Monthly Newsletter

January, 2019

We Begin Again

“Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering 'it will be happier'...”
- Alfred Lord Tennyson

And so 2019 begins. It’s such a powerful time of year, isn’t it? A time of beginnings, endings, closing and opening. We stand at the precipice of possibility - feeling empowered and revitalized - as we begin, again.

Many of us are thinking about resolutions and taking stock at this time. But how many of our usual resolutions are just ‘self’ improvement projects (trying to get more, be more or have more), rather than ways to embrace the life we already have, here and now?

Of course, there is nothing wrong with planning enhancement or improvement. Do consider though, a life well-lived is not about getting stuff, doing stuff and having stuff. It’s about being true to who we are and living our moments and our daily life...fully. If we’re always trying to get somewhere else, what happens to the moment we’re actually living now? To live a truly full life we need to be here for it. Live present. Live happy.

Thank you so much for being present in the Healer Within Community as we begin a new year. We are so grateful for you. We wish you a happy 2019 filled with the gifts of peace, presence and good health.

Be well,
Your friends at the Healer Within Foundation

5th Saturday Gathering

December 29, 2018 was the final 5th Saturday Cloud Gathering of 2018. Those in attendance took part in a special Gongfu Tea Ceremony, hosted by Senior Trainer, Leslie Cook and HWF President, Josie Weaver.

Many shared in the good fellowship by suggesting their favorite teas and discussing their prior tea ceremony experiences. Several participants also shared poems, readings and blessings focused on the theme of renewal and the new year. Thank you to our hosts and all those who attended!

We are currently busy planning our 5th Saturday Gatherings for 2019. Do mark your calendars now for this special series of meetings. Topics for the coming year will be shared very soon. Stay tuned!

5th Saturday, 2019 Meeting Schedule:
March 30
June 29
August 31
November 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 Zoom meetings to make friends, get support, and stay in touch with others who lead practice and care about health and wellness! Space is limited so secure your spot on the cloud today!

In Memoriam

John Middlebrooks (shown at left napping with one of his beloved Mastiff "kids"), Chairman Emeritus of the Healer Within Foundation Board, passed away last October, 2018. We have been honored by his presence and council throughout his involvement with the Healer Within Foundation since 2008. Not only was John a good friend, but he had leadership skills as a teacher of Tai Chi and Qigong and as a dedicated board member. He is a great example of the difference a single person can make. John inspired many people to serve and most critically expressed the chutzpah and leadership that brought new life into the Healer Within Foundation and directed it toward greater capacity and service, when he began suggesting the idea of the Foundation being the exclusive provider of Tai Chi Easy Practice Leader training.

The offering of Tai Chi Easy Practice Leader Training was a first for the Foundation, which was founded to coach single mothers when it first began. As is the case with many organizations, the life of the Foundation evolved and shifted based on the people who were volunteering and participating as board members. The work of John Middlebrooks brought this work of the Healer Within Foundation forward into training practice leaders and fostering community practice. The Healer Within Foundation has steadily made its way ever since. Continue Reading

Thanks To Our Donors

As we look at the amazing growth we have experienced over the past few years, we wish to thank our donors for their continued support. So much of what we do could not be achieved without our generous contributors.

Contributions of any amount have a BIG impact. For instance:

  • A gift of $35 provides a one-week stipend to support a community practice group.
  • Just $75 can sponsor a raffle fundraiser which can raise hundreds of dollars.
  • A contribution in the amount of $140 supports a community practice group for one month.
  • A donation of $250 provides a partial scholarship for Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leader training, and the scholarship recipient's pledge to establish a free or low cost community practice group!


The Tai Chi Easy™ Dissemination Project is the catalyst of our goal, “Training thousands to improve the health of millions”. 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. Please consider making your donation today!

Program Enrichment Team Meeting

If you are currently planning a Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leader training event or are considering organizing an event in 2019, please plan to join us via Zoom on Thursday, January 10th 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 pre-event planning and best practices when organizing a 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!

Bring Tai Chi Easy™ To Your Area!

Did you know anyone can organize a Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leader Training event. Yes! YOU can - and HWF will be happy to help you make it happen!

If you would like to know more about organizing a Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leader Training event or have questions about the process contact Christie Ward for information.

Click HERE for a full list of Practice Leader training dates and check back often as new training opportunities are being added regularly.

Healer Within on Facebook and Flickr

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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.