Monthly Newsletter

November, 2021

Being Thankful EVERY Day

Make every day a day of Thanksgiving." -
Charmaine J. Ford

Here in the US during the month of November, we are surrounded with reminders to be thankful. It turns out, having a sense of thankfulness all year can have some proven health benefits*. These include...

Gratitude improves physical health. According to a 2012 study published in Personality and Individual Differences, grateful people experience fewer aches and pains and report feeling healthier than others overall. Grateful people are also more likely to take care of their health as they exercise more often and generally suffer from less stress, which is likely to contribute to greater longevity.

Gratitude improves psychological health. Thankfulness reduces the impact of a multitude of toxic emotions, from envy and resentment to frustration and regret. Robert Emmons, a leading gratitude researcher, has conducted multiple studies on the link between well-being and being grateful. His research confirms gratitude effectively increases happiness and reduces depression and symptoms of stress.

Gratitude enhances empathy and reduces aggression. Grateful people are more likely to behave in a pro-social manner, even when others behaved less kindly, according to a 2012 study by the University of Kentucky. Participants in the study who ranked higher on gratitude scales were less likely to retaliate against others, even when given negative feedback. They also experienced more sensitivity and empathy toward others. 
*From the article, 7 Scientifically Proven Benefits of Gratitude by Amy Morin, Psychology Today, April 3, 2015.

We here at HWF are grateful each day of the year. To our donors, board members, volunteer teams, trainers, trainees, leaders and group attendees, we are truly thankful for you!

We’re also thankful for you, our newsletter readers. Your interest in our goal of training thousands to improve the health of millions always keeps us motivated to do more.

With our sincere thanks,
Your friends at the Healer Within Foundation

Qigong Of The Animals Program: November 6th!

Join Instructor, Jill Robinson (pictured left), On Saturday, November 6th at 1:30pm PT/4:30pm ET to learn this practice inspired by our animal friends!

QiGong of the Animals draws on qigong animal forms, combining these movements with breathing, posture awareness, and visualization to shift the nervous system from the fight, flight, or freeze response to the relaxation and rejuvenation response.

The program draws on current research and writing in the fields of neuropsychology as well as somatic therapy. The course guides attendees through practices which seek to improve tension, mobility, flexibility, agility, balance, and joyfulness.

Investment for this 90-minute live and online course is $49. Click HERE for more information or to register. 

TAKE 5 Teacher Certification Training: November 20th!

Join Take 5 Developer, Sheila Palmquist E-RYT500, RCYT, RPYT, YACEP® (pictured below) on Saturday, November 20th at 9:ooam PT/Noon ET for this live, online course designed to help you confidently share the TAKE 5 methods and practices with youth! 

Certified TAKE 5 Teachers guide youth to:

• Learn techniques to self-regulate behavior and emotions 
• Develop peace and stillness in the midst of chaos
• Quiet the mind to become more receptive to learning
• Build self-awareness and self-responsibility
• Improve confidence and self-esteem
• Reduce anxiety, depression and anger  

TAKE 5 is a research-based teacher certification program aimed at bringing yoga principles to pockets of society that need them most, such as schools and foster care systems. Acting on its mission “to address and manage behavior issues that lead to childhood obesity, stress, self-abuse, bullying, and violent behavior of all kinds,” the program is designed to be easy to learn and to complement any behavior modification systems already in place. 
The heart of the program is simple: teach kids to project, rather than suppress, their emotions, and teach them to express these emotions in healthy and efficient ways.

Cost for this 2.5 hour certification course is $89.
Click HERE for more information or to register. 

Empowered Relief™ Course: November 20th

Join instructor Josie Weaver (pictured left), on Saturday, November 20th at Noon PT/3:00pm ET, for a powerful 2-hour LIVE 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.

Click HERE for an informative article entitled, Empowered Relief: Meeting the Needs of a Nation in Pain, written by Dr. Darnall and featured in Psychology Today.

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 prolonged or chronic pain. 

Cost for this informative and empowering presentation is only $47. Course space is nearly full, so please click HERE to register today!

Congratulations New Practice Leaders

As always, a very special thanks to the Training Team for their hard work, which made this training successful, safe and FUN!


Final Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leader Training of 2021!

Registration is open and Early Bird rates are available through December 1st for our final  Practice Leader Training event of the year! Registrations are limited to allow for safe spacing, so be sure to secure your spot by registering soon. We hope to see you in Pennsylvania!

Click HERE  for more information or to register.
more about 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. 

Research Corner

Please consider being part of important, active research currently being conducted! If you will be leading or participating in at least 6 weekly class sessions (in-person or virtual), we invite you to be a part of the HWF research initiative. The purpose of this 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 short baseline survey along with answering 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.

Interested? To learn more - or to access online survey links or printable survey documents - click HERE or contact HWF Research Team Chair, Ping Yang, for assistance.

Submit Your Educational Program Proposal!

Have you authored or do you lead an educational self-care and/or wellness course? Offer a unique presentation or class related to Tai Chi, Qigong or other body-mind-spirit practices? Maybe you are in development of such a curriculum and are seeking a partner to help get your course in front of potential students? If so, the HWF Programs Team is currently calling for Educational Program Proposals and would like to hear from you!

Proposals will initially be accepted on a continuous basis. Proposals submitted by the 15th of each month, will be reviewed by the end of that month.

The Healer Within Foundation MissionHealer Within Foundation advances Qigong/Tai Chi and other self-healing, body/ mind/spirit practices, through collaboration with individuals, and organizations to sponsor trainings, community practice groups and research.

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, HWF strives to produce accessible, engaging and effective educational content which may assist individuals in achieving improved health and well-being.

HWF Educational Program Goals:

  • Dissemination of effective Self-Care and Wellness Programs/Presentations
  • Alignment with HWF Mission
  • Identified Audience/Need (e.g. children's health, general health & wellness, chronic pain, substance abuse, etc.)
  • Competitively-priced offerings of high quality with feasible implementation cost

Access the Program Proposal Form at:

The HWF Programs Team welcomes your application submission and look forward to reviewing your program offering!

New Design Fundraiser For #GivingTuesday!

Let everyone know you are Powered By Qi on this #GivingTuesday. Order by November 6th for delivery by November 30th (Giving Tuesday, 2021). Then, post a picture wearing your new shirt to social media with the hashtag #qipower. Help us spread the Qi - and the word about transformative body-mind-spirit practices - on this #GivingTuesday!

Click HERE or on the image above to order yours today. See all HWF designs available at Bonfire. Every order helps to support the HWF mission! Thank you!

Shop Fair Trade This Holiday Season

HWF is pleased to partner with Serrv International, a nonprofit fair trade organization, which employs artisans and farmers across the globe who are living in poverty. By doing so, we hope to make this season of giving the best yet, by supporting two amazing missions at the same time!

This opportunity allows you to purchase handmade gifts and home decor using the special web link shown below. When you do, 20% of your purchase will be donated to Healer Within Foundation in support of our mission

You can help do a world of good by supporting this Serrv & Earn HWF fundraiser. We hope you'll enjoy shopping and also hope you'll share our special web link with friends and family. The HWF link is:

Simply click the link above to begin shopping on the Serrv International site. Be sure you see the orange banner shown below at the top of the page before shopping. Serrv is offering FREE SHIPPING on most orders over $50 which are placed on November 8 - 22. Just use promo code: SE4SERRV21

Need help? Contact [email protected] for assistance. Thank you for your support!

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.