Macrobiotic Education at French Meadows
The major emphasis of French Meadows Summer Camp is education.
The daily schedule includes lectures, cooking classes, workshops, and exercise classes. All sessions encourage participation, dialogue, and questions. At least one session each day is designed specifically for beginners.
The 2014 schedule will be available in the spring of 2014. In the meantime, here are last camp's schedules that may be used for reference.
Click here to view, copy, or print a copy of last camp's class schedule.
Click here to view, copy, or print a copy of last camp's full lecture book with class descriptions.
Camp schedules are subject to change at any time without notice.
Presenters for the 2014 Camp
The presenters for the 2014 camp are listed here. Changes are sent to all who sign up for French Meadows Camp Updates (see column at the right).
Warren Kramer is an internationally recognized macrobiotic counselor, lecturer, and cooking teacher with over twenty-nine years experience. During that time he has guided thousands of people back to health. Warren is on faculty at the Kushi Institute and the Strengthening Health Institute, and is a member of the Macrobiotic Educators Association. He teaches the macrobiotic approach to health and wellness, including principles of food selection and preparation, exercise, work, and personal relationships. A traveling chef for six years, he worked privately with cancer patients throughout the world. He currently teaches globally in nine cities and assisted Michio Kushi for over ten years. He and his wife, Fatim, run the Macrobiotic Center of New England and have a son, Adam.
Ronald Peters, MD, MPH We welcome Dr. Peters to his first French Meadows Summer Camp. A graduate of Stanford University, he attended UCLA School of Medicine and earned a Masters Degree at the UCLA School of Public Health. Recognizing the limitations of conventional medical training, he has devoted the past forty years to the study of integrative or "functional" medicine. He worked at the Pritikin Longevity Center and then developed the InnerHealth Program in Los Angeles. He uses Mindbody medicine as an essential and unique healing approach that allows people to experience the timeless Truth: consciousness creates both health and disease. He summarized the formative power of the conscious and unconscious mind in his book, Edgework, Exploring the Psychology of Disease. An accomplished writer and lecturer, his focus is on helping people learn how to transform stress and disease into health and well-being. Visit his website www.healmindbody.com.
Mary J. Lore is an internationally recognized leader, public speaker and executive mentor, and author of the multiple award-winning book Managing Thought: Think Differently, Think Powerfully, Achieve New Levels of Success and audio book Managing Thought: How Do Your Thoughts Rule Your World?®. Previous winners of Mary’s most recent book awards include Eckhart Tolle, the Dahli Lama, and Deepak Chopra. Mary is the founder and CEO of Managing Thought, LLC, which helps individuals and organizations develop self-awareness and change how they think and conduct business to attain true, long-lasting success. More information may be found at: www.managingthought.com.
Vesna Cupara-Peters, Macrobiotic Instructor and Certified Yoga Teacher, graduated from the University of Belgrade with a degree in Economics. Beginning in 1990, she studied and researched a wide range of healing modalities and was personal assistant to renowned macrobiotic teacher, Vera Pilipovic. She has published numerous articles in magazines and newspapers and has appeared on television. Vesna has toured England, France, Sweden and other countries while teaching and continuing to research macrobiotics and nutrition. In 1996 she became Chief Assistant Cook at the Old Street Macrobiotic Centre in London, England. In November 2004, she received a Diploma as Yoga Teacher from the Kripalu Center in Massachusetts. She practices at the MindBody Medical Center in Scottsdale, Arizona. We look forward to enjoying Vesna's unique teaching style at French Meadows 2014. More information: www.healmindbody.com.
Bob Ligon worked at the Vega Study Center and George Ohsawa Macrobiotic Foundation from 1989-1993 and was the editor of Macrobiotics Today from 1992-2000. He studied acupuncture and herbology graduating from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego in 1998. He integrates his knowledge of macrobiotics and Chinese Medicine in his diet, lifestyle counseling, and life coaching. Currently, Bob practices Traditional Chinese Medicine in Akron, Ohio.
Sanae Suzuki is a Whole Health Macrobiotic Counselor for people and pets, co-owner of a fabulous organic vegan macrobiotics restaurant called Seed Kitchen www.seedkitchen.com in Venice, California, and author of two vegan macrobiotic cookbooks. A survivor of ovarian cancer and a near-fatal car accident, Sanae overcame both of these extreme life challenges through a macrobiotic diet and lifestyle. After her recoveries, she has been dedicating her life to teaching cooking, nutrition macrobiotic counseling, Do-in exercise, meditation, and a sustainable lifestyle, in addition to her healing shiatsu work. Her desire is to help plant a seed of physical, intellectual, and spiritual happiness that will flourish within each person she meets.
Chuck Lowery is co-founder of Pacific Bakery, a yeast-free organic bakery in Oceanside, California. Twenty-five years ago, he was inspired by the words of Herman Aihara and created a macrobiotic food business with modern Americans in mind. Chuck's personal journey through macrobiotics led him to learn about naturally leavened breads made without any sweeteners, eggs, dairy, yeast, baking soda or baking powder. After retiring from Pacific Bakery, Chuck was elected to the Oceanside City Council which he describes as "...a grueling experience that was thankfully brief." To celebrate his recent retirement, Chuck has decided to offer his personal chapati baking workshop at French Meadows this year. (See more class details by clicking here.)
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 is associate editor of Macrobiotics Today and plans menus for camp. For more information, see: www.JuliaFerre.com.
Carl Ferré began macrobiotic practice in 1975 and has been studying, practicing, and teaching macrobiotic thinking and lifestyle ever since. He is author of Essential Guide to Macrobiotics and Acid Alkaline Companion, president of the George Ohsawa Macrobiotic Foundation, editor of Macrobiotics Today magazine, and director of the French Meadows camp. He enjoys music and hiking.
Mike and Maria Chen. According to my younger daughter Flavia, “Mike Chen started playing peewee diplomatic service at the age of two and began practicing macrobiotics twenty-odd years later. He is a member of both CIMO (France) and GOMF (USA). At present, he enjoys making mung bean soup w/yellow onion and mung bean sprouts w/sesame oil and scallion. He will also have the occasional mung bean fun (bean thread) with vegetables. For him, 100% wheat soba is an acquired taste; he prefers the buckwheat.” Happily married (‘ever after,’ says my wife Maria), I have two wonderful daughters, Julianna and Flavia. The family agrees that I became a nicer guy by avoiding vinegar and not driving a car. All thanks to George Ohsawa’s Zen Macrobiotics!
Kerry Loeb has been a Shiatsu instructor for almost 20 years and began his studies in 1985. He apprenticed simultaneously with Shizuko Yamamoto, Patrick McCarty, and Edward Spencer over a seven-year period. He has taught Shiatsu classes at French Meadows since 1992.
Karen Garvey was first introduced to yoga while in graduate school at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, where she received her MFA in acting. Karen began her formal training at Yoga Works in Los Angeles under the direction of Maty Ezraty and Lisa Walford (YW Teacher Training and Advanced Teacher Training). She studied yoga therapy with Jasmine Lieb, and assisted her for 2 years. After that, she entered American Viniyoga Institute’s yoga therapy program with Gary and Mirka Kraftsow. Karen incorporates Viniyoga, Iyengar, Ashtanga, and other traditions into her own teaching and places great importance on the therapeutic use of yoga, as she works with many individuals with injuries or special needs. She has been teaching for 13 years and has a private practice in Los Angeles.
Shirley Tung was born in Phoenix, is widowed, and has 2 grown sons. She has a BS in Nursing, a MA in Pastoral Ministry, and a MA in Feminist Spirituality. Shirley has worked in medical/surgical nursing, emergency room nursing, office nursing, as a porta-medic (insurance physicals), in retail businesses, and as a specialist in adoptions and foster care in Arizona. She is currently Manager of Real Estate and Coordinator of Refugee and Social Justice Issues. Shirley is an activist in political issues, frequently doing civil disobedience. She has taken classes for 17 years in Tai Chi and is now doing “weapons and 2 persons sets.” Shirley is a certified teacher of qi gong which can be found on the website of Master Hong and is also certified in Yang style Tai Chi with Kai Yung Tung, L.A. through David Block in Phoenix. She has taught Tai Chi and Qi Gong at Phoenix College and Sun City groups, and at Camelback Inn Resort.
Saci McDonald began her journey in the healing arts in 1989. She received her initial training at Educating Hands School of Massage in Miami, Florida and further education from John Maguire at the Kinesiology Institute in 1997. In 2003, Saci added Pilates with an intensive training by nationally recognized Pilates teacher Carol Appel of Body Kinetics in Mill Valley. Saci is currently in private practice at her home studio in San Rafael, CA. She has been attending the French Meadows Summer Camp since 2000 and will be teaching a Pilates mat class and will also be offering private sessions in energy kinesiology, massage and pilates. To learn more, go to www.sacimcdonald.com.
Kathleen Brannan Brown began her career as a Registered Nurse at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center’s Trauma Unit in 1994. In 2000, Kathleen graduated with a Masters in Nursing as a Nurse Practitioner at UCLA and began her pursuit of alternative/holistic treatment modalities. Her "Osteopathic Manual Therapy Education" at the Canadian College of Osteopathy and her private practice allow her to positively impact the health of her clients. Through her individual assessment and gentle hands-on manipulations, Kathleen is able to find and correct dysfunctions in a person's structure-anatomy. She's effectively treated injury pain, digestive issues, heart problems, posture issues, migraines and many other disorders. for more information, visit www.kathleenbrannanbrown.com.
Additional presenters will be announced here and in Macrobiotics Today.
Also, each year there are impromptu meetings of people with like interests, ranging from informal gatherings to organized classes. A message board in the registration area facilitates organization of these meetings.
A macrobiotic bookstore is open each day.
The accessibility of Health Counselors is one of the traditions of French Meadows. During the eight days of camp, there are ample opportunities to schedule an in-depth health consultation, shiatsu treatment (like the one with Kerry Loeb pictured here), or other private session.
The natural setting of French Meadows, away from the distractions of normal life, encourages total focus on health.