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Born 11/2/47, Kitale, Kenya. Grew up in Kenya until sent to
school in England at age 14.
Left this physical life, 2/09/2020,
Carson City, Nevada.
1956-61: Gilgil Preparatory School, Gilgil, Kenya.
1961-66: St. Bees School, Cumberland, England.
1966-71: University of Liverpool, School of Veterinary Medicine
and Science; awarded Degree of Bachelor of Veterinary Science
1979-80: Kushi Institute, Brookline, Mass. Study of Macrobiotic
principles, arts and practices, Levels 1-3 and Advanced Study
and Training Level.
1971-79: Assistant Veterinary Surgeon, United Kingdom and Republic
1980: Head Chef, Open Sesame Macrobiotic Restaurant, Brookline,
Mass. Also worked in the Kushi Institute Lunch Program as Head
Chef. Was responsible for planning, and cooking a Michio Kushi
Week-end Seminar attended by 150 people in Boston.
1981: Relocated to California, the Bay Area, inspired by a dream
of the Transamerica Building.
1981-84: Security Guard worked for American Protective Services,
1982: Began macrobiotic activities with wife, Pat, by
offering a Sunday night dinner in their apartment in Berkeley;
in a few months this developed into the people coming to the dinners
asking for macrobiotic counseling; from these developed cooking
classes once a week and as these activities grew it became apparent
we could support ourselves through them. Kaare quit the security
guard job in March 1984.
During this time, in 1983, potlucks also developed out of the
Sunday night dinners and here became voiced the need for a
community center. After ten weeks of fruitless discussion
in the spring of 1983, we decided to simply rent a place
and put on a dinner and lecture. This occurred on June 24th 1983,
attended by thirty people. Thereafter we continued with these
until in September it became apparent that support for these once
weekly dinners was dwindling so they were stopped.
Soon after, Joel Huckins, who had been regularly coming to the
Sunday night dinners, approached Kaare during one of these dinners
and said, "We need a center", and Kaare replied, "That's
right, Joel, go and find one." On October 3rd, Joel called
and said he had found the place and Kaare and Pat drove down there
to check it out and approved the place. The address was
1050 40th street, Oakland, CA. That is how the Organic Cafe and
Macrobiotic Center got started, opening its doors, after much
cleaning with help from several members of the community, on November
Kaare worked at the Macrobiotic Center for three years cooking
dinners and brunches, approximately once a week from 1983 until
1986, helping out occasionally in 1987. Pat worked there later.
He began his regular bi-annual 12 lecture series in 1983 out of
the apartment and then in 1984 at the Macrobiotic Community Center
which continued until April 1993. He worked as data entry book-keeper
for Joel Huckins from September 1989 -June 1991. He began working
again at the Macrobiotic Center as Cashier(until February 1995)
and Breakfast Cook from May 1994 until November 1995.
During this period he counselled over four thousand people with
many and varied degenerative conditions including cancer, AIDS,
arthritis, lupus, muscular dystrophy, candida, environmental illness,
etc., etc. He has given over 285 cooking classes out of his and
his wife's home since 1983. He has given seminars, workshops,
cooking classes in Fairbanks, Alaska; Seattle, Washington; Reno,
Nevada; Arnold, Greely, Sacramento, Modesto, Fresno, Los Gatos,
Walnut Creek, San Francisco, Palo Alto, Campbell, Sebastopol,
Marin, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and Huntington Beach. He has
taught macrobiotic classes at Vega Institute, Oroville; at French
Meadows Summer Camp; at Three Creeks Summer Camp; at Mendocino
Summer Camp(of which he was one of the founders and directors
from 1989-1991), at the International Summer Camp on the East
Coast; at Vista College and at the Fall Health Classics in Palm
Springs, San Diego, Napa, and Malibu(1991-2002).
He co-published, with Bruce Donehower, a quarterly macrobiotic
journal, 'News of the River' from 1982-1989. He has had articles
published in 'East West Journal' and 'Macrobiotics Today' and
he edited and wrote articles for the monthly Macrobiotic Center
Newsletter, 'Macronews' from 1987-1991.
He has been Secretary of The Pacific Macrobiotic Conference, held
bi-annually, since 1982 to the 2019. No longer being held due
to COVID restrictions.
Since January 2002, author of the Alternatives Column in HEPATITIS
Magazine, a national bi-monthly published in Houston, TX.
Music, reading, writing, sports and sports collectibles.
Previously married with two children, Marley and Gaia
Married to Patricia Bursell and have two children,
Lief(1981) and Alrik(1985).
Began practicing macrobiotics in 1970, and anthroposophy
To introduce and encourage macrobiotic dietary practice with the result
to see it the bona fide and chosen way of eating in my community and the world.
To play a significant role in changing the current self-destructive
course of the world to a positive, constructive and healthy ecological,
medical, economic and social direction. And to promote an understanding of
the universe a living spiritual totality.
Comments or questions can be sent to the address below as I check
this address every few weeks. Please mention Alchemycal Pages in the
subject line. Thank you. Patricia
Copyright© Kaare Bursell, 1996-2031.