Monthly Macrobiotic Wellness Retreat

Apr 10, 2018 - Apr 15, 2018

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

The Macrobiotic Wellness Retreat will introduce you to macrobiotic principles, cooking, and energy healing in a beautiful natural setting in the Berkshires. From dinner and the welcome lecture on Thursday evening to the final cooking class and brunch on Sunday morning, you will learn the basics of the macrobiotic diet and lifestyle from among the world’s top macrobiotic teachers, counselors, and chefs to optimize your health and well being and realize your dreams in life.

Held every month, this retreat will feature practical dietary strategies and self-healing techniques to help you integrate macrobiotics into a busy lifestyle. You will learn how to prepare delicious, balanced meals, make simple, safe home remedies, and minimize exposure to harmful chemicals and artificial electromagnetic radiation.Graceful morning exercises (held outdoors in nice weather against the spectacular October Mountain backdrop – MA’s largest state forest) will help you develop a vibrant, radiant glow. Personal counseling, shiatsu massage, and other personal services are available as part of the program or may be taken separately.

If you enjoy these retreats, please feel free to check out the Macrobiotic Annual Summer Conference from July 29 – August 4, 2018.

Tuition Options

There are three tiers of participation: Essentials, Preferred, and Premium:

  • $1195 Essentials: tuition, room*, meals, and spa fee (for the pool, hiking trails, etc.)
  • $1395 Preferred: tuition, room*, meals, spa fee, personal dietary and lifestyle consultation (saves $150)
  • $1595 Premium: tuition, room*, meals, spa fee, consultation, and choice of two: shiatsu, menu planning, Nine Star Ki/Feng Shui reading, private yoga class, or acupuncture session (saves $250)


  • $795 for accompanying spouse, partner, or support person: tuition, room*, meals, and spa fee (saves $400)
  • $350 individual consultation; $550 for a couple
  • $150 shiatsu massage, Nine Star Ki/Feng Shui Astrology Reading, Tao Yin Yoga, or Acupuncture

* Based on per person, this is for a shared deluxe room with a private bathroom; single, queen, and king options are also available at extra cost. Contact Eastover for details.


7:00 am – Morning Exercise

8:00 am – Breakfast

9:00 am – Cooking Class

11:30 am – Break

12:00 pm – Lunch

1:30 pm – Lecture

3:30 pm – Counseling | Video | Walk

5:00 pm – Yoga

6:00 pm – Dinner

7:30 pm – Evening Presentation

9:00 pm – Night Cafe


Alex Jack served as senior teacher, counselor, and executive director of Kushi Institute. He is the co-author of The Cancer-Prevention Diet and The Macrobiotic Path to Total Health with Michio Kushi and Aveline Kushi’s Complete Guide to Macrobiotic Cooking. He has taught in Europe, Japan, Russia, China, and around the world.

Edward Esko served as senior teacher, counselor, and executive director of East West Foundation and associate director of Kushi Institute. He is the author or co-author of Holistic Health Through Macrobiotics with Michio Kushi, Contemporary Macrobiotics, and Rice Field Essays. He has taught in Japan, Europe, and Latin America.

Bettina Zumdick served as senior teacher, counselor, and yoga instructor at Kushi Institute and is nutrition director for the forthcoming Macrobiotic Breast Cancer study with medical researchers from several universities. She is the author of Authentic Foods and has taught in America and Europe.

Associate teachers include Naomi Ichikawa Esko, founder of Macrobiotics Japan; Amber Maisano, longtime Kushi Institute cooking teacher and kitchen manager; and Miwaka Ohara and Greg DeLisio, certified acupuncturists and massage therapists.


Tasty, healthful vegan macrobiotic meals will be served daily, including gluten-free options.

Payment Policy

A $50 non-refundable deposit is taken at the time registration occurs.
The full balance is collected 7 days prior to arrival.

Cancellation Policy

Other than deposit, no fees are incurred if cancelled up to 7 days after reservation date.
50% of the total cost is retained if cancelled less than 4 days prior to event.
The $50 deposit given at registration is non-refundable.