Summer Conference Festival 2014

Kushi Institute
invites you to join us in the Berkshires for our two week festival 
August 3 – August 17, 2014

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“Bringing it Home” 
TO THE BERKSHIRES

Click the links below to scroll down the page:
-What is Summer Conference Festival?
-2014 Teachers and Presenters
-K.I. Gala Fundraiser Dinner and Aveline Peace Park Dedication
-Local Berkshire Food Fair
-Choose your week: ‘Super’ Level or Public Program Track
-Program Schedule – NOW POSTED!
-Housing Options
-Weekend Get-A-Way and Learn Package
-Berkshire Locals Day Admission
-Private Sessions for Macrobiotic Counseling and Bodywork
-Youth Discount for 30 and Under

Register TODAY!


What is Summer Conference festival?

This is a unique two week educational program featuring lectures on health, wellness and organic cooking through Macrobiotic principles.  Learn from Kushi Institute’s unique faculty along with leading macrobiotic teachers, counselors and chefs from across the world.  Enjoy some of the best vegan, macrobiotic meals in the country!

In honor of the Dedication of the Aveline Peace Park, as well as Michio Kushi’s 88th year, we are hosting our annual conference at the home of Kushi Institute in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts.  Situated on 600 acres of rolling meadows and woodlands, Kushi Institute provides a serene place of calm, healing energy and community life.  Located at 198 Leland Road, Becket, MA 01223.

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2014 Teachers and Presenters

Michio Kushi 
Michio will be teaching 4 special sessions as well as 2 group consultations 
during the duration of the two week conference.

Kushi Institute Presenters: (click name for bio)

Guest Teachers and Keynote Presenters: (in alpha order – click name for bio)


Kushi Institute Fundraiser Gala Dinner and Aveline Dedication

Friday, August 15  at 6:00pm
The Gala Dinner will be held in our special tent on the beautiful grounds.  A special gourmet macrobiotic meal will be served, followed by live music, entertainment and dancing!  Special remarks by the Kushis and special guests.

As Kushi Institute is a non-profit organization, your generous support and donations will go towards providing Educational Scholarship Funds as well as special projects which keep our unique Institute operating and serving our community each year.

We are honored to have as our Gala Evening Chefs
Sanae Suzuki and Eric Lechasseur!

Gala Dinner Tickets may be purchased for attendees who are not attending the Summer Conference:

  • $500   
  • $300
  • $100

If you are not able to attend the Gala Fundraiser, but would like to make a contribution to the Kushi Institute Scholarship Fund, please write to marisa@kushiinstitute.org


Local Berkshire Food Fair

Sunday, August 10  at 10:00am
We are bringing the Berkshires to us!  We are inviting some of our local community vendors to participate in our organic fair.  Each vendor will be setting up a table to represent their store/product in our tent on Kushi Institute grounds.  Summer Conference guests will enjoy the day of shopping, eating, and meeting some of the wonderful people in the Berkshire community. 

If you are a local business owner and would like to participate in our Fair, please write to marisa@kushiinstitute.org for further details on how to become involved.


Want to join the fun? First, select your track!
 
PUBLIC TRACK:

Public Track participants will have the option of choosing their lectures, cooking classes, and presentations from a selected group of teachers over the course of two weeks.  Classes will be taught by our guest teachers/presenters, as well as K.I. faculty.  You will also partake in Michio Kushi’s special sessions, keynote presentation, teacher consultations/bodywork, Berkshire outings, and other Summer Conference activities during their stay.  

Preliminary Program:
Week 1:  $1295  

  • Sunday, Aug 3 – arrivals, orientation, live music
  • Monday, Aug 4 to Saturday, Aug 9 – lectures, cooking classes, keynote speakers, live music
  • Thursday, Aug 7 and Saturday, Aug 9 – Michio Kushi Special Sessions
  • Sunday, Aug 10 – Local Berkshire Fair, afternoon departure
  • Delicious macrobiotic breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be served each day.

Week 2:  $1495  

  • Sunday, Aug 10 – arrivals, orientation, live music
  • Monday, Aug 11 to Aug 17 – lectures, cooking classes, keynote speakers, live music
  • Thursday, Aug 14 and Saturday, Aug 16 – Michio Kushi Special Sessions
  • Friday, Aug 15 – Gala Fundraiser Dinner with the Kushis, Aveline Awards and Dedication of Aveline Peace Park.
  • Sunday, Aug 17 – afternoon departure
  • Delicious macrobiotic breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be served each day.

BOTH WEEKS on the PUBLIC TRACK:  $2395  
*Includes Gala Fundraiser Dinner Ticket and Berkshire Local Food Fair

*Schedule, prices and other options subject to change.

‘SUPER’ LEVEL 1 TRACK:
‘Super’ Level participants will follow the curriculum of Kushi Institute’s Level 1 Macrobiotic Leadership Program.  In addition to the K.I. faculty, guest instructors will be teaching throughout the program.  You will also partake in Michio Kushi’s special sessions, keynote presentation, teacher consultations/bodywork, Berkshire outings, and other Summer Conference activities during their stay.   Full credit for each week will be put toward completion of the 4-week program.  Read more about the full program HERE.  

Preliminary Program: 
Week 1:  $1,195 

  • Sunday, Aug 3 – arrivals, orientation, live music
  • Monday, Aug 4 to Saturday, Aug 9 – Module A, evening keynote speakers, live music
  • Thursday, Aug 7 and Saturday, Aug 9 – Michio Kushi Special Sessions
  • Saturday, Aug 9 – afternoon departure (after Michio’s session)
  • Delicious macrobiotic breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be served each day.

 Week 2:  $1,395

  • Sunday, Aug 10 – arrivals, orientation, live music – LOCAL BERKSHIRE FAIR
  • Monday, Aug 11 to Sunday, Aug 16 – Module B, evening keynote speakers, live music
  • Thursday, Aug 14 and Saturday, Aug 16 – Michio Kushi Special Sessions
  • Friday, Aug 15 – Gala Fundraiser Dinner with the Kushis, Aveline Award and Dedication of Aveline Peace Park
  • Saturday, Aug 16 – afternoon departure (after Michio’s session)
  • Delicious macrobiotic breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be served each day.

BOTH WEEKS on the ‘SUPER’ LEVEL 1 TRACK:  $2,195  
*Includes Gala Fundraiser Dinner Ticket, PUBLIC TRACK weekend classes, and Local Berkshire Fair

*Schedule, prices and other options subject to change.


Program Schedule for cooking classes and lectures

CLICK FOR CONFERENCE PROGRAM SCHEDULE – UPDATED PDF

‘SUPER’ LEVEL 1 TRACK:  Includes morning exercise classes, the levels track lectures/cooking classes, the special evening keynote presentations and all Summer Conference activities.  Two week attendees will have be invited to attendee the Public Track classes on the weekend of Sat, Aug 9 and Sun, Aug 10.

PUBLIC TRACK:  Includes morning exercise class, the option to choose between 2 or 3 class choices on the Public Track, the special evening keynote presentations, and all Summer Conference activities.

Delicious macrobiotic breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be served each day in the tent. 

*This program is still tentative to change.


Choose your housing!

KUSHI INSTITUTE HOUSING:

On campus housing will be reserved for our ‘SUPER’ LEVEL 1 TRACK as well as our week long guests taking the PUBLIC TRACK.  Housing options will be offered on a first come, first served basis.  We have 40 available options including various size rooms, private baths, dorm style and multiple shares.  We encourage guests to reserve ASAP.

Please view our Summer Conference Housing pdf for pricing HERE

OFF-CAMPUS HOUSING:

Below are our Summer Conference partners.  The following lodgings are offering a “Kushi Institute” discount which you MUST mention at time of booking to receive rates.
SPECIAL RATES ONLY BASED ON AVAILABILITY.  PLEASE BOOK EARLY!

comfort inn

Comfort Inn & Suites: BerkshireComfortInn.com
- Room rates available for $99/room for weekdays
- Exception for Aug 5th rate will be $199 for that night only
- Room rates available for $259/room for weekends
- Attendees responsible for booking their own reservation, first come, first served
- Call (413) 644-3200 to make reservation

monument mountain motelMonument Mountain Motel: MonumentMountainMotel.com
- Room rates available for $90/$100/$110 room Sun – Thurs.
- Room rates available for $175/$185/$195 room for Fri & Sat.
- Attendees responsible for booking their own reservations early.
- Call (413) 528-3272 to make reservation


Policies for Comfort Inn & Suites and Monument Mountain Motel:

- Discount rate based on availability only!  Guests must call hotel directly and ask for the “Kushi Institute” rate.
- Credit card needed to guarantee reservation.  Will not be charged until after check-in.
- Cancellation policy: must be canceled 7 days prior to check in by 4pm, to avoid cancellation penalties.  If guests cancel or alter their reservations with less than 7 days notice, they will be charged for the total stay.


Weekend Get-A-Way and Learn Package!

Weekend 1: Aug 8 to 10   $595  

  • Friday, Aug 8 – PUBLIC TRACK lectures, cooking classes, keynote speakers, and live music
  • Saturday, Aug 9 – Michio Kushi Special Session, PUBLIC TRACK lectures, cooking classes, keynote speakers, and live music
  • Sunday, Aug 10 – Local Berkshire Food Fair, PUBLIC TRACK lectures, cooking classes, keynote speakers, and live music

Weekend 2:  Aug 15 to 17   $795  

  • Friday, Aug 15 – PUBLIC TRACK lectures, cooking classes, keynote speakers, followed by Gala Fundraiser Dinner, Aveline Awards, and Dedication to Aveline Peace Park
  • Saturday, Aug 16 – Michio Kushi Special Session, PUBLIC TRACK lectures, cooking classes, keynote speakers, and live music
  • Sunday, Aug 17 - PUBLIC TRACK lectures, cooking classes, keynote speakers, and live music

Please note:  All weekend only guests must reserve accommodations off-campus.  Kushi housing will not be available for weekend only guests.  Please see other available housing in the Berkshires.  You can also contact summer.conference@kushiinstitute.org for help in seeking off-site accommodations.


Are you a local Berkshire resident?  Come for the day!

Day Passes:  $185
*Includes full day program, 3 delicious macrobiotic meals, keynote speaker, and local entertainment.

LIMITED AVAILABILITY: Available Mondays through Thursdays ONLY.  We would like for our locals to be encourage to join us for this special event!

*Discounts not available for Day Passes.


Private Sessions for Macrobiotic Counseling or Bodywork

Michio Kushi Group Counseling:

  • Group 1: Friday, Aug 8 at 10:00am
  • Group 2: Friday, Aug 15 at 10:00am
  • $250 per person
  • Limited to 8 people in each group.  We request that you have a serious health condition to reserve.  

Teacher Private Sessions: offered by invited guest teachers as additional services

  • Macrobiotic Counseling for individuals – $325
  • Macrobiotic Counseling for couples – $595
  • Shiatsu – $120-195
  • Acupressure/Shiatsu Facial & Body Renewal – $250
  • Acupressure/Shiatsu – $195
  • Reflexology – $90

Click to view list of teachers offering services
Email summer.conference@kushiinstitute.org to reserve your spot or with additional questions.


Youth Discount!  Are you 30 or under?

We’d like to support our youth as our next generation of macrobiotic teachers.  We’d love to see you at our Conference this year!  We are offering a special 15% discount for all attendees who are 30 and under.  Be sure to mention offer at time of registration!

*Not to be combined with other promotional discounts.


Register TODAY

Special new discount being offered:
If you register for an upcoming week program at Kushi Institute, you can receive 
10% off our regular conference price!

ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM

For questions call:  (413) 623-5741 and dial ext 102 to speak with Marisa Marinelli
Or email:  summer.conference@kushiinstitute.org

Due to limited spacing, participation is limited this year.  Please enroll early to reserve your space.  Max capacity per day is 150 attendees.  A variety of attractions are available in the Berkshires in the beautiful summer season.

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