Tree Energy

Tree Energy

Tree Energy by  Érica Gonçalves        Tree Energy   by  Érica Gonçalves What is this energy about? The Tree/Wood element: the beginning of the cycle, the germination, the renewal. Spring is here! The season of gentle wind, green colours and sour taste. The movement...
I garden – therefore I am

I garden – therefore I am

I garden – therefore I am   by  Ritchie Tennant I garden – therefore I am   by  Ritchie Tennant We all need a tonic. A lift. A change of energy. For as our physical fuel is crucial, our metaphysical fuels are just as much so! And in the UK we are...
Tree Energy in Springtime

Tree Energy in Springtime

Tree Energy in Springtime by  Anna Mackenzie Tree Energyin Springtime   by  Anna Mackenzie A most precious reference and teaching book by Carola Bersford-Cooke publisher Churchill Livingstone.Title:-  Shiatsu Theory and Practice – A comprehensive text for the...
Shiitake Tea

Shiitake Tea

Shiitake Tea by  Anna Mackenzie Shiitake Tea   by  Anna Mackenzie To me the shiitake mushroom is a beautiful mushroom. The joy of Aveline Kushi teaching us how to make shiitake tea, with the heart felt appreciation that she had for the effect of the preparation of all...
Three lovely chant sounds to practise

Three lovely chant sounds to practise

Three lovely chant soundsto practice by  Anna Mackenzie Three lovely chant soundsto practice   by  Anna Mackenzie Three lovely chant sounds to practise daily or weekly indoors or outdoors. Sitting where we choose, a daily 3 minute chant of peace, grounded-ness,...
Wabi Sabi

Wabi Sabi

Wabi Sabi   by  Simon Brown       Wabi Sabi   by  Simon Brown Wabi sabi is very hard to translate. I have asked many Japanese people to translate the words for me and there are lots of slightly different interpretations. The version I like is, transient beauty...
Less is More for a Beautiful Life

Less is More for a Beautiful Life

Less is Morefor a Beautiful Life   by  Melanie Waxman       Less is Morefor a Beautiful Life   by  Melanie Waxman When I moved from the USA to Spain over 9 years ago, I downsized from a large house with a big barn to 4 boxes. I also sold my car and, on arrival,...
Less is more

Less is more

Less is more   by  Simon Brown       Less is more   by  Simon Brown Macrobiotics has had an amazing influence on my life. Yet, I sometimes wonder if it became too complicated, attempting to be all things to all people, to have an answer for everything. Just for...
Walking on the Wild Side

Walking on the Wild Side

Walking on the Wild Side by Marion Price        Walking on the Wild Side by Marion Price The days are long gone when our ancestors walked the land, drank from the streams and slept on moss under hedgerows, wrapped only in their cloaks. Nowadays we are more likely to...
Exercise

Exercise

Exercise   by  Simon Brown       Exercise   by  Simon Brown To have good energy for exercise it helps to be sure we have good sleep and rest, enjoy regular periods of deep breathing through the day to oxygenate the blood, and eat a diet that includes whole grains...
Gentle, Thoughtful, Fasting

Gentle, Thoughtful, Fasting

Gentle, Thoughtful, Fasting by  Anna Mackenzie Gentle, Thoughtful, Fasting   by  Anna Mackenzie “Change, but start slowly, because direction is more important than speed”Quote from Paulo Coelho   In the air is that magical time between seasons, so tangible...
Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning   by  Melanie Waxman       Spring Cleaning   by  Melanie Waxman Spring is a wonderful time for new beginnings and creating change within the home and ourselves. Our home is like a sanctuary, away from the bustle and daily stresses of life. We can...
Memorial for Denny

Memorial for Denny

Memorial for Denny by  Bill Tara        Memorial for Denny by  Bill Tara DENNY WAXMAN MACROBIOTIC PIONEER It saddened me greatly to hear that Denny Waxman had passed away. If a pioneer is willing to explore new territory and move on facing the unknown, then Denny...
Growing Foods in Bedfordshire

Growing Foods in Bedfordshire

Growing Foodsin Bedfordshire   by  Katerina Mlejnkova       Growing Foodsin Bedfordshire   by  Katerina Mlejnkova When you get introduced to the macrobiotic life, you discover multiple ways of practicing it. You can eat organic, seasonal and local, with animal...
Metal Chi Energy

Metal Chi Energy

Metal Chi Energy   by  Simon Brown       Metal Chi Energy   by  Simon Brown The movement of the autumn, sunset, metal chi is inward. It is the energy of the farmers collecting the harvest, seeds and nuts being pushed into the earth and the bears eating for the...
Learning, Stories, Activities

Learning, Stories, Activities

Learning, Stories, Activities by  Anna Mackenzie Learning, Stories, Activities   by  Anna Mackenzie The power of profound meaning is found in blue……………………… Blue is the ‘heavenly’ colour. The ultimate feeling it creates is one of rest. Supernatural rest, not the...
Managing Energy

Managing Energy

Natural Immunity   by  Melanie Waxman     Natural Immunity   by  Melanie Waxman We live in a time when our immunity is greatly challenged. It seems we are becoming more sensitive and immune compromised as a result of our modern world and the increase of...
Late Summer Musings

Late Summer Musings

Late Summer Musings by  Anna Mackenzie Late SummerMusings   by  Anna Mackenzie Three quotes from Rachel Carson who wrote Silent Spring.  “The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have...
Fire Chi

Fire Chi

Fire Chi   by  Simon Brown       Fire Chi   by  Simon Brown The summer brings us into the period of Fire Chi in the Five Elements. Energy rises through the spring and is thought to peak, radiating out, shining like the sun in the summer. Think of flowers...
Good Sleep

Good Sleep

Good Sleep   by  Simon Brown       Good Sleep   by  Simon Brown SLEEP Sleep is vital for good energy. Activity in the parts of our brain that control decision making, emotions and social interactions are greatly reduced during our deep sleep, suggesting deep...
Healthy Body Movement

Healthy Body Movement

Healthy Body Movement   by  Filipa Silva       Healthy Body Movement   by  Filipa Silva Since past times, humans have moved from place to place, whether to run away from bad weather, to find more food or simply to discover other places. Our body is keen on...
High Energy Foods

High Energy Foods

High Energy Foods   by  Simon Brown       High Energy Foods   by  Simon Brown HIGH ENERGY FOODS To enjoy more energy with macrobiotics the key component to explore are high energy macrobiotic foods, deep breathing exercises, good sleep, positive thinking,...
Nature in every Breath

Nature in every Breath

Nature in every Breath by  Anna Mackenzie Nature in every Breath   by  Anna Mackenzie The magic of breath; taking in precious oxygen to nourish ourselves and letting go of the air that has served us, every second of our life. We watch the rise and fall of the side of...
Managing Energy

Managing Energy

Managing Energy   by  Melanie Waxman       Managing Energy   by  Melanie Waxman Managing Energy by Melanie Waxman Our world is made up of energy. In these modern times, there is a global challenge around energy and a constant debate on which one is best –...
One macrobiotic mum’s journey in raising children

One macrobiotic mum’s journey in raising children

One macrobiotic mum’s journey in raising children   by  Florence Price       One macrobiotic mum’s journey in raising children   by  Florence Price When I was a child going to school in the early 90’s, my very dedicated macrobiotic mom made me a lunch box every...
New Beginnings – a time for cleansing

New Beginnings – a time for cleansing

New Beginnings– a timefor cleansing   by  Melanie Waxman       New Beginnings – a time for cleansing   by  Melanie Waxman New Beginnings – a time for cleansing by Melanie Waxman Spring is a time of new beginnings. We often feel the urge to eat lighter foods,...
Five Elements – Tree and Spring

Five Elements – Tree and Spring

Five Elements – Tree and Spring   by  Simon Brown       Five Elements – Tree and Spring   by  Simon Brown Chinese yin yang and the five elements started out as a clock, lunar calendar and solar calendar with the first evidence found on animal bones...
The Wreath

The Wreath

The Wreath by  Anna Mackenzie The Wreath   by  Anna Mackenzie The wreath always represents the circle of eternal life, a circular or spiralic formation used since life began.  Most living beings are entirely made from aspects of this shape. It is miraculous that green...
Wise Words

Wise Words

Wise Words by  Bill Tara        Wise Words by  Bill Tara The planet that we live within is just like each of us, an organism. It is not like an organism; it is an organism. We do not live on it—we live in it. We are a part of its structure, a group of its cells, and...
Wag Our Tails!

Wag Our Tails!

Wag our Tails! by  Melanie Waxman        Wag our Tails! by  Melanie Waxman Something that often gets overlooked when we think of how to contribute to a sustainable world is what we are feeding our gorgeous dogs. In the past, most dogs were given table scraps and...
The Ecological Kitchen with Marlene Watson-Tara

The Ecological Kitchen with Marlene Watson-Tara

The Ecological Kitchenwith Marlene Watson-Tara by  Marlene Watson-Tara        The Ecological Kitchenwith Marlene Watson-Tara by  Marlene Watson-Tara No one really knows when humans started cooking their food, but one thing is sure: every culture did it. For over a...
MA Spotlight: Lara Holmes

MA Spotlight: Lara Holmes

MA SPOTLIGHT: Lara Holmes with  Anna Mackenzie MA SPOTLIGHT: Lara Holmes   with  Anna Mackenzie Questions for MA Newsletter Spotlight Lara, you are a full time Mum and cooking teacher in one of the UK’s most established and respected Macrobiotic schools, please can...
Macrobiotics and the Environment

Macrobiotics and the Environment

Macrobiotics and the Environment   by  Simon Brown       Macrobiotics and the Environment   by  Simon Brown This article explores how we can reduce climate change, extinction, pollution and waste through our food choices, preparation and cooking. It is written as...
Changing Seasons successfully

Changing Seasons successfully

Changing Seasons successfully by  Anna Mackenzie        Changing Seasons successfully by  Anna Mackenzie Every year we have this opportunity of dramatic change to understand it more deeply in ourselves, in our relationship with all of nature and the Universe. For many...
The Immunity System

The Immunity System

The Immunity System by Marlene Watson-Tara        The Immunity System by Marlene Watson-Tara The key to good health is a strong immune system. If we have a weakened immune system, we are more susceptible to colds, flu, and other health problems. By supporting your...
YinYang and the Five Transformations

YinYang and the Five Transformations

YinYang and the Five Transformations   by  Simon Brown       YinYang and the Five Transformations   by  Simon Brown History The earliest writing of YinYang was found in Chinese carvings on animal bones. These bones have been carbon dated to earlier than 2000bc...
About Czech macrobiotic legend Jarmila Pruchova

About Czech macrobiotic legend Jarmila Pruchova

About Czech macrobiotic legend Jarmila Pruchova by  Katerina Mlejnkova        About Czech macrobiotic legend Jarmila Pruchova by  Katerina Mlejnkova My name is Katerina Mlejnkova and I would like to share with you how I entered the world of macrobiotics and how the...
2021 International Macrobiotic Conference

2021 International Macrobiotic Conference

2021 International Macrobiotic Conference by  The Macrobiotic Association        2021 International Macrobiotic Conference by  The Macrobiotic Association The Annual International Macrobiotic Conference in Lisbon, Portugal, will be hopefully in person. Save the date:...
What do the forest bear?

What do the forest bear?

What do the forest bear? by  Anna Mackenzie        What do the forest bear? by  Anna Mackenzie There is only one path, Prof. Dr Vandana Shiva suggests, to survival and liberation for nature, women and men, and that is the ecological path of harmony, sustainability and...
Ginger or Chamomile Compress

Ginger or Chamomile Compress

Ginger or Chamomile Compress by  Anna Mackenzie        Ginger or Chamomile Compress by  Anna Mackenzie This is a wet compress. You need a soft mattress or blanket to place on the floor for the receiver, (not an air filled mattress) and a large cotton towel over it;...
Holistic Health with Macrobiotics

Holistic Health with Macrobiotics

Holistic Healt with Macrobiotics   by  Simon Brown        Holistic Health with Macrobiotics   by  Simon Brown Founder George Ohsawa created a holistic approach to health. This approach integrates 7 essential qualities in life to enjoy the best health.  ...
AGM votes in new directors

AGM votes in new directors

AGM votes in new directors  by  The Macrobiotic Association        AGM votes in new directors by  The Macrobiotic Association Our AGM, held online at the end of March, went very well. Being online created easier access for many of our members, and the meeting was well...
Online Gathering and AGM

Online Gathering and AGM

Gathering and annual AGM by  The Macrobiotic Association    Gathering and annual AGM by  The Macrobiotic Association   Wedneday 31st March, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm   Venue: Online (Zoom) with the MBA   More than an AGM, we’d love to see you at our...
MBA Spotlight: Emma Cunis

MBA Spotlight: Emma Cunis

MBA SPOTLIGHT: Emma Cunis by  Trish Dent MBA SPOTLIGHT: Emma Cunis   by  Trish Dent Emma Cunis is interviewed by Trish Dent Emma, Thank you for joining us today. How did you first hear about Macrobiotics? “It was my mother! My mother became a vegetarian and...
Nurturing nature to feed ourselves

Nurturing nature to feed ourselves

Nurturing Nature to feed ourselves by  Ritchie Tennant    Nurturing Nature to feed ourselves by  Ritchie Tennant There is a place where baskets are filled with colourfully packaged hyper-processed edible substrates, force fed vegetables and meat, and homogenous bread...
The Gift of Time

The Gift of Time

The Gift of Time by  Ariel Perea        The Gift of Time by  Ariel Perea As I see it, a big door was opened in front of our eyes last year. Contrary to common perception, for me, outside in the world lies restriction while, fortunately, being at home is freedom....
Festive Feasts

Festive Feasts

Festive Feasts by  Trish Dent        Festive Feasts by  Trish Dent We have all faced the most unexpected of challenges this year. What better way to round off the year and herald in the new — season, year or whatever festivity you choose to celebrate —...
How did Blandine’s garden grow?

How did Blandine’s garden grow?

Handy hints for storing pumpkins by  Trish Dent    Handy hints for storing pumpkins by  Trish Dent   If you’ve grown your own, or if you are selecting from home-grown pumpkins and wish to store them, when cutting them off the plant, keep a piece of plant’s stem...
Immunity, from the Inside Out

Immunity, from the Inside Out

Immunity, from the Inside Out by Ritchie Tennant        Immunity, from the Inside Out by Ritchie Tennant Despite all the current Covid-19 guidelines to follow, it does seem strange that there has been no public health campaign about how to improve and maintain our...