Monthly Newsletter

August, 2019

Summer Shift

August creates as she slumbers, replete and satisfied." -Joseph Wood Krutch

Many of us are currently focusing on organization and time management in our lives, as schools will soon go back in session and summer travel and frolics are coming to an end. The following are a few suggestions to make the transition a bit easier:

First, be intentional. Our brains are wired to function most effectively if we set goals. Write down goals for your health, your business, your spiritual life and all areas of life to help guide you in the direction of your objectives. The end of summer is a great time to start, block some time and set goals for the rest of the year!

Then, calendar everything. Whether you are scheduling meal plans, organizing kids' busy schedules or time for exercise, use a calendar both as a reminder system and a time management tool. We are more likely to keep appointments with ourselves, so scheduling helps keep us on track.

Also, look ahead at least a week in advance. Just a bit of forward thinking means we are less likely to live with a sense of constant urgency. Make a commitment to assess your long-term goals regularly, too. Be sure to ask yourself often if your goals and activities align with your personal values and sense of lifework or calling.

Finally, although not an organizational tip, this skill can be a difference maker when practiced regularly. Let one of  your goals be to focus on gratitude. A good time to do it is before you get out of bed in the morning, which is a great time to identify three things you are grateful for. Then, follow up with identifying three things you are grateful for at night just before bed. Nothing beats an attitude of gratitude...even on our busiest days!

A little planning can help set the course for your best life. Set goals, be intentional, be grateful. Begin today!

Be well,
Your friends at the Healer Within Foundation

Welcome New Staff Member!

We would like to welcome our new Director of Development & Engagement, Katherine Radakovich, pictured at right. A note from Katherine...

"Hello Healer Within Community! I’m thrilled to join the Healer Within Foundation team as the Director of Development & Engagement.

My background is in healthcare. I've been a registered dietitian for 20 years and a family nurse practitioner for 10 years. My professional goal has always been to help people find the tools they need to feel confident and competent, in making a positive impact on their health.

I was introduced to the Healer Within Foundation when I attended the April, 2018, Tai Chi Easy Practice Leader Certification training in Orlando, Florida. Those three days were transformative for me!  As I practiced and learned over the three days of the training, I began to appreciate the breathing, movements, imagery, self-massage, supportive instructors, the generous group dynamics and the beautiful space we were in and how the combination created a healing environment. I’ve used some of the techniques and principals with patients and have seen a difference in their sense of well-being.

I look forward to introducing the Healer Within Foundation to health-seekers, nurses, healthcare practitioners...everyone!"

Email Katherine at: [email protected]

Annual HWF Board Retreat

The HWF Board of Directors met July 5-6 to revise the strategic plan of the organization and to outline initiatives for the coming year. The meetings were facilitated by Board Member, Edwin Vaughn, who did a fabulous job skillfully leading all in attendance through the Five Phases of Board Cultivation. Thank you, Ed!

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Shown L to R: Diane Ramftl, Kele Baker, Josie Weaver, Kinnari Bakshi, Kalind Bakshi, Christie Ward,
Ben Felcher Leavitt, Ping Yang, Dr. Roger Jahnke, Toni Horn, Ed Vaughn, Theda Zawaiza, Dan Weicher

The Board was graciously hosted at the Katonah, New York home of Emeritus Board member, Daniel Weicher. Our sincere thanks to Dan for his amazing hospitality!

Program Enrichment Team Meeting

If you are currently planning a Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leader training event or are considering organizing an event in the future, please plan to join us via Zoom on Thursday, August 8 at 1:00pm PST/4:00pm EST for our Program Enrichment Team (PET) meeting.

PET meetings focus on the development and refinement of the procedures and protocols associated with producing a Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leader training event. This forum not only allows HWF to share new information with training team members and local project managers, but allows these team members to share valuable lessons learned with one another. The feedback shared is invaluable and allows us all to improve and grow!

Our meeting this month will focus on best practices and planning for the time during the training event. We'll be joined by trainers who have recently held events who will share some of their "real-life", lessons leaned.  

If you would like to attend, please contact Christie Ward for more information. Thank you!

Ohio Falls Prevention Grant

Earlier this year, the Healer Within Foundation was awarded a pilot program grant of nearly $4000 through the Ohio Older Adult Falls Prevention Coalition. HWF is proud to be one of only four pilot projects  selected through a highly competitive application process. By providing these grant dollars to diverse communities and organizations, the Coalition hopes to disseminate and increase opportunities for older adults to become actively engaged in evidence-based fall prevention strategies across Ohio. 

The Ohio Older Adults Falls Prevention Coalition 
The Healer Within Foundation will use the funds to support, in part, a 3-day Tai Chi Easy Practice Leader Certification training to be held at the University of Dayton, Riverside campus on November 1-3, 2019. New Practice Leaders receiving grant-funded training scholarships will be expected to lead two, 6-week Tai Chi Easy Community Practice Groups in their community and attend a three-month post education follow-up session.

Thank you to the project leaders: Antoinette Horn, Ping Yang and Christie Ward in securing the award and great success in project implementation!

 Tai Chi Easy™ Educational Gatherings Set For October 26th 

October 26, 2019 is the date for our upcoming Tai Chi Easy™ Educational Symposium gatherings.

Open to the public, these friend-raiser/fundraisers will be held on the east (White Plains, NY.) and west coasts (Carpinteria, CA. area) and in the Phoenix, AZ. area, too!

These gatherings provide an opportunity to get together with colleagues and friends, practice Tai Chi Easy and Vitality Method Qigong and learn something new, too!

Events are being scheduled for 10:00 am to 3:00 pm local time and all proceeds from registrations will benefit the Healer Within Foundation Tai Chi Easy Dissemination Project.

Please save the date, watch for more information coming later this month and plan to join us on October 26th!

Qi Journal Article

 The summer edition of Qi Journal contained the article, “Regulating The Teaching and Practice Of Qigong and Tai Chi,” a collaboration between Healer Within Foundation President, Josie Weaver and Qigong Institute President, Tom Rogers.

We are pleased to share this highly informative article HERE for your reference.

This important article focuses on current regulatory legislative actions, the pros and cons of standardization and regulation  and how you can best stay informed of related issues.

Thank you to the Qi Journal and the authors for allowing us to share this timely information with the HWF community!

New Practice Leaders

Congratulations to the new Tai Chi Easy Practice Leaders who were trained earlier this week in Orlando, Florida! The majority of these trainees are employees of the Orlando Veterans Administration Medical Campus and will be leading Practice Groups benefiting the local area Veteran population.

Big thanks to the Orlando training team of Kevin Merrigan, Senior Trainer and Elieen Reed, Co-Lead/Local Project Manager. This training team and others like them, make these events - and our continued dissemination of mind, body, spirit practices - possible! See all the photos from this and all our awesome training evens at our Flickr page. 

5th Saturday Gathering: August 31st

Our 5th Saturday Gathering program on August 31 will be: Healer2Healer: Unlocking Inner-Outer Powers and Resources with Self-Care thru Mind-Body-Spirit Medicine. Our special guest will be Senior Trainer, Michael Fortier. This informative program will focus on strategies which help to "heal the healer" and prioritize our own self-care.

Also, please mark your calendars now for our last 5th Saturday gathering of 2019 on November 30. We will be exploring Tai Chi and Qigong for Emotional Health and Well-Being with Dr. Cynthia Mealer, PhD.Gatherings on the Cloud begin at noon PST/3:00 pm EST and last for approximately 60-90 minutes.

If you haven't already, please sign up now to RSVP for this special series of Zoom meetings to make friends, get support, and stay in touch with others who lead practice and care about health and wellness! If you are signed up, you will also receive video recordings of the 5th Saturday Gatherings. Space is limited so secure your spot on the cloud today!

Giving Partners Needed

Do you share our vision of, "A world of self-healing, wellness and vitality"? If so, consider making a difference today by supporting the Tai Chi Easy™ Dissemination Project. Click the image below to make your donation today!

The Tai Chi Easy™ Dissemination Project is the catalyst of our goal, “Training thousands to improve the health of millions” and your support makes it possible for the Healer Within Foundation to bring community-based Qigong/Tai Chi and other self-healing body-mind-spirit-practices to greater numbers of people. So, make a difference...make your tax-deductible contribution or volunteer today. Thank you!

Virtual Practice Group Meets Each Sunday

Perhaps you were unable to make it to one of our "in-person" Community Practice Groups, or maybe you do not have any groups in your area. No worries, as you can participate in a weekly, virtual practice group offered by Senior Trainer, Kalind Bakshi, and Tai Chi Easy Practice Leader, Maulik Mankad!
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This virtual practice group allows you to join in, wherever you are, each Sunday at 9:00 am EST. Contact Kalind or Maulik for information on how to join in the fun!

Upcoming Training Events: Help Spread The Word

The Foundation currently has 8 upcoming Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leader Certification Training events on the calendar for the remainder 2019 and into 2020, with new events being added regularly. Be an ambassador for good health and healing in your community and help us spread the word about these training opportunities!


Remember, community-based trainings (3-day non-residential trainings) offer the opportunity to "refresh" your Practice Leader training at a greatly reduced rate. Refresh training is available to anyone who has completed either Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leader Training or IIQTC Level 2 Practice Leader training.

Healer Within on Facebook and Flickr

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