About Kushi Institute

A Legacy of Natural Healing


Our Mission is to teach, guide and inspire individuals towards greater personal freedom, health, happiness and peace by using the principles of Kushi Macrobiotics.


Kushi Institute, a division of Kushi Foundation Inc., is the leading macrobiotic educational center in the world. Here students from around the globe attend residential-style programs to study the macrobiotic approach to health and healing.

Core programs offered year-round include the week-long Way to Health program, geared towards health recovery, the Way to Health PLUS program, a week-long fully hand’s on cooking intensive, and the Macrobiotic Leadership Program, the most in-depth and comprehensive certificate program on macrobiotic skills and principles available.

pic_dr_michio_kushiFounded in 1978 by Michio and Aveline Kushi, Kushi Institute has offered guidance and support to thousands of individuals, families and organizations. The Ritz Carlton Hotel Company is among those organizations which have engaged Kushi Institute to instruct and guide their chefs in creating healthful macrobiotic menu choices which meet the Institute’s  guidelines.

A well known teacher and spokesperson, Mr. Kushi is also known for his dedication to the cause of world peace, and is the founder of The One Peaceful World Society. A prolific writer, Mr. Kushi is the author of several dozen books, including The Macrobiotic Way, The Cancer Prevention Diet, The Book of Macrobiotics, and One Peaceful World. Among his many recognitions, he has received the Award of Excellence from the United Nations Society of Writers. Mr. Kushi was honored for his work in June, 1999, when the Smithsonian Institution announced the acquisition of his collected work as part of their permanent collection. That same month, Mr. Kushi was asked to speak before the United States Congress during a hearing on the role of diet in relationship to breast cancer.


The Location

Kushi Institute is located in Becket, Massachusetts, in the heart of the beautiful Berkshire Mountains. Surrounded by scenic vistas of rolling hills, set amid 600 acres of secluded meadows, woodlands and streams, it is an ideal place to study, relax, and enjoy the beauty of nature. For travel information click here.

Meals & Accommodations


Our macrobiotic meals are known as one of the highlights of a stay at the Kushi Institute! You will experience the healthful effects of the macrobiotic diet as you enjoy three daily meals, prepared from scratch with fresh, organic ingredients including whole grains, beans, vegetables, sea vegetables, and fruits.

Participants can choose between on-campus lodging or arranging accommodations for themselves at a local motel or bed and breakfast. On-campus accommodations are either in our historic old manor house or in our North Hall dormitory-style building. Please call for more specifics on accommodations offered, or to receive information on local housing options near campus. We also offer complimentary high speed wireless internet access to our students and guests on campus.

Note: Kushi Institute is not a medical facility. Kushi Institute programs, services, and information provided on our website are educational in nature, not medical advice, and not intended to take the place of medical counseling, diagnosis and treatment. 

For information on all Kushi Institute programs or to register, please call:


International callers please dial: (413) 623-5741 ext. 180 or ext. 101

You may also email us at: programs@kushiinstitute.org

Our Volunteer Program is also a great way to join our community. Learn more about it here.

Also, please visit Kushi Store online for high quality macrobiotic foods, cookware, books, natural body-care products and more! Please go to www.kushistore.com or call 1-800-645-8744.

Kushi Institute admits staff, volunteers, and participants of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic or school-administered programs.

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