Third Year Course - Macrobiotic Consultant & Medicinal Cook

Third Year Course - Macrobiotic Consultant & Medicinal Cook 

Next course runs from September 2022 -  November 2023

£4,395 fees, can be paid in monthly instalments.

Accommodation is available on-site.


This Third Year Course is the most in-depth and comprehensive training in macrobiotic healing that we know of, and will give you some amazing skills in helping others heal themselves physically and emotionally, and become more in touch with their true aliveness and purpose in life. It is spread over 16 months to give enough time for you to learn and practice some very solid medicinal cooking and health counselling skills, as well as giving time for your continuing personal development. Building on the Second Year Course, this Third Year Course covers all aspects of macrobiotic theory and healing as well as an incredibly thorough practical application of its many facets. Throughout the course you will deepen your own healing journey and by the end of it you will qualify as a Macrobiotic Consultant and Medicinal Cook ready to guide others holistically to greater physical, emotional and spiritual health with a holistic approach using changes to diet, medicinal teas and recipes, lifestyle, bodywork, compresses and the release of limiting emotional patterns. 

 "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. 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, Food Writer

What Does The Course Cover?

This course will take you on an ever deepening journey into your own healing whilst developing and strengthening your skills in being able to help others heal more complicated and serious health problems. It will also open up a new career path in Macrobiotic Health Consulting, Medicinal Cooking and Shiatsu bodywork.

The Macrobiotic Health Consulting aspect of the training enables you to guide clients on a healing path using detailed dietary and lifestyle advice and when appropriate emotional healing. It includes deepening your understanding of macrobiotic cooking and nutrition, learning how to design menus with specific healing properties, diagnosing imbalance and illness, men and women’s health challenges, physiology and pathology.

  • Use advanced Oriental medicine and diagnosis methods to accurately assess symptoms
  • Learn to explain the causes of symptoms to clients
  • Recommend specific exercises and practices to aid healing
  • Gain in-depth knowledge of how to have a healthy pregnancy, a natural birth, how to feed babies and deal with  babies' and children's health problems

Training to become a Medicinal Cook involves understanding the uses of specific foods, cooking techniques, recipes, and teas to promote balance and heal many health problems. It enables you to ingegrate healing knowledge with cooking skills.

  • Refine your cooking skills and learn how to cook and design menus for specific illnesses
  • Learn how to use special dishes, drhinks and condiments for healing problems
  • Practice hands-on cooking for different imbalances and health problems in our purpose built kitchen

Shiatsu bodywork adds another dimension to this Third Year Course. These treatments offer clients a method by which they can speed up recovery, maintain health and overcome a range of common health complaints.

  • Give full body Shiatsu treatments
  • Alleviate a variety of back, knee, shoulder, neck and other musculo-skeletal problems
  • Give shiatsu for digestive, respiratory, reproductive and a range of other internal problems

There is an option upon completion of this course for a further 4-5 day module on Shiatsu Therapy which means that you can qualify as a Shiatsu Practitioner (which is the equivalent to completing an accredited 3 year Shiatsu training program elsewhere). 

You will also develop business skills on how to set up a successful Health Consultant and Medicinal Cook practice. 

"On graduation it felt like the rest of my life was ready to unfold, I knew who I was and where I wanted to go, I am eternally grateful to all who shared and facilitated this for me"                                                                                                                                                     Suzy, Macrobiotic Health Consultant 

How Is This Course Structured?

The third year consists of 36 days in six 4 day modules, and two 6 day intensives. The final assessments will be held over two days. 

In all the year courses students receive personal tutorial sessions within a small group. Students find these very useful in getting more personal guidance on their learning and with their own physical and emotional health, as well as receiving high quality support in their professional practice. 

  • each day begins with do-in, breathing exercises, meditation, shiatsu or other embodiment practices
  • in-depth classes in all aspects of macrobiotic healing and plant-based cooking
  • advanced Oriental medicine and health diagnosis, personal development and emotional counselling training

Live practice and home practice is also an important element of the training. You will be giving full health consultations throughout the Third Year Course with supervision and feedback on all your clients. This real life work helps build skills and confidence enormously. The course includes sessions with members of the public at the school - either receiving consultations from you or cooking lessons under the supervision of our tutors.

This training course is not just an intellectual study of how to help people, but a practical study of health and life. If we are going to truly assist other people with their healing, then we need to be fully engaged in our own healing journey. 

  • work with real clients in class and at home
  • supervision, personal guidance and feedback on every client session you run
  • envisioning and building your ideal business

What Kinds Of People Enrol On This Course?

As with our other year courses, this training attracts people from all over Europe, north Africa and the Middle East. Our students are often wanting to change direction in life, develop a new career or add to existing professional skills. Many have gone on to create successful businesses as health consultants and medicinal cooks. You can learn about what our graduates have achieved here.

We welcome students who have studied in other schools, roughly the same number of hours and subjects that we cover on our Foundation Year and Second Year courses.  If you are interested in joining our Third Year course, please email with school with details of your studies to date, and Oliver Cowmeadow, the school principal, will get back to you to discuss how you can joint our third year professional training.


Who Is Teaching The Course And Is It Accredited?

The course is taught by Oliver Cowmeadow and other experienced teachers. Find out more about them here. And yes, it is accredited, so your Third Year is recognised by the Macrobiotic Association. We train you to the standards set by the Macrobiotic Association which has ratified these courses, and as a graduate you can then be accredited by the association and become a Practitioner Member as a Macrobiotic Consultant. As the IMS has been ratified, you do not have to do the day of assessments with the association, but only submit a few case studies and have an online interview.

Are There Entrance Requirements?

Yes. You need to complete the Second Year course prior to booking this course.

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

The course fee is £4395 and yes, you can pay monthly. There's a £750 deposit to secure your place.

Is Accommodation Available?

Yes, we have our own rooms available at the school. For accommodation options please click here.


Have a look here at our Third Year Course details here. You can also arrange a meeting in person or online with your course teachers or tutor to decide if this is the right course for you. 

Follow this checklist if you would like to book your place:

✓ Ensure you have a thorough read of the Third Year course details here.

✓ Arrange a meeting with your course teachers and tutor to discuss whether this is the right couse for you.

✓ Complete the booking form at the end of the course details.

✓ Send in your deposit to secure your place (as per email instructions you will receive).