Kushi Institute Volunteer Program

A unique residential experience where you put Macrobiotic living into practice

Program Description:

Volunteering is a rewarding experience where you contribute your time and energy to the Kushi Institute community while gaining access to classes and activities during off-duty hours. Enjoy daily delicious, nourishing, organic Macrobiotic meals, and accommodations on a beautiful 600-acre property in the Berkshire Hills, with joyful community living.  We are a small international nonprofit educational center, which has served thousands who have fundamentally improved their health and lives through learning and practicing 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 U.S. Government regulations, volunteers must be U.S. citizens or have a U.S. work visa or green card.

We accept volunteer applicants in the following departments:


Volunteer Tracks:

Duration: Minimum 1 month stay, maximum 17 weeks.

40 hours of work per week
Fee: $70/week for shared room. Private room rate is $162.50/week. Private rooms provided with a 4 month or longer commitment only.
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.)

Standard Benefits:
Organic, macrobiotic meals daily. 

Ability to audit selected classes during off-duty hours, including yoga and exercise classes.
15% discount off Kushi Store purchases, private macrobiotic consultations, shiatsu or body work sessions, and guest meals.
Access to macrobiotic books, audio and video tapes in our library.

Duration: 17 consecutive-week commitment required.
One month’s notice required for termination of contract.
1 month option, 17 week option (1-CRV credits), 34 week option (2-CRV credits) and 51 week option (3-CRV credits.)
All additional STANDARD expectations.

Educational Benefits:
Waived program fee (includes program & meals) for one-month long Level (for Levels 1, 2, and 3; Level 4 is not included as an educational benefit) of the Macrobiotic Leadership Program.  The approximate value of this benefit is $4,000 for each CRV level earned.
All additional STANDARD benefits apply.

Many of our Community Resident Volunteers choose the 51 week option, 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.

2) Pay the $35 non-refundable application fee (may be paid by credit card by contacting our front desk 413-623-5741 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:

  • Three work references. Preferably email contacts.
  • Copy of U.S. passport OR driver’s license and birth certificate OR Social Security Card.  For non-U.S. citizens:  copy of Green Card or Work Visa.  
  • Letter describing why you are interested in volunteering at the Kushi Institute.
  • Resume or Work History.

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

You may also print the application and mail to the address below with the required 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

Accepted Applicants:
Volunteer Program Fees
You are required to pay the full amount for your term of acceptance (up to 17 weeks) one month prior to the commencement of your volunteer program.

Cancellation Policy
If you cancel at least 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 without at least one month’s prior notice. We will consider situations which require emergency leave on a case by case basis. 

Transportation Information
Shuttle service is available to and from the Bradley International Airport in Hartford, CT. Call us 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. 0 OR email volunteerprogram@kushiinstitute.org if you have any additional questions.

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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