Nothing is more revealing than movement 

-Martha Graham

She Makes Magic Podcast

Caroline Sanchez, an oncology nurse, hoop dancer and women’s movement guide, began her soul work at the age of 21 when her mother Grace passed away from breast cancer.Following the subtle thread of her soul’s guidance, she became an oncology nurse, discovered hoop dancing in a city park, married the alternative art of hoop dancing with the Western medicine world through her Masters thesis, and became a Women’s Empowerment Movement Mentor. Having worked as an oncology nurse for over 12 years, supporting women newly diagnosed with breast cancer, Caroline has a very unique and potent way of looking at the world. Be inspired by her joy for life and her message of letting go of the good girl archetype and learning to resource from the fierce unapologetic love for our gifts and passions. Even when this might look wild, crazy, or inappropriate to others. In this interview, Caroline shares:

+ Discovering her soul work at the age of 21 after her mother Grace passed away from breast cancer.

+ Her experience with burn out and compassion fatigue in the nursing world.

+ How and why she started hoop dancing and what this daily practice has taught her about joy, body play and her soul gifts.

+ Marrying the alternative art of hoop dancing with conventional Western medicine and how her fear of being dismissed or judged has influenced this journey.

+ Feeling guided on the soul path and tuning into the subtleties of symbolism and synchronicity.

+ What it means to truly let go of the “good girl” archetype and show up in our raw fullness, even when this might look wild, ugly or inappropriate.

+ Learning to trust that your unique offerings and gifts are needed in this world.

Dana Mermaid Podcast The Hula Hoo Girl

While traveling through California, I caught up with Caroline Sánchez, who is known as, The Hula Hoop Girl. When she is not busy teaching hoop dancing and healing the world, you can catch her at sunrise and sunset hoop dancing at one of my favorite Southern California beaches, Windansea in La Jolla!

Seriously though, she is more than just a dancer with a hula hoop, she is a healer, and a movement guide for women's empowerment. I got the chance to meet her and see her in action at a friend’s birthday party I was photographing and in the few moments we spoke, I heard more of her story, background and watched her in action. Truly this lady is a powerhouse with both passion, purpose and an entire journey behind every step. She’s on fire to empower women and bring healing to caregivers in the nursing community and hospice.

Women have power to change the world and girls now, more than ever need strong and feminine role models with voices. This is why I created the podcast platform, Lady Leaders Radio for the everyday leading lady, featuring women who are breaking through barriers and defying the odds to live their dreams and make a real difference.

In this interview I truly believe you’ll be inspired with Sweet Caroline’s passion, purpose and vision to guide women to feel empowered to share their unique rhythmic expression with the world through the holistic healing practices of body play, dance, sister circles, movement mentorship, and coaching, while also serving as compassionate oncology nurse for breast cancer patients, and holistic wellness coach for nurses. 

Publications & Podcasts

As we tap into the deep sources of bodily wisdom through creative art expression,we dance the renewal, recreation, and healing of ourselves and our world.

-Anna Halprin

RNFM Radio Podcast

On episode 190 of RNFM Radio, we engage in an inspiring and fun conversation with Caroline Sánchez, a Masters-level nurse based in San Diego who is also widely known as The Hula Hoop Girl. Sweet Caroline is a successful, passionate nurse entrepreneur, and her consistent message of “dancing in the center of your joy” is powerfully magnetizing and infectious.

Click the green button above to listen in on how RNFM Radio hosts Keith Carlson, RN, BSN, NCBC, Elizabeth Scala, MSN, MBA, RN, & Kevin Ross, RN, BSN dive deeply with Sweet Caroline into the topic of the power of self care through body play for joy replenishment. 

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Publications & Podcasts

Information on how hoop dancing can help to preventing burnout and compassion fatigue among nurses, and more...

Hoop Dancing to Prevent Burnout and Compassion Fatigue Among Nurses Journal of Emergency Nursing 2014

Caroline Sánchez' Master's Thesis published in the Journal of Emergency Nursing 2014

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Hoop Dancing to Prevent Burnout and Compassion Fatigue Among Nurses UCSD Nursing Journal 2014

Caroline's Practicum Project held at the 2014 Holistic Nurses Association Retreat  published in the Journal of Emergency Nursing 2014 

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We Are Here to Remember Poetry by Caroline

Poem published in the Journal of Palliative Medicine

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Full Circle

Caroline Sánchez ’14 introduced the unexpectedly simple act of play at her hospital to help nurses achieve better self-care. 

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Hula-Hoop Dancing for Health and Happiness

Caroline Sanchez, RN, MSN, CBCN, RYT 200hr has one question for all of us: “Are you practicing enough play in your life?” Sánchez, an oncology nurse for more than 10 years, has been passionate about working with cancer patients ever since her mother died from breast cancer at 47. Her close work in women’s health led her to find a passion: hoop dancing.

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Caroline Sanchez Spins Hoop Joy at Sunrise

Caroline Sanchez of The Hula Hoop Girl spins up a stunning morning at In Depth on the Big Island of Hawaii. She lives in La Jolla, California, USA. Photo by Cadencia Photography.

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Movement Meditation with Caroline Sanchez

Caroline Sanchez, otherwise known as The Hula Hoop Girl, spins up an “embodied movement meditation practice that guides women to reclaim their own natural born rhythm while feeling empowered to self-resource and self-express through the transformational power of play.”

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Our Kaleidoscope LED polypro hoop in action by Caroline Sánchez aka The Hula Hoop Girl.

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Meet The Hoop Dancing Nurses!

We are nurses and each one of us chose to participate in the amazing Hoopcamp Retreats 2015 for the practice self-care through body play for joy replenishment. 

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Caroline Sánchez is the founder of The Hula Hoop Girl, an Embodied Movement Meditation Practice that guides women to reconnect to their own natural born rhythm while feeling empowered to self-resource and self-express through the transformational power of body play.

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Caroline Sánchez is the creator of The Hula Hoop Girl, an Embodied Movement Meditation Practice that guides women to reconnect to their own natural born rhythm while feeling empowered to self-resource and self-express through the transformational power of body play. Caroline's life work, grounded in women's health and women's empowerment began at the age of 21, when her mother Grace, passed away from Breast Cancer. It was at that moment that Caroline began her soul work in the world.

In this episode, Caroline and
Rachael Alaia creator of Wild Soul Wellness exchange on the power of play and the body's profound intelligence, grief, depression, and shadow work, and the healing salve of sisterhood.

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