Grant Recipient Highlight:

The Sean O’shea Foundation

About The Sean O’Shea Foundation

Sometime in early March, 2020, the world hit a pivot point as the reality of Covid-19 changed the way people lived and interacted. As schools closed and hospitals and other congregated settings sought to protect their staffs and clients from infection, the Sean O’Shea Foundation had to rethink its programs, which all involved personal interactions between our teachers and youth. The first thing we did was to create a series of videos, available on on SOSF’s YouTube channel, for staff, patients & caregivers at Rady Children’s hospital. They included:

  • Breathing & relaxation practices for adults and kids
  • Bed yoga for patients
  • Chair yoga for caregivers
  • Mat yoga for adults and older kids

Sean O'Shea Foundation Yoga Photo

Another initiative is to move our CALM Kids training to a ZOOM format, with an emphasis on encouraging teachers to establish a mindfulness practice at home while they are still teaching virtually. To this end, we have created a series of short (5-8 minute) mindfulness practices, some of which incorporate movement, geared to the school day: Energizing, Calming, Letting Go, Inspiration, and Compassion.

Sean O'Shea Foundation Yoga Photo

When schools re-open SOSF will offer the classroom component of its workshop, and through their own regular practice, teachers will have a strong foundation for introducing CALM Kids to their students.



Testimonials from The Sean O’Shea Foundation

Sean O'Shea Foundation Yoga Photo

“The support from the Serenity Grace Foundation in the past has been vital in keeping our CALM Kids programs available to schools all over San Diego County and supporting our programs at Rady Children’s Hospital and local juvenile centers…”

Thanks to the Serenity Grace Foundation, we have been able to bring the CALM Kids trainings to hundreds of schools and schoolteachers in San Diego County” – Gloria O’Shea, Sean O’Shea Foundation Founder & President

“Dear Sean O’Shea Foundation, thank you for taking your time to come to our facility. Your yoga really helps us all to relax and to keep a positive attitude. The tension here can sometimes get out of hand, and we all need a source to help us clear our minds. The fact that you are coming here to spend your time to teach us is very generous, and I can’t thank you enough! Also, the yoga mats are so nice! Those are almost vital for yoga, because the hard and slippery floor isn’t always the most comfortable or easy thing to do yoga on. Thank you, thank you, thank you, for providing those for us. I hope that everyone has the same appreciation as well. Again, thank you!” – Sierra S.

“Dear Sean O’Shea Foundation, thank you for taking time out of you day to come to juvenile hall and teach us yoga. we all appreciate the equipment you donated to us. we love how once a week we can clear our mind. give us positive attitude to keep our head’s up while we are here. how you give us spiritual relief to take everything one day at a time. The fact we can look forward to relaxation on a tuesday every week. Also i would to give a special thank you to teacher marie for coming on her free time to show us how to stay positive , let go of negative , and show self care. Thank you once again and please keep coming back for other’s who need that push to make it in juvenile hall.” – Sitara C.