About Healer Within Foundation

The Healer Within Foundation Mission

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.

Our Vision

A world of self-healing, wellness and vitality.

Our Values

Integrity: We are sincere, trustworthy and transparent.

Community: We advance inclusive, mind-body-spirit programs for everyone, to cultivate well-being to build community around the world.

Diversity: People with varying backgrounds, identities, values and cultures are respected and welcomed.

Self-Empowerment: We support people in discovering and regulating their naturally-occurring, internal, self-healing resources.

Spreading Wellness from the Inside Out

The Healer Within Foundation’s programs empower people using medically proven self-care practices that effectively support disease prevention, accelerate healing, and decrease unnecessary mental and physical suffering.


Currently our largest program is Tai Chi Easy, an “evidence based” program using gentle movement, breath practice, self‐applied massage, and meditation.

Trained Tai Chi Easy Practice Leaders support end-users in lowering risk for preventable chronic diseases, improving sleep problems, managing pain, speeding rehabilitation, reducing depression and anxiety, assisting in recovery from addiction, and more.

Hundreds of individual donors and organizations recognize our efforts and have collaborated with us, among them:
  • Center for Integrative Health Medicine and Research (founding grant)
  • National Council on Aging
  • American Society on Aging
  • National Wellness Institute
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Arizona
  • Archstone Foundation
  • The Regional Housing Authority of Santa Barbara
  • Esalen Institute, Big Sur California
  • Omega Institute, New York
  • Santa Barbara Community College
  • Santa Barbara College of Oriental Medicine
  • Cottage Hospital, Santa Barbara


The Healer Within Foundation was founded in 2003 and is an IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Santa Barbara, California.

Read more about the roots of our current activities and projects in the Healer Within Foundation Condensed History 2003-2012 (PDF)