Posts Tagged ‘Michael Rossoff’

Final Call for Basic Alchemy

Posted in concord institute, courses on May 23rd, 2012 by Kevin – Be the first to comment

Pioneering Macrobiotic Teacher, Counsellor and Healer Michael Rossoff is coming to London this weekend to teach his annual Basic Alchemy workshop at the Concord Institute, a beginners guide to the fundamentals of Oriental Medicine and Nutrition, and basic principles of Macrobiotics. The course runs over three days, May 25, 26 & 27 including delicious wholefood lunches each day. For an introduction to what Michael will cover, here is an interview (in three parts) conducted by Kevin Mascarenhas for the Concord Institute, which took place at the conclusion of last years’ programme. If you want to book your seat on this ride, give the Concord Institute a call on 020 7607 1140.

Michael Rossoff Interview

Posted in concord institute, courses on May 15th, 2012 by Kevin – Be the first to comment

Pioneering Macrobiotic Teacher, Counsellor and Healer Michael Rossoff is coming to London next week to teach his annual Basic Alchemy workshop at the Concord Institute, a beginners guide to the fundamentals of Oriental Medicine and Nutrition, and basic principles of Macrobiotics. That’s what it says on the tin, at least, but its a workshop which may well transform your perspective on ‘health’ and ‘illness’. The course runs over three days, May 25, 26 & 27 including delicious wholefood lunches each day. For an introduction to what Michael will cover, here is an interview (in three parts) conducted by Kevin Mascarenhas for the Concord Institute, which took place at the conclusion of last years’ programme. Basic Alchemy is a must for anyone who would like to gain some powerful insights in the realm of personal health and wellbeing.

Basic Alchemy with Michael Rossoff

Posted in concord institute, courses on April 23rd, 2012 by Kevin – Be the first to comment

This is an invitation which goes out to one and all. Basic Alchemy is a wonderful overview of Eastern medicine, explored by a Westerner (Macrobiotic Healer, Counselor & Teacher Michael Rossoff) who manages to bring the two worlds together, within an incredible grounding of traditional Macrobiotics. That’s the philosophy, not the ‘diet’ that exists, an interpretation that veers towards a weird sort of health and healing fanaticism. I recommend the course fully. You’ll be introduced to ideas both new and yet vaguely unfamiliar. If you’re prepared to go in leaving your preconceptions at the door, you are likely to leave inspired and empowered in your relationship to health. The course takes place on May 25, 26 & 27. Here’s what Michael has to say:

‘This 3-day intensive will give you a solid foundation in the art and practice of self healing. You will gain insights into the connections between your body, mind, emotional and spiritual consciousness. You will learn how to use the simple tool of yin-yang thinking for understanding health and sickness; you will gain practical information on foods and other approaches to healing. I will guide you in understanding many issues from the perspective of both oriental medicine and contemporary western thought about food and health. There are many ways to discover and explore a new way of seeing. I will also teach powerful acupressure points, basic shiatsu massage techniques and simple qi gong exercises. You will receive useful handouts and there will be ample time for discussions.’

Course details

Fee: £350 (deposit: £100, non-refundable) A wholefood lunch will be provided each day
Dates: May 25, 26 & 27: 10am to 7pm
If you would like to register please call Concord Institute on 020 7607 1140 or 07818 231 298

Tongue in Cheek?

Posted in writings on November 18th, 2011 by Kevin – Be the first to comment

‘Slow eaters think they are morally superior. But they’ve lost their appetite for life. They will claim it makes them healthier. But that’s absurd.’
So begins an article in the Observer by Restaurant Critic Jay Rayner, decrying people who eat too slowly. Jay, a self-proclaimed fast eater, claims that ‘we like life more than slow eaters like life. Slow eaters aren’t just doing something they love more slowly than others. They simply don’t like food, not enough. No one with a real instinct to feed can ever eat slowly.’ I’m sorry Jay, but I beg to differ. The health benefits of slow eating are simple and common-sensical. It was put to me once by Michael Rossoff that the single most effective thing you can do to improve your eating behaviour is to just chew your food more. Breaking down your mouthfuls helps to reduce the workload on your digestive tract. People often throw ‘optimum numbers of chews’ at you (30, 50, 100 chews) but don’t be put off. I suspect the main intention behind this idea is to create space for yourself, and your body, to reflect on your food, become open to appreciation and nourishment. Ultimately, this is not just about ‘eating for health.’ This is about enjoyment, and the nourishment that we obtain from food, in our Being. But I have some sympathy for Jay. I am also in the habit of bolting my food. I suffer from a gluttonous streak. It’s more apparent when I’m alone, and not in the company of others, when my more socially-acceptable eating behaviours kick in. But I know that when I do slow down, and take a moment to take in what is in front of me, I am filled with appreciation and gratitude. I am struck by the colours, the shapes, the smells on the plate. I sometimes reflect on the journey this food has taken to get to me. I recall the people who produced the food, or the exchange we had when I bought it from them. There are sometimes items I’ve collected on that day, partnered with ingredients from my cupboard, and contributions from others. In doing this, my body softens and my appetite is fed, before I even take a bite, and it continues, as I enjoy my meal, with real appreciation. Slowly, attentively. An opportunity is provided to not just feed myself, but to nourish myself fully.

Jay, I understand your aversion to slow eaters. They make you uncomfortable. Perhaps they give you the suspicion that despite your obvious love and appreciation of food, you might be missing out on something richer and more satisfying.

Basic Alchemy lunch

Posted in concord institute, courses on May 21st, 2011 by Kevin – 1 Comment

A lunch cooked for day one of Michael Rossoff‘s three day workshop Basic Alchemy, hosted by the Concord Institute. We created a delicious Puy Lentil, Pea, Mint & Lettuce Soup, followed by a plate of Rice & Barley, Age Dashi Tofu with a rich Mushroom Gravy, Carrots slow cooked in Sesame Oil with Chives & Butter and a Watercress Salad with Daikon, Granny Smith Apple and a Tahini Orange dressing. To finish, an Almond Cookie dessert served with Oatly Vanilla Cream.

Once more with feeling

Posted in concord institute, courses on May 11th, 2011 by Kevin – Be the first to comment

Excuse me for banging on. But there’s a course happening on May 20-22 called Basic Alchemy, held by a guy called Michael Rossoff. Not just any guy, he’s one of the pioneers of integrated health, incorporating Eastern and Western health and nutrition in a readily accessible and very powerful way. Its no exaggeration to say that my time spent with him has helped to transform my relationship to health and wellbeing. I also had a personal consultation with him, which provided some tools for me to address my approach to nutrition,  shed some light on my constitution, and happened to give me a full and comprehensive breakdown of my personal history and current challenges based on an examination of my face, tongue and eyes, and by drawing a quick sketch. Bargain.

When we are engaged in regular workshops and practices where we are seeking to advance ourselves, there is a danger of everything merging together to appear to be of a similar nature, and perhaps benefit. I have taken part in a whole array of things, as perhaps you have too. But if you want to explore the very core of our Being in a fundamental way,  our relationship to health and the idea of ‘illness,’ then Basic Alchemy is simply the business.

If Basic Alchemy appeals to you, or  a private consultation with Michael while he is here, please contact him directly by email.

Details about Basic Alchemy. Michael’s website.

An invitation to Basic Alchemy

Posted in concord institute, courses on May 9th, 2011 by Kevin – Be the first to comment

Hello Wholefood Kitchen Lovers, my name is Zoë and I have a story to tell you. Three years ago I started to explore the area of macrobiotics as I had been having far too much fun on the London party scene. My body had been asking me for a while to take better care of it and so when a friend of mine recommended I take a course called Basic Alchemy I decided that this was life offering me an opportunity to connect more fully to that thing called my body.

I had been learning about macrobiotics on a more practical level, having participated in some cooking intensives and thought I had a pretty good idea of the energy of food, how to balance a plate out with grains/greens/proteins etc, that was, until I sat down on the Friday morning of Basic Alchemy and met the course leader Michael Rossoff.

I had a couple of specific health issues: My liver and kidneys had taken a bit of a bashing over the years but mainly I wanted to be a healthier human being, and as a side thought I wanted to see if I could start to harness the mass amount of energy that I have into a more focused direction instead of frittering it away. After spending 3 days with Michael I was more than equipped to start a life time’s journey into taking real care of these issues.

I wanted to share part of my story with you as Michael only comes to London once a year. I wholeheartedly recommend anyone to spend three days in this workshop.

Michael is booked to teach Basic Alchemy at the Concord Institute on May 20-22. Here’s what he has to say about the course:

“This 3-day intensive will give you a solid foundation in the art and practice of self healing. You will gain insights into the connections between your body, mind, emotional and spiritual consciousness. You will learn how to use the simple tool of yin-yang thinking for understanding health and sickness; you will gain practical information on foods and other approaches to healing. I will guide you in understanding many issues from the perspective of both oriental medicine and contemporary western thought about food and health. There are many ways to discover and explore a new way of seeing. I will also teach powerful acupressure points, basic shiatsu massage techniques and simple qi gong exercises. You will receive useful handouts and there will be ample time for discussions.”

Zoë x

Course details
Fee: £350 (deposit: £100, non-refundable)
A wholefood lunch will be provided each day

2011 dates
May 20, 21 & 22: 10am to 7pm

If you would like to register please call 020 7607 1140 or 07818 231 298

Basic Alchemy

Posted in concord institute, courses on March 10th, 2011 by Kevin – Be the first to comment

This is an invitation which goes out to one and all. Basic Alchemy is a wonderful overview of Eastern medicine, explored by a Westerner (Macrobiotic Healer, Counselor & Teacher Michael Rossoff) who manages to bring the two worlds together, within an incredible grounding of traditional Macrobiotics. That’s the philosophy, not the ‘diet’ which exists, an interpretation which veers towards a weird sort of health and healing fanaticism. I recommend the course fully. You’ll be introduced to ideas both new and yet vaguely unfamiliar. If you’re prepared to go in leaving your preconceptions at the door, you are likely to leave inspired and empowered in your relationship to health. The course takes place on May 20,21 & 22. Contact the Concord Institute for details.

Jean Torné & Michael Rossoff

Posted in concord institute, courses, summer on June 11th, 2010 by Kevin – Be the first to comment

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Jean Torné & Michael Rossoff, two pioneers in the art of Macrobiotics, in the kitchen of Concord Institute, during Michael’s Basic Alchemy workshop.

Basic Alchemy Lunch, Day 1

Posted in concord institute, courses, meals, spring on June 2nd, 2010 by Kevin – Be the first to comment

A hearty lunch prepared with Jean Torne during Day One of Basic Alchemy, the weekend workshop run by Michael Rossoff at the Concord Institute.

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A Spring Vegetable Consomme, Millet cooked with Onions, served with a light Mushroom & Onion Sauce, Blanched Carrots and Asparagus Spears, a side plate of Rocket with Tempeh chips with an emulsified Wholegrain Mustard and Balsamic Vinegar dressing.

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Followed by a delicious fruit Tart, using Wholemeal Flour, Coconut and Safflower Oil. A Blind baked Pie base, filled with a Apricot and Strawberry puree, and topped with Summer Fruits.