Foundation Certificate

Holistic Nutrition for Body and Soul

Next standard course runs from 24th March 2021 to 16th January 2022

New online/intensive course is 2/3 online from February to July 2021 with a 10 day residential at the school in August.

£3,750 fees, can be paid in monthly instalments

Accommodation is available on-site


The Foundation Certificate provides a thorough basic training in macrobiotics including Oriental philosophy and medicine, Do-in exercises, lots of cooking classes, emotional healing and personal development. You can expect to learn things on this course for your own and others benefit and use this knowledge in its own right or as a basis for our Diploma Course and a potential new career. You can also expect to learn a lot about yourself, connect with like-minded people and enjoy an enriching journey of discovery. 

  • Create health with a balanced plant-based, macrobiotic diet
  • Use Oriental health diagnosis to understand and change your health
  • Get in touch with your real self and life purpose

Holistic Nutrition Course Students    Holistic Nutrition Course 

“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. The support from all the teachers, course mates, kitchen assistants, teaching assistants was amazing”
Yuko Ozawa Weston

What Does This Holistic Nutrition For Body and Soul Course Include?

This course includes the history, philosophy and practical application of macrobiotics in relation to cooking and nutrition. It also covers the wider aspects of the macrobiotic philosophy i.e. how the human energy system functions, how to diagnose health problems, exercises to rebalance body and mind, how to heal with diet and nutrition and listening skills.

  • How to heal through diet, lifestyle and emotional intelligence
  • Practice health-giving exercises including Do-In, Qigong, breathwork and meditation
  • Learn dozens of healing recipes and develop your practical cooking skills

“This course has been life-changing, self-affirming and so rewarding for me. I have found such a connection with myself, spiritually, emotionally and with the wellbeing of others”
Charlie Boyd

What Kind Of People Do The Foundation Certificate? 

People book this course for a variety of reasons. Some love cooking but want to learn the macrobiotic approach to cooking healthy food for themselves and their families. Some students enrol with a view to changing their careers or enhancing existing professional skills. Others want to study nutrition from a holistic point of view that specifically includes medicinal cooking, lifestyle recommendations and emotional healing.

“The empowerment and self-awareness I gained have made me a new, happier person. It is a life-changing programme”
Silvia, Macrobiotic Health Consultant, Chef and Food Styler

We have students coming from all over Europe, the Middle East, north Africa and Hong Kong. With over 25 different nationalities and an age range of 20 to 65 years old, the breadth of age and culture of students greatly enriches the learning experience for everyone.

Who Are The Teachers?

The teachers for this course include Founder and Principal of The School Oliver Cowmeadow and a range of experienced theory, cooking and exercise teachers. With over 40 years experience of teaching as well as guiding thousands of students and clients towards greater health, Oliver is one of the country's leading pracitioners of macrobiotics.  Find out more about Oliver and the other teachers for this course here.

Are There Entrance Requirements? 

No. The main requirement is an enthusiasm for studying and practicing a holistic approach to eating and living. We do however, strongly recommend taking our highly-acclaimed Looking After Your Health 5-day course before enrolling. Or if you want to join our online course, then taking part in our Six Steps to Wellbeing or Five Elements in Life and Health will give you a good grounding before joining the year course. We also recommend booking a Skype (or similar) meeting with one of our teachers to check that this is the right course for you.

How Is This Course Structured?

The are two versions of the Foundation Certificate - a standard in-house course held at our centre in Devon and an online/intensive version which combinse online learning with a 10-day residential designed for those who live further afield.

The standard course is spread over seven modules over a nine-month period. The course includes 20 cooking workshops, theory classes, tutorials, healing exercise sessions and personal development workshops.

  • 30 days of teaching, 7 Modules, each one is 4-5 days long
  • Cooking workshops in our beautiful teaching kitchen
  • Daily healing exercise sessions
  • Theory classes and small-group tutorials

There is also home study with practice of all that you will be learning, and a simple assessment at the end of the course. Upon successful completion, a Foundation Certificate is awarded.

Click here to download the full standard course details.

The online/intensive version of the course provides the first 2/3 of the teaching online and finishes with a 10 day residential at the school for more practical and interactional learning and personal support. The online days are on weekends and some Thursdays from February through to July, and the intensive is in August. This course is ideal for students who live a long way away, with only one trip to the school for the final intensive.

Click here for download the full online/intensive course details.

How Much Does The Course Cost? And Can I Pay Monthly?

The course fee is £3,750 and yes, you can pay monthly. A deposit of £750 is payable to secure your place. The course fee includes all course materials and three meals each day.


Complete your booking form here.

We'll then be in touch to confirm your place and take your deposit.

Is Accommodation Available?

Yes, we have rooms available. For accommodation information please click here.

You can use this Paypal tab below to pay for accomodation for the whole course or modules separately. 
Prices are based on sharing twin rooms.  Where available you can have your own room at proportional cost.

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