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 



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

Hoop Dancing for Healers 2nd Annual NICU Nurses Retreat 2014


Hoop Dancing for Healers

2nd Annual NICU Nurses Retreat San Diego

The Hula Hoop Girl “Hoop Dancing for Healers”, an embodied movement meditation self-care body play practice, a powerful tool to prevent and decrease burnout and compassion fatigue among nurses.

We had a blast!


Hoop Dancing for Nurses to Prevent and Decrease Burnout and Compassion Fatigue Article Published

Dance in the Center of Your Joy with The Hula Hoop Girl

A dream come true!

My second article published on “Hoop Dancing for Nurses to Prevent and Decrease Burnout and Compassion Fatigue” at the University of California San Diego Healthcare System Nursing Journal 2014. Click the link below to read more:

Hoop Dancing for Nurses to Prevent and Decrease Burnout and Compassion Fatigue

Another dream come true! Overjoyed!

The Hula Hoop Girl