Monthly Newsletter

March, 2020

Time "Marches" On

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” – Seneca

Time has been quite generous lately. After just receiving an "extra" day last month due to leap year, we'll also receive our "extra" hour of sunlight on Sunday March 8th as Daylight Savings Time begins. In addition to these gifts of time, we will be receiving spring earlier this year as the Vernal Equinox occurs on March 19, which is the earliest start of the spring season in 124 years!

Below are a few simple things we can be grateful for as light replaces dark and Mother Nature awakens from her winter slumber:

  • Bright sunshine and blue skies for a few days in a row.
  • Birdsong each morning.
  • Walking out the door feeling "lighter", wearing just a sweater instead of a heavy coat.
  • Opening the windows for a breath of fresh air.
  • More options to exercise/practice outside.
  • The happy moment you first notice buds in the trees.
  • Tulips!
  • Inhaling the fresh smell of spring after a rain shower.
  • Taking a leisurely stroll...without shivering.
  • Feeling energized by the sun and light as days become longer.

Do enjoy the gifts of time, light and season we'll receive this month. Allow spring to help awaken a rebirth - and the Healer Within - in you!

Be well,
Your friends at the Healer Within Foundation

Our Mission

Every so often, it is good to remind ourselves of what "it" is, we are striving to do? What is the very heart...the essence of our Foundation? What have we, as an organization, identified as our mission? The mission statement of the Healer Within Foundation:

"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 trainings, community practice groups and research."

An Inspirational 5th Saturday Gathering!

Our first 5th Saturday Gathering on the Cloud of 2020 took place on February 29th. Our topic was, Finding Inspiration: Study, Travel and Practice, presented by IIQTC Senior Trainer, Jennifer Weiss (shown at right).

During her presentation, she shared ways we might cultivate inspiration and led those in attendance through powerful breath practices and healing meditations. Our sincere thanks to Jennifer for joining us and for providing such uplifting information!

Please mark your calendars now for this special series of meetings happening on each occurrence of a 5th Saturday in 2020:

  • May 30: Qigong and Tai Chi for Chronic Pain
  • August 29: Getting Started and Keeping it Fun - Building Community with Your Practice Group
  • October 31: Using Social Media to Bring People to Your Practice Group

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

If you haven't already, remember to sign up  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! Those who sign up will also receive video recordings of each Gathering.

Meditative Movement Talk In Sunnyvale

Join HWF President, Josie Weaver (shown here with members of her community practice group), on Tuesday, March 31 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Sunnyvale, California Public Library Program Room, 665 W. Olive Avenue in Sunnyvale for a presentation on the benefits of Meditative Movement, a category of exercise that includes Tai Chi and Qigong and whose unique characteristics make it a valuable component of any good health maintenance regimen or program.

This special gathering will focus on exploring beneficial, gentle movements which come from traditional Tai Chi, Qigong, and yoga. These practices are are suitable for seniors - and all adults - wishing to explore the benefits of functional movement. If you are in the Sunnyvale area, plan to attend and learn how you can maintain and improve mobility, as well as balance, all while relaxing!

Community Practice Groups

The Healer Within Foundation currently lists over 50 Community Practice Groups at our website, This ever-growing list is not only a source of pride - as we see these amazing, self-healing practices shared around the world - It is also a wonderful resource to share.

Have a friend in Florida? An aunt in Arizona? How about a colleague in California? Share our CPG list and encourage them to attend a practice group in their area. Help to make a healing connection!

Please let us know if you lead a community practice group and would like to be listed. Listing is free. The only requirements are that your CPG is open to all and is offered at a cost of $10 or less, per session. Please email Christie Ward for more information.

Be A Part Of Important Research!

It is easy to join and be a part of the  Tai Chi Easy™ Benefits Survey Research project. If you will be leading a 6 to 8 week class session, we invite you and your students to participate in this important research initiative.

The purpose of this research initiative 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.  Contact Christie Ward or Ping Yang to learn more.

Help Spring HWF Forward

Do you share our vision of, "A world of self-healing, wellness and vitality"? If so, would you please help us bring the gift of good health to more people in 2020? Click the GIVE image above to make your donation today!

Your 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!

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 a donation 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.