Julie Anna Alvarez is a Feng Shui consultant and lecturer with a unique background that allows her to relate to the myriad concerns of both her residential and business clientele. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, she practiced as a licensed New York State attorney and has spent her entire professional career helping people find solutions to improve their circumstances. She continues to help people in her role at Happy Chi Solutions, not as a Doctor of Law, but as a certified Feng Shui consultant who makes “house calls.”
A graduate of the internationally acclaimed training program “The Accelerated Path™” founded and taught by Feng Shui expert and author Nancy SantoPietro (Feng Shui: Harmony By Design and Feng Shui & Health: The Anatomy of A Home), Alvarez was personally mentored by SantoPietro and was a Senior Associate of Nancy SantoPietro & Associates prior to launching Happy Chi Solutions as her own Feng Shui consultation and seminar services business. In addition to studying with SantoPietro, Alvarez has also studied with her teacher’s mentor, the late H.H. Grand Master Lin Yun Rinpoche, as well as Denise Linn, Katherine Metz, R.D. Chin, Gina Lazenby and Nancy Rosanoff—all noted figures in the world of Feng Shui, Space Clearing, Healthy Homes and Intuition Development.
A past speaker at Live Well New York Expo and the Spa & Resort Expo and Conference, Alvarez’ client list for workshop presentations also includes The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Aveda – The Shops at Columbus Circle, Oasis Day Spa, Natural Balance Spa & Wellness Center, LegalSpace 2004 (Keynote Speaker), The International Congress of Esthetics, and the Downtown Women’s Club of New York City. Alvarez’ articles on Feng Shui topics have appeared in such publications as Dermascope (one of the premier magazines in the salon & spa industry) and she has been interviewed numerous times on the radio via the Martha Stewart channel on Sirius Satellite Radio, The Lisa Birnbach Show and on New York’s WCBS 880. She has also been a contributor to the EmmeNation.com blog and been interviewed by supermodel, author and activist Emme. Being fully bilingual, Alvarez has also made appearances on television including speaking on Feng Shui topics on the “Jacqueline Internacional” cable TV program, as well as conducted private seminars for Real Estate professionals in Puerto Rico. Her private residential and corporate clients range from locations in the New York Metro area to as far away as Puerto Rico and Europe. Alvarez says she is “committed to helping make this world a more harmonious place one person and one space at a time.”
It was during a week-long Accelerated Path™ training retreat in Hawaii back in August 1999 that Alvarez received the nickname of “Happy Chi” from a classmate and it was quickly adopted by others, since it was a reflection of her joyful personality and optimistic outlook of seeing solutions instead of problems. The nickname has stuck ever since and is the inspiration at the heart of HAPPY CHI SOLUTIONS.