Kushi Levels - Leadership Program

Macrobiotic Leadership Programme

Course Origins

The Macrobiotic Leadership Programme is a Kushi Macrobiotic certificated and internationally recognised programme offering an in-depth study of macrobiotics.  The course was originally developed by Michio and Aveline Kushi and was taught at the Kushi Institute in the United States from the 1970's.  Since then people from all over the world and from all walks of life interested in the macrobiotic approach have taken the course whether for personal reasons or professional purposes.  At present the programme is being offered at various locations around the world. Thus making it more accessible and better suited to meet the demands of a growing interest for leading more balanced, healthy lifestyles.  The course integrates holistic and environmentally sound and sustainable practices in a contemporary society.

A Course Designed for You

The Macrobiotic Leadership Programme is a comprehensive course containing a wealth of information and macrobiotic knowledge.   Alongside this, with personal guidance from your teachers and hands-on practice provides an opportunity to fully benefit from the learning experience and gain advanced skills.  Whether you wish to improve your health and wellbeing, learn how to prepare balanced and delicious meals using wholesome foods, take better care of your family or broaden your view and understanding of life, the Macrobiotic Leadership Programme is for you.

Becoming a Teacher Yourself - A Career for You

The Macrobiotic Leadership Programme is also designed for those who wish to incorporate macrobiotics into their professional careers and life dream.  By progressing in the course, the students acquire theoretical and practical tools, refine skills, gain experience and can further develop their abilities, qualities required in order to teach macrobiotics, help guide others and actively participate in society by contributing to create a better world.  

Course Structure

The full course consists of three Levels (Levels 1, 2 and 3).   The Level 1 and Level 2 programme can be studied in a variety of ways that suits your lifestyle:-

  • Twelve Day Intensive
  • Weekend Study (two or three day weekends over 5 months)

The content of the course is taught in the form of lectures and hands-on cooking classes and workshops.  Levels 2 and 3 include exercise and bodywork classes.

Level 1

Course Description

Level 1 is intended for beginners and those who are new to macrobiotics.  It introduces basic aspects of the macrobiotic approach for making meaningful improvements in the quality of our lives through adjustments in the way we eat, select our food, cook and incorporate healthful lifestyle practices into our daily life.  The course contains practical advice and step-by-step guidance towards succeeding in improving modern dietary,  lifestyle habits.  Also contributing to environmental sustainability and social improvement.  In addition the students learn practical ways to develop themselves through macrobiotic philosophy that is helpful to make better choices, maintain greater balance and feel a growing sense of inner peace and wellbeing.

Level 1 - Curriculum Overview and Highlights

  • Introduction to the macrobiotic way of eating with emphasis on achieving overall balance through adjustment of food proportions
  • Improving food choices and learning to select natural quality, wholesome foods
  • Tips for improving dietary habits and making dietary changes in a more healthful direction
  • How to succeed maintaining nutritional balance through our daily way of eating
  • How to meet daily nutritional requirements of important nutrients including carbohydrates, protein, fats, minerals including calcium and iron, vitamins, fiber and beneficial bacteria and enzymes through a macrobiotic style plant-based diet
  • Introduction to basic macrobiotic cooking techniques and developing skills in the kitchen
  • Learn how to make stock and soups, cook delicious brown rice, make delicious side dishes with fresh foods and prepare natural desserts
  • Become familiar cooking with a variety of whole grains and other whole grain products, fresh vegetables, beans and bean products, sea vegetables, nuts, seeds, fresh and dried fruits, natural seasonings and sweeteners and many other nourishing foods
  • Implementing healthful lifestyle habits to develop body and mind
  • Introduction to food energetics: applying yin and yang in the kitchen to create harmony and achieve better balance
  • The importance of “how” we eat
  • Creating balanced, satisfying meals with enough variety
  • Adjusting our way of eating and cooking to the changes in season, different climates and particular environments
  • Adapting our way of eating and cooking to take into consideration individual needs and personal goals
  • International and contemporary macrobiotic cooking
  • Seasonal cooking
  • The rise of chronic and lifestyle-related diseases: how dietary and lifestyle factors influence our health
  • Macrobiotic approach for regaining balance and optimizing health
  • Relieving common conditions naturally through macrobiotic self-care, including iron-deficiency anemia, digestive problems such as constipation, headaches, sensitivity to cold, colds, influenza, skin problems, menstrual problems and others
  • How to tell our health through visual diagnosis
  • Creating a better world: how small changes in our lives and in our kitchens can have a considerable positive influence in the environment and society as a whole
  • Refining cooking skills and increasing variety of dishes and cooking possibilities
  • Cooking for strengthening health, including special dishes and home remedies

Level I - A Typical Day

10.30-11.30am Lecture - The Macrobiotic Approach to Relieving Common Health Conditions
11.30-1.30pm Cooking Workshop - Home Remedies
1.30-2.15pm Lunch
2.15-5pm Cooking Workshop - Yin & Yang in Cooking

A Typical Meal prepared on a Workshop

Cold Somen Noodles with Sesame Dipping Sauce
Sweet & Sour Seitan with Vegetables
Deep Fried Marinated Vegetables (Agebidashi)
Sea Vegetable Salad with Umeboshi Dressing
Baked Tofu Cheesecake
Meals - We will provide a substantial meal at lunchtime each day. This is either prepared by the students in a cooking workshop or by one of our trained Macrobiotic Chefs. The food is of a very high standard, macrobiotic quality, locally sourced and organic where possible.

Level 2

Course Description

Beyond the introduction and fundamental aspects for personal transformation covered in Level 1, Level 2 takes a deeper and wider look at macrobiotics.  It goes into more detail showing the nutritional and dietary advantages of the macrobiotic approach with particular emphasis understanding the benefits of the traditional Japanese way of eating and balanced plant-based diets.  As we discover new, practical applications in daily life for the use of yin and yang theory, the course also explores other macrobiotic views based on oriental notions like Ki energy and the 5-transformations, practical tools helpful for enhancing health and alleviating common problems.  The course also focuses on how to take better care of the whole family and touches on various key issues including pregnancy, giving birth and raising children.  In Level 2 cooking becomes more specific and includes interesting workshops and informative cooking classes focused on certain themes, including the application of yin and yang and 5-transformation theories to strengthen overall health as well as help relieving particular conditions.  In addition level 2 also introduces macrobiotic exercises and certain bodywork techniques useful to develop the body and mind, release tension, manage stress and regain balance.

Curriculum Overview and Highlights

Lectures

A Comprehensive Look at the Macrobiotic Way of Eating from a Nutritional Point of View, including

  • Health Concerns Associated with Excessive Consumption of Simple Sugars as well as Food and Beverages with a High Glycemic Load/Excessive Consumption of Animal Protein/Excessive Consumption of Total Dietary Fat, Saturated Fat and Trans Fats/Excessive Consumption of Dietary Cholesterol and Sodium
  • Health Concerns Associated with Excessive Consumption of Certain Foods, including Meat and Processed Meats/Milk and Dairy Products/Eggs/Sugar and Other Highly Processed, Refined Sweeteners/Highly Processed Foods
  • Essential Fatty Acids, including Omega-6 and Omega-3
  • Differences between Heme Iron and Non-Heme Iron
  • A Closer Look at Calories
  • The Health Benefits of Dietary Fiber
  • Natural Sources of Phytochemicals and Antioxidants
  • The Health Benefits and Natural Sources of Live Microorganisms, including Beneficial Bacteria and Enzymes
  • The Role of Dietary Supplements
  • Inflammatory and Anti-Inflammatory Foods
  • The Deteriorating Quality of Our Food and Its Health Implications
  • Health Benefits Associated with Plant Foods, including Whole Grains, Fresh Vegetables and Fruits and Beans
  • Health Benefits Associated with Traditional Japanese Foods, including Soy Foods, Traditional Fermented Foods, Sea Vegetables and Traditional Sweeteners
  • Learning to Choose the Best Quality Foods
  • Current Dietary Recommendations by Health Organizations and Governmental Agencies

Macrobiotic Approach for using Yin and Yang as a Tool for Maintaining Balance and Regaining Health

Comprehensive Study of the 5-Transformations theory from a Macrobiotic Point of View and Practical Applications for Maintaining Balance and Regaining Health, including

  • Classification of Seasons, Foods, Cooking and Organs According to the 5-Transformations
  • TREE Energy- Liver and Gall Bladder: Function, Disorders and Natural Ways to Strengthen
  • FIRE Energy- Heart and Small Intestine: Function, Disorders and Natural Ways to Strengthen
  • SOIL Energy- Spleen, Pancreas and Stomach: Function, Disorders and Natural Ways to Strengthen
  • METAL Energy- Lung and Large Intestine: Function, Disorders and Natural Ways to Strengthen
  • WATER Energy- Kidney, Bladder and Reproductive Organs: Function, Disorders and Natural Ways to Strengthen
  • Diagnosis and other Ways to Asses Our Condition According to the 5-Transformations

Ki, an Energetic View of Life

  • Meridians and Chakras, the Energy Flowing Within Ourselves

Macrobiotic Approach to Self-care

  • Allergies: Cause, Risk Factors, Prevention and Natural Relief, including Eczema and Atopic Dermatitis/Hay Fever/Asthma/Food Allergies/Lactose Intolerance/Other Form of Allergies
  • Hypoglycemia (Chronic Low Blood Sugar): Symptoms, Cause, Risk Factors, Prevention and Natural Relief
  • Infertility and Reproductive Problems (Including Men and Women): Cause, Risk Factors, Prevention and Natural Relief
  • Mental and Emotional Problems: Cause, Risk Factors, Prevention and Natural Relief

Whole Family Macrobiotic Care

  • Giving Birth to Healthy Children, including Suggestions Before and During Pregnancy, Natural Birth and Recovery following delivery
  • Raising Happy Children, including Suggestions for Breastfeeding and Basic Care for Children

Macrobiotic Bodywork

  • Self-massage Exercises
  • Meridian Stretches
  • Exercises for Restoring Energy Flow

Cooking Classes and Workshops

  • International Cooking with Soybean Products
  • Homemade Pickles and Condiments
  • Balance in the Kitchen: Yin and Yang Cooking Workshop
  • TREE Energy: Cooking and Home Remedies to Strengthen the Liver and Gall Bladder
  • FIRE Energy: Cooking and Home Remedies to Strengthen the Heart and Small Intestine
  • SOIL Energy: Cooking and Home Remedies to Strengthen the Spleen, Pancreas and Stomach
  • METAL Energy: Cooking and Home Remedies to Strengthen the Lungs and Large Intestine
  • WATER Energy: Cooking and Home Remedies to Strengthen the Kidneys and Bladder
  • Cooking and Home Remedies to Relieve Allergies Naturally
  • Cooking and Home Remedies to Relieve Hypoglycemia Naturally
  • Cooking and Home Remedies for Strengthening Reproductive Health
  • Cooking for Women During Pregnancy and After Delivery
  • Cooking for Babies and Small Children

Level II - A Typical Day

10.30-12pm Lecture - Food Energetics: A Unique Macrobiotic Approach
12-1.30pm Cooking Class - Enhancing Health Through Yin & Yang Balance
1.30-2.15pm Lunch
2.15-3.45pm Introduction to the Five Transformations
3.45-5.30pm Classification of Seasons, Foods, Cooking & Organs According to the Five Transformations

A Typical Meal prepared on a Workshop

Cold Somen Noodles with Sesame Dipping Sauce
Sweet & Sour Seitan with Vegetables
Deep Fried Marinated Vegetables (Agebidashi)
Sea Vegetable Salad with Umeboshi Dressing
Baked Tofu Cheesecake
Meals - We will provide a substantial meal at lunchtime each day. This is either prepared by the students in a cooking workshop or by one of our trained Macrobiotic Chefs. The food is of a very high standard, macrobiotic quality, locally sourced and organic where possible.

Level 3

Course Description

Level 3 is particularly designed for those who wish to incorporate macrobiotics into their career and lifework.  Besides continuing to consider personal growth and family concerns, Level 3 takes a more social and global perspective at the macrobiotic approach.  It focuses on how improvements in diet, lifestyle and other essential aspects of our way of life can have a positive influence on our planet as a whole and all beings.  With that in mind, personal transformation becomes the key and means to change the world around us and eventually become part of the solution to address relevant problems facing humanity today.  Level 3 looks at the possibility to create a new World Food Culture and includes how to adapt the macrobiotic way of eating globally and find a long-term, sustainable way to nourish humanity that is healthful, environmentally sound and fair.  In regards to health, it focuses on prevention, relief and possible recovery from modern day health problems, such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, obesity, diabetes, osteoporosis, mental health as well as infectious diseases.  Level 3 also introduces unique aspects of Michio Kushi's core teachings and practical applications that will help raise awareness, become more mindful and gain a better understanding of ourselves and life.  It examines the vision of One Peaceful World and considers the role of macrobiotics for contributing to realise this shared dream of humanity.  For the successful completion of the whole programme, an active engagement from the student in the process of learning, thinking and practice is encouraged as well as developing a more caring and considerate spirit in order to teach and help guide others, qualities recommended for anyone interested in contributing to create a better world through Kushi Macrobiotics.

Curriculum Overview and Highlights

Lectures

Major Challenges Facing Humanity Today

  • Health Issues
  • Environmental Issues
  • Social and Economic Issues
  • Conflict, Terrorism and War

Finding Practical Solutions to the World’s Problems the Macrobiotic Way

  • Changes in Farming, Food Processing, Cooking and Way of Eating
  • Changes in Lifestyle
  • Changes in Healthcare Practices
  • Changes in Science and Technology
  • Changes in Awareness and View of Life

Global Adaptations of the Macrobiotic Way of Eating Taking into Consideration Differences in Climate, Geography, Culture and Heritage

Natural Nourishment for Human Beings

  • Dietary Considerations Related to the Human Physical Structure
  • Food and Biological Evolution

Overview of the Macrobiotic Approach to Health

  • Self-care: Taking More Responsibility for Our Own Health
  • The Central Role of Diet and Lifestyle
  • Evaluating Our Own Health
  • Alternative Ways of Healing in Relation to the Macrobiotic Approach
  • An Integrated, Holistic Way

Macrobiotic Approach to Self-care

  • Cardiovascular Diseases, including High Blood Pressure, Heart Disease and Stroke: Cause, Risk Factors, Prevention and Natural Relief
  • Cancer: Cause, Risk Factors, Prevention and Natural Relief
  • Metabolic Syndrome, Obesity and Diabetes: Cause, Risk Factors, Prevention and Natural Relief
  • Bones, Joints and Teeth Problems: Risk Factors, Prevention and Natural Relief
  • Infectious Diseases and Weakened Immunity: Risk Factors, Prevention and Natural Relief

A Comprehensive Look at the Macrobiotic Way of Life

Nine Star Ki from a Macrobiotic Perspective

Macrobiotic Diagnosis: Knowing Ourselves, Assessing Conditions and Understanding Others

Macrobiotic Education: Raising Consciousness and Developing New Planetary Awareness

Understanding our Times and Cycles that Influence our Lives and Society

Enlarging our View of Life

  • Yin and Yang: A Useful Tool for Understanding Life, Managing Change and Creating Harmony
  • Life Journey: Our Common Origin and Destiny

One Peaceful World: Sharing a Dream, Fulfilling a Vision


Macrobiotic Bodywork and Exercises

Basic Shiatsu Massage for Family and Friends

Macrobiotic Exercises for Physical and Mental Development to Nurture Wellbeing and Manage Stress

  • Breathing Exercises
  • Meditation
  • Positive Thinking and Visualization
  • Chanting


Cooking Classes and Workshops

  • International Macrobiotic Cooking
  • Workshop: Homemade Flour Products
  • Workshop: Homemade Miso, Amasake and other Fermented Foods
  • Cooking for Lowering Blood Pressure and Strengthen the Circulatory System
  • Cooking and Home Remedies for Preventing and Relieving Cancer Naturally
  • Cooking and Home Remedies for Losing Weight and detoxing the Body
  • Cooking and Home Remedies for Preventing and Relieving Diabetes Naturally
  • Cooking for Strengthening Bones, Joints and Teeth
  • Cooking and Home Remedies for Strengthening Immunity and Preventing Infectious Diseases
  • Cooking for Strengthening the Brain and Nervous System and Preventing Mental Problems
  • Workshop: Strengthening Health
  • Advancing Skills and Developing Intuition in the Kitchen

 

Kushi Macrobiotics Accredited Training

The Macrobiotic Leadership Programme has been internationally recognised as one of the world's most dynamic and comprehensive macrobiotic educational programmes for many years.

Taught by teachers with years of practical experience, the classes, workshops and group interaction provide the knowledge and experience to enable you to realise your dreams and to achieve your goals one healthy and happy day at a time.

We are proud to be running these study courses here in the UK.  Why not join us and make friends with students from all over the world!