Stoke, Shred + Shine: Kalani Blanton

Playa Gigante - Nicaragua

Room to Roam
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29 reviews
Aug 21 - 27, 2022
Group size: 1 - 20
Stoke, Shred + Shine: Kalani Blanton
Playa Gigante - Nicaragua

Room to Roam
  • Facebook verified
29 reviews

Aug 21 - 27, 2022
Group size: 1 - 20

About this trip

Welcome Kalani!! Stoked you can join us for this week!


 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. 

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. 


 Layna is a very peaceful yet powerful yogi and surfer. Obtaining her 200 hour vinyasa RYT in 2016 she has delved deeper into her practice through cross-cultural experience and immersive journeys. She has been a surfer for 10+ years and an ocean advocate through all aspects of life. She strives to have each student tap into that divine intrinsic value we all hold by connecting deep within nature, immersion into new cultures and diving deep into yourself. Her favorite yoga class to lead is under a sunset or sunrise sky nourishing and giving love to those tender surfing muscles after a long day playing on the water.  Layna’s home base is Jupiter Fl but is frequently found traveling through Central American jungle towns practicing yoga and mediation, charging waves and riding horses into the Sunset. She actually lived in Gigante for some time so is beyond stoked to share some of her second home with all who wish to join. Layna leads immersive surf yoga adventure retreats throughout Central America and has dubbed the name Sea Reina by the divine connection to the sea she desires to share. Check out her upcoming SeaReinaSoul surf and yoga retreat schedule @Laynaseareina. 

Mary is an enthusiastic logger & has a zeal for surfing that has been contagious for 10+ years. She owns her own surf instructing business that has taught over 700 women how to surf in less than a year. She is instructing in the water 5 days a week and working on her creative endeavors when she's not teaching. Mary is native to South Carolina swell but has posted up in West Palm Beach, Florida for the last 8 years. Before she quit her job to spread the stoke, she managed a retreat venue and hosted various retreats & logistics for guests that traveled from around the world. When the conditions are not hospitable to teach, she is usually creating collages or embroidery pieces for local markets. You can check out her recent surf-converts and collage creations on her instagram @gurferlady and @gurferlady.creative . 

Iggy is an absolute shredista, native to Vina del Mar, Chile. She is addicted to the stoke and eternal creativity that both surfing and graphic design bring her. Iggy grew up jumping between Chile, Ireland and the United States and has been lucky to be surfing since she was a young one. The ocean has always been her home and surfing has always been a part of her life. Before coming to Florida 6 years ago she instructed for Billabong Chile for 4 years in the town of Concon, Chile. She is super stoked to bring anyone along for a first time froth or a short board sesh. Surfing, teaching surf lessons, doing ding repair and skating are her daily practices. You can see her ripping on her fish during Florida refraction swells or kicking it on a log during our microwave days.  When she's not in Florida you can find her in Costa Rica or Nicaragua with a surfboard in one hand and a coconut in the other. If she's not on the hunt for waves she is designing artwork for herself and other companies @iggypazz 

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
  • Airport Shuttle
    Roundtrip Airport Shuttle to get you safely + seamlessly between airport + hotel.
  • Alcoholic Drinks
    Full Service Bar Onsite with Fresh Craft Cocktail Creations and Ice Cold Beer
  • Food/Drinks
    Available form our on-site restaurant + bar.
  • Extra Activities
    We work with our trusted partners for the extras like : day trip excursions, horseback riding, boat trips for surf/fishing, massages, golf, moto rentals, whatever you want to do!
  • Travel Insurance
    *required* to protect your investment in case the unexpected happens. We recommend:
  • International Airfare
    We will help you find the bset flight into either Liberia, CR (LIR) or Managua, Nicaragua (MGA). Our roundtrip shuttle picks you up right from either airport to get you to our hotel!
  • Gratuity for our staff
    If you loved your service + stay with us, feel free to leave a tip to be shared evenly amongst all of our awesome staff.

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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