Sending your kiddo off to camp for a week can be scary for ANY parent, but this is especially true for parents with kiddos who have been faced with a cancer diagnosis. It is no secret that here at The Seany Foundation (TSF) we host multiple camps throughout the year, none of which would be possible without the angels on our Medical Staff. ALL of our camps have volunteer doctors and nurses who are on site and readily available 100% of the time for any medical needs.
These medical needs extend beyond cancer needs as well. We are able to safely host any kiddo with just about any medical concern at all of our camps. This doesn't mean that all of our kiddos and families are necessarily undergoing active treatment. This also doesn't mean that your kiddo has to be facing a terminal diagnosis to attend. This DOES mean that we can reassure you that on any given day, at any given time, under any given circumstance that we have an amazing crew ready to handle whatever comes our way.
Today I would like you to hear from our two Co-Head Nurses Chowdah and Montana:
"Hey there we are the "Med Shed" Leadership Team Chowdah and Montana, co-head nurses of Seany's Camp Reach for the Sky (CR4TS). Chowdah is heading into her 11th summer with camp and Montana has been with us for over 10 years as well. Along with the entire medical staff, we are excited to kick off the 2019 summer camp sessions! Being involved as a health care provider and as specialist in hematology/oncology is such an honor. It is rewarding to see campers and families escpaing the hospital, even for a short time, to laugh, be a kid, accomplish a goal that may have seemed impossible, and making lifelong friendships that last for YEARS beyond camp.
What does the Med Shed do you may ask? We work throughout the year planning for the possible medical needs of the campers and staff for each session. At camp, the med shed is staffed with experienced doctors and nurses who specialize in hematology/oncology and the complex issues that may come up at camp. We oversee the health and well being of campers and staff. We create a health clinic environment in the mountains providing first aid, management of camper medical issues including diabetes management, asthma management, administration of all medications and injections needed and most things in between. Our goal is to keep campers safe and healthy while away at camp. We are well equipped with tools and knowledge to manage camper injuries and symptoms should anything occur. We also coordinate with local hospitals and emergency transport should health issues beyond our abilities arise.
Chowdah, Amy, and Montana
We have a variety of roles from management of an emergency to taking out a splinter, to washing and dressing a scrape, to simply comforting a camper who may be missing home."
One of the best parts about our Med Shed is that the nurses and doctors that volunteer their time at camp are the same nurses and doctors that see majority of our kiddos. This is important because the campers are able to see familiar faces, are working with a medical staff that already knows them and their family, and there is already a trusting bond between the Med Shed staff and our families.
Have you ever seen a clinic environment in the mountains? They work to transform cabins that are equipped with mobile medical cots with everything they could possibly need...even the sunscreen! We also understand that not every camper will need to use the Med Shed and that's perfectly fine too. Whether your kiddo was recently diagnosed or has been in remission for 15 years, every single one of them belongs at camp. Our goal is to create an atmosphere where everyone is not only welcomed, but included as part of our camp community, our only rule is that parents go take some time for themselves during the time their kiddos are with us because parents deserve some free time too!
If you have any questions about camp, the medical staff, what can or cannot treat while at camp, how any (or all) of this is possible....or maybe you are simply questioning whether or not this camp is for your kiddo join us next Wednesday, May 29th for a FB Live! Check out our Facebook and Instagram pages for specific times and details! If you have a question you want us to address leave a comment, message us on our social media platforms, or simply tune in!!
We look forward to seeing everyone, new and returning, to answer any questions you may have as we get ready to kick off our famous summer sessions!!
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We are mid way through May and camp prep is fully underway! This year we are at the beginning of our new leadership terms, which means we have three new directors who are excited and ready for the camp season to kick off! Let's meet the directors....
Meet Chips: Resident Oncology Camp (ROC) Director, 1st year
"I have been involved with camp for the past 10 years after being introduced by her sister-in-law, Gidget. My favorite part about camp is to see it change the lives of not only the campers but all the volunteers. It is simply amazing. When I am not busy prepping for camp, I work full time as a Physical Therapist Assistant. I also enjoy volunteering as part of the medical staff at a local high school, enjoy the outdoors, traveling, working out, and trying new restaurants." -Chips
Meet Noodles: Sibling Camp (SIBS) Director, 2nd year "Hello everyone! Noodles here! I have been a part of Camp Reach for the Sky since 2002. I started out as a Sibling Camp camper and am now the Sibling Camp Director, so I guess you could say I came to camp and never left! My favorite camp song is Tarzan of the Apes! I look forward to seeing all the campers and camp volunteers this year! See you all soon!" -Noodles
Meet Scrappy: Day Camp Director, 1st year "Hey camp family! It's Scrappy! I am incredibly excited for Day Camp this year, just like every other year! I was introduced to camp about 18 years ago by Yoda and immediately fell in love with the kiddos, the families, and the volunteers. Aside from camp I work as a counselor in the community, in various capacities, and love volunteering and engaging with The Seany Foundation community. I'm stoked to reveal everything that we have in the works for this upcoming camp session!!" -Scrappy
It's amazing to think that collectively these three directors share 45 years of CR4TS camp experience. They have been working since the end of last year, along with the rest of their leadership staff, to ensure that each camp will be tailored and special for each camp session. There is no way any of the camps would be possible without the support of the entire leadership team. In total, leadership is comprised of about 30 volunteers across the 3 camps. Additionally, we also have the supportive staff from The Seany Foundation that has worked year round. The excitement is building and I think it's safe to say that camp couldn't get here quick enough!!
On behalf of The Seany Foundation and all of CR4TS, we hope you and the kiddos are excited and ready for the months to come! As always we thank each and every one of you for trusting us and allowing us to be a part of your journey and we hope you are just as excited as we are.
Upcoming Events: - Camp Fundraiser: Sunday, May 19th 11am-Midnight Woodstock's College Grove will donate 20% of all proceeds to CR4TS, just mention The Seany Foundation at the check out! -Seany's Golf Tournament: Monday, May 20th For tickets, visit: https://www.theseanyfoundation.org/for-family/events/
As many have heard by now, The Seany Foundation is working harder than ever to provide wrap around services to all of our families. This includes the patient, the siblings, the caregivers, and everyone included. This also means that we are taking a holistic approach to how we are developing programs and conceptualizing projects. For those of you who have children that went to Teen Winter Weekend this past February know that this also means we are re-vamping how we do things and re-launching programs that had went away for a little bit.
With the help of long-time camp veteran, Stibi, we are re-launching the Junior Council. The intention in creating Junior Council is to create an institution where teens and young adults can develop a greater connection with The Seany Foundation community and programs while developing leadership skills in the process. The Junior Council will be an asset to both TSF community as well as everyone involved.
Stibi has spent the past 12 years working in various leadership roles within Camp Reach for the Sky, many of those years spent with the teens in both our Resident Oncology Camp as well as Siblings Camp. Outside of camp Stibi is a teacher and mentor to many other teens and young adults in the community.
It is important for us, at TSF, to recognize that our children will soon become adults and leaders within the community. A familial cancer diagnosis has added complications to every day challenges but we are here to address them. We recognize that our future leaders are extremely talented, intelligent, resilient, and creative and we are stepping up with the re-launch of the Junior Council to foster that growth and empower our campers, their families, their friends, and our community through this mentorship program.
The Junior Council is open to any and all of our campers and LIT ages 13-20 years old. If you or someone you know would be interested in joining TSF Junior Council please see the requirements below and feel free to leave us a comment, visit our website, or reach out via social media and we will get in contact with you!
-Must be between 13-20 years old
-Must have attended at least one full Camp Reach for the Sky camp session, in any capacity
-Must be committed to attending Junior Council meetings (to be held virtually so you will need internet access whether it is through a phone or computer)
-Attendance at select TSF events, TBD by the Junior Council members and coordinator, Stibi
Applications are now available! Thank you for allowing us to be a continued part of your journey, please reach out to any one of us and we will be more than happy to help! Here, at TSF, we know that everything in life after a diagnosis has a little twist to it. We are here to help you navigate those twists, continue to develop your leadership, all while allowing YOU (the campers and families) to lead the way and let your voices be heard. You’re never too young to start! You might be surprised and what you can accomplish when coming together!
The weekend of April 5th TSF hosted our second camp session of the year! April’s camp session is our weekend long Family Camp that serves families who are working through the challenges of having a parent/guardian cancer diagnosis. This year we had 20 families join us at Whispering Winds Camp in Julian to enjoy a weekend filled with movie nights, camp fires (don’t forget the smores!), healing arts, talk times, and holistic healing activities such as acupuncture, messages, chiropracty and yoga.
Although 72 hours seems to come and go in the blink of an eye, the magic that happens during those hours lasts a life time. We shared our hopes, dreams, and set intentions for one another. We prayed for healing and understanding. We laughed, we cried, we sang, we told jokes, and we shared an experience with one another that goes far beyond the hours spent up on that mountain.
For the new families that came to join us, thank you for your energy and your spirit, thank you for trusting The Seany Foundation, thank you for being a part of our community, and thank you for joining this incredible family.
BUT! This isn’t Vegas, so what happens on that mountain doesn’t just stay on that mountain. What was started there continues when we come back home! Please remember, from The Seany Foundation to your family and from one family to another, we are here to support you for the other 8,600+ hours in the year! I think one of the biggest concerns, especially when facing a health issue such as cancer, that we worry about is burdening one another. We have all be there so we understand and one thing we take pride in, is that we stick to our word. Our word is this: WE ARE HERE FOR YOU! Let this be your friendly reminder that if we all come together in community and do our part, no one person will be left to carry the burden on their own. That is a burden that is too much for one soul to carry.
We have many different resources available through our brand-new website: TheSeanyFoundation.org for all ages! If you don’t see what you’re looking for drop a comment, leave a message, find us on social media (Facebook and Instagram), or contact one of us directly.
Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your family’s journey!
This past weekend hundreds of us gathered in celebration at the TSF 11th annual Everything Is Possible Gala. We weren’t JUST celebrating though, we were also working in an effort to raise money for TSF, camp, and the CARES initiative so we can continue with our mission of providing kiddos and their families, who have been impacted by cancer, services and support. This year’s theme was Havana Nights and it was BEAUTIFUL! From the live band to kick off the night, the styles that filled the room, to the Cubana style dinner, Havana vacations, and LIVE performance everything was absolutely incredible.
The room was filled with so much love. We had guest speakers, Robby Medina, TSF COO who talked about camp, volunteers, and the love we all share for the work that we do. We were blessed to hear from Peter Schroder, father of Kimi, who shared the immense impact The Seany Foundation had on him and Kimi. The impact was far greater than any one week at camp, we become family who care, who love, who support, and who will be there in the best of times as well as the most challenging. We also got to witness Phil Pace of Phil’s BBQ receive his TSF Community Service Award. Phil has been such a champion and supporter of TSF and his generosity set the bar for the night! Phil has the biggest heart of anyone I have seen and for him to continuously support and show love for TSF and the families we serve is such a great honor.
As a first-time gala attendee, I must say, the bar has been set incredibly high! I don’t believe there were any dry eyes left in the room, the love was abundant, the support was incredible, and overall the night was magical. It was a beautiful opportunity sharing space with both the volunteers and the supporters of TSF as it is rare that we all get to be together. Typically, those of us who dedicate our time to camp share camp songs, dirt, mountains, and children climbing on us but this weekend was different. This was probably the first time we got to see each other with make up on, our hair done, and dressed to impress.
May I also add how FUN the night was! Of course we get a case of the "feel goods" when our heart strings are being tugged at! There was also the fun of the bidding. For anyone who has never been, it was like a scene straight out of a movie! Paddles were flying as cheers filled the room. People were winning and donating back then winning some more. My eyes must have looked like a pin ball machine trying to keep up with the action, yet those who were in the midst of it were cool as a cucumber! In my humble opinion, the auctioneer stole the night, he was SO FUN!! If you've never witnessed an auctioneer live please do yourself a favor and add that to your bucket list! I promise, you won't regret it!
If you weren’t there you definitely missed out on a night to remember! The good news is that there will always be next year!
Thank you to Phil Pace and Phil’s BBQ for the continued support and congrats on the much deserving and well earned Community Service Award! Thank you to EVERYONE who came out and SHOWED out, our work is made possible because of supporters like YOU!
Im sure by now you have heard about the Momo Challenge that was recently circulating. Parents became furious at the news of this disturbing challenge that was targeting young children and teens.
There was a feeling of betrayal as reports suggested that this challenge was embedded in children videos. As parents, caregivers, teachers, or anyone who has youngins, how do we protect them?
1. We have to stay informed and know what's out there. There is no way we can completely keep up with the latest apps and how they all work, but we can definitely make an effort to stay informed. Below are 14 apps parents should be aware of. These apps allow our children to interact with other people and many times with little guidance. Although many apps will have an age "verification", you can imagine how easy it is to put in a birth year that suddenly makes our 13 year old child a 43 years old adult.
Please take a few moments to look at the description of these apps. If you look closely at the calculator app it explains that it is one of the many "secret apps" that allows you (or your kiddo) to hide photos, videos, and other files. Apps like SnapChat allows you to post videos that disappear within 24 hrs. Although these may appear to be secure it is important that users know the potential danger and impact of using these apps.
2. Talk to your children! Engage with them. Ask them what they are doing and take a genuine interest in them. Monitor what they are doing on the web. It can be so easy to just give them a phone or tablet and let them stay entertained but we should know what apps they are using, who they are interacting with, and why they like these particular apps so much. Previous generations didn't grow up on computers, tablets, or smart phones. We were excited to get home after the street lights came on and log into AIM (AOL Instant Messenger) but that was about it. Some of us were excited to learn coding so we could help design our friends' Myspace pages, even then, the interaction was very different. I can still remember when 2-way pagers came out and realizing that was cutting edge technology at that time!
Sometimes my mind is still in those times so I can't fully grasp why kiddos love online gaming so much, or why they prefer watching YouTube videos of kids playing with toys instead of ACTUALLY playing with toys themselves.
Here are a few simple conversation starters: -What are you watching? Can I watch with you? -What app is that? Are your friends on there too? -Oh! That looks fun, can you show me how to use that? -Who are you talking to? Tell them I said hi! -Do you know about _________? (i.e. the Momo Challenge)
3. Have honest, age appropriate conversations with them about internet safety. Also let them know what your expectations are. Unfortunately, with this most recent Momo Challenge it can be a tough conversation with our little ones because the imagine is one of the creepiest and real young children cannot comprehend what they are seeing is fake. There were some reports that children were having nightmares and were too scared to watch their every day kiddy videos.
Don't be afraid to ask your children if they have seen anything scary or ugly pop up in their videos. Our children need to be reassured that they are safe and we can give them the tools to understand what to do with these types of viral challenges. Often times we wait to see if our child will be impacted with the hopes that they won't ever come across something so horrible but we can start the conversations without fully disclosing the dangers. We also don't want children to think that the internet is completely safe and trusting because this may lead to poor decision making in the future. They need to learn how to assess and understand right from wrong, danger from safety, and how to recognize when something may be inappropriate.
Several years ago there was a very similar challenge called the Blue Whale Challenge that had the same concept as the Momo Challenge. It encouraged viewers to harm themselves and others while threatening to haunt or harm their family members if they did not follow through with the given instructions.
Here are some ways you can address such serious issues: -Have you heard or seen the ______________ (blue whale or momo) Challenge? -What do you know about it? -(If appropriate) I am going to show you a photo of the Momo Challenge, it looks creepy but I need you to know that it is fake and will not harm you.
I also ask my children to let me know if there is any kind of threat. I let them know that even if they fear my safety it's ok, it's my job to protect them, not their job to protect me. Life can be scary and the internet gives unwanted access to our children's psyche at times. The least we can do is open up the conversation so our children will share with us what they are doing so if and when the time comes they will trust that they can talk to us.
We all know Teen Winter Weekend (TWW) is supposed to be a weekend away from the parents but here you will be able to catch a glimpse inside what REALLY went down up at Raintree Ranch! It may have only been a couple days but these kiddos did some major work. From social media branding, values, smart goals, and how to effectively use a planner we had a weekend filled from beginning to end.
Friday night kicked off with dinner and almost immediately following the cabin was filled laughter, conversation, music, and sharing. One of the fan favorite card games Uno brought on intense competition, there was Seinfeld and Friends trivia battles, a Mancala dynasty was established and there were some new games added to the camp traditions. It was evident, as soon as we saw the teens step off the bus, they were ready to pick up their friendships right where they had left them last Feb. and it was beautiful and fun to watch. Campers and counselors alike played and mingled well into the freezing cold of the night before we had to make our way back to our own cabins.
Saturday morning we followed breakfast with two breakout sessions: 1. social media and branding and 2. identifying personal values. Everyone was able to participate for over an hour in each session.
Yoda and Madrid took the lead on providing guidance on how to brand ourselves and maximize the use of our social media platforms to best serve us and what we are trying to accomplish. Part of this awareness was realizing that every conversation and interaction that we are having helps to mold our image and brand.
On the other side of the cabin J-Logg and Scrappy facilitated the process of establishing personal values. Each teen had to sift through over 80 values and identify their top 5. I know this might sound like an easy task because most of us are under the impression we are fully aware of what matters most. The truth is, many things matter a lot, so to narrow down and identify our top five can be extremely challenging. Everyone did a beautiful job of going through the process and really paid attention to what this process was bringing up for them. It is safe to say that all of the counselors were impressed with the depth of insight and ability the teens showed throughout these morning activities.
Some of the best stories were shared while sharing meals in community with one another; catching up on the latest events and sharing what we were excited for this year. Raintree also does a wonderful job of making delicious meals and accommodating everyone in attendance.
Our afternoon session took an in depth look at how to set up SMART goals. These are the same SMART goals we posted on the blog to kick off 2019. One of the best ways to check in with ourselves on our goals and progress is to use the SMART goal strategy. We took time to have each teen identify one goal they would like to work on and had them break it down step by step. Each camper shared within a small group what their goal was and many were eager to share their goals in big group as well. That cabin was filled with incredible ideas and brainstorming! There is nothing more beautiful than watching people talk about something the love and are passionate about.
We were also excited to announce that Passion Planner had donated a brand new, 2019 planner for each camper and counselor who was in attendance. Many campers wrote down the SMART goals steps directly into the planner so they would have an easy reference throughout the year. The planners are incredibly detailed and encourage campers and counselors to become organized and detailed oriented as they prepare to become effective and efficient leaders. This will come in handy as we are preparing to re-launch our Junior Council and will need our teens to remain well balanced as they pick up volunteering, camp, school, sports, work, and family time.
Overall the weekend was jam packed! Everyone spent the afternoon down at Camp Marston making candles, playing soccer, practicing their archery skills, and enjoying hot coco conversations. We ended the night with a movie and camp fire and woke up to beautiful snow that was just enough to make snowmen and have a snow ball fight. The Seany Foundation and all of our counselors are excited to see our campers grow and look forward to watching their ongoing development. Their talents are endless and we are thankful that YOU the parents share your loved ones with us. We are also grateful that your loved ones share parts of themselves with us year after year.
How do we use social media to brand ourselves and leave our mark?
We all use social media differently but many of us are not mindful of the message we are trying to convey. Many times we repost a catchy meme, screen shot the funniest memes, pose “just because” the light was amazing, or we sort through the 1,000s of photos of our loving pets.
We hear more and more often “once you post it to the internet it’s there forever” which is true, even when we delete our accounts. It is much different growing up now in the digital age. Before the digital age we had the luxury of making our mistakes off camera. We didn’t have the pressure of needing to look camera ready all the time. We didn’t have a constant online highlight reel to compare our lives to. We also didn’t get left out of events and planning for not having social media accounts.
Growing up pre-digital age we also had the luxury of connection. Although we perfected the craft of writing letters, we still did most of our communication face to face. We used to pick up the phone just to chat and we spent our time playing outside rather than YouTubing videos of others who were playing outside.
Social media, however, can be a very beautiful tool if used properly. It allows us to stay easily connected with our loved ones around the world. We create beautiful digital photo albums that remind us of memories from years past. We also get to express ourselves and share our platforms with the world.
Here are 5 simple things to brand yourself through social media presence:
1. Be Authentic – Someone posed the question “what does beauty mean to you?” and my immediate response was AUTHENTICITY ! In a world where we can create fake profiles and highlight reels, be exactly who you say you are. It’s ok to not always be in the gym or have a face full of make up. It’s ok to be at home relaxing and not on some tropical island. Everyone says “Live your best life” which is true, live it. Just make sure that your best life one that brings genuine happiness. We tend to gravitate to those who are genuine because it’s rare. Your story is worth telling, flaws and all.
2. Be Mindful – It’s important to mindful of what we are posting. We see, too often, how many old photos, videos, and messages come back to haunt us. It’s important that we exercise self control and learn to regulate ourselves. Our ways of communicating through screens has made it entirely too easy to say whatever comes to mind in the heat of the moment without having to face the repercussions in the moment. Imagine if we had to wear the words we said on our body for everyone to read, would we still say the things we do?
3. Know Your Values – We have to know what we stand for and what we represent. We speak and do things every day but it’s rare that we are mindful of moving within our values. Typically, we become mindful in moments of conflict or decision making but don’t think about them much beyond that. It’s important to think before we post. Are we posting out of emotion? What message are we trying to send? Of my values, what values is this post inline with? If we can’t answer these questions, maybe we shouldn’t be posting.
4. Do not compare yourself to others – This goes back to the first point, be authentic. There is no one else on this earth that experiences the world like we do, so why would we try to create posts as though we do? We may have some shared experiences, but no two experiences are the same. Whether you travel the world or channel surf from the comfort of your own home, you are just as magical either way.
5. Be Informed – All of these points are important and all of them take work and being uninformed is never a reason to post on social media irresponsibly. We now have access to virtually any information we want right at the tips of our fingers. If you have access to social media, you have access to the internet which means you are only one google search away from becoming MORE informed. One of the biggest parts about being informed is also being accountable for the things we post, say, and do. It’s ok to make mistakes, as we are continuously evolving, but we need to be responsible.
Although your values or other aspects may evolve and change over time, if you stick to these 5 key components, you will be maximizing your brand. Our social media platforms should represent who we are, what we stand for, and have purpose. We all represent something, make your platforms work for you and make your statement, LOUD and bold!
This past weekend The Seany Foundation hosted their first ever Get Well Soon event which focused on the holistic wellness of the mind, body and soul. As patients, as caregivers and as everyday human beings we are pushed to our limits physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally. I cannot stress the importance of being able to treat every aspect of ourselves to truly be well. Living in a time and society that promotes busyness and multitasking, it can be extremely difficult to slow down and take some time for yourself. Here are 5 things you can do/look into TODAY to help put yourself and your wellness first!
1.Yoga does a body good!
Yoga is more than increasing flexibility and engaging in an active exercise. Yoga works to help us decrease anxiety while promoting mental wellness. According to Healthline.com, which cites many incredible articles, yoga has also been linked to promoting a healthy heart, aiding in migraine relief, promotes healthy digestion and much more. In my experience many people will say “but I’m not a yogi” or “but I’m not flexible like that”, which may be true TODAY but we all start somewhere. There are many tools and pose modifications to aid in making yoga suitable for just about anyone!
2. Essential Oils
There are many essential oils out there that can benefit a variety of things. During our Get Well Soon retreat we had the amazing Heather Bickel Stevenson, RN, BSN, Soul Nurse, from DoTerra Essential Oils join us by leading a workshop. She took time working with each participant to customize which oils were most suitable for them by scanning to identify key areas of focus.
Heather was able to combine her own testimony, medical background and essential oil training to discuss and address the attendees needs and questions pertaining to whatever issues they were dealing with in their own lives. Naturally, cancer was a focal point of the conversation but there were other conditions discussed as well including overall health, migraines, dietary restrictions and allergies.
3. Nutrition is more than calories or a label.
It seems like every year we are hearing about new fad diets or the latest adjustments to the food pyramid. Sometimes the information we receive can be overwhelming than it is helpful. One of the most impactful statements I took from our nutritional guide was when we shop, we need to decide are we buying FOOD or a Food Like Substance? We have become so accustomed to counting calories and reading the nutritional labels that we forget to look at the actual ingredients.
Yes, it is important to be active but it is even more important to allow food to be our medicine. One important take away from this workshop was the discussion medicine. When we are prescribed medication, we know we need to take 2 tablets, every 8 hours, for 10 days and we remain committed to that prescription. Food should be looked at the same way, with the same commitment. True food, not food like substances, are not only fuel and a source of energy, but is actually medicine to our body!
4. Acupuncture and Chiropractic
Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that uses a very thin needle which is inserted at pressure points, traditionally, to relief pain. More recently it has also been used as one component of holistic wellness and stress relief. Although participants had the opportunity to try acupuncture for free, I saw many of them watch and observe with much hesitance. When asked about their hesitation, without failure, participants would look at me clinched fist and wide eyed and saying something along the lines of “with needles??” as though we were offering a free torturing session. Don’t get me wrong, needles and acupuncture, like anything else, isn’t for everyone. We made it a point to explain that the needles used for acupuncture are extremely thin and if you tapped your arm (go ahead and give yourself a quick tap!), is more significant then the needle.
Additionally, we a had Dr. Paul Peterson, DC, DACNB who discussed chiropractic stretching and body work. Participants were able to ask about various aliments and chronic pain. They were also given a chance to participate in a free demonstration and experience a different form of healing.
5. Sound Therapy/Sound Healing
Sound therapy, which is also referred to as sound healing is either used by itself or can often be used in combination with yoga. Although many different instruments can be used, most commonly you will find the use of sound bowls (alchemy, frosted or Tibetan), didgeridoos, gongs, chimes, drums and rattles. Similar to yoga, the benefits are said decrease anxiety, promote overall wellness and decrease stress levels.
During the Get Well Soon event we were able to close out the retreat with a sound healing session. As the day came to a close everyone came out feeling motivated, relaxed, informed and connected. Connected with more with one self as well as more connected with those around them.
At The Seany Foundation we understand how challenging life can get when navigating a diagnosis, a child with needs, doctor visits, treatments, family, work and all our children. This event was a 4-hour local retreat that was hopefully either a continuation of self-care already being done or the start of something new. Although we are most widely known for our famous Camp Reach For the Sky camps, we work hard to build a community that is present all year long. Part of that community is learning, together, about health, wellness, nutrition and holistic medicine. This holistic approach is not only for the Seany Foundation community, but for everyone!
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As many of you may have heard, The Seany Foundation is hosting their first ever wellness retreat on Saturday Jan. 26th! Come join us at the GORGEOUS Soledad Club from 11am-3pm.
We understand that life gets tough and many times that means that we put ourselves, as parents, and our needs on the backburner. This also means that self care and mental wellness become a distant conversation that we hope we can do on that ambiguous “one day”. When working with others I always use the airplane analogy. If you have ever flown on a plane with a child, I am sure you are aware that they instruct you, in the event of cabin air pressure dropping you must first place your air mask on before helping your kiddo.
This to me felt incredibly backwards because as a parent, the well being of my child, naturally came first. Now I have learned that I cannot help my kiddos if I am not first taking care of myself.
This ½ day retreat is an opportunity for you to put self care on the top of your priority list. We will be providing time for reflection, guided gentle yoga, light meditation and self care techniques as we promote “Reflection, releasing, relaxing and restoration”.
This event is open to the community and we welcome everyone to bring your loved ones to join you in a day of wellness and pampering. We will have some of the best in San Diego leading each session of the event including: yoga with former ROC Camper Kristen Gascon, essential oil workshop with Heather Bickel Stevenson and body work with Dr. Paul Peterson.
Although setting a day aside for self care may seem counter productive to an already over busy schedule, the truth is that making time for self care actually improves the ability to tackle our goals while maintaining a sense of balance.
Tickets are available but are running out FAST! Visit the link below to secure spot and don’t forget to bring your yoga mats and water bottle! Light snacks and refreshments will also be served along with complimentary swag bags filled with goodies you won’t want to miss!
__________________________________________________ Podcast: 1/9 Recap: 7th Episode: Dedicated to our two angels that we lost: Kimi and Kalani. Sending our condolences and honoring their legacy. Kahila also addresses understanding what to expect in a time of grief. Check them out using one of the various, easy to use platforms, by searching "Cancer the Easy Life": Android: Podcast Player (purple icon) iPhone: Podcast App (purple icon) Soundcloud
__________________________________________________ Upcoming Events: 1/23 Podcast 1/26 Get Well Soon Self Care Event (purchase tickets online: The Seany Foundation) Ongiong: 35 & Thrive Event: Celebrate 35 years by raising funds for the 2019 CARES initiative and Seany's CR4TS 2/15-17: Teen Winter Weekend (register now: http://www.theseanyfoundation.org/camp/programs/)