24th Annual Health Classic in
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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...
Judi Cooper, LAc
Eric Lechasseur & Sanae Suzuki
Rachel Petkus, LAc