The Macrobiotic Online Course – Course One
An online certificate course in macrobiotic healing, counseling, and guidance
About the Macrobiotic Online Course
In this first of its kind course combining video, audio, print and live interaction, students will have the opportunity to study all facets of macrobiotics with Edward Esko, long time associate of Michio Kushi and Founder of the International Macrobiotic Institute (IMI.) The Macrobiotic Online Course is designed to enable students to gain ongoing benefit from their daily practice of macrobiotics while developing the knowledge and skill to guide and counsel others toward health and happiness. The Online Course is divided into three 12-week courses:
Course One: Core Macrobiotic Studies
Course Two: Foundations of Healing
Course Three: Advanced Applications of Healing
Course One and Two are open to everyone. Course Three is open only to graduates of Course One or Course Two.
Course One: Core Macrobiotic Studies/12 Weeks
Course One will introduce students to the principles of macrobiotic living for health and healing with special focus on selecting and preparing foods according to macrobiotic guidelines. Students will gain a firm foundation for practicing macrobiotics in their own lives as the basis for their own personal health and well-being. Studies of macrobiotic diagnosis and understanding of meridians are included.
* Macrobiotic Healing
* Macrobiotic Diagnosis
* Cooking and Home Remedies
* Meridians and Energy Healing
* Macrobiotic Philosophy and Principles
* Solving Problems of Personal and Planetary Health
Topics in Course One
* Healing with Energy
* The Macrobiotic Diet including in-depth study of the Standard Macrobiotic Diet
* Adjusting the Macrobiotic Diet to Climate, Environment, and Personal Needs
* Macrobiotic Nutrition including High Quality Essential Nutrients
* The Five Transformations in Nature, Human Form and Function and Foods
* Food as Medicine
* Creating Balance through Yin and Yang
* Selection and Preparation of Foods
* Diagnosis of the Face, Hands, and Feet
* Introduction of Meridians in Diagnosis and Treatment
* Preparing Basic Dishes and Remedies for Personal Health and Enjoyment
* Personal Health Forum including Individual Dietary and Lifestyle Guidance
HEALING WITH ENERGY
The physical and energetic structure of the human body, including meridians and chakras. Health as the free flow of life energy and dietary and lifestyle practices to further the smooth and active flow of life energy. An explanation of the energetic structure found throughout nature. The foundation for studies of macrobiotic healing.
A detailed explanation of the foods in the standard macrobiotic diet, beginning with brown rice and other cereal grains, miso and other soups, fresh local vegetables, beans and bean products, sea vegetables, and supplementary foods. A discussion of the wide variety of foods recommended in a plant-based diet.
MACROBIOTIC DIET ADJUSTMENTS
The endlessly flexible principles for adapting the macrobiotic diet to a wide range of circumstances, including climate, environment, season, age, gender, activity, personal condition, and other factors.
An explanation of the physical and energetic dimensions of human nutrition using the macrobiotic principles of dynamic balance as the foundation. Studies of the 1 to 7 ratio as it relates to the balance between minerals, proteins, carbohydrates, fats and oils, vitamins and other essential nutrients. Study of both the qualitative and quantitative aspects of optimal human nutrition.
THE FIVE TRANSFORMATIONS
A study of the universal cycle of change known as the five transformations. An explanation of the five transformations cycle as a development of the yin yang principle as it appears in the cycles of the seasons, times of day, monthly lunar cycles, and in the rhythms of nature and the human body. A preamble to in-depth studies of health and healing.
HUMAN FORM, FUNCTION & ENERGY
Continuation of the five transformations study. The human body according to yin and yang, including classification of the major organ pairs into five stages corresponding to the five transformations. An explanation of why the organs are classified as such.
MACROBIOTIC FOOD AS MEDICINE
Part 3 of the study of the five transformations. Understanding the major categories of foods within the macrobiotic diet in terms of the five transformation energies, including whole grains, beans, vegetables, sea vegetables, and supplementary food. How to use the five transformations in selecting foods for health and healing, including a study of cooking methods to accelerate or reduce energy effects.
YIN YANG TUTORIAL 1
A study of yin and yang, the universal principles of harmony and balance, in the development of human form and function, especially in relation to the selection of daily foods. Examination of the role of cereal grains and cooking in the development of the human species, including culture and civilization. Study of the spatial relation between the forces of yin (expansion) and yang (contraction) found on earth and how it determines the ideal food pattern for health and well being.
YIN YANG TUTORIAL 2
Yin extremes. Study of how highly expansive foods such as refined sugar, strong spices, dairy foods, chemical pesticides, food additives, antibiotics, and artificial hormones impact health and well being.
YIN YANG TUTORIAL 3
Yang extremes. Study of how highly contractive foods such as processed and grilled meat, factory-farmed poultry, eggs, cheese, and other foods high in saturated fat and cholesterol impact health and well being.
STUDY GUIDE AND REVIEW
A review of the Course One Curriculum including a Study Guide to help prepare students for the final exam.
COURSE ONE TEST
An online test based on the Course One Curriculum, including a test review and student presentations on topics related to their study of macrobiotics.
Course One Schedule, Hours, and Requirements
Digital Studies (Audio and Video): 15 to 20 hours
Live Studies with Edward Esko: Once per week for 12 weeks/2 hours per session
Study Materials: Student Handbook, Recommended Reading
* Practice of the Macrobiotic Way of Life
* Study of 3 books by Michio Kushi and/or associates
Students who complete the Course One Curriculum of Study will receive a Certificate of Completion from the International Macrobiotic Institute (IMI) signed by Edward Esko, Founder.
Language of instruction: English