Monthly Newsletter

February, 2021


Chinese New Year


"Behave toward everyone as if receiving a guest." -Chinese Proverb

The Chinese New Year, also referred to as the Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, is a holiday that celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional Chinese calendar. This year, it takes place on Friday, February 12. Celebrations and festivities begin the evening before the New Year up until the Lantern Festival, which is held on the 15th day of the new year.

This new year brings in the Year of the Ox in the Chinese zodiac. The element for the year is Metal. The Year of the Ox is also considered a Yin energy year which might be characterized as slow, soft, and passive. According to some Chinese Astrologers, this is a year which through hard work, many problems will be solved or resolved. Very encouraging!

The Yin energy, specific to the Chinese zodiac sign of Ox, will be quite poignant. This is going to be a year when we will fully feel the weight of our responsibilities, a year when it is necessary to double our efforts to accomplish anything at all.

Feel free to publish a summary of this article (in English or translated into another language) along with a link to the full piece https://www.thechinesezodiac.org/chinese-horoscope-2021-year-of-the-metal-ox/
The Yin energy, specific to the Chinese zodiac sign of Ox, will be quite poignant. This is going to be a year when we will fully feel the weight of our responsibilities, a year when it is necessary to double our efforts to accomplish anything at all.

Feel free to publish a summary of this article (in English or translated into another language) along with a link to the full piece https://www.thechinesezodiac.org/chinese-horoscope-2021-year-of-the-metal-ox/
The Yin energy, specific to the Chinese zodiac sign of Ox, will be quite poignant. This is going to be a year when we will fully feel the weight of our responsibilities, a year when it is necessary to double our efforts to accomplish anything at all.

Feel free to publish a summary of this article (in English or translated into another language) along with a link to the full piece https://www.thechinesezodiac.org/chinese-horoscope-2021-year-of-the-metal-ox/

Whether of not you officially celebrate, you may take a cue from these Chinese traditions to hold your own personal observance:

  • Enjoy an online/virtual reunion dinner with family and friends. In Chinese culture, the New Year's Eve feast is a "must do" dinner with all family members reuniting. A wonderful excuse to gather with loved ones if you haven't connected with them in awhile!
  • Clean the house. This may not sound too celebratory, but Chinese people carry out a thorough ‘winter-cleaning’ of their houses during this time. They refer to this as, "sweeping away the dust," and it represents a wish to put away old things, bid farewell to the old year, and welcome in the New Year.
  • Listen to (or ring your own) New Year bell. A bell is a traditional symbol of Chinese New Year, and Chinese people believe that ringing a large bell can drive away bad luck and bring good fortune. 

No matter how you choose to celebrate, we hope this Year of the Ox brings you happiness, luck, prosperity and above all, good health.

Be well,
Your friends at the Healer Within Foundation


 ONLINE Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leader Training

Registration is NOW OPEN for our April/May Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leader training! 


This highly anticipated training will take place during five, live online sessions being held from April 23 - May 2, 2021 and
will be conducted by IIQTC Certified Trainers Michael Fortier, Kristen Musolino and Alan Zemel, 

Click HERE for more information or to register! Early bird pricing is in effect until April 1st.

Learn More About Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leader Training and 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.


New Fellowship Program Announcement: Coming Soon!

Are you a practice leader currently working with an underserved population? Perhaps you work for an organization serving an under-resourced community? If so, be sure to watch for additional information on the new Healer Within Foundation Community Practice Fellowship, coming SOON!

This new fellowship program which aims to foster diversity, inclusion and equity in community practice groups is scheduled for introduction later this year and is designed to help cultivate practice and practice groups in underserved communities.

The Foundation will provide two (2) fellowships in 2021 to Community Practice Group Leaders who commit to leading a community practice group for one (1) year with primacy given to venues and individuals who engage with under-resourced communities.

To read more about HWF's commitment to diversity and equality, please see our full outreach statement HERE


 5th Saturday Gathering: Three Treasures

HWF President, Josie Weaver, hosted a brilliant discussion and Qigong practice centered on the topic of, "Three Treasures: Practical Applications to Boost Immunity” which was presented by Qigong Master and co-founder of Healer Within Foundation, Dr. Roger Jahnke, OMD. Dr Jahnke was joined by longtime health professional and Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi (IIQTC) Senior Trainer, Michael Fortier.


The Three Treasures are the core of all Qigong practice: Shen (spirit), Qi (heartmind), and Jing (body). Our panelists explored the perspective of building a strong spirit in order to circulate more Qi and build a strong body and a strong immune system.  The shared practice focused on recognizing the signs of robust health, Qi flow, and a strong spirit. Deep bow of appreciation to Roger and Michael for a wonderful presentation!

Mark your calendars now for this special series of meetings happening on each occurrence of a 5th Saturday in 2021:

May 30: HWF Community Practice Group Fellowship
July 31: Future HWF Online Educational Offerings: How, What and Who!
October 30: Tai Chi & Qigong For Emotional Health

Gatherings on the Cloud begin at noon PST/3:00 pm EST and last for approximately 60-90 minutes.

Couldn't attend and/or would like to access a replay of the Gathering? Please sign up now to receive access to replay videos and to RSVP for this special series of meetings. Cloud Gatherings are a great way to make friends, get support, and stay in touch with others who lead practice, and care about health and wellness! Secure your spot on the cloud today!


Applications Being Accepted For HWF Board Of Directors

Please consider donating your time, talents and treasures to the Healer Within Foundation Board of Directors.

This group of individuals is passionate about fulfilling the mission and advancing the vision of HWF, and they are beginning the process of recruitment for several three-year Director terms. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. Non-profit and/or volunteer board experience is helpful, but not required.

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 training, community practice groups and research.

Healer Within Foundation Vision: A world of self-healing, wellness and vitality.

Please contact Christie Ward, Healer Within Foundation Executive Director, for more information and application. Applications are due February 28th, 2021.


Be Our Valentine: Giving Heart Campaign

Our HWF Sustainability/Practice Group Work Team has been busy coordinating a special fundraiser called the Giving Heart Campaign, which will run throughout the month of February.

The campaign was inspired by a recent personal fundraiser held by HWF Board Member Emeritus and IIQTC Senior Trainer, Antoinette Horn, in which she raised over $750 for HWF by simply reaching out to her students, family and friends!

To make things easy for everyone to participate, we've gathered up a few resources including a sample email format, information about HWF you may want to share and - very important - some great ideas on how to thank those who donate! There is even a quick video to help get you started.

Please go to www.healerwithinfoundation.org/GivingHeart for more information and thank you for your participation and support!

 


Show Yourself Some (Self-Care) LOVE!

Stay cozy in these warm styles and colors featuring our popular "Self-Care is Health Care" logo. Click HERE or on the image below to order!

Our message of "Self-Care is Health Care" is also offered on quality, cotton masks. Click HERE or on the image below to purchase.
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.