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2017 Annual Health Classic

June 1st - June 4th, 2017
Santa Barbara, California




25th Annual Health Classic in Santa Barbara!

Join Dr. Ronald Peters, Dr. Gordon Saxe, Warren Kramer, Dr. Dale Figtree, Dr. Catherine Albanese, Kaare Bursell and many other health and environmental teachers for the 2017 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, vegetarian, organic cuisine in California's premier coastal town.


Keynote Presentation: Dr. Gordon Saxe

 Join physician and researcher Dr. Gordon Saxe for his keynote presentation, "Can Eye Disease be Prevented or Reversed?" Over 30 million Americans suffer from eye diseases (cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, etc.). In many other health problems rangingfrom cancer to Parkinson's disease there are symptoms of the eyes that can provide a window into the state of health or illness elsewhere in the body. This lecture will describe a new field of medicine, Integrative Ophthalmology, exploring the power of a lifestyle and diet-based strategy in the prevention and possible reversal of diseases of, or manifesting in, the eyes.


Keynote Presentation: Dr. Ronald Peters

The 2017 proudly welcomes back pioneering physician and author Dr. Ronald Peters. Dr. Peters presents three lectures and two workshops during the Health Classic. In his keynote presentation Friday night, Dr. Peters discusses "MIndbody Medicine and the Psychology of Disease." His other presentations include "Acid Alkaline Balance," "Cancer: What are the Causes within Body and Mind?," and a "Women's Health Workshop." On Sunday afternoon, Dr. Peters will present an in-depth workshop, which will enable participants to learn from one of the most progressive voices in modern American medicine.  


Women's Health Forum

Led by physician and author Dr. Ronald Peters and nutritionist and author Dr. Dale Figtree, the 2017 Health Classic presents a program in women's health on Saturday. Dr. Peters teaches a "Women's Health Workshop" on Saturday morning. in which he discusses hormone replacement therapy, menopause and the risk for heart disease, cancer and depression for post-menopausal women. On Sunday afternoon, Dr. Figtree will discuss current issues and research in women's health and healing from nutritional and lifestyle perpectives. She will also discuss her personal experience in recovering from cancer. Following Dr. Figtree's presentation, she will lead a "Women's Sharing Group."  


Keynote Presentation: Warren Kramer

Keynote Presentation: Warren Kramer

Senior teacher and counselor Warren Kramer.teaches the Health Classic's opening keynote presentation, "On Being Healthier." He will also teach an advanced workshop, "Comprehensive Visual Diagnosis ," and his other classes include "Why Health Conscious People (and Teachers and Caregivers) Get Illnesses?," "The Kidneys: Key to Our Vitality," "How to Lick the Sugar Habit," and Sunday's two-part "In-Context Extended Study" workshop, "Taking Your Health to the Next Level."  

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, Chinese medicine and environmental issues.

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 Kaare Bursell, Eric Lechasseur and Sanae Suzuki, the 2017 Health Classic Natural Foods Cooking School offers state-of-the-art, handson cooking, 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 "Cooking for Health and Healing," "Introductory Macrobiotic Cooking," and "Pickles and Condiments."

Advanced Workshops

Order of the Universe

Kaare Bursell

Kaare's initial attraction to practicing a macrobiotic way of life was its description as "Living in accord with the order of the universe." Kaare has spent many years investigating the meaning of this subject and will give a detailed account of what he has learned so far. Kaare will explore the "Order of the Universe"as it relates to the individual human being and what it means in regard to everyday life.

Comprehensive Visual Diagnosis

Warren Kramer

Many long standing cultures around the world understood that the outside of the body is a reflection of what is going on inside. This enables a person to see the "direction" one is going in with one's health and make appropriate choices in diet and lifestyle. In this participatory workshop, Warren will explore a number of ways to see one's health and shift the direction if need be.

To Begin: Way of Life Studies

The 2017 Health Classic presents its "Way of Life Studies" program for participants desiring a beginning to intermediate level of study. Led by senior teacher Kaare Bursell, "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," "Home Remedies," and a "Way of Life Studies" panel.

Stress Reduction, Massage & Exercise Classes

The 2017 Health Classic offers a comprehensive program of stress reduction and fitness courses throughout the Classic. Experienced fitness instructor Anna Shay McEntee teaches "Stress Management and Breathing," "Energy Break for Prolonged Periods of Sitting," "Barefoot Shiatsu," "Tai-Chi," "Pilates," and "Yoga." Shiatsu therapist Pamela Buonanotte presents two hands-on, participatory "Shiatsu Workshops." Acupuncturist Rachel Petkus teaches "Qi-Gong," "Thai Massage," and "Yoga." Experienced insturctor Vesna Cupara-Peters teaches the ancient art of "Do-In." every year.

Herb Walk &Nature Walk

Join two of California's most knowledgable naturalists, the founder of the KUSA seed foundation Lorenz Schaller and noted herb educator Lanny Kaufer for educational, fun-filled walks through the fertile grounds and surrounding trails of La Casa De Maria. On Friday, Lorenz leads a walk, exploring California's South Coast's native habitat. On Saturday, during his "Herb Walk," Lanny will show herbs that have multiple uses for survival, crafts, home remedies, gardening, ceremony, fiber-making and wildcrafting. Lanny will present a slide show after the walk.

In Context - Extended Study: Taking Your Health to the Next Level - Warren Kramer

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 Warren Kramer presents "Taking Your Health to the Next Level." One of the most common resolutions that people make at the beginning of every new year is to be healthier. Why is it that before the end of January most people have already given up on their goal? What does it really take to create that shift? Warren will show participants how to transform one's health and well-being while considering all aspects that go into creating dynamic health.

Ronald Peters, M.D., M.P.H.,
is trained in family medicine and has earned a Masters of Public Health in the prevention of disease. He has thirty years of experience in nutritional biochemistry and holistic health care. Dr. Peters has studied with Master teachers, leading to an understanding of the formative power of the conscious and unconscious mind, which he summarized in his ground-breaking book, Edgework, Exploring the Psychology of Disease. His approach to patient care is to restore the natural wisdom of the body and then assist patients in changing their lifestyle and mind-style factors that contribute to illness. Dr. Peters practices medicine in Scottsdale, Arizona and is the founder of the MindBody Medicine Center.

Gordon Saxe, M.D., P.h.D.,
is both a Preventive Medicine physician and a nutritional epidemiologist and has been trained in a number of complementary disciplines. He is a founding member of the University of California, San Diego Centers for Integrative Health, Director of the UCSD Center for Integrative Nutrition, and Chair of the Research Executive Committee of the Krupp Endowed Fund for Integrative Medicine Research. Dr. Saxe is well-known for his pioneering work in the combined use of a whole food, plant-based diet and mind-body stress reduction to control the progression of advanced prostate cancer. He is Board certified in Preventive Medicine and a Fellow of the American College 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 Leadersthip Certificate Program and is a Kushi Institute Associate Teacher and Counselor.

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.

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 practce, 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.

Pamela Buonanotte - Larry Cooper - Vesna Cupara-Peters - Dana Karpain - Lanny Kaufer - Eric Lechasseur - Anna Shay McEntee - Rachel Petkus, L.Ac. - Jessica Porter - Lorenz Schaller - Sanae Suzuki

2017 Summer Health Classic Schedule
(Schedule subject to change)

Thursday 6/1

(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 
Do-In -Vesna Cupara-Peters 
5:00 - 6:30 On Being Healthier ** -Warren Kramer  
Yoga - Rachel Petkus, LAC 
6:30 - 8:00 DINNER
8:00 - 8:15 Welcome - Larry Cooper
8:00 - 9:30 Why Health Conscious People (and Teachers and Caregivers) Get Illnesses? -Warren Kramer 
Stress Management & Breathing  -Anna Shay McEntee 


Welcome Gathering

Friday 6/2
7:30 - 8:30 Yoga Pamela Buonanotte 
Tai Chi - Anna Shay McEntee 
8:30 - 9:30 BREAKFAST
9:30 - 10:30 Introduction to Yin/Yang * - Kaare Bursell
9:30 - 11:30 The Kidneys: Key to Our Vitality - Warren Kramer
11:30 - 1:00 Ocean Visit - Larry Cooper
Nature Walk - Lorenz Schaller
Energy Break For Prolonged
Periods Of Sitting - Anna Shay McEntee
1:00 - 2:00 LUNCH
2:00 - 4:00 Introductory Macrobiotic Cooking ** (C)
   Kaare Bursell
Acid Alkaline Balance:
The Biological Foundation For Health
   Ronald Peters, MD
4:00 - 5:30 Way of Life Studies Panel Kaare Bursell, & Warren Kramer with Larry Cooper
Yoga - Rachel Petkus, LAC
5:30 - 7:00 Older and Never Old
    Catherine Albanese, PHD
Sharing Group
    Warren Kramer And Larry Cooper
Barefoot Shiatsu - Anna Shay McEntee
7:30 - 8:00 DINNER
8:00 - 9:30 An Evening with Dr. Ronald Peters- Ronald Peters, MD
Thai Massage - Rachel Petkus, LAC

Saturday 6/3
7:30 - 8:30 Yoga - Pamela Buonanotte
Qi Gong - Rachel Petkus, Lac
8:30 - 9:30 BREAKFAST
9:30 - 10:30 Five Elements * Kaare Bursell
9:30 - 11:30 Women's Health Workshop (W)
Ronald Peters, MD
Comprehensive Visual Diagnosis (W)
Warren Kramer
10:30 - 11:30 Macro. Approach to Disease* - Kaare Bursell
11:30 - 1:00 How Healthy are You? Jessica Porter
Home Remedies Kaare Bursell
11:30 - 1:30 Herb Walk and Slide Show Lanny Kaufer
1:00 - 2:00 LUNCH
2:00 - 4:00
Pickles and Condiments (C) - Eric Lechasseur And Sanae Suzuki
Women's Health Workshop (W) - Dale Figtree, PHD
Cancer: What are the Causes Within
Body and Mind?
Ronald Peters, MD
4:00 - 5:30
Doctor's Panel - Ronald Peters, MD, & Gordon Saxe, Md, With Larry Cooper
Women's Sharing Group
Dale Figtree, PHD

5:30 - 7:00
How to Lick the Sugar Habit - Warren Kramer
Yoga - Dana Karpain
7:00 - 8:00 DINNER
8:00 - 10:00 Maize: Secret Grain of the Heart
    Lorenz Schaller
An Evening with Dr. Gordon Saxe- Gordon Saxe, MD
25th Annual Health Classic Party


Sunday 6/4
7:30 - 8:30 Yoga - Rachel Petkus
Pilates -Anna Shay McEntee
8:30 - 9:30 BREAKFAST
9:30 - 11:30
In Context-Extended Study (Part I) Warren Kramer
Cooking for Health & Healing (C) Kaare Bursell
11:30 - 1:00 Order of the Universe (W)- Kaare Bursell
Bringing it Back Home- Warren Kramer And Larry Cooper
Shiatsu- Pamela Buonanotte
1:30 - 2:30 LUNCH
2:30 - 4:15
In Context - Extended Study (Part II) - Warren Kramer
Workshop with Dr. Peters (W) - Ronald Peters, MD
4:15 - 5:15 Closing Ceremony - Larry Cooper

Registration Fees

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

By 5/15 After 5/15
Dormitory lodging (add $28 linen fee if needed)   $599    $619  
Sharing triple room w/bath $689   $729  
Sharing double room w/bath $719   $759  
Single room (if available) $899   $959  
(Price includes all classes & vegetarian meals)
  $539   $559.00  

Private Consultations

It's possible to book a private consultation with Kaare Bursell, 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 office for details.



CANCELLATION:  All but $100 will be refunded if cancellation is received by 5/29/17.  Cancellations must be made in writing.  No refunds will be made after 5/29/17.

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


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