Our longer training courses  offer a deeper understanding of macrobiotics and a holistic Oriental approach to health and wellbeing, including nutrition, cooking, body work and emotional healing.

There are one, two and three year options.

The first year  Holistic Nutrition for Body and Soul  can be a stand alone course for those wanting to understand and transform their own health and lives more deeply, or a foundation year for further proffesional studies.

The second year Health Coach and Wholefoods Cook  course goes deeper and leads to professional qualifications as a Health Coach, Wholefoods Caterer and Cooking Teacher, and wellbeing Shiatsu Practitioner.

The third year  Macrobiotic Health Counsellor course focusses on the healing power of food, compresses, exercises, shiatsu and emotional work for a wide range of health problems, and leads to  professional qualifications as a Macrobiotic Health Counsellor and Medicinal Cook. 

All of these courses offer both in-depth knowledge and professional skills training, and also a transformational experience for students through changing their own body awareness, consciousness, physical and emotional health. We follow the principle that to learn to heal others we must first heal ourselves, and through our own experiences we develop the wisdom to guide others.

For an overview of our professional training courses and more information about the school, download our 2017/18 prospectus here.

If you would like to follow the full training programme, the course dates will be:

First Year course September 2017 – June 2018 or March – December 2018

Second Year course January – December 2019

Third Year course April 2020 – September 2021


Beginning in 2018 we will also be running these one year courses as intensives, to make them available to people living at a great distance, or who can only get short term visas to enter the UK. We will begin with a first year in either May or October 2018, leading onto a second year starting in 2019 and a third year course starting in 2020. We are preparing course details for these courses now, please email us if you are interested in joining our intensives course programme.



Michael Rossoff, world-renowned macrobiotic teacher and acupuncturist, says of the course: “Of all the macrobiotic centres I have taught in, the International Macrobiotic School offers by far the most in-depth training in macrobiotic counselling.”




Here at the International Macrobiotic School we train our students to the standards set by the Macrobiotic Association of Great Britain, and our students can go on to be accredited by the association, become a Practitioner Member and be included on their website list of practitioners.

The Macrobiotic Association of Great Britain was established in 1996 to provide information on macrobiotics to the public, and run educational events. More recently it has set up training standards for the macrobiotic healing arts, to give wider recognition of the value of these in society, to encourage people to train in these healing arts, and to create a high standard of training and practice.

Here is what some of our students say:

"There are few courses that offer such a thorough, holistic approach to nutrition and lifestyle. This course can be demanding and challenging at times, but the support from both the teaching staff and fellow students is invaluable and the friendships you make along the way further enrich the journey. Having completed the 3 year training I can recommend it to anyone who is looking to improve their own health and develop a deeper understanding of how to help others do the same.” Celia Duplock 

The school gave me an opportunity to look inside of my life and being. I wouldn’t have been able to start my emotional work without the school’s support and encouragement. I feel safer and grounded, although I have to go through a lot more, I’m confident that I can do it. The support from all the teachers, course mates, kitchen assistants, teaching assistants was amazing.“  Yuko Ozawa Weston

Read more student comments and about the careers are graduates cook up.