Experience the magic of creative inspiration while connecting with wild animals in a natural setting.



Safari West Wildlife Preserve in Santa Rosa, California

September 28-30, 2017 (Friday – Sunday)


The Creativity Safari Retreat is an inspirational adventure for body, mind, heart and soul.


This Retreat is for writers, artists, photographers, and creatives of any kind and any level of experience.

In today’s fast-paced world, creatives are always looking for ways to tune in, connect with inspiration, and do what we’re here to do: write, paint, draw, design, photograph….create!

But let’s face it: there’s only so much inspiration we can get sitting at home in front of our computers! Sometimes we get blocked, sometimes we’re too busy – sometimes we just need to take a break and get away.

What if in one weekend you could learn how to tap into your natural creativity at will with a heart-opening, one-of-a-kind retreat nestled in the middle of a wildlife refuge that looks, feels and sounds just like the Serengeti Savannah in Africa?  You’d do it, right?



During this all-inclusive retreat, you will

  • Connect with animals, nature, and spirit
  • Tune in to your creativity
  • Better understand creativity in general and your creative process in particular
  • Progress on a current project or begin a new one or simply explore your inspiration and creativity
  • Take home tips, tools and best practices to keep your creativity going


The Creativity Safari is 3-day all-inclusive retreat designed to not only spark your creativity and give you time to create but also to set you up for a future of unlimited creativity in everything you do. Nestled in the “Sonoma Serengeti” and inspired by the animals and nature around you, you will connect deeply with your creative source to reach new levels of creativity and aliveness. PLUS, you’ll take home tips, tools and best practices to keep your creativity alive well into the future.


Program Schedule (subject to change)

Friday                    4-9pm (including dinner at 6; check-in begins at 3pm or earlier)

Saturday              9am–9pm (including group and solo and free time and shared meals)

Sunday                 9 – 11am (Gallery Walk and Readings – sharing our creativity!)




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Retreat participants will spend two nights in luxury tent cabins imported from Africa and built on high wooden platforms with spacious decks. Pale green canvas walls enclose plush beds, hot showers and rustic but elegant trappings. There are polished wood floors, gleaming copper basins in the private bathrooms and one-of-a kind hand-hewn furniture. This is “glamping” at its finest!



The Savannah Café provides continental breakfast and safari style BBQ lunches and dinners. Retreat participants can dine indoors surrounded by African murals and artifacts or out on the veranda with its African “Moto” (fire pit), custom-made wooden tables, and vine-covered arbors while overlooking the Sonoma Savannah. Selected wines, beers and fine ports from California and South Africa are available (sodas and alcoholic beverages are not included in Retreat Cost).


Investment (including meals and lodging, based on double occupancy)

Early Bird             $795       (deposit received on or before June 1)

Regular                 $995       (deposit received on or after June 2)

Single Supplement – add $350




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Detailed Program Schedule (subject to change)


3-4pm                   Check In

4-5:30pm             Welcome Reception: Introductions, Intentions and Objectives

6-7:30pm             Dinner

8-9pm                   Group Meeting: Creativity Defined, Explored, Enhanced



7-9am                   Breakfast (at your own schedule)

9-10:30am           Group Activity: Clearing Blocks to Creativity (Cara’s deck)

10:30-1pm           Solo Creative Pursuits and/or Intuitive Coaching with Cara*

1-2pm                   Lunch and Group Process: Affirmations, Anchors and Wins

2-5pm                   Solo Creative Pursuits and/or Intuitive Coaching with Cara*

6-7pm                   Dinner

8-9pm                   Optional Group Meeting: Creativity = Humanity



7-9am                   Breakfast (at your own schedule)

9 – 11am               Gallery Walk and/or Readings – sharing our creativity!


*Registration includes one private 20-minute intuitive coaching session with Dr. Cara. There will be a sign-up sheet available onsite to choose your time. Additional private appointments may be available for an extra fee of $65.


Retreat Leader


Award-winning author Dr. Cara Gubbins is also a professional intuitive and coach whose passion is helping others live their dreams by connecting them with animals, nature and spirit.

Trained as a scientist, Cara found her creativity relatively late in life – but she’s making up for it now!

Cara has published three books, designed dozens of courses, workshops and retreats locally, nationally and internationally, and each day she co-creates the life of her dreams – full of inspiration, joy, fulfillment, meaning and love.

Cara’s current creative projects include writing a memoir, designing an oracle card deck, and recording guided mindfulness meditations. Cara holds bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees in ecology, evolution, conservation biology, animal behavior, and spiritual psychology.  When she’s not creating, Cara can be found outside enjoying nature with her husband, children, dogs and cat.



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