Online on Zoom | April 14 – 16, 2023 | All sessions recorded

Spring Forum
New Directions in Macrobiotics

Join us for an online forum on macrobiotic health & well-being

Have you been wondering:

Raise your concerns, and engage in open and honest discussion.

The issues will be addressed by a broad cross-section of macrobiotic community, including cooks, teachers, alternative health practitioners, and medical doctors.

Come to:

The forum offers in-depth, comprehensive, transparent conversation and provides a lot of time for you to ask your questions, address your concerns and deeper issues.

What is awaiting you?

Friday April 14

7:00 - 8:30 pm ET

Welcome & Opening Keynotes


9 Crises That Shaped Macrobiotics 1945 – 2023

Alex Jack


Reflections on European and American Macrobiotics
Danka Jack

Saturday April 15

10:00 - 10:50 am ET

The Health of Macrobiotic Community

Simon Brown and Filipa Silvia

11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

I. The Recovery Panel

Gayle Stolove (cancer survivor)
Sara Rotenberg  (ulcerative colitis)
Danka Jack (severe gluten allergy)
Fadia Tuffaha (infertility)

12:30 - 1:30 pm ET

Lunch Break and Open Discussion
Moderated by Mark Leonas and Donna Clifford

1:30 - 2:15 pm ET


Bill Tara

2:30 - 3:15 pm ET

Healing Emotional Trauma

Oliver Cowmeadow

3:30 - 5:00 pm ET

II. Diet & Lifestyle Panel

Sheri DeMaris, Cathy Albanese, Horriah Nelissen, Susan Krieger

5:15 - 6:00 pm ET

The Surprising Passing of Treasured Macrobiotic Leaders

Jane and Lino Stanchich

6:00 - 7:15 pm ET

Dinner Break and Open Discussion

Moderated by Donna Clifford and Mark Leonas

7:15 - 8:45 pm ET

III. Health & Healing Panel

Dr. Martha Cottrell, Dr. Neal Bernard, Michael Rossoff

Sunday April 16

10:00 - 10:50 am ET

EMFs – Time to Change

Cynthia Vann 

11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

IV. Panel on Healthy & Medicinal Cooking

Sachi Kato, Nadine Barner, Meredith McCarty

12:30 - 1:30 pm ET

Lunch Break and Open Discussion
Moderated by Mark Leonas and Donna Clifford

1:30 - 2:15 pm ET

The Ancient and Modern Art of Self-Care

Virginia Harper

2:30 - 3:15 pm ET

Passion & Energy

Bob Carr

3:30 - 5:00 pm ET

Closing Forum

Open discussion of all participants and presenters

5:15 - 5:45 pm ET


The presenters will include long-time teachers and counselors, including several over 90 years old, 

doctors, nurse, nutritionists, alternate health practitioners, 

young and dynamic chefs, and those who recovered from serious illnesses.

Who will offer their perspective?

Michael Rossoff

Macrobiotic teacher, counselor and acupuncturist

Sachi Kato

Sachi Kato

Macrobiotic chef, teacher and counselor

Cynthia Vann

Cynthia Vann

Macrobiotic teacher and environmental health specialist

Dr. Neal Barnard

Founder of The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medcine

Dr. Martha Cottrell

Former medical doctor and macrobiotic teacher, counselor and author

Lino Stanchich

Lino Stanchich

Macrobiotic teacher, counselor and licensed nutritionist

Cathy Albanese

Macrobiotic teacher, and Distinguished Professor Emerita

Horriah Nelissen

Macrobiotic teacher and chef

Virginia Harper

Virginia Harper

Transformational leader
in natural healing

Bill Tara

Co-founder of the Kushi Institute
with Michio and Aveline Kushi
and macrobiotic activist

Alex Jack, renowned macrobiotic author and macrobiotic counselor, former Kushi Institute director and president of Planetary Health

Alex Jack

Macrobiotic teacher, counselor and author

Jane Stanchich

Jane Quincannon-Stanchich

Macrobiotic teacher, counselor
and licensed nutritionist

Bob Carr

Macrobiotic teacher, counselor and shiatsu practitioner

Gayle Stolove

Gayle Stolove

Macrobiotic chef, teacher, and counselor

Oliver Cowmeadow

Director of International
Macrobiotic School in the UK

Donna Clifford

Macrobiotic teacher, counselor and registered nurse

Filipa Silva

Macrobiotic and Qi Kung teacher and counselor

Danka Jack, macrobiotic counselor and teacher

Danka Jack

Macrobiotic teacher and counselor

Simon Brown

Macrobiotic teacher, counselor and Feng Shui consultant

Susan Krieger

Susan Krieger

Macrobiotic teacher, counselor and acupuncturist

And many others…

Who is organizing this event for you?

Alex Jack, renowned macrobiotic author and macrobiotic counselor, former Kushi Institute director and president of Planetary Health

Alex Jack

Founder of PlanetAry Health

Alex is a renowned macrobiotic author, teacher and counselor, former director of Kushi Institute in Becket and president of Planetary Health, a non-profit macrobiotic educational organization. He co-wrote The Macrobiotic Path to Total Health, Book of Macrobiotics, and many other books on diet, health, and the environment with Michio Kushi. He worked closely with Michio and Aveline Kushi and is currently writing a multivolume series Spiral of History.

Danka Jack, macrobiotic counselor and teacher

Danka Jack

Special Projects Director

Danka is a macrobiotic teacher and counselor from Slovakia. Growing up in a macrobiotic family, she has been immersed in macrobiotics from early childhood. 

Now, she leads her own macrobiotic and 9 Star Ki courses, organizes macrobiotic conferences and free events, collects macrobiotic recovery stories, and takes care of other Planetary Health’s activities.

What can you look forward to?

Report on conclusion of research on the
Health of the Macrobiotic Community

How do macrobiotic people fare after years of practice?
Are we really as healthy as we should be?

open forum and macrobiotic discussions

Open Forum and Discussions

Take part in group discussions with other participants and presenters and share your own views and experiences

Keynote lectures at Spring Forum on New Directions in Macrobiotics

Keynote Lectures

Leading macrobiotic teachers addressing the current practice and what needs to be changed from different perspectives

Panel Discussions

Discuss various aspects of healing, maintaining health and day-to-day cooking, as well as specific medicinal cooking with a panel of experienced practitioners, healers and teachers

Private Discussions

Meet other participants and make new friendship, while sharing your experience and views in private break-out rooms


April 14 – 16, 2023


Online on Zoom

All the lectures, panel discussions and Open Forum will be recorded. The recordings will be available for 2 years.

Get more clarity on what is happening
and find out what you can do for yourself.

Price of the recordings: $97

What did participants say about the Spring Forum?

"This forum brought so many healthy ideas to update Macrobiotics to bring health in all areas of my life. I was still following 1980's ideas on only drinking when thirsty, pressure cooking grains, the idea that food cooked properly and eaten with reverence would heal all ills. I appreciate this all encompassing view.”
- P.N.
"Spring Forum added perspectives on the recent Macrobiotic teacher deaths which have grieved our special Community greatly, while additionally introducing recent studies and concerns for present directions in Macrobiotics."
- M.R.
"There were so many other issues discussed as life style and emotions, environment, etc. Took pressure off of rigid macrobiotic cooking. Also, glad that the topic of cancer was addressed with the macrobiotic counselors. Learned lots of tips about cooking, what kind of bras to wear, environment hazards, etc."
- A.P.
"I feel less isolated; helped inspire me to cook better, renewing my connection to values I treasure and that have helped form my life."
- V.S.

Frequently Asked Questions

I have other arrangements and can’t attend all the lectures. Will the lectures be recorded?

Yes, all the lectures, panel discussions and Open Forum will be recorded, and you can watch them again anytime at your convenience. The only parts that are not recorded are the open and private discussion sessions to ensure the privacy of the participants and create a safe atmosphere for mutual sharing.

Can I pay by check?

Yes, you are welcome to pay by check. Please, make it out and address it to Planetary Health, Inc., P.O. BOX 487, Becket, MA, 01223 and let us know by email that you are paying this way at

How long will I have access to the recordings?

The recordings will be available for 2 years.

Would you like to ask something else?

Please contact us at and we will be happy to reply to you.

Ask your questions and have your concerns heard… and addressed.

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