Kushi Institute Volunteer Program

A unique residential experience where you put Macrobiotic living into practice

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Program Description:
Volunteering is a rewarding experience as you contribute your time and energy to the Kushi Institute’s community. While gaining access to classes and activities during off-duty hours, daily delicious, nourishing organic Macrobiotic meals, accommodations on a beautiful 600-acre property in the Berkshire Mountains, and unmatched community living, you are also giving back and supporting the mission of the Kushi Institute. We are a small international nonprofit educational center who has served thousands of people around the world who have fundamentally improved their health and lives through Macrobiotics.

“Volunteering at Kushi Institute continually inspired me, as I had the blessing to know my work directly helped others in their healing journeys and in their pursuit of macrobiotic knowledge. On a personal level, I experienced noticeable improvements in my health, as I benefited from the healthy food, morning exercise classes, and the overall atmosphere of good spirits and friendly company.” – Travis Bench, Front Desk Volunteer

“Volunteering has been an irreplaceable learning experience for me. Not only have I learned an infinite amount about macrobiotics, but I have also been allowed to reach deeper parts of myself that I could not (or would not) face before. The campus is quaint and the landscape is grand and gorgeous, allowing for this kind of self-reflection. I thoroughly enjoyed working in the kitchen…This experience has changed my life.” – Anna Witiuk, Kitchen Volunteer

Program Details:
Seeking volunteers with mature, motivated attitudes! Our volunteers must be committed to providing excellent customer service for our students and helping us operate effectively and efficiently. Due to the active nature of the volunteer positions, all applicants must be in good physical, mental, and emotional health. If you are facing health issues, we encourage you to participate in our week-long Way to Health program.

We have a rolling application process that matches qualified applicants on a first-come-first serve basis. As there are a limited number of volunteer positions, we regret we will not be able to accept all applicants. Due to US Government regulations, volunteers must be U.S. citizens or have a U.S. work visa or green card.

We accept applicants in the following departments:

Front Office Receptionist

Program Development
IT Support
Grounds Maintenance


Volunteer Tracks:
Duration: Minimum 1 month stay, maximum 16 weeks

40 hours of work per week
Fee: $50/week
Volunteers accepted into the Kitchen are required to work 3.5 hours/week in housekeeping (these hours are included in the 40 hour work week).

Organic, macrobiotic daily meals

Free Housing
Observing selected classes in off-duty hours
15% discount off Kushi Store purchases, private macrobiotic consultations, shiatsu and other body work sessions, and guest meals.
Access to macrobiotic books, audio and video tapes in our library

Duration: 17 consecutive week commitment required

All additional STANDARD expectations.

Waived tuition fee for one-month long Level of the Macrobiotic Leadership Program, which has an approximate $4,000 value for program and meal fees.

All additional STANDARD benefits

Many of our Community Resident Volunteers choose to volunteer for a full year which equals 3 CRV sessions to qualify to attend all three month-long levels (approx. $12,000 value). However, please note that housing fees during your attendance in the Macrobiotic Leadership Program are not included. Please click here for more information on the housing fees while a student.

Interested Applicants:
1) Please complete the initial form online or by mail.

You can submit your application online here and scan the additional documentation in an email attachment to volunteerprogram@kushiinstitute.org.

You may also print the application and mail to the address below with needed documents. If you cannot print the form, please contact us and we will mail an application to you.

Volunteer Opportunities
Kushi Institute

198 Leland Rd.
Becket, MA 01223

2) Pay the $35 non-refundable application fee (may be paid by credit card by contacting our front desk or mailing us a check).

3) Complete the additional documentation outline below as soon as possible. We can only begin processing applications with all paperwork completed.

Please include (via mail or email) the following items with your application:

1. 3 work references
2. Copy of U.S. passport, or copy of driver’s license and birth certificate or social security card (non-US citizens send copy of green card or work visa)
3. Letter detailing why you are interested in volunteering at Kushi Institute
4. Resume or work history

Accepted Applicants:
Volunteer Program Fees
You are required to pay the full amount for your term of acceptance (up to 4 months) one month prior to the commencement of your volunteer program.

Cancellation Policy
If you cancel at least 24 hours prior to your arrival date, with the exception of the non-refundable application fee, all other payments you have made for the volunteer program will be refunded to you. In the event you cancel less than 24 hours prior to your arrival date, no refund is available. Likewise there is no refund if you are a no-show, or if you leave the program for any reason.

Transportation Info
Shuttle service is available to and from the Bradley International Airport in Hartford, CT. Call for more information.

Please click here to review our Volunteer Program FAQ page for additional information.

Contact Us To Learn More:
Call us at (413) 623-5741 ext. 140 or email volunteerprogram@kushiinstitute.org if you have any additional questions.


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