Macrobiotic Education at French Meadows

rotation-lecture-1The 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 2015 schedule will be available in the spring.

Click here to view, copy, or print a copy of the 2015 class schedule.

Click here to view, copy, or print a copy of the 2015 full lecture book with class descriptions.

Camp schedules are subject to change at any time without notice. 

Presenters for the 2015 Camp

The presenters for the 2015 camp are listed here. Changes are sent to all who sign up for French Meadows Camp Updates (see column at the right).


David and Cynthia Briscoe founded Macrobiotics America and Macrobiotics Global, the first macrobiotic educational programs to offer multi-media distance learning courses via the internet. 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, teaching, counseling, professional cooking, restaurant ownership, and center development. David travels and teaches throughout North America and overseas, speaking to medical and lay audiences and as a featured presenter at the major macrobiotic camps and conferences, including The Kushi Institute Summer Conference, French Meadows Summer Camp, The Fall Health Classic, and The Whole World Summer School in Belgium. Cynthia is one of America's most respected macrobiotic cooking instructors. Her cooking is as delicious as it gets. Her cooking instruction is admired for its clarity, patience and gentleness. Cynthia is also highly regarded for her insights into motherhood, advice on macrobiotic pregnancy and delivery, and her earthy and considerate approach to women's health in general. More information may be found at:

RonaldKoetzschRonald Koetzsch, PhD teaches Philosophy, World Religions, Nutrition and ESL at Rudolf Steiner College, and coordinates a volunteer Recorder Ensemble. He is author of Macrobiotics Beyond Food and Macrobiotics Yesterday and Today. Ronald is also internationally known as a comedian, offering one-man shows of interest to Anthroposophists in search of humor. Harvard University, MA and PhD in World Religions (conc. East Asia), 1967, 1981; Princeton University, AB, Religion, 1965; Kyoto National University, Kyoto, Japan, 1968, 1974-76, Japanese Culture and Religion; Anthroposophical Study Year, Dornach, Switzerland, 1989-90; Editor, Renewal: A Journal for Waldorf Education, 1991-present; Hurricane Island Outward Bound School, instructor, 1969-70, 1981-85; East West Journal, staff writer, 1972-1995.

Mary-Lore-14Mary 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:

Haruo-Okuizumo-bHaruo (Larry) Kushi, ScD is a nutritional epidemiologist interested in cancer prevention and prognosis. His current research examines diet and other factors influencing early puberty in girls, and lifestyle and other factors affecting breast cancer prognosis. He also leads a nationwide consortium to support cancer research in integrated health care settings. He chaired the American Cancer Society committee that developed its most recent guidelines on nutrition and physical activity for cancer prevention, and advised the World Cancer Research Fund on methods supporting their recent report examining food, nutrition and activity for breast cancer survivors. Larry will speak at camp about his work, his inside/outside perceptions of macrobiotics, and about his father and growing up in the early macrobiotic world.

Sheri DeMarisSheri DeMaris, M.Ed is a holistic health counselor who has taught whole foods/macrobiotic cooking at various restaurants and cooking schools throughout the United States and Europe. She continues to host, produce and direct a local alternative health TV show, "Tea With Sheri." She has also produced and hosted a cooking DVD for the network, a one hour documentary on the history of natural foods and a number of kids' cooking videos. Sheri is an adjunct professor in the Alternative Health Program for medical students at Hahnemann University, Philadelphia and has been a full-time counselor for 26 years. Sheri holds a Masters in Counseling from the College of William and Mary, VA, and a postmasters in Counseling from Villanova University, PA. Sheri is a graduate of the Level 4 Certification Program at the Kushi Institute. She has studied macrobiotic health counseling in Lier, Belgium and has been trained as a "Food is Elementary" educator and a shiatsu practitioner. Sheri DeMaris is currently a full-time Guidance Counselor at Valley Forge Middle School, Wayne, PA. Sheri offers cooking classes, lectures and seminars as well as individual counseling and cooking instruction. Her website is:

Bob-Ligon-13Bob 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.


Laura Stec is a corporate and private chef, corporate wellness educator for Kaiser Permanente and Bay Area businesses, owner of Laura Stec – Innovative Cuisine, and author of Cool Cuisine – Taking the Bite Out of Global Warming. The Food Party! is her featured blog for Embarcadero Media (Palo Alto Weekly, Menlo Park Almanac, Mountain View Voice). She teaches Bay Area corporations how to cook with onsite Food Parties including Discovery Bars, farmers markets, and hands-on cook classes with Bay Area wine pairings. Recently noted by Time Magazine as a “leader who pursued her passion to become a community resource and expert,” Laura is creating a new vegetable condiment line to inspire people to Eat More Vegetables! In her spare time, she volunteers with Michelle Obama’s Chefs Move to School program, boogie boards and adventures out to new places and spaces. Laura was one of Cornellia Aihara’s cooking assistants and was lead cook at French Meadows 1998-99.

julia-ferre-13Julia 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:

carl-ferre-12Carl 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. 

Gabriele-15-bGabriele Kushi, BFA, MEA, HC, AADP is an author, a board-certified holistic health practitioner, certified Hata Yoga teacher, certified macrobiotic counselor, cooking teacher, and health coach. She weaves her extensive knowledge of macrobiotics and her worldwide studies with indigenous healers into her masterful teachings and culinary art. The author of The Macrobiotic Kitchen in 10 Easy Steps (with Michio Kushi) and Embracing Menopause Naturally and a natural food cooking DVD series, she is often quoted in the media, and received the 2009 Aveline Kushi award for her dedication and work in macrobiotics. Gabriele was born in Germany, lives in the US and currently has an office in Minneapolis and NYC. For more, visit

Mike and MariaMike 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 LoebKerry 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. 


Patricia-BeckerPatricia Becker teaches yoga at Stanford University School of Medicine and has twenty-five years counseling experience using macrobiotic dietary and lifestyle principles. She has thousands of hours of in-depth study alongside leading health experts  in the United States, Switzerland, New Zealand, and Australia. Her passion is for every client to achieve a life of “Vitality and Wellness”. Though Patricia’s regular practice is in Palo Alto, California, she serves clients worldwide with live online programs. She works with individual clients to help them increase energy, lose weight and feel younger than ever. Patricia helps connect the parts to the whole with warmth and compassion. Visit her website:

Shirley TungShirley 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 McDonaldSaci 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

mark-vilkaitisMark Vilkaitis is a regular at camp since voluteering the first time in 1986, helping with set up, and sharing duties at kid's camp and in the kitchen. His broad base in many forms of bodywork include certification in massage from Kripalu Yoga Center, second degree Reiki initiation, Svarupa Yoga Embodyment Therapy as well as special instruction from Shizuko Yamamoto, Patrick Mcarty, and Bob Carr in Shiatsu.The time spent with Cornellia and Herman Aihara during extended residency at Vega Study Center and at camp is at the core of his macrobiotic practice, and, in his words, "the inspiration, the sense of well- being, renewal, and joy that is French Meadows, I owe it all to them." Mark will be offering private shiatsu sessions at camp.

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.

Health Consultations

shiatsu-c-09The 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.


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