Hands-on Cooking Classes
Cooking for Women's Health - with Bettina Zumdick
Many women today are struggling with various problems, such as painful menstruation, menopause, fibroids, breast problems, emotional difficulties and many more.
Bettina will demonstrate how to prepare dishes that will address overall health and improve many specific health issues, as well as discuss physical and emotional dynamics to improve the quality of our lives so we may enjoy vibrant health.
Cooking for Balance and Vitality - with Diane Avoli
Do you sometimes feel off-kilter? Find out how adjusting your cooking can help you regain feelings of balance and well-being. The special needs of women of different ages, activity levels, as well as the climate you are living in will be discussed in this hands-on class where you will be guided in preparing dishes designed to strengthen vitality and please the palate.
Festive Cooking - with Diane Avoli
In this workshop you'll create dishes for parties and seasonal holidays so delicious you'll want to make them again and again to share with family and friends. You'll also see how these delights can leave you feeling satisfied and healthy.
Joy of Cooking Dessert Favorites- with Bettina Zumdick
A delightful sweet treat every now and again is something to look forward to, no matter whether you are healthy or on a healing path. Good quality macrobiotic desserts can increase the joy and quality of our lives. In this class you'll be able to learn and create desserts that are refreshing, satisfying and rich with luscious taste. Share in the joy!
Food and Emotions - with Mirea Ellis
Do you sometimes feel you are eating more from your emotions than your intellect? Most people do! Explore the underlying factors of emotional eating, the reasons some foods seem "addictive", and how emotional eating can be turned around and lead to positive changes and a more rewarding and fulfilling life.
Macrobiotics with Family and Friends - with Diane Avoli
Can your family and friends enjoy healthy eating? This discussion delves into introducing macrobiotic ideas to friends and family in ways they can understand and relate to, how to make crowd pleasing, delicious, healthy dishes and snacks, and more.
Sex, Relationships, & Menopause: Wisdom and Tips - with Diane Avoli
Whether you are in a marriage, with a significant other, or single, what a treat it is to have a "safe space" with other women to discuss relationships and female health. Topics include how to improve your sex life, changing hormones, preparing your body through diet, exercise, and overall care for menopause and the challenges this powerful and positive phase invites.
Women's Health Panel - with Mirea Ellis, Bettina Zumdick
What do YOU want to know about women's health? Come with your questions on any area! Kushi Institute faculty members Mirea and Bettina have many decades of experience and training and will share their personal insights on your questions.
Other Workshops on Natural Beauty, Fitness, Energy, and more
Rejuvenating Herbal Facial and Massage - with Mirea Ellis
Healthy skin is beautiful skin! Experience and enjoy a luxurious spa-type facial using certified organic or wild herbs, plants, and clay. Specially chosen for their remarkable skin benefits, these ingredients tone, smooth, soothe, and deeply nourish on a cellular level. The workshop starts with a clay therapy mask with bentonite clay mixed with luscious strawberry, orange peel, rosehip, and other organic plants. You'll then relax with a warm facial towel infused with an herbal skin elixir, after which you'll pair up with another participant and exchange a guided facial massage using super-rejuvenating, anti-aging rosehip seed oil.
Tao Yin Gentle Exercises - with Bettina Zumdick
Tao Yin is an ancient Oriental system to energize, bring strength and flexibility, as well as vibrancy to your body. Developing our physical, emotional and spiritual aspects through activating energy flow in our bodies enriches of life's experiences. This set of exercises integrates internal and external awareness and discernment. Guided imagery is incorporated with emphasis on relaxation.
Yoga Every Level and Fitness - with Shirley Barnes
These classes are designed to free the body of restrictions, eliminate stress and tension, and create a calm and balanced you.
Yamuna® Facial Rejuvenation - with Shirley Barnes
Like any other area of the body, the face muscles need exercise to keep a youthful appearance. Learn toning and therapeutic techniques to improve your facial appearance with Yamuna® Face Balls. As one participant at last year's Women's' Retreat remarked, "If Hollywood gets wind of it, plastic surgeons would lose millions on cancelled procedures." After Shirley's class, you'll likely see a great difference in how you look and feel. For more information on Yamuna® Body Rolling click HERE
Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement® - with Misha Forrester
Rediscover childlike flexibility with the Feldenkrais Method ®, an internationally acclaimed system of health and pain relief that increases proprioception (the sensory modality in your brain that gives you awareness of your body's internal responses and self- regulates posture and movement). Misha guides you in slow, gentle movements designed to communicate between muscle, bone, and brain. You'll find yourself developing a new awareness of your movements with more options: greater coordination, and ease and grace; better posture; and if you have been experiencing pain or stiffness, you will probably feel some relief, and renewed pleasure in your movements. Each Feldenkrais® session during the week will focus on different areas of the body. After the evening classes you may get the best sleep you've had in years! To read about the Feldenkrais Method® click HERE
Kick-boxing - with Mirea Ellis
Think kick boxing is not for you? It's easier than you think and in this fun class all the moves are adjusted for every fitness level. Rev up your metabolism with a low impact cardio workout, tone muscles, build strength, and develop better balance. You'll follow the beat of some great music and go through simple, repetitive routines you can continue to do at home.
Crystal Workshop - with Bettina Zumdick
Explore the beauty and mystic qualities of crystals, as Bettina guides you in learning how crystals can assist the healing process, enhance day to day experiences, increase mental focus or relaxation), deepen meditations, harmonize emotional and mental bodies and more. Crystal topics covered in this workshop include: choosing, tuning, charging and programming crystals, and healing with crystals.
Discover Wild Foods Stroll - with Mirea Ellis
Our country roads and fields abound with wild greens, roots and flowers that are super nutritious, fresh, delicious, and free! In this session, as we leisurely stroll along, Mirea will point out edible plants and you'll learn their common names, health benefits, and how they can be used in salads and cooked dishes. A wonderful way to spend time in nature learning more about the world around us! An informative handout will be provided with more information on regional plants and health benefits.
Dreams As A Doorway - with Bettina Zumdick
Dreams will often point to dynamics we might overlook in our waking life, so that we can make the necessary course corrections. Dreams can serve many purposes such as providing precognition of future events, telepathically connecting to loved ones, obtaining instruction, receiving healing, and much more. In this class we will explore various aspects of dreams, including how to program your dreams, lucid dreaming and interpreting your own dreams.
The Pleasure of Origami - with Misha Forrester
Start with an ornately patterned Japanese papers and a sequence of easy step-by-step folds. Within the hour, create several origami peace cranes or boxes. A wonderful pastime that acts as a brain teaser and mindful meditation ("when paper folds the mind unfolds"), builds on fine motor abilities, and is an inherently relaxing activity.
AND MORE ...
Dancing, outdoor walks, and more! Optional private sessions (at extra fees) offered during the week include: Restorative Massage, Energy Healing, Macrobiotic Consultations, Yamuna® Body Rolling or Facial Rejuvenation, Feldenkrais Functional Integration®.
FULL DAILY SCHEDULE CLICK HERE