Teachers, Classes & Services

Check out our stellar lineup of teachers, classes and client services available during your holistic retreat.

Please note all personalized camper services are payable directly to the practitioner.

All sign ups for client services will be posted at camp in the main dining hall.

Nancy Adler

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Nancy Adler is a career photographer and photography educator based in New York City. Nancy´s professional work focuses on portrait and event photography. Her sustained practice in macrobiotics, yoga and meditation have attracted her to health retreats worldwide to document the energy of the people, lectures, workshops and inspiring natural settings. The art of the portrait is Nancy’s specialty, she blends strobe and ambient light to create beautiful images. For her own personal artwork she incorporates collage and encaustic techniques to create lyrical, ephemeral imagery. Her body of work can be seen at

Class with Nancy

A Sunrise Photo Excursion to Pinecrest Lake - Workshop
Early risers will walk or drive to the lake and take in all of the sights and sounds of pristine morning at beautiful Pinecrest lake.

Professional photographer, Nancy Adler, will suggest creative ways to “see,” and “frame” nature’s wonders.

Bring your cell phone or camera and find the yin and yang of morning light as the sun rises over the mountains behind the lake and illuminates the woods and beach.

Smart Phone Food Photography - Workshop
Taking great food pictures on the go while having a great meal while dining out or at home helps to show off your dishes to share with friends or social media. This one session course will cover the best angles and lighting to use when photographing food. Leave the class with a short list of basic visual tools to use in all situations.

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Tomoko Amano


Tomoko is a Certified Macrobiotic Instructor and the Director of Whole Foods Studio/Native Foods in Tokyo/Kumamoto, Japan.

Personal History

  • Graduated from Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan

  • Worked in marketing and advertising industry for 15 years

  • Studied Macrobiotics at Kushi Institute, Massachusetts, USA

  • Founded Whole Foods Studio(Macrobiotic and vegan cooking school) in Tokyo in 2004

  • Senior teacher of Kushi Institute of Japan since 2005

  • Founded Native Foods (School of traditional Japanese cuisine) in Kumamoto in 2012


  • Cooking classes, catering, restaurant menu produuction (macrobiotic, vegan, traditional Japanese cuisine, fermented food processing, sugar/eggs/dairy free sweets)

  • Employee training (macrobiotic/vegan restaurants)

  • Wellness coaching (food, exercise, counseling etc.)

  • Classes and seminars with Tomoko can be conducted in both English and Japanese

Recipe Books Published

  • “New Basic Macrobiotic” (2006)

  • “Love Rice, Beans, and Veges” (2007)

  • “Self Healing Cooking” (2009)

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Email Tomoko at NativeFoodSchool@yahoo.co.jp

Classes with Tomoko

We Love Fermented Food! - Lecture
Miso, Shoyu, Umeboshi, Natto, Amazake… we use many kinds of fermented foods in macrobiotic diet and WE LOVE THEM ALL! Don’t you want to know about those “miracle” foods in more detail and have an in-depth understanding of their benefit? In this class, Tomoko will take you through both known and unknown benefit of traditional macrobiotic fermented foods starting with Miso, as well as the traditional production method of those foods.

Sugar Blues - Lecture
What drives the craving for sugary sweets? How to get free from sugar addiction without hardship? In this lecture, Tomoko, who used have a serious sugar addiction before, will talk from both macrobiotic point of view and from her own experience about the mechanism of sugar addiction and how to break it without hardship. Many practical hints and tips there!

MISO Mania! - Cooking Class
Miso is truly a miracle food with so many benefits for your body, mind, and soul. Don’t you think, however, that Miso has only limited uses - just for Miso soup? If you do, it is such a waste - Miso can be used in so many ways! Join Tomoko to explore the more interesting and creative way of using Miso in your daily cooking. In this class we will make Pasta with Miso-tomato sauce, vegan cream cheese, cold summer miso soup, and caramel popcorn - all the recipes are with Miso!

Shiokoji Addiction! - Cooking Class
Shiokoji (fermented Koji and salt) is easy to make and easy to use, yet it gives your cooking deep and rich flavor. It’s so tasty that you can’t resist the temptation to season every dish you make with Shiokoji! In this cooking class, you can learn how to make Shiokoji yourself and how to use it in the variety of cooking such as Shiokoji Tofu, roasted vegetable with Shiokoji-oil, green pees potage with Shiokoji and Shiokoji scones.

Client Services with Tomoko

Macrobiotic Shiatsu
Helps the circulation of blood and Qi as well as makes you deeply relaxed after the treatment.
30 min. / 60 min.

Note: Please bring a bath towel or yoga mat and a hand towel.

Quick Head and Shoulder Massage
Mainly relieves headache, eye strain, stiff neck, and insomnia.
15 minutes

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Laura Barsotti


Laura Barsotti, originally from Chicago is a RYT 200 HR Yoga Teacher, Pampamesayoq (Earth Centered Shaman) of the High Holy Andean Mountain Q’ero Inca Tradition, Holistic Wellness Coach and an advanced Energy Medicine Practitioner with a variety of modalities to include: Reiki, Seikem, Meditation, Breath-work and Shamanic Healing and of course Yoga!

Laura has over 10 years of combined holistic healing experience with a pure passion for it. She combines these modalities together in order to bring back true life balance and ignite the life force that exists within each individual she touches. Why because these modalities healed Laura’s mind, body and spirit.

In her free time, you’ll find her practicing yoga, exploring in and becoming one with the energy of nature, the ocean and the beach, cooking healthy meals, painting, writing, meditating, being still to listen to her own inner wisdom and hanging out with her fur baby and friends.

Classes with Laura

Daily Classes/Activity - Mystical Yoga
Yoga is a 5000 year old practice of personal development encompassing the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of us. It’s a path to greater personal freedom, health, long life, heightened self understanding and a much more strong. flexible and healthy body.

Mystical Yoga takes those benefits to the next level incorporating Shamanic Healing, Reiki and indigenous medicine ways into the practice.  We open the Nawi's (the energetic organs) and and call in assistance from the four directions, our ancestors, mother earth, father sun, the stars. the goddesses of the mountains and the universe or great spirit. We connect with the oneness that we are a part of and begin the moving meditation of asana, breath and gaze and with energy and medicine ways flowing into those places that need healing within us and clearing our LEF (Aura) Each day will focus on  one Nawi while preparing the others.  You’ll also learn the correct form in the postures to develop and advance your practice over time.

Client Services with Laura

Mystic Yoga Private Sessions - 60 minutes
Mystical Yoga takes the many benefits of yoga to the next level by incorporating shamanic healing and reiki into the practice. We work to open the Nawi's (the energetic organs)that affect our LEF and call in assistance from the four directions, mother earth, father sun, the stars. the goddesses of the mountains and the universe or great spirit. We connect with the oneness we are a part of and begin the moving meditation of asana, breath and gaze with energy flowing into those places that need healing within us. You'll also learn the correct form in the postures to develop and advance your practice over time.

Reiki Energy Healing
Reiki, a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person creating many beneficial effects. It helps release mental, emotional and physical pain. Many have reported miraculous results in their healing. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recover.
45 minutes

Q’ero Inca Tradition Shamanic Healing
Dive deep into your souls true nectar and heal the parts of you that extend deep into your ancestry, things that are seemly impossible to move through or past, or are simply unexplained, yet you know somethings not right. Patterns, cycles, ailments and any imbalance that you notice is reoccurring within your life, can very well be ancestral and need to be released for true balance within your masculine and feminine sides. (We all have both.)

Awakening our consciousness is always an inside job. Separation-based thinking begins around one year of age. This dualistic perspective and other limiting influences in our environment forces us to overwrite our original state of oneness to create the belief that we are separate from everyone and everything. In its recognition, a pathway to authenticity and personal freedom beyond what you might have ever thought imaginable is possible.
60 minutes

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Cynthia Briscoe


Cynthia Briscoe was honored by Michio Kushi in 2012 with an Aveline Kushi Award for her decades of dedication to macrobiotic teaching and service.

Cynthia is one of America’s most respected macrobiotic cooking instructors. Her cooking is as delicious as it gets. She co-founded and co-directed The Macrobiotic Center of Kansas City during the 1980’s.

Cynthia was the co-owner and head chef of The Amber Waves Café, an award-winning macrobiotic restaurant in Kansas City, and one of the most successful and longest-running macrobiotic restaurants in North America.

From 1981-1991 Cynthia supervised macrobiotic cooking education in the central states, and from 1991-1998 she was a main cooking instructor, kitchen supervisor and kitchen apprentice trainer at the Vega Study Center in California, in association with Cornellia Aihara.

She has been the kitchen coordinator for macrobiotic camps and retreats, including the popular Harvest Moon Retreats and Tall Oaks Camps in the midwest. In 1999 she was the guest cooking instructor at the macrobiotic retreat on Hvar Island, Croatia.

In recent years Cynthia has served as a cooking instructor at the Kushi Institute’s annual Summer Conference and the French Meadows Summer Camp. In 2004 she was invited to appear on ABC News to demonstrate macrobiotic cooking. Her cooking instruction is admired for its clarity, patience and gentleness.

Classes with Cynthia

Italian Vegan Meal with Cynthia & David - Cooking Class
Mangia! Mangia! Come and delight in this summertime Italian meal full of surprises and a parade of flavors.

Making Traditional Rice Bran Pickles with Cynthia & David - Cooking Class
An original cornerstone of George Ohsawa’s macrobiotics, the rice bran “takuan” daikon pickle is making a comeback! Enjoy this rare opportunity to learn takuan making with two who are actively passing on this tradition.

Let’s Go Natto! with Cynthia & David - Cooking Class
Learn to make natto dishes that have been loved by Cynthia and David's students and café customers for over 30 years. Courageous natto resisters are especially welcome.You’ll be pleasantly surprised!

Cornellia’s Home Remedies - Demo/Lecture
A rare session sharing many of Cornellia Aihara’s methods for preparing home remedies. If you’ve made a ginger compress before, or if you’re brand new to it, come and learn the special way Cornellia taught it. Also included will be other home remedies learned from Cornellia.

The Pros of Condiments - Demo/Lecture
Condiments are an often forgotten important component of plant-based eating. There are many ways of making delicious condiments besides those found in macrobiotic cookbooks. Let us share condiments past and present with you, and discuss why they are of such great benefit.

Client Services with Cynthia

Macrobiotic Consultation
Women's Health and Happiness, Family Dynamics, Guiding your Macrobiotic Practice for Everyday Living
1 hour 15 min

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David Briscoe

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David Briscoe was honored in 2012 by Michio Kushi and Kushi Institute International with a prestigious Aveline Kushi Award, regarded by many as “the Oscar of macrobiotics,” for his decades of dedication to macrobiotic education and counseling.

David is one of the most experienced macrobiotic teachers and counselors in the world today. Since 1972 he has gained expertise in every facet of macrobiotics, including personal practice, philosophy, healing principles, teaching, counseling, private healing chef service, restaurant ownership and educational center development.

He is widely considered one of the finest of macrobiotic chefs, having prepared countless delicious meals, including gourmet Hollywood buffets and ethnic international macrobiotic cuisine for large groups and events, and strengthening healing meals for health recovery for private individuals.

Through his 30+ years of cooking classes, chef-training programs, executive chef experience, co-owner of the award-winning Amber Waves Café, and world-wide travels, he has taught innumerable students the creative joy of healthy macrobiotic cooking. His private macrobiotic chef services are highly sought after and available to a limited number of selected clients. He is currently writing a series of cookbooks with Cynthia Briscoe.

David also provides consultant services to restaurants, professional chefs, macrobiotic business start-ups, web site creators, multi-media elearning authors, online course developers, and the natural foods industry.

One of the most experienced and respected public speakers in the world of macrobiotics, David now offers private public speaking training and mentorship to those wishing to develop their skill and confidence in this area.

In 1975 he was given the honor of being one of the few one-on-one macrobiotic apprentices to the late macrobiotic master, Noboru Muramoto, author of Healing Ourselves. In 1983 he was among the first to be certified by the Kushi Institute’s premier macrobiotic counselor accreditation program. During the 70’s and 80’s, David established macrobiotic education programs and centers throughout the U.S.

He has appeared on national TV programs and radio shows, including Dr. John McDougall’s radio show and numerous other live radio shows, ABC News, PBS, and the HBO® Special, “Six Months to Live.” He is the co-author of A Personal Peace, contributing author to The Whole Mind and a regular columnist for Macrobiotics Today, the world’s leading macrobiotic magazine.

David has developed macrobiotic curriculum and instruction programs for various educational organizations, applying his experience as a former secondary school teacher and as a trainer of teachers at the University of Kansas. He is a macrobiotic education visionary who first made use of the power of the internet for macrobiotic teaching and counseling, and has become the leader in developing online multi-media macrobiotic courses and training, launching his first online courses in 1999.

David’s online and on-site training courses have attracted many from the modern healing fields, including doctors, nurses, psychiatrists, pediatricians, gynecologists, body therapists, nutritionists, dietitians, and other interested students from all walks of life and over the world. He is regarded as one of the top trainers of macrobiotic counselors. Through his trainings, David hopes to be instrumental in developing the future generation of macrobiotic counselors, teachers and leaders.

David is well known for his skilled and personal approach to private macrobiotic counseling. He is highly regarded for his vast experience in the areas of macrobiotic healing diet, home remedies and lifestyle re-balancing.

In 1990 the late macrobiotic master, Herman Aihara, invited David to be his administrative, teaching and counseling associate at The Vega Study Center in California, and from 1991-1998 David worked closely with Herman. After Herman’s passing, David co-founded Macrobiotics America-Macrobiotics Global, the first macrobiotic organization to offer multi-media distance learning courses via the internet (www.macroamerica.com), beginning in 1999.

David travels and teaches throughout North America and overseas, speaking to medical and lay audiences, and he has been a featured presenter at the major macrobiotic camps and conferences, including The Kushi Institute Summer Conference, French Meadows Summer Camp, The Fall Health Classic, One World Festival in the UK, and The Whole World Summer School in Belgium.

David also served as a guest faculty member at the world-famous Kushi Institute in Becket, MA. He holds the honorary position of being a macrobiotic counselor for The George Ohsawa Macrobiotic Foundation of Chico, CA, the oldest macrobiotic education and publishing organization in North America. David was recently invited by Texas A&M University to participate in the design of a residential program to help patients recover from bowel conditions, such as IBS, through a macrobiotic diet. In 2016 he was invited by the UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine to be a teacher in their Integrative Nutrition program.

Classes with David

Italian Vegan Meal with Cynthia & David - Cooking Class
Mangia! Mangia! Come and delight in this summertime Italian meal full of surprises and a parade of flavors.

Making Traditional Rice Bran Pickles with Cynthia & David - Cooking Class
An original cornerstone of George Ohsawa’s macrobiotics, the rice bran “takuan” daikon pickle is making a comeback! Enjoy this rare opportunity to learn takuan making with two who are actively passing on this tradition.

Let’s Go Natto! with Cynthia & David - Cooking Class
Learn to make natto dishes that have been loved by Cynthia and David's students and café customers for over 30 years. Courageous natto resisters are especially welcome.You’ll be pleasantly surprised!

Acid-Alkaline Made Easy - Lecture
Learn how to bolster your health by applying this simple, no-complicated-science approach to your food and lifestyle.

Unique Techniques: Self-Health Diagnosis Not Found in Books - Lecture
David will share with you many of his unique insights and diagnostic methods developed over 40 years of health counseling.

Client Services with David

Private Traditional Macrobiotic Consultation
Benefit from David’s 40 years of providing macrobiotic consultations, by receiving complete macrobiotic recommendations adjusted for your personal needs.
1hr 15 minutes + 2 follow-up contacts

Group Macrobiotic Consultation (minimum 4 people, maximum 6)
As a group we’ll explore each individual’s concerns and David will give recommendations to each.
Group session lasts for 1 1/2 - 2 hours, depending on number of participants. 

Please note there are additional fees for Client Services, paid directly to the practitioner.

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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 for over thirty five  years. She hosts, produces and directs a local alternative health TV show, "Tea With Sheri." Sheri served as an adjunct professor in the Alternative Health Program for medical students at Hahnemann University, Philadelphia and has been a visiting chef instructor at the UCSD School of Integrative Medicine where she helped to open the doors to the Casa De Luz restaurant. 

Sheri holds  a Masters in Counseling from the College of William and Mary and a Post Masters in Counseling from Villanova University.  She has worked as a public school guidance counselor for 24 years and has created garden to plate cooking programs.

Sheri is a graduate of the Level 4 Certification at Kushi Institute, the highest academic achievement at the Institute, and completed two full years of training at the Strengthening Health Institute.

She was the guest speaker for the vegetarian festival of Tokyo Japan and has done Macrobiotic health counseling in Lier, Belgium. Sheri is also trained as a "Food is Elementary" educator and shiatsu practitioner.

Sheri offers macrobiotic cooking classes, lectures and seminars as well as individual counseling and cooking instruction. Her cookbook is entitled Macro Magic for Kids and Parents.

Classes with Sheri

Saving Time in the Kitchen - Lecture
So you have attended all the workshops and are ready to return home and start cooking your miso soup. But wait how are you going to get all those meals prepared while working full time and caring for your family? There is a simple solution to the kitchen madness! Sheri will share some of her time saving techniques and planning tools to help you have time FOR YOU as well as time to prepare a delicious meals for your family.

Summertime Salads - Cooking Class
Bring a blanket and basket and get ready for some surprising new salad dishes. Designed to put a smile on your face and a skip to your step! Macrobiotics offers so many creative ideas for mixing and matching ingredients to help you cool off in the hot weather!

One Dish Dinner for People on the Go - Cooking Class
Too tied up with a busy schedule this summer and no time to spend on rejuvenating and getting back to the healthy you? Then this class is for you! Cooking instruction with step-by-step guidance on how to prepare easy and simple one dish meals so when you return to your busy life your days will be easier and healthier.

Cooking for Hypoglycemia - Cooking Class
Got the Sugar Blues? Not anymore! Come to our class to learn more about maintaining that optimal blood sugar level and learn how to boost your energy for the rest of the day!

Beating the Sugar Blues - Kid’s Camp Cooking Class
Scrumptious yummy treats from Sheri’s cookbook “Macro Magic for Kids and Parents. Learn how to prepare healthy, fun desserts using grain sweeteners and maple syrup. Say goodbye to tooth decay and mood swings!

Client Services with Sheri

Private Cooking Consultation & Menu Planning Session

  • Sheri will have you complete forms on what you are currently preparing in your kitchen and suggest some new dishes and remedies that will help you along your healing journey.

  • She will also share some quick and easy cooking tips and help you with the process of menu planning.

  • Session lasts a minimal of 50 minutes.

Please note there are additional fees for Client Services, paid directly to the practitioner.

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Kenneth E. Goff

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Kenneth E. Goff is an accomplished Gong Whisperer/Percussionist, Level 3 Reiki Master, a Holistic Health Practitioner specializing in Asian Body Work and Massage, Yoga Instructor, and Meditation Guide.

Ken's sound immersion sessions employ a variety of techniques, including gongs, harmonium/bowls/percussion, massage, meditation, and yoga movement. He creates a safe and supportive space to focus the mind, relax the body and connect the spirit, to manifest a self-prescribed intention for both personal and group immersions.

People who experience gong immersions react in different ways, according to their personal journey. Common reactions range from deep relaxation, healing, or cleansing of stuck or traumatic emotions, to a meditative voyage of exploration into one's inner being: a journey of sound, connected to traveling the universe. What participants describe is a restorative, inner journey that they have never experienced before. The more a person journeys within the music sphere of gongs, the greater their personal revelations and deeper their inner journey.

Happy Healthy Retreat attendees will have a rare opportunity to experience gong immersions daily during the week. Connecting mind, body and spirit in a safe, restorative, and relaxing way will enable those on the journey to lie awake and experience the healing effects of gongs to harmonize their attunement to their journey on earth.

Ken and his tribe of gongs have traveled the country to a wide variety of conferences, events and venues. He says, “I've been blessed, collaborating with devotional, heart-centered beings and musicians from many places. The world would be a kinder, gentler, safer place if the citizens of the world immersed in the sound and vibrations of a gong every day.” 

Kenneth E. Goff lives in San Diego and is the owner of InXlation, where he offers gong immersions, massage and meditation services.

Classes with Ken

Gong Immersion - Activity
A ninety minute Gong Immersion with a tribe of Feng (wind gongs) and a V Elements gong. The offering will vary with a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 13 gongs.

The intention and focus of the gong immersion is to create a comfortable, relaxing, safe, welcoming, tribe experience between the vibrations of the music of the spheres and the attendees vibration so they may experience a deep, restorative, nurturing meditative and experiential sound journey on a cellular level. Imagine, being held and suspended in light, on a journey within, beyond the mind, body and into our inner/awake self.

Participants will be sitting or lying down, this is a still class. Please bring a yoga mat or blanket for your personal use in class.

Client Services with Ken

Gong Immersion Chakra Alignment Session
60 & 90 min

  • For individuals, couples, family and small tribes.

  • Intake Chakra reading assessment used in Gong Sound Therapy Immersion.

  • Post Gong Session Chakra reading.

  • A Vibrational hug, mind, body, spirit inner journey to harmonize, restore and rejuvenate your QI, (life force).

  • A private Sound Spa Immersion to attune your journey in the NOW...

Please note there are additional fees for Client Services, paid directly to the practitioner.

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Jeanne Grosset

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Jeanne is the Retreat Director for the Vegetarian Educational Institute.

She is a Natural Health Specialist, Macro/Vegan Cooking Class Teacher & Chef, Kundalini Yoga Instructor and Graphic Designer living with her family in Los Angeles, California.

She is the co-creator of 7th Element Services with her husband Patrick, a professional French Chef. Their macro/vegan services company focuses on educating, nourishing and empowering people on the natural path of good health with cooking classes, events and weekly meal packages. Offering organic, seasonal dishes that are 100% plant based, macro/vegan, gluten free dishes delivered directly to your door in California, Nevada and Arizona - Macro Meal Packs .

Jeanne is the creator of the Body Reset Cleanse, a 7 day detox plan based on macrobiotic principles for a "Reduce - Recharge - Reset" approach to cleansing and detoxifying the body with an alkaline diet.

She is the author of an inspirational, quick read, plant-based approach to wellness eBook "Fit & Trim For Life: 7 Keys To Success". Check it out.

For more information about Jeanne and her business please visit:

Classes with Jeanne

Naturally Healthy Cooking - Cooking Class
Come explore the foundational foods that make up a healthy balance of plant-based, seasonal, whole foods for a happy, healthy life. Embrace the understanding of the energies that come to play in our daily nourishment and how to create self healing foods for yourself and loved ones.

Liver Cleansing/Detox Class - Cooking Class
Looking for natural ways to cleanse the liver and detox? Join Jeanne for a class on efficient ways to clean up quickly using a plant-based diet to expedite the process. Natural, simple and effective practices for a happy, healthy life.

No Recipes Needed - Cooking Class
For all of you who are tired of following recipes this class is for you. Come learn how to create delicious, nutritious dishes for better health and longevity based on seasonal foods, cooking techniques and natural balance. 

Cacao Truffles - Kid's Camp Cooking Class
When made with the right ingredients special treats are delicious and nutritious. Jeanne will be teaching kids about healthy sweeteners and have some hands-on fun making chocolate truffles for the whole family to enjoy.

Macro/Vegan Community Building - Lecture
Spreading the word about a plant based diet and it’s benefits to change lives and create one peaceful world takes the effort of a strong community. Join Jeanne in a class about what we can all do to increase our personal outreach and inspire others. It takes a village to support positive growth, come be a part of it all.

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Patrick Grosset

Our Summer Retreat Executive Chef since 2017 - Patrick oversees all kitchen operations and menu creations as well as maintaining a “teaching kitchen” atmosphere in the main kitchen throughout camp. He specializes in macro/vegan fare and gluten free dishes. Patricks "teaching kitchen" environment is available for all of his work/study participants. Creating dishes without recipes, using the principles of macrobiotics to balance and create delicious meals while sharing his vast knowledge of plant based cooking with his team. Enlightening participants with the knowledge to expand their culinary skills in the realm of self-healing vegan foods. 

Patrick is a professional French Chef in Los Angeles who creates 100% plant based, vegan dishes balanced with the principles of macrobiotics to promote good health naturally. He is a certified Natural Health Practitioner and with his wife Jeanne they produce a weekly Macro Meal Pack service, cleanse program, cooking classes and events. Their company, 7th Element Services, has supported the local community with nutritious, delicious VEGAN dishes for over the last decade. And is the winner of the "Best of Burbank Award" for Food Services in 2016, 2017 & 2018!

Classes with Patrick

Our Summer Retreat Teaching Kitchen!
Patrick is the Executive Chef and Educator for our teaching kitchen experience all week long. If you are interested in being a part of our work/study program please click here.

Mochi Making - Hands-On Cooking Class
Come join Patrick in a cooking class that takes you through the whole process of making mochi from scratch. This brown rice treat is not only delicious it is fun to make - and it's a good workout too!

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Cybal Hall

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Cybal is a Target Arts Marshall & Mentor for the Society of Creative Anachronism, Inc. She is a delightful archery and thrown weapons instructor with over a decade of experience in the SCA organization. Offering bi-weekly practice sessions in the Los Angeles area for all ages. She travels throughout the country overseeing large event archery and thrown weapons programs for their community and has a stellar reputation for her fun-loving spirit and passion for the practice.

Classes with Cybal

Archery - Activity for Adults & Kids Camp
Archery is a universal sport found throughout history and virtually in all cultures for the last 50,000 years. Because it is so ancient and embedded in the popular consciousness, many people think the sport is intuitive and requires little effort. In fact, archery is as much a martial art as Tai Chi and as physically precise as yoga or dance. It requires the mastering of numerous skills and techniques. Here’s your chance to learn proper techniques of this ancient skill.

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Ron Helgesen


Home-based in Los Angeles, Ron has been associated with Shumei, a spiritual fellowship from Japan, for twenty-five years. In 2003, he had completed a year of intense training at Shumei's mountainous headquarters located about an hour from Kyoto.

Among the practices found at Shumei is Natural Agriculture which encourages respect for the innate wisdom and spirit of nature. With limited intervention in the growing process, nature has the ability to usher in balance and abundance. As a means of promoting the philosophy and practices found in Natural Agriculture, Ron frequently coordinates garden startups, classes, and workshops.


Classes with Ron

Natural Agriculture, In Line with Nature - Lecture
Natural agriculture is a means of cultivating wholesome food with pure seeds and without the use of any fertilizers, chemicals or additives. The approach is GMO-free, low-input, and agro-ecology focused. Join Ron for an informative class on today’s natural agriculture practices.

Natural Agriculture, Physical and Spiritual - Lecture
Explore the fascinating world of natural agriculture from both the physical and spiritual worlds. Embrace the spirit of nature within our food, creating harmony within ourselves, balancing our internal environment with the world around us.

Starting & Maintaining Your Garden - Lecture
Join Ron for a class that takes you from start to finish on what is needed to begin and maintain your own natural agriculture garden at home.

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Mary Ho

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Mary is a passionate natural healer and believes in the power of food to balance emotional and physical well-being. She embodies a holistic lifestyle and shares her knowledge as an educator of macrobiotics/whole foods plant based diet with manual therapies of Cranio-Sacral and Lymphatic drainage and energy healing.

She currently conducts regular cooking classes and healthy life workshops in her native Singapore plus overseas collaborations in Shanghai and Manila. Last May 2017 she taught Asian healthy cooking at The Whole Health Forum in Israel.

Mary re-started her Macrobiotic journey in 2009 and pursued Macrobiotics  at Kushi Institute, Amsterdam. She remains fascinated and intrigued about vibrational cooking and the healing properties and energetics of food.

Since 2005, in the course of self discovery, she travelled solo to sacred pilgrimages in Portugal. The Camino de Santiago de Compostela in Spain, Japan, Peru, Bolivia and also lived in temples in China and ashrams in India. It was up on the Andes mountains and Lake Titicaca in Bolivia that she experienced profound transformations that enhanced her soul purpose to share and help the community towards a higher consciousness and responsibility for our personal health.

She has always dedicated herself to working with orphans since young. She lived in Shanghai for 4.5 years as a full time volunteer working with orphans and raising donations for not only basic necessities but also for education and major medical surgeries. Her epitome charity work resulted in a TEDx Shanghai talk in 2012 to share about her moving inspirations.

For more info about Mary, contact her at Email mary.yogaworks@gmail.com
Or Whatsapp +65 85698528

Classes With Mary

A Touch of Zen - Cooking Class
In this class, Mary will introduce you to Shojin Ryori which is Japanese Zen temple cuisine. The basic Macrobiotic diet resembles most closely to Shojin Ryori which George Ohsawa adapted to the modern lifestyle. The purpose of Shojin-Ryori-style food preparation and balancing is to assist development of Satori: self-realization, which George Ohsawa called “Supreme Judgment.”

We will make Shira-ae, a classic temple dish of mashed momen (tofu), mixed veggies and sesame seeds. Participants will get to use the surabachi or mortar and pestle to hand pound the sesame seeds which is part of every novice monk's compulsory duties in the kitchen.

Memories of Bali - Cooking Class
Gado Gado (gado means 'mixed') originated in Indonesia and also very popular in both Malaysia and Singapore. It is a salad of blanched crunchy veggies, tempe and tofu served with Peanut dressing and topped with krupuk (fried crackers). In 2018 this was presented as a national dish of Indonesia.

Get Rolling! - Kid’s Camp Cooking Class
This is a hands on class and the junior participants will learn how to roll their own rice paper spring rolls - also known as Gỏi cuốn or Vietnamese spring rolls with dipping sauce.

Traditional Vietnamese cooking is greatly admired for its fresh ingredients, minimal use of dairy and oil, complementary textures, and reliance on herbs and vegetables. With the balance between fresh herbs and a selective use of spices to reach a fine taste, Vietnamese food is considered one of the healthiest cuisines worldwide.

Client Services with Mary

Mary will offer private manual sessions at the retreat.  For more info of the work she does, please visit:

Lymphatic Drainage Therapy (LDT)
LDT is a gentle and non invasive technique that works through the body’s interstitial and lymphatic system.  It is beneficial to:

  • Activate the body fluid circulation, help to “re-route stagnant fluid (example: edema, lymphedema).

  • Drain toxins as part of treatment to promote tissue regeneration; helps evacuate fat content and protein-rich fluid.

  • Stimulate the functioning of the immune system.

  • Help reduce muscle spasm and pain LDT also includes advanced techniques such as lympho-fascia release to simultaneously release lesions in the fascia and fluids of the body and can be applied to fascia, ligaments, tendons or trigger points in the body.

Cranio-Sacral Therapy (CST)
What is cranio-sacral therapy? It is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the function of the cranio-sacral system – comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.  It releases restrictions to improve the functioning of the central nervous system.  By complementing the body’s natural healing processes, CST is used as a preventative health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease.  It is effective for a wide range of medical problems including:

  • migraines/headaches

  • chronic neck and back pain

  • motor co-ordination

  • orthopedic problems

  • stress and tension related problems

  • TMJ

  • hearing problems

  • facial trauma (due to accident)

Please note there are additional fees for Client Services, paid directly to the practitioner.

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Seymour Koblin

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Seymour says:  It all started in Mt. Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Canada, September 1977. I, Seymour Koblin, or perhaps more accurately, my soul was floating above my bed looking down at my anesthetized body. The doctors had misdiagnosed an appendix attack. My appendix subsequently burst, and there I found myself above my ripped-open body with tubes draining my abdomen below. My new rising reality was such a great feeling -- free flying, smiling, higher and higher, up and away into the tunnel of darkness… when I heard a voice, “What are you doing, Seymour? Get back into your body. Seymour, you have work to do.” My startled self squeezed myself back into my body. I woke up the next morning and said to myself: “Ok, it’s time to take my life into my own hands.” After 6 weeks of tests and an unnecessary exploratory surgery, I was released from the hospital a week before my 24th birthday Oct 31, 1977.  I moved to New York City in March, 1978 to pursue my music career and began searching for a Tai Chi Chuan teacher to help me improve my health.

After my first 3 years of studying Tai Chi Chuan, Chi Kung, Nei Kung and Taoist meditation with Master C.K. Chu, practicing 5 hrs/day, I found myself wanting to know more about how Chi traveled through the body. I started studying Shiatsu with Wataru Ohashi.

In 1981, I took my first Oriental diagnosis class and realized I had more work to do if I was to reflect the the level of health I knew was possible. I added to my already busy study routine Macrobiotic classes with Michio and Aveline Kushi, Shizuku Yamamoto, and Anne Marie Colbin. I made frequent  trips back and forth from NYC  to Boston and Becket and eventually began assisting and scribing for Michio Kushi’s consultations at the Macrobiotic Center of New York.

Thus by 1984 I found myself nearing graduation from Ohashi’s school and becoming certified at the Kushi Institute. Ohashi failed me on my final practical shiatsu exam, saying this was the highest compliment he could pay me because “Seymour, you are destined to create your own style. Come work on me once you have developed your unique form of Shiatsu.” He gave me a list of 5 people to work on who had developed something unique after graduating from Ohashi’s school. I thus began developing Zen-Touch™, passed my test with Ohashi, moved to California, and started my own state-approved school in San Diego, California in 1989.

I knew that we had to offer more than Zen-Touch™ Shiatsu, so I developed a very wide and versatile curriculum at the school known as School of Healing Arts. Thirty years later, the school was acquired by Kieu Vo under the name International College of Holistic Studies. While I am no longer involved in the versatile academic programs at ICOHS, my activities at iSOHA in Prague, Czech Republic, San Diego, and other international schools and centers keep me focused on my personal work. My advanced Holistic Courses for Continuing Education are designed to take already practicing professionals to higher levels of expertise.

My personal work in Zen-Touch™ Shiatsu, Macrobiotics, Tai Chi Chuan, Chi Kung, Nei Kung, and Taoist meditation have shown me that the best way to learn is through the apprenticeship/mentorship model. While I spend a lot of time teaching and introducing larger groups of mainstream newcomers to the world of Holistic Health, I also spend considerable time teaching individuals and small groups of serious students who are interested in learning Holistic healing in a personal environment.

I learned the most when Michio or Shizuko showed me how to feel, assess, and make recommendations in a personalized way with the clients I assisted them with. I remember Shizuko guiding my finger on a client's belly to show me how to feel a fatty cyst, or a stone, or a tumor.  Michio would point out features and mannerisms of a client that led him to make a diagnosis and explain why this customized remedy he came up with would  be the perfect solution to alleviate a symptom. This experience is never communicated in books or classes. I carry on this tradition through my private internship training.

Seymour has written, The Art of Zen-Touch™Shaping Our Destiny, Home Remedies, Chi Cultivation and Circulation and Food for Life, which present helpful education that becomes complete when studying in the internship format. The poetry, illustrations, and general writing style in them convey a change in consciousness style that make the books bigger than the information on the pages.
I look forward to meeting you, and in the meantime --
Study well, be diligent. Practice the principles and then wait…. Breathe.... Feel…. Shhh…. Listen....
Follow the message that is born from the silence within.


Classes with Seymour

What is Zen-Touch™? 
Zen-Touch™ is a form of body therapy that combines: 

  • Zen” – A state of being where one is flowing in harmony with the forces of nature. When we experience this place we feel a sense of Oneness… Unity… with the Divine. We can all recall times, perhaps, moments when our life flowed perfectly. Call it perfection, bliss, joy, love, or a connection with God, this state of being is very healing and perhaps the common state that all humans strive for. 

  • Touch” – The practitioner’s body, including hands, fingers, thumbs, elbows, forearms, knees, feet are used to make contact with a person’s energy field. A tuning of the body-mind-spirit occurs as the practitioner orchestrates movements, stretching and holding of points on energy meridians that correspond to functions of the body-mind-spirit.

Zen-Touch™ Shiatsu - Activity
Participants will learn some basic moves and healing applications of  Zen-Touch™ Shiatsu -- a form of massage/bodywork created and taught by Seymour Koblin internationally.

The Breath of Relationships & Healing With Feelings - Activity
The thoughts, words and sub-conscious body language we use are a source of programming that affects health and fulfillment of our life purpose. Learn language skills like the "Power of P" to use every day that will both transform and help us communicate through Problems to create Peace, Purpose, Patience, Prosperity while deeply connecting with inner self and all our relationships.

Would you like to use the energy of your emotions to accomplish your goals and life desires? Are you willing to consider that the body-mind-spirit will develop according to the way you experience your feelings? In contrast to O2 or food that are provided by our environment, E-motions/Feelings are the only source of fuel/energy that is stored inside of us. LEARN to USE them for healing physically and spiritually.

Chi Immortality Exercises & Vision Training - Activity
Nei Kung (Internal Training) Exercises have been a mostly secret system of health longevity exercises that are reputed to keep people in vital health for many years beyond the life span of the general norm. 

Li Cheng-Yuen, the Taoist herbalist and practitioner of Tai Chi, Nei Kung, and Meditation, according to the New York Times and Chinese Government, lived 250 years, and raised more than 200 children. Li Ching-Yuen expressed his longevity formula in one sentence: “Retain a calm heart, sit like a turtle, walk swiftly like a pigeon, and sleep like a dog.” 

In addition to the actual exercises, healing sounds and cultivating reproductive Chi, Seymour will also teach participants to stand, sit, walk, climb, breathe and even put on your shoes in a way that nourishes life longevity.

If the eyes are the windows of the soul, then why is it so many people experience vision challenges? Vision requires 38% more Blood/O2 than any other body function. It thus makes sense that vision is commonly the first sense to be compromised when there are more important life essential functions that require attention.

Learn to apply the Forces of Nature to understand how each person’s vision distortions are rooted in the body-mind-soul challenges that we came here to balance and correct.

Client Services with Seymour

ZEN-TOUCH™ SHIATSU Body Balancing and Health Consultation
30 minute & 60 minute sessions

Please note there are additional fees for Client Services, paid directly to the practitioner.

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Yakira Lee


As founder of LifeChoice Consultant, Yakira helps those that have experienced trauma, abuse and addictions and individuals needing help with life's challenges and/or relationships. Divinely inspired, she started pursuing her passion of helping people when she was a child. From age seven to 15 she “shadowed” her doctor grandfather and learned to “see” in the body, and “hear” the messages of organs. When she was diagnosed in the early 1990s with final stage liver cirrhosis and hypo-functioning pancreas, she augmented her grandfather’s wisdom with classes in natural higher living techniques. She left her management career in 1994 to teach others how to discover “stuck places” (blocked energy), release reactive responses and realize new ways of living life proactively. When spirit and emotions are healed, optimal physical living can blossom and thrive.

Classes with Yakira

Edible Art - Kid's Camp Cooking Class
Having fun turning food into art...no limitation..no instruction…just you and your imagination! Do imagine lovely lions, teasing tigers or beautiful bears? Do you see spaceships or rockets? Ballerinas or Food Flowers? Imagine it, Create it…fun, laughter enjoying a fabulous food art feast!

Meditative Art - Activity
Yakira is a talented artist who loves inspiring others to express their creativity and produce summer camp keepsakes. We will take a walk into nature….quiet our beings…feel the sounds and smells of nature. After a short meditation… your experience…your imagination set it free…see the inner artist in you arise!

We supply a vast array of supplies for creating all kinds of arts and craft pieces. Enjoy some artistic time at camp, let the creativity flow.

Client Services with Yakira

Intuitive Healing Session
Come bathe in the Sacred Light of Divine Healing with Yakira an intuitive spiritual guide for self healing.

Healing is about discovery. Awaken/Reignite the sacred light within yourself. By focusing our inner chatter we have the capability to transform from habitual living to Vibrant Living. Live life to the fullest filled with happiness, fulfillment and successes.

  • Re-Focus… Transforming Limitations into Vibrant Living

  • Guided Meditation & Journeying - Breath Work - Deep Relaxation

  • Mind focused guidance to relieve blocks, overcome limitations, rewrite your future & dream big.

Schedule an appointment for a consultation and together we will begin your journey of "Sacred Light - Vibrant Living Now!"

Intuitive Massage
Designed to balance the Chakras and restore harmony in the body with a full body massage to 
relax and energize.

Please note there are additional fees for Client Services, paid directly to the practitioner.

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Mary J. Lore

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Mary J. Lore is the founder and CEO of Managing Thought, LLC, which helps individuals and organizations develop self-awareness and change the way they think to attain profound change and long-lasting success. She is an internationallyrecognized thought leader, multiple award-winning author, executive coach, and mentor to key influencers and thought leaders around the world. 

 Her book Managing Thought: Think Differently, Think Powerfully, Achieve New Levels of Success and audio book Managing Thought: How Do Your Thoughts Rule Your World?® have received six best book awards in various categories including business motivation, conscious business and leadership, and enlightenment and self-help. Previous winners of the most recent award include the Thich Nhat Hanh, Eckhart Tolle, and the Dalai Lama.   

Mary has devoted over thirty years to serving as a Certified Public Accountant, senior executive, crisis management and business start-up and turnaround expert, entrepreneur, and mentor to corporate leaders. Her background gives her the unique ability to apply her work to corporate culture, leadership, vision and strategy, creativity, communication, team building, motivation, and profitability. Her work is hailed internationally and is endorsed by corporate leaders, educators K-12, college professors, psychology professionals, spiritual teachers and executive, sports, and life coaches. 

Mary graduated valedictorian, with a BBA in finance anda minor in philosophy, from the University of Michigan-Dearborn College of Business. In 1997, she was named Distinguished Alumnus of the Year by the Alumni Society and was the chapter honoree for Beta Gamma Sigma in 2002. She served on the University of Michigan-Dearborn’s College of Business Dean’s Advisory Council from its inception in 1993 to 2015. She was named one of Michigan’s Top 25 Women Business Owners of Distinction and her company was named one of Metro Detroit's Future 50 Companies for three consecutive years.

Managing Thought sprouted from an “aha” moment when Mary—feeling drained, unhealthy and completely out of balance—realized that she could take responsibility for her reality. She decided to apply the system of thinking and being that made her successful at work to change her entire life.

Mary, a CPA, is also certified in Gardening Fine Arts, as well as the practice of Dao-In, an ancient Chinese yoga practice. Mary enjoys camping, hiking, cooking, singing, traveling, and enjoying the company of family and friends. Her business, Managing Thought, is based in Denver, Colorado. She currently resides in Michigan and can be found at www.ManagingThought.com, MaryJLore.com, and MindfulnessMonday.com

Classes with Mary

Mastermind Session
Ask questions, get answers, share wisdom and counsel with fellow Campers.

This Camp brings together individuals from all walks of life, with diverse experiences, challenges and triumphs in vegetarianism, macrobiotics and healthy living. In this session, we tap into our wealth of knowledge and wisdom and serve as advisors and counsel to each other.  Mary Lore, who has taught thousands of leaders around the world how to powerfully conduct Masterminds, is facilitating this session.  Be prepared to give and receive!  Get to the core of an issue, achieve clarity, and create a forward path.

So Now What? - Lecture
It's been an amazing week at camp. You've attended lectures and cooking classes, learned how to move and meditate, and experienced poignant moments with fellow campers. So now what? In this interactive workshop, award-winning author and mentor helps you to prioritize your key take-aways from the week, set your intentions, and  invaluable tools to turn your goals into inspired action and amazing results.

Client Services with Mary

Mary serves as a trusted guide, mentor, and mirror to help you discover and turn your highest vision and turn it in to reality. Mary has helped hundreds of adults, teens and pre-teens at previous camps to create a fulfilling life, relationship, family, career, business, academic study, consultation practice, wedding ceremony…. Mary helps you:

  • Gain clarity.

  • Discover what you truly want, what truly matters to you

  • Uncover and release thoughts that are not working for you.

  • Develop thoughts, practices, and rituals to achieve and sustain what you truly want

  • Choose your intentions and shape your thoughts to create inspired and actionable items.

  • Achieve a job well done and a life well lived.

Sign up for a 1-1/2 to 2 hour individual, couple or family session or join a group session with up to six participants.

Please note there are additional fees for Client Services, paid directly to the practitioner.

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Shinobeau McConney

Shinobeau is a Vegan chef and creator of Wanowa, a Bay Area natural food service of healing cuisine based on traditional Chinese medicine & macrobiotic philosophy. Wanowa provides nutritional education, Macrobiotic and Japanese cooking instructions, catering and personal chef services. At “Wanowa”, Shinobeau shares her knowledge of healthy diet and wholesome food preparation that incorporates the traditional Japanese teachings and values placed on “food as medicine.”

Most recently Shinobeau developed a 100% plant-based bowls of RAMEN using her hand-crafted noodles and special secret sauce and soup! Wanowa version of this popular dish is not only satisfying but super-healthy. Ordinarily Ramen is usually very high in sodium and animal fat, let alone the high calories from the carbs. Wanowa’s healthy Ramen is favorably rated by the Bay Area foodies and has growing popularity with each bowl she lovingly prepares. Answering to increasing demands, she plans to share more and more of her innovative recipes and know-how from her kitchen.

Shinobeau holds certifications in Kushi Macrobiotics Foundation; Numerous Bakery/Desserts certifications from HomeMade Association. She loves to experiment in her test kitchen daily to come up with ways to incorporate the age-old traditional Japanese and Eastern food wisdom into modern health-conscious eating in the West. Originally from Hiroshima, Japan, Shinobeau is delighted to turn out amazing dishes using the highest quality fresh vegetables, fruits and grains, California has to offer.


Classes with Shinobeau

Miracle Food - Non Alcohol Amazake (Fermented Brown Rice Sweetener) - Cooking Class
Let’s make our own sweetener from scratch!

This probiotic natural sweetener is made from just brown rice porridge and koji(rice malt). It is very easy to make. It contains vitamin B1, B2, B6, folic acid, dietary fiber, oligosaccharide, cysteine, arginine, and glutamine. It is a great healthier alternative than refined sugar. You can create delicious deserts using Amazake instead of using sugar, let Shinobeau show you how.

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Shinobeau will demonstrate how to make plain Amazake, strawberry Amazake and Azuki bean Amazake. Then, we will make ice cream we can all enjoy together, amazingly tasty and sweet!

Japanese Sushi Roll - Cooking Class
Join Shinobeau in creating a healthy dressing for sushi rice, cook a delicious vegan “egg” salad, sautéed carrots, and red cabbage dishes to delight. All tasty and enjoyed individually or made into rolls using all 3 items rolled in lettuce for a refreshing summer sushi roll.

Gluten-free Focaccia Bread - Cooking Class
Join in a class on how to make gluten-free focaccia bread using rice flour. We will make 2 version, Potato & Rosemary, and Tomatoes & Basil with Tofu ricotta cheese

Delicious Japanese Confectionery, OHAGI - Kids Camp Cooking Class
Our lucky Kids Camp Kids will learn hands-on how to make the traditional Japanese sweet OHAGI which has been eaten from ancient times since the Edo period.

Sweet Azuki beans paste is wrapped in the sticky pudding rice and covered with roasted kinako (soybean) powder, it is a Japanese all time favorite!

Client Services with Shinobeau

Traditional Natural Liver/Kidney Rejuvenation Treatment
A similar compress application method to that of a ginger compress. A beautiful natural treatment to dissolve stagnation, mucus, and tension, withdraw toxins, melt blockages and stimulate circulation and energy flow.

Shinobeau uses leaves of loquat and hot konjac to rejuvenate stagnated organs - either liver or kidneys, your choice. The leaves of loquat have been used as alternative medicines for thousands of years in Asia. They are packed with vitamin B 17 called amygdalin, which has an effective component of fighting cancer cells. This natural treatment has no side effects so even small children can be treated. This treatment is effective for night cry and bedwetting as well. Once you experience this old traditional way of gentle treatment, you can practice for yourself or your family member at your own home. Shinobeaur will give you the instructions!

Bring your own LARGE bath/beach towel and yoga mat to lie down.
Duration of treatment: 30 min - 45 min

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Saci McDonald

Saci has studied Energy Kinesiology (EK) since 1996; earning her certificate from The Kinesiology Institute under the leadership of John Maguire. She has been teaching EK domestically and abroad since 2012 and is currently on the faculty of the Kinesiology Institute. She has also been fortunate to have studied with two masters in the EK field, Dr. Sheldon Deal and Carla Hannaford, PhD. Saci has accumulated thousands of hours of experience working with clients in her private practice, the offices of chiropractors and the post-event therapy tents for athletic events. 

Saci undertook a 4 year apprentice in Breathwork starting in 1990 with Maia Dhyan. (Maia studied with worldwide Breathwork founders Leonard Orr and Sondra Ray.) Saci began leading Breathwork groups in 1991 and has done so ever since across the US and in the UK.

Classes with Saci

BreathWork Circle - Activity
BreathWork - So simple - So effective - So safe

  • An easy way to a deep meditative peaceful state.

  • An easy way to connect your body and mind.

  • An easy way to feel centered.

Your breath:

  • Clears, cleanses and heals you physically, emotionally and spiritually.

  • Increases vitality, energy and enthusiasm.

  • Produces a profound sense of well-being, relaxation and bliss.

To wear:  Loose comfortable clothing.
To bring:  Yoga mat, blanket, regular pillow and small pillow or towel.
** Please rest your digestion for 2 hours before class.

Client Services with Saci

Saci McDonald will offer private Energy Kinesiology sessions at the retreat, for more information about her work SaciMcdonald.com.

Please note there are additional fees for Client Services, paid directly to the practitioner.

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Ginat Rice


Ginat Rice is co-creator of the annual Whole Health Forum, a five-day retreat for natural living from May 26-31, 2019 in Jerusalem. Ginat is a certified macrobiotic counselor and shiatsu therapist, and specializes in hand analysis and palmistry. She adopted a macrobiotic way of life in Israel in 1980, completed Level IV studies at the Kushi Institute and was co-owner in Boston of the Satori Natural Foods Restaurant. She teaches internationally and frequently contributes to macrobiotic journals. With her husband, Sheldon, she directs macrobiotic activities in Israel. Ginat is the author of “Food, Faith & Healing: 40 Stories of Cancer Recovery” and co-author with Sheldon of the cookbook, “Macrobiotic Meals”, both available online. Visit Ginat at www.thericehouse.com.

Class with Ginat

Welcome to Palmistry: Delightful Excursion
This class for the inquisitive mind makes palmistry easy. Reading hands is an intuitive and insightful indication of one's basic character and values, attitudes and actions. Elements of palmistry provide in depth information about personality, career, health, relationships and love. We’ll look at the mounts, lines, shape and size of the hand, the fingers and skin. Finally, we’ll consider sexuality, including demonstrations of same sex preferences. This class is fun, factual and facile.

Client Services with Ginat

Private Palmistry Session - 45 minutes

The art and science of palmistry / hand analysis is based on an understanding that the part reflects the whole. It addresses both physical and psychological health, revealing our personality and the direction we are taking toward our fate and happiness. A palm analysis unveils conscious and even subconscious early childhood experiences and their manifestations throughout life. Ginat's hand readings incorporate macrobiotic principles of balance, diagnosis and food-body correlation to corroborate and clarify personal life direction and meaning, all clearly revealed on the palm. The result is an accurate and fascinating understanding of oneself based on traits of early childhood behavior expressed in present habits. Knowing is halfway to changing. You are welcome to record our conversation and bring others to accompany you as observers and scribes.

Please note there are additional fees for Client Services, paid directly to the practitioner.

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Sheldon Rice


Sheldon embraced a macrobiotic lifestyle that helped him heal a serious illness in the late 1980s. An intense interest in numerology—determining the personality of a person at birth based on their name and birthday— during the past fifteen years has resulted in his authoring two books: Getting to Know You: A Numerology Textbook, based on the thousands of personal readings he has conducted; and, Personality and Numerology: The Collective Behavior of Peoples from 21 Countries, provides an understanding of the collective behavior characteristics of people from different countries, and their influence on their respective cultures. Sheldon and his wife Ginat live in Zichron Yaakov, a small town on Israel’s Mediterranean coast, where they have a center for macrobiotic studies, numerology, life coaching, and related services. Visit them at www.TheRiceHouse.com.

Class with Sheldon

The Magic of Numerology: Understanding Your Life Purpose
The birthday reveals the life each of us was meant to have. Every class participant will learn the most important personality traits affecting his health and happiness. This information can become a basis for significant personal growth and development. In addition, we will explore many other factors shaping each person’s life.

Client Services with Sheldon

Numerology Readings
A personal consultation explores your life purpose, your likes and dislikes, talents, potential, relationships, career, expressive abilities, and current and future tendencies. Suggestions are offered to minimize or eliminate stuck energy for a happy, healthy and fulfilling lifestyle. A numerology reading is valid for everyone, everywhere, whether or not they are physically present at the reading. Learn about family members, relationship compatibility and spousal affinity.

Please note there are additional fees for Client Services, paid directly to the practitioner.

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Jean Richardson

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Jean is President and Founder of Gold Mine Natural Food Company in San Diego. She has practiced macrobiotics for 40 years, studied with major teachers, and managed two macrobiotic restaurants in Boston. In 1985, Jean started Gold Mine, which carries a full line of macrobiotic staple foods. The company imports and distributes Ohsawa® brand organic/traditional macrobiotic foods from Japan, manufactures organic, raw sauerkraut and kimchi, and has been a supporter of French Meadows for many years. Jean has two daughters and four grandchildren.

Classes with Jean

Everybody Loves Tamales! - Hands-On Cooking Class
Fun and Easy Tamale Workshop – Learn how easy it is to make them. Tamales can be frozen and reheated later. They make excellent fast food!

We will pre-mix organic masa and soak the corn husks. 
You will help chop veggies for fillings. You’ll learn how to make and fold them. Then we will steam them to eat later. It’s so fun and easy, it’s like playing with cookie dough. 
And, you get to take home the recipe.

Play with Your Food! - Kid's Camp, Hands-On Cooking Class
Did your parents ever tell you, “Don’t play with your food!”?Turns out, playing with your food is healthy and fun!

In this class, we will use a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables to create beautiful, edible center pieces to show off in the main dining room. And while we’re at it, we will make ourselves a quick fruit parfait to enjoy as a snack!

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Gordon Saxe, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.

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Director, Center for Integrative Nutrition
Chair of Research, Krupp Endowed Fund
University of California, San Diego

Gordon Saxe is a board-certified Preventive Medicine physician, nutritional epidemiologist, and co-founder of the UCSD Centers for Integrative Health. A student of Michio Kushi in the 1980's and 90's and a practitioner of macrobiotics for over 35 years, he has been a pioneer in the field of Nutritional Oncology and studied the diet - cancer relationship - from both eastern and western perspectives - at a very deep level.

His research on pancreatic cancer in the 1980's at Tulane University was the first to systematically examine the effect of macrobiotic dietary practice on cancer outcome. Later, his research at the University of Michigan in the 1990's helped establish some of the mechanisms by which diet may influence the underlying biology of breast cancer. And more recently, his research at both the University of Massachusetts and the University of California, San Diego was the first to address the effectiveness of the combination of a whole food, plant-based diet and mind-body disciplines in helping to control the spread of advanced prostate cancer.

Gordon now oversees the Krupp Fund, the largest philanthropic endowment in the U.S. specifically devoted to the study of diet and natural medicine in the prevention and treatment of disease. To help the Krupp Fund achieve its transformative potential and have the widest possible impact, he and his colleagues also established the UCSD Center for Integrative Nutrition. The Center offers clinical, research, and educational programs and serves as an incubator of ideas and scalable solutions around the use of food as medicine and the science of nutrition.

Classes with Gordon

"Food As Medicine" - Lecture Class Series - 4 Classes Total
Gordon Saxe will be discussing the launch of the largest-ever research endowment devoted to the study of food-as-medicine, the Krupp Endowed Fund at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. One of the main areas of focus of the endowment will be on the ability of a whole food, plant-based diet (inspired by macrobiotics) to prevent, arrest, or reverse a number of conditions - heart disease, cancer, blinding eye diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, endometriosis, and many others - seen across a range of subspecialties. One of the key questions for discussion will be on how to leverage the change in practice brought about by this research - by connecting it with the work of like-minded networks and movements - to help unleash an exponentially-growing, food-based transformation of individual, societal and planetary health.

Client Services with Gordon

Medical Nutrition Consultations
Gordon offers personalized consultations for a wide range of health conditions. He employs a novel, out-of-the-box perspective integrating the best of western biomedicine and modern nutrition science with epidemiologic reasoning and the wisdom of macrobiotics and traditional healing systems. The aim is to help you reframe the problem, gain a deeper understanding of its causes and mechanisms, and develop an empowering strategy for self-healing.

Please note there are additional fees for Client Services, paid directly to the practitioner.

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Masayo Sugimoto

Born in Japan and after extensive training and service there with Shumei, a spiritual fellowship, Masayo relocated to Shumei America's National Headquarters in Pasadena, California a decade ago.  Shumei promotes Jyorei, a healing art, and encourages the practice of Natural Agriculture, which is a means of growing food from pure seed in unamended soil. Having an appreciation for art and beauty is also an important practice within Shumei.

Masayo coordinates healthy lifestyle programs that include home gardening, healthy cooking classes with Jeanne Grosset, and sharing Jyorei healing energy.

Classes with Masayo

Purifying Morning Chanting “ Heavenly Chant”

Masayo will share an old Shinto style chant called “Amatsu Norito ( Heavenly Chant)” to help bring clarity, vitality and peacefulness for the day. The vibration of the chant will align your energy and purify all directions surroundings. It takes about seven minutes to intone the chant, and when you follow along, you will feel the energy coming from your inner body. 

After the chant, Masayo will offer individual Jyorei sessions (lasting five minutes or so) to anyone would like to receive during the program hour. Of course, anyone is welcome to remain in this calm and peaceful space for quite reflexation or meditation!

Client Services with Masayo

Jyorei – Spiritual Healing energy
No fees. Your donation will support our activities.

Jyorei is pure spiritual energy healing for all. It takes five to ten minutes. Receiving Jyorei is simple; just sit comfortably with your head up and eyes closed. Energy will be transmitted first to your forehead, then to the top of your head. It is very simple, profound and beautiful.

Jyorei brings inner peace, physical comfort, and emotional balance. It also appears to reduce stress and strengthen the immune system. Physical ailments can often show remarkable improvement, depending upon the amount of impurities that need to be removed. The ultimate purpose of Jyorei, however, is to increase overall health, happiness and harmony.

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Wholesome Essence, Inc. nourishes communities with healthy, vibrant foods and other goods. All of our products are grown with love and care, and in harmony with nature using a sustainable farming method called Natural Agriculture (NA). NA growers do not use synthetic chemicals, fertilizers, or animal manure, but instead focus on building a balanced, ecological partnership between farmer, food, earth and eater. Fill your pantry with a Wholesome Essence foods such as ancient whole grain pasta, sweet rice and full-flavored olive oil and more.

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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.

Shirley was Manager of Real Estate and Coordinator of Refugee and Social Justice Issues. She 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, Sun City groups and at Camelback Inn Resort.

Shirley is currently enjoying life mountain climbing and traveling to all the major church conferences as an exhibitor to fundraise for migrants and other justice issues.

Classes with Shirley

Qi Gong - Activity
Literally - "Life Energy Cultivation" is a holistic system of coordinated body posture and movement, breathing and meditation used for health, spirituality and martial arts training. With roots in Chinese medicine, philosophy and martial arts, qigong is traditionally viewed as a practice to cultivate and balance qi (chi), translated as "life energy".

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Will Tuttle

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Will Tuttle, Ph.D.is the visionary author of the acclaimed best-seller The World Peace Diet, published in 16 languages. Recipient of the Courage of Conscience Award and the Empty Cages Prize, he’s also the author of Your Inner Islands, on developing intuition. A vegan since 1980, he is a frequent radio, television, and online presenter, and is featured in Cowspiracy and other documentary films. A former Zen monk, Dr. Tuttle is also a noted composer and pianist. With his spouse Madeleine, a Swiss visionary artist, he lectures and concertizes extensively throughout the world, promoting peace and cultural awakening.


Classes with Will

The World Peace Diet - Lecture
A 39-year vegan, Will’s presentations offer a uniquely broad and deep understanding of the profound consequences of our culture’s routine mistreatment of animals for food and other uses. Dr. Tuttle is committed to raising awareness about the interconnections between animal liberation and social justice, peace, health, ethics, spirituality, and environmental sustainability.

Eating for Spiritual Health & Social Harmony - Lecture
What are the cultural messages that we consume with our daily meals, and what kind of transformation can we help create when we’re more conscious about our food choices? How do plant-based foods heal us and our world in unrecognized ways? Join Will in exploring the hidden consequences of animal agriculture. This presentation illuminates the cultural and health impacts of our food system as the primary organizing and compelling force in our world, and provides some essential keys to thriving in our lives and being more effective advocates for peace, justice and healing.