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People and organizations join HPL Institute because they are in alignment with our mission (to help underserved people and groups connect toward health, prosperity, and leadership), and because they like to utilize the available components of CIRWEP. Individuals and small groups or non-profit organizations that are working toward the same goals get to use CIRWEP on a sliding scale (usually for a very small nominal fee). As different components of CIRWEP become available (click here to see the plan), members will be the first to take advantage of the advanced capabilities. Some member groups are directly part of our organization (those who have applied for associate subsidiary status and qualify as 501c3 non-profits under our umbrella), and others are separate non-profits with their own non-profit status.
Taijiquan Enthusiasts Organization is dedicated to spreading the benefits of Tai Chi and other integrative health practices to everyone.
Taijiquan is an ancient Chinese martial art known for its health benefits as well as being functional for self defense. Our mission is to share the benefits of Taijiquan. We respect and honor all Taijiquan traditions and styles.
Our mission is to help people live pain free lives.
Chronic Pain can be debilitating. Although often unrelated to a medical condition, the persistent pain is perceived, real, persistent, and can be seen in the MRI. Pain can be visceral or deeply somatic, nociceptive or neuropathic, and deeply effects lives. Painful conditions such as fibromyalgia, lower back problems, rheumatoid arthritis, peripheral neuropathy, and cancer may be eased by movement and massage. It can be treated with behavioral therapy, but is often deeply ingrained in the brain's structures. Exercise can reduce the production of cytokines, which play a role in inflammation and pain. Opiates and other medication over time exasperates the pain.
The Organization for Pain Free Living (OPFL) researches and provides real solutions, therapies, talks, and workshops to help people understand their pain and help them and their spouses take steps that reduce the frequency and severity of chronic pain. A new protocol SET which combines cardiac gated electrical stimulation with operant therapy has been created and is currently being tested. OPFL will also provide equipment, videos, and other support to underserved populations such as senior citizens and people undergoing physical rehabilitation.
The Pagoda Writers is a diverse and creative group of people that come together each month to learn, support, and inspire each other through workshops designed to bring professionals who have the tools necessary to provide leadership guidance to our writers.
Asklepios is a group of researchers dedicated to ensuring rigorous and scientific methods are applied to research on integrative healthcare studies such as Tai chi, Qigong, Massage Therapy, Yoga, Pilates, etc. The researchers encourage well-developed research design and publish reviews research agendas.
In addition to wonderful dance classes and healthful Pilates classes, Michelle Wurtz of Pottstown Dance Studio works on a special intercultural program each year. (often with a grant from the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts) for her students. The works are designed to empower students to set and reach strong goals, and to discourage bullying.
Volunteers grow non GMO organic vegetables from April to December and donate the harvest to the Pottstown Cluster of Religious Organizations. Our mission is to promote, support and advocate the use of heirloom seeds and non GMO organic food for all. Volunteers are welcome. Email: gro.nwotsttopuu@snedrag for more details.
The Bluebird Trail of UUFP, under the direction of the Bluebird Society of Pennsylvania, maintains,and monitors bluebird boxes. Comprised of at least 10 nesting boxes in three different areas, the volunteers of this group check the boxes weekly to ensure that blue birds and other native birds are kept safe from harm and given the best possible chance for fledging. They also encourage habitat that is attractive to native species, providing mealworms, water, seeds and other amenities to attract our feathered friends. Email: ten.tsacmoc@dribeulbhvm for more details.
The Institute of Leadership in Management is the sponsoring organization for the Journal of Leadership and Management. It is concerned with all types of leadership, all over the world. Please join us in our mission to disseminate research on leadership in management.
The World Affairs Council of Greater Reading is a non-profit, non-partisan organization committed to advocating our community's awareness of international issues and the common interests we share with the rest of the world. The mission of the World Affairs Council of Greater Reading is to create and sustain an intelligent interest in international affairs on the part of Berks County citizens and promote their awareness of world-wide economics, political, and cultural events.
Tai Chi - teaching form, push hands, the martial applications of the movements in the forms along with Qigong. Fa Kung energy healing sessions are also offered. Classes are Tuesday and Thursday mornings 7am to 8am at a Touch of Wellbeing in Caldwell, New Jersey. Additional private and group sessions are available by appointment.
The mission of the Berks Business Education Coalition is to develop and coordinate resources within the business and education communities which improve the competencies of students and enhance their aspirations for continuing education.
The Berks Business Education Coalition actively seeks avenues for interested businesses, organizations, and individuals to engage directly with students. The Coalition partners with other community organizations, including the Greater Reading Chamber of Commerces and Industry, the Greater Reading Economic Partnership, and the Berks County Workforce Investment Board to support student achievement and expanded career awareness.
Opportunities are also provided to donate resources, cash and in-kind, to support educational improvement initiatives identified by the Coalition. Donations to the Coalition are tax deductible.
In 1984 Master Jou founded the legendary Tai Chi Farm on 103 beautiful acres in Warwick, NY. It was there that he held classes and hosted workshops in taijiquan, qigong, and meditation, invited other world-renowned teachers to share their arts, and hosted the Annual Zhang San Feng Festival which was attended by Tai Chi enthusiasts from all over this country and the world. The event was held in high regard by those in the Tai Chi world due to its inclusiveness, friendliness, and enthusiasm. For the past decade, Tai Chi enthusiasts have continued the traditions of the Tai Chi Farm by gathering at Tai Chi Park, in memory of Master Jou, Tsung Hwa on the second weekend each July. Workshops, demonstrations, and inspirations introduce new generations to the gentle (yet powerful) art of Tai Chi as well as many activities under the larger umbrella term of Qigong.
The Pushing for Peace Institute is a program that teaches T'ai Chi movements and philosophy to prevent violence and increase mental and physical health. Practicing T'ai Chi causes a significant shift away from the bully/victim paradigm, and towards a mutually beneficial exchange. It provides an opportunity to play on a level playing field, a safe space where there are no winners and no losers, and everybody gains.Pushing for Peace Workshops are for:
The Berks Intercultural Alliance's mission is to facilitate healthy intercultural relations in our community. We intend to accomplish this through:
Our vision is to make Reading/Berks ever more a place where:
Our community is composed of a variety of ethnic/cultural/faith groups. The Berks Inter-Cultural Alliance offers a place to meet, communicate and work together to build a stronger, more engaged community.
Catch the Curve is a 501c3 non profit organization dedicated to minimizing the emotional effects on adults & teens dealing with Scoliosis and other spinal deformities. Christie Maruka-Loran, the founder, was a Scoliosis patient herself. Christie's 65 degree curve progressed quickly and forced her to have surgery. She wore a body brace through her teen years and knows how that can affect self esteem during adolescence, which is a very vulnerable time in the life of a teen. This group helps others with spinal deformities.
The Bluebird Society of Pennsylvania is dedicated to the protection, enjoyment and propagation of the Eastern Bluebird and other native cavity nesting species in Pennsylvania and elsewhere. They provide and promote educational activities relating to bluebirds, birding, conservation and related subjects. They monitor and conduct research relating to bluebirds, other cavity nesting birds, food sources, habits, and trails. They build, maintain,and monitor bluebird boxes and trails. They also provide opportunities for people to become involved in efforts that assist bluebirds and other native bird species.
Haydenfilms Institute is a non-profit organization with a vision to create and foster an online network of independent and student filmmakers and to provide the support and resources necessary for them to succeed in the film industry. Its Online Film Festival, special events, road shows, educational activities and other programs help filmmakers through all stages of their careers from choosing to embark on a career in film in high school to producing independent films as a seasoned veteran. They also hold an annual Film Workshop where high school students have an opportunity to meet with entrepreneurs and business leaders in the community and learn about growing a business in today's economy. Entrepreneurs and business leaders participate in a live panel discussion, Student get the opportunity to compose their very own storyboards and scripts while becoming actors, film the action, and produce a short video for a business.
The Canadian Taijiquan Federation is one of the few Tai chi related organizations in the world who certify Tai Chi instructors regardless of style. It's mission is to encourage development in the practice of Taijiquan and preserve its characteristics as an expression of Chinese culture and philosophy. It also works to stimulate public awareness of and participation in Taijiquan and to inclusively link practitioners of Taijiquan from various styles and traditions without precedence, whether as individuals or gathered in groups, clubs and organizations as they join the Federation family. They network nationally and internationally with other Taijiquan practitioners, groups, clubs and organizations with the aim of broadening and strengthening the Canadian Taijiquan experience.
Cold Mountain Internal Arts is a tai chi club devoted to learning and practicing various Tai Chi and Qi Gong forms with a combination of theory and practice. The club also has an academic component. Students are encouraged to read classic and modern references of internal arts and philosophies from Eastern as well as Western traditions. Groups gather regularly to study textbooks or articles and understand how to incorporate their teachings into one's own practice.
Over twenty five years ago, Bill Douglas and Angela Wong Douglas got an idea to hold an annual massive global event the last Saturday in April, known as World Tai Chi & Qigong Day. The event is still held today, every year, in hundreds of cities in over 80 nations. The World Tai Chi Day website posts videos and pictures of many of them, and is dedicated to educating millions around the planet about Tai Chi & Qigong's benefits. Their website helps people to find and get the most from local classes. They consult with health care organizations, corporations, government and educational institutions about integrative health practices, and publicize large events and research on Tai Chi and Qigong.
In 2010 UFoMA was founded by Dr. John Hsi Lee and Dr. Christopher M. Viggiano, both highly decorated and widely respected Martial Artists and trained in a variety of Martial Studies. They felt the need to offer a community of unity to fellow practitioners of all styles and systems regardless of style, rank or affiliation. They explore the diversity of culture, history, traditions, and philosophies of the Martial & Healing Arts, as well as, incorporating the modern day Scientific findings outlining the benefits of consistent Martial Disciplines.
UFoMA hosts an annual Chinese New Year banquet celebration in Chinatown, Philadelphia and a Hall of Fame Awards Banquet now every other year. Throughout the year their members get together, present workshops and share their expertise to Preserve & Perpetuate the Arts for the present and future generations to follow.
The mission of the Healer Within Foundation is to promote personal responsibility for health and wellness through education and research in the areas of integrative medicine and self-care, resulting in disease prevention, reduced medical costs, increased productivity and creativity, and wellbeing for individuals, communities and institutions worldwide.
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.
Their largest program is TaiChiEasy, an evidence based program using gentle movement, breath practice, self-applied massage, and meditation.
The Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi (IIQTC), founded in the spirit of the new millennium in 2000 by Dr. Roger Jahnke. The Institute's Qigong and Tai Chi training programs make Qigong and Tai Chi enjoyable and accessible for everyone.
IIQTC, is at the forefront of Qigong and Tai Chi training and research. Clients feel healthier, make more money, have more energy, and are more productive.
Next Step Strategies
Next Step Strategies, LLC was founded to educate and encourage individuals to discover their body's natural healing ability. Our modalities include, but are not limited to:
Wu Wei Tai chi is a school in the greater Washington D.C. area with a deep history and a strong lineage. Joanne Chang currently runs the school since the death of her husband and its founder, David Chen, in 2005. You can see Joanne at the front of this demo of Cheng Man-Ching's shortened Yang form, performed at the dedication of the David C. Chen Memorial Tai Chi Court at Cabin John Regional Park in September of 2011.David Chen was also one of the founders of our Taijiquan Enthusiasts Organization and donated his talents by designing the logo for the organization.
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