EDWARD ESKO is one of the world’s most active contemporary macrobiotic teachers. Over the past four decades, he has lectured and counseled in Europe, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and throughout North America, including at the United Nations, and has written and edited numerous books and articles. Building on the teachings of George Ohsawa, Michio Kushi, and other macrobiotic pioneers, he has applied yin and yang—the universal principles of change and harmony—to help solve issues of personal and planetary health. He has served as Executive Director of the East-West Foundation and Director of Education at the Kushi Institute. He is the founder of the International Macrobiotic Institute (IMI) in Massachusetts and serves on the Board of Planetary Health, Inc., the non-profit sponsor of the Macrobiotic Summer Conference. His books include Yin Yang Primer, Contemporary Macrobiotics, Rice Field Essays, Dandelion Essays, Ki: The Energy of Life, Dementia: The Macrobiotic Approach, Opening Your Third Eye, and The Next Twenty Years. Books are available at edwardesko.com.
NAOMI ICHIKAWA ESKO is a 2010 graduate of the Kushi Institute (K.I.) in Massachusetts. Prior to her study at the K.I., she worked in the restaurant industry in her native Tokyo. In 2011 she established a teaching and counseling center in Tokyo known as Macrobiotics Japan (macrobiotics-japan.com). Through her personal experience with successful weight loss and weight management, she began offering special weight loss counseling to clients in the Tokyo area. She also began a consulting business advising restaurants in the development of healthy menus. Naomi has served as a private chef guiding clients in the preparation of healthful and delicious macrobiotic vegan meals. Naomi is on the faculty of the Macrobiotic Summer Conference and the International Macrobiotic Institute. She is married to Edward Esko and resides with her husband in western Massachusetts.
FLOR MARQUES is a Holistic Dentist and Reiki Master who specializes in dentistry and health and wellness coaching. Since the age of twenties her burning desire to help and heal others has driven Flor to become the top in her field. After being diagnosed bipolar and with severe depression, Flor dove deep in her self healing journey. Flor has traveled the world to study with the best spiritual masters and teachers. Flor has expertise in Yoga, Macrobiotic Counseling, Meditation, Breathing Techniques, Qigong, Pranic Crystal and Psychotherapy Healing.Dr Marques is 4th generation of dentist in her family, and also served in the Brazilian navy as lieutenant dentist . She grew up in a strictly macrobiotic household, where the foundation of her family was based on the Traditional Oriental medicine, Philosophy of natural healing through food and lifestyle habits. Today, Dr. Marques, the founder of Holistic Dentistry Group, combines her expertise in dentistry and expansive knowledge in holistic healing. She sees patients privately who are seeking healing from pain, stress and psychological issues. Dr. Marques currently practices worldwide and resides in New York City, and is the author of the upcoming book, “Unlock the Secrets: Overcome & Rise above Anxiety and Depression.”
ELIZABETH ANN FOSTER has been a life-long student of macrobiotics. She started as a scribe for Michio Kushi, and cooking for both Aveline and Lily Kushi. Elizabeth studied at, and graduated from, both the Kushi and Vega Institutes. Elizabeth managed Casa de Luz in Austin serving over 300 macrobiotic meals a daily, and is the founder of the Natural Epicurean Culinary Institute. She earned an MA in Journalism from Harvard University, an MBA from University of Maine, and her BS degree from Fordham University. She lives by the motto: One has to eat well to enjoy playing well!