Training thousands to improve the health of millions.

Monthly Newsletter

June, 2018


Celebrate the Light

“Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair...” - Susan Polis Schutz

If you reside in the Northern Hemisphere, the summer solstice will arrive in just three short weeks offering what is usually refered to as the longest day of the year. Areas in this region of the world will see over 15 hours of daylight between sunrise and sunset. What to do with this precious, extra gift of light?

Perhaps you will take some time to honor the sun, participate in a midsummer celebration - complete with flower crown - or host a bonfire party as the sun finally sets. Whatever you do, take special note of the feeling of completeness summer brings. Autumn signifies an "end", winter, a great transition and spring, a new beginning. Summer then, must signify life in full bloom - robust, lush and mature...full potential fulfilled.

The Healer Within Foundation is moving into a similar phase of maturity. Our mission lives and breathes through the works of our leadership, volunteers, trainers and Tai Chi Easy™ Community Practice Leaders. We've seen amazing growth over the past few years as we've helped to increase the accessibility of self-care and self-healing practices. Yet, there is more to do to reach our full potential as we are, "Training thousands to improve the life of millions".

Below, you will read about ways to stay connected with us during this summer season. June holds a 5th Saturday, meaning we will be gathering "on the cloud". There are opportunities to attend a training - either as student or assistant - and we're introducing just a few of our important volunteers. Also, please take special note of our summer fundraising season information. We very much need your help to advance our mission and vision through the Tai Chi Easy™ Dissemination Project.

Thank you and have a magical summer solstice!

Be well,
Your friends at the Healer Within Foundation

5th Saturday on the Cloud

Our next 5th Saturday Gathering on the Cloud will be June 30, 2018.  Cloud Gatherings begin at noon PST/3:00 pm EST and last for approximately 90 minutes. All are welcome, but space is limited!

Our program this month will focus on Scientific
Research of Tai Chi and Qigong and will hosted by
HWF President Josie Weaver with guest, Tom Rogers, President of The Qigong Institute.

Mark your calendar for other 2018 gatherings:
September 29, 2018 - Emotional Health and the Practice of Qigong and Tai Chi
December 29, 2018 - Qi and Tea Ceremony: Renewal and Re-commitment

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! Secure your spot on the cloud today!

*access by computer with video or by phone

Your Help Is Needed

We’re working hard to advance the Tai Chi Easy™ Dissemination Project and we need your support! Please donate now through the Autumn Equinox (September 23, 2018) to help HWF continue to grow!

Please, consider this...

  • We’ve increased the number of Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leader Trainings from five events in 2016, to 10 in 2017. More than 20 training events are anticipated for 2018! Each training event generates an average of 18 new Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leaders who learn self-care practices for themselves, then go on to lead others in their local communities.
  • Our Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leader Training has been approved for 21 CE hours through the American Holistic Nurses Association. Nurses are learning Tai Chi Easy™ and taking the practice back to their patients, co-workers and medical campuses.
  • We are growing a nationwide network of Community Practice Groups. These community practice groups are how we make self-care practices available to all!

  • Infrastructure is needed to support the Tai Chi Easy™ Dissemination Sustainability Plan, Community Practice Leaders and Groups.

  • A gift of $35 provides a one-week stipend to support a community practice group;
    A contribution in the amount of $140 supports a community practice group for one month;

    A donation of $225 provides a partial scholarship for Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leader training.
    Scholarship recipients pledge to establish a low cost or free will donation practice group in their community.

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. Giving is easy with an online donation, so please consider donating today. Thank you!

New Research Article Added

Tai Chi and Qigong have seen quite a bit of good press as of late. Well deserved, indeed! We have added a new article to the Research Page of our website which explores the relationship between the postures used in Tai Chi and Qigong and our moods.

We've also shared links to a few recent Tai Chi/Qigong related news stories on our Facebook page. Be sure to like and follow us to stay connected!

Opportunities to Assist

There are currently vacancies for Lead Assistant (if qualified) and/or Assistants for the following events:

June 24 - 29, 2018: Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leader training at the Omega Institute, Dr. Roger Jahnke

October 19 - 21, 2018: Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leader training in Tempe, Arizona, Sr. Trainer Leslie Cook

If interested, please write and request an Event Inquiry Form from TQT at [email protected].

Also, you can assist at most every Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leader training event! Assisting is a great way to learn from other trainers and leaders and to brush up on your technique and practice. Click HERE to see a list of current Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leader training opportunities. Questions? Contact Christie Ward.

New Leaders in Santa Barbara

Trish Shade, a longtime Qigong practitioner, has recently volunteered to lead the Wednesday Qigong class in Santa Barbara. As we know, the class has spanned over 35 years in the community, and various community members have led this class. For over 15 of those 35 years, Trish has attended this class, so she knows and treasures this special community of Qigong practitioners. With the recent transitions with this class, Trish's time to be "in front" came up when one of the new teachers became ill. With positive Qi and heart, Trish stepped forward and led class! It is a true love of Qigong that brings Trish to class, and she wants to see the Wednesday classes continue and flourish.

In the 15 years of attending class, Trish has also been certified as a Tai Chi Easy™ practice leader, has studied with various teachers, and Masters in China. Trish loves movement and understands its importance in our lives. One thing is clear: Trish knows that doing Qigong changes you deeply. She is sensitive to the energies of the group and what can happen when you start cultivating a relationship to the Qi that is all around you and in you. Trish's own story is full of healing and miracles: making peace with estranged family members, healing old wounds from her childhood and taking care of the body in a new way (including dancing at Nia classes). Most importantly, Trish credits her weekly Qigong practice as a way to embrace life and exist in a way that she wants to share with others -- feeling joy in existence and a vitality of life and spirit in everything she does.

Trish's frequent companion is Zen, a chocolate brown 6 year-old Australian Labradoodle and true Qigong dog that she trained herself as a puppy using Qigong and clear consistent cues. When the Qigong practice starts, Zen is quiet and attentive, like a guardian in class. Trish's classes are playful, kind, and somewhat athletic! And the love of Qigong shines through brightly in her teaching.

Other new volunteer leaders in Santa Barbara include...

Cynthia Maez has been a lifelong proponent of holistic fitness and health both
professionally and socially. As a new Tai Chi Easy™ practice leader, she is enthusiastic about joining a community committed to cultivating health and vitality through regular Tai Chi and Qigong practice.


Terry Perretz has trained in martial arts for 40 years. He is a Reiki Master and has choosen Energy Work as a hobby for 19 years. He has practiced Qigong since 2010 and led his own practice group from 2014-2016. Terry is a good friend of the Santa Barbara Community Practice and brings a rich understanding of energy and Qigong to his class presentations.


We welcome Trish, Cynthia and Terry with an open heart and deep gratitude for keeping the Santa Barbara Community Practice Group going!

Follow Us on Facebook and See Photos on Flickr

Connect with Tai Chi Easy™ Practice
Leaders and other members of the HWF
community at our Facebook page:

For updated photos of HWF training events and happenings, check out our Flickr photo albums at:

Organize a Tai Chi Easy™ Training Event in Your Community!

If you are Interested in bringing a Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leader Training event to your area, Contact Christie Ward for more information and check out the Organize a Tai Chi Easy™ event web page. This resource makes it even easier for YOU to plan a training event!

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

List Your Community Practice Group

Do you offer a free or donation-based practice group in your
community? Contact HWF about how you can list your group
in our website directory.

Our list is growing and now contains virtual practice groups, too!

Have You Logged In? If Not, Please Read On...

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.