Yoga + Surf Integration: Move, Shred, + Flow with Ease

Playa Gigante - Nicaragua

Room to Roam
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24 reviews
Oct 16 - 22, 2022
Group size: 1 - 20
Yoga + Surf Integration: Move, Shred, + Flow with Ease
Playa Gigante - Nicaragua

Room to Roam
  • Facebook verified
24 reviews

Oct 16 - 22, 2022
Group size: 1 - 20

About this trip

This trip is perfect for the adventurous surfing traveler who wants to learn how to move better, and therefore surf better.  With the skill and guidance of a Doctor of Physical Therapy, registered yoga instructor, and fellow surfer, Katie D'Amato will teach you invaluable skills and tools to improve the way you perform both in and out of the water.  Weaving together years of orthopedic clinical experience, sports medicine, and yoga instruction, this retreat unifies the best of all worlds to empower you to move, shred, and flow with ease. This retreat is designed for 

advanced beginner, intermediate + above surfers that want to surf each day.

Not only will you be exploring so many world-class waves of Southern Nicaragua, but you will return home with a new toolbox of skills to take to every aspect of your life.  Expand your perspectives through travel and cultural immersion, stay comfortable and well-fed in our 4-star beachside boutique hotel equipped with A/C, hot water, WiFi, and an on site restaurant + bar with hand-crafted local creations.  Find enjoyment and relaxation by our sparkling pool and multi-use activity space for skateboarding, billiards, foosball, and additional to the pre-surf yoga classes and movement sessions.


 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. 

The Surf

Check out the pics and details of the surf breaks we have easy access to here: Surfing in Nicaragua.

The Yoga

Set yourself up for success with three pre-surf yoga sessions led by Katie. Learn how to prepare you body and utilize it to improve your paddle, pop-up, breath, + turns for better endurance + injury prevention.

Restore your body and learn ways to recover with one post-surf yoga session that will ease tension and stress in the body and promote proper the recovery and relaxation your body craves.  Set to the beautiful sunset views from a cliffside ocean view yoga deck, this session is beyond what words can describe.

About Katie D'Amato, DPT, CAFS, + RYT

 I’m Katie D’Amato, a physical therapist and certified yoga teacher. My well-rounded experience and holistic treatment approach helps clients be centered and balanced in their care. My professional experience is primarily in Outpatient Orthopedic and Sports Medicine care, and I truly love educating people how to optimize their movement and promote longevity. One of the most powerful gifts I have given my patients is the ability to understand and listen to their body and what it needs.
In my physical therapy practice, I’ve been able to collaborate with patients with varying levels of yoga experience. I also provide low impact and quiet mindful healing methods such as stretching and breathing. I believe that a holistic approach to healing cultivates a healthy mind/body balance.
I would love to be a part of your journey during this week as your guide, your confidant and coach towards improved health, fitness, and mind-body balance!
My degrees and certifications include:
-Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science at The College of New Jersey 2005
-Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Rutgers University 2009
-200-hour Certified Yoga Teacher of Vinyasa Yoga 2015
-Certification in Applied Functional Science from The Gray Institute 2017 

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, and n/arefreshments from our onsite restaurant. Dietary restrictions can be accommodated.
  • Airport Shuttle
    Roundtrip Airport Shuttle to get you safely + seamlessly between airport + hotel.
  • Daily Surf Trips
    Based on conditions, we will get to the best waves each day, amongst Amarillo, Lance's Left, Playgrounds, Panga Drops, Colorados, Popoyo, Manzanillo, etc.
  • 2 Movement Screenings
    Let the professionally trained eyes of a DPT offer small group movement screenings to analyze how you are moving + how to optimize your surfing technique with mobility, strength, + movement patterns.
  • 3 Pre-Surf Yoga Sessions
    Intentionally created flows to prepare your body to move better while surfing, promote injury prevention, and accelerate your techniques in the water.
  • Sunset Restorative Yoga
    A surf-specific restorative yoga session while appreciating cliffside sunset views overlooking the ocean.
  • Sunset Reggae Night
    Enjoy tropical curry with reggae vibes at Monkey of the best views overlooking Gigante + the ocean!
  • Local Pizza Night
    Enjoy delicious wood-fired brick oven pizza and even better vibes at one of our favorite local places to Roam, El Pozo.
  • Room to Roam
    We won't over-schedule your time here...this is YOUR experience after all...enjoy your own Room to Roam just the way you like it.
  • 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, golf, 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.

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
6 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
24 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.


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
Room to Roam was an amazing experience all around! Accommodations were clean and comfortable with operational A/C, fans, wi-fi, and running hot water! The common spaces were awesome, and the pool was always ready. All the staff on site were welcoming and delightful, and took care of guests' every request. The food was absolutely incredible! Everything on the menu was on point and they handled special requests with ease. In our small group we had a gluten-free carnivore, a gluten-free vegetarian, and a gluten-loving vegetarian. We each had enough options to never have to eat the same meal twice (though some found favorites and stuck to them). I endeavored to try as much as possible, and there wasn't a single dish that didn't completely deliver beyond expectation. The bartenders, spinning the fun music and videos, also spun excellent thirst-quenching drinks from smoothies to cocktails, delivered with a smile. Ashley's yoga and Kate's pilates sessions were just right, and the hour-long massage left me blissful and pain-free. The owners, Chance and Kate, took on all the worries to make sure our experience went smooth - including adjusting rooming arrangements, transportation, border crossings, and covid-testing. And their dogs, Iris and Tarzan, were delightful and wonderful companions for walks and naps. But the one staff member deserving the biggest SHOUTOUT was our Surf Guide, Ramone. Not only did he gently coax us out in all kinds of conditions, but he was attentive to us in the water and always made sure we were in the optimal spot for catching waves. He helped me tremendously with timing and technique, calling me into waves, and instilling my confidence in bigger waves, and in less than optimal conditions. I am grateful for the breakthroughs that came from surfing with both Ramone and our host, Lorenzo (whom I credit for getting to my feet on the shortest board yet!). Our group was quite small (5 guests at the start and then just 3 for the rest of the week), so it was like having the "resort" to ourselves with a high staff to guest ratio. That said, I still think a larger group would not feel any less personally cared for. You really feel like you are visiting friends: fresh home-cooked meals, no need for locked doors, wi-fi connectivity, laundry service, and pet dogs. It's a home away from home, plus plenty of ROOM TO ROAM.
This trip was such a blast! Room to Roam set us up in Hotel Onda, which had such a cool, upscale hostel/boutique hotel vibe! The staff were super friendly and our excursions were amazing. I especially love the waterfall excursion and learning to surf with Javi my surf instructor! Kate and Olivia were so hospitable and always checking on us to make sure things were going well or if we needed anything. I'd definitely do this again!
By Rheannon M for PURA VIDA! Room to Roam Expands to Costa Rica! on 17 May, 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