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“Kushi Institute teachers showed me how cancer did not have to be a death sentence. 2013 is my 22nd year cancer-free since I was told by my doctor there was no cure for my stage 4 metastatic non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Macrobiotics also relieved my husband Larry from bursitis and tendonitis. Along with healing, there are countless ways macrobiotics has made both our lives more meaningful, enjoyable and fulfilling. We will always be grateful to Kushi Institute.”  ~ Judy MacKenney



Fall Greetings from Executive Director, Alex Jack












Dear Friends of Kushi Institute,

When I first came to the Berkshires, I wondered why the area was called October Mountain. Locals said, “Just wait until October when the fall foliage appears and you will see for yourself.”

The beautiful Indian summer comes following our Summer Conference. For the first time we held it on our spacious 600-acre campus. Over the course of two weeks, over 200 guests ate delicious daily meals under a big tent and attended lectures by Michio Kushi and macrobiotic teachers, cooks, and practitioners from around the world. A special Gala fundraising dinner on August 15 was prepared by gourmet chefs Eric Lechasseur and Sanae Suzuki, and people danced under the stars. The Gala raised $16,000 for the Kushi Foundation.

Upcoming Kushi Events

In addition to our usual Way to Health and Levels programs, we are offering special seminars this fall and early winter on the Macrobiotic Approach to Breast Cancer, Women’s Retreat, and Your Holiday Table: Macrobiotic Style. From December 28 to January 2, we will be offering a New Year’s Retreat with festive daily cooking classes, Nine Star Ki predictions, energy healing, and empowerment training. In 2015, our new programs will include Macrobiotic Yoga Week, K.I. Alumni Week, and seminars with visiting faculty such as Christina Pirello and Virginia Harper. In addition, we will mark Michio’s 89th birthday with a special 3-day Spring Gala in mid May. Then from July 26 to August 9, Summer Conference will be held once again on the K.I. campus. We will soon be accepting registrations for both of these special events. Please watch for future emails and register early, as rooms on campus will quickly sell out.

Kushi Needs Your Support

Thanks to Edward Esko, our assistant general manager, Marisa Marinelli, our marvelous Summer Conference and special events manager, and Charlotte O’Brien, our new development coordinator and former Waldorf School director, we have raised $70,000 in donations this year toward our Annual goal of $120,000. As we prepare for the colder months, we now face a serious challenge heating and maintaining our aging facilities. Like other small schools, we are dependent on the generosity of our students, alumni, and friends. We still need $50,000 more to get through the end of December 2014.

Click here to view our new Stewardship Report, detailing K.I. finances over the last several years. It is time to create a certain and secure future for K.I. by developing a 10-year vision, a 5-year strategic plan, and a 3-year plan for a balanced budget. I invite you to participate in our autumn/winter activities and make a donation to our Annual Fund. Whether you give $10, $20, $50, $100, or $1000, your gift is gratefully appreciated and will be acknowledged on our new Donors’ Page.

In their own way, January Mountain, April Mountain, July Mountain and other seasonal landscapes in the Berkshires are as splendid as October Mountain. On behalf of Michio and Midori Kushi, the teachers, staff, and volunteers of Kushi Institute, and the worldwide macrobiotic community, I wish you a joyful autumn. I invite you to join us at any season of the year to enjoy the beautiful rolling hills and fields, the fresh air and pure water, and clear, vast starry sky. Come to Becket and partake of 3 healthy, delicious meals each day, participate in stimulating theory, cooking, and exercise/movement classes, and experience the warm companionship of friends from many countries and cultures who share a common mind and spirit.

With your support, participation, and prayers, K.I. can get through the long, cold New England winter and help keep macrobiotic education alive on October Mountain for many seasons to come.

In harmony,

Alex Jack
Executive Director

How to make a tax-deductible donation to Kushi Institute:

1)     Simply click the link at the bottom of the page or here.
2)     Call Kushi Institute directly for immediate processing: Toll-free 1-800-975-8744 • Local or international calls,
        1+(413) 623-6457
3)     Purchase products from Kushi Store!  All proceeds go directly into running our educational programs



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