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

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.



#FierceMamaBear #HolyAnger #WildWomanThrive #NatureAsGuide

Wild Rhythm Journey


Woman. This is your time.

Your time to rise, rooted to the heart of the Earth.
Your time to move, dancing to the rhythm of wild nature.
Your time to gather, envisioning a new personal story and collective mythology for womankind.

-Poetess Rachel Alaia

You are invited on a WILD RHYTHM JOURNEY.

On July 24 in San Diego, join Rachel Alaia of Wild Soul Wellness  and Caroline Sanchez of The Hula Hoop Girl  PLUS special guest Jessica Quinn of  Be Nutritious  on a unique embodiment experience to remember and reawaken your instinctual nature.

Visit to be the first to receive all the event details on Tuesday, March 1…


Elemental Hoopdance Teacher Training & Certification Program

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Join Shakti Sunfire of The Rhythm Way  and I Sweet Caroline of  The Hula Hoop Girl for a powerful Elemental Hoopdance Teacher Training and Certification.

Learn how to poetically and powerfully deliver your students into a profound hoopdance experience that will leave them coming back for more. Skillful teaching is an ART that can be learned and that serves the whole. Step into your voice, your inner resources and your body as a successful Elemental Hoopdance Guide.

Elemental Hoopdance Teacher Certification is a weaving and co-creative course carefully crafted to coax out into center stage your unique teaching power and voice. Choose from an online, at-home guided self-study course, or the next in-person training with Shakti. Modules are structured to merge metaphorical and physical understanding and application of the 4 main elements: Air, Fire, Water and Earth, along with insightful, dance-focused hoopdance teaching techniques, and integral mastery of movement from the inside out. Through group and one-on-one process work, we’ll dive into beauty and metaphor to help us refine our skills to be empowered leaders and teachers in our communities. 

I also offer a FREE Discovery Call for any one who is interested abut still has questions. Send me a Personal Message if you would like to set up a call.
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Full Circle

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“Full Circle” Walden University Article about Caroline Sánchez creator of The Hula Hoop Girl

I am humbled and filled with the deepest gratitude to have my Master’s Thesis, “Hoop Dancing to Prevent Burnout and Compassion Fatigue Among Nurses” and my Women’s Empowerment Soul-Work The Hula Hoop Girl, be recognized and celebrated by my alma mater Walden University.
It is my promise to continue to lead and guide women’s empowerment through embodied movement meditation body play self-care practices for the sake of powerful self-love!

Self-Care Equals Self-Love!

// Dance in the Center of Your Joy \\

Oncology Nurses and the Power of Play

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What happens when you bring a shinny hula hoop to a breast cancer clinic?

The oncology nurses erupt into laughter, movement, and joy and the power of play begins to infuse the clinic with the healing power of team play (community)!

Dr. Stuart Brown founder of the National Institute for Play states, “Play, is becoming increasingly recognized as an important component of success in the workplace”. He states that trust in any setting, is established through play signals. So I say, that trust in the healthcare setting, creates a positive working environment, which fosters healthy relationships, safer patient care, and a more healing environment. 

The power of play opens us up to step into a deeper conversation of the joy that lives within our souls. Dr. Brown says it best when he states that “the most significant aspect of play is that play, allows us to express our joy and connect most deeply with the best in ourselves, and in others.” He expresses that play transcends love and work and infuses them with liveliness, stating, “Play is the purest expression of love.”

The greatest most powerful healing gift that oncology nurses offer their patients, is their purest expression of love. Through the expression of love flows compassion, kindness, support, unity, and a deeper sense of magic that cannot be measured or justified. This kind of ‘magic’ I speak of, can only be experienced through the openness that vulnerability allows when relating with others. This too can be called, building relationships. When we step into the dynamics of building relationships, we have an amazing opportunity to team play.

Whether in our personal relationships at home or our work relationships with our colleagues, team play requires building trusting relationships with those we are interacting with, which requires a kind of vulnerability that allows this thing I call ‘magic’ to infuse us with a sense of joyful wonder. This, magical joyful wonder is what I call, unconditional love. And unconditional love is the sweet medicine and the the healing power that creates a more harmonious environment within our selves and within our communities.

My wish is that we all continue to spread joy through team play, no matter the delivery method, opening up to the ‘magic’ that only vulnerability can foster, and step into a more trusting dance of relationship with ourselves and those we ‘play’ with throughout our earth walk.

Soulfully, Sweet Caroline creator of The Hula Hoop Girl

// Dance in the Center of Your Joy \\