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2016 Annual Health Classic

June 2nd - June 5th, 2016
Santa Barbara, California




24th Annual Health Classic in Santa Barbara!

Join Dr. Lawrence Kushi, Dr. Terry Shintani, Dr. Gordon Saxe, Dr. Dale Figtree, Warren Kramer, Bob and Melanie Sachs, and many other health and environmental teachers for the 2016 Health Classic at the La Casa De Maria Retreat Center in Santa Barbara, California. Choose from over forty health, lifestyle, nutrition, cooking and exercise workshops and classes while enjoying the Health Classic's gourmet, organic, vegetarian cuisine in California's premier coastal town.


Keynote Presentation: Dr. Lawrence Kushi

 Join Dr. Lawrence Kushi, a nutritional epidemiologist, who has been involved in many studies on the role of diet in cancer. He is the Principal Investigator of a large study funded by the National Cancer Institute that examines the role of diet, use of alternative therapies and other factors in breast cancer recurrence and survival. Dr. Kushi is also the son of Michio and Aveline Kushi, who were two of the leading proponents of macrobiotics. His presentation will focus on the seemingly contradictory, but actually complementary nature of what we know about food, nutrition and cancer from these perspectives.


Keynote Presentation: Dr. Terry Shintani

The 2016 Health Classic proudly welcomes back distinguished physician, author and teacher Dr. Terry Shintani. The noted author of the ground-breaking "Hawaii Diet" and the President and Co-Founder of the Hawaii Health Foundation, Dr. Shintani will present Saturday night's keynote presentation, exploring the roles of nutrition and lifestyle in health and healing. He will also present a workshop on Sunday morning in a small group setting, which will enable participants to learn from one of the most progressive voices in modern American medicine.  


Women's Health Forum with Dr. Dale Figtree

Led by nutritionist Dr. Dale Figtree and senior Ayurvedic teacher and author Melanie Sachs, the 2016 Health Classic presents an extensive study program on women's physical and emotional health. In her Friday afternoon workshop, entitled "Twelve Best Pressure Points for Breast Health," Melanie will discuss the importance of these vital pressure points as well as demonstrate a single massage technique to do daily to enhance breast health. On Saturday, Melanie teaches "Feed Your Face," showing that the same foods that support a healthy gut and digestion are the same foods that are wonderful for the skin and radiant complexion. On Sunday morning, Dr. Figtree will discuss current issues and research in women's health and healing from nutritional and lifestyle perspectives. She will also discuss her personal experience in recovering from cancer. Following Dr. Figtree's presentation, Dr. Figtree and Melanie will lead a "Women's Sharing Group." 


Keynote Presentation: Warren Kramer

Keynote Presentation: Warren Kramer

The 2016 Health Classic proudly welcomes senior macrobiotic teacher and counselor Warren Kramer. Reflecting on his over thirty years of teaching and counseling experience, Warren will present the Health Classic's opening keynote presentation, "On Being Healthier." He will teach two advanced workshops, "Treating Common Health Concerns Naturally" and "Health Models: Understanding the Seven Conditions of Health and the Progressive Development of Illness." Warren's other topics include, "The Mystery of Balance: What is it and How to Achieve It," "Temper, Temper...Loving Your Liver for Deep Healing," and "Taking Your Health to the Next Level." 

Keynote Presentation: Dr. Gordon Saxe

Physician and clinical researcher Dr. Gordon Saxe explores the roles of diet and lifestyle in the prevention and treatment of cancer from the lenses of both Eastern and Western medicine in his keynote presentation. Citing both his own and others' research and considering the more holistic perspective of Oriental medicine, he will bridge Eastern and Western thought and practice by presenting a new, integrated philosophy of cancer. Join Dr. Saxe for a comprehensive exploration of the current information and research in the prevention and treatment of cancer.

Ayurvedic Studies with Melanie and Bob Sachs

Join two of America's leading Ayurvedic scholars, authors and teachers Bob and Melanie Sachs. Bob presents his new work, "Ecology of Oneness," based on his recently published book. He will also teach "Nine Star Ki," "Tibetan Rejuvenation Yoga" and "Morning Buddha Meditation." Melanie teaches women health and beauty workshops throughout the Classic.

To Begin: Way of Life Studies

The 2016 Health Classic presents its "Way of Life Studies" program for participants desiring a beginning to intermediate level of study. Led by senior teachers Kaare Bursell and Warren Kramer, "Way of Life Studies" courses are marked with an • on the back of the brochure. They include "On Being Healthier," "Introduction to Yin/Yang," "Visual Diagnosis," "Macrobiotic Approach to Disease," "Introductory Macrobiotic Cooking," and "Home Remedies." A "Way of Life Studies Panels" is offered with Kaare and Warren for participants to ask questions. There are also "Sharing Groups" during the Health Classic with senior teachers for participants to share experiences, suggestions, concerns and encouragement in a small group setting.

In Context...Extended Study with Kaare Bursell

The Health Classic presents a program for extended, in-depth study with a leading thinker and teacher in the natural health field each year. This year, senior macrobiotic teacher and counselor Kaare Bursell teaches a two-part presentation, "Digestion and Blood Alchemy." The central role the processes of digestion play in the manifestation of internal illnesses in the widest possible sense -- physical, emotional, mental and spiritual -- will be detailed in this presentation. The normal process of digestion will first be described followed by how and why the digestion goes awry. This is a fundamental talk and is pivotal to understanding why obesity (and all its consequences) is increasing every year.

Lawrence Kushi, SC.D.
,is the Associate Director for Epidemiology Division of Research, Kaiser Permanente. He was formerly Vahlteich Professor of Human Nutrition at Columbia University, Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota and Staff Scientist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Dr. Kushi is the Principal Investigator of a study funded by the National Cancer Institute on the roles of diet, alternative therapies and other factors in breast cancer.

Dale Figtree, Ph.D. , has been a Nutritional Health Practitioner for over twenty years and an artist since childhood. She has a private nutritional consulting practice in Santa Barbara. Dr. Figtree presents seminars throughout the United States and Europe and is the author of two books, Health After Cancer and Eat Smart - A Guide to Good Health for Kids, and a DVD/ video, The Joy of Nutrition.

Catherine Albanese, Ph.D is the J. F. Rowny Professor Emerita in Comparative Religion and Research Professor in Religious Studies at the University of California Santa Barbara. She has written numerous books and articles in her field and is also a former chair of Religious Studies at UCSB. Dr. Albanese has graduated from all four levels of the Kushi Institute Leadership Certificate Program and is a Kushi Institute Associate Teacher and Counselor.

Terry Shintani, M.D., J.D., M.P.H., is a professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Complementary Medicine at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine. He is also President and Co-Founder of the Hawaii Health Foundation, which promotes health through an integration of universal principles embodied in traditional Hawaiian healing principles with modern medical science. Dr. Shintani is the author of several books, including the groundbreaking Hawaii Diet, The Peace Diet, and Eat More, Weigh Less Diet.

Warren Kramer is an internationally recognized macrobiotic counselor, lecturer and cooking teacher with over thirty years of experience. He is a faculty member of the Kushi Institute and the Strengthening Institute. Warren currently teaches in ten cities in the United States and abroad. He and his wife Fatima run the Macrobiotic Center of New England.

Kaare Bursell was born in Kenya and became a veterinary surgeon in England. As a result of his clinical experience in a large animal practice, he realized the inherent flaws in modern medicine and found a more realistic approach to health and disease in macrobiotic practice and philosophy, studying at the Kushi Institute. Kaare is a full-time counselor and resides in Carson City, Nevada

Gordon Saxe, M.D., Ph.D.. is an assistant professor at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine and the Moores UCSD Cancer Center, and the Research Director for UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine. Dr. Saxe is also a clinical researcher who, as the result of his father's illness, developed a deep interest in whether diet and lifestyle changes could be used to prevent or treat cancer. His extensive research has included studies of cancer of the breast, prostate and pancreas and has been supported in part by grants from the NIH and the American Cancer Society. Dr. Saxe has also studied macrobiotics and Chinese medicine. He has a clinical practice in nutrition oncology and preventive medicine in San Diego, California.

Melanie and Bob Sachs are two of America's most learned and prolific Ayurvedic teachers and authors. Bob is the author of nine books, including the newly published, Ecology of Oneness, Health for Life: Secrets of Tibetan Ayurveda and The Passionate Buddha, and over a hundred articles published in national magazines for the last twenty years. Melanie is recognized internationally as the foremost authority for Ayurveda in the spa industry. She is the author of Ayurvedic Beauty Care, and with Bob, co-authored Ayurvedic Spa. The Sachs' run Diamond Way Ayurveda, the leading Ayurvedic bodywork and product supplier to the spa and beauty industries.

Santa Barbara is...

miles and miles of incomparable broad, sandy beaches, stunning ocean and canyon views, sweeping bougainvilleas, purple jacaranda trees, wonderful hiking trails, the great Pacific, dolphins swimming by, the bird lagoon, the Botanic Garden, and clean, crisp coastal air. Set amidst the beauty of California's Central Coast, La Casa de Maria Retreat Center is located on twenty-five oak-studded acres and is an exquisite place for rest, relaxation and learning.

Natural Health &
Healing Classes & Workshops

Increase your knowledge in a wide range of courses, including men's and women's physical and emotional health issues, beginning and advanced macrobiotic studies, Ayurveda, Chinese medicine and environmental issues.

Massage & Exercise Classes & Workshops...

Choose from different fitness and relaxation courses throughout the Classic. Experienced Qi Gong teacher Jessica Kolbe presents a two-part Qi Gong workshop. Noted fitness instructor Anna Shay teaches Stress Management, Tai Chi, Barefoot Shiatsu and Pilates.

Plenty of Free Time…

` for hiking, jogging, swimming, exploring Santa Barbara, meditating, having a massage or simply resting out on the beach or under a big oak tree.

… and the food…

The Health Classic's nationally renowned chefs will be preparing gourmet, organic, vegetarian, summer cuisine throughout the Classic, using locally grown, organic produce from La Casa de Maria's orchard and neighboring farms along California's Central Coast.

Natural Foods Cooking School

Led by experienced teachers Pamela Buonanotte, Kaare Bursell, Eric Lechasseur and Sanae Suzuki, the 2014 Health Classic Natural Foods Cooking School offers state-of-the-art, hands-on cooking, menu planning and food preparation classes throughout the Classic. Learn how to cook naturally, creatively and healthfully, using the highest quality organic foods from experienced instructors. Cooking classes include "Summer Brunch Cooking," "Cooking for Health and Healing," "Introductory Macrobiotic Cooking," and "Heavenly Summer Sauces."

Explore..Advanced Workshop Series

Led by senior teachers and counselors Kaare Bursell and Warren Kramer, the 2016 Health Classic offers three advanced, participatory workshops to explore deeper into important subjects.

Economics of Macrobiotic Living - Kaare Bursell

As economic concerns continue, the business of living becomes more problematical for millions of people. In this workshop, Kaare will discuss the details of why a macrobiotic lifestyle is the most economical of all lifestyles and the best solution to making ends meet in these often challenging times.

Health Models: Understanding the Seven Conditions of Health and the Progressive Development of Illness - Warren Kramer

Warren will explore two models of health for greater understanding and clarity. The "Seven Conditions of Health" offers a bigger and more dynamic picture of what good health actually is and how to understand our own health. The "Progressive Development of Illness" provides an understanding of how health problems do not develop overnight and what positive steps can be taken to enhance one's health and well-being.

Treating Common Health Concerns Naturally - Warren Kramer

The vast majority of common health issues people face today can be alleviated with simple adjustments in diet, activity/lifestyle and natural home remedies. The approach most people take is to use medications and drugs which simply mask the problem. Some of the health issues to be addressed include weight, sleep, headaches, memory, fatigue, stress and more.

Other Special Guests...

Patricia Becker
Pamela Buonanotte
Judi Cooper, LAc
Larry Cooper
Dana Karpain
Jessica Kolbe
Eric Lechasseur & Sanae Suzuki
Rachel Petkus, LAc
Jessica Porter
Lorenz Schaller
Anna Shay

2016 Summer Health Classic Schedule
(Schedule subject to change)

Thursday 6/2

(C) = cooking class
(W) = workshop

* = "Way of Life Studies Program"
** = General Audience Course - suggested as part of "Way of Life Studies Program"

11:00am - 8:00pm Registration
1:30 - 3:00 LUNCH
3:00 - 4:00 Group Hike - Larry Cooper
4:00 - 5:00 Shiatsu -Pamela Buonanotte 
Yoga -Patricia Becker 
5:00 - 6:30 On Being Healthier ** -Warren Kramer  
Breathing Techniques and Stress Management - Anna Shay 
6:30 - 8:00 DINNER
8:00 - 8:15 Welcome - Larry Cooper
8:15 - 9:30 The Mystery of Balance: What Is It and How To Achieve It- Warren Kramer  
Economics of Macro Living (W) - Kaare Bursell


Welcome Gathering

Friday 6/3
7:30 - 8:30 Tibetan Rejuvenation Yoga - Bob Sachs 
Tai Chi - Anna Shay 
8:30 - 9:30 BREAKFAST
9:30 - 10:30 Introduction to Yin/Yang * - Kaare Bursell
9:30 - 11:30 Treating Health Concerns (W) - Warren Kramer
10:30 - 11:30 Visual Diagnosis * - Kaare Bursell
11:30 - 1:00 Ocean Visit - Larry Cooper
Seven Steps to Boost Vitality - Patricia Becker
Barefoot Shiatsu - Anna Shaw
Nature Walk - Lorenz Schaller
1:00 - 2:00 LUNCH
2:00 - 4:00 Introductory Macrobiotic Cooking ** (C) - Kaare Bursell
Women's Health Issues (W) - Melanie Sachs
Temper, Temper...Loving Your Liver For Deep Healing - Warren Kramer
4:00 - 5:00 Way of Life - Studies Panel Kaare Bursell and Warren Kramer with Larry Cooper
Yoga - Rachel Petkus, LAC
5:00 - 6:30 Nine Star Ki - Bob Sachs
Sharing Group - Kaare Bursell and Larry Cooper
Chew's Your Weapon - Jessica Porter
6:30 - 8:30 DINNER
8:00 - 9:30 An Evening with Dr. Gordon Saxe - Gordon Saxe, MD
Cooking for Health and Healing (C) - Kaare Bursell
9:30 Nite Cafe


Saturday 6/4
7:30 - 8:30 Yoga - Patricia Becker
Pilates - Anna Shay
8:30 - 9:30 BREAKFAST
9:30 - 10:30 Five Elements * Kaare Bursell
9:30 - 11:30 Women's Health Issues (W) - Melanie Sachs
Scrumptious and Colorful Veggie Dishes (C) - Pamela BuonAnotte
10:30 - 11:30 Macro. Approach to Disease * - Kaare Bursell
11:30 - 1:00 Home Remedies ** - Kaare Bursell
Maize: Secret Grain of the Heart - Lorenz Schaller
How Not to Dance with Arthur: Preventing Arthritis - Catherine Albanese, PHD
1:00 - 2:00 LUNCH
2:00 - 4:00
Cooking for Traveling (C) - Eric Lechasseur and Sanae Suzuki
Understanding the Seven Conditions of Health and Development of Illness (W) - Warren Kramer
Ecology of Oneness - Bob Sachs
4:00 - 5:30
Doctor's Panel Lawrence Kushi SCD, Gordon Saxe MD and Terry Shintani MD
Amplified Healing: Nutrition and Detoxification Dale Figtree, PHD
Qi Gong (Part 1) Jessica Kolbe
5:30 - 7:00
Keynote : Dr. Lawrence Kushi - Lawrence Kushi SCD
Yoga Dana Karpain
7:00 - 8:00 DINNER
8:00 - 10:00 An Evening with Dr. Terry Shintani- Terry Shintani, MD
24th Annual Health Classic Party


Sunday 6/5
7:30 - 8:30 Morning Buddha Meditation - Bob Sachs
Yoga -Pamela Buonanotte
8:30 - 9:30 BREAKFAST
9:30 - 11:00
In Context-Extended Study (Part I) Kaare Bursell
Workshop with Dr. Shintani (W) Terry Shintani, MD
Women's Health Issues Dale Figtree, PH.D.
11:30 - 1:00 Bringing It Back Home - Judi Cooper, LAC and Bob Sachs with Larry Cooper
Women's Sharing Group - Dale Figtree PHD and Melanie Sachs
Qi Gong (Part II) - Jessia Kolbe
Bach Flower Remedies - Sanae Suzuki
1:00 - 2:15 LUNCH
2:15 - 4:15
In Context - Extended Study (Part II) - Kaare Bursell
Taking Your Health to the Next Level - Warren Kramner
4:15 - 5:15 Closing Ceremony - Larry Cooper

Registration Fees

(Prices include all classes & vegetarian meals and lodging at La Casa De Maria per person)

By 5/9 After 5/9
Dormitory lodging (add $24 linen fee if needed) $599 $619  
Sharing triple room w/bath $669 $699  
Sharing double room w/bath $709 $759  
Single room (if available) $899 $959  
(Price includes all classes & vegetarian meals)
$515 $555  

Private Consultations

It's possible to book a private consultation with Kaare Bursell, Bob Sachs, Melanie Sachs, Warren Kramer or any other counselor. Please call CLASSIC office for details.

Continuing Education

Continuing Education: Credits available for nurses and acupuncturists -- provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP 11914, California Acupuncture Committee credit pending. Call CLASSIC of.fice for details



CANCELLATION:  All but $100 will be refunded if cancellation is received by 5/27/16.  Cancellations must be made in writing.  No refunds will be made after 5/27/16.

CONTACT - Please call Larry Cooper at Health Classic office for more information and registration at (805) 898-0089


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