Meet Summer Conference Faculty

Guest Teachers and Keynote Presenters: (in alpha order)

Guest Chefs: 
Lauden Eller, Summer Conference Head Chef
Eric Lechasseur, Gala Dinner Head Chef
Sanae Suzuki, Gala Dinner Head Chef


 

HENRY EDWARD ALTENBERG, MD
Henry Alternberg photos 001Dr. Altenberg graduated from the New York University of Medicine in 1947.  He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Adult Psychiatry and by the American Board of Child/Adolescent Psychiatry.  In his sixty-two years of psychiatric practice, he has worked in clinics and private practice in Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Maine. He is author of a chapater in Doctors Look At Macrobiotics titled “My Explorations in Macrobiotics (1988) and Holistic Medicine: A Meeting of East and West (1992) both published by Japan Publications (U.S.A.).  Henry and his wife, Jean, founded and ran the Spruce Creek Holistic Center in Kittery, Maine from 1989 to 2006.  As a student and explorer in complementary/alternative medicine for many decades, Macrobiotics has been a serious study. He has been trained and certified in several cutting-edge methods of psychotherapy, including Bioenergetics Analysis, Reality Therapy, and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). 

Teaching Days:
Week 2: Thursday, Aug 14


SHIRLEY BARNES
Teaching Days:
Week 2: Tuesday, Aug 12
and Friday, Aug 15


NADINE BARNER
Nadine Barner, a native of France, is a Macrobiotic teacher and counselor who also cook privately for healthy individuals as well as people with challNB low densitynging health concerns. She embarked on her journey of nutritional guidance, teaching and private cooking after healing herself from ovarian and breast cancer using Macrobiotics as her primary tool. Based in Los Angeles, California, Nadine has worked for many celebrities, traveled internationally with her famous clients and has over the years, introduced macrobiotics to various Hollywood circles. She is a frequent guest teacher in cooking schools in the US and Canada, and has the distinction of being the first “vegan-macrobiotic” teacher at the Epicurean Cooking School in Hollywood, where she taught throughout the 90’s. Inspired by her own health recovery, she has also worked closely with people afflicted with various forms of cancer and has helped many regain full health.  In 2010, she traveled to Tokyo as a Nutritional consultant for the “Make a wish foundation”, a charity event held at the Peninsula Hotel and, in the process, introduced a macrobiotic menu that was served in the Peninsula restaurant for 6 months.  Nadine continues to study and immerse herself in the study of Macrobiotics so that its principles and health interventions stay successful and relevant in an ever-changing world.

Teaching Days:
Week 1: Wednesday, Aug 6 and Thursday, Aug 7

Services Offering:  Macrobiotic Consultation for Individuals and Couples
*email summer.conference@kushiinstitute.org to schedule a time


 LES BOLLAND
Les BollandA 30-plus-year member of the British PGA and veteran of the European tournament player’s circuit; has studied yoga, shiatsu massage and macrobiotics for more than 20 years and is the author of Swingolf: Golf the New Way (in German) and Swingolf (in English) and creator of several instructional videos. www.Swingolf.net. His wide-ranging knowledge and experience enables Les to effectively instruct a wide range of golfers with varying skill and ability levels, including hearing & visually impaired players. Les coaches Swingolf® privately and at seminars and workshops worldwide. 

Teaching Days:
Week 2: Wednesday, Aug 13 and Thursday, Aug 14

 


 

RICHARD BOURDON

Teaching Days:
Week 2: Monday, Aug 11


 CYNTHIA BRISCOE
Back CameraCynthia Briscoe is one of America’s most respected macrobiotic cooking instructors. She co-founded and co-directed The Macrobiotic Center of Kansas City during the 1980′s. Cynthia was the co-owner and head chef of The Amber Waves Café, an award-winning macrobiotic restaurant in Kansas City.  From 1991-1998 she was a main cooking instructor, kitchen supervisor and kitchen apprentice trainer at the Vega Study Center in California in association with Cornellia Aihara. She has been the kitchen coordinator for macrobiotic camps and retreats, including the popular Harvest Moon Retreats and Tall Oaks Camps in the midwest. Cynthia is also highly regarded for her insights into motherhood, advice on macrobiotic pregnancy and delivery, and her earthy and considerate approach to women’s health in general. She is blessed with a natural gift for journeywork healing rooted in her Native American ancestry. An accomplished artist, Cynthia has illustrated books for Avery Publishing Group, Japan Publications, and Contemporary Books, including books by the late Aveline Kushi and other macrobiotic authors.  She is the mother of five active and kind-hearted children, who care about others, animals, the earth, and looking at the stars at night.  

 Teaching Days:
Week 1: Friday, Aug 8, Saturday, Aug 9 and Sunday, Aug 10

Services Offering:  Macrobiotic Consultation for Individuals and Couples
*email summer.conference@kushiinstitute.org to schedule a time

 


DAVID BRISCOE
DavidB PhotoDavid Briscoe has been teaching macrobiotics, and providing macrobiotic counseling, for over 35 years.  He trained with the preeminent macrobiotic teachers, Michio and Aveline Kushi, Herman and Cornellia Aihara, and Noboru Muramoto. In 2012 he was honored by The Kushi Institute International with an Aveline Award. David has taught throughout the US and overseas, appearing numerous times on radio and tv, including PBS, ABC and HBO. His book, A Personal Peace:  Macrobiotic Refelctions on Mental and Emotional Recovery, has helped countless readers understand the role of diet in mental health. David is the proud father of six children and happy grandfather of five.

 Teaching Days:
Week 1: Friday, Aug 8, Saturday, Aug 9 and Sunday, Aug 10
Recovery Panel Host: Friday, Aug 8

Services Offering:  Macrobiotic Consultation for Individuals and Couples
*email summer.conference@kushiinstitute.org to schedule a time

 


 

PATRICIO GARCIA DE PAREDES
0089Patricio was introduced to macrobiotics at the age of five by his mother, Luisa Baranda, in his native Spain. After completing studies at the Kushi Institute, he began to give cooking classes and teach in Southeast Asia, South America, and Spain. In 1998 he moved to Japan and was executive chef at Kushi Garden and Chaya Macrobiotic Restaurant. Besides developing macrobiotic restaurants, he also maintained educational activities including giving cooking classes, presenting lectures, and publishing macrobiotic cookbooks. Presently he is Education Director at the Kushi Institute of Japan. He currently resides in Japan with his wife, four daughters and one son.

 Teaching Days:
Week 2: Monday, Aug 11, Tuesday, Aug 12, Friday, Aug 15 and Saturday, Aug 16

Services Offering:  Macrobiotic Consultation for Individuals and Couples

*email summer.conference@kushiinstitute.org to schedule a time

 


 

ANTHONY DISSEN
Anthony EditAnthony Dissen, MA, RD, is a registered dietitian and certified macrobiotic counselor focusing in plant-based nutrition and integrative health promotion and disease prevention. He first discovered macrobiotics in 2003 and has never looked back! Anthony works with clients in the Central New Jersey and Jersey Shore areas to help guide them back to a more natural, holistic, freedom filled life. In addition to his macrobiotic and dietary training, Anthony also practices a number of holistic healing techniques including Energy Healing, Qigong, Hypnosis, and Yoga. Anthony holds a Masters degree in Holistic Health Studies, and teaches at several colleges and universities teaching nutrition and holistic, natural living.

  Teaching Days:
Week 2: Wednesday, Aug 13 and Thursday, Aug 14

Services Offering:  Macrobiotic Consultation for Individuals

*email summer.conference@kushiinstitute.org to schedule a time 

 


 

STEPHEN DEVINE
Stephen Devine has an extensive background in Feng Shui consulting and teaching. He has designed and presented Feng Shui workshops internationally for over 30 years. In 1994 he founded the International School of Feng Shui located in Europe. He developed the curriculum for the first Feng Shui Professional Training Program which he has taught in the USA, Europe and Asia. In his teaching he has combined his broad experience as a Feng Shui consultant with his knowledge of Ka-so (Japanese Feng Shui), Directionology (Energy of Direction), Oriental astrology (Nine Star Ki), and 12 Animal astrology enabling him to make the totality of these Eastern teachings accessible and applicable in the West.

Mr. Devine studied with Professor Thomas Lin Yun, one of the world’s leading experts of Feng Shui and Chinese Philosophy. Since 1971 he has practiced Macrobiotics and Oriental disciplines. He is a former director of the Kushi Foundation of Boston MA. USA, where he studied and worked with Michio Kushi for over 3 decades. Numerous television and radio interviews and articles about his work have been aired and published internationally. Among a long list of clients Mr. Devine has consulted: Body & Soul Magazine, Natural Health Magazine, New England School Of Acupuncture, Whole Health Expo, Hampden County Physician Assoc. and The International School Of Shiatsu. Stephen resides in Massachusetts USA, where he maintains a private practice as a Feng Shui teacher and consultant.

Teaching Days:
Week 1: Monday, Aug 4

 


 

DANIEL ESKO
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With a lifelong background in whole and natural foods, Daniel grew up in Becket, Massachusetts in a large macrobiotic family.  After attending University of Massachusetts at Amherst, he worked at the Kushi Institute Store for several years and  Whole Foods Market in Boston, Massachusetts for several more.  Upon returning to the Berkshires in 2004, he started working for the Berkshire Co-op Market in Great Barrington, MA. Having held several positions at the Co-op in the past ten years, his work has given him the opportunity to form meaningful relationships with many local producers and stewards of traditional wholesome foods.  Inspired by the work of Christian and Gaela Elwell of South River Miso, Daniel began the Berkshire Rice Project, a grass roots effort to encourage the cultivation of rice in Berkshire County and beyond.  Committing to building a sustainable food system, he works with the greater co-op community to support local farms and producers, building a vibrant local economy with impact on the regional, national and global level.  He has written about his experiences in the Co-op newsletter and Macrobiotics Today, including the Berkshire Rice Project series and in depth features on South River Miso and Shire City Herbals, the makers of Fire Cider.  Daniel lives with his wife Sheri and their three children in Dalton, MA., where he enjoys cooking, back yard gardening and playing music.

 
Teaching Days:
Week 1: Saturday, Aug 9

 


 

SENNIN ESKO
Sennin Zumdick-Esko was born and raised in Berkshire County. He has spent a lot of time in Germany traveling the country. Having spent one year attending a high school in Germany he is fluent in speaking, reading and writing the language. He has a strong focus on Environmental Science and sustainable living. Having an associates in Environmental Science and being part of a strong community of Environmentalists in Berkshire County has helped him stay educated in the field and integrate sustainable practices into his business and trade of gemology and the manufacturing of fine jewelry.

 Teaching Days:
Week 2: Thursday, Aug 14

 


 

MASUMI GOLDMAN
Masumi Goldman photoMasumi Goldman (@masumi_g) is a former Wall Street analyst and MIT graduate who understands the toll that a stressful environment can take on the body. She discovered that yoga, along with a proper fitness and nutrition plan, can reverse the ill effects of a stressful, unbalanced life. Masumi was inspired to begin practicing yoga after being diagnosed with a painful autoimmune disease that often left her immobile. As a mother of two young children, being immobile was not an option. Along with a macrobiotic diet, Masumi used yoga to heal and rehabilitate parts of her body that lost flexibility after months of inflammation and chronic pain. Today, Masumi practices yoga regularly as part of her healing plan and shares her journey each day with over 80,000 Instagram followers in the hopes of inspiring others to lead a healthy life that includes a frequent yoga practice.

 Teaching Days:
Week 1: Saturday, Aug 9 and Sunday, Aug 10

 


 

VIRGINIA HARPER
Virginia Harper Headshot webVirginia is recognized as one of the leading macrobiotic counselors. She is also the author of Controlling Crohn’s Disease the Natural Way, now in its fifth edition. Her focus on Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis is motivated from her miraculous recovery and the epidemic rise of IBD in the developed world today. Virginia is founder and director of You Can Heal You…one meal at a time, which teaches people how they can heal themselves from any digestive distress. During a 10 -day residential intensive program people are taught, one on one, how to replace detrimental lifestyle habits with health promoting foods and behaviors that enable them to reclaim their health. YCHY also provides ongoing personal coaching to help people integrate their new skills into their everyday lives. Virginia divides her time working from her home base in Franklin, TN and Alicante, Spain where she is a Macrobiotic Counselor for Sha Wellness Clinic. She enjoys speaking to various groups in the U.S., Canada, and Europe and is also on the advisory board of Americas Ten City Challenge as well as one of their corporate coaches. Virginia can be reached through her website www.youcanhealyou.com

 Teaching Days:
Week 2: Friday, Aug 15, Saturday, Aug 16 and Sunday, Aug 17

Services Offering:  Macrobiotic Consultation for Individuals and Couples specializing in digestive health

*email summer.conference@kushiinstitute.org to schedule a time

 


 

ROD HOUSE

Teaching Days:
Week 1: Wednesday, Aug 6

 


 

SACHI KATO
sachi photoBorn in Gifu, Japan, Sachi Kato moved to California where she studied and worked in the field of photography. Through her desire for a more natural way of life, she discovered macrobiotics. Sachi’s interest in macrobiotics on a global level led her to study at Kushi institutes in the US, Europe and Japan, where she completed all four levels. Her workas a macrobiotic chef, teacher, and counselor fulfills her passion for sharing nurturing food.

 Teaching Days:
Week 1:  Monday, Aug 4
Week 2: Sunday, Aug 10 and Sunday, Aug 17

Services Offering:  Macrobiotic Consultation for Individuals and Couples

*email summer.conference@kushiinstitute.org to schedule a time

 


 SUSAN KRIEGER
Susan's Photo2Susan Krieger L.Ac MS, is an internationally renowned teacher, practitioner, and counselor of Macrobiotic Health and Nutrition, Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, Women’s Health, Ki-Shiatsu-Acupressure, Asian Healing Arts, The Energetics of Foods, Qi-Gong-Yoga and Meridian-Self Shiatsu of over 33 years. Susan has studied and worked with Michio and Aveline Kushi over many decades. Susan is a Kushi MEA-Certified Senior Macrobiotic Counselor and Instructor, Nationally Board Certified by the NCCAOM in Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine and Shiatsu-Asian Bodywork; an AOBTA (Founding Board Member & VP) Certified Shiatsu Instructor and Practitioner, Member/ Presenter-Acupuncturists Without Borders. Susan writes for professional acupuncture, macrobiotic, healing journals, produced The Ki-Shiatsu Instructional DVD, lectures for the UN, universities, macrobiotic, acupuncture/bodywork and cooking schools, hospitals, women’s organizations, corporations, health centers and has active practices in New York City and the Hamptons, LI, NY. See www.susankriegerhealth.com  

 Teaching Days:
Week 2: Monday, Aug 11 and Tuesday, Aug 12

Services Offering: 
Macrobiotic Consultation for Individuals and Couples
Acupressure/Shiatsu
Acupressure/Shiatsu Facial & Body Renewal

*email summer.conference@kushiinstitute.org to schedule a time

 


 

ANGELICA KUSHI
Kushi_AngelicaAngelica Kushi is a performer, aerialist, yoga teacher, and ancient wisdom health and lifestyle coach. She was raised Macrobiotic, thanks to mom, dad, grandma and grandpa! She studied dance and international food politics at Sarah Lawrence College, and rounded out her education with formal studies in Macrobiotics, Yoga, Ayurveda and Tibetan Buddhism. She always dreamed of becoming an astronaut, to fly and soar through the sky. She found hang gliding and aerial dance to fulfill this dream. Currently she is performing in the high-flying action packed show Wayra: Fuerza Bruta in NYC.  Her passion is to support people in fulfilling their wildest dreams by providing them with the tools and inspiration to live a healthy lifestyle that is fun, energizing and empowering.

www.angelicakushi.com

 Teaching Days:
Week 2: Saturday, Aug 16

 


 

GABRIELE KUSHI
GAbriele Kushi PhotoGabriele Kushi, BFA, MEA, CHC, AADP is the founder of Kushi’s Kitchen, the author of Embracing Menopause Naturally (Square One Publishers, NY), The Macrobiotic Kitchen in Ten Easy Steps (released German Spring 2014, Fall English 2014 (East West Publication) plus Eleven Macrobiotic Natural Foods Cooking DVDs. She is an American Association of Drugless Practitioner certified holistic health practitioner, and a 30+ years Kushi Institute certified macrobiotic teacher and counselor. She teaches Holistic Health with Macrobiotic Nutrition Programs worldwide via Skype. www.kushiskitchen.com

 Teaching Days:
Week 2: Friday, Aug 15, Saturday, Aug 16 and Sunday, Aug 17

Services Offering:  Macrobiotic Consultation for Individuals and Couples

*email summer.conference@kushiinstitute.org to schedule a time

 


 

LAWRENCE H. KUSHI, ScD.
kushi_larryLawrence H. Kushi, Sc.D., is the Associate Director for Etiology and Prevention Research, Division of Research, Kaiser Permanente.  His research interests have focused on the role of food and nutrition in the development and prevention of coronary artery disease and breast and other cancers, and he is currently the Principal Investigator of two NIH-funded prospective cohort studies.   Dr. Kushi has served on various research review committees for organizations such as the National Institutes of Health, the Breast Cancer Research Program of the US Department of Defense, the American Cancer Society, and the Susan G. Komen Foundation.  He has been a member of advisory committees that set research directions for the DOD’s Breast Cancer Research Program and the ACS’s extramural grants program.  Dr. Kushi serves on The Cancer Project’s advisory board. He has served on ACS committees to develop guidelines for the dietary prevention and management of cancer, and was chair of the 2006 committees that published their most recent statements on these topics.  He was Chair of the Food and Nutrition Section of the American Public Health Association, and an Executive Committee Member and Chair of the Diet Study Group of the American Society of Preventive Oncology.  Dr. Kushi was a member of the NIH Consensus Development Panel on Acupuncture, and is an external advisor to MD Anderson’s Program on Complementary and Integrative Medicine Education Resources.  He also serves on the external advisory committees of a number of prospective studies of diet and cancer, including the Adventist Health Study.  Dr. Kushi is a graduate of Amherst College and the Harvard School of Public Health, and has held research and faculty positions at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, the University of Washington, the University of Minnesota, and Columbia University, where he was the Ella McCollum Vahlteich Professor of Human of Nutrition and is currently an Adjunct Professor.

 Teaching Days:
Week 2: Saturday, Aug 16

 


 

PHIYA KUSHI
Phiya Kushi was a former director of the Kushi Institute and macrobiotic educator. He currently lives in Alaska at the Ionia Macrobiotic Community.

Teaching Days:
Week 2: Friday, Aug 15

 


 

JANET M. LACEY, DrPH, RD, LDN
Lacey-JanJanet M. Lacey, DrPH, RD, LDN, began studies of macrobiotic philosophy, integrative medicine, and cooking with Michio and Aveline Kushi in the mid-1970s.  Currently, she is a professor of nutrition at West Chester University in Pennsylvania, where she teaches macro- and micronutrients, food science,vegetarian nutrition, and food for mind and spirit.  Janet is the past-chair of the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  Her most recent research has focused on mineral nutrition and traditional diets.  She is the author of Fields of Nourishment:  Plant-Based Recipes with their Nutrient Profiles (Infinity Publishing, 2011).    

 Teaching Days:
Week 2: Tuesday, Aug 12


 

JUDY MACKENNEY
Judy MacKenney is an internationally-recognized, Kushi-certified, macrobiotic counselor, educator, and cooking instructor.  As a faculty member at the Kushi Institute, she currently counsels clients on various health challenges and co-directs the “Way To Health” program.  Ms. MacKenney was a 2009 recipient of the coveted Aveline Kushi Award.  She embraced macrobiotics in 1992 when diagnosed with Stage IV non-Hodgkins lymphoma.  Her documented recovery has been featured in numerous health publications, The Incurables television series, and as one of the six best cases presented by the Kushi Institute to the National Cancer Institute.  As a counselor, her joy is guiding people to their optimum health.

Teaching Days:
Week 1: Tuesday, Aug 5 and Saturday, Aug 9
Week 2: Saturday, Aug 16

Services Offering:  Macrobiotic Consultation for Individuals and Couples

*email summer.conference@kushiinstitute.org to schedule a time (Available Aug 4-17)

 


LARRY MACKENNEY
Larry MacKenney was introduced to macrobiotics in 1992 when his wife, Judy was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma.  He embraced macrobiotics to support Judy and healed himself of an 8-year battle with debilitating bursitis and tendonitis.  He is a Kushi-certified, macrobiotic educator, a certified holistic health counselor, and member of the American Society of Alternative Therapists.  As a faculty member at the Kushi Institute, he teaches do-in and co-directs the “Way To Health” program.  Larry and Judy counsel and lecture in southwest Florida and offer hands-on macrobiotic cooking workshops, retreats, monthly potluck dinners, and travel extensively on private counseling and teaching assignments.  

Teaching Days:
Week 1: Friday, Aug 8

 


 

MARISA MARINELLI
Marisa PhotoThrough Marisa’s personal experiences, battling serious illness in her early twenties, she has been inspired to help others embrace their physical, emotional and spiritual health with the abilities to heal.  Veria Network Television, featured her recovery documentary on Ulcerative Colitis on their show, The Incurables, first airing in 2012.   Born and raised in NYC, Marisa has been counseling, coaching, and teaching cooking since 2009.  She is a graduate of Kushi Institute Macrobiotic Teacher, Counselor, and Chef Training Program.  She has also studied in various training programs under teachers Virginia Harper, Christina Pirello, and David Briscoe.  , and inspires others as they transition their lives and regain their health. With her B.S. in Arts Administration and non-profit fundraising, and an 7 year professional experience working with New York City Ballet, in Lincoln Center, Marisa is the current head of Marketing, Promotions, and Summer Conference for Kushi Institute in Becket, Mass. It’s only the beginning for her as she continues her path to becoming a certified Nutritionist.  You can read about her work, inspirations, and great recipes at www.macromarinelli.com.

 Teaching Days:
Sunday, Aug 17


 

FLOR MARQUES
FLOR MARQUES Flor Marque Headshot 2014is a Health and Wellness Consultant specializing in holistic health through nutritional counseling in macrobiotics, reiki, energetic exercises, breathing techniques and meditation. Her focus is in developing individualized programs to restore and improve client’s health. She was born (Mass-USA) and raised (Brazil) in a strictly macrobiotic household. Her parents, both of whom were successful dentists, shaped her daily life by teaching and practicing a macrobiotic philosophy. Flor followed her parent’s footsteps in this lifestyle. Flor also became a doctor and practiced dentistry and orthodontics for several years,she served the Brazilian Navy as a lieutenant Dentist as well. Further,Flor continued her studies to gain knowledge and expertise in holistic health at the Kushi Institute, the world’s leading educational institute on macrobiotic health and healing in Massachusetts. She is trained and well versed in the Reiki Usui method, Yoga, and has transcended her studies by becoming a professional consultant and teacher in the Art of Living’s Yoga Empowerment Service (YES+). Today, she lectures internationally, and tours the U.S., Brazil, Germany, and Spain, sharing her thoughts and life experience on self-health to achieve balance in healing the mind and body through meditation and natural dietary practices.

Teaching Days:
Week 1: Wednesday, Aug 6 and Thursday, Aug 7

Services Offering:  Macrobiotic Consultation for Individuals and Couples

*email summer.conference@kushiinstitute.org to schedule a time

 


 

CHRISTINA PIRELLO
christina portraitChristina Pirello is the Emmy Award winning host of the PBS series, ‘Christina Cooks.’ At age 26, after being diagnosed with terminal leukemia, she decided to forgo conventional medical therapies, turned to macrobiotics and cured herself. For the last 22 years, Christina has been teaching cook¬ing classes and lecturing on the power of whole, natural food in our lives. The author of six bestselling cookbooks, Christina is considered irreverent and rebellious. Rocking the boat, creating revolution, making us think…and laugh, instead of blindly following theory and dogma is what inspires Christina’s work the most. Her philosophy is simple: living a healthy life is joyful, free, passionate and open…with gratitude for every blessing, every challenge, every breath. Christina is on the faculty of The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College where she serves as a professor of culinary arts; holds both her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Fine Arts from the University of Miami and was awarded a Masters Degree in Food Nutrition in 2003.

 Teaching Days:
Week 1: Friday, Aug 8 and Saturday, Aug 9

 


 

MICHAEL J. POTTER, CEO OF EDEN FOODS
Michael Potter with Eden Foods-thumb-200x207-47732Michael J. Potter was born December, 1949 in Detroit, Michigan and has been working in the organic foods industry since 1969. He began as a retailer in Birmingham, Michigan and co-founded Eden Foods in Ann Arbor where he has served as President and Chairman since 1972. As sole owner he has steered the growth of the company through multi-phases to its current position as the premier organic food manufacturer in the United States, and one of the most renowned in the world. In 1984 he brought together the Japanese companies who became joint venture owners with Eden Foods of American Soy Products, Inc., America’s first soymilk manufacturing facilities. He was its Chairman and CEO from 1985 – 1991, and currently serves as a Managing Director. Headquartered in Saline, Michigan, this company is the largest processor of organically grown soybeans in the world. He was one of the founders of the Soyfoods Association of America and served as a Director from 1984 – 1987.

  Teaching Days:
Week 2: Thursday, Aug 14


SHERRY SANDERS

Teaching Days:
Week 1: Monday, Aug 4
Week 2: Monday, Aug 11

 


 

DAVID SERGEL
 David Sergel Headshot 2014David was born in Sydney, Australia in 1950, where he began macrobiotic practice in 1974. In 1982, following four years in Tokyo, Japan, where he studied shiatsu with Shizuto Masunaga, he came to Boston with his wife Toko.  He taught at Kushi Institute for the next 15 years and ran a macrobiotic-oriented shiatsu practice, which continues to this day.  He is the author of The Natural Way of Zen Shiatsu, an integration of macrobiotic theory and practice, with Zen Shiatsu theory and technique.  He is at present working on a long-term writing project on the Five Transformations of Natural Energy, based on observations of the natural environment.  David shares this material on his website www.kireview.com. David and Toko offer macrobiotic services in Fairfield, CT.

 Teaching Days:
Week 2: Friday, Aug 15, Saturday, Aug 16 and Sunday, Aug 17

Services Offering:  Shiatsu with Dietary and Lifestyle Guidance

*email summer.conference@kushiinstitute.org to schedule a time

 


 

JANE STANCHICH
 JaneFinalPhotoJane Quincannon Stanchich, Licensed Nutritionist, Certified Macrobiotic Teacher, counselor, author, and chef, is an international teacher of Macrobiotic natural health principles for over thirty years. This Aveline Kushi Award-winning educator presents, with her husband, Lino, dynamic seminars and retreats, focusing on the optimum diet and lifestyle for personal and planetary health and peace. Jane has produced a cooking DVD entitled, “Macrobiotic Cooking for the Whole Family” and book, Healthy Holiday Cooking: Delicious Macrobiotic Recipes for Autumn and Winter Celebrations, as well as the DVD, “Cooking Terrific Tofu Turkey.”  Jane and Lino’s website, www.greatliefglobal.com is a dynamic macrobiotic resource for a worldwide community.

  Teaching Days:
Week 2: Wednesday, Aug 13 and Thursday, Aug 14

Services Offering:  Macrobiotic Consultation for Individuals and Couples

*email summer.conference@kushiinstitute.org to schedule a time – available Aug 4-Aug 17

 


 

LINO STANCHICH
Lino Final PhotoLino Stanchich is a Licensed Nutritionist, author, international macrobiotic educator and counselor with over 45 years experience. A frequent faculty member of the Kushi Institute Conference, Mr. Stanchich was awarded the 2006 Aveline Kushi Award, and was granted membership in the Macrobiotic Educators Association by Michio Kushi. Author of the popular books, Power Eating Program, You Are How You Eat, Macrobiotic Healing Secrets, and Natural Kidney Health Program, and Lino Stanchich’s Essential Macrobiotic Recipes, this multi-lingual and inspiring teacher created “Healing Mealtime Music,” “LAUGH for the Health of It,” audios and the dynamic acupressure exercise video, “Energize Yourself!” Mr. Stanchich, with his wife, Jane,  present dynamic macrobiotic seminars worldwide through www.greatlifeglobal.com.

 Teaching Days:
Week 2: Wednesday, Aug 13 and Thursday, Aug 14

Services Offering:  Macrobiotic Consultation for Individuals and Couples

*email summer.conference@kushiinstitute.org to schedule a time – available Aug 4-Aug 17

 


 

ESELLA THOMPSON
In addition to being a Licensed Massage Therapist, Esella is also a graduate of Kushi Institute’s Macrobiotic Leadership Program. She has studied all areas of Macrobiotics for almost six years. Her mentors are Martha C. Cottrell, MD, and Lino Stanchich. Esella promotes relaxation and wellness of body, mind, and spirit by releasing and moving Qi/Energy, through Reflexology (foot massage) and/or Shiatsu.

Services Offering: 
Shiatsu
Reflexology

*email summer.conference@kushiinstitute.org to schedule a time

 


 

VERNE VARONA
Verne Varona HeadshotVerne’s first book, Nature’s Cancer-Fighting Foods (2001—Reward/Penguin Group), is currently in a sixteenth printing with a new and expanded revision due out in May, 2014, from Perigee Books/Penguin Group. Verne’s second book, Macrobiotics for Dummies (May, 2009—Wiley Publications), is part of the internationally popular Dummies series and is a comprehensive work embracing a flexible, multi-cultural health perspective on body, mind and spirit. Verne Varona has become known as one of the most captivating and dynamic health educators in the country. For over forty years, his keynotes, lectures, workshops and media appearances have motivated thousands of people to take better and more conscious care of their health. His appeal transcends barriers of age, culture and occupation.

 Teaching Days:
Week 1: Wednesday, Aug 6 and Thursday, Aug 7

Services Offering:  Macrobiotic Consultation for Individuals and Couples

*email summer.conference@kushiinstitute.org to schedule a time

 


CHRISTINE WALTERMYER
Christine Waltermyer headshotChristine Waltermyer is the founder and owner of the Natural Kitchen Cooking School. She is the author of The Natural Vegan Kitchen. Christine specializes in macrobiotic and vegan cuisines and has been a featured chef on Ebru TV’s Daily Connection show. She developed recipes for Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s book, “Super Immunity,” as well as Dr. Neal Barnard’s book, “Power Foods for the Brain.”

Christine has had the honor of teaching with legendary natural foods leader, Michio Kushi, and his son Phiya Kushi, at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lenox, Massachusetts. She has also been a featured instructor at many vegetarian festivals across the U.S., and has published articles in VegNews Magazine and Lilipoh Magazine.

Christine is a graduate of Millersville University, the Kushi Institute, the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and the Coach Training Alliance. It is Christine’s passion to share with others her love for delicious, nourishing food.

Teaching Days:  Monday, Aug 11

 


 

CAROL WASSERMAN
Carol WassermanCarol Anne Wasserman is a certified holistic health practitioner with a private practice in Manhattan, New York. Her company is Get Healthy With Carol. She employs a unique approach and highly personal touch, working with her clients on a daily basis, offering motivation and a support system. The aim is to change habits and cravings for healthier foods, to lose weight and keep it off. Individualized meal plans are created with adherence to the client’s lifestyle and needs, while maintaining a focus on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes. Her motto is, Diets Don’t Work, Eating Well Does!
www.GetHealthyWithCarol.com

 Teaching Days:
Week 1: Friday and Aug 8, Saturday, Aug 9

Services Offering:  Macrobiotic Consultation specializing in weight loss

*email summer.conference@kushiinstitute.org to schedule a time

 


DENNY WAXMAN
denny-waxman jpegI founded Essene Market & Cafe, the first health-foods store in Philadelphia. In 1969, I began studying with Michio Kushi. In the early 80s, I gained international recognition by helping Dr. Anthony Sattilaro, a respected physician and CEO of Philadelphia’s Methodist Hospital recover from terminal prostate cancer. Dr. Sattilaro documented his recovery in “Recalled By Life,” published in 1982. 

In the 1980s I earned directorship of the Kushi Institute and the Community Health Foundation in London, where I led the development of public and professional educational programs in macrobiotics as well as Oriental diagnosis. 


I have appeared most recently on television programs including “The Incurables” and NBC. My first book published in 1997 entitled “10 Steps To Strengthening Health” with Ruth Ann Flynn, lead to a 2002 publication of the immensely accessible “The Great Life Diet.” In January 2015, an updated and expanded edition will be published as “The Complete Macrobiotic Diet.” 


In 1997, I founded The Strengthening Health Institute in Philadelphia. The SHI, since 2002, continues to be an independent, non-profit school that integrates my teaching with the work of other like-minded macrobiotic instructors.

Teaching Days:
Week 1: Monday, Aug 4 and Tuesday, Aug 5

Services Offering:  Macrobiotic Consultation for Individuals and Couples

*email summer.conference@kushiinstitute.org to schedule a time

 


SUSAN WAXMAN
susanSusan Waxman has been a macrobiotic teacher and counselor for sixteen years. As co-director of The Strengthening Health Institute (SHI) in Philadelphia, PA. SHI is a center dedicated to macrobiotic education, whose goal is the promotion of personal and planetary health. Susan has devoted herself to the advancement of the macrobiotic way of dietary health, exercise and life style. Susan’s personal passion is the art of cooking. As executive chef of the Genmai Café she is widely recognized for her culinary expertise, as well as her understanding of the energetic properties of food. Susan’s innovative style and attention to detail shows through in the flavor and healing power of her food. Susan has a BA in Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh. Before dedicating her life to macrobiotics, she worked in the field of Social Services, primarily with children and young adults.  In addition to sessions offered in Philadelphia, Susan also travels with her husband Denny Waxman offering seminars throughout the U.S. and Europe. Susan can be contacted at www.strengthenhealth.org  

 Teaching Days:
Week 1: Monday, Aug 4 and Tuesday, Aug 5

Services Offering:  Macrobiotic Consultation specializing in Menu Planning

*email summer.conference@kushiinstitute.org to schedule a time



Guest Chefs

SANAE SUZUKI – Gala Chef
sanae-suzukiSanae Suzuki was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and later sustained a nearly fatal car accident. This profound experience inspired her to learn about macrobiotics as a path to healing. She progressed from student to teacher and graduated from the Kushi Institute completing their highest certification: Level 4 – Advanced Certification. Sanae has become a distinguished macrobiotic counselor for people and pets, a Bach Foundation International registered practitioner of flower essences, an author, and an international culinary instructor of macrobiotics. She has taught extensively throughout the USA, Japan, Caribbean, Europe and is a returning instructor at the Holistic Holiday at Sea. 

Sanae published her first vegan macrobiotic cookbook, love, eric and sanae with her husband and celebrity chef, Eric Lechasseur. Sanae’s second cookbook, love sanae, features more than 120 healing vegan macrobiotic recipes. Sanae and Eric have an organic vegan macrobiotic restaurant, Seed Kitchen, in Venice, California.


 

ERIC LECHASSEUR – Gala Chef
eric-lechasseurEric Lechasseur trained as a classical French chef in Canada, France and Japan and then was the Executive Chef at various resorts around the world. In 1993, Eric began his vegan macrobiotic journey to help his wife, Sanae, recover from ovarian cancer. He soon discovered that vegan macrobiotics was effective for treating his own very serious allergies. Hence, Eric’s interest in vegan macrobiotic cuisine developed and when combined with his classical French training, his creations of exquisite vegan macrobiotic cuisine were born. Soon after, his reputation caught on and he became a sought after celebrity chef extraordinaire. Some celebrities Eric has cooked for include: Oprah, Madonna, Tobey Maguire, Jim Carey, Leonardo DiCaprio and Sting.

Eric is the author of love, eric, a cookbook of gourmet vegan macrobiotic pastries. In collaboration with his wife, Sanae, they published love, eric & sanae, featuring extraordinary seasonal vegan macrobiotic cuisine. Eric and Sanae have an organic vegan macrobiotic restaurant, Seed Kitchen, in Venice, California


 

Headshot_ZoomedLAUDEN ELLER – Summer Conference Head Chef
Lauden is a student, traveler, humanist, peer-support specialist and personal chef. He was raised in Alaska at the macrobiotic and behavioral health community of Ionia (www.ionia.org).  He began learning to use a Japanese vegetable knife at the age of four and has been cooking in the kitchen ever since. His work has included personal chef, meal-deliveries service, restaurants, events, catering and private meal prep in New York, Washington, DC and Europe. He was Head Chef at the Great Britain Association of Macrobiotics’ Summer Event in 2007, Director at the Ionia Youth Conference in 2007 and 2008, a Private Chef for individuals, families and celebrities in New York City from 2010 – ’12 and Assistant Chef at the Kushi Summer Conference in 2011, ’12, and ’13. Lauden is working on a M-Phil in Human Ecology at College of the Atlantic in Maine.

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