Ebb + Flow: A Surf + Yoga Experience

Playa Gigante - Nicaragua

Room to Roam
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29 reviews
Oct 23 - 29, 2022
Group size: 1 - 20
Ebb + Flow: A Surf + Yoga Experience
Playa Gigante - Nicaragua

Room to Roam
  • Facebook verified
29 reviews

Oct 23 - 29, 2022
Group size: 1 - 20

About this trip

  In our natural world we are surrounded by rhythms and cycles. The push and pull of the tides, the phases of the moon, the cycle of life and death in our seasons and even the simple daily rise and fall of the sun. We ourselves are also in a constant state of ebb and flow. Periods of profound growth and progress to necessary stillness and recovery, times of grief and hardship countered with joy and ease, and even simply through the inhales and exhales of our breath. 

Are we able to slow down enough to notice these shifts both inwardly and around us? During this retreat we hope to instill reconnection to the natural tides of the ocean through surfing the beautiful waters of Nicaragua while reconnecting our minds and bodies through yoga and breathwork. Come ebb and flow with Carly and Christine this fall.


 Equipped with a sparkling pool, WiFi, and A/C, you’ll be able to enjoy comfortable accommodations without losing the rustic touch that makes Gigante unique. Yoga will be held between a tropical open space underneath our newly built grand palapa and a cliffside ocean view shala.

Breaks in the day are encouraged, so feel free to take a moment to relax in one of our day beds or hammock, and appreciate the cloudy blue skies, palm trees, and gift yourself the feeling of serenity. 


We have a full-service restaurant + bar to prepare meals and beverages during this retreat. Enjoy fresh, locally-sourced ingredients with delicious options for all dietary needs and preferences.  Experience delicious tropical fruits, fresh caught fish, local produce, and a thoughtfully crafted menu to keep you satisfied.

The Community of El Gigante

 A colorful fishing village off the beaten path, El Gigante is located just over an hour north of San Juan Del Sur on Nicaragua's beautiful Pacific Coast. The town is aptly named “big foot” when translated from Spanish to describe the gentle green foothills that meet the ocean with such ease. A town filled with untouched beaches, roaming farm animals, and dirt pathways; you’ll quickly remember the importance of slowing down and to embrace living simply.  

The lifestyle and culture here very much embodies the phrase “Take it Easy”. Arriving here feels like taking one long exhale and a chance to just be. 



        Christine is 200hr YTT trained from San Diego, CA where she grew up and where she is currently an active member in her little beach community in Ocean Beach. She has been practicing yoga since 2015 and currently teaches at her local climbing gym. Christine offers powerful strengthening Hatha and Vinyasa for folks of all different experiences and energy levels.

        Having spent a summer living and surfing in Fiji, Christine has a deep understanding of the power of the ocean and the fears we get to face when we step out of our comfort zones. You will find that she loves to connect yoga philosophy with the lessons of the ocean in her classes as she sees the yoga mat as a perfect place to breathe, move and work through emotions and challenges in our lives. Beyond yoga and surfing, Christine is a registered nurse who also enjoys cooking plant-based meals, climbing and backpacking in the mountains and deserts of her home state of California. 


Carly first discovered yoga and surfing over 8 years ago when she stepped away from her running career on USD’s D1 women’s team. After witnessing so many of her teammates grapple with injuries, eating disorders and burnout, she was in search of movement that integrated playfulness and rejuvenation yet physically and mentally challenged her. She quickly fell in love with how alive and energized both yoga and surfing made her feel, and she was in awe of the beautiful communities that both brought her. 

Carly is 200hr YTT trained bringing her athleticism and passion for dance into her Vinyasa-style classes, integrating deep opening postures with thoughtful pauses and breathwork throughout the breath-to-movement sequence. Outside of the yoga studio and ocean, Carly serves as the Director of Programming for a learning and development organization called Learnit and volunteers as a Confidence Coach for 4th-grade girls with Girls on the Run. She can also be found running trail marathons (still!), grilling for friends in her backyard, and tasting Mezcal throughout Mexico.

Carly & Christine 

            Carly and Christine first met in the water in Cardiff, CA and were captivated by the giant smiles on each other’s faces as they traded waves. They quickly bonded over their past lives as collegiate cross-country runners, shared passions for the ocean, and a strong belief that yoga and surfing are incredible mediums that challenge us, allow us to celebrate the present, and most importantly - get us back to pure joy and play. 

            They met during a time of monumental growth and transition - Christine had just returned from a life-changing adventure in Fiji (in a season of flight and adventure) and Carly had completed her first year living and surfing every day in Encinitas after moving from San Francisco (a time of nesting and cultivating community). They expressed their shared dream of leading a retreat one day on a ladies surf trip to Baja. One year later they could not be more stoked to lead and share this special experience together!

What’s included

  • 4-Star Accommodations
    6 nights in our 4-Star Beachside Boutique Hotel with a pool, grand palapa wellness space, A/C, hot water, Wifi
  • Food + Drink
    Unlimited food, fresh juice, refreshments from our onsite restaurant. Dietary restrictions can be accommodated.
  • Airport Shuttle
    Roundtrip Airport Shuttle to get you safely + seamlessly between airport + hotel. Choose to fly between Managua (MGA) or Liberia, Costa Rica (LIR).
  • Daily Yoga
    The perfect complement to your surfing. Carly + Christie lead sessions that explore breath, meditation, and physical poses to keep your body strong, stable, and flexible on your Roam.
  • Daily Surf Opportunities
    Our home break is less than a 10 min walk from the hotel, and tons of nearby breaks accessible by car or boat. One boat trip is included in this package, additional boat trips can be arranged on site.
  • Day Trip to Ometepe
    Take the ferry across Lake Nicaragua to experience a butterfly sanctuary, lakefront lunch, and swimming/playing in volcanic spring water at Ojo de Agua.
  • Sunset Reggae Night
    Enjoy tropical curry with reggae vibes at Monkey House...one of the best views overlooking Gigante + the ocean!
  • Local Pizza Night
    Another favorite local spot, El Pozo, with delicious wood-fired brick oven pizza and a lively hangout spot.
  • International airfare
    We will help you choose the best flight to get to us, however the airfare is not included in the price of your retreat.
  • Alcoholic Drinks
    Full Service Bar Onsite with Fresh Craft Cocktail Creations and Ice Cold Beer
  • Extra Activities
    We work with our trusted partners for the extras like : day trip excursions, horseback riding, extra boat trips for surf/fishing, massages, salsa lessons, moto rentals, whatever you want to do!
  • Optional Gratuity
    If you loved your service + stay with us, feel free to leave a tip to be shared evenly amongst all of our awesome staff.
  • Travel Insurance
    *Required* For your convenience, we offer Travelex Insurance Services protection plans. www.travelexinsurance.com Enter Agency Location # 28-0102 in the blue box.

Available Packages

Shared Room + Bath (double occupancy)
12 left

 Our shared rooms are equipped with either a queen size bed or two twins, a side table/desk, built in dresser, blackout shades, hot water shower, and refreshing A/C.   

Deposit: $500
Private Room + Bath
7 left

Our shared rooms are equipped with a queen size bed, a side table/desk, built in dresser, blackout shades, hot water shower, and refreshing A/C.  

Deposit: $500

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Room to Roam
29 reviews
Room to Roam is an all-inclusive retreat service provider that streamlines the retreat leading process and connects people to amazing experiences off the beaten path. Currently with locations in Southern Nicaragua + Northern Costa Rica.


I had an amazing experience. The accommodations were very comfortable, the staff and food was wonderful, and the activities were a blast. It rained a lot of the time but it was so hot we welcomed it! I would come back again in a heart beat!
By Kelly T for Re-Align + Re-Inspire Your Life: A Yoga, Pilates + Adventure Retreat on 22 Sep, 2022
This was a transformative week! Great location and accommodations, outstanding service and wonderful people to share new experiences with. Elisa & Kelsey did a great job guiding us through reflections and exercises. Kate and her team were fabulous hosts, they treated us as long time friends - food was absolutely delicious! Excellent first time retreat experience... I look forward to coming back!
By Ivonne G for Fostering Connection, Embodiment, + Play with Elisa & Kelsey on 13 Sep, 2022
I can’t explain how much I enjoyed everything about this experience. 10/10 on everything. Good food, quality people and amazing times. Thank you 100x over for introducing me to this little piece of true paradise.
By Shaina B for Surf & Yoga Wellness Retreat with Swell Sol Retreats on 29 Aug, 2022
Words can't acutely describe how amazing the Nalu Healing Arts Retreats enhanced my healing journey. Room to Roam staff went above and beyond every step of the way from start to finish. 10/10 Highly recommend.
By Amelia W for Nalu Healing Retreat | Nicaragua on 31 Jul, 2022
Life changing experience Would love to visit again the staff and locals made us feel safe special and Like family
By Michelle M for Nalu Healing Retreat | Nicaragua on 25 Jul, 2022
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I can’t say enough about my wonderful experience with Kate, Ashley, Lorenzo and the whole staff at Room to Roam! This trip was truly magical. I was a little nervous to travel for the first time since COVID. Kate took such great care ushering me in to Nicaragua. I was very stressed at home prior to leaving and Kate kept taking things off my plate as I prepared to leave. Upon arrival we were greeted so warmly by the staff. I was instantly relaxed. Marco’s truly does make the BEST passion fruit margarita on the planet! My intention was surf and boy did I fall back in love with surfing, but I am really walking away with so much more- a complete reboot for my body, mind and soul! I’ll be back again soon! PS the food is out of the this world! Every single meal…. Mouth watering!
By Meredith P on 03 Jun, 2022