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 can help improve many specific health issues. She will also discuss physical and emotional dynamics to improve the quality of our lives so we may enjoy vibrant health.
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.
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.
Cooking for Beauty - with Sheri DeMaris
Support your organs, including your skin (your largest organ and your "third" kidney!) with a variety of dishes and remedies designed to hydrate, balance and maintain optimum weight, regulate blood sugar, and provide lasting energy throughout the day.
Making the Most of Your Dining Experience - with Mirea Ellis
Learn to eat healthier by discovering how to balance and adjust your food choices with the use of macrobiotic principles, including: how macrobiotic condiments unify your dishes, provide satisfying tastes, and aid digestion; the differences between the mild and strong side of the Kushi Institute buffet line, and more. Use this knowledge to extend and enhance your dining experience at Kushi Institute - as well as at home - for helping you achieve greater health benefits through mindful eating.
Women's Health - with Bettina Zumdick
In today's culture, some diseases or conditions are more common to women, such as osteoarthritis, obesity, breast cancer, and depression. Concerns exclusive to women include pregnancy and menopause, as well as conditions such as uterine or ovarian cancers. In this brief introduction, senior macrobiotic teacher Bettina Zumdick will address these concerns to provide you with an understanding of the macrobiotic approach to women's health and wellness.
Macro-Magic - with Sheri DeMaris
Based on her cookbook Macro-Magic, which teaches the simplicity of macrobiotic cooking and eating well, Sheri will demonstrate how to make Ginger Snaps and Mocha Mousse, two favorite transition desserts using a variety of whole grain sweeteners.
Chewing for Better Digestion- with Sheri DeMaris
Learn why how well we chew affects every aspect of our health as well as our appearance. In this dinner discussion, you'll gain a deeper understanding of what it means to "chew your food well" and why it is vital to the importance of creating digestive enzymes, absorption of nutrients, energy maintenance, and relaxation of the digestive organs.
Quick Fix Macro Menu Planning - with Sheri DeMaris
What is a healthy meal comprised of, and how do you make it balanced? This, plus selecting healthy foods, and how to make meals quickly to fit into your busy life, are some of the great tips you will learn in this discussion over dinner. An extensive handout on macrobiotic menu planning is included in your welcome packet.
Practical Macrobiotics:Tools to make it Work - with Angelica Kushi
Learn the foundation philosophy of macrobiotics, and discover the essence that drives your practice. Decode how to turn macrobiotics into a practical way of life for you, gaining tools to stay healthy, happy and stress-less. Understand how the concept of sustainability can generate "Think global and act local."
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 emotional and life changes..
Macrobiotic Teacher Panel on Self-Care and Nurturing - with Diane Avoli, Sheri DeMaris, Mirea Ellis, Angelica Kushi, Bettina Zumdick
Discover the self-care and self-nurturing practices these macrobiotic teachers use to help them create balance, vibrant health, well-being, and beauty in their lives.
Digestive Health - with Diane Avoli
Many individuals who had suffered from the symptoms of Crohn's disease, diverticulitis, acid reflux, ulcerative colitis, and other stomach or intestinal disorders, attribute their successful recovery to a macrobiotic practice. Men and women have many of the same digestive health problems, but they can affect women differently. Learn how macrobiotics can help these conditions with great long-term benefits and the tools to maintain healthy digestion.
Other Workshops on Fitness, Creativity,
Natural Beauty and more!
Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement® - with Misha Forrester
Rediscover childlike flexibility with the Feldenkrais Method ®, an internationally acclaimed system of health and pain relief. Using slow, gentle movements, designed to communicate between muscle, bone, and brain, you'll develop a new awareness of your movements with more options for greater coordination, better posture, and cultivation of ease and grace. Great for relieving pain or stiffness and for finding renewed pleasure in your movements. To read about the Feldenkrais Method® click here or for this YouTube demonstration here.
Tao Yin Gentle Exercises - with Bettina Zumdick
Tao Yin is an ancient Oriental system designed 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 life's experiences. This set of exercises integrates internal and external awareness and discernment. Guided imagery is incorporated with emphasis on relaxation.
Walking for Balance - with Misha Forrester
Based on the Feldenkrais Method® this outdoor "inquiry" and mindful walking lesson builds on making better connections between your heel, toes, and ankles, in relation to your knees, hips, and torso for stable, upright mobility and balance.
Gentle Yoga - with Angelica Kushi
These classes are designed to help free the body of restrictions, eliminate stress and tension, and create a calm and balanced you. For every level, fitness, and age.
Kick-boxing - with Mirea Ellis
Rev up your metabolism, tone muscles, build strength and endurance, and develop better balance with these fun, low-impact cardio workouts designed for everybody - all moves are easily adjusted for every fitness level. Enjoy great music including African drumming and traditional Brazilian songs as you go through simple, repetitive routines you can continue to do at home.
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.
Connecting with Conversations - with Mirea Ellis
Sharing thoughts, insights and feelings in a safe space with other women can be one of the most "intimate" encounters possible - where you are truly seen, heard, and accepted -- as well as getting to know others in the group more deeply. This experience includes a short guided meditation and reflection on a topic, after which, in small groups, you'll have the opportunity to share how the topic has touched your life.
Creative Hands and Expressive Art - with Misha Forrester
Give yourself the gift of attention in this experiential workshop designed to unwind unnecessary efforting in your hands, arms, and shoulders, provide a shift in your nervous system, and open up uncritical abilities to relax, play, and express yourself through color, shape, texture, and poetry. You are welcome to bring any magazines/paper/materials for collage possibilities that you might like to use. These and many other materials will be provided.
Visit to Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival and performance
Located on a former farm, just fifteen minutes away from the Kushi Institute, and recently called "the dance center of the nation" by The New York Times, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival has been celebrating dance, music, art, and culture for the past eighty years, with an ever-changing international cast of dance pioneers and established and emerging dance companies. We'll take a visit to "The Pillow" to attend an early evening performance held in the open-air, outdoor community amphitheatre which hosts a panoramic backdrop of the Berkshire Hills. For a stunning overview of this historic and vibrant jewel, visit their performance video collection here. After the performance we will return to Kushi Institute for dinner.
Strategies from Bones for Life® - with Misha Forrester
Develop harmonious coordination, stimulate bone-growth with your own weight-bearing posture and load, and engage in springy, rhythmic pulsations for a powerful antidote to osteoporosis. Based on Ruthy Alon's program of ninety approaches, these quick strategies allow you to send pressure through the bones, safely and easily, on your own, whether in standing or sitting that signal the bones to continue to grow. For more information on this program click here.
Do-In Exercises - with Sheri DeMaris
This very gentle, relaxed form of Japanese self-care, which restores and balances your flow of energy or life force (also known as qi), uses gentle stretches and tapping in a series of directed, sequential movements. It stimulates circulation, lymph fluid, and strengthens and tones organs and tissues to increase vitality.
Rejuvenating Herbal Facial and Massage - with Mirea Ellis
Healthy skin is beautiful skin! Experience and enjoy a luxurious spa-type facial using certified organic and wild-crafted herbs, plants, and clay to tone, smooth, soothe, and nourish on a deep cellular level. Included in this session: a bentonite clay therapy mask with organic fruit and sea vegetables; relaxing, with a warm facial towel infused with an herbal skin elixir; and a guided facial massage with rejuvenating, anti-aging rosehip seed oil.
AND MORE ...
Dancing, outdoor walks, and more! Optional private sessions (at extra fees) offered during the week include: Restorative Massage, Energy Healing, Macrobiotic Consultations, Macrobiotic Menu Planning, and Feldenkrais Functional Integration®. For complete description and fees click here.
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