Teachers for Summer Camp 2017

Patricia Becker
Patricia is a One-On-One Nutritional Coach, Weekly Manager of Monday Gourmet Vegan Dinners, Hatha Yoga Instructor for Stanford University Health Improvement Program, and Private Therapeutic Yoga Teacher with great enthusiasm for life, love and health. She blends a playful style with alignment principles which help her students discover their own potential to enjoy and grow their practice. Known for her passion, clarity and joy, Patricia’s teaching style is a blend of challenge and gentle inspiration. With longtime studies in the macrobiotic lifestyle and Anusara yoga, she brings 25 years of practical experience and creativity to her ever-evolving teaching. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance RYT®, and was recently named one of “17 Yoga Trainers and Experts You Must Follow Online.” She has recently produced a Radiant Wellness Online Class Series.


Lance Brown
Lance is co-owner of Northern California's Return To Movement which specializes in helping people out of pain and dysfunction that might be interfering with desired lifestyle.  He draws upon concepts from pilates, yoga, feldenkrais and developmental kinesiology to help people incorporate holistic movement for expansion of capability and function.

Mike Chen
According to his younger daughter Flavia, Mike started playing peewee diplomatic services at the age of two and began practicing macrobiotics twenty-odd years later. He is a member of both CIMO (France) and GOMF (USA). Happily married, ‘ever after,’ says my wife Maria, with two wonderful daughters, Julianna and Flavia. All thanks to George Ohsawa’s Zen Macrobiotics!

Sheri DeMaris, M.Ed
Sheri is a holistic health counselor who has taught whole foods/macrobiotic cooking at various restaurants and cooking schools throughout the United States and Europe. She continues to host, produce and direct a local alternative health TV show, "Tea With Sheri." Sheri is an adjunct professor in the Alternative Health Program for medical students at Hahnemann University, Philadelphia and has been a full-time counselor for 26 years. Master in Counselingand a postmasters in Counseling. Graduate of the Level 4 Certification at Kushi Institute. Macrobiotic health counseling in Lier, Belgium and trained as a "Food is Elementary" educator and shiatsu practitioner. Sheri is currently a full-time Guidance Counselor at Valley Forge Middle School, Wayne, PA. Sheri offers cooking classes, lectures and seminars as well as individual counseling and cooking instruction.

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Jeanne Grosset
Jeanne is a Natural Health Specialist in Los Angeles, California. Her husband Patrick, a professional French Chef, and she are the creators of 7th Element Services a macrobiotic company focusing on educating, nourishing and empowering people on the natural path of good health. Offering weekly cooking classes and an organic, seasonal food, vegan meal service. Jeanne is the Retreat Director for the Vegetarian Educational Institute and a Kundalini Yoga Teacher. She is the creator of the Body Reset Cleanse, "Fit & Trim For Life: 7 Keys To Success" ebook and offers an online macrobiotic recipe library including cooking classes.

Mary J. Lore
Mary is an internationally recognized leader, public speaker and executive mentor, and author of the multiple award-winning book Managing Thought: Think Differently, Think Powerfully, Achieve New Levels of Success and audio book Managing Thought: How Do Your Thoughts Rule Your World?®. Previous winners of Mary’s most recent book awards include Eckhart Tolle, the Dahli Lama, and Deepak Chopra. Mary is the founder and CEO of Managing Thought, LLC, which helps individuals and organizations develop self-awareness and change how they think and conduct business to attain true, long-lasting success.

Saci McDonald
Saci began her journey in the healing arts in 1989. She received her initial training at Educating Hands School of Massage in Miami, Florida and further education from John Maguire at the Kinesiology Institute in 1997. In 2003, Saci added Pilates with an intensive training by nationally recognized Pilates teacher Carol Appel of Body Kinetics in Mill Valley. Saci is currently in private practice at her home studio in San Rafael, CA. She has been attending the French Meadows Summer Camp since 2000 and will be teaching a Pilates mat class and will also be offering private sessions in energy kinesiology, massage and pilates.

Jessica Porter
Jessica is author of The Hip Chick's Guide to Macrobiotics (Avery, 2004) and co-wrote The Kind Diet with Alicia Silverstone. She has been practicing macrobiotics since 1991, managed the Way to Health Program at the Kushi Institute in the mid-nineties, and has worked as a traveling macrobiotic cook. She also teaches HypnoBirthing in Canada, the U.K., and throughout the U.S. She has created two hypnosis CDs for people practicing macrobiotics and one called HypnoParenting for the HypnoBirthing Institute. Jessica is a hypnotherapist and actress who makes her lectures funny, inspiring and informative.

Shirley Tung
Shirley was born in Phoenix, is widowed, and has 2 grown sons. She has a BS in Nursing, a MA in Pastoral Ministry, and a MA in Feminist Spirituality. Shirley has worked in medical/surgical nursing, emergency room nursing, office nursing, as a porta-medic (insurance physicals), in retail businesses, and as a specialist in adoptions and foster care in Arizona. She is currently Manager of Real Estate and Coordinator of Refugee and Social Justice Issues. Shirley is an activist in political issues, frequently doing civil disobedience. She has taken classes for 17 years in Tai Chi and is now doing “weapons and 2 persons sets.” Shirley is a certified teacher of qi gong which can be found on the website of Master Hong and is also certified in Yang style Tai Chi with Kai Yung Tung, L.A. through David Block in Phoenix. She has taught Tai Chi and Qi Gong at Phoenix College and Sun City groups, and at Camelback Inn Resort.