Caroline Pauline Cárdenas, MSN, RN, CBCN, RYT 200hr
Caroline Pauline Cárdenas is the creator of The Hula Hoop Girl, an Embodied Movement Meditation Self-Care Body & Movement Play Practice that guides women to reconnect to their natural born rhythm, replenish their joy, and cultivate their creative courage.
A practicing oncology nurse for almost 15 years, she holds a Master of Science in Nursing Education, is a certified Breast Care Nurse, a 200hr Registered Hatha Yoga Teacher, a certified Elemental Hoop Dance Teacher, and a certified 5 Elements Ecstatic Dance Facilitator. Caroline’s life work, grounded in women’s health and women’s empowerment, began at the young age of 21, when her mother Grace, passed away from stage 4 breast cancer just three months after her diagnosis. It was at that moment that Caroline began her soul work in the world serving as an advocate for women.
For the past 17 years, Caroline has provided dedicated, compassionate, comforting, and safe care for her cancer patients throughout their various treatments. She has also worked closely with patients naturally transitioning through the death and dying process. Currently, she works with women newly diagnosed with breast cancer providing loving, safe, compassionate and empathetic support throughout their journey with cancer.
Caroline serves as an effective movement mentor as she guides patients to move through the shock, fear, and grief that accompanies the diagnosis of breast cancer, guiding the transmutation of fear and grief into new hopes and deeper meaning, awakening and nurturing joy and courage. She speaks passionately about the power of play for self-care as a basic need for human development and improvement in quality of life and she champions the importance and necessity of team play within healthcare settings to foster trust for the cultivation of healthier and more trusting work environments.
She is a somatic guide, a poet, a writer, an earth advocate, a women’s advocate, a joy advocate, and a compassionate fear guide for all people going through difficulties in their lives. Currently, Caroline is working towards achieving her PhD in Somatic Psychology at Meridian University where she is focused on writing her doctoral dissertation on the psychology of body and movement play in relation to courage, meaning and fulfillment. She is currently working with Dr. Stuart Brown the founder of the National Institute for Play continuing to spread the important message of play as a basic human necessity for our human development from brith to death.