Macrobiotic Association UK – a short history

MBA UK

It is the 1960’s and 70’s – whole food shops, organic co-ops and cafes opened and people began to read about macrobiotic philosophy and try out recipes from the first macro’ cookbooks as macrobiotics gained popularity in the UK.

To meet this growing interest, the Community Health Foundation was opened in 1976 in a large Victorian school building in Old Street, East London. This was home to a whole food shop, bookshop, café, do-jo, amazing cooking school, kindergarten, consultation rooms, classrooms and lovely conference centre.

Many thousands of people from around the world attended workshops and courses, including the in-depth studies and teacher training at Kushi Institute, the first of its kind established in 1978 and later the London School of Macrobiotics. When the CHF finally closed its doors at Old Street in 1999, most of its teachers had dispersed to start their own teaching programs.

A group of teachers came together in 1996 to create the Macrobiotic Association of Great Britain (now Macrobiotic Association UK) to provide a hub and network for promoting macrobiotics and community events. Since then, to ensure the highest standards are maintained, they have created a Minimum Standard for teaching (that has been adopted in Europe). The MBA arranges Accreditation for macrobiotic practitioners to register as Professional Members.