Monthly Newsletter

June, 2021

Here Comes The Sun

“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 a few short weeks offering what is usually referred 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 an in-person or online midsummer celebration - complete with flower crown - or host a bonfire gathering 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.

Healer Within Foundation is moving into a similar phase of maturity. Our mission lives and breathes through the works of our leadership, volunteers, trainers, teachers 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."

The Foundation fosters a culture of collaboration, and we would love to discuss with you how your time and talents could help advance a shared vision of, "A world of self-healing, wellness and vitality." Volunteers are always welcomed on our Sustainability, Research and Programs Work Team Committees. Additionally, applications seeking new program content providers will be available soon. Please email HWF Executive Director, Christie Ward, for more information.

Thank you and have a magical summer solstice!

Be well,
Your friends at the Healer Within Foundation

 Apply By June 15th: HWF Practice Leader Fellowship Program

We are currently accepting applications for the NEW Healer Within Foundation Practice Leader Fellowship Program!

The Program seeks to identify and support remarkable individuals who cultivate practice groups with people and in communities which have been traditionally underserved, to increase the availability of self-healing for all people.

The HWF Practice Leader Fellowship Program will:
Solicit applications from qualified individuals to lead Healer Within and/or Tai Chi Easy™ practice groups in locations which might otherwise not be able to support such groups dues to lack of access; Identify and highlight extraordinary individuals who are reaching marginalized communities and support their efforts towards greater impact; Showcase creative approaches from diverse members of our global community; Inspire others to take innovative and creative approaches to implementing and disseminating Tai Chi Easy™ and other evidence-based wellness practices.

HWF will award two $1,000 fellowships in 2021. The funds are intended to provide teaching stipends to practice group leaders who lead groups with populations who might not otherwise support such leaders by fees or donations.

We welcome applications from individuals who meet all of the following eligibility criteria:

  • Currently certified as Healer Within or Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leaders,
  • Leading (or will lead) practice groups, predominantly from underserved communities,
  • Awardees must agree to all program requirements as follows:
    • Commit to a full year of leading practice 
    • Provide a brief, written progress update after six months
    • Participation in the Tai Chi Easy™ CPG Benefits Survey
    • Agree to share Fellow experience through HWF publications and events, such as the
      HWF Newsletter and Fifth Saturday program

If you meet the above criteria, we encourage you to complete and submit the Application Form. Applications will be accepted through June 15, 2021.

Questions? Contact [email protected].

HWF Educational Summit: Replay Available!

A full day of learning, sharing and FUN was held on Saturday, May 29th during the HWF Educational Summit, Bridging Healing Methods: Science, Art & Practice. We explored topics which helped attendees better develop their self-care, healthcare, personal wellness and teaching skills. 

A few of the comments from our attendees: "
This was fantastic. The sharing and practices from this community was inspiring." - Jerry P.; "Thank you! This has been wonderful and well done! To get handouts as well is just exceptional." - Kathy K.

If you were unable to join us in-person, consider purchasing access to video replay of the Educational Summit for just $20. Your access includes copies of all instructor handouts which were shared, and proceeds go to HWF!

To order access to replay videos and instructor handouts click HERE.

ONLINE Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leader Training

Registration is now OPEN for our next online Practice Leader Training event!

This highly anticipated training will take place via live online sessions being held between July 9 - July 18, 2021 and
will be conducted by IIQTC Certified Senior Trainers, Dr. Gayl Hubatch, OMD and Josie Weaver.

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

21 Nursing Contact Hours 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.

Of Special Note: Healer Within Foundation has recently been approved as a Professional Development Activity (PDA) Provider through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM®). The Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leader training is currently under review 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 and look forward to providing more HWF educational content approved for NCCAOM CEU's!

Foundation Receives California Relief Grant

Healer Within Foundation has been selected to receive a grant through the Small Business Covid-19 Relief Grant Program. The grant program - which has distributed over 4 billion dollars in aid to California-based small businesses and non-profit entities - is administered by the State of California and the California Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA).

"The Board of Directors is thrilled the Foundation was selected to receive this impactful grant, which provides financial support towards the ongoing education and services of the organization, while nurturing the HWF Vision and Mission," stated Dr. Kory Ward-Cook, HWF President. She added, "We are deeply grateful to our forward-thinking, Executive Director, Christie Ward, who had the foresight and capacity to identify and navigate the application and approval process."

Train Your Brain Away From Pain With Empowered Relief™

Join instructor Josie Weaver on Thursday, July 8 at 4pm PT, for a powerful 2-hour 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.

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 a prolonged or chronic pain experience.

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

PRIME Time To Support HWF

Did you know you can support HWF with each Amazon purchase you make? Amazon Prime Day, which begins June 21, is a great time to shop the best deals while helping the Foundation in the process!

Be ready to shop and support on Prime Day by signing up for AmazonSmile and selecting Healer Within Foundation as your preferred charity at Then, remember to shop for deals at, or with AmazonSmile ON in the Amazon app, anytime you shop - and AmazonSmile will donate to HWF at no cost to you!

Self-Care IS Health Care!

Whether you lead others in practice or simply practice good self-care, YOU are a HEALER! We've brought back this popular shirt design and added bright, sunny colors just in time for summer! Click HERE or on the image below to order yours by June 11th to receive by July 1st! 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.