Aloha Nursing Community!

Aloha Nursing Community from

The Hula Hoop Nurse!  

Joy Replenishment through Self-Care Body Play Practices is a topic that I have spent the last 14 years of my personal and professional life exploring and building upon. With my own personal practice of hoopdance, I have come to discover first hand how body play has served as an anchor in grounding me back into my sense of purpose within my vocation as a oncology nurse and nurse educator, and has grounded me into a sense of meaning and inspiration to continue forward with my soul service in the world in serving those in need within my community.

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Much of the work I offer through my vocation of nursing is serving as a fear guide, a movement guide, an interpreter, a witness, and a compassionate companion to walk the path with my breast cancer patients as they move through the shock, fear, and grief of a diagnosis of cancer. I also offer group and private Somatic Guide Sessions for nurses either in-person or virtually towards embodiment through joy replenishment body play practices.  Additionally, I offer professional guidance for Nurses aspiring to become  Nurse Entrepreneurs who are interested in weaving in their unique creative expression with their nursing education, professionalism, and experience.

AND… I am excited to share with you that I am producing In-Depth Hawaii Hoopdance Retreat in the jungles of the Big Island in Hawaii at Kalani Oceanside Retreat  January 20-27, 2018. With just 5 months away, In-Depth Hawaii Hoopdance Retreat circle if growing. But I still have some spaces left for those of you who are curious about what joy replenishment through body play practices of Hoopdance, Yoga, & Ecstatic Dance is all about.

Join us at In-Depth Hawaii Hoopdance Retreat January 20-27, 2018 and replenish your joy by nourishing your mind, body, and soul for 7 days of transformational body play practices of Hoopdance, Ecstatic Dance, and Yoga in the elements and the sweet sounds of the jungle in the Big Island.

We have a wonderful lineup of world renowned Hoopdance Teachers & Yoga Teacher and Somatic Guide. More information on the website: 
In-Depth Hawaii Hoopdance Retreat includes 7 days of epic sunrises in Hawaii, organically prepared breakfast/lunch/dinner, morning yoga flow with Tulasi Adeva, Hoopdance Workshops with Gail O’Brien, Morgan Jenkins, & Rachael Lust, evening hoop jams, fire spinning, pool time, sisterhood, friendship, and so much more.

Kalani Oceanside retreat also has a Wellness Center which offers Therapeutic Bodywork, Aquatic Bodywork, Aromatherapy, Massage, Cranial-Sacral Therapy, Hawaiian Lomilomi, Hot Stone Therapy, Watsu, and so much more!

This retreat is all about replenishing your joy by nourishing your mind, your body, and your soul to what feels good in the beautiful island of Hawaii.

If you are curious about the retreat, don’t hesitate to reach out via email at: or on my website platforms.

I also provide my published work on my The Hula Hoop Girl/TheHula Hoop Nurse website under publishings where you can access my published articles and my recorded podcasts and interviews.

You can read one of my published articles here:

I hope you can join us! It truly is an experience like no other that will leave you inspired and fully joyfully replenished!

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I look forward to connecting with you and hopefully moving, grooving, flowing, and playing with you in Hawaii.
AND remember, protect your joy, practice your joy, advocate for your joy, express your joy, and dance in the center of your joy!

“Never ever underestimate the importance of having fun” -Randy Pausch


Soulfully, Sweet Caroline
Caroline Pauline Cárdenas, MSN, RN, CBCN, RYT 200hr 
Embodied Movement Meditation Educator & Nurse Educator 
The Hula Hoop Girl 
Windansea La Jolla, California 
“Everything in the universe has rhythm, everything dances.” -Maya Angelou 


Flesh and Bone



Flesh and Bone


You, who stands before me, disrobed, with all of your knowing.

You, who’s voice calls upon humanity to engage with Soul.

You, who sings, and dances, and moves, and grooves in all of your splendor. 



It is the courage that rises within you,

that shakes my hollow bone.

It is the audacity that expands far and wide through you,

demanding these roots to dig,


into the dark, murky, moist soil.

So that I too,

can rise with courageous ferocity.

So that I too,

can live out that very truth that is yearning,

to take shape in creative form.



Connection is the sweet nectar of relationship,

and magic,

is the joining of such relationships

spiraling together naturally,

forming the silhouette of the Soul’s whisper.



Here I rise rooted.

Here I dig deeper.

Here I climb higher.

Here I expand to the furthest reaches.

Here through flesh and bone,

I dance between the tensions of my Soul’s longing,

and live into edges of the larger story,

as I take my place, in the natural world of life.



-Poetess Caroline P. Sánchez of The Hula Hoop Girl


Photo of Laura Anne Larriva Page Quest Guide and founder of The Rhythm Way out in the wilds of Joshua Tree at The Red Thread’s Underworld Immersion.


Photographer and Soul Navigator Britt Nemeth of Britt Nemeth Studios 

QUEST is part pilgrimage to soul, and part leadership training.


It is designed to be intelligent, pragmatic, inspiring, and clear. It is designed to offer you the tools you need to take your place as an Earth-Based Leader.


What is Earth-Based Leadership?


Earth-Based Leadership is a way of moving in the world that deeply recognizes the interconnectedness of all of life. It maintains the fundamental knowing that everything is intelligent and alive, and by apprenticing to the rhythms of the earth, sun and moon, we re-member our own deeply instinctual wisdom. It offers us the bone-deep knowing of our ultimate place, our gifts and our dreams that are about much more than our own individual lives. In a world of complexity and rapid change, with the environment pushed to extremes, and our species increasing interconnectedness, we’re called to model a new way of living and leading. Earth-Based Leadership is about responding to that call.

Don’t Ever Let Go of the Thread


The Red Thread is an experiential, intimate, and nature-based journey designed for women of all ages and backgrounds that draws on the wisdom of the earth to lay the map for psycho-spiritual wholeness.


Tracking this thread – the thread of life, responds to a deep human desire in each one of us to know ourselves and our place outside of social conditioning, to celebrate the many voices of the feminine within, and to stand inside our sovereignty so that our gifts may come through fully in the spirit of cultural artistry.


Using the ancient symbols of the circle and the red thread, we’ll explore nature’s rhythms as they relate and mirror to us our own inner rhythms in ceremony, ritual, meditation, movement, and contemplative practices. We’ll explore  the active evolution of our own mythic lives. We’ll journey through the dynamic and shifting wheel of The Great Round – the Mysteries of life and transformation, to reclaim and protect our primary place of belonging. We’ll follow what is ancient and exiled by the thread we never set down.


Together we make the fundamental assumption that each woman is shaped by Mystery to be exactly who they are, and that being so will not only serve the individual in their lives, relationships and careers, but will ultimately serve the Earth Community.


It is also especially true in our modern culture that we can choose otherwise, and thus keep ourselves small… sometimes unconsciously. For that reason, we’ll explore the ways in which we move in reactivity, shame and fear, and strengthen our ability to respond in our wild wholeness.


During this time of great uncertainty, during this time of sadness, during this time of injustice, let us rise.


Near or far together, let us join our hands and hearts.

Together, let us rise to the occasion.

Together, let us take our place in the natural world and share through the gateway of the body what we stand for, what we stand to protect, what we no longer will allow.

Here we stand to protect humanity and Mother Earth. Here we stand united for the dream of the Earth to work through us so to be of service in right relationship moving from our wholeness.


Developmental Psychologist and Professor Dr. James W. Fowler asks:



-What are you spending and being spent for? What commands and receives your best time, your best energy?

-What causes, dreams, goals or institutions are you pouring out your life for?

-To what or whom are you committed in life and in death?

-With whom or what group do you share your most sacred and private hopes for your life and for the lives of those you love?

-What are the most sacred hopes, those most compelling goals and purposes in your life?

Quest and The Red Thread are just some of the potent ways in which I have felt supported to dive deeper into Soul and rise rooted as an earth-based leader, so to live out the seeds that I carry for world to benefit.



I Rhythm


I Rhythm 🌙

I rhythm
with the very center
of my soulful Self,
to live
from a place of wholeness
and to serve
as guide
for the feminine
to feel embodied
by way of
and tone.
So that Her truth
and Her meaning
be found as seeds
nestled in Her Soul
waiting to be discovered,
waiting to be shared with the world through the gateway of the body. 🌾

-Poetry by Caroline Sánchez of The Hula Hoop Girl 🌾

Photography by Lisa Seed



I have been waiting for you,
calling you home to your body.
Calling you home to your soul.
Release the mindful things.
Place one hand on your heart,
and one on the Earth.
dreams great dreams through you.
Feel her.
Sense her.
Love her.

And move in your wild animal body with the rhythmic expressions you instinctually know in your bones crave an emergence,
of your human form.
To come forward. Rising, rooted.
Give of your gifts
and become visible
for humanity
and for the Earth community,
to feel,
to hear,
to smell,
to taste, 

and to see your brilliance
so that the world can benefit from your magnificent soul offerings.


-Poetry by Sweet Caroline of The Hula Hoop Girl

-Wild Mystery Woman in the Photo Nicole Pefley

-Photography by Caroline Sánchez


Click the Links Below for More Information on Caroline Sánchez Soul Offerings

Sweet Caroline’s Soul Elemental Hoopdance Classes

Holistic Coaching and Mentoring for Nurses 

Sweet Caroline’s Publications Caroline’s Hoopdance Videos

Welcome Home


Welcome Home

Remember, hearing the call of your sweet soul,
a place intuitively known,
seeing the deep dark path leading the Way?

Remember, the movements we made,
arriving to this imaginative place,
and the pulsations we felt in our hearts
upon our grand entrance of severance?

Remember, the stories we shared,
illuminating the many voices of us
and the red basket we so tightly weaved
cradling our wildest visions?

Remember, Mystery swirling about,
alluring us towards the edges of our dreams,
as Fear sat in the center befriending us,
symbolically revealing our departure?

Remember, the compassion we expressed,
through the prickly-thorny inner and outer landscapes
and the sounds we echoed,
and the rhythmic beats created,
taking our place here on Earth.

Remember, the wonder we felt,
dancing with the unknown
as the natural world served as witness
to the vow we made at the threshold.

Remember, the desert’s twilight purple sky?
It is here, in this place,
where the imagination beckons us,
to dance with the Magic of possibility
and to greet each moment
in our wholeness.
It is here, where Mystery leans in and whispers,
welcome home.

-Poetry Written by Sweet Caroline Sánchez (Mama Bear) of The Hula Hoop Girl 2016

-Photography by Britt Nemeth

Poetry written inspired by the powerful symbolisms and relationships danced at The Rhythm Way’s The Red Thread Program in Joshua Tree Spring 2016

The Great Mother


The Great Mother


The one who soothes my soul and refreshens me.

The fulfillment of your purity,

fulfills my fountain of youth,

thank you for existing,

thank you for being,

thank you for your patience.

Living is because of you,

and your magically healing existence.

-Poetry by Sweet Caroline Sánchez 2004

Lisa Seed Photography  

Visit The Hula Hoop Girl for more of my soul work through my poetry, publications, and podcasts.

I Don’t Want to be Good Anymore


I Don’t Want to be Good Anymore

No longer am I the good girl.

She is dead now.


I am the Fierce Lover, who stands firmly rooted into Mother Earth, knowing her place in the world, representing justice for humanity.


I am the Fierce Wild Woman who stands for the depth of truth & meaning in the symbols and relationships of life.

I am the Fierce Mama Bear who rises for the spirit of sisterhood who guides the feminine back home to her soul.


No longer am I the good girl.

She is dead now.


I am the Fierce Mother Healer who is Alive walking this sacred land in service of humanity and of the Earth community.



-Poetry by Caroline Sánchez 2016


Sister, my hand is reaching out to yours. For more information in how I can offer more support for your soul work in the world check out my Movement Mentorship program.



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