Macrobiotic Annual Summer Conference

Jul 28, 2019 - Aug 03, 2019

“Let food be your medicine and your medicine be food.”—Hippocrates

The theme of the 2019 Macrobiotic Summer Conference is “Celebrating Planetary Food with Our Celebrity Chefs. The week-long event will feature over 25 leading macrobiotic teachers, counselors, and chefs, including Cathy Albanese, Sheri Demaris, Christian Elwell, Edward Esko, Naomi Ichikawa Esko, Masumi Goldman, Virginia Harper, Alex Jack, Sachi Kato, Warren Kramer, Judy and Larry MacKenney, Amber Maisano, Tom Monte, Miwaka Ohara, Christina Pirello, Bettina Zumdick, and many others.

The conference will include over 50 presentations on Macrobiotic Cooking, Macrobiotic Philosophy, Energy Healing, Visual Diagnosis, 9 Star Ki, Environmental Studies, Shiatsu, Yoga, and Meditation. Private sessions will be available for Macrobiotic Counseling, Shiatsu Massage, 9 Star Ki Readings, and Psychic Readings.

Studies will run from morning to evening and culminate with a Gala fundraising dinner for macrobiotic education on Friday, August 3. The guests of honor will be Bill Tara, a macrobiotic pioneer, and his wife, celebrity chef Marlene Watson-Tara. Bill served as VP of Erewhon Natural Foods, founder of the Community Health Foundation in the UK, and a co-founder of the Kushi Institute. He and Marlene direct MACROVegan in London. Marlene, author of Macrobiotics for All Seasons, is a long-time vegan and animal lover. At the Conference, Bill will be awarded the 2019 Michio Kushi Peace Prize in honor of his lifetime contribution to health, peace, and sustainability and give the keynote address on “The Future of Nutrition.” He and Marlene will be teaching at the Conference throughout the week are available for personal counseling.

The Summer Conference is a perfect occasion to further your knowledge and understanding, meet old friends and make new ones, and enjoy a week of delightful food and fellowship in a beautiful natural environment.

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Sign up for Full Conference and receive 50% off tuition for a second person who accompanies you.

** Offer applies to new participants who have not attended the Macrobiotic Summer Conference before at Eastover.
** Please sign up on the Eastover website. A rebate check will be issued by Planetary Health at the end of the conference for this special offer.

Contact Dave Johnson for more information at 413-212-7455 or


Includes Tuition, Meals, Gala, and Choice of Accommodations for the number of days you choose or the entire conference.


Includes Tuition, Meals  for the number of days you choose or the entire conference.


Call the Macrobiotic Summer Conference Helpline at 413-212-7445 or email

Counseling & Personal Services

In addition to the dynamic lectures and cooking classes, most presenters will be available for personal health consultations, bodywork, or other private sessions. Availability is limited, so please book as soon as possible by calling the Macrobiotic Summer Conference Helpline at 413-212-7445 or email

Consultations: $350; private services: $150 (acupuncture, massage, Nine Star Ki, etc.)


Featuring 3 healthful, delicious vegan macrobiotic meals each day.

Gluten-free options available. Café with delicious snacks and beverages is open daily.

Payment Policy

A $50 non-refundable deposit is taken at the time registration occurs. The full balance is due by July 13.

Cancellation Policy

Full refund minus the $50 non-refundable deposit fee unless less than 14 days prior to event; then 50% refund.

Testimonials from Last Year's Macrobiotic Conference at Eastover

“A total health experience in a beautiful and helpful environment”

“It felt like I was coming home. Such a warm, welcoming community of like-minded and like-hearted people. I could be friends with many new people instantly and connect with old friends the same way”

“The surroundings were glorious and relaxing. It was uplifting, inspiring, empowering, and lots of fun!”

“I loved every minute I was here. It was often difficulty to decide between classes”

“This was my first Summer Conference and I know it won’t be my last. I found how macrobiotics can strengthen and enrich my life. This is truly a gift”

“All lectures were dynamic and informative. The presenters provided useful tips and info that was immediately applicable”

“Beautiful estate, grounds, and scenery”

“The 2017 Summer Conference was unexpectedly wonderful—unexpected because it was the first year in a new venue. The food was outstanding. The people were warm and friendly. The teaching was informative and enjoyable”

“Energetic. Enlightening. Hopeful. Positive. Awesome. 10 out of 10!”

“All K.I. graduates and persons who improved their health through macrobiotics should support future Conferences and build on what Michio and Aveline gifted us”