symbolically, like the gold or silver in an ore-rich mine.  These two elements are in balance in this structure.  Too much metal would drain the earth aspect and create imbalance.  .

As much as we are influenced by the surrounding environment, we are also influenced by the structures in which we live and work.  In this example, there is a predominance of the earth element bringing stability but also difficulty with flexibility.  Like a mountain, earth structures have a presence that is unchangeable and dramatic.  Earth promotes credibility and honesty with the focus of self-love being through service to the greater good whether it be environmental activism or counselling the poor on food preparation for example.

The hedges along this property provide excellent boundaries and are in an earth shape – low, flat, horizontal.  The stone beside the front door as well as the metal accents on the door itself strengthen the metal element of this west facing door balancing the predominance of the earth element.


If you are longing for a personal consultation please inquire privately:
renee@insideawareness.com.  Renee Lindstrom offers:

Indoor & Outdoor Landscape Life & Wellness Consulting & Coaching which enhances relationships, emotions and flexible movement awareness!
Workshops and Events

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*Contact Dyan Grant Francis @  The Maturing Edge


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My own landscape is missing a visible pathway to the front door!

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By Renee Lindstrom @ Inside Awareness

Choosing a property to rent sometimes does not fit all ones criteria.  This house has a front door that is a side entrance.  It also is missing a pathway to the front door.  Instead it has a narrow driveway.  Once a car is parked in the driveway it fills it up and access to the front door becomes blocked!  The original house number is black on the little metal black mail box and not visible along the front of the property.

Here are three ways I have implemented to overcome some of these obstacles in this house that are low cost and without a budget.  The only cost was the metal house number from a hardware store.  All other items pulled together from what I already had or grew abundantly in my gardens.

1.  House number – create a prominent visible house number from the front of the property.

2.  Color and articles at the front door to emphasis it and draw attention down the drive to the front door.

3.  Expecting clients/company I will leave the car parked along front street so driveway is open with easy access.

Read more on why front entrances are important


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Front Door

Front doors are considered the mouth of incoming energy, or chi, to a property.  It is the entrance that is the starting point of your architectural design and life mapping regardless of what culture you are following.  Traditionally the best direction for a feng shui front door is south facing.  It is considered auspicious to have a south facing door.  This is why the red door became popular, as red is the color of the south direction!  This compass direction is taken while standing inside facing outward.  In other cultures the best facing direction differs therefore the best focus of ones attention could be placed on what creates the best flow to and through the front door!

The front door makes a statement and draws  toward it the energy it reflects.  If you have a welcoming and interesting front door this will be a different experience from a neglected front door!  Examine your reactions to  these front doors:

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A red door is considered good luck yet you would not want to randomly paint your door red!  A red door reflects a south facing direction.  Consideration to placement, colors and the elements is suggested beforehand!  If you door faces East the best color would be  a green or brown door!  White for a west facing door and black for a north facing door.  The transition directions such as North East, North West, South East and South West have their own color choices!

It is best to start with a focus on creating a door free from obstructions and to consider plants, color or sound to draw attention to this entrance.

Remember the front door represents the energy of the home!


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Front Walkways

The walkway off the main street that places your house number is an important consideration when reflecting upon your living experience and wanting to change and enhance it.  It is also an important consideration when landscaping your front yard!   It’s placement and design is an important aspect to consider in balancing the influences of life giving or life draining  experiences in any areas of your living experience.   For example view this pictures and notice the lines or edges of the pathways and notice if which ones are calming and which ones are stimulating.

Walkways:  the pathway of your experience

Your pathway is the first opportunity to welcome you and the community to your home.  It is the first influencing factor in considering placement.  The ideal walkway would reflect soft corners and flow resembling that of a slow moving and calming waterway.  Water is considered to be an influence of abundance, well being and good luck.  The straight sharp edges are reminders of fast moving arrows that are unexpected and attacking in nature.  In Asian cultures a straight pathway is considered a secret arrow and the source of rushing negative energies.

A curved walkway would be considered yin, while a straight edged would be yang. To soften the hard edges of a yang walkway, plantings can be used on either side to create soft edges.

Read more on Yin/Yang


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