PSORIASIS The Natural Macrobiotic Approach - Kushi Institute

A NEW Kushi Institute Weekend Workshop! 

Weekend Residential Workshop
August 22 – 24, 2014


The Natural Macrobiotic Approach


Taught by Edward Esko, Alex Jack, Amber Maisano, and Sachi Kato

This residential workshop held in the beautiful Berkshires of western Massachusetts will introduce you to the holistic macrobiotic approach to this disorder, which affects 2% of the population. Lectures and discussions will present the macrobiotic view of the cause of psoriasis, with emphasis on dietary and lifestyle factors such as overconsumption of meat, dairy, and other animal products. A plant-based macrobiotic diet centered on whole grains, vegetables, beans, sea vegetables, local fruits, and other vegetable quality foods will be presented as the foundation for the control and recovery from this condition.


Diagram of rice grain.
Traditional healers used rice bran as a remedy for skin conditions.

Participants will have the opportunity to enjoy vegan macrobiotic meals with gluten free options prepared by world-class chefs. Hands on cooking classes will instruct you in the preparation of balanced plant based meals. Special home remedy classes will guide you in the preparation of special dishes, teas, and applications designed to aid in recovery.


Morning exercise sessions and classes on Shiatsu and Energy Balancing will help reduce stress and enhance healing. You will also have the opportunity to meet and network with individuals who have successfully applied the macrobiotic diet and way of life in the management and recovery from psoriasis.


Sessions on Shiatsu and Energy Balancing will help reduce stress.

Program Schedule

Friday August 22

2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Arrival and On-Campus Registration
4:00 to 5:00 p.m. Orientation with K.I. Staff
6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Macrobiotic Gourmet Dinner (with Vegan and Gluten-Free Option)
7:00 to 8:30 p.m. The Macrobiotic Approach to Health and Vitality with Alex Jack and Sachi Kato

Saturday August 23

7:00 to 8:00 a.m. Energy Activating Exercises with Sachi Kato
8:00 to 9:00 a.m. Macrobiotic Breakfast (with Vegan and Gluten-Free Option)
9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Macrobiotic Cooking Class with Amber Maisano
12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Macrobiotic Lunch (with Vegan and Gluten-Free Option)
2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Cause and Recovery from Psoriasis with Edward Esko
4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Shiatsu and Energy Balancing with Amber Maisano
6:00 p.m. to 7 p.m. Macrobiotic Dinner (with Vegan and Gluten-Free Option)
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Macrobiotic Foods and Remedies for Psoriasis with Alex Jack and Sachi Kato

Sunday August 24

7:00 to 8:00 a.m. Energy Activating Exercises with Alex Jack
9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Meditation and Stress Reduction in Healing with Sachi Kato
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Macrobiotic Brunch (with Vegan and Gluten-Free Option)
11:30 a.m. Farewell and Departure with K.I. Staff


Program Fee
$325 includes full program and gourmet macrobiotic meals

Housing Fees

Airport shuttle to and from Bradley International Airport (serves Hartford, CT)

Only on program arrival and departure days at specific times. $75 each way. Contact us for details.

To register or for more information call 1-800-975-8744 or international 1-413-623-6457 or visit



Alex JackAlex Jack
Alex is the executive director of the Kushi Institute and a senior macrobiotic teacher and counselor. He has also served as editor-in-chief of East West Journal, director of the One Peaceful World Society, and president of Amberwaves, a network devoted to preserving the natural food supply. He is co-author with Michio Kushi of The Cancer Prevention Diet, Diet for a Strong Heart, One Peaceful World, The Macrobiotic Path to Total Health, and The Gospel of Peace, and with Aveline Kushi of The Complete Guide to Macrobiotic Cooking. He helped introduce macrobiotics to China and Russia and lectures and counsels around the world.


  Ed EskoEdward Esko
The Director of Education at the Kushi Institute, Edward has lectured on macrobiotic philosophy and healing around the world since 1973. He studied energy healing with Michio Kushi, Lima Ohsawa, Shizuko Yamamoto and other leading teachers and is the co-author, with Michio Kushi, of Basic Shiatsu, along with over a dozen other books including Natural Healing through Macrobiotics and Holistic Health through Macrobiotics. Edward currently teaches macrobiotic healthcare and healing at the Kushi Institute and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the field.


 SachiSachi Kato
Sachi Kato is a macrobiotic chef and teacher based in Los Angeles. She is a certified macrobiotic instructor for Kushi Institute Japan, and she has taken the Leadership Program at the Kushi Institutes of Europe and America. She teaches macrobiotic health care and cooking and offers private cooking, menu planning, and counseling services for gluten sensitivity, diabetes, and related conditions. She is also a photographer, and her work has been exhibited in California and Japan.


 AmberAmber Maisano
A Kushi Institute Macrobiotic Teacher, Amber has been formally studying macrobiotics for almost a decade. Amber graduated from all four levels of the Kushi Institute Macrobiotic Leadership Program in 2013. In addition to teaching; Amber has served as Kushi Institute’s Kitchen Manager and Head Chef. Other experiences and qualifications includes years of  personal macrobiotic chef and catering experience. She is a 2007 graduate from The Academy of Massage & Bodywork in Bear, DE.   Amber also enjoys singing, dancing, prayer, meditation, nature and hiking.

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