Nalu Healing Retreat 2.0

Playa Gigante - Nicaragua

Room to Roam
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Jan 5 - 11, 2023
Group size: 1 - 20
Nalu Healing Retreat 2.0
Playa Gigante - Nicaragua

Room to Roam
  • Email address verified
  • Facebook verified
47 reviews

Jan 5 - 11, 2023
Group size: 1 - 20

About this trip

This week along the beautiful beaches of Southern Nicaragua for the Nalu Healing Retreat 2.0 is a complete healing experience that will leave your entire system revitalized and restored.  Enjoy the raw beauty of untouched coastline and vibrant, friendly culture that reminds you to appreciate the simple things in life.

Tiffany Nalu Cooley guides a transformational journey of exploration, connection, movement, and holistic healing while adventuring together and creating new memories and experiences.

Each day is infused with yoga, acupuncture, sound healing, guided meditations, oracle readings, and opportunities to enjoy the warm tropical waves, low tide beach walks, relaxing poolside with a Pina Colada, or practicing your Spanish with our friendly staff.

In addition to plenty of relaxation, this retreat includes a full day trip to the majestic Isla de Ometepe, the largest freshwater volcanic island in the world formed by two volcanoes in the middle of Lake Nicaragua.

Additional activities and excursions are available, including surf lessons, boat trips, salsa lessons, Spanish lessons, hiking, additional day trips, etc.


 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 and travel so meaningful. 

Yoga + healing sessions will be held between a tropical open space underneath our newly built grand palapa and a cliffside ocean view shala overlooking the bay just south of Playa Gigante.

There will be plenty of time to relax and unwind so feel free to take a moment to relax in one of our day beds or hammock, and appreciate the blue skies.


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.


 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. 


Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine using hair thin, single-use needles to stimulate blood flow throughout the body.

There are channels of blood, lymph and nerve flow throughout the body called meridians.  Along these meridians there are many acupuncture points. Points will be carefully chosen for daily group acupuncture sessions, or given to open and ground the body at the end of yoga/meditation.

Meet Acupuncturist: Tiffany

Tiffany Nalu Cooley has been facilitating healing sessions since she was 21. Her entire adult life has been devoted to learning about the human body, the mind/body/spirit connection, & how to facilitate healing for all aspects of this human experience. As a licensed acupuncturist, she founded Nalu Healing Arts in 2019, and just 2 years later received the awards for San Diego’s Best Medical Spa & Best Acupuncturist. She partnered with Sahkara Apothecary who won top finalist up for San Diego’s Best Apothecary. 

Nalu has been doing community style group acupuncture since she graduated from Pacific College of Health & Science in 2015, and has joined retreats to facilitate acupuncture and sound healing sessions. 

Her path as a wellness practitioner started with a passion in anatomy & physiology. During massage school at the age of 21 she became aware of the power that our emotions & stress have on the body, mixed with an obsession with mental health she received her undergrad in Psychology. In recent years she fell in love with crystal singing bowls & the power that the vibration they emit has on the nervous system. She combines the vibrational sound with acupuncture in her sessions creating a complete reset for the nervous system. 

Her educational background is as follows:

Massage Therapist at the age of 21.

Reiki Master at 23.
Started prerequisites for acupuncture school at 25.
Finished her undergrad with an emphasis on psychology at 29.
Became a licensed acupuncturist at the age of 34.
She completes 50 hours minimum of continuing education every 2 years to keep up with her license & refreshing her mind.
She is currently enrolled in the Functional Medicine University.

Meet Acupuncturist: Senna

Senna Servati graduated from the University of California, Riverside with a Bachelor’s in Ethnic Studies. She continued her educational studies receiving a Masters of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, in San Diego, CA. She has been trained in multiple therapeutic modalities including acupuncture, herbology, nutritional therapy, fire cupping, moxibustion, electrical stimulation, gua sha, massage, breath work, Cranio-sacral therapy, tai qi, and qi gong. She is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist in the state of California.  Her passion for the healing arts started at a young age when she was immersed whole-heartedly into meditative and breath work practices by her grandmother. She also has a tremendous love for gardening and cooking, particularly in creating delicious nutritionally healing meals, and will never pass up a trip to the beach


To compliment the energetic healing points of Acupuncture, the yoga flows will build on our other energy channel, the Chakra System. Everyday there will be a combination of two of the Chakras, building from Root, grounding and manifestation, to Crown, liberation and transcendence. 

About Instructor: Ashley

A Texas native, and calling Gigante home for over the past year, Ashley found yoga as a senior in high school, and has been teaching for the last 5 years. She is Vinyasa 200 RYT certified with additional education such as Energetic Anatomy, Bhakti (devotional storytelling), and Foundations of Trauma Therapy. All of these trainings combined leave her teachings stylized as mindful movement from the heart. She believes in living fearlessly and compassionately, and gives credit to yoga for helping to continue to lead her on the right intuitive path. 

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 ground transportation between the airport + hotel. You can choose to fly into either Managua (MGA) or Liberia, CR (LIR) and we will pick you up from either!
  • Daily Group Acupuncture
    Tiffany & Senna restore balance and ease in your body with daily group treatment opportunities.
  • Daily Yoga
    Infused with acupuncture, guided meditation, and sound healing.
  • Guided Meditations
    Using techniques to release tension, stress, and anxiety and help restore your system: heart, mind, and body.
  • Oracle Readings
    Recieve oracle readings from Tiffany, who is experienced in reading and interpreting the deeper meanings indicated.
  • Sound Bowl Healing
    Drop into the healing trance of vibration with mesmerizing sound bowls.
  • La Isla de Ometepe
    A full day trip to the majestic and volcanic island of Ometepe with a beautiful waterfall hike of San Ramon, and a charming, beautiful place to appreciate the "Land of Lakes + Volcanoes."
  • Reggae Curry Night
    Enjoy authentic Caribbean Curry cliffside, overlooking the ocean with the best view Gigante has to offer.
  • Giant Foot Hike
    Located at the south end of Gigante Bay, a quick 20 min hike to the top gives beautiful coastal views of Nicaragua
  • Beach Bonfire
    Close out the week with a memorable beach bonfire fiesta!

What’s not included

  • 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, 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. Enter Agency Location # 28-0102 in the blue box.

Available Packages

Shared Room + Bath

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. + ceiling fans.

Deposit: $500
Private Room + Bath

 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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47 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.


This was truly a magical and unique experience. I had the opportunity to bond with an amazing group of likeminded individuals in a beautiful setting.
By Emily C for Breathe, Center & Connect: Pilates in the Desert on Feb 28, 2024
It was incredible, great house, delicious food, beautiful setting overlooking the desert, and the best group of people to share with. Will definitely do it again. Kudos to Ashley for making it all work!
By Arturo D for Breathe, Center & Connect: Pilates in the Desert on Feb 27, 2024
I had the most relaxing and beautiful time in Playa Gigante with Room to Roam! The beds/room was comfy, the pool was refreshing, the food was delicious and the excursions were amazing (especially the tortilla + cheese making!). Kate + her team are so organized and helpful (and fun!). Hope to be back soon! Thank you!!
By Jenn M for The OG Crew goes to Nica on Feb 04, 2024
Our stay at Room to Roam in Playa Gigante was extraordinary. It started with their transportation from the Managua airport to Playa Gigante - it was seamless and our driver was great and made us feel comfortable at all times. When we arrived we had our first delicious meal at Room to Roam made with fresh, local, and super tasty ingredients by their kitchen staff. Every following meal was similarly exquisite whether it was breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Throughout our stay, the staff was amazing, friendly, open, and even ready to teach us some Nica slang. The vibe at Room to Roam is very comfortable and safe. It is a great spot to just relax or pack your day with activities. We did a little bit of both. Kate was extremely communicative and organized, and tailored the excursions and activities to our preferences. Starting the day with some yoga or some exercise additionally allowed us to relax and fully absorb the Room to Roam and Playa Gigante experience. Our excursions were to Laguna de Apoyo, the Masaya volcano, cooking class with locals, and horseback riding (a few of the many possibilities). I can fully recommend all of these activities. The village of Playa Gigante is a chill mix of locals and visitors (very few tourists). The landscape is breathtaking - offering beautiful beaches and opportunities to take walks, ride the waves, or even to explore the area on horseback. It is worth noting that we felt taken care of by the staff at all times. This trip was unforgettable!
By Theresa K for The OG Crew goes to Nica on Jan 24, 2024
Had a magical experience in Joshua tree! Loved the people food conversation and atmosphere ⚛️
By Kelsey B for Yoga Escape to Joshua Tree on Oct 03, 2023
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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