Francoise Courty-Dan has created an eclectic life for herself.
Born in France, she taught high school and trade classes before moving to California. Stateside, she transitioned to international television and then documentary film, and also worked with her husband at his law firm. But she felt unfulfilled in her work in the legal field and was compelled to find her true mission. Looking back to her childhood, Francoise realized “Since I was very young I have been interested in the power of energy under all possible forms.” Her father, an expert in the renovation of old homes in the South of France, gave Francoise her love of buildings.
“I still love the smell of cement and lumber,” she adds. “It brings back wonderful memories of visiting project sites with him.”
A natural caretaker and teacher, Francoise’s soul-searching took her to Feng Shui. More specifically, Classical Feng Shui. The term “Feng Shui” literally means wind-water (direction-energy) and is about 4000 years old. It is understood to represent the directional flow of energy, a recognition that nothing in the world is in stasis, that all around us is a flow of energy that we can either impede or incorporate into our own dynamism. Classical Feng Shui principles facilitate the productive coursing of energy through the conduit of our lives.
After discovering Classical Feng Shui, that was it. Francoise studied this ancient art and science for three years and has been operating her business, One World Feng Shui, out of Los Angeles ever since.
Her first session with Jane occurred spontaneously in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, this past November. While vacationing with her husband, Francoise encountered Jane and the two connected right away. “The more we talked, the more we realized how much we have in common,” she says. “I admire Jane and have so much affection for her.”
The more they talked, the more Jane also realized she could help Francoise with–her hair, bleached and damaged by daily swimming. Jane organized a ladies’ day at the salon and led Francoise in boldly choosing a dark blonde hue she hadn’t seen on herself since her teenage years.
Delighted with the results, she knew she had to have a full consultation. So this past February, Francoise flew to DC to see Jane.
“Who doesn’t want to look better or maximize his or her appearance?” she asks. “Jane is gentle and strong at the same time, extremely professional and lots of fun. She revolutionized my perception of colors, and she makes me laugh.”
In turn, Francoise provided Jane with a Feng Shui consultation at her home, an eye-opening experience for Jane. Having lived there for many years, Jane learned that the house’s energy needed to be redirected. “The biggest challenge is that Jane belongs to the East life group and lives in a home meant for a West life group person, meaning, unfortunately, that nearly everything needs to be turned around.” The changes the two could make at the time, however, helped, and they both look forward to working together on Jane’s next home.
For now, Francoise is taking what Jane has taught her and hitting the road. Having just returned from a charity trip to Ethiopia and a Classical Feng Shui presentation in DC, she is looking forward to Mexico, Europe, and Iceland before the Summer. Some of which is for work, some for fun; her rule is always to combine both.
“According to Classical Feng Shui, this year is all about travel for me,” she adds, smiling.
Which means if your home could use reorganizing and more harmony, Francoise is only a plane ride away.
And this year, she says, “I always have a suitcase handy and am ready to go!”