SHI Macrobiotics

Our team consists of a relatively small group of people and macrobiotic teachers who are highly dedicated to helping people live their best lives through healthy diet and lifestyle practices. This means that you can leverage our combined experience to help improve your life based on macrobiotic principles as well as your own specific needs.


of lives changed through SHI macrobiotics education


combined years of experience

Many of us know of macrobiotics solely as the healing, disease curing diet that it is. Macrobiotics, however, is a far more interesting and complex entity. It is a potent way of life that engages body, mind and spirit. Our macrobiotic teachers demonstrate that health is a direction, not a fixed state of being, and that spiritual health is embodied in the endless expression of gratitude for all of life. It is this gratitude that propels us in the direction of mental, emotional and physical health. We come to understand that health naturally craves health so that as we develop habits that foster healthier choices, choosing health becomes effortless and we gradually evolve into our best selves.

We take great pride in presenting you with the most current macrobiotic information and how to adapt the principles to a modern lifestyle. Our macrobiotic teachers constantly improve programs to offer exciting introductory seminars, cooking classes, advanced certificates and training, travel adventures, and macrobiotic counseling. Our courses are crafted directly from leading global experts and include insight & participation from the foremost leaders on macrobiotic practice and even more general plant-based diet experts.

Denny Waxman

Executive Director

  • Author, Speaker & Counselor
  • Former Kushi Institute Director
  • Founder of Essene Market

With 45 years of experience, Denny Waxman is one of the nation’s leading macrobiotic counselors, speakers and teachers. Credited with changing the food narrative in the U.S. from diets dependent upon animal and dairy to healthy whole foods and plant-based alternatives, Denny is now training the next generation of macrobiotic teachers. He is author of several notable books including The Ultimate Guide to Eating for Longevity:The macrobiotic way to live a long, healthy, and happy life, which he co-wrote with his wife Susan. He is founder of Philadelphia’s first health store, Essene Market, and recipient of the Aveline Kushi International Award for his dedicated service to macrobiotics. 

Susan Waxman

Director & Executive Chef

  • Macrobiotic Counselor
  • Cooking Instructor
  • Macrobiotic Chef

Susan Waxman has dedicated her life to understanding the energetic nature of foods, cooking styles, and creating dynamic, healthful meal plans. This has allowed her to merge teaching and macrobiotic cooking that provides healthy, tasteful options for many clients looking to improve their health and perspective on life. Her expertise with ingredient selection, kitchen and pantry design, menu planning, and meal preparation are the foundation of her unique international macrobiotic cuisine.

Teron Meyers

Director of Operations

  • Program Administration
  • Enrollment Management
  • Event Planning & Fundraising

Teron Meyers has followed a plant-based diet for over a decade. He discovered macrobiotics in 2013 after being referred to Denny’s counseling because it helped a family friend. Graduating from Pennsylvania State University, he worked in pharmacy and insurance. These industries proved that client interests aren’t always a priority, so he quit a well-paying job to serve as administrative manager for SHI to oversee fundraising, event planning, and enrollment.

Patrick Riley


  • Macrobiotic Advocate
  • Shiatsu Expert
  • Teacher, Therapist & Counselor

Patrick M. Riley has been an advocate of natural health care since 1978. A graduate of La Salle University in Philadelphia, Patrick pursued studies in macrobiotics, shiatsu and related health subjects at the Kushi Institutes in London, England and Boston, MA in 1982. Following a brief employment in the natural food industry, he co-founded the Bucks County Macrobiotic Center in Langhorne, PA. It was here at the community level that Patrick refined his skills as a teacher, therapist and counselor.

Interested in Becoming Part of Our Team?

We are always looking for thoughtful people to join our team — thanks largely in part to our current students and clients who frequently recommend our courses. We encourage you to reach out if you would like to join us as a new partner, macrobiotic teacher, volunteer, or employee. Let us know if you think you would make a good fit!