About The Kushi Institute

Our Mission is to teach, guide and inspire individuals towards greater personal freedom, health, happiness and peace by using the principles of Kushi Macrobiotics.

The Kushi Institute, a division of The Kushi Foundation Inc., is the leading macrobiotic educational center in the world. Here students from around the globe attend residential-style programs to study the macrobiotic approach to health and healing.

Core programs offered year-round include the week-long Way to Health program, geared towards health recovery, the Way to Health PLUS program, a week-long fully hands on cooking intensive, and the Macrobiotic Leadership Program, the most in-depth and comprehensive certificate program on macrobiotic skills and principles available.

Founded in 1978 by Michio & Aveline Kushi, The Kushi Institute has offered guidance and support to thousands of individuals, families and organizations. The Ritz Carlton Hotel Company is among those organizations which have engaged The Kushi Institute to instruct and guide their chefs in creating healthful macrobiotic menu choices which meet the Institutes guidelines.

Previous to his death in 2014 Michio Kushi was a well known teacher and spokesperson, he was also known for his dedication to the cause of world peace, and was the founder of The One Peaceful World Society. A prolific writer, Mr. Kushi authored dozens of books, including The Macrobiotic Way, The Cancer Prevention Diet, The Book of Macrobiotics, and One Peaceful World. Among his many recognitions, he received the Award of Excellence from the United Nations Society of Writers. Mr. Kushi was also honored for his work in June, 1999, when the Smithsonian Institution announced the acquisition of his collected work as part of their permanent collection. That same month, Mr. Kushi was also asked to speak before the United States Congress during a hearing on the role of diet in relationship to breast cancer.

The Kushi Institute is located in Becket, Massachusetts, in the heart of the beautiful Berkshire Mountains. Surrounded by scenic vistas of rolling hills, set amid 600 acres of secluded meadows, woodlands and streams, it is an ideal place to study, relax, and enjoy the beauty of nature. For travel information click here.

Meals & Accommodations

Our macrobiotic meals are known as one of the highlights of a stay at the Kushi Institute! You will experience the healthful effects of the macrobiotic diet as you enjoy three daily meals, prepared from scratch with fresh, organic ingredients including whole grains, beans, vegetables, sea vegetables, seeds, nuts and fruits.

Participants can choose between on-campus lodging or arranging accommodations for themselves at a local motel or bed & breakfast. On-campus accommodations are either in our historic old manor house Boulder Grange or in our North Hall dormitory. Please call for more specifics on accommodations offered, or to receive information on local housing options near campus. We also offer complimentary high speed wireless internet access to our students and guests on campus.

Note: The Kushi Institute is not a medical facility. Kushi Institute programs, services, and information provided on our website are educational in nature, not medical advice, and not intended to take the place of medical counseling, diagnosis and treatment.

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.