We had the good fortune of connecting with Dana Claudat and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dana, what inspires you?
I’m incredibly inspired by infinite possibilities. II watch videos and hear stories all day of amazing breakthroughs, people triumphing, innovating, amazing things happening that seemed impossible but were more than possible! Since I’ve been teaching my Feng Shui Method in The School of Intention which is the only Feng Shui Method of it’s kind that’s grounded in Infinite Possibility (rather than fear, superstition and strict rules) I’ve seen so many people break through personal barriers, shatter glass ceilings., do what they’ve never dreamed could be real and… most importantly… trust in themselves and love their lives in a bigger way than ever. Because possibilities are endless, there’s no end to the joy, motivation and anticipation of amazing things that are ahead. And, the more I lean into the possibilities, the more I’ve found ways to be of service to others which is the most rewarding part of all the things I do.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I created my own Feng Shui Method over the last 16 years that’s unlike anything else in the realm of Feng Shui and Design. Based on Infinite Possibility, Creativity and Intention, the method is one of self-actualization (ie: living up to your potential in all ways) as well as high vibe home expansion. Creating this work and teaching it professionally in The School of Intention to amazing people around the world, as well as in Feng Shui Camp programs throughout the year, has been the most awesome professional and collective experience of my life. This work found me- it started as a passion project, something I could experiment with and do as a creative outlet. I was disappointed that traditional Feng Shui was so full of fear, superstition, limitations and other religious entanglements that made it inaccessible to so many people who could benefit, I thought, from all the powerful tools. So, I did consultations for free for years, testing my own methods that draw upon evolving science, art and creativity. The work developed quickly as a blog (The Tao of Dana) and in collaboration with friends who founded wellness companies such as Mind Body Green, into something far bigger than I had ever imagined. The real challenge, if ever there was one, was that I was creating something completely new. But, that was also what made it incredibly fun and rewarding. It’s also been a challenge to stay as hands-on as possible as everything has grown, but I wouldn’t want it to be any other way!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
The Franklin Lake hike in Bevery Hills, a trip to the Labryinth in Topanga The art galleries in Hollywood and in Culver City, along with Hauser + Wirth in Downtown LA and the Broad Museum Amazing outdoors: Huntington Gardens. The Getty Villa. Food: I have loved Little Doms in Los Feliz from the day it opened. I love the classic Farmer’s Market on Fairfax, too. There’s so much to explore and it’s a fun place to go as a visitor to the city.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are so many friends and family that have been essential to all that I do, and I couldn’t possibly list them all but they know that I credit them with all the things that I do! My Buddhist temple, Myohoji Temple in Los Angeles, has been the most life-charging organization in my life. Julia Cameron’s book The Artists’ Way has been the clearest catalyst in my life that started moving me in the right direction, but there were so many teachers before that book came along that are integral too. Pretty much everyone I have ever known has a hand in the art and work that I do, including every one of my students over the years.
Stephanie Day, Photographer