Hands-on Cooking Classes
Cooking for Women's Health - with Bettina Zumdick
Learn how to prepare dishes that support better overall health as well as improving many specific women's health issues such as painful menstruation, menopause, fibroids, breast problems, emotional difficulties and many more. Bettina will also discuss physical and emotional dynamics to improve the quality of our lives so we may enjoy vibrant health.
Quick and Easy Cooking - with Melanie Waxman
See how creating healthy, balanced and delicious meals doesn't mean you have to spend hours in the kitchen! Learn how to make dishes that can give you strength, vitality, and health - can be put together in a jiffy - and are so pleasing to the palate you'll want to make them again and again.
Cooking to Relieve Stress - with Melanie Waxman
Do you sometimes feel off-kilter? Find out how adjusting your cooking can help you regain feelings of balance and well-being. Discover dishes that help you feel relaxed, soothed, and nourished. Learn how to turn macrobiotics into a practical way of life, and gain tools to have less stress and stay healthy and happy.
Cooking for Beauty Within- with Amber Maisano
Support your organs, including your skin (the largest organ) 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.
Discussions and Lectures
Making the Most of Your Dining Experience -
with Mirea Ellis
Learn how making some small adjustments to your meals can help you become more alkaline (more resistant to illness); improve digestion; maintain better blood sugar levels; reach weight goals; feel more satisfed, light and relaxed; and more. Everything you learn in this discussion can be applied to your meals at Kushi Institute, at home, and dining out.
Women's Health - with Bettina Zumdick
Learn how the macrobiotic approach to health and healing supports recovery from some diseases or conditions more common to women, such as osteoarthritis, obesity, breast cancer, and depression. This discussion also includes the topics of pregnancy and menopause; as well as conditions such as uterine and ovarian cancers.
Chewing for Better Digestion- with Bettina Zumdick
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 this is vital for creating digestive enzymes, absorption of nutrients, energy maintenance, and relaxation of the digestive organs.
Macro Menu Planning - with Melanie Waxman
This discussion will give you ideas on how to design menus that are balanced, delicious, and fit into your busy life. An extensive handout on macrobiotic menu planning is included. Questions are encouraged!
Dessert Magic - a cooking demo and discussion
with Amber Maisano
What makes macrobiotic desserts so nutritional and just plain yummy? Visually appealing, flavorful, and guilt-free, they are a great way to introduce people to delicious macrobiotic cuisine. Along with demonstrating how to create luscious desserts, Amber will discuss the benefits of using whole grain sweeteners and other healthy dessert ingredients.
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.
Senior Macrobiotic Teacher's Panel on Self-Care and Nurturing - with Mirea Ellis, Melanie Waxman and 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.
Natural Home Remedies - with Melanie Waxman
Learn simple home remedies to strengthen the immune system and keep flu, colds, and fevers away. Discover what we can have on hand in our homes to ensure that we are ready for common ailments such as headaches, coughs, food poisoning, or even a sprained ankle.
Abundant Energy - with Melanie Waxman
External influences on your energy are many and varied. With Melanie as your guide, see foods in terms of their living energy, and how to apply this wisdom for greater emotional energy, and ultimately the health of every living cell in your body. A great macrobiotic primer.
Other Workshops on Fitness, Movement, Natural Beauty, and more!
Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement® - with Misha Forrester
Rediscover childlike flexibility using slow, gentle movements designed to communicate between muscle, bone, and brain. 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.
Tao Yin Gentle Exercises - with Bettina Zumdick
This ancient Asian system can bring you more energy, strength and flexibility. Developing physical, emotional and spiritual aspects through this practice can enrich your life's experiences. Bettina will lead a set of exercises that integrates internal and external awareness and discernment, and incorporate guided imagery with emphasis on relaxation.
Walking for Better Balance - with Misha Forrester
Based on the Feldenkrais Method® this "inquiry" and mindful walking lesson builds on making better connections between your heels, ball of toes, toes, and ankles in relationship to your knees, hips, and pelvis for joint stability, upright mobility, and better balance.
Morning Yoga - with Rima Sala
These classes are designed to help free the body of restrictions, through gentle stretches, postures, and flows, releasing stress and tension, and restoring and balancing your energy for a great start to the day. For every age and any fitness level.
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 routines you can also do at home.
Dreams As A Doorway - with Bettina Zumdick
Dreams will often point to dynamics we might overlook in our waking life, and serve purposes such as providing precognition of future events, connecting to loved ones, receiving instruction and healing, and more. You'll explore various aspects of dreams, including how to program your dreams, lucid dreaming and interpreting your dreams.
Connecting with Conversations - with Mirea Ellis
Share thoughts, insights and feelings in a safe space with other women - where you are truly seen, heard, and accepted -- as well as getting to know others in the group more deeply. Starting with a short guided meditation and reflection on a topic, you'll then have the opportunity to share in small groups how the topic has touched your life.
Strategies from Bones for Life® - with Misha Forrester
Develop harmonious coordination, stimulate bone-growth with your own weight-bearing posture and load,- a powerful antidote to osteoporosis. Based on Ruthy Alon's program, these simple strategies signal the marrow in the bones to continue to grow.
Relaxing the Jaw and Tongue - with Misha Forrester
Pain and limited movement in one's head and neck may stem from patterns that involve a chain of muscles, rather than just an area that is uncomfortable. This lesson will help you release tension in your jaw and face, which will most likely add to your comfort when sitting, and with your digestion.
Rejuvenating Herbal Facial and Massage - with Mirea Ellis
Enjoy a luxurious 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: clay therapy mask with fruit and sea vegetables; relax with warm towel infused with herbal skin elixir; and guided facial massage with rejuvenating, anti-aging wild rosehip seed oil.
AND MORE ...
Dancing, outdoor walks, and more!
For the full daily retreat schedule click here.
Optional Private Sessions (extra fees apply)
Deeply relax and let go of stress with a restorative massage. Experience the transformational benefits of energy healing. Improve your macrobiotic practice with a private counseling or menu planning session. And more!
While you are at the retreat you can schedule private sessions through the office. As you look at the retreat facilitator bio's below you'll notice which private sessions are offered. For private sessions full descriptions click here.