SHI’s 1st Annual Spring Macrobiotic Conference (Recordings)

Feel Better, Naturally

Did you miss out on our Spring Macrobiotic Conference? If so, spring into action and watch the REPLAY! From the comfort of your own home, and at your own pace, immerse yourself in 15 hours of the best macrobiotic education on the planet. Each day included master classes, that provided participants with fresh and unique content from world renowned teachers. Our special group of presenters are all aligned in an open and modern approach to macrobiotics that allows for the practice to be more effective and enjoyable.


What Is Macrobiotics?

Macrobiotics, noun, (used with a singular verb)

a system of holistic principles and dynamic practices that guides choices in nutrition and lifestyle for physical, emotional, mental, social, and environmental health

– macrobiotic, adj., such as macrobiotic philosophy or macrobiotic diet.

Who Is This Conference For?

  • Are you vegan, vegetarian, or pescatarian?
  • Are you new to macrobiotics, or a long-time veteran?
  • Are you interested in transitioning to a plant-based, whole-foods diet?
  • Or, are you simply looking to feel better, naturally, through diet and lifestyle?

If you answered “yes” to either question, this is the conference for you!

How Is This Conference Different?

  • Unified Approach to Macrobiotics – World-renowned macrobiotic teachers, chefs and counselors have come together to build the ultimate macrobiotic practice guide.
  • International Practice – Macrobiotics draws on the diets and lifestyle practices of the world’s long-standing civilizations. Anyone and everyone can learn how to adapt macrobiotics to their life.
  • Cooking Classes with Common Ingredients – Cooking lessons will include simple recipes with easy ingredients that anyone can find in their local grocery store and make at home.

*A full recording will be available following the event for any sessions that may be missed

Denny Waxman – Macrobiotic Author, Counselor, & Teacher

With 40 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. 

  • Author of Ultimate Guide to Eating for Longevity & The Complete Macrobiotic Diet
  • Macrobiotic Counselor
  • Former Kushi Institute Director
  • Founder of SHI Macrobiotics, Formerly Known as Strengthening Health Institute

Susan Waxman – Macrobiotic Counselor, Cooking Instructor & 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.

Tom Monte – Macrobiotic Author, Counselor, & Teacher

Tom Monte has written more than thirty five books, including several bestsellers.  His latest book is Unexpected Recoveries: Seven Steps to Healing Body, Mind, and Soul When Serious Illness Strikes, which reports the common characteristics among people who have overcome life-threatening diseases with the use of complementary healing methods.

His works include, Recalled By Life and Living Well Naturally (both with Dr. Anthony Sattilaro) and Taking Woodstock (with Elliot Tiber), which was made into a feature film by famed director, Ang Lee. He also wrote World Medicine: The East West Guide to Healing Your Body, and The Complete Guide to Natural Healing, which provides natural healing methods for more than 120 illnesses and disorders.

Tom has conducted workshops on health, healing, intimate relationships and personal transformation throughout the United States and Europe, and is the creator and primary teacher of the Healers Program.  Find out more about Tom by visiting his website,

Beti Minkin- Macrobiotic Cook, Field-Worker, & Owner of TOHUM® Organics

Born and raised in Turkey, she spent most of her adult life in the USA. A student of Michio and Aveline Kushi, she applied Macrobiotics since 1980s in her everyday life as a mother, cook, practitioner, and later as a “Macrobiotic field-worker” back in her native country. Inspired by her teachers, she started the TOHUM® projects in traditional Turkish villages. Tohum means seed in Turkish. She partnered with local farmers to safeguard the disappearing heirloom seeds and artisanal products revered for their nutritional and healing properties. Over the years, she introduced organic certification to hundreds of traditional farmers.

Her latest project in a remote region of Turkey was awarded by IFOAM, an international organic agriculture body, for reviving the ancient wheat Emmer (Triticum dicoccum). She created the TOHUM® brand in 1995 for the sustainability of her projects, marketing highly nutritious products in the US. The brand still carries the unique Organic Golden Sesame Tahini, a traditional sesame butter made of heirloom golden sesame seeds.

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Joe Waxman – Macrobiotic & Astrology Counselor 

Born and raised macrobiotic, I am the son of Denny Waxman and Judy Flohr. I have studied macrobiotics extensively throughout the country and in Europe formally and through first-hand lived experience. I have an active astrology counseling practice and I make videos on Youtube on many different subjects such as astrology, macrobiotics, spirituality and philosophy. This year I have also started to actively teach classes.

Gina Compello – Shiatsu Practitioner 

Hi! My name is Gina. I’ve been studying Macrobiotics since 2011.  I took the Advanced Macrobiotic Course with SHI in 2012 and then continued my education at the International School of Shiatsu to become a shiatsu practitioner.

After graduating from ISS, I began treating part time for a mentor  to continue studying in addition to starting my own practice in Philadelphia.

My focus is to use macrobiotics and bodywork to improve the lives of the people around me.

Friday, March 5, 2021

  • 7:00-7:30 pm – Welcome & Introductions 
  • 7:30-8:45 pm – “What is SHI Macrobiotics?” – Denny Waxman

Saturday, March 6, 2021

  • 9:00-10:15 am – “Awakening the Living Seed: Sprouting Grains, Beans, Nuts and Seeds” – Joe Waxman
  • 10:30-12:00 pm – “From Seed to Table – A Journey to the Origin of our Food” – Beti Minkin
  • 12:00-1:45 pm – Lunch Break
  • 1:45-3:15 pm – Cooking Class – Susan Waxman
  • 3:30-4:45 pm – “Body Rub for Healthy Living” – Gina Compello
  • 5:00-6:15 pm – “Connections: We Really Are All In This Together” – Denny Waxman
  • 6:15-7:30 pm – Dinner Break
  • 7:30-8:45 pm – “Healing Your Body And Mind By Healing Your Microbiome” – Tom Monte

Sunday, March 7, 2021

  • 9:00-10:15 am – “Awakening Your Potential: Living The Better You” – Tom Monte
  • 10:30-12:00 pm – “Turkish Food Culture w/ Springtime Recipes” – Beti Minkin
  • 12:00-1:45 pm – Lunch Break
  • 1:45-3:15 pm – Cooking Class – Susan Waxman
  • 3:30-4:30 pm – Panel Discussion

Day 1 – Friday, March 5th, 2021

What is SHI Macrobiotics? (Denny Waxman) 

SHI Macrobiotics is the most up-to-date, comprehensive and effective approach to macrobiotic practice. It is also the easiest approach to implement. Learn the key points to start and maintain your macrobiotic practice for maximum benefit and enjoyment.

Day 2 – Saturday, March 6th, 2021

Awakening the Living Seed: Sprouting Grains, Beans, Nuts and Seeds (Joe Waxman)

One of the world’s greatest culinary traditions in macrobiotic style.

From Seed to Table – A Journey to the Origin of our Food (Beti Minkin)

The story of how macrobiotic studies led Beti Minkin to discover endangered heritage seeds and grains in her native land and her efforts to revive them! She will take us from golden sesame harvest to TOHUM® Tahini production to highlight the origin and quality of products we consume as healthy, nutritious, and healing. We will have the opportunity to examine aspects of biodiversity conservation and traditional, organic, sustainable agriculture practices. 

Cooking Class #1 (Susan Waxman)

Details for this class are to be announced by January 22nd

Body Rub for Healthy Living (Gina Compello)

Learn how to do the body rub efficiently and effectively and how to incorporate this practice into your daily routine.

Connections: We Really Are All In This Together (Denny Waxman)

SHI Macrobiotics is far more than a diet and lifestyle. Learn how orderly macrobiotic practice connects us with God, Nature or the Universe, our thoughts and feelings, each other, food itself and our planet. This is perhaps the most important benefit and reason for practicing macrobiotics.

Healing Your Body And Mind By Healing Your Microbiome (Tom Monte)

If there is a single aspect of your life that proves your body’s optimal function depends on a plant-based macrobiotic diet, it is your microbiome.

The microbiome — a vast population of microorganisms that exist primarily in your digestive tract — is a living intelligence that plays a central role in the health and vitality of your immune, digestive, and central nervous systems.  Your microbiome determines the clarity and function of your brain, your emotional stability, and much of your mental health.  It prevents and, in many cases,  can reverse depression, anxiety, and various forms of learning disabilities, including as ADHD.  The microbiome also has been shown to prevent serious illnesses, including common cancers, heart disease, and diabetes.

Recent research has shown that a healthy microbiome can prevent Covid-19, or reduce the strength of the illness should it take hold within your system.   

Your microbiome thrives on on a diet of whole grains, fresh vegetables, beans, sea vegetables, and fruit.  The macrobiotic diet can transform your microbiome within a month, usually within two or three weeks.

In this talk, Tom Monte will show you how to restore your microbiome, and in the process revitalize your physical, emotional, and mental health.

Day 3 – Sunday, March 7th, 2021

Awakening Your Potential: Living The Better You (Tom Monte)  

At the top of our life goals, at least for most of us, is the hope that we will fulfill our potential.  The question most of us ask is, how — how do we bring out what is most loving, gifted, wise, powerful, and beautiful within us?

The short answer is this: Your evolution depends on how you respond to challenges.  All species either evolve and bring forth potential abilities in the face of challenges, or they stagnate, decline, and eventually die out.

For humans, that means responding from the potential state when under stress.

When faced with a stressful situation, most of us react from deeply engrained, automatic behaviors — in short, habits that are physiological, emotional, and mental.  In the grip of our patterned responses, we tend to make bad decisions — and we make them consistently, which is why we experience the same problems over and over again.

In this talk, Tom Monte will reveal a simple, easy to follow, step-by-step approach to (first) seeing your patterned responses; (second), awakening the potential state within you; and (third) allowing that potential state to displace your automatic behaviors, especially when you are under stress.

The potential you does not respond to challenge with the same automatic patterns that your current consciousness dictates.  Therefore, the potential state creates an entirely new life, based on the new and evolved you that comes into being.

Turkish Food Culture w/ Springtime Recipes (Beti Minkin)

Presentation of fun Springtime recipes with background stories on Turkish food culture. Turkey is a bridge between East and West, the melting pot of many civilizations, the heartland of thousands of years of agriculture. Each region presents rich food traditions. During her field projects, Beti cooked with traditional women collecting recipes. She will share some of her experiences with us. 

Cooking Class # 2 (Susan Waxman)

Details for this class are to be announced by January 22nd

To use Zoom you will need:

  1. A smartphone, desktop, laptop, or tablet
  2. A video camera, either built in to your device or a separate webcam (most modern computers, smartphones and tablets have this built in). If you do NOT have a video camera, you can still listen to the conference. This is only if you’d like to be seen by others
  3. A microphone, either built in to your device or in the webcam (most modern computers, smartphones and tablets have this built in), or a phone. If you do NOT have a microphone, you can still use the Zoom chat features to ask questions during appropriate Q&A sessions
  4. A broadband internet connection
  5. The Zoom client installed on your machine. (If you are using a desktop or non-chromebook laptop, you will NOT have to install Zoom)
*SHI Macrobiotics is a 501(c)(3) and your generous donations are greatly appreciated to allow us to continue to provide high-quality, current, and wide-ranging topics of education to the macrobiotic community and beyond.