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The Great Life – A Macrobiotic Creative Journey to Teotihuacan – July 22-27, 2011

January 28, 2011

The Great Life

A Macrobiotic Creative Journey to Teotihuacan

July 22-27, 2011

with Phiya Kushi, Iva Peele, and Emily Grieves

Your heart is a book of paintings,
You have come to sing,
to make Your drums resound.
You are the singer.
Within the house of springtime,
you make the people happy.

From the poem Xopan cuicatl “Song of Springtime” by Nezahualcoyotl (1402-1472)

Market-fresh produce and regional specialties inspire creative dreaming!
chair and veges
Join us for $950 – register at
The Art of Cooking
The kitchen and dining area are sacred places; for it is there that the basic miracle and mystery of life–the creation of human life and thought–are re-enacted daily. No other earthly ceremony surpasses it in importance. Through the use of fire and salt, this miraculous transmutation of food and water into body, blood, mind and spirit is the central ritual of civilization. Without nourishment for the body, no life is possible. To eat is to create a new life for tomorrow.
–Georges Ohsawa


Join Emily Grieves, Iva Peele, and Phiya Kushi on a special macrobiotic creative journey into the heart of Teotihuacan. As “The Place where Human Becomes God,” this ancient ceremonial city in central Mexico was designed to help us awaken to our connection to the sacred and to our highest creative capacity as artists and architects of our own dreams, and dreamers of our own art and lives. The original spiritual masters of Teotihuacan believed that we become reflections of the Divine when we engage in a creative act. We create harmony in the world when we make sacred art, when our “artist’s heart” is at one with God. On this journey we will explore creation and the idea of eating and cooking in a way that supports the creation of our biggest dreams, from the essential concept of how we view our food and how it impacts every facet of life to the macrobiotic principles that support our art and creation, our “Great Life.” We invite you to walk the path of ancient masters as we move consciously into the embrace of Teotihuacan, eating, cooking, healing, writing, painting, dancing, singing, and dreaming our way into deeper communion with Life itself. Let us return to the essence of who we are – creators of the great art of our lives.


Space is limited! To join us, please contact Carrie at or 615.943.2093 and for more information, contact Emily at Visit to learn more and register.

Eat, dream and create with us in Teotihuacan, July 22-27, 2011!

Cost of $950 Per Person Includes:
Pyramid of the Sun w nopal

– guided experiences at the pyramids in the Temple of Quetzalcoatl, the Pyramids of the Moon and the Sun, and other sacred temples.
– creativity exercises, dreaming meditations, and ceremonies, macrobiotic teachings
– accomodations, based on double occupancy, for 5 nights in Teotihuacan at the lovely Dreaming House (
– all meals, featuring delicious home-style cooking and regional specialties adapted to the macrobiotic tradition
– all group ground transportation
Does not include:
– airfare to Mexico City and associated taxes, visa fees, etc.
– personal expenses and emergency expenses or travel insurance
About your journey guides:

Emily Grieves
EmilyEmily K. Grieves is an artist and healer dedicated to helping people find connections to the Divine in their lives. She makes her home in Teotihuacan, Mexico, where she has painted murals in the Dreaming House, and where she guides groups into the transformative energies of the pyramids.

Iva Peele

Iva Peele has worked in New York, London, and Bermuda as an actor, writer and producer. She now lives on an organic farm in New York’s Hudson Valley, where she dedicates herself to photography, writing, and her macrobiotic practive. Her main focus is exploring the mystery in our dreams, both waking and sleeping, and how it is possible to bring light and healing to our lives through art.

Phiya Kushi


Phiya Kushi is the third son of macrobiotic and
natural food pioneers, Michio and Aveline Kushi. He has spent his entire working life involved in macrobiotic efforts from food store, restaurants and organic associations to educational organizations and teaching and counseling. He maintains a personal blog at and can be friended on Facebook as ‘Phiya Kushi’.
Contact or call 615.943.2093 to register.
Visit to see our sponsors and to check out other exciting journeys and events.
2011 trip cost is: $950.00 per person double occupancy. Single supplement is $200.00. A deposit of $300.00 is preferred by: May 1st, 2011. Final payment is due: July 15, 2011. Any cancellation made in writing prior to July 1st, 2011 will result in a cancellation fee of $100.00. Any cancellation made after July 1st, 2011 up to the date of departure will result in total loss of deposit ($300.00) plus any non-refundable costs that we have made to our hotel and transport. Trip cancellation insurance is recommended to cover such issues. We reserve the right to cancel the trip if it is not meeting the trip minimum.
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