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Getting to know food. A talk for kids and adults

Macrobiotic medicinal course

Rejuvenate & heal your emotions


The Yin and Yang basics of Macrobiotics, from food to body to mood to mind to spirit

The tools of yin/yang are so helpful to lead you through difficulties in life, be it on the physical, emotional or practical level. Lectures, cooking demo’s and  body-workshops and spiritual practices

NEW! This year all students will get a hand- out with information on the topics and extra information. No need to write down all, and more time and energy to listen, to ask questions and relax through a balance of lectures and body movements.


Early morning : 7.00 tot 7.50:  okido yoga, DO-in, Qi-gong, chanting, stretching….

Breakfast: 8.00, lunch at 12.00 and  dinner at 18.00

Day program: 9.00 a.m. – 12.00 a.m.,  15.00 p.m. – 18.00 p.m. and 20.00 p.m. – 21.30 p.m.





15.00 – 18.00

20.00- 22.00


Practical application in our life of the 7 Principles of the infinite universe . BOB


MOVEMENT 15.00-16.00: Spiritual healing methods: the chakras BOB
WORKSHOP: 16.15 – 18.00: Energizing cooking techniques for vegans  BOB


The 12 theorems/laws of change, practical examples



Development of  the human brain.

Physical and mental food and response to the CS and nervous System BOB


MOVEMENT 15.00-16.00: BOB
 16.15 – 18.00: Discharging drugs, alcohol and sugar.BOB or MIEKE

ESP (Extra sensorial perception) and autonomic development


Wednes day

1 versus 7: heave/earth

sodium/potassium, oxygen/bodyweight, food, of the nose/food of the mouth … BOB


MOVEMENT 15.00-16.00: breathing exercises to expand yr capacities and calm your brain BOB
16.15 – 18.00: Detoxing and probiotics: the cheap, easy and delicious way!


Oshawa’s seven levels of Judgment  BOB or Mieke


Man and woman, the eternal challenge: how to understand differences on all levels using our yin/yang compass BOB or Jan


MOVEMENT 15.00-16.00: breathing exercises to expand yr capacities and calm your brain
16.15 – 18.00: WORKSHOP cooking: Advanced sushi making   BOB or Mieke

What is love? How and why do we attract?  Suggestions for a happy or a wise marriage.  MIEKE


How to consult the I-Ching. After the explaining we will do practical work on your questions  BOB


WORKSHOP: Spiritual practices. Group Healing Energy Trains/Image and Distance Healing/ Activating Water/Palm Healing  BOB:


Farewell buffet  (19.00) and dance party afterwards!

About macrobiotics….

In an ever-changing world, many search for a meaningful answer to the many problems and challenges. The macrobiotic way of eating and living doesn’t give you instant answers. She proclaims no "truths" and often throws you into doubt and confusion ... You will discover, your own truth. However there is a very practical side to this story: macrobiotics gives you  a COMPASS, a way of learning how to judge, without rejections. You develop a wider view of the world and experience  compassion for yourself and others. The compass, a real "secret":  the study of yin and yang and the universal laws of nature. The need for health, strength and clarity was never so great. Our physical condition is the basis. Therefore, the focus on healthy food. We purify our emotional blockages with yoga, balanced food, drinks and meditation (We offer also an introduction into The Work of Byron Katie). Our habit to judge all and everything (especially ourselves) into good/bad will disappear and make way for clear thinking and acceptance. Whether you want to improve your health, or want to contribute to a better world: the study of the laws of nature will give you insights on many levels. Our health, nature, our relationships, our emotions and spiritual destination ... everything is connected.

Be inspired this week by experienced teachers in a warm atmosphere!


Teachers:  Bob Carr (°1945)

Bob has been teaching and spreading macrobiotics for over 40 years.  He has been a frequent  Kushi Institute guest lecturer in Becket ( USA), Amsterdam and Kobuchisawa (Japan) and was a  director of the Kushi Institute of Germany from 1990-94. He founded the Cleveland Tofu Company (1980) and East West Center of Cleveland (USA). Although usually a guest lecturer at the French Meadows Macrobiotic Summer Camp, for two years he was the head camp chef. He organized summer camps in Austria (1990-1993) for the German speaking macrobiotic community.  He studied with Michio and Aveline Kushi, Herman Cornelia Aihara, Masanobu Fukuoka, Madam Riviera, Jacque DeLangre, Noburo Muramoto and many guru/meditation sensei’s around the world. His lecture tours span the globe, where he likes to  pick up new information and perspectives. Before macrobiotics, Bob played professional tennis and composed music for television; however, macrobiotics is the shoe that fits him best. Currently, he is teaching in the Czech Republic with aspirations to establish a macrobiotic agriculture and education center in the remote country side. Help Bob and his wife Wendy develop organic, biodynamic, perm culture , Fukuoka and Anastasia gardens as first steps in making a peaceful world. His website: 

We welcome an old friend and great teacher. His age may make you wondering, but rarely do we see such a youthful spirit full of energy. Bob will be teaching most of the classes.

Mieke Vervecken –Pieters:

Mieke is a mother of six with 40 years of experience in macrobiotic cooking. For ten years she ran a yoga centre in Antwerp where she also cared for people with various illnesses. Mieke studied the art of macrobiotic cooking in London, Antwerp and Boston and went on to refine her insight through intense training in Japan. From 1998 to 2010 she was head of the kitchen at the internationally renowned dance company ROSAS in Brussels, where macrobiotic lunch is served every day. She gives advice to individuals, companies and schools in Europe and the Middle East. In 1990 Mieke started “The School of Natural Cookery” (De Natuurlijke Kookschool) which strives to teach people how to prepare balanced, healthy meals. Ms. Vervecken is quite apt at connecting the dots between our eating habits and many diseases in the developed world without overcomplicating things. She is well respected for the enthusiasm in conveying the insights provided by years of experience.

Jan Vervecken

Jan Vervecken (°1949) began to study shiatsu, macrobiotics and food  in Antwerp (Belgium). Then he went to study in Boston with Michio Kushi. In 1983 he left for Japan to study with Masahito Oki for more than one year. He integrated all these different disciplines and together with his wife Mieke Pieters he ran the Okido Yoga dojo in Antwerp (1982- 1990) He is director of  The International School of Shiatsu (ISS) and is often invited as a guest teacher in Switzerland, Japan and Holland. He is known for his integrity, and touches one’s true soul in his lectures and treatments. At age 65, he decided to start again with sports: he has been training to participate in the half triathlon. So far he has finished in two half triathlons….

Arrival: Sunday  July 17th 2016 from 15.00 (3.00 p.m.) , dinner at 18.00

Departure: Friday July 22st after the party. An extra night can be arranged on residence or in the neighbourhood


  • 695 Euro full board, private room,  including all classes. 645 Euro early bird deadline June 1st .
  • 595 Euro full board, 2-bedroom, including all classes. 550 Euro, early bird, deadline June1st
  • 450 Euro: all lessons from 9.00 onwards, lunch, dinner, no room (there is a camping place nearby). 430 Euro, early bird, deadline June 1st
  • One day (only limited number, and must inscribe): 100 Euro, incl. lunch and dinner

Info and enrolment:‘Internationale Shiatsu School’  and ‘De Natuurlijke Kookschool’ vzw  Oude Baan 104  -  B-2390 Westmalle        Tel. :    +32-3-309 17 02


DATES: From 17 JUL To 22 JUL, 2016

DURATION: 6 days

COST: from 430 (early bird) euro to 695 euro

LOCATION: Antwerp, Belgium


Mieke Vervecken

The International School of Shiatsu


tel: + 323 309 17 02