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A beacon of macrobiotic health & healing since 1978.

Learn, heal, and renew in the beautiful Berkshire mountains of Massachusetts

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 Kushi Institute Summer Conference 2016

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Photos by Nancy Adler www.nancyalder.com

Sunday, July 31st – Sunday, August 14th

Join us for one week or two, one weekend or two, one day or two.

This Year’s Theme:  “Toward a Sustainable Future.”

Join us for our dynamic two-week educational program offering classes on health, wellness and organic macrobiotic cooking.  Learn from the Kushi Institute’s experienced faculty along with the leading macrobiotic teachers, counselors and chefs from around the world!  Enjoy  the calm, healing energy of our 600-acre campus composed of rolling meadows and rich woodlands in the beautiful Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts. Don’t miss this opportunity to reconnect with old friends as well as create new alliances.

 Click here for featured classes & faculty.

Summer Conference- Early Registration Discount 15%- Exp. 2/10/16

Mid-Winter Sale – Extended -Exp. 2/9

Deep Discount on our Core Programs* – Sign up during this week for any of our 2016 Core Programs and save 20% off program registration. This offer includes Way to Health, Way to Health PLUS, and the Macrobiotic Leadership Program. 

*New registrations only.

Our Core Programs:

Macrobiotic Leadership Program – Immersion for Personal Health & Professional Development

Kushi Institute Teacher, Counselor and Chef Training. Click here for dates.

In this outstanding experiential course, you will learn the macrobiotic approach to health and well-being as part of a career track to become a caring, skilled and effective macrobiotic teacher, counselor and chef.  Each level includes courses in cooking, visual diagnosis, healthcare, shiatsu massage and energy balancing.  Level 1 focuses on Personal and Family Health.  Level 2 focuses on Creating Health and Well Being as well as Preventing and Relieving Sickness.  Level 3 focuses on Social Health, the Environment and World Peace.  Levels may be taken in any order.  Each level runs for 1 month and may be taken in whole or in 1-week modules.  Graduates of Levels 1, 2 and 3 may enroll in Level 4 for professional training and certification.

The Macrobiotic Approach to Culinary Medicine:   The Way to Health

Offered monthly. Click here for dates.

Our Way to Health introductory programs will orient you in a healthy, natural direction. If you can commit a week or even better two, join us for our  Way to Health and Way to Health Plus programs, offered monthly. All three programs have helped thousands of people prevent or relieve cancer, heart disease, arthritis, osteoporosis, anxiety, depression and other chronic conditions with a balanced natural foods diet and lifestyle practices. Daily cooking classes, lectures and workshops give you the skills to put a well-developed macrobiotic plan in place.  Crunched for time? We also offer a MINI Way to Health!





Upcoming Programs and Events:

Desserts for Valentine’s Day & Beyond

Chocolate Truffles 1-1Cooking Class with Bettina Zumdick

Saturday, February 13th, 2016

9:30 am- 12:30 pm

$50 per couple or $35 per person

Learn how to prepare delicious and healthy vegan desserts (some gluten free.)  The recipes that Bettina has selected are all prepared without refined sugar – meaning she will use all-natural sweeteners – making them gentler for your body and mood.  And look at this amazing lineup of recipes: chocolate truffles; cranberry oatmeal pecan cookies, sticky rice balls, carrot cake with tofu cream frosting, strawberry mousse with cashew cream, stewed pears with granola topping.  Who knew all-natural desserts could be so scrumptious! 

Love your Liver:  Spring Detox 

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Long weekend program with Warren Kramer

Thursday, March 24th to Sunday, March 27th

 In early spring, the liver and gallbladder become quite active in the process of cleaning out and repairing.  This is the perfect time of year for you to give them attention.  In a healthy state, this pair of organs contributes to our radiant health.  When not functioning at their optimum, they contribute to so many of our most common health concerns:  headaches, stiff joints, eye issues, grinding, fibroids, hot flashes, irritability, restless sleep, breast issues and so many others.  This workshop is the perfect opportunity to cleanse and clean out, making for a happier lighter spring and brighter summer.  

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Remarkable cancer recoveries

Medically documented cases reviewed by the NCI

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    I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 2011. I was struggling, feeling very fatigued. I had insomnia for many months and then became depressed. My body was sore 24/7 and I usually woke up tired, experiencing a lot of headaches and anxiety during the night. Many people told me to start working out, but I already had a very active lifestyle. I went through 4 different anti-depressant treatments. I also took Xanax and Lyrica for the pain, but it didn’t help me. Experiencing Fibromyalgia caused me to stay in bed for about 4 to 6 months. This affected all of my relationships. At one point, I felt that cancer would be better than Fibromyalgia. Two years after being on this medicine, I talked with one of my best friends, Salvatore Luccherino. At the time he had a Macrobiotic B&B in Portugal and currently is selling organic tempeh (http://www.salstempeh.com). Salvatore started talking to me about how the Macrobiotic diet could help with Fibromyalgia. I felt so inspired after talking with him that I booked a ticket to Portugal to learn from him in person. I stayed with Salvatore for 2 weeks while he cooked for me and showed me how to start eating a Macrobiotic diet. While I was in Portugal, I had a macrobiotic consultation with Francisco Varatojo who owns a Macrobiotic center in Portugal, (http://www.institutomacrobiotico.com). Francisco saw that my consumption of animal products was very high and recommended that I adjust my diet. After only 2 weeks of eating a macrobiotic diet, my body started to react in a positive way. My energy returned. I finally started smiling again and felt like I was my healthy self again. I was happy, living without pain and sleeping perfectly. After 4 months, I stopped taking all of my medicine for Fibromyalgia . It has now been 2 ½ years since practicing Macrobiotics and after seeing all of the positive changes in my body, I decided to open a wellness center. I now help people and plan to continue to spread the incredible benefits of Macrobiotics. I attended the Healthy Weight Loss Program in March 2014 to get introduced to the Kushi Institute. I have come back to take the Macrobiotic Leadership Program, Level 1. I will be graduating next Friday from the program and will return to finish Level 2, 3 and 4 to further develop my skills. My goal and dream is to open up a healing center in Miami, Florida. I believe everything happens for a reason, I wasn’t expecting to be ill, but I know from my recovery experience that I can help others with Fibromyalgia and other conditions from all that I’ve learned. Please feel to contact me directly to learn more about my story at yesysaad@gmail.com. Attended: Healthy Weight Loss 3/30/2014 Macrobiotic Leadership Program, Level 1 3/29 – 4/25, 2015

    Yesenia Saad,

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    In 1995, Janet was diagnosed with small cell adenocarcenoma of the lung, metastasized to the liver, pancreas, abdomen and lymph. Despite medical efforts her condition severely declined to the point where she was bedridden and on oxygen. At this point, her primary care physician suggested she try macrobiotics–and with family and friends supporting her in the preparation of meals, she recovered full, cancer-free health. She is currently still in excellent health, years after a prognosis of certain death.

    JANET VITT, R.N., B.S.N., Lung Cancer

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    In 1982, while undergoing a routine gallbladder surgery, it was found that Norman Arnold had a large primary cancer at the head of his pancreas, a smaller tumor in a lymph node, and three cancerous lesions on his liver. The biopsy showed a diagnosis of adenocarcinoma, a highly aggressive form of cancer.

    NORMAN ARNOLD, Pancreatic Cancer

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    Judy MacKenney was diagnosed in 1991 with metastatic non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, diagnosed as inoperable and incurable. She underwent chemotherapy. In "temporary remission", she was extremely weak with many painful chemo side-effects. She then began a macrobiotic practice, and within two weeks all her symptoms began to regress. She remains cancer-free, over 22 years later at this point. Her case showed that the effect of macrobiotics is fairly quick in some cases.

    JUDY MACKENNEY, Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

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    I have prescribed Michio Kushi's dietary approach for everything from uterine fibroid tumors to menopausal symptoms—with great success.

    Christiane Northrup, M.D., Macrobiotic treatments