Fostering Connection, Embodiment, + Play with Elisa & Kelsey

Playa Gigante, Nicaragua

Room to Roam
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26 reviews
Aug 28 - Sep 3, 2022
Group size: 1 - 20
Fostering Connection, Embodiment, + Play with Elisa & Kelsey
Playa Gigante, Nicaragua

Room to Roam
  • Facebook verified
26 reviews

Aug 28 - Sep 3, 2022
Group size: 1 - 20

About this trip

A personal and professional weeklong workshop to transform how you connect, communicate, and relate to all facets of your life.  By weaving together activities to facilitate, presence, play, conscious communication, embodiment and self-leadership...this retreat will leave you feeling  

joy, expansion, play, curiosity/reflection, and celebration!

Connecting with the self and others may be the most important thing we get to do here on planet Earth, and it's the one thing we aren't taught. The path to connection and living a more embodied life begins with a dash of willingness, a dose of curiosity, and the right set and setting. There may be no better place on planet Earth to weave into your life more connection and embodiment/play than on the beautiful beach of Playa Gigante in Nicaragua. 

Performance and embodiment trainers Elisa Haggarty and Kelsey Crouch will guide you through highly-experiential explorations of the art of communication, managing your state, and active listening so that you can connect deeply with what and who is most important to you in life. 

The week will be filled with opportunities for play, beach adventures, hiking, yoga, and bon fires with fellow curious, kind, and incredible seekers. Including daily surf adventures, cacao ceremonies, and specialized experiences of the many local flavors that this authentic fishing village has to offer.  

This all-inclusive package gives you the support and guidance to get to Nicaragua easily where you can explore and unwind along the road less traveled.  We coordinate and include your roundtrip transportation between airport and our hotel, offer amazing local, fresh, and delicious meals, and keep you comfortable with A/C, hot showers, and Wifi in our 4-star beachside boutique hotel complete with a sparkling pool, on site restaurant + bar, and beautiful Grand Palapa movement space.

Our beachside boutique hotel is immersed in the center of a beachy fishing village along the Emerald Coast of Nicaragua.  Meet friendly locals, walk empty beaches, and see pigs, cows, and goats roaming the streets.  It's that kinda the beaten path and surrounded by natural beauty and a slower way of living....good for the soul.  

Getting Here

Getting to Playa Gigante, Nicaragua is easier than you think!  Playa Gigante is situated along the Southern Pacific Coast of Nicaragua, making flights into Liberia, Costa Rica a great option.  You can choose to fly into either Managua (MGA), Nicaragua or Liberia (LIR), Costa Rica to get to our charming beachy oasis.

Managua is the capital of Nicaragua about 2.5 hours north of our hotel.  Liberia, Costa Rica is just over an hour from the Southern Nicaraguan border, and our hotel is about 1 hour from there.  We will coordinate and provide all your transportation between either airport you choose, streamlining the experience from beginning to end.

Part of our service is assisting you with flight selection, and we function almost like your private travel agent to make this process simple and reliable.  Depending on your departure city, Liberia or Managua may be a more advantageous option in terms of price and/or schedule, and we will support you in finding the most optimal choice.  

If you would like travel assistance/advice PRIOR to booking your retreat, don't hesitate to email us at and we can assist you in finding the best flight.  Otherwise, we begin helping you select the best flight as soon as you reserve your spot.  We are here for you every step of the way!

Our Space/Hotel:

Our 14-room boutique hotel is equipped with a sparkling pool,A/C, hot showers, and Wifi in every room.  You’ll be able to enjoy travel in a a way that preserves comfortable accommodations without losing the rustic touch of travelling off the beaten path to enjoy what makes Playa Gigante unique.  

We have an all-weather multi-use wellness space that is perfect for yoga/movement, breathwork sessions, ice baths, or a game of pickleball. It is a simple oasis in the heart of town with friendly staff, extremely comfortable rooms, and an amazing overall vibe that will shift your perspective on the beauty of Nicaragua that often goes unnoticed or misunderstood.

The Food

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.

We also include two dinners in the local community where we Roam and experience more local businesses that keep this magical community thriving.

The Community of Playa 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. 

About Elisa Haggarty

 Elisa Haggarty is an Integrative Leadership Coach who brings over 18 years of experience coaching and leading teams in healthcare and start ups. Elisa believes that work is meant to be a place of connection and conscious growth and empowers her clients to consider the role of values, play and self-leadership so they can actually love Monday mornings. 

As an early team member of Parsley Health, Elisa launched the Learning & Development department, helping the company to scale 30x and deliver world class medicine. Prior to her work at Parsley, Elisa was a consultant for Chosen Experiences, an international wellness company. 

Elisa also founded Culinary Farmacy, a global nutrition consultancy aimed to educate individuals on the importance of upgrading dietary choices. Elisa is a certified teacher, breathwork coach and Functional Nutritionist who has now turned her attention to empowering leaders to redefine their relationship to work and tough situations. 

Elisa trained with the Conscious Leadership Group, with Jim Dethmer and Diana Chapman, and runs the School of Unlearning Podcast. She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her two cats Josie and Lou. 

About Kelsey Crouch

 Kelsey is an international communication consultant, facilitator, and trainer focused on enhancing individual and team performance, connection, and, ultimately, fulfillment. Drawing on science-based performance and mindset techniques of world class performance, athletes, and artists, she guides practitioners to develop new skills and expand into their strengths, transforming their capacity to show up in the world.

She believes that exploring and mastering communication and embodiment techniques are foundational parts of a meaningful career and of a good life. 

Clients include Fortune 100 and 500 companies such as Google, JPMorgan, The New York Times, Spotify, and many more, as well as speakers at the World Economic Forum and global TED stages. She serves as head pitch coach for several business accelerators in the US. Kelsey is also an experienced special events producer and former Coordinator of TEDxUNPlaza, with keynote speaker Former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. 

Prior to consulting, Kelsey trained as an actress at Syracuse University and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London. Her work was seen at Cannes International Film Festival and Israel’s International Arts Festival. Kelsey lives in Manhattan, where she continues doing her best to make this world a better place, every single day.

What’s included

  • Boutique Hotel Stay
    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, and n/a 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 into either Managua (MGA) or Liberia, CR (LIR).
  • Daily Workshops
    Through a variety of techniques to foster effective leadership, active listening, conscious communication, presence of body + mind, & the joy of play...these powerhouse women facilitate true growth.
  • Ometepe Island Day Trip
    Take a ferry across Lake Nicaragua to explore the volcanic island of Ometepe, where you will enjoy a beuatiful butterfly garden, lakefront lunch, and chance to swim + play in volcanic spring waters.
  • Sacred Cacao Ceremnoy
    Organic and prepared by a local Reiki Master + Spiritual Healer, this ceremony helps you unlock and connect with deep wisdom joy within.
  • Breathwork + Ice Baths
    A portal to presence: ice baths and breathwork.
  • Yoga Sessions
    3-4 sessions led throughout the week, both onsite under our tropical palapa poolside space and at a nearby ckiff side deck overlooking the ocean.
  • Beach Bonfire
    A perfect way to celebrate a week of magic with new friends, ceremoniously burning away all the things that you have chosen to let go of as a way to restore your energy + headspace as you return home.
  • Reggae Curry Night
    Experience the vibes of a sunset reggae curry dinner with panoramic views overlooking Playa Amarillo, just a 5 minute walk from the hotel.
  • Local Pizza Night
    At one of our favorite locally owned restaurants, El Pozo, with delicious brick oven fired pizza and always a happening vibe with music, dancing, and games.
  • Concierge Travel Service
    From optimal flight selection, navigating all travel requirements, and detailed pre-trip communication + preparation, we handle all the details so you can just enjoy the ride!
  • Alcoholic Beverages
    Enjoy a cold beer or hand-crafted cocktail with fresh juices and house made ingredients!
  • Additional Activities
    We work with our trusted partners for the extras like : fishing trips, surf lessons, horseback riding, snorkeling, 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
    Highly Recommended to protect your trip in case anything happens! We Travel recommends

Available Packages

Shared Room + Bath
12 left

Our shared rooms are equipped with both a queen and twin size bed,  hot water shower, and refreshing A/C. + ceiling fans.  

Deposit: $500
Private Room + Bath
4 left

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

Deposit: $500

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Room to Roam
26 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.


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
What an unbelievable experience! I fell in love with the beauty of the land and the community. Room to Roam does an excellent job coordinating every detail, so you don't have to worry about anything. And I can't say enough about the staff. The staff are like a close family, genuinely friendly and so helpful! This retreat experience was like none other. There were plenty of activities to choose from, making it a unique "choose your own adventure" experience. I'll definitely be back in the future.
By Candace E for Let Go | Recharge | Have Fun on 22 Jun, 2022
Such a great time. The room was comfortable with air conditioning and hot water. The food and staff were all fantastic. Highly recommend!
By Jessica T for Let Go | Recharge | Have Fun on 14 Jun, 2022
Can’t say enough good things about Room to Roam and the whole staff in Nicaragua. The food is next level, the staff is so warm and friendly, I was instantly at home. They guided me through the travel process and I felt completely safe as I traveled somewhere new. The surfing was incredible and there is just some kind of magic down there! I’ll be back!
By Meredith P for SURF + SKATE IN NICARAGUA WITH LORENZO on 13 Jun, 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