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Women's Retreat
August 4 - 10, 2013
 It's time to nurture YOURSELF!


  Summer Women's Retreat


Join us in the beautiful Berkshire mountains for
an extraordinary week
of renewal in this special
retreat designed BY AND


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I really appreciated the opportunities
for personal growth and emotional transformation.  I feel like I was able to grow and was well supported in this growth.

Seeing the dramatic change in participants over the course of the Women's Retreat was very empowering and impressive."

            Ann Lazar 

Women's Retreat  

Hands-On Cooking Program!  


Cooking for Health
and Enjoyment

Learn how macrobiotic cuisine can support women's health and vitality, and how to create delicious summer dishes and desserts.





      Love Your Body!

Feldenkrais Movements


Gentle yet powerfully effective  
exercises to help bring you greater
flexibility, balance and strength;
better hormone balance and
sleep, and more.
Adjusted for every fitness level.


     Exercise and movement classes include:

Yoga, Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement®, Fitness, Bone Strength, and more. 



   Workshops and Discussions

      for Personal Explorations,    

   Growth, Beauty and Creativity  



Women's Retreat Circle  


Transforming Emotional 



Women's Health 








Singing Bowls Workshop


Shamanic Journey

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Connecting with Nature  

Dreams as a Doorway


Women and Spirituality




                Herbal Facial and Massage  Women's Retreat Facial 1


Women's Retreat Facial     













         Fun and Entertainment! 


A group trip to the famous
located near Kushi Institute, for an
     evening dance performance.

Women's Retreat Drumming
   Friday evening music,
   drumming and dancing

   at Kushi Institute 

Women's Retreat Drumming


  Women's Retreat Drumming


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 Wonderful. Has been fun, informative, transformative.

Loved the cooking classes, loved getting to try new exercise techniques - loved it all.

I benefited by relaxing and trying new things."


          Carol Lamont

For the full daily schedule
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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 macrobiotic 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


Retreat Facilitators
Mirea Ellis
Mirea Ellis


Private Sessions 

Energy Healing

Kushi Institute Assistant Director and Senior Macrobiotic Teacher Mirea Ellis has four decades of experience in the fields of macrobiotics and other natural health and healing modalities.

An energy healing and shamanic practitioner with over 25 years in the field, Mirea has trained with over 20 native healers including shamans and medicine women and men from North and South America.

She brings to her sessions with individuals and groups a "whole-person" transformational approach, using techniques and methods that encourage and help develop our ability to have extraordinary, joyful and rewarding lives.

Mirea is frequently quoted in magazines and newspapers, has been interviewed on TV and radio, and has authored articles in national and regional publications. She is also the founder of Rejuva Organics, a natural herbal body care company.   


Misha Forrester
Misha Forrester


Private Sessions
Restorative Massage, Torso Massage, Feldenkrais Functional Integration®






Licensed Massage Therapist, Guild Certified Feldenkrais Method
® Bones for Life® practitioner, and yin-yoga instructor Misha Forrester shares her time between the Kushi Institute and a private practice in restorative massage, Feldenkrais Functional Integration®, and teaching Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement®.

Her clients include those with cancer, osteoarthritis, and fibromyalgia; with movement impairments such as MS, Parkinson's, stroke recovery, and hip replacements; as well as yoga teachers, dancers, and atheletes who wish to increase performance.

An effective method for reclaiming childlike flexibility and ease of movement, Misha's Feldenkrais® private sessions and
public classes are transformative, resulting in greater movement reorganization and alignment that makes long-term connections between muscle and brain.

Amber Maisano
Amber Maisano



Macrobiotic teacher and Kushi Institute kitchen manager and head chef Amber Maisano started working at Kushi Institute in 2008 as a cooking class assistant and chef in the Kushi Institute kitchen.

She has formally studied macrobiotics for almost a decade, and is a graduate of Kushi Institute's Macrobiotic Leadership Program. 

Experienced as a personal chef and caterer, Amber has also managed many dual responsibilities during Kushi Institute Summer Conference kitchens, including team leader for the cafe and co-team leader for cooking classes. She has worked with macrobiotic chefs Christina Pirello, Patricio Garcia de Paredes, Mie Naka, Susan Waxman, and Jane Stanchich, among others.    

Melanie Waxman
Melanie axman


Private Sessions

Macrobiotic Counseling, Macrobiotic Menu Planning   




Senior Macrobiotic Teacher, Melanie Waxman has been
actively involved in the healing arts since the early 1980s, specializing in balancing health through food and diet, in the body, and in the home.


Macrobiotic for 30+ years, and mother of seven, Melanie is an international educator with a busy, abundant macrobiotic practice ranging from presenting at large seminars including Kushi Institute's Summer Conference to private cooking classes and health coaching (including the English singer Boy George). Melanie can be found online through several websites and her recipe blog:  http://melaniewaxman.blogspot.com/     


Melanie is a prolific writer of The Cooklets, a series of manuals on kitchen methodology and healthy food options.  Additionally, she writes on child-rearing in Bless The Baby  and in Yummy Yummy in My Tummy, on healthy macrobiotic cooking for busy people in Eat Me Now!, and most recently on the wonder of nature in The Little Carrot.


Bettina Zumdick
Bettina Zumdick

Private Sessions 
Macrobiotic Counseling
and Menu Planning,
Energy Healing


Kushi Institute Senior Macrobiotic Teacher and Counselor
Bettina Zumdick has been involved with macrobiotics for over 25 years.  A native of the Baltic Sea area in Germany, she studied food science at the University of Muenster.

She has taught macrobiotics and other body-mind-spirit related topics such as meditation, chanting, and Tao Yin  energy exercises throughout Europe and the United States.  


Realizing the complex interconnections between body, mind and spirit through her own healing journey from Lyme disease, Bettina knows that it is possible to improve your health and to deepen the quality of all your experiences in life. It is her intent to share the knowledge and wisdom of this path for better health, vitality and being able to pursue your most passionate dreams in life.


Bettina is the author of Authentic Foods.  


Women's Retreat Participant

Women's Retreat Participants


  • Program fee: Only $675  
    Includes the full program and all meals
  • Housing options start at only $100 
    Below prices are NOT per night - this
    includes all 6 nights!    
    • $100 - Small single room in the North Hall with shared dormitory style bathrooms.
    • $100 - Per person shared double or triple room in North Hall with shared dormitory style bathrooms. 
    • $250 per person - Shared double room in the Main House with shared bathrooms along the hallway.
    • $500 - Single room in Main House with shared bathrooms along the hallway.
    • $860 - Private Bath. These rooms have either 2 or 3 single beds, so can be used as single rooms or for friends or family wishing to share the room.   
  • Economical airport shuttle - only $50 
    Fee is for each way on program arrival and departure dates. Shuttle is between Bradley International Airport (serves Hartford, CT) and Kushi Institute. Inquire for more details when registering.     


For More Information or to Register



Int'l 413-623-6457

To register online click here


The Women's Retreat starts the day our exciting annual
Summer Conference in Basking Ridge New Jersey ends, and it's only about a 4 hour drive between the two events, so you may like to consider attending both.
Dolce Conference Center  
in Basking Ridge, New Jersey


Kushi institute's Summer Conference runs from Thursday August 1, to Sunday August 4, 2013.

For more information click here.





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