Nancy Adler--Photographer

Master Walter Alpizar--Molecular Energy Homeopathic

Adi Assodri--TRE (Tension Release Exercises) and EFT

Yitzhak and Tamar Attias--Flutist and Percussionist

Dr Sarit Avraham--Holistic Dentistry

Yael Bali--Integrative Holistic Veterinarian

Yakira Hadasa Bat Yosef--Life Choice Consultant

Rofeh Yehoshua Ben Israel--Divine Healer

Gayle Berman--Soprano

Karen Black--Healing Sounds

Dr Janice Block--Holistic Sports Medicine

Selma Braier--CoCounseling

Chaya Sara Brand--Psychotherapy

Miriam Brodie--Buff Bones Pilates

Nechama Sarah Burgeman--Kabalistic Art

Hannah Camhi--Japanese Acupuncture

Dalit Drori--Holistic Fit Body Therapy

Dr Michael Feinerman, MD--Healing Panel

Daniel Feld--Traditional Chinese Medicine

Ayala Finn--Yoga/Reflexology

Chana Rachel Frumin--Narrative Therapy

Ruth Gess--Body Soul Dance

Yocheved Golani--Fostering Medical Miracles

Meira Golbert--Master Life Coach and Spiritual Counselor

Buzzy Gordon--Panchakarma

Jeanne Grosset--Macrobiotic Cooking

Yehoshua Halevi--Photographer

Virginia Harper--Digestive Health Coach--Live Streaming from Nashville, TN

Micaela Harari--Flamenco Dancer

Mary Ho--Healthy Asian Cuisine

Simcha Hoffman--Sweet Treats without Sugar, Gluten or Guilt

Chana Rachel Kean--Macrobiotic Cooking

Gabriella Keren--Kundalini Yoga

Pearl Koelewyn--Do In Exercises

Chana Kotler--Qigong

Devorah Kur, Wellness Motivational Speaker  

Dr Miriam Maisel, MD--Food the First Medicine

Francine Mashraki--Life Coach and Kinesiologist

Mordechai David Naseck--Journey Through the Sefirot

Esther (Etti) Ovadia--Kabbalah, Nutrition, Astrology

Christina Pirello--Macrobiotic Teacher and TV Personality-Well, Well, Well--Live Streaming from Philadelphia 

Jessica Porter--Macrobiotic Teacher-Mystery of the Sexes--Live Streaming from Los Angeles

Ginat Rice--Palmistry and Hand Analysis

Sheldon Rice--Numerology

Ellen Rose--Permaculture

Becky Rothstein--You Can Heal Your Life: Louise Hay

Ruth Sager--Narrative Therapy

Leona Samson--Blogger About Grief and Loss

Leah Sand--Aromatherapy

Meir Schneider--Awakening the Power of Self Healing--Live Streaming from San Francisco

Yehudis Schamroth--CRNA Acupuncturist

Tamar Schriger--Nutrition Mentor and Clinical Nutritionist

Nancy Schwartz--Trauma, Loss and Recovery Specialist

Keter Shapiro--Breema Bodywork: Nine Principles of Harmony

Dr Andrew David Shiller--Torah and Integrative Medicine for Auto Immune Disease

Sarka Soudkova--Yin-Yoga

Ilana Tal--Core Strengthening Workout

Verne Varona--Senior Macrobiotic Counselor and Author--Live Streaming from New York

Denny Waxman--Senior Macrobiotic Counselor--Seven Basic Steps to Lasting Health--Live Streaming from Philadelphia

Bat Shachar Weinfeld--Laughter Yoga

Emuna Witt and Reuven Halevi--Reb Shlomo Healing Stories of Love


Nancy Adler is a career photographer and photography educator based in New York City. Nancy´s professional work focuses on portrait and event photography. Her sustained practice in macrobiotics, yoga and meditation have attracted her to health retreats worldwide to document the energy of the people, lectures, workshops and inspiring natural settings. The art of the portrait is Nancy’s specialty; she blends strobe and ambient light to create beautiful images. For her own personal artwork she incorporates collage and encaustic techniques to create lyrical, ephemeral imagery. Her body of work can be seen at www.nancyadler.com. 

“Portrait Photography: Flowing with the Yin & Yang” 

This workshop presents portrait photography in both soft and harsh light. Participants will experience the power of working with, and overcoming, the challenges of natural light to make beautiful portraits with a camera or even a smart phone, or may simply choose to be subjects for a unique portrait experience. Learn to flow with the ins and outs of light and life.

Thursday, May 25th, 2017, 2:30 PM-4:00 PM, Marquee

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Master Walter Alpizar is a naturalist specializing in Molecular Energy Homeopathic, a homeopathic science based on electromagnetic frequencies and resonances. Master Alpizar is certified as a Specialist in Homeopathy and is completing a Masters degree in Naturopathic Sciences at the International Iberoamerican University and Universidad del Atlántico, Barcelona. Master Alpizar holds an MBA from Bryant University in Rhode Island and a BA in mathematics and physics from Rhode Island College, USA.


Workshop: Molecular Homeopathic Energy is a technology that allows the human body to receive pure frequencies as antidotes to pathogens like bacteria, viruses, parasites, fungus, toxins and chemicals by utilizing the resonance frequencies of the disease-causing agents at higher amplitudes than normal, thus stressing them to their own destruction. Molecular Homeopathic Energy brings the capacity to rebuild itself back to the human body, as was intended by the Creator of all, based on ones present genetic conditions. In this class we will explore this applied physics for healing the human body.

This workshop will be presented twice, Sunday, May 21st & Tuesday, May 23,, 12:00PM - 1:00PM, Classroom

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Ariel Ashwell is a movement theatre performer, director and coach. She has performed throughout Mexico, USA, Canada and Europe including festivals in Edinburgh, Lille, Vienna, Montreal and Jerusalem. Ariel is a certified Pilates teacher. 

Workshop: Morning Wake Up Conscientious Stretch 

The intention of the class is to revel in waking up - to  stretch like a cat, realign our spine after sleeping, become conscious of our bodies, to breathe and center and be vibrantly awake and alive for the day’s busy schedule of workshops and lectures.

Thursday, May 25th, 2017m 7:00 AM-8:00 AM, Classroom

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Adi Assodri has been helping people release negative emotions, stress and trauma for over 20 years. She has attended workshops in Europe and Israel to study with the best trainers available. Through her expertise, experience and years of studying numerous self-help techniques, Adi has developed her own unique approach to healing the body/mind. She has worked with elementary school children teaching them how to let go of negative emotions and become centered.

In 2015 Adi became one of the first internationally certified facilitators in Israel of a groundbreaking self-help technique known as TRE™ (Tension Release Exercises). TRE allows you to release tension and stress by re-establishing the fine balance between your body sensations, emotion and thought. Reported benefits of this technique include lessened worry and anxiety, reduced symptoms of post traumatic stress, greater energy and endurance, less workplace stress, better sleep, less relationship and marital conflict, reduced muscle & back pain, increased flexibility, greater emotional resiliency, decreased symptoms of vicarious trauma, healing of old injuries, lessened anxiety surrounding serious illness, and relief from chronic medical conditions.

TRE Workshop: You’ll learn simple exercises during our session that will help you establish a self induced therapeutic vibration. These vibrations are a very pleasant way to release tension and stress that is stored deep in your core muscles. There are no contraindications to TRE other than interdiction to exercise by a physician or if you’re pregnant.

Website: http://www.adiassodri.com/ 

EFT Workshop: EFT is a simple yet very powerful technique based on ancient Chinese Acupuncture and modern body-mind principles. It was founded in the late 1990s by Gary Craig, a Stanford engineer. Rather than using needles, tapping on key meridians with your fingertips while focusing on your issue brings instant relief. EFT can even help instantly reduce pain, aches and tension in your body, leaving you with a sense of lightness and peace. 

1) A brief introduction of Adi and EFT
2) What is pain?
3) Practical use of tapping while focusing on your specific issue
4) Discussion, questions, sharing

1. EFT--Monday, May 22nd, 2017, 2:30 PM-4:00 PM, Marquee

2. TRE--Monday, May 22nd, 2017, 4:30 PM-6:00 PM, Marquee

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Using flutes and percussion instruments from around the world,

Yitzhak and Tamar Attias take you on an exquisite journey of rhythm and sound. Yitzhak is a percussionist and songwriter originally from Gibraltar, a British colony off the coast of Spain. He brings Sephardic, Flamenco and African influences to his music. Tamar is originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Her flute playing is an eclectic mix of Celtic, folk and jazz. Both have performed and recorded extensively in Israel and abroad. They are the developers of the acclaimed Drums of Compassion workshop and the outstanding Reshimu Music Project.

Sunday, May 21st, 2017, 8:00 PM- 9:30 PM, Main Hall

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Dr. Sarit Avraham is a graduate of the Hadassah Ein Kerem Dental School of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She places great emphasis on promoting oral health along with treatments of uncompromised quality at the highest possible level.

Dr. Sarit believes that in order for a patient to become a healthy person they must take an active part in their treatment. Therefore Dr. Sarit makes it a goal to involve the patient in the various aspects of their treatment, explaining and tailoring their needs to make it appropriate and comfortable for them.

Her main goal is to bring the patient to total restoration of his health, “so that after focused, quality treatment well performed, the patient no longer needs me much. Hand in hand we’ll reach the desired results of a beautiful, healthy smile.”

Workshop: “Ten Natural Foods to Keep Your Natural Teeth”

Dr. Sarit: “Many patients come to me and ask the following question: ‘I take such good care of my teeth, meticulously brushing every morning and evening, and flossing at least once a day. Yet at every visit the dentist finds cavities and other problems that need treatment. What more can I do?”

Actually, there is something that can be done. The way to keep the mouth healthy and to avoid numerous and costly treatments depends on nutritional habits. Perhaps you know what you should eat in order to be well…but are you sure what you should do to maintain healthy teeth? In this lecture, Dr. Sarit will give us an overview of the most important nutrients that will help you enjoy healthy gums and good looking teeth. Smile!


Wednesday, May 24th 2017, 9:00AM - 10:00AM, Main Hall

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Yael Bali was born in Mexico City where she worked as a conventional veterinarian for 10 years. She went on to do a three year course on acupuncture, which radically changed her approach to healing. Yael became certified in veterinary acupuncture and food therapy along with Canine Rehab. Making aliyah in 2010, Yael opened her own clinic in Zichron Ya`aqov and added ozone therapy, bioregulatory medicine and Chinese herbs to her arsenal. 

Workshop: Feeding Our Pets

Yael Bali believes that like humans, the key to animal health is nutrition. Without proper diet no medicine can be effective. Dogs and cats should eat a species appropriate diet of fresh, whole foods. Dry pet food seems like an easy, no worry solution, but in fact is not the best option. Learn what we can do at home to naturally improve the quality of life of our loving animals, and which holistic options can best help their healing processes. 

Thursday, May 25th, 2017, 4:30 PM-6:00 PM, Cabin 2

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Divine Healer Rofeh Yehoshua Ben Israel heads the African Hebrew Israelites Ministry of Divine Health (MODH), the organization that has presided over this community on the path of self-sustained health and nutrition for over 50 years. He is a youthful community leader, married and father to healthy, thriving children in the Village of Peace, Dimona, Israel.

Rofeh Yehoshua will expound and expand within the context of the Whole Health Forum what it actually means in 2017 to have a Whole Health Life as inspired by the common mantra of preventative health and nutrition.

Sunday, May 21st, 2017, 2:30 PM-4:00 PM, Marquee

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Gayle Berman is an internationally recognized soprano, performing as soloist throughout North America and Europe. After graduating as a Metropolitan Opera Auditions Winner from the University of Wisconsin she performed leading roles with the Rome Festival Opera, Lake Geneva Opera Festival, San Antonio Opera, Boston Academy of Music, and Madison Opera, and was soloist with Abendmusik, Choral Arts Society of New York, Chorus Pro Musica, Great Woods Festival, and with members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Her operatic roles have included Violetta in La Traviata, the Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute, the title role in Susannah, Lucy in The Telephone, Mabel in Pirates of Penzance, Olympia in Les Contes D’Hoffmann, Norina in Don Pasquale, Frasquita in Carmen, Nannetta in Falstaff and in Sweeney Todd. Gayle has served on the voice faculties of numerous American colleges and universities, and since her aliyah in 2008 has continued performing and teaching. She is also the director of Kolot Etzion, one of the top women’s choruses in Israel.

Workshop: Most Loved Mozart – The Opera Studio of Jerusalem

Mozart's music has often been touted as making the listener smarter. As director of the Opera Studio of Jerusalem, Gayle Berman will address this phenomenon in her class, demonstrating how music in general, and especially singing, is good for your health! 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 4:30 PM-6:00 PM, Classroom

Evening Performance: Most Loved Mozart–The Opera Studio of Jerusalem

The Opera Studio of Jerusalem under the direction of Gayle Berman has delighted Israeli audiences with music from well-known operas, operettas and musical theater for decades. The Opera Studio of Jerusalem will be performing an evening of arias, duets and ensembles from Mozart's best known operas. 

Ensemble performers will include: Gayle Berman, Harold Berman, Tzviya Brickel, Bracha Daniel, Eliezer Friedman, Jennifer Mayer, Rachel Moore, Jonathan Segal, Miriam Segal-Mayer, Nathan Singer, Rivital Singer and Yonit Singer.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 8:30 PM-10:00 PM, Main Hall

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Over the last 35 years, Karen Black has been instrumental in helping people transform their lives using the powerful yet gentle nature of Chinese Medicine. Karen privately founded and directed the Center for Wellness for 20 years. Her first specialty was in Chronic Pain and Disability.  Extensive clinical experience combining Chinese Medicine with talking therapies produced Karen’s method for reaching emotional and physical needs of people’s healing, In this way her work with acupuncture, diet, herbs, exercise, and counseling reflects the truly holistic nature of Chinese Medicine.

Workshop: The Six Healing Sounds and the Inner Smile

With very little physical movement, The Six Healing Sounds and the Inner Smile connects you to the energy within your organ systems. Using postures and Qi Gong-like motions using your arms primarily, you will enhance your immunity, optimize recovery from illness, create resplendent emotional and physical harmony and generally promote your state of health. It is a lot of fun and essentially useful to practice these incredibly valuable methods.

Wednesday, May 24th 2017, 12:00PM - 1:00PM, Classroom

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Yakira Hadasa Bat Yosef is a highly intuitive master healer for more than 20 years. As founder of LifeChoice Consultant, she helps those that have experienced trauma, abuse and addictions and individuals needing help with life's challenges and/or relationships. Divinely inspired, she started pursuing her passion of helping people when she was a child. From age seven to 15 she “shadowed” her doctor grandfather and learned to “see” in the body, and “hear” the messages of organs. When she was diagnosed in the early 1990s with final stage liver cirrhosis and hypo-functioning pancreas, she augmented her grandfather’s wisdom with classes in natural healing techniques. She left her management career in 1994 to teach others how to discover “stuck places” (blocked energy), release reactive responses and realize new ways of living life proactively. When spirit and emotions are healed, optimal physical living can blossom and thrive.



In this fun filled interactive workshop you will learn to hear the body whispers, what your body aches are saying to you, what foods your body desires, the emotional roots of disease, how to live on a higher vibrational level and PROACTIVE POSITIVE LIVING. Awaken to greater ways to fine tune and realign the connection of your body, mind and soul. You will gain greater energy, deeper sleep, harmony with people and the ability to manifest abundance. You will:

  • Develop a more positive mindset
  • Discover the roots of what is keeping you "stuck"
  • Maximize your strengths and learn to openly accept challenges
  • Take concrete steps towards your personal goals
  • Create balance between life, work, and all things in between
  • Transform your diet for optimal health and living
  • Build a stronger sense of self awareness

Thursday, May 25th, 2017, 4:30 PM-6:00 PM, Marquee


  • Mini Session
  • Release tension to experience deep relaxation
  • Improve circulation
  • Assist the body to detox
  • Ease muscle pain
  • Lessens the joint pains of arthritis
  • Relieve the pain of fibromyalgia

Sunday, May 21st, 2017, 8:00 PM, Classroom

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Dr. Janice Block is both a physician and naturopath, certified by the American Naturopathic Certification Board. She has been practicing in the Beit Shemesh area for the last 14 years. Dr. Block received her Medical Degree and pediatric specialization from the University of Miami School of Medicine, and her Alternative Medical degrees–a diploma in Medical Herbal Science, and a diploma in Traditional Chinese Medicine–from the Indian Board of Alternative Medicine. Her special interests include pediatrics, sports medicine, medical hypnotherapy, and homeopathy.  

1. Holistic Sports Medicine for Improved Performance

Dr. Janice Block, PhD, will discuss conventional and complementary approaches to fitness evaluation and injury prevention along with the use of nutrition, herbs, homeopathy, guided visualization, and hypnosis techniques for boosting performance.  

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017, 10:30 AM-11:30 AM, Main Hall

2. Medical Hypnotherapy - Harnessing the Mind to Heal

Medical hypnotherapy is coming back into fashion even within conventional medicine as an effective and evidenced-based treatment for a variety of disorders.  Join Dr. Block for an overview of medical hypnotherapy and its uses in the treatment of chronic pain, chronic fatigue, addiction and smoking cessation, fears and anxieties, and more.  

Sunday, May 21st, 2017,  2:30 PM to 4:00 PM, Main Hall

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Selma Braier was introduced to co-counseling 26 years ago, and everything she heard resonated. Since then she has avidly learned and practiced on a regular basis. She feels she has gained in all areas of her life and wants to share her discovery with others. In little over a year she was assisting teachers and in 1992 began teaching the technique and facilitating her own support groups. Selma finds it rewarding and exciting to witness the benign changes in people’s lives as they experience the wonders of co-counseling.

Workshop 1: Getting Your Mind Back: Introductory Co-Counseling

Co-counseling is a self-awareness and self-help technique. It is taught primarily in small groups of people who learn to support each other while learning the theory and practice. In the class we will learn some of the basic theory of co-counseling and its practice, so we get a glimpse of how it works. 

Selma Braier’s penchant for art began at a very young age. She drew, painted and explored every handcraft possible. It was a natural progression for her to study in the school of Arts in the Universidad Catholica in Lima, Peru, where she was born. After Selma immigrated to Israel, she began her her study of graphic arts in Jerusalem’s Betzalel Academy in 1981. 

Thursday, May 25th, 2017, 10:30 AM-11:30 AM, Main Hall

Workshop 2: Art and Creativity. As an art therapist Selma recognizes that the arts are one of humans’ biggest sources of joy and connection to themselves. She has developed ways in which people with little or no experience in plastic arts can enjoy, play and discover. In this workshop Selma will introduce you to the process of reconnecting to your natural creativity through art.

Monday, May 22nd, 2017, 10:30 AM-11:30 AM, Cabin 2

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Chaya Sara Brand L.M.S.W. has an Honors B.A. in psychology from York University in Toronto and earned her Masters degree from Wurzweiler Yeshiva University, N.Y. She has 40 years of international experience synthesizing Chassidut with psychology and facilitating emotional and spiritual healing through workshops, groups and individual counseling and coaching, all with an expansive, eclectic approach. Her workshops include Healing the Not-Good-Enough Syndrome, Moving Beyond Past Hurts, Forgiveness is Divine, and Spiritual Preparation For Pesach: A Healing Inner Journey.

ChayaSaraBrand;    02-563-5878   http://www.chayasarabrand.com/about-me/

Workshop: Anger: Signal for Change

Anger effects your emotional and physical health and damages relationships. Yet when understood as a signal for change, anger can facilitate personal and inter-personal growth.

1)  Acquaint yourself with six different psychological explanations of anger
2)  Become aware of what triggers your anger.
3)  Learn how to respectfully communicate your needs and feelings

The presentation will have three parts. 
i)  Theoretical aspect
ii)  Experiential exercise
iii) Discussion and integration assignment 

No personal sharing is required. Please bring paper and pen with you.

Sunday, May 21st 2017, 10:30AM - 11:30AM, Main Hall

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After dancing competitively for 10 years, Miriam Brodie went on to receive her Pilates certification from Wingate Institute in 2012. Bringing her passion for fitness into her classroom, Miriam offers Pilates to all ages and fitness backgrounds to help accomplish and rebuild fitness goals. Miriam is the only licensed Buff Bones® Instructor in Israel and holds additional certifications in Fit Ball, Pre- and Post-Natal Pilates and Pilates Fusion.

Workshop: Buff Bones® is a medically endorsed workout method. It integrates Pilates, strength training, functional movement, and rehabilitative exercise to improve the health and longevity of your bones and joints. Buff Bones® is safe for all fitness levels, and especially recommended for those with osteoporosis. 

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017, 12:00 PM-1:00 PM, Marquee

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Nechama Sarah has been living in Israel for the last 34 years.  She has written and illustrated three books: The Twelve Dimensions of Israel,  Israel and the Seventy Dimensions of the World, and The Princess of Dan.  Nechama Sarah holds private and group healing retreats at her country home near Kever Shimshon.  

Workshop: Emphasizing the visual as a tool for experiencing Kabalistic concepts, Nechama Sarah's workshop will center on her newest paintings as expressions of deep concepts within the book of Genesis. 

Sunday, May 21st, 2017, 10:30AM - 11:30AM, Cabin 2

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Hannah Camhi is a licensed acupuncturist and Chinese herbal practitioner. She graduated from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego California, in 2004. Hannah specializes in Japanese acupuncture integrating her private practice in nutrition, Chinese herbal remedies, moxibustion and acupressure. She worked in San Diego for four years in a clinic with other practitioners before aliya making in 2007. Hannah opened a community clinic in Hadera with another acupuncturist and has a successful private practice in Zichron Yaacov where she treats people with all kinds of imbalances including acute and chronic pain, gastrointestinal problems, woman’s health, autoimmune diseases, cardiovascular problems, insomnia, depression and more.

Workshop: Japanese Acupuncture and Diagnosis

Hannah will present diagnostic methods in Chinese and Japanese acupuncture, demonstrating practical skills to understand your body's own physiology and pathology according to Chinese Medicine.

Thursday, May 25th 2017, 12:00PM - 1:00PM, Marquee

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Dalit Drori has the distinction of being the head Pilates coach at the Wingate Institute in Netanya. She developed and manufactures HolisticFit Therapy Massage Balls and HolisticFit Loop Stretch Straps™ along with workshops and specifically designed HolisticFit™ programs for their use. Dalit teaches workshops and classes at conferences around the world and in Israel. She holds a Bachelor's degree from the Academy of Music and Dance at the Rubin Academy, and is a certified Yoga Instructor and Shiatsu Therapist.


Dalit offers two classes at the Whole Health Forum, presenting participants the unique opportunity of working with her HolisticFit Therapy Massage Balls and HolisticFit Loop Stretch Straps™. Each class is specifically tailored to the fitness level of the individual students attending. Every exercise is offered in its most gentle form with gradient levels of increased challenge. Join Dalit in this rare opportunity to learn with the best!

Please wear comfortable cotton clothing and bring a yoga mat or towel to lie on.

1. HolisticFit Therapy with Massage Balls–Wednesday, May 24, 9:00 AM-10:00 AM, Marquee
2. HolisticFit Stretch with Loop Stretch Straps–Wednesday, May 24, 10:30 AM-11:30 AM, Marquee

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After graduating from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York in 1964, Dr. Feinerman took residency training in plastic surgery. He served in U.S. Army Medical Corps, including a year with the corps in Viet Nam. He later practiced plastic surgery in Atlanta, GA for 12 years and is now retired after 25 years of active practice in Israel.

Frustrated with the conventional options for improving his own medical issue of osteoarthritis, the good doctor adopted a holistic approach to good nutrition. This then led him to macrobiotics as a solution. Intensive self-education was augmented by study at the Kushi Institute for macrobiotics.

Workshop I: A good-feeling physical body is by far the greatest factor for maintaining a continuing state of joy and wellbeing.  Dr. Feinerman will moderate the Remarkable Recoveries healing panel, individual stories of health after illness. Following his opening remarks on the state of today's health, a panel of "recovery experts" will share their healing stories, including their personal paths to whole health.

Tuesday, May 23rd 2017, 2:30PM - 4:00PM, Main Hall

Workshop II: Modern Medical Marvels–Cure For Our Ills?

Dr. Feinerman talks about how advances in medicine have changed modern health practices, and the tricky situations that can arise as a result. He brings a unique perspective from both Eastern and Western medical practices to gain perspective on how best to manage the two.

Wednesday, May 24th 2017, 2:30PM - 4:00PM, Main Hall

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Daniel Feld L.Ac holds a Masters Degree in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine from ACTCM in San Francisco. A US trained acupuncturist, he is a nationally and California certified practitioner and a certified Medical Qi Gong instructor. Daniel has studied with various Chinese medical masters including Dr. Bingkun Hu, Noach Bittelman L.Ac and Dr. Wei-Chieh Young. He runs Acupuncture Israel, a Jerusalem-based acupuncture center specializing on bringing acupuncture to the Anglo and Yiddish speaking communities. 

Workshop: The Yid and the Yang: Practical Chinese Medical Diagnosis

Traditional Chinese medicine uses information from various aspects of the human body to inform diagnosis and treatment. These include the tongue, complexion, voice, pulse, movement and more. Over the last few thousand years this system has been honed to create an incredibly powerful and accurate decoding system, giving the practitioner and patients valuable information about their health and bodies. Please join us for a fascinating presentation in which we will explore various Chinese medical diagnostic tools and how we can apply them to our daily lives. 

Tuesday, May 23rd 2017, 12:00PM - 1:00 PM, Main Hall

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Ayala Finn is an experienced naturopath with certification from Reidman College. She additionally qualified in Doterra’s unique Aroma Touch technique to reset and calm the nervous system. She uses tools such as nutritional advice, reflexology and aromatherapy massage to guide people towards better health in a holistic, patient and understanding way. Ayala’s special expertise is helping women through both the pre-natal and birth process and through menopause. She is a yoga teacher specializing in women’s health and Yoga for a Healthy Back to feel balanced and energized through movement and breathing. Ayala lives with her family in Efrat.

Ayala is happy to be back at the Whole Health Forum to share yoga and reflexology workshops. Ayala will be offering private aromatherapy reflexology and yoga treatments by appointment.

Workshop I: In Ayala’s yoga class we will breathe, stretch and move to create a flow of energy throughout the body, clearing the mind and opening the heart to the joys of the day!

Monday, May 22nd, 2017, 12:00 PM-1:00 PM, Marquee 

Workshop II: Reflexology is an ancient holistic massage technique that uses pressure points on the feet or hands to stimulate organ reflexes and harmonize the body. It improves circulation, inducing relaxation and allowing the body to cure illness and maintain good health. In this ”Hands on Feet” workshop, Ayala will demonstrate practical reflexology tools that can help us relax and counter seasonal allergies and digestion issues. Take off your socks and enjoy!

Thursday, May 25th, 2017, 10:30 AM-11:30 AM, Main Hall

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Chana Rachel Frumin, MS CNT, is director of the Jerusalem Narrative Therapy Institute and was a student of the late Michael White. She has counseled for 40 years as a marital and dating counselor and has taught and counseled around the world. She can be reached at 0544 799 441.

Workshop: Narrative Counseling: Authoring your Life--Workshop conducted with Ruth Sager

Narrative therapy maintains that our identities are shaped by the accounts of our lives found in our stories or narratives. A narrative therapist is interested in helping others fully describe their rich stories and trajectories, modes of living and the possibilities associated with them. Concurrently the therapist co-investigates a problem's many influences both on the person himself and his chief relationships. By focusing on problems' effects on our lives rather than as being part of a person, distance is created. This externalization or objectification of a problem makes it easier to investigate and evaluate its influences.

Monday, May 22nd, 2017, 2:30 PM-4:00 PM, Main Hall

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Body Soul Dance is a meditation in movement based on the 5 rhythms, flowing staccato, chaos and lyrical stillness, all energy fields creating the circular quality of a wave. Body Soul Dance is for any woman, no dance experience required!

Ruth Gess is a trained dancer and life coach. Dance has always been her primal expression. She has been practicing dancing the 5 rhythms for the last 15 years as a way of connecting her body and soul and experiencing deep freedom, joy and aliveness.

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM, Marquee

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Yocheved Golani recovered from blindness even though medical experts had told it it would be impossible. Prayer, right eating and a lot of focused effort taught Yocheved Golani's medical team many healing lessons. She is the author of doctor-recommended, "It's MY Crisis! And I'll Cry If I Need To: EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge."

Today, as a life coach for people with health challenges, Yocheved's primary tools are intuition and the Enneagram. Her ability to hone in on peoples’ precise issues makes Yocheved a popular source of problem-solving insights. She is certified in counseling skills and spiritual chaplaincy, and helps people face end-of-life issues. As a journalist and former Health Information Management professional (medical coder), she is aware of innovative medical and cost-cutting global resources to help clients across the globe.

Workshop: Fostering Medical Miracles: Yocheved will share tried and true techniques for opening yourself to the miracles waiting to reach you. They exist, the supply cannot run out, and all that those miracles need is for you to be willing to accept them. Join this class to learn how. Yocheved will share mantras for inviting positive change, teach skills for inviting positive miracles into your lives, and invite you to be open to the healing gifts that GOD will bestow upon you. Not much is guaranteed in life, but this workshop can help you to promote positive, healing change in your life.


Wednesday, May 24th, 10:30-11:30 a.m, Main Hall

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Meira is a trailblazer in the field of heart-based energetic healing, a Master Life Coach, and a Spiritual Counselor. She is one of the first Accredited Practitioners in Israel of "The Journey", the work of Brandon Bays.

Since graduating from The University of Texas cum laude with a Master of Arts in Communications, Meira had been searching for the right application of her talents. One day, while taking part in a healing circle, she discovered that she had a gift for energetic healing. She has used this gift to help others to heal physically, emotionally and spiritually for over thirty years.

Deeply intuitive, Meira is able to pinpoint the energetic blocks in her clients and apply a unique strategy based on her broad skills, including The Journey, EFT, TAT, EmoTrance, Polarity Counseling, and Coaching. 

She is now helping women in their 40's and up to marry or remarry by helping them to develop dating skills so that they will feel comfortable, know what to say and do, and then take the steps to find their partner-- meet, screen and choose. Her website is www.connectedlifejerusalem.com.

Meira lives with her husband, her elderly mother, and preteen twins in the hills of Jerusalem.

Workshop: Find Your Soulmate (a workshop for singles)

In this workshop you will:

    •    Discover the most important thing you can do to find your Soulmate

    •    Uncover internal obstacles that may be stopping you from finding the love you want

    •    Learn how to forgive and move on from those who hurt you in the past

    •    Become a magnet for the kind of relationship you truly want.

This workshop will be informative and interactive. It serves as an introduction to the powerful processes of Journeywork. Participants will gain new insights and tools to help them become ready for love. 



Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017, 10:30 AM-11:30 AM, Marquee

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Panchakarma: Ayurveda's Proven Detox

Buzzy Gordon is an award-winning journalist whose career has taken him to more than 80 countries on five continents. Since discovering the wonders of Ayurveda, he has undergone the full 28-35 day course of Panchakarma in India five times. He has recently learned about a shorter course of Panchakarma that also achieves remarkable results. 

Discussion: "Ayurveda" (Sanskrit, meaning "life knowledge") is a holistic system of medicine that originated in ancient India and whose healing traditions have endured through the centuries. 

A key treatment regimen of Ayurvedic medicine is Panchakarma, one of the most effective whole-body detoxification programs ever devised. Panchakarma is a powerful healing protocol that rejuvenates and ameliorates conditions that Western medicine typically treats with prescription drugs, which target the symptoms rather than the disease and can create devastating side effects. 

Sunday, May 21st 2017, 12:00 PM - 1:00PM, Cabin 2


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Jeanne is a Natural Health Specialist in Los Angeles, CA who focuses her teachings and guidance on the principles of macrobiotics for better health and longevity. Jeanne is also a Kundalini yoga teacher. Her company, 7th Element Services, offers a weekly meal service and a cleanse program and classes throughout the year. She is the Retreat Director for the Vegetarian Educational Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to spreading a plant based diet for happy, healthier lives and carrying forward the tradition of the French Meadows Summer Camp by the George Oshawa Macrobiotic Foundation. Jeanne is passionately working for one peaceful world, one day at a time.

Workshop: Jeanne will present a full day, hands-on cooking intensive in macrobiotic and natural foods. Please sign up in advance at no extra charge when you register for the Whole Health Forum. 

Wednesday, May 24th 2017, All day, Cabin 2


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Yehoshua Halevi is an American-born professional photographer, writer, editor, teacher, workshop guide and wilderness escort. His award-winning photographs have appeared in National Geographic, and major secular and Jewish publications throughout the United States, Europe and Israel. He is the author of the Israel the Beautiful column which appeared for seven years in the Jerusalem Post and continues today via his photography blog. He made Aliya with his family in 1998 and currently resides in Jerusalem. 

Workshop I: Photography, Spirituality & Awareness

Photography, like other arts, is driven by inspiration and inspires the artist within. here is a deep spirituality and self-discovery we experience when looking through the lens. This presentation–accompanied by dramatic color photographs highlighting Israel’s natural beauty–explores insights and lessons from photography and the creative process as strengthening to our identity, deepening appreciation and awareness of the world around us and augmenting a positive outlook on life.  

Sunday, May 21st, 2017; 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM, Main Hall

Workshop II: Walking Photography Adventure

With cameras in hand, we’ll explore the hillsides and forest surrounding Even Sapir and practice techniques in seeing and using light, composition and photography of the natural world. This two-hour workshop is suitable for all skill levels and camera types, including cell phone adventurers.  

This extraordinary photography class comes at no extra charge, a rare opportunity to learn with a master. Advance registration is a must–please sign up now to indicate your interest at shelgin@gmail.com. Limited to 20 participants. NOTE: Participants need to completely check out of onsite overnight accommodations before this workshop.

Friday, May 26th, 2017, 9:30 AM to 11:30AM (contingent on advance registration)


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Diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease and Takayasu Arteritis at age 23, Virginia M. Harper was considered terminally ill with little chance of survival.  At 19 she had suffered a stroke, leaving her depressed and bedridden. She was prescribed surgery and steroids for both of her conditions, yet held out hope for a better solution.

Adopting macrobiotics, Virginia embraced whole foods, learning how to change her lifestyle to accommodate her body’s specific needs. Within months she was symptom free. This relief came after seven years of suffering the painful symptoms of digestive inflammation that required several hospital stays. The healing experience taught her the important connection between food and health.

Virginia is recognized worldwide today as a leading macrobiotic counselor. She is the author of Controlling Crohn’s Disease the Natural Way, now in its fifth edition. 


Workshop: Stop Your Belly Aching Creating healthy digestion takes a few simple and conscious steps. First is ingredient choice, combination and preparation in making your food digestive-friendly and supporting optimal intestinal function. Second, since digestion begins in the mouth, learning how the intestines work helps inform better food choices, preparation and absorption, including chewing the food you are about to ingest. Learning how and how long to chew are important for making food readily absorbable. Virginia will walk us through the steps she personally implemented in to her own digestive healing.

Thursday, May 25th, 2017, 2:30 PM-4:00 PM, Main Hall, Live Streaming from Nashville, TN

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Flamenco is a challenging and expressive art form. It requires musicality, coordination, strength, stamina, focus and concentration. Micaela Harari has been teaching and performing flamenco in Jerusalem for over 15 years. She is director and teacher of "Studio Flamenca" in the Beit HaKerem Community Center. Trained in the U.S.A. and Spain, she combines a love and deep appreciation of the art with artistic and community oriented activities. 

Flamenco Workshop:

This 50 minute workshop includes a 10 minute warm up with arm movements, rhythmic hand clapping, basic steps, a simple Spanish chorus and a short choreography. Participants can choose to sing and clap or dance. No special clothes or shoes are necessary. Micaela will give some background about flamenco's elements and origins.

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, Main Hall 

Flamenco Evening Performance:

The flamenco repertoire is divided into various styles that are differentiated by song, rhythmic pattern and mood. Micaela will be dancing six different styles that demonstrate flamenco's various colors and feelings. The dances will be accompanied by accessories:  fan, shawl and castanets. Micaela will perform two 12 minute sections of three dances with a 10 minute break between them. 

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017, 8:00 PM-9:00 PM, Main Hall


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Mary Ho dedicated herself to working with orphans from a very young age and from 2009 as a full time volunteer in Shanghai for 4.5 years. Her epitome charity work resulted in a TEDX Shanghai talk in 2010 about her moving inspirations.

Mary embodies a holistic lifestyle and shares her knowledge as an educator of macrobiotics /whole foods plant-based diet, lymphatic drainage and craniosacral therapy, and practitioner in shamanic healing. She trekked in solo sacred pilgrimages to Camino de Santiago, China temples and the sacred valley of Machu Picchu. In the course of self discovery she underwent profound transformation that enhanced her soul purpose to share and help the community towards a higher consciousness and responsibility for our personal health. She is a passionate natural healer who believes in the power of food for emotional and physical well-being.  She conducts regular cooking classes and healthy life workshop in her native Singapore and overseas.

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Simcha Hoffman began adopting a healthful lifestyle as a teen. She took courses in macrobiotic cooking and studied health and nutrition independently for many years in her native U.S. She is currently a student at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in Jerusalem and is training to become a health coach. Previously she worked as a chef at a women’s seminary and two health food shops in Tsfat, where she operated her own sushi takeout business. She worked until recently as restaurant manager and head chef at the health food store Zemora Organi in Talpiyot.  She improved their menu and dramatically increased business. Simcha has been sought after by individuals and groups for years to give cooking workshops and finally has committed herself to begin this new chapter. The Whole Health Forum is Simcha’s debut presentation. 

Workshop: Simcha is demonstrating the hands on preparation of healthful and delicious sweet snacks and desserts. Handouts will be provided that include recipes and the nutritional benefits of the treats. Participants will be able to taste the finished products. 

Sunday, May 21st, 2017, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM, Cabin 2

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Libby Kaner, 17, has been singing her whole life. Libby has been studying voice since 2011, appearing in school ceremonies with visiting artists. She taught herself to play both the piano and darbuka to accompany her personal and choir appearances. She began singing professionally at age 10 with the Moran Choir in Israel and internationally. She has enjoyed solo appearances with the Israel Opera, the Camari, the Bima, the Israel Philharmonic. Libby performed voluntarily at Schneider Hospital, in kindergartens, and at Beit Dana for children with special needs.

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017, 8:00 PM-8:30 PM, Main Hall

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Chana Rachel began to practice Macrobiotics back in 1983 and has taught cooking classes in vegan macrobiotics, vegetarian and vegan food preparation. For many years she attended macrobiotic and vegetarian events sponsored by the Kushi Institute, studied there with a number of renowned teachers, and has also worked at the North American Vegetarian Society conferences and French Meadows Summer Camp. Chana Rachel has counseled clients in Macrobiotics and has given cooking classes.

After a 10 year break from her macrobiotic practice during at which time she practiced mainly raw foods (2003), she is now practicing what is known as Full Spectrum Macrobiotics. She is taking clients for consultations and giving cooking classes in the Jerusalem area. Chana Rachel is also a violinist, string instrument teacher and has directed orchestras in the U.S. and plays in a local Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra.

Workshop: Dessert Season

In this class, Chana Rachel will emphasize the preparation of luscious desserts according to the season and weather. Beginning with winter, we will explore desserts for different seasons of the year. What ingredients work best for winter, spring, summer and fall, and why is it important to change cooking styles and ingredients? This class includes tastings along with recipes and step by step instructions. 

Thursday, May 25th 2017, 4:30PM - 6:00PM, Cabin 2

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Gabriella Keren is a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher and belly dance aficionado.  For the past many years she has been teaching seniors with varying levels of physical limitations. To spice up the practice, she offers belly dance in conjunction with yoga, breathing, laughter yoga, voice projection and facial exercises. Her students enjoy the music and the practice tremendously.

Workshop: Shake Your Bootie
Everyone is welcome to participate in this class, even people with disabilities. Gabriella ensures they will have a good time, be empowered and happy! All you need is an open mind!

Sunday, May 21st, 2017, 12:00PM - 1:00PM, Marquee

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Pearl has been practicing Do-In and Yoga for close to 20 years. She has studied Yoga with Tsipi Negev and other teachers in Jerusalem and in Washington DC. She continues to study Yogic teachings and strives to acquire deeper understanding of its principles.

Pearl works in a high school as a language teacher, where she incorporates classroom relaxation techniques to promote focus, relaxation and stress releif. She conducts Yoga workshops for the student and teacher population. Her school also has autistic classes, and she teaches Do-In and Yoga to this special needs population. Pearl has a passion for her students and devote her energies to the education of Israeli youth.

Workshop: Do-In, a self massage technique is taught by Michio Kushi of the macrobiotic movement. Do-In concentrates on the extremities and spine, including head and face, fingers, feet with some attention to shoulders and back. This will be accompanied in Pearl's class by breathing techniques to promote relaxation and well-being.

Monday, May 22nd 2017, 7:00AM - 8:00AM, Classroom

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After moving from London to Israel, Chana transcribed and arranged Ladino songs for the folklore department at Kol Yisrael. She then became music coordinator at the Maale Adummim community center in its early days.

Chana is a qualified qigong teacher with Wingate College and teachers from France, the U.K, U.S., Asia and Israel. She has been teaching women’s groups in Jerusalem since 2004 and presently at the National Sports Center for the Blind.

Workshop: Qigong Flow for Women

Chana loves qigong because it is based on the wisdom of traditional Chinese medicine and can be integrated into many aspects of daily life. In this women-only workshop we will gather in a gentle practice of self care that has existed for centuries. Its flowing exercises increase circulation, strengthen muscles, improve balance, coordination and joint flexibility and uplift mood. Chana adds the healing power of music to accompany the movements.

Monday, May 22, 2017, 9:00AM - 10:00AM, Marquee

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Devorah Kur is an international Wellness motivational speaker who runs wellness centers in Ra’anana, Kfar Saba and Jerusalem.  She is passionate about helping people through their illnesses, challenges and struggles in life. She combines her expertise in reflexology and logotherapy (the teachings of Dr Victor Frankl “Man’s Search for Meaning”) to empower people to wellbeing of their BODY, MIND and SOUL. Her forte is in helping people find meaning and rise to the challenges of what life is asking of them.

Workshop: Soul Nourishment: The Ability to Heal
Explore the connections between the MIND and the BODY. As both reflexologist and associate in logotherapy (meaning-centered counseling), Devorah is fascinated by the role that our thoughts and attitudes have on our lives and bodies. Get inspired to take responsibility for your illnesses, symptoms and diseases, understanding the deeper meaning behind them for more fulfilled and enriched lives. Included is an exciting interactive exercise at once fun and mind blowing as to the effects of negativity on our bodies. What is your body telling you about your life?

Sunday, May 21st, 2017, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM, Marquee

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As a medical professional, Dr. Maisel has long realized that medicine and health are not the same thing. Surgery and medicine certainly save lives, but the foundation of health is in our genes, habits and environment. Dr. Maisel’s conventional medical training took place more than 20 years ago. Beyond this, she has pursued health promotion, investing her time and resources in a search for reliable methods. Her main further trainings are in nutrition for disease prevention and reversal, and in hypnosis as a non-pharmacological method for addressing medical conditions associated with tension and pain, and smoking. 

Dr. Maisel has recently contributed the chapter, “Nutritional Approaches to Chronic Disease” in the medical textbook Nutrition and Integrative Medicine: A primer for Physicians, to be published in 2017. She is a physician member of the International Associations of Hygienic Physicians, and is a volunteer moderator on Dr. Greger’s NutritionFacts website. 

Workshop: Food the First Medicine
Dr. Maisel will speak about research which supports the use of nutrition to prevent and reverse chronic disease, focusing on cardio-metabolic and inflammatory/immune conditions. A reveting talk by a seasoned professional. This lecture focuses on cardiometabolic and autoimmune conditions, and on important research showing the potential of nutrition in prevention and treatment.

Thursday, May 25, 2:30-4 pm, Cabin 2

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Enhance – Uncover potential – discover core strengths and skills

Clear – Identify and clear negative beliefs and behaviors 

Transform – Create positive beliefs and behaviors 

Francine is a life coach and kinesiologist practicing since 2003. She studied Touch for Health, One Brain Kinesiology and Emotional Freedom Techniques, and qualified as a life coach with the American Association of Professional Coaches in 2015. She is a Hi-Tech career advisor and gives EFT workshops to colleagues. Her aim for herself and her clients is to use discomfort to create opportunities for loving growth. Originally from Manchester, UK, Francine moved to Israel in 1993, where she lives with her Israeli Yemenite husband in Maaleh Adummim. 


The behavioral barometer is a central tool in One Brain Kinesiology. Kinesiology is a series of tests that locate weaknesses in specific muscles reflecting imbalances throughout the body. We will be learning and practicing a few types of muscle testing in order to use them for self understanding. Working in couples, each person will choose a goal and treat his partner using the behavioral barometer to clear physical, conscious and subconscious negative emotions to create positive beliefs surrounding his goals. 

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017, 2:30 PM-4:00 PM, Marquee

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Mordechai David Naseck is an internationally known teacher, healer, shaman, yogi, mystic, reiki master, Sufi and holistic health and business consultant. Well known for facilitating life changing experiences, Mordechai David has been featured on television and radio both nationally and internationally. While pursuing his global quest for health, vitality, longevity and spiritual enlightenment, Mordechai David has studied with many masters of the world’s traditions and religions.He has presented at the world’s top resorts, spas, institutes, and centers including Canyon Ranch Health Resort, Miraval Life in Balance Resort, Kripalu Center forYoga & Health, The Omega Institute, Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center,  The Ann Wigmore Institute & Foundation, Ascent of Tzfat, as well as aboard the world’s most famous ocean liner, Cunard’s Queen Mary 2.  Most recently Mordechai David studied Kabbalah in the Holy Land’s mystical city of Tzfat where Kabbalah has very deep roots.  Mordechai David makes his home in Israel with his beautiful wife Elina.

Workshop: Journey through the Sefirot:

Follow the sound, the rhythm, the energy within … let it move you, let it dance you, let it take you.

Blindfold yourself so your vision is internal, give yourself to HaShem and The Shechinah, G-d, The Creator, All That Is. Let Holiness fill you as you move your body in a rhythmic dance from the core of your being. Release your inhibitions, release your thoughts, release control, release self-judgement … and surrender. Surrender to your authentic self, your pure soul and the essence of your being. Freedom awaits in this empowering inner Journey Through The Sefirot. See you in the realms!!


Wednesday, May 24th, 2017, 2:30 PM-4:00 PM, Main Hall

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Esther (Etti) Ovadia recently completed a three year residency at the Kushi Institute school of macrobiotics in the US. She returns to Israel with a wealth of knowledge about Kabbalah, nutrition and Eastern and Western astrology. Her full day workshop integrates the 1% with the 99%, that is, the material with the spiritual.


1. Primal Knowledge: How the World Turns
Open Your Mind. In our first meeting we will unlock the gate to learning in preparation for a week of experiences and information. Clarify your goals to maximize the week of exploration.

2. Heaven & Earth / Mercy & Judgment / Finite & Infinite, Yin & Yang – How do we balance the universal binary code that rules the universe? It’s the secret to happiness

3. Ancient Wisdom: Body, Energy, Food: We’ll examine writings of the sages, including the Rambam, Ohsawa, Lao Tsu and Namboku Mizuno for clues to change our destiny.

4. Are You Confused? With all the myriad options, methods and modalities, how do you know what’s right for you in your personal quest for wellbeing? We’ll consider gender, climate, birthdate, temperament and condition to introduce a personal program for you with optional private follow up.

1. Sunday, May 21st, 2017, 10:30 AM-11:30 AM, Classroom
2. Sunday, May 21st, 2017, 12:00 PM-1:00 PM, Classroom
3. Sunday, May 21st, 2017, 2:30 PM-4:00 PM, Classroom
4. Sunday, May 21st, 2017, 4:30 PM-6:00 PM, Classroom

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Christina Pirello brings 33 years of macrobiotic understanding to her teaching, including regaining her health after a diagnosis of stage IV leukemia, which is how all this began. Since that time, she has made it her mission to help people understand that there's a better way to live and eat...a way that respects life, the planet and wellness. Teaching worldwide, Christina brings humor, practical advice and an understanding of food to all that she does, resulting in a fun and informative style of teaching.


One of the reasons people don't live healthier lives is that, well...they don't know where to begin or how to stay inspired. Join me for a most informative session where I answer your most burning questions (except 'what is the meaning of life?' cuz it beats me) …any subject, any concern. Let me help you begin or continue your journey to health and wellness. And we'll have some fun doing it.


Tuesday, May 23rd 2017, 4:30PM - 6:00PM, Main Hall

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Jessica Porter has been guiding people in healthy eating since 1996.  Steeped in macrobiotic philosophy, she’s done extensive research on food and health for her own two books, The Hip Chick's Guide to Macrobiotics and The MILF Diet, as well as the books she's written with celebrity authors Alicia Silverstone and Tia Mowry.  Jessica lives in Los Angeles. 

Workshop: The Mystery of the Sexes - - LIVE STREAMING FROM LOS ANGELES

Why can it be so hard for men and women to get along?  We can all throw blame across the divide, but the secrets lie in the very different brains possessed by each gender.  In this lecture, Jessica Porter explores the very recent study of neuropsychiatry and what it’s telling us about how we behave.  Beyond the science, she explores how what we eat effects the natural polarity between individuals.  If you’re looking to understand yourself, your partner, and how food works in relationships, you’ll love this class.  Jessica has decades of training as a teacher and an actress, and her classes are always lively and inspiring. 

Monday, May 22nd, 2017, 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM, Main Hall

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Ginat's hand diagnosis incorporates macrobiotic principles of balance, yin and yang and food-body correlation to corroborate and clarify characteristics and traits. The result is an accurate and fascinating understanding of oneself based on traits of early childhood behavior clearly revealed on the hands. Ginat has been studying and practicing macrobiotics since 1980 and palmistry since 2000.

Workshop: NetHandYahu: Palmistry Diagnosis

The art and science of palm reading is based on an understanding that the part reflects the whole. Hand diagnosis is a convenient tool to assess both physical and psychological characteristics, revealing our personality and the direction we are taking towards our destiny. We are free to change this at will, and watch the hand as it changes! This class will introduce the basics and teach a few tricks of the trade. We’ll look closely at all our hands.

Thursday, May 25th, 2017, 12:00 PM-1:00 PM, Main Hall

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Sheldon embraced a macrobiotic lifestyle that helped him heal a serious illness in the late 1980s. An intense interest in numerology during the past fifteen years has resulted in his authoring two books: Getting to Know You: A Numerology Textbook, based on the thousands of personal readings he has conducted; and, Personality and Numerology: The Collective Behavior of Peoples from 21 Countries, provides an understanding of behavior characteristics of people from different countries, and their influence on respective cultures.

Workshop: A person's full name at birth and birthday provide all the information needed to determine the personality given to them at birth. This information is useful as a source of self reflection that may be a basis for making desired changes to optimize the person's joy of life. More importantly, understanding energies that aren't flowing freely, a byproduct of a numerology reading, may be the source of ill health--existing or potential.

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017, 9:00 AM-10:00 AM, Main Hall

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Ellen Rose is the founder of a line of natural skin care and health products based on aromatherapy. She believes that whatever we put on our bodies should be edible. A tree hugger at heart, Ellen is an activist for and lifelong student of permaculture (sustainability).  She teaches organic gardening and designs food forests whose main purpose is to grow nutritious soil and maximize edible yields, whether from a private or community garden or even a balcony.

Workshop: Permaculture is a design system initiated in Australia in the 1970s. It teaches us to Reduce, Reuse & Recycle --to give back valuable resources to the planet, rendering life sustainable and regenerative. This includes how we plan our cities, build our homes, make our food choices and rescue the green lungs of the planet through reforestation. 

If you have an hour to watch a related fascinating documentary before we meet, watch Before the Flood, produced & narrated by Leonardo di Caprio: http://www.iba.org.il/schedule/program.aspx?scode=2260592.

May 24th, 2017, 12:00 PM-1:00 PM, Classroom

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Becky became interested in positive thinking and self-awareness after moving from Chile to Israel at age 16. She suddenly had to transition to life in a new country, a childhood blow to her self-confidence and creativity. As a young mother and wife she found herself unhappy and full of anger. Her body began to express her suffering as her right leg shortened from childhood polio that doctors had declared cured. She endured debilitating back pain coupled with digestive resistance to the painkillers she was taking regularly. 

Investigating methods for self-healing, Becky quickly understood that personal reality stems from our own thoughts. A workshop based on the positive thinking methods of Louise Hay taught her to stop blaming herself and empower change. Feelings of failure gradually disappeared. She listened to her pain to understand its message, choosing to embrace supportive and positive thoughts. 

Today Becky takes no pain medication and walks without a limp. She provides a true mirror of deep listening and simple guidance that offers solutions. Becky Rothstein is Israel's only authorized teacher trainer in the positive thinking methods of Louise Hay. Over 30 years of experience allow her to precisely identify the issues that plague people and teach them to find their answers inside.

Full day mentorship program on Monday, May 22nd, Classroom:
1. Doors Closing, Doors Opening
What are your dreams and visions for the rest of your life? Clarify the only two possibilities of inner guidance–fear and love. Which one is dominant for you?
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

2. “Should” and “Could”
“Should” closes out our possibilities; “could” opens the way. Being aware lets us make the changes we crave to bring opportunity to our lives.
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

3. Negative Messages
We each hold a storehouse of less-than-good-feeling beliefs. We are the owners of our storehouse and can housekeep it the way we want. Let go and let love.
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

4. Inner Child
With the power of self-love and -acceptance, we learn to reframe snapshots from our past. Compassion releases our difficult stories and sets us free. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. 
2:30 PM to 4:00 PM

5. Forgiveness
Forgiveness opens the door to love. This is the path to Whole Health.4:30 PM to 6:00 PM

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Ruth Sager is a poet and community actor. Ruth began her journey in narrative therapy in 2001 with Chana Rachel Frumin and associates. Ruth took every opportunity to study with famed narrative therapist Michael White,  traveling to Tel Aviv and Adelaide, Australia to participate in his workshops. What fascinated Ruth was the emphasis on positivity which often was missing in her education and speech habits.

Workshop: Narrative Therapy: Authoring your Life--Workshop conducted with Chana Rachel Frumin

Narrative therapy maintains that our identities are shaped by the accounts of our lives found in our stories or narratives. A narrative therapist is interested in helping others fully describe their rich stories and trajectories, modes of living and the possibilities associated with them. Concurrently the therapist co-investigates a problem's many influences both on the person himself and his chief relationships. By focusing on problems' effects on our lives rather than as being part of a person, distance is created. This externalization or objectification of a problem makes it easier to investigate and evaluate its influences.

Monday, May 22nd, 2017, 2:30 PM-4:00 PM, Main Hall

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Leah Rivkah Sand Soetendorp, MSW, was born in Yerushalayim and grew up in Amsterdam, Holland. Leah has been living on Moshav Mevo Modi'im for the last 19 years where she works in “Av-Aroma," organizes the monthly women’s Rosh Chodesh gatherings and the bi-yearly Moshav country fair. Leah creates personalized Chuppot and works voluntarily with people in coma. She has a private coaching-counseling practice at her home.  

Workshop: Cleansing Aromatherapy.

A pioneer in the aromatherapy businesses in Israel together with her husband, Leah Rivkah Sand Soetendorp incorporates essential oils in every facet of her life. She would love to share with you how these oils enhance your day from early morning till late at night to cleanse your house and your mind, how they were used in the time of our forefathers and how we can use them now, to mammesh save our lives!

Monday, May 22nd, 2017, 12:00 PM-1:00 PM, Cabin 2

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Meir Schneider, PhD, LMT, healed himself of congenital blindness and developed an original holistic approach to health. The Meir Schneider Self-Healing Method is a unique combination of therapeutic massage, movement, and natural vision improvement exercises for prevention and rehabilitation of degenerative conditions. Meir was named one of the Top Ten Most Inspirational Israelis worldwide in 2007 and awarded a Certificate of Honor by the City of San Francisco in 2010. A globally respected therapist and educator, Meir is also a bestselling author. His latest book, Awakening the Power of Self-Healing, is published by the Self-Healing Press. He is the founder of the School For Self-Healing in San Francisco.

Workshop: Awakening the Power of Self-Healing LIVE STREAMING FROM SAN FRANCISCO
Meir Schneider, will demonstrate the Power of Self-Healing–how to empower yourself with the ability to take active control of your health through an accessible, natural, and life-affirming regimen of exercises for physical, mental, and spiritual balance.

Learn the 9 Principles of Natural Vision Improvement, how to prevent vision problems and eye diseases naturally, and how to prevent and improve back, joint and nerve problems.  


School for Self-Healing: http://self-healing.org
Top Ten Most Inspirational Israelis video 2007: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeIklOfaz_w

Sunday, May 21st, 2017, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM, Main  Hall, Live Streaming from San Francisco

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Throughout her 30+ years as a nurse anesthetist, Yehudis wondered why so many people suffer chronic pain and illness despite medical and technological advances. She saw Western medicine falling short in offering surgery and medicines as the only methods of care to patients. Allopathic medicine often inadequately addresses a patient’s complex issues. How is it that people are told, "You just have to live with your pain, insomnia, asthma, allergies, diabetes, anxiety...(fill in the blank)?”

Yehudis believes that treatments such as acupuncture and herbalism can bridge the health care gap. These therapies and medicines help train the body to energize and heal itself. Acupuncture appears to have a regulatory effect on neurotransmitters and hormones. It offers a calming effect, can reduce inflammation, and often stimulates the body’s natural drive towards inner balance or homeostasis unlike any Western treatment.

Nevertheless, alternative medicine does not always consider the serious nature of many diseases. Long believing in the integration of modern and alternative treatments, Yehudis has come to realize that the wave of the future is to have all options open for healing. Whether administering anesthesia for surgery or an acupuncture treatment for pain or illness, she will not likely forgo all her years of training as a nurse anesthetist in order to exclusively practice alternative medicine. Similarly, she could not resume offering Western medicine treatments alone. Yehudis's goal is to evaluate each person’s condition for appropriate Eastern and Western recommendations to treat the whole person.

Workshop: Treating the Whole Person: Personalized and Patient-Centered Healthcare Combining Western and Eastern Medicine

Both patients and practitioners alike are bonding with the philosophy of integrative medicine and its whole-person approach, designed to treat the person, not just the disease.

IM (Integrative Medicine) depends on a partnership between the patient and the practitioner whose goal is to treat the mind, body, and spirit concurrently. Therapies like acupuncture, herbal medicine and massage can be combined with medications and medical modalities to achieve optimal wellness and health. Learn more about treating the whole person by means of truly holistic practices.


Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017, 10:30 AM-11:30 AM, Main Hall

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Navah Shemesh has been a Feldenkrais practitioner since 1991 in Israel and abroad. She specializes in back issues such as a slipped disc, etc. She has worked in the Muchedet Clinic since 1997.

Workshop: Navah will share with you deep and profound knowledge relating to the function of the back while siting on a chair, bending over and getting up. Join Navah’s class and be friendly to your back.

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017, Classroom

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Leona Sampson is an author, blogger and translator. She wrote her novel, Community of Ones after losing her son to suicide. She blogs about grief and loss at: http://communityofones.blogspot.co.il/

Workshop: Stop the Struggle and Connect with Joy--Conducted with Nancy Schwartz

This workshop presents a unique triadic model to help us stop struggling with life. This model is derived from an understanding of the three facets of reality–deconstruction, maintenance and reconstruction. Understanding this model enables us to align with the natural flow of our lives, be true to ourselves and offer our unique gifts to the world. It teaches us how to align with the strength inside us and reconnect with joy. The workshop includes practical tools and processes we can use immediately to create change.


Wednesday, May 24th, 2017, 4:30 PM-6:00 PM, 

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Tamar Schriger, nutritional mentor and clinical nutritionist, has many years of experience working in individual nutritional therapy with workshops in early childhood nutrition for parents, children and youth. Not everyone has the tools and information to make informed decisions about food and eating. To address this need Tamar established “Achla Achila” workshops to relay important messages in a fun and experiential way for kids and youth. Adult workshops present up to date research and practical tips. She has training from Brandeis University and Hebrew University in nutritional coaching, sport nutrition and motivational interviewing. Prior to her work with children and youth, Tamar supervised dietetic nursing care service for 20 years.  

Workshop: Pickling, Sprouting, Fermenting: Breaking Down Food to Build Up Nutrition

Join Tamar for a hands-on workshop to see, smell and taste the wonders of SLOW FOOD. You will learn how to nourish your body with natural, slow food goodness and health. Free gift for each participant while supply lasts.

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2017, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM, Classroom

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Nancy Schwartz, LMSW, is a graduate of New York University School of Social Work. She has been a trauma, loss and recovery specialist for over 14 years with extensive experience in palliative care. She has a clinical practice in both Maale Adummim and Jerusalem.http://theplace.org.il/therapists/nancy-schwartz/ .

Workshop: Stop the Struggle and Connect with Joy--Conducted with Leona Sampson

This workshop presents a unique triadic model to help us stop struggling with life. This model is derived from an understanding of the three facets of reality–deconstruction, maintenance and reconstruction. Understanding this model enables us to align with the natural flow of our lives, be true to ourselves and offer our unique gifts to the world. It teaches us how to align with the strength inside us and reconnect with joy. The workshop includes practical tools and processes we can use immediately to create change.


Wednesday, May 24th, 2017, 4:30 PM-6:00 PM, 

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Keter is a Certified Breema Practitioner and Instructor from the Breema Center in Ca. and has been practicing the Breema method since 1997 in Israel and California.  Recently she has been organizing International Breema Workshops with the Director of the Breema Center in California and instructors from Europe and Israel.  She lives on Moshav Aviezer in Emek Haela with her 5 children.  She can be reached at 052-400-5481

Workshop: Breema is the most nurturing and nourishing form of touch there is with an extremely relaxing effect on body, mind, and feelings, supporting us in every aspect of our lives! Breema offers us a tangible taste of life in the present moment as it helps us to release deeply held, "crystallized" patterns in ourselves which manifest physically, emotionally, in the way we think and how we experience life. The art of being present includes Breema Bodywork, Self-Breema exercises and the Nine Principles of Harmony. This class is for anyone who can sit and work on the floor.

Thursday, May 25th, 2017, 10:30 AM-11:30 AM, Marquee

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Andrew David Shiller, MD is a Torah Jew who made aliyah in 2015. For 20 years he has been applying principles of functional medicine, osteopathy, and mindbody medicine to address unresolved pain and chronic illness. He completed a double residence at Harvard Medical School in Internal Medicine and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, and is board certified in Israel and the USA. He serves on the staff of Tel Hashomer Hospital in the Pain Rehabilitation Unit, and sees patients in private practice in Jerusalem and Modiin, as well as virtual visits worldwide. He can be reached at www.drshiller.com.

Workshop: Knowing HaShem's Unity: Torah & Integrative Medicine for Auto-Immune Disease

The Torah asks us to affirm each day, "Shma Yisrael Hashem Elokeinu Hashem Echad.”   This not-so-simple phrase is pregnant with meaning and inspiration about how to cope and heal from chronic illness. We are told to trust G-d’s care of us. How does that help us respond to autoimmune diseases like arthritis, lupus, colitis, and multiple sclerosis? Can healing empower our faith? Can our faith help us heal? How are prayer and healing mirror images?

Torah sages taught us much about healing. Meditative prayer, positive intention and the kabalistic structure of our conscious and soul powers can do more than transform our neurochemistry; they can galvanize our will to make the changes that empower healing. They can help us align our will with that of G-d.  The thought, speech, and action that comprise our self-care then become part of our G-dly service.

A science-based, integrative, three-part model of auto-immune disease motivates a variety of effective self-care and lifestyle choices. It offers balance and healing for our metabolic system and biochemistry–our mechanics and structure–and activates the healing power of our mindbody relationships. It puts our efforts squarely in the center of our service of G-d according to Torah principles.

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017, 9:00 AM-10:00 AM, Classroom

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Yoga is an integral part of Sarka's daily life and her way of perceiving the world. She started practicing dynamic styles of yoga, which she learnt in Europe and India, in 2004. She then discovered the enormous potential of a gentler approach to the practice during her 500 hour Yoga Teacher Training inthe Prana Yoga Teacher College of Vancouver. There she experienced the power of deeply meditative Yin Yoga and received that certification. Sarka's way of teaching encourages the students to bring full awareness to the present moment, inspires them to peacefully connect through their body and breath with their true self and thus discover their own immense life potential. 

Workshop: Yin Yoga: Journey to the North Side of the Mountain

Yin Yoga merges yogistic and Taoist traditions for a practice of quiet power. Most yoga practices in the Western world tend to have a yang nature, focused on muscle work to reach a particular form. Yin yoga focuses on softness, surrender, acceptance and a meditative state of mind. Attention is drawn towards the connective tissues, of such importance to the range of motion (ligaments, tendons, fasciae, joints). Yin yoga specifically targets the lower spine, pelvis and femur joints and effectively stimulates meridians that pass through this area of body. Each posture is held for relatively long period of time (3 to 5 minutes) to encourage the slow and safe opening of connective tissues. Yin yoga can be quite a challenging practice due to the length of time postures are held. The release of stiffness is not only on the physical level, but allows space for emotional cleansing. Other benefits are deep relaxation,  a peaceful mind and renewal of the life force. It is a great complement to a dynamic yoga practice, sports, and our sometimes hectic life. 

Suitable for all levels of practitioners, with variations to fit everyone´s needs and dispositions. Please inform Sarka about any health or other concerns you might have before the start of the yoga class.

Sunday May 21st, 2017, 4:30 PM-6:00 PM, Marquee

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Ilana Tal loved competitive sports and swimming as a youngster in Maryland. She has made her passion for sport into a career, studying Outdoor Functional Training at the Wingate Institute in Netanya. She holds additional certifications in Core training, TRX, Fitball, and kickbox. She also holds a Bachelors degree in psychology and is a certified Animal Assisted Therapist.

Workshop: "Strength and Stability" 

This is a core strengthening workout focusing on balance. We will combine elements from pilates and yoga for a deep yet calm workout. Most of all we’ll learn to listen to our own bodies to work at a level that is just right for us.

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017, 4:30 PM-6:00 PM, 

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Verne Varona is an internationally renowned keynote speaker with a captivating style of humor, insight and practical science to improve and enrich lives. He studied Traditional Chinese Medicine and nutrition at the East West Foundation of Boston, Massachusetts from 1970-1974.

Verne is the author of Nature's Cancer-Fighting Foods and Macrobiotics for Dummies, a comprehensive addition to the internationally popular Dummies series that embraces a flexible, multi-cultural health perspective on body, mind and spirit. Verne is a frequent guest on a variety of media platforms where his research expertise and entertaining teaching style make him a welcome and oft repeat visitor.

Workshop: Real Nutrition: Flexible Eating Plans For Your Unique Needs

This workshop blends the best of traditional cultural approaches to food and healing with recent advances in nutritional research. Topics explored include: Which foods support our physical design, how our bodies detoxify, the sustaining influence of our acid-alkaline chemistry, the physiological / physical basis of cravings (cravings’ causes and cures) and some refreshing clarity on food myths that we've been force-fed by media and archaic nutritional education.


Wednesday, May 24th, 2017, 4:30 PM-6:00 PM, Main Hall, Live Streaming from New York

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Denny Waxman is a senior international macrobiotic practitioner, guiding clients towards overcoming major health issues by combining nature’s rhythms, the proven dietary practices of long-standing civilizations, and clients’ individual constitutions. 

Denny established the Essene Market & Cafe in 1969, Philadelphia’s first health food store and eatery. He is the author of three books and founding director of the “Strengthening Health Institute,” an educational health center in Philadelphia. Denny’s vision is the transformation of life physically, mentally and emotionally through macrobiotics.

Denny is distinguished in his field by 43 years of diagnostic experience. At 66, Denny is excited to embark on his latest quest: comparing health practices and traditions used throughout the millennia with modern day science.

Workshop: Epigenetics: The Scientific Validation 

In this talk Denny will explore how science and macrobiotic understanding support each other and inform a new medicine for humanity. Denny will explore the following topics:

Changes in global consciousness; Macrobiotic understanding through the generations and how macrobiotics guides science; Scientific validation of human experience and understanding; and, The implication of epigenetic on health, emotions, mentality & intelligence

 http://www.dennywaxman.com; Read "The Complete Macrobiotic Diet"

Thursday, May 25, 2017, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM, Main  Hall, Live Streaming from Philadelphia

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Bat Shachar Weinfeld is a teacher of laughter yoga. She has extensive experience in facilitating laughter workshops, and is a lecturer in courses to train instructors of "Laughter Yoga" by the International School of Laughter Yoga from 2005. She has an MA in neurobiology and a teaching certificate. She leads laughter workshops on birthdays with workers, unions, bachelorette parties, conferences, festivals and so on.This laughter workshop is designed to release stress, renew energy, and strengthen and empower your inner joy. It improves health and upgrades quality of life. It is wonderful for fun and develops social connections, provides a tool to prevent erosion, increase energy, and provide a positive way of thinking.

Workshop: The session is experiential, liberating, exciting and mostly very funny, based on a unique method that combines laughter that has no reason (without jokes, humor or comedy) with yogic breathing, release and complete relaxation. Because it is in a group, the laughter becomes contagious. This method was developed by Dr Kataria, an Indian doctor, in 1995. Laughter lowers stress, regulates blood pressure, improves confidence and self esteem, reduces shyness, and helps in the development of interpersonal relationships, creativity and improvisation.

Tuesday, May 23rd 2017, 9:00AM - 10:00AM, Marquee

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Emuna Witt HaLevi is mother to 14 children! and the grandmother of multitudes. Emuna was a student of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach for 20 years, transcribing his Torahs for another 20 here in Israel and all over the world. She and her husband Reuven Halevi, also one Reb Shlomo’s closest chassidim (disciples), love to tell Shlomo’s stories and will take you on a journey, meeting the holiest hidden tzaddikim (holy beings) of our sages. Come fly with them to other worlds as they spin the tales that will change your life and transform your soul!! The latest Kol Chevra 22nd Yahrzeit Journal of Reb Shlomo, Love and Healing, with be available to all who would like it.

Monday, May 22nd, 2017, 8:00 PM-9:30 PM, Classroom

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