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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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

Food-Faux Fun with Agar - Cooking Class with David Briscoe
Once you learn some basic techniques, you can let your creative cook out of the box. Agar is not just for kantens!

We will make:

  • NoMoo Cheese

  • NonFauna Fun Loaf

  • Eggless Custard Pie Filling

Hand-roll Sushi Cone Party - Hands-On Cooking Class with David Briscoe
This is so much easier than making nori rolls. Hand-roll sushi can make for an elegant and interactive dinner party or a practical snack on the go. David and Cynthia will demonstrate how to prepare some of their favorite fillings and how to combine satisfying flavor, color and texture for all sushi lovers.

Stocking Your Medicine Cabinet with Healing Plant Helpers - Demonstration
It’s easy and so satisfying to make your own salves, balms and crèmes.

Cynthia will share same of her favorite must-haves for common emergencies plus a delightful face crème straight from Mother Nature’s garden.

Plant botanicals hold incredible healing powers that can rival or surpass the chemistry in regular drug store purchases.

Grounded Yang, Inspired Yin with Steady Sweetness in the Middle - Lecture
Let’s take the fear out of yin and yang.
What does balanced yang and balanced yin mean in macrobiotics?
How does yin and yang serve the dynamics of macrobiotics?
What is your “sweet spot” anchor in macrobiotics?

Praising Fiber for Whole Health - Lecture
Fiber’s significance is far reaching. Not only is it a binding agent for carrying toxic waste from the body, it is also the favored food for the trillions of microbes that your health depends on.

Learn about the connective role fiber plays in digestion, your immune health and hormone production. Lack of fiber contributes to the vast array of inflammatory and autoimmune disease such as heart disease, IBS, arthritis, breast cancer, liver disease and many other related health conditions.

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

Food-Faux Fun with Agar - Cooking Class with Cynthia Briscoe
Once you learn some basic techniques, you can let your creative cook out of the box. Agar is not just for kantens!

We will make:

  • NoMoo Cheese

  • NonFauna Fun Loaf

  • Eggless Custard Pie Filling

Hand-roll Sushi Cone Party - Hands-On Cooking Class with Cynthia Briscoe
This is so much easier than making nori rolls. Hand-roll sushi can make for an elegant and interactive dinner party or a practical snack on the go. David and Cynthia will demonstrate how to prepare some of their favorite fillings and how to combine satisfying flavor, color and texture for all sushi lovers.

Diet For Better Behavior - Lecture
It is generally not understood how diet directly affects behavior. In this session, we’ll discuss the latest research on the subject and what can be done to see clear changes in behavior through diet changes. 

Memory & The Brain - Lecture
Learn about how you can have a healthy brain for the whole of your life. Memory loss is not inevitable. No matter what age you are, you can start now to protect your brain and keep it healthy.

Learn about the latest research related to diet, exercise and social activity for the brain.

Remembering Herman and Cornellia Aihara:  Lessons & Laughs
Join David and Cynthia for a fun and informative journey full  unique lessons and funny stories from their years with Herman and Cornellia Aihara, founders of the French Meadows Camp, The George Ohsawa Macrobiotic Foundation , and The Vega Study Center. Former students and friends of Herman and Cornellia are invited to share with everyone their own stories during the session. 

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.
$85 per person; 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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Kathleen Brannan Brown

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Kathleen is a Canadian-trained Traditional Osteopathic Practitioner based in Santa Rosa, CA. A veteran of western medicine as an emergency department registered nurse for over 20 years, she bridges somatic therapy sense alongside western medicine training. To look at the whole person while addressing dysfunction throughout the body lies fundamental to osteopathic principles and care. Kathleen's advanced concussion training allows her to tune in to the more subtle nervous system aberrations that can elude other practitioners. From back pain to acid reflux and headaches to foot pain, Kathleen helps people get back to life.

Class with Kathleen

Dynamically Stable Pelvic Floor 

Come join Kathleen in a group discussion about the pelvic floor. This class is for women only. Anatomy and physiology of the pelvic floor will be reviewed and exercises to maintain a stable pelvic floor will be taught. Please bring a yoga mat and or pillow. 

Client Services with Kathleen

Traditional Osteopathic Manual Therapy
Osteopathy is a hands-on natural treatment philosophy which seeks to identify areas of the body that are not functioning optimally then gently ease these restrictions so that normal function can resume.There is not one technique that is specific to osteopathy, but its practice demands the body be addressed as a whole unit and consideration be given to all of its components.

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

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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.

Classes with Lance

Move Better - Activity
This class is a mixture of core principles for building foundational strength and creating better movement out of them. While containing some familiarity to pilates and yoga, it parcels them down to the fundamental prerequisites for effective movement. So, it can be thought of as a preparatory class, that gets one ready for yoga or pilates (or life's curve balls!) It requires a curious mind, focused attention and a capacity for awareness within one's movement. Great for those who wish to move more freely and with ease.

Please bring a yoga mat or blanket for your personal use in class.

Get Down Dog
Downward Facing Dog - is it an inversion, an arm balance or a forward bend? One simple posture has so much going on behind the skin. It can be one of the most rewarding poses in all of yoga when done with knowledge, intention and purpose. How do you do it? How is it done?

Come learn the kinematics and the biomechanics of Adho Mukha Svanasana along with therapist/instructor Lance Brown. Gain an understanding on what to strive for in each muscle, each joint and each body part with modifications for graduation and exploration of what is unique to you. How to get there is arguably more important than the destination itself.

Homemade Almond Butter - Kids Camp Cooking Class
Lance and his daughter MacKenna love making almond butter together, and it is absolutely delicious! Together they will be teaching this two part cooking class on how to make it fresh in your own home kitchen for the whole family to enjoy.

Client Services with Lance

Movement Re-Education
As we mature in a lifetime, patterns emerge and form into semi-permanence. These patterns serve us well for efficiency in the short term. However, they could also prevent a healthy repertoire of capability from remaining available for the long term. Using developmental movements from the first stages of life and integrating them into the individual movement patterns in adulthood, we can help maintain a capacity to move well when needed. Movement re-education is for anyone who wants to incorporate activity in life that may be hampered by pain and/or restriction, or further with those that have plateaued with current lifestyle activities and desiring to identify the blocks that stand in one's way. This is not a one-time fix, it is part of the journey of self.

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

Loving Your Liver - Lecture
Of all the organs in the body, the liver is the most susceptible to becoming full of excess energy and heavily burdened by the eating animal food and sugar.   Stress, lack of sleep and over eating especially before bedtime don’t help!. So what foods can we choose to support the liver especially in spring time?  We will explore other remedies for the liver and how to understand its function according to the Five Transformations of Energy.

Pickle Making 101 - Cooking Class
Learn simple easy to make pickles that will enhance your meals and kick start your knowledge of how to make fermented foods!

Your Refrigerator Never Lies - Lecture
You really are what you eat!   During this class we will discuss how food choices really do contribute to various health conditions and discuss how your hidden snack stash may reveal something more about you than you realize!   Join us for the fun of exploring how to really help create balance in your lifestyle and food choices.

Healthy Lunches Healthy Kids - Kids Camp Cooking Class
This class will walk you thru all the delicious ways to create healthy items for your lunch box.  Learn some new simple sandwich spreads no sugar snack items and drinks so you can go off to school with a smile on your face!

Healthy Breakfast Foods - Cooking Class
Wow! I just learned plant based cooking but don’t have a clue as to what to serve for breakfast!This class will provide you with some yummy dishes to wake up to each morning feeling refreshed and energized.

Cook for the Love of Your Liver! - Cooking Class
Dishes made from light, fresh grains and greens are one of the most helpful foods for the liver and well as mildly salty pickles. Become more patience, relaxed, flexible and have a clear vision simply by including these light dishes in your diet.  Join us and learn how to create them (patiently!!).

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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Carl Ferré

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Carl Ferré has studied macrobiotic principles since beginning his practice in 1975. He began work at the George Ohsawa Macrobiotic Foundation in 1978. He is the current President of the Foundation, editor of Macrobiotics Today magazine, and directed the French Meadows Summer Camps for 37 years. Carl is author of Essential Guide to Macrobiotics, Acid Alkaline Companion, and compiler of Essential Ohsawa. He and family live in Chico, California.

Classes with Carl

Acid Alkaline for Stressful Times
We are experiencing increased stress from natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods, and fires to an ever increasing political divide. The proliferation of chemicals in our food and environment along with GMOs add more acidic elements. These stresses and acids require us to adjust our diets in the alkaline direction. Practical suggestions will be presented along with a discussion of alkaline water machines.

Getting What You Want Using Macrobiotic Principles
One macrobiotic idea is that we can change what will happen in the future in a positive direction by making better choices in the present. Many people are aware of the effects of macrobiotic dietary choices; however, food is about 5 percent of health and health is only about 5% of life. Macrobiotic principles can be used for so much more. A 3-step method will be presented to help you get what you want, to answer all questions, and to resolve all issues.

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Julia Ferré, CHT

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Julia Ferré, CHT is a certified hypnotherapist, Reiki master, and an integrative facilitator in helping to enable consciousness. Her work includes personal one-on-one sessions, group sessions, workshops, and writing for a worldwide audience. Julia has received certification from the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners (ACHE) and Sylvia Browne and offers sessions for energy, attunement, and personal growth. She is author of the newly released Food and Intuition 101, Basic Macrobiotic Cooking, and French Meadows Cookbook. Julia and husband, Carl Ferré, manage the George Ohsawa Macrobiotic Foundation and write for and publish Macrobiotics Today magazine. Julia lives in northern California with her family.

Classes with Julia

"Food & Intuition” Part 1 - Lecture
"Food & Intuition” Part 2 - Cooking Class
 Intuition is the inner awareness of what is right and appropriate for oneself. While often considered a gut feeling Intuition is more than a passing fancy. It is a vital force that helps us be in touch with our desires and passions. When activated Intuition is a power to enable us to make good decisions. 

We will explore the relationship between food and Intuition in two areas. One area is how Intuition can help guide us to make better food choices in the moment and when planning ahead. The other area is how food choices can shape Intuition in the fullest measure to help a person self-actualize to their greatest potential. 

The lecture will cover the guiding principles of intuition and their influence in our lives. Information is presented alongside George Ohsawa’s Seven Levels of Judgement.

The cooking class will introduce Intuition in the kitchen such as choosing food, meal planning, various cooking techniques, and eating prompts. For example: What salt do you like best? When do you use certain cooking techniques? How do you balance a meal? Is there a way to be more satisfied with simple food choices? 

All ideas are covered in full in Julia’s books "Food and Intuition" Vol 1 and 2.

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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

JAM "Journey-Awake-Manifest" Sound Therapy sessions
60-90-120 minute

  • 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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Tanya Greve

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Tanya Greve, the founder of The Yoga Garage, has been teaching yoga for nearly 20 years and is an IAYT certified Yoga Therapist. She began practicing yoga regularly in the early 1990s in NYC where she learned how to find calm in the chaos of the big city. 

Finding balance is a theme in her teaching and practice. Her group classes are fun and accessible and incorporate asana, breath work and meditation to find balance. In 2009, she began her journey into motherhood, which changed her practice and teaching profoundly.

For the last decade, Tanya has worked one-on-one with clients in her Yoga Therapy practice, where she designs a safe, personal practice to suit the needs of the individual. She draws from the yoga toolbox to address issues such as anxiety/depression, structural issues, autoimmune disorders and other imbalances. She has lead 200 hour teacher trainings, and workshops on topics that include: the Chakras, the Core and the Pelvic Floor, Mantra, Sound Healing, The Yoga Sutras and others. She lives in LA with her husband and two kids.

Classes with Tanya

Breath Centered Yoga - Activity
Tanya's breath-centered yoga classes are gentle and healing sessions that often include at least some meditation. She incorporates her experience in several styles of Yoga to ensure a varied class with safe alignment. Appropriate for beginners and advanced practitioners. A perfect addition to your day!

Please bring a yoga mat or blanket for your personal use in class.

Client Services by Tanya

Private Yoga Session
In a private yoga session, the class is designed to fit the needs, goals and pace of the student. We can clarify any questions you may have about your Yoga practice, and explore how Yoga can support you in reaching your health and wellness goals. 

Private Yoga Therapy
Yoga Therapy helps to empower the client to progress toward improved health and well-being through the application of Yoga. A Yoga Therapy session we will begin with an intake to clarify any areas of imbalance or concern. Yoga Therapy is especially helpful to those with special conditions such as anxiety, depression, back/neck/shoulder issues, autoimmune disorders, post-natal recovery, digestive issues, insomnia etc. You will be given a short, personal home practice.

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, VEGAN/Macro Cooking Class Educator, Kundalini Yoga Teacher 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 VEGAN/macrobiotic 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, vegan/macro fare - 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" and also offers an online macrobiotic recipe library including cooking classes.

Classes with Jeanne

"Foundational Foods" - Cooking Class
Come explore the foundational foods that make up the macrobiotic 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.

"No Recipes Needed" - Lecture
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. 

"Popcorn Balls" - 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 popcorn balls for the whole family to enjoy.

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Patrick Grosset

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Our Summer Retreat 2017-2018 Executive Chef - Patrick is overseeing all kitchen operations and menu item creations for our camp at Pinecrest Lake this summer. He specializes in macro/vegan fare and gluten free dishes. Patrick features a "teaching kitchen" environment for all of his work/study participants. Creating dishes without recipes. Using principles of balance to 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!

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


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

Ron works for Shumei America, a spiritual fellowship that originally started in 1940s Japan.  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.  Ron promotes this practice through garden startups, classes, and workshops in and around Los Angeles.

Additionally, through Shumei, Ron helps others realize greater health and happiness by sharing with them the purifying energy known as Jyorei.  Pronounced like “joe-ray”, it is the focusing of divine light energy to a persons' head for about five or ten minutes.  There is no fee to receive - Jyorei is always a gift.

Classes with Ron

"Hey, What’s the Deal with our Food?"

"Gardening in Harmony with Nature - Why not?"

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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

"Healthy Asian Cooking"
In this segment Mary will demo a RICE PLATTER WITH SIDE DISHES to showcase veggies and tempeh dishes from Indonesia. It will include the use of fresh turmeric, tamarind, Thai sweet basil, grated coconut flakes etc.

"Spicing It Up"
Let's go Indian... This is a popular Kerala curry usually served at weddings.

We will use Black beans instead of the traditional mung beans - this is surely a spicy twist with garam masala and curry spices and coconut cream.

Roti Jala - This is a Malaysian net-like pancake made from Besan (chickpea flour).

"Oodles of Noodles" - Kid's Camp Cooking Class
Stirf-ried UDON with Lotus root balls and mushroom sauce.

Here the kids will make meatless balls - freshly grated lotus root and carrots makes delicious crunchy fried balls for all to enjoy.

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 craniosacral therapy? It is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the function of the craniosacral 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.

Calm Passionate Communication SKILLS - The Breath of Relationships - 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.

Healing With Feelings - Use Emotions Instead Of Them Using You - Activity
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 Includes Sexual Energy Cultivation For Men/Women -- Share Intimacy At Any Age - 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.

Vision Training According to Yin/Yang 5 Movements/Seasons - Activity
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 healing 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

Food Art - Kid's Camp
Create art you can eat... lovely lions, teasing tigers and beautiful bears or how about creating a rocket or a ballerina or a plate full of food flowers. You imagine it, create it, write a story about your art. Then we will enjoy a fabulous food art feast!

Art & Crafts - Activity
Yakira is a talented artist who loves inspiring others to express their creativity and produce summer camp keepsakes. We have 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

Healing Tent
Come bathe in the Sacred Light of Divine Healing

  • Negative energy clearing.

  • Healing is about discovery.

  • Awaken or re-ignite the sacred light within yourself.

  • Learn to S.O.A.R.
    S - search within and connect to divine light to discover your answers
    O - overcome your obstacles... physical, emotional and spiritual clearing
    A - awaken ancient wisdom weaved into your DNA... this is the place of pure truth
    R - restore your ability to fly - just like the phoenix bird... rise out of the flames of your life to a wiser, stronger, more beautiful version of you!

I will take you on a discovery path, be your guide and mentor to teach you how to S.O.A.R.

Intuitive Healing Session

  • Discover past life connections - how past lives can affect this life.

  • Womb discovery - mother experience/child experience in the womb - the outcome.

  • Guided healing that you will be able to use what you learn to continue your healing process after camp. Some of the physical results:

    • Release tension to experience deep relaxation.

    • Improve circulation.

    • Assist the body to detox.

    • Ease muscle pain.

    • Lessens the joint pains of arthritis.

    • Relieve the pain of fibromyalgia.

Divine Messages I channel to you and Divine messages I teach you to receive for yourself.

Schedule an appointment for a consultation and together we will create your "Sacred Healing Celebration - Living a Life Extraordinaire"

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

"Saving Grace" - Lecture
Life is hectic. Work is fast-paced. Priorities change constantly.  Many of us have taught ourselves to accomplish things through force - persevering, persisting, overcoming - which results in stress and actually limits results.  In this interactive session, award-winning author Mary Lore shares practical tools you can put to use immediately to understand how we can accomplish significant results, create profound change and our highest vision through grace and flow.

"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.

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.

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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Chuck Lowery

Born, raised and still living in Southern California, Chuck was introduced to healthy lifestyles at age 22. A routine check-up opened his eyes when the doctor emphatically stated “Diet has nothing to do with your health!” Upon hearing that proclamation, Chuck went out and bought the book “You Are All Sanpaku” by William Dufty and read it while on vacation.

It was a life-changing experience.

As Chuck’s interest in the vegan-macrobiotic diet/philosophy grew, he studied and worked with Herman and Cornellia Aihara for more than two years. They inspired him to co-found Pacific Bakery, an all-organic, whole grain bakery with quality in mind. Twenty-plus years later, he sold the bakery and moved on to run for city council and is now Deputy Mayor of Oceanside, a position he still holds today.

Chuck will join us at this year’s camp. In addition to enjoying all Camp Sylvester has to offer, he will teach his home-made chapati/tortilla & pizza-making workshop. See details in the class schedule.

Class with Chuck

Chapati & Pizza Extravaganza: Back By Popular Demand!
It’s time to learn something completely different… and have fun doing it. 

Chuck Lowery, former owner-operator of Pacific Bakery in Oceanside, California, will take over the camp kitchen, make an essential dough, and fire up the stovetop to get cooking. If you’re one of the 15 who sign up to participate, you’ll do the same.

Anyone can learn to make a truly artisan bread starter. Brief printed instructions and overview in class will enable you to take your baking skills, whatever they may be, to greater heights. 

Mixing the dough by hand or machine, everyone will learn how to measure, shape and cook traditional chapati, a ancient form of tortilla. Using whole grain spelt flour, you’ll be amazed that such good food can be made with so few ingredients…and without yeast!

This workshop is moderately demanding and we will be moving rapidly around hot equipment. We will use the kitchen during the lunch break but no worries: Everyone will enjoy the day's lunch, but not all at the same time. Plan to bring a hair cover, wear long pants, and covered-toe shoes. An apron is suggested.

Registration is limited.
Workshop fee of $25 includes basic recipes and delicious samples during the workshop.

The pizzas are consumed by workshop participants who will taste the fruits of their labors!

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Tim Martinez


Tim Martinez works for Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy to preserve, restore and protect open space in the San Gabriel Mountains. An expert on the uses of Southern California’s native plants, he is also an experienced macrobiotic cook and a graduate of Macrobiotics America - Macrobiotics Global Counselor Training Program. Tim is passionate about the history and traditional diet of his MesoAmerican and Celtic ancestors.

Classes with Tim

Rope Making, Primitive Fire & Cooking with Native Foods - Hands-On Class
Learn the essential skills of the land! We will make cordage and soap out of the yucca plant and start our cooking fire with the hand drill the way our ancestors did. Sample acorn bread and other native foods cooked over a wood flame. Please bring a knife.

Edible & Medicinal Plant Walk - Hike and Learn
“People don’t protect what they don’t know.” Identify common plants and learn their uses as we explore our surroundings. Learn to live in balance with your local environment, develop a relationship with the plants in your area and practice ethical harvesting in your own garden. Please dress appropriately and bring a canteen of water.

Plant Medicine Workshop - Demonstration
Explore how tinctures, teas, and other herbal medicines can be used to relieve pain, boost immunity, and more.  Learn to process and cook with prickly pear cactus (nopales) the traditional cure-all of Mexican culture.  Sample a cactus taco cooked over a wood flame!

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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

Ask, Listen & Respond with Energy Kinesiology - Demonstration
Your body is a treasure trove of self-knowledge. When was the last time you asked it a question?

In this fun, hands-on class, you will learn to tap into your majestic medicine cabinet (aka 'your body'), Through active participation, you will practice simple techniques and walk away feeling great . . . more energetic, more peaceful, more empowered.

You will learn how to:

  • Prepare your body for muscle testing

  • Self muscle test

  • Test foods to find out what's best for you

  • Re-wire your thoughts

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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Jessica Porter


Jessica is author of The Hip Chick's Guide to Macrobiotics, The MILF Diet and collaborated with Alicia Silverstone on her New York Times bestseller, The Kind Diet.  She has also collaborated with Tia Mowry and Patricia Heaton on their recent books.  Jessica has been practicing macrobiotics since 1991, managed the Way to Health Program at the Kushi Institute in the mid '90s, and has worked as a traveling macrobiotic cook.  Jessica is a hypnotherapist and actress, and created Self-Hypnosis for Actors. She does standup comedy on the side, and makes her lectures funny, inspiring and informative.

Classes with Jessica

Grain Salads - Cooking Class
Perfect for spring, summer and light meals, a grain salad offers not only a delicious way to eat your grain, but an opportunity to play with texture, color, taste and energies.  Come to this class to learn more about cooking, the seasons, and balancing your condition with grain salads.  

Cooking to Keep the Spark in the Bedroom - Cooking Class
The study of yin and yang teaches us about attraction.  And where is attraction most obvious and exciting but in the bedroom?  Come to this class to learn why men and women (or member of same-sex couples) need to eat slightly differently in order to keep their spark alive and strong.  

Decadent Desserts - Cooking Class
Sure, some desserts help us to balance and relax, but some are just downright indulgences.  In this class, we will cook a few mouth-watering desserts that will impress the most cynical, non-macro friends.

Men and Women: Why We Drive Each Other Crazy - Lecture
Men and women are different - we know that... but how different? What can we learn from recent scientific studies ongender? Come to this fascinating class to learn more about yourself, your mate and the world at large. Citing studies compiled by Drs. Louanne Brizendine and Leonard Saxe, Jessica will help you to look down the microscope right into our brains! As a stand-up comedienne and experienced teacher, Jessica makes information digestible, memorable and fun. Don't miss it.

Client Services with Jessica

Hypnosis for Healing
Drop some baggage at your campsite! With Jessica Porter as your guide, enjoy profound relaxation while identifying and releasing old emotional stagnation. Hypnotherapy helps with: smoking cessation, stress, phobias, insomnia, low self-esteem, co-dependency, and general stuckness.  Jessica specializes in childhood regression and does NOT do hypnosis for weight loss. 

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 - 3 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.

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John Stewart

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John Stewart loves food and loves to cook. As a child, he enjoyed his mother’s cooking but when she went to school and became a nurse he and his brothers began to do a lot of the cooking. 

For more than 30 years John taught elementary and high school. He divided students into teams and studied foods of different countries, taught dances and cooked dishes pertaining to the nationality as part of the class. He conducted a Chinese cooking class for ten years in a community college. He traveled extensively in Israel and Europe. He led 28 people on a tour of Ireland, Scotland, and England. Later helped students build a solar bike, took students and parents to Missouri, then on to Japan to win solar bike races. Spent two weeks traveling in Japan with the event and organized students/parents to home stay.

A few years ago, he was diagnosed with lymphoma and refused traditional cancer protocol. In his search for natural treatments, he found macrobiotics. Since that time he has studied under macrobiotic counselor Cynthia Vann and has been on the diet ever since. He is also a student of David Briscoe’s Macrobiotics America Counselor Training course.

John loves making foods from scratch, such as sauerkraut, natto, tempeh, tofu, and basic sprouted grain sour dough bread. He enjoys teaching others to create delicious, healthy food for a happy life.

He is an accomplished weaver, and has woven hundreds of dishtowels/dishcloths and was commissioned to weave dinner napkins for an elite resort.  He has designed and woven several haramakis and prize-winning baby wrap/sling and beautiful scarves. And John is a skilled artistic woodworker. He has designed and built several award-winning tables and wood turnings.

Classes with John

"Solar Cooking, Waffles & More" - Cooking Class
So you have seen solar cookers on the internet but never up close? Now's your chance to check it out. "How to Cook Rice with the Sun" is the first part of John's informative class. Next he will dazzle you with "Healthy, Hearty Overnight Waffles" that are oh so healthy and delicious. Wrapping class up with "Happy Healthy Sprouting", setting it up so that later in the week he can show you how simple it was to grow your very own sprouts.

"Thriving on Leftovers" - Cooking Class
Join John for a cooking class focusing on creative ways to use leftovers. Join him for "Travel Rice Balls",
a "Skillet Meal Using Sprouts" and "Samosas". New ideas for mixing it up in the kitchen for an ever-expanding menu and no waste. 

Client Services with John

Spinning With A Drop Spindle
Using the wool roving provided, each person will learn to spin yarn with a hand-crafted drop spindle.

Materials and the use of a spindle will be supplied for $20.
Participants can also purchase the spindle for an additional $25.00.

The spindle class consists of  three sessions - one class at the beginning of the week, one midweek and one to wrap up the end of the week. Spinners will be expected to practice during the week on their own time.

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.

Featuring Wholesome Essence Products Sales Stand

Pure Soil, Pure Seed, Pure Heart

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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Cynthia Vann


Retired from the Air Force in 1993, Cynthia discovered macrobiotics at the Kushi Institute in 1995 which started her on a lifelong journey studying macrobiotics and its principles. She has attended Level studies at Kushi Institute and completed David Briscoe's counselor program. Cynthia has studied both iridology and sclerology incorporating eye studies into her counseling. She edited the Best of East West, 4 seasonal cooklets of recipes from the East West Journal in support of Planetary Health, Inc. and is a member of the Planetary Health board. She has written for both Macrobiotics Today and Amberwaves. She enjoys the outdoors and reading science fiction.

Classes with Cynthia

Macrobiotics and Alcohol Addiction - Lecture

Can something as simple as diet overcome addiction with it's complexities of psychological imbalances? I say yes and share with you my own story of how I stopped alcohol addiction in its' tracks. The process of overcoming addiction starts with becoming aware that you are risking your life for something that you think you need. If you say yes to life, you will stop. I will discuss how to see addiction to extremes in the face and body, how much is too much, recovering a stable blood sugar with macrobiotics, and the aftermath of stopping alcohol.

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