WELL Educated

The 6-Month Butt-Kicking, Life Changing Study Program 

I have been teaching cooking and healthy living for a long time and in that time I have heard a lot of questions. Working with my husband and my staff, we decided to re-visit the way macrobiotics is presented and bring it to you packaged as you have requested: in a way that you can apply the principles of natural living to your day-to-day lives. Without esoteric mysticism, these straight-forward weekend programs will give you the depth of understanding you need to become an active participant in your health. And it’s being taught by some of the best minds in natural health.

And did I mention that this class is butt-kicking and life-changing? From lecture to demo to hands-on, you’ll leave each weekend inspired, fulfilled, energized, smarter…and full (we cook and eat a lot…). Whether you’re taking this program just for you or want to deepen your understanding of food and health for your professional life…from health coaches to nurses, there’s something for everyone in the very exciting six-month program.

We’ll dare to go where no class has gone before!

Take one weekend or take them all, but whatever you decide, I promise you some life-changing study…and really delicious food!

The Christina Pirello Six Month Comprehensive Study Program – Syllabus

Month 1
Your Ideal Weight
We struggle, sweat, deprive and agonize and still…we can’t seem to find our way to our ideal weight. The statistics are staggering with obesity being declared an epidemic. Whether you are at the beginning of your weight loss journey or working on those last stubborn pounds, this weekend will give you insights into achieving and maintaining a healthy weight that may not have occurred to you before. With delicious food as the tool, we’ll work together to discover the path to your ideal weight…once and for all.

Month 2
Your Gut and You

It seems that in our quest for health, one very important ingredient is missing: the health of your gut. Yes, your intestines are the key to health and wellness, strength and vitality. In this informative and interesting weekend, we will work to discover and use all the tools in the food world to help create the best digestion possible…and address conditions that seem to have no simple answer, from Crohn’s Disease to acid indigestion…and it begins in the kitchen. From the role of fermented foods to breakfast, we’ll have your gut working smoothly (pun intended…) in no time.

Month 3
The Big 'C' 

The fear of cancer has become the dark cloud that seems to hover over modern society. We worry about it, check for it, test against it, walk to raise research dollars, pray we don’t get it. But what if simple food choices could help reduce your risk of the big ‘C’…deliciously? More and more experts, from doctors to the American Cancer Society say to win this ‘war’ we need to focus on prevention. In this incredible weekend, we will work to give you tools to prevent this plague and it all begins in your kitchen, with what you choose to eat.

Month 4
Feed Your Family

It’s late; you’re just in the door from a long day and you hear…’What’s for dinner?’ Your shoulders sag as you once more contemplate ordering in: full well knowing this is not the best choice to maintain your family’s wellness. Wouldn’t it be nice to gather your family once again around the table enjoying food prepared by your own hands? In that little micro-community, at the table, we learn so many of life’s skills, from sharing to communication to justice to social grace. In this eye-opening weekend, we’ll create fun and family-friendly dishes everyone will enjoy…and as long as you can find your way to the kitchen…you’ll be able to create in your own homes.

Month 5
Lifestyle Diseases, Part 1 

We call them ‘lifestyle’ diseases because it sounds a bit gentler than the reality of them. In truth, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity, stroke and some cancers are caused by…wait for it…lifestyle choices. And since these diseases are largely preventable, simple diet changes, with delicious natural foods at the core of it will go a long way in ridding us of these modern plagues. In this weekend, we will also begin the study of how we can look in the mirror and see our health.

Month 6
Lifestyle Diseases, Part 2
Building on Part 1, we dive deeper into the world of the prevention and reversal of ‘lifestyle’ diseases. Working from the kitchen, with food as our tool, we will design and create dishes targeting each of the lifestyle diseases, helping you understand how food works and how it can affect the course of disease, including the use of home remedies. In this weekend we will also build upon your understanding of seeing your health.

All classes held at The Restaurant School at walnut Hill College, 4207 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA.
Program Tuition: $2500 for all 6 weekends, $460 for individual weekends

2014 Program Dates: April 12/13, May 10/11, June 21/22, July 26/27, September 20/21, October 25/26

Classes run Saturday 9 am to 6 pm, Sunday 9 am to 5 pm

To register, call 800-939-3909 or go to christinacooks.com


Christina Pirello has been advocating and educating on natural cooking and alternative health, both nationally and internationally for over twenty-five years. She is the bestselling author of seven books and the Emmy Award-winning host of the national public television series ‘Christina Cooks’. On the faculty at the Restaurant School, Christina holds a master’s degree in nutrition from Drexel University. She was also a faculty member at Drexel and has taught at The Kushi Institute, Tai Sophia, Strafford University and INN just to name a few.

Robert Pirello will share his knowledge, wisdom, humor and unique take on health and longevity in his classes on breakfast and traditional eating. Robert began his study of macrobiotics at the Kushi Institute over 45 years ago and has been actively teaching for over twenty-five years.


Patrick Riley, a graduate of La Salle University has been an advocate of natural health since 1978. Patrick pursued studies in macrobiotics and related health subjects at the Kushi Institute. Patrick devotes his professional time to consulting with individuals, assisting them in restoring their natural healing ability through the use of diet and common sense living.

Bernardo Merizalde, MD has been in private medical practice for over twenty years. Bernardo’s specialty is neurology with a focus on homeopathic and complementary and alternative medicine. Bernardo is also on the staff at Jefferson Hospital’s Integrative Health department in Philadelphia.

Bill Tara has for over 40 years been at the forefront of macrobiotic education, developing Businesses, educational projects, and teaching in over 20 countries. He has consistently focused his work on adapting the macrobiotic philosophy to the needs of modern life and culture. His approach is dynamic, simple and comprehensive, it is untroubled by esoteric jargon and rich with humor.

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Melanie Waxman, mother of seven, has been actively involved in the healing arts since the early '80s and specializes in balancing health; through food and diet, in the body, and in the home. Melanie is a renowned macrobiotic cooking teacher, as well as a massage therapist, and feng shui counselor. 

Geraldine Walker has been practicing and teaching macrobiotic cooking for over 27 years. A student of the Kushi Institute, Geraldine is guided through her knowledge of medicinal cooking and healing. Thanks to her strong spirituality, her seminars are famous in many countries both in the Americas and Europe.

Michele Gambino, Director of Admissions and Administration has over twenty years in the field of education, beginning her career at The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College and most recently at JNA Institute of Culinary Arts. Michele works with participants both beginning with the admission process and throughout the program.


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All classes held at The Restaurant School
at Walnut Hill College in Philadelphia
4100 & 4207 Walnut Street (FREE PARKING)
(Hotel accommodations available)