About Healer Within Foundation

These self-applied health enhancement methods cost nothing, cause no negative side effects, and may be used anytime and anywhere by anyone!

The Healer Within Foundation Mission

Healer Within Foundation advances community-based Qigong/Tai Chi and other self-healing, body-mind-spirit practices through collaborations with individuals and organizations, to sponsor trainings, community practice groups and research.

Our Vision

A world of self-healing, wellness and vitality.

The Healer Within Foundation is currently living out this mission through the Tai Chi Easy™ Dissemination Project which trains Practice Leaders to introduce the Tai Chi Easy™ form and teaching methods created by Roger Jahnke, O.M.D. in communities throughout the world.

Spreading Wellness from the Inside Out


The Healer Within Foundation’s programs empower people using medically proven self-care practices that effectively support disease prevention, accelerate healing, and decrease unnecessary mental and physical suffering.

Currently our largest program is Tai Chi Easy, an “evidence based” program using gentle movement, breath practice, self‐applied massage, and meditation.

Trained Tai Chi Easy Practice Leaders support end-users in lowering risk for preventable chronic diseases, improving sleep problems, managing pain, speeding rehabilitation, reducing depression and anxiety, assisting in recovery from addiction, and more.

Tai Chi Easy™ is offered under exclusive license to the Healer Within Foundation to ensure that:

The Tai Chi Easy™ self-healing methods will be available to individuals and organizations throughout the world for the purposes of empowering people with knowledge of the mind-body based self-healing techniques. To this end, Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leaders will be trained and certified to use their training and certification to lead citizens and communities in practice of these self-healing arts that involve movement, breath, self-massage and meditation practices developed by Roger Jahnke, OMD. Tai Chi Easy™ Public Education programs will be hosted and Tai Chi Easy™ Community Practice Groups will be formed in communities throughout the world.


Hundreds of individual donors and organizations recognize our efforts and have collaborated with us, among them:

  • Center for Integrative Health Medicine and Research (founding grant)
  • National Council on Aging
  • American Society on Aging
  • National Wellness Institute
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Arizona
  • Archstone Foundation
  • The Regional Housing Authority of Santa Barbara
  • Esalen Institute, Big Sur California
  • Omega Institute, New York
  • Santa Barbara Community College
  • Santa Barbara College of Oriental Medicine
  • Cottage Hospital, Santa Barbara


The Healer Within Foundation was founded in 2003 and is an IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Santa Barbara, California.

Read more about our past activities and projects in the Healer Within Foundation Condensed History 2003-2012 (PDF)

Board of Directors:

Benjamin Felcher Leavitt
Ossining, NY

Sharon Infante
Holbrook, NY

Diane Ramftl
Atlantic City, NJ

Nenad (Ned) Rava
New York, NY

Erin Reas
Dearborn, MI

Kory Ward-Cook, President

Oceanside, CA

Theda Zawaiza, VP Outreach & Treasurer
St. Petersburg, FL.

Emeritus Status:
Antoinette Horn
Westlake, OH

Roger Jahnke, Founder
Santa Barbara, CA

Rebecca McClean, Founder
Santa Barbara, CA

John Middlebrooks (Deceased)
Germantown, NY

Josefina Weaver
Sunnyvale, CA

Daniel Weicher
Katonah, NY

Christie Ward, Executive Director
Lincoln, NE