Monthly Newsletter

January, 2020

Resolution Redux

And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been." - Rainer Maria Rilke

Many begin the new year with resolutions. These include both formal - perhaps even public - declarations of lofty  goals but also, quiet, introspective, personal desires to simply “do better” in the coming 365 days.

We are warned frequently at this time of year to be realistic in our resolutions. Good advice! We also hear frequently, that many of our new year goals will fail to be achieved. Harsh commentary such as this may point to the reality of challenges we may face in our attempts to make good on a resolution. However, just because you may experience setbacks while working to achieve your resolutions doesn’t mean you should abandon hope. Question whether you will allow the obstacle to make you bitter or make you better?

Here are a few tips to help you transform potential stumbling blocks into springboards to success:

Hit “Pause” -
No matter what stressors or obstacles we might face, staying calm is usually the best action/reaction. Take a deep breath, collect yourself, and notice where the challenge is taking you before you make any decisions. It is easy to overreact to a setback while under stress, which often leads to over correction and can make things worse. When in doubt, pause.

Realize you are in good company -
Most all of the greatest achievers in our world faced setbacks before success. When you know that others have faced challenges and have still managed to come out ahead, it can be comforting. Taking some time to study how others have overcome can also help you achieve your goals. Draw on the experiences of others to find tools, techniques and motivation to help you get back on track.  

Stay the course -
Don’t give up! It’s the oldest piece of advice out there, but for good reason. When you give up, you give bitterness power over betterment! Remain focused on solutions and simply try again.

Setbacks may mean you must start over with a resolution, but not that you have to give up your enthusiasm! When you stay calm and positive, you remain committed to your goals and open yourself up to great possibilities…in a new year or anytime!

Be well,
Your friends at the Healer Within Foundation

Reflecting On 2019

What a wonderful year it has been! 176 New Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leaders were certified! A total of 12 trainings were held in California, Florida, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

In addition to formal trainings, we also held three, regional educational symposiums in Arizona, California and New York.

A special shout out to all the Senior Trainers who participated in the 2019 training events and the organizers and facilitators of the educational symposiums. We (literally) could not do it without you!

Watch for a more complete recap of 2019 coming this spring in our annual report.

Wondering how  you might you help us expand trainings and bring Tai Chi Easy™ to all 50 states and internationally, too? Contact Christie Ward for more information.

 Tai Chi Easy™ Benefits Survey Research Project

Healer Within Foundation Board member, Ping Yang (pictured right), is spearheading the 2020 HWF Tai Chi Easy™ Benefits Survey Research project. If you will be leading a 6 to 8 week class session, we inviting you and your students to participate in this important research initiative.

The purpose of the 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 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.

Instructors will receive a stipend for facilitating data collection, and participants names will be entered in a quarterly raffle drawing. Ping Yang and HWF will providing a Zoom webinar this month about the specifics of participation. Contact Christie Ward or Ping Yang to learn more.

Thanks To Our Donors

As we look back 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 donation of $250 provides a partial scholarship for Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leader training, and the scholarship recipient's pledge to establish a low-cost or freewill offering practice group in their community!


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 a donation today!

Welcome New Board Member

We are delighted to introduce Kory Ward-Cook, Ph.D., MT(ASCP), CAE (pictured left) as a Director member of the Healer Within Foundation Board.

Kory most recently served as the CEO of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM®) and has over 35 years of experience as a medical laboratory professional, educator, and executive in association management. She is certified as a Medical Technologist, MT(ASCP) and is a Certified Association Executive (CAE). Welcome, Kory!

If you are interested in learning more about HWF Board membership or to receive an application contact Christie Ward.

2020 Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leader Certification Trainings

We are delighted to report there are already FOUR Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leader trainings scheduled, with THREE more currently in the approval process! Remember to check the Trainings page at our website often as new training opportunities are being added regularly.


Interested in putting together a Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leader Training event in your area? Contact Christie Ward  for more information.

Virtual Practice Group Leaders Wanted!

We are excited to share with you a new opportunity to expand your practice along with your leadership experience! You may know that Kalind Bakshi and Maulik Mankad organized and have led an online practice group, each Sunday morning at 9:00 EST, for the past two years. The group has gained an enthusiastic following!

This Virtual Practice Groups has made such a difference to those who participate and have supplied the HWF community with a rich library of archived classes. Now, the Virtual Practice Group is growing and we need your help.

Would YOU like to lead the Sunday Virtual Practice Group? If yes, we would love to hear from you! If you choose to be a Virtual Practice Leader, you will receive an incentive and we will work with you to develop a course - or series of courses - providing you with basic instruction and tips for leading virtual practices effectively.

Please reach out to Christie Ward if you are as excited about this opportunity as we are. We look forward to partnering with you to grow the Tai Chi Easy™ Virtual Practice in 2020!

5th Saturday Gatherings In The Cloud

We are currently busy planning our 5th Saturday Gatherings for 2020. 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, 2020 Meeting Schedule:
February 29
May 30
August 29
October 31

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!

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.