Josie Weaver

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Qigong and Tai Chi - Meditative Movement for Resilience

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Josie Weaver is a meditative movement teacher of twenty-one years with multiple certifications in Tai Chi, Qigong, Yoga, and body work. After fifteen years as a successful manager in the Silicon Valley software industry, she became a full-time teacher of mind-body practice, senior trainer and curriculum developer for the Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi and is certified to teach Chen Tai Chi by Master Wong Wai Yi of the Chen Qingzhou lineage. Josie has a degree in cognitive science and has applied her knowledge of neuroscience in teaching Qigong and Tai Chi for chronic pain at two functional restoration programs in the San Francisco Bay Area for the past seven years. She is a certified instructor of the Empowered ReliefTM evidenced-based mind-body pain skills class developed by Dr. Beth Darnall of Stanford Pain Research.

Josie also currently serves as Vice President of the Qigong Institute.

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Studying Qigong and Tai Chi in China 

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Josie with Master Zhou

Josie has studied Tai Chi and Qigong in China with Master Zhou in Wudangshan. 

Breath and Movement Online Classes for People who Live with Pain

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Class Information - This is an Online Class

This 2-hour class is an evidence-based mind-body intervention for helping people in pain. Empowered Relief (TM) was 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 in general will in many ways determine your pain experience. This presentation will explain why this is so and give you tools to handle pain or support others in your life who may be experiencing a prolonged or chronic pain experience.

Movement and Energy Balancing

Private Sessions.

Teaching Qigong at Esalen

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Josie Demonstrating Qi Transmission

Gongfu Tea Ceremony

Cultivating Calm

by Josie Weaver

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The Gongfu Tea ceremony is as much about enjoying good tea as it is about the active choice you can make to set aside life’s pressures and remember what you value and hold dear and close to your heart. In my first trip to China, our group was treated to the Gongfu Tea ceremony by various Tea Masters. More...

Medical Qigong: Path of Transformation, a Conversation Between Thomas Leichardt & Josie Weaver

The Healer Within Foundation

The Healer Within Foundation, a California 501(c)(3) non-profit, 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.

Over seven years as president of the nonprofit Healer Within Foundation,  Josie’s leadership skills helped grow the organization, including increasing the number of trainers, practice leaders, dedicated volunteers and staff who are active today. Her research interests in meditative movement, pain physiology, interoception, and self- and co-regulation have led Josie to concentrate on sharing meditative movement with clients and audiences that experience chronic pain. The depth of healing and awakened sense of freedom she has witnessed in people with chronic pain who practice meditative movement are a source of constant inspiration.

The Healer Within Foundation (HWF) celebrated thirty-five years of the Santa Barbara Weekly Community Practice - thirty-five years of Qigong and Tai Chi for public benefit in Santa Barbara.

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President Emerita Josie Weaver (center, front) 

Pictured are some of the HWF luminaries at the event along with over 100 citizens and community activists including the Mayor of Santa Barbara who proclaimed November 15, 2017 -- Healer Within Day!

Practice Leader Session with Josie Weaver