Macrobiotics by Bill Tara

Macrobiotics: An Ecology of Mind and Body During this two-day workshop with Bill Tara, we will see how this ecological way of thinking can be used to empower us in the development of a healthy mind, body, and spirit.

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This House is Not Your Home by Chris Warren

Here, we share a piece of music named ‘This House is Not Your Home’ written and performed by Chris Warren.

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Land of the Gods

A pilgrimage into the heart of Japan’s mythical consciousness and the ancient wisdom that awaits us there. By Greg Johnson. read more

Full Circle – Musical Piece by Stephen Hopper and Christopher Bangs

Here, we share a piece of music named ‘Full Circle’ written and performed by community members Stephen Hopper and Christopher Bangs.

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Zen Macrobiotics and the Doorway to Infinity

This article was written by Greg Johnson and originally published in the Winter 2021 edition of Macrobiotics Today.

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Arriving at the Totality of Oneself

Discovering our True Self in the Unknown
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Behind the Veil- Musical Piece by Chris Warren

Here, we share a piece of music named ‘Behind the Veil’ written and performed by community member Chris Warren.

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A new way of sharing iEvolve

“Given the measure of your own authentic realization, you were actually thinking about gently whispering into the ear of that near-deaf world? No, my friend, you must shout. Shout from the heart of what you have seen, shout however you can.

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Brown Rice: The Untold Story – by Jean Torné

We often tend to refer to whole rice as brown rice, but in fact there are many varieties of this rice that are different colours – read more

Long Grain Brown Rice with Mushrooms- Recipe by Jean Torné

Long grain brown rice with mushrooms, sautéed in soya sauce and topped off with parsley… a hearty addition of flavour and texture to your meal.

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Short Grain Brown Rice with Thyme – Recipe by Jean Torné

Short grain brown rice with hint of thyme… the power of herbs blended with rice is underrated. This dish is simple and soothing.

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A Community Update

A message to the community from our Trustees and Staff in light of the current situation regarding Coronavirus.

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Escaping the Cycle by Malen Mendoza-Baxter

“Helpless as I may sound, a light has been switched on; allowing myself to be vulnerable opened many wounds from the past and several doors to gain entry to. All was necessary if I was to gain back the power I’ve lost. This is my story, maybe yours too.”

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Segments From a Musical Journal by Callum Greenaway

An experience of music as a door to the infinite.

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Strengthen the kidneys and lower back by Maria Serrano

Maria shows us the pressure point in our foot and demonstrates the technique to activate it. Massaging this pressure point does not only strengthen the kidneys and lower back, but it also helps in relieving sore throat, toothaches, and period pains.

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Haramaki – Kidney Care by Maria Serrano

In this video, Maria talks about the importance of caring for your kidneys during winter. A kidney warmer called, “Haramaki” is one of the ways to protect our kidneys from the cold. Maria also shows us a few simple kidney massage exercises that we can practice at home or at the office.

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Power Food Brown Rice – Recipe by Mutsuko Johnson

Rice has been the main staple food in Asian countries for several thousand years. Whole grain brown rice is nutrient rich; protein, vitamins and minerals are all condensed into a tiny grain – which makes it a true power food.

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Delicious Okonomiyaki – Recipe by Mutsuko Johnson

Okonomiyaki is a simple, traditional Japanese pancake, known as the Soul Food of Osaka. This is a classic recipe from Mutsuko Johnson.

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Autumn Cooking Intensive (with Mutsuko Johnson)

This will be a rare opportunity to learn how to prepare and incorporate Japanese-inspired wholefood meals into your dietary programme. This is where it all started.

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Intrepid – Musical Piece by Chris Warren

Here, we share a piece of music written by community member Chris Warren. Below, he shares a little about himself and this track…

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Wonderful Mushroom Stock – Recipe by Jean Torné

Winter is the perfect time for soups… and yet many of us lack something which makes a good soup truly delicious – a wonderful, rich stock. Below we are treated to a recipe for Mushroom stock from master chef Jean Torné.  A more advanced recipe for the adventurous cook!

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Michio Kushi – Honouring Our Lineage

This past year a group of 20 people affiliated with Concord Institute completed a 12-day pilgrimage to Japan, highlighted by a trek through the Kumano mountains of Wakayama prefecture over several days, paying our respects to three ancient Shinto shrines. The main shrine, the Kumano Hongu Taisha, was celebrating its 2,050th birthyear since its founding.

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Melted Cavolo Nero – Recipe by Jean Torné

We find Cavolo Nero everywhere at the moment, a great source of good greens for the Winter. Very sadly, it is often served under-cooked, hard and chewy – not nice!

In this recipe, we slowly cook it to release its naturally delicious flavour and comforting softness. 

It works well on its own as a snack, as a side dish, or as a delicious topping to a slice of toasted sourdough bread, rubbed with garlic!

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Learning to fall – Marie Fallon

Look up into the white winter sky.

I am that wild bird

with the broken wing


and a heart filled with survival;

flying endless circles

and never coming home.

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On my relationship to cooking – Francoise Auvray

Today, I cook for the well-being of those I ‘feed’, including myself, and for the deep sensory pleasure it gives me.

Sometimes it shows up as a chore, but as I start cooking I am taken by the opportunity for creativity and making a gift of deliciousness and nourishment. I get energy just from this simple practice, even before I eat and even if I become physically tired in the process.
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Why do we cook? – Jean Torne

Cooking is an act of creation. The cook transforms the coarse material of foods into finer elements.

For the nourishment of the body to become that of the soul; the cook must be aware of the sacred dimension of cooking, that a kitchen is a sacred space, that cooking is like performing a series of rituals, in order to give and honour life.
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Why do we dream? – Charlotte Hopper

My dreams have often been vivid affairs. My family and housemates over the years would witness a typical morning emergence with me entering the kitchen, hair disheveled, to announce… “I had the strangest dream last night”.

If I were lucky, they would grant me the listening to share my tales, piecing together the strange series of events, and I would revel in reliving them, delighting in the opportunity to externalise my nocturnal explorations into the fixed reality of my waking world…

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