Monthly Newsletter

August, 2021


Learning For A Lifetime



“All the world is my school and all humanity is my teacher.”
- George Whitman

August sees many of us preparing for "back to school" time. Some are preparing children or grandchildren as they begin their school years while others are packing someone up to head off to college. Teachers are enjoying their last few days of their summer breaks and non-traditional students ready for the demands of juggling work and school. It's a busy time, no doubt, but one that is always filled with an element of excitement.

It's important to recognize that we need not be in a formal educational setting to tap into those exhilarating feelings of a new phase in our learning journey. While structured, traditional forms of education are important, many benefits are derived when individuals stay motivated to learn well beyond academic learning and begin to embrace the concept of lifelong learning. These individuals prioritize time in their lives - at each stage of their lives - to focus on new concepts and ideas. They constantly strive to know, learn and do more.

The Healer Within Foundation wishes to help you on your journey of lifelong learning. Through our Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leader training program, we teach individuals about the powerful benefits of self-care practices. These evidence-based methods are beneficial not only to the mind, but also to the body and spirit. They are easy to learn and easy to share. One trained practice leader can literally impact hundreds - perhaps even thousands - of individuals in their community. It's what we mean when we say we are, "Training thousands to improve the health of millions."

In addition to Tai Chi Easy™, the Foundation is in development of several new educational opportunities. One of these new courses is Empowered Relief™, which focuses on chronic pain management. This program uses proven pain intervention techniques developed by Dr. Beth Darnell, Ph.D, a pain scientist, psychologist, author, and associate professor at Stanford University. More information on new program proposals and the Empowered Relief™ course can be found in the newsletter below.

So, begin to challenge yourself today. Commit to expanding your mind, continue your "education" and become a student of life! Use the world as your classroom, and no matter how big or small, always come away with a lesson learned. Remember to cultivate your mind so it is prepared to expand and grow. Perhaps, most importantly, always be willing to share your ever-growing fountain of knowledge, with others along the way. 

Be Well,
Your friends at the Healer Within Foundation


Congratulations NEW Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leaders!

We are pleased to welcome 16 new Tai Chi Easy Practice Leaders (most of which are pictured below) who recently completed Online training. Special thanks to the awesome training team of Dr. Gayl Hubatch,OMD, and Josie Weaver, along with assistants, Keira Lani, Sherry Baily and Shirie Eshel!


Call For Educational Program Proposals

Have you authored or do you lead an educational self-care and/or wellness course? Offer a unique presentation or class related to Tai Chi, Qigong or other body-mind-spirit practices? Maybe you are in development of such a curriculum and are seeking a partner to help get your course in front of potential students? If so, the HWF Programs Team is currently calling for Educational Program Proposals and would like to hear from you!


Proposals will initially be accepted on a continuous basis. Proposals submitted by the 15th of each month, will be reviewed by the end of that month.

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

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, HWF strives to produce accessible, engaging and effective educational content which may assist individuals in achieving improved health and well-being.

HWF Educational Program Goals:

  • Dissemination of effective Self-Care and Wellness Programs/Presentations
  • Alignment with HWF Mission
  • Identified Audience/Need (e.g. children's health, general health & wellness, chronic pain, substance abuse, etc.)
  • Competitively-priced offerings of high quality with feasible implementation cost

Access the Program Proposal Form at: www.HealerWithinFoundation.org/programapp

The HWF Programs Team welcomes your application submission and look forward to reviewing your program offering!


5th Saturday Gathering: Diverse Populations & Practice

Our latest 5th Saturday Gathering was held on July 31 and featured guest IIQTC Senior Trainer, Rev. Deanne Hodgson, RN.  We explored helpful teaching and learning strategies such as, thematic teaching, fun facts for teaching and learning and creating engaging visuals for Zoom sessions. Deanne also touched on her vast experience leading diverse and special needs populations and shared a plethora of applicable teaching tips! Thanks to Deanne - along with host, Josie Weaver - for a fun, informative gathering!

Mark your calendars now for our final 5th Saturday meeting of 2021 happening on October 30! 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 meetings to make friends, get support, and stay in touch with others who lead practice and care about health and wellness! 5th Saturday Gathering On The Cloud are streamed on Facebook LIVE. However, Zoom access and replays of the 5th Saturday presentations will be made available only to those who sign up on the RSVP list. Secure your spot on the cloud today!


Research Corner

We are excited to introduce this new, regular feature of the Healer Within Monthly Newsletter!

Here, we hope to connect you with current research findings, papers, information and articles, as well as opportunities to engage in research, which are related to Tai Chi, Qigong and other body/mind/spirit practices. 

To kick things off, if you will be leading or participating in at least 6 weekly class sessions (in-person or virtual), we invite you to be a part of an important HWF research initiative! The purpose of this research is to demonstrate the effectiveness of dissemination and benefits of a replicable Tai Chi and Qigong program for the general public.

The research is done through the completion of a short baseline survey along with answering a few simple  survey questions, before and after each class. Completing the responses also give participants a chance to observe their own reactions to the practice and track their personal progress, too.

Interested? To learn more - or to access online survey links or printable survey documents - click HERE or contact HWF Research Team Chair, Ping Yang (pictured above left) for assistance.


New Empowered Relief™ Course

Join instructor Josie Weaver (pictured left), on Saturday, August 28th at Noon PT/3:00pm ET, for a powerful 2-hour LIVE interactive presentation focused on relief from chronic pain. Josie will feature Qigong breath and movement exercises rooted in the Empowered Relief pain skills course developed by Stanford University pain scientist, Dr. Beth Darnall. Click HERE for an informative article entitled, Empowered Relief: Meeting the Needs of a Nation in Pain, written by Dr. Darnall and featured in Psychology Today.

If you are alive, you will at some point experience pain in your life. How you think and feel about pain will, in many ways, determine your pain experience. This presentation will explain why this is so and provide you tools to handle pain or support others in your life, who may be experiencing prolonged or chronic pain. 

Cost for this informative and empowering presentation is only $47. Space is limited, so please click HERE to register today!


ONLINE Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leader Training

Registration is now open for our October/November online Practice Leader Training event! This training will be our final ONLINE Tai Chi Easy™ training of 2021!


This highly anticipated training will take place via live online sessions being held between October 30 and November 21, 2021 and
will be conducted by IIQTC Certified Senior Trainers, Lorrie Formella, Cynthia Maltenfort and Kele Baker (pictured below, L to R).

Click HERE for more information or to register. Learn more about what Tai Chi Easy™ can do for you through our informational VIDEO.

21 Nursing CE’s Included! This continuing nursing education  activity is approved by the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA), an accredited approver of the  American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Program #1488.


Healer Within Foundation is also a Professional Development Activity (PDA) Provider through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM®). This Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leader training approved for a total of 24 CEU's issued by NCCAOM. We are excited to offer this new benefit for the NCCAOM members of the HWF community!


Self-Care IS Health Care!

Whether you lead others in practice or simply practice good self-care, YOU are a HEALER! This popular shirt design along with bright, sunny, summer colors will be available through August! Click HERE or on the image below to order yours today! See all HWF designs available at Bonfire. Every order helps to support the HWF mission! Thank you!


HWF Website Login Instructions - Please Read!

We'd like to invite you to explore the Healer Within Foundation website! We continue to add new content, most recently launching the HWF Blog, which we hope you will read and add your comments, too. To login, you will first need to set up your password. Click here to update your Password. Once updated, you can login here, using your Username -  - and new Password.

While you are logged in, please complete your profile (it is searchable to help other HWF community members find you)! Logging in allows you to make a donation securely, see our community member-only content such as the files on the Organize an Event page and to sign up for events such as the Gathering in the Cloud meetings.