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Newsletter September 2011 ..

Olaf Fischer Kushi Institute Executive Director
Olaf Fischer

From our Executive Director     


Greetings from the Beautiful Berkshires,


Our annual Summer Conference has come and gone and was another great success thanks to the hard work of our wonderful supporters and skilled organizers, John and Cathy Russo. Thank you everybody for filling out the surveys. Your positive and constructive feedback helps us to continuously improve this great event and we look forward to seeing you again at the conference next year.


During the Summer Conference I had the great pleasure to meet with many new and longtime supporters of Kushi Institute. Listening to their stories of health challenges and recoveries was a very uplifting experience. I also had the opportunity to connect with several MD's, who were at the conference to explore macrobiotics, almost unheard of only a few years ago.


It was very inspiring to meet these doctors as it demonstrates how far Macrobiotics has come. From its humble beginnings over fifty years ago to now being recognized as a dietary lifestyle that provides incredible, proven health benefits that can be instrumental in recovering from serious and not so serious health challenges. People from all walks of life are practicing macrobiotics including Martina Navratilova, 18 times Grand Slam winner, who at last weeks US open was talking about how she's lived a macrobiotic lifestyle for many years and how it changed her life.   



Macrobiotics is also influencing many restaurateurs. For instance, Candle Café, a vegan restaurant on the upper east side of Manhattan and longtime sponsor of our Summer Conference, is serving brown rice, miso soup, many different types of bean dishes, tempeh, seitan, and many other macro food items. Their house tea is Bancha Tea.  


While not a completely full macrobiotic restaurant it has many items on the menu a macrobiotic person can select from. Candle Café is publishing a new cookbook in November. If you were at our Summer Conference you might have won one of their cook books in our raffle. To find out more about the new cookbook please go to candlecafe.com. 


We are also getting an increased number of requests from news organizations and radio shows to be on the air and talk about macrobiotics. Judy MacKenney, a long time cancer survivor, macrobiotic counselor, and member of the Kushi Institute faculty, is going to be interviewed live for one hour nationally on a syndicated radio show. Please see the details below to tune in. It is great to see how the macrobiotic life style is slowly but surely becoming part of the fabric of mainstream society.


Looking forward into fall, we are planning some exciting events in addition to our regular programs. We will once again celebrate harvest time with our Thanksgiving Dinner Feast, Macro Style. The same weekend we will offer special cooking classes and workshops as well.  (Details soon) 


I invite you to do something different this year for your New Year's Eve celebration. As the New Year approaches we are offering our "New Year Meditation Retreat" to help you ease into 2012. The retreat will include meditation and contemplation, cooking for your destiny, how to create a powerful vision and plan for 2012 and much more. This retreat will find you welcoming the New Year with joy, clarity, and awareness. (Look for details in the next mailing, soon to come.) So, do something very different this year, come out to the beautiful Berkshires and celebrate the season with us.



Wishing you Peace and Health always,


Olaf  Fischer 





Kushi Institute programs are a life-changing experience!


Upcoming Dates:  

Click on a program name for more info 


Free Open House

Free Mini-classes, snacks and more!  

Starting at 1:30 p.m.

September 24 


Way to Health 7 days   

The best program for those facing
health challenges.  

Offered every month!  Next dates:

October 2 - 8

October 30 - November 5

November 27 - December 3  


Way to Health PLUS 7 days  

Our most hands-on cooking program.

You can also combine with the Way to Health program for a 2-week stay.

Offered most months. Next dates:

October 9 - 15 

November 6 - 12


MINI Way to Health 4 days 

Selected classes from Way to Health.

A great introduction to macrobiotics,

or for those who need a shorter program. Offered every month! Next dates:

October 20 - 23

November 17 - 20


Macrobiotic Leadership
Program (Levels) 

The most in-depth and comprehensive macrobiotic program available!
Attend from one week to three months.

Offered seasonally-click above for schedule


Healthy Weight Loss 7 days

A sustainable way to reach and
maintain your weight goals.
Plus workshops on overcoming
the emotional blocks to weight loss.  
Offered every month! Next dates:

2012 TBA 


Healing Diabetes
and Hypoglycemia
4 days 

See how blood sugar issues can be solved  through diet and lifestyle changes! Offered 3 times a year.  

Next dates: 

September 29 - October 2
December 8 - 11

Summer Conference  2012 4 days
The most exciting macrobiotic
event of the year!
Date TBA


For the full 2011  calendar click here. 

ew Hope for MS Sufferers 


Jenny Sockey was told that MS would cause her to spend the rest of her life in a wheelchair.  


Today, Jenny is back to doing the activities she loves!  

Come hear the remarkable story of how Jenny has been making great strides in her health through macrobiotics. 


The talk will be at the Kushi Institute campus in Becket on

Thursday, October 13th,


Free but space is limited so please call ahead to join us for this event. 1-800-975-8744


Come early and have dinner with us.

6:00-7:00PM    $15 - buffet style.

RSVP required for meal reservations 1-800-975-8744   


Judy MacKenney

Judy MacKenney


On the Radio


LIVE for ONE HOUR  nationally, on a syndicated radio show 


Friday evening

September 23 

11 pm to midnight

The Jim Bohannon Show


Westwood One Radio Network


Judy MacKenney is an internationally recognized, Kushi Institute trained, macrobiotic counselor, educator and cooking instructor.


She was introduced to macrobiotics in 1992 after being diagnosed with Stage IV non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Her recovery has been documented and 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.


You can learn more about Judy MacKenney and her upcoming events at




Experience the benefits of macrobiotics as you contribute your time and energy as a Kushi Institute Volunteer


 kitchen volunteer

Volunteer Opportunities

 Click above for more information.




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Our Annual

Thanksgiving Feast


November 24, 2011


Experience the extraordinary...

A magnificent holiday spread unlike any other. 


Early Registration Discount:

$35 by November 11

$40 after November 11




Ginger-Glazed Tofu Rolls


Cream of Celery Soup


Stuffed Filet of Sole


Sourdough Bread Stuffing


Brown Rice Pilaf


Mashed Potatoes with Mushroom Gravy


Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Red Radishes with Balsamic Reduction


Candied Yams with Dried Cranberries


Fresh Salad with Pickled Tofu, Candied Pecans and Mustard Vinaigrette Dressing 


Steamed Greens with Pumpkin Seed Dressing


Pumpkin Pie

Chocolate Mousse

Poached Pears with  

Raspberry Coulis 


Tea  ˇ  Coffee  ˇ  Grain Coffee   

Hot Apple Cider



  Savory Barley Mushroom Soup    


This rich and hearty soup comes from one of the cooking classes in our Levels program. For more information about the Levels click here


hulled barley 

"Hulled" barley gives a more delicious, hearty taste and much greater nutrition than "pearled" barley.   


In pearled barley, like white rice, the outer layers of the grain, which contain the most nutrients plus the fiber, are polished off. Like brown rice, hulled barley is a whole grain.  



  • 1/2 cup hulled barley, rinsed,
    and soaked 7 hours or overnight 
  • 1 medium onion, diced 
  • 5 dried shiitake mushrooms, soaked for 10 to 15 minutes, stems removed, and sliced thin.  
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 1 small carrot, diced
  • 5 - 6 cups water (including soaking water) 
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp sea salt 
  • 1 - 1 1/2 Tbsp sweet white miso (or other type of miso for a different flavor)*  
  • garnish (parsley, scallions, ginger, cilantro, etc.) 


  1. Place soaked barley and water in a pot. Bring to boil, reduce flame to low, and simmer covered for 25 minutes.
  2. Add onion, shiitake mushrooms and carrots. Bring back to a boil, reduce flame, and simmer covered another 15 minutes.
  3. Taste to see if barley is done. Simmer longer if necessary. Note: barley will remain more chewy in texture than rice. 
  4. When barley is done, add celery and diluted miso. Summer another 5 minutes.
  5. Garnish and serve



The links in the above ingredients list go to the Kushi Store online catalog, offering quality macrobiotic foods, cooking supplies, and inspiring and informative books.  


Kushi Store is a division of Kushi Institute Center for Natural Healing, a federally approved non-profit educational organization. All proceeds from Kushi Store sales go towards the support of Kushi Institute educational activities. 



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