Local and international retreat experiences allow you the opportunity to get away from our day-to-day responsibilities, your “grind” to relax, unwind and dive deeper into time for you.  Cara’s retreats focus on themed progressive yoga classes, meditation workshops, great food and fun experiences with like-minded people.  You will come home refreshed, peaceful, and happy.  Perhaps a few new habits and tips on keeping that vacation feeling alive in your everyday life.


Grand Beach Inn

Grand Beach Inn

Fabulous Goddesses

Fabulous Goddesses

October 20 – October 22, 2017
Friday – Sunday

Grand Beach Inn, New Buffalo, MI

Join Cara for a weekend in New Buffalo, MI.  “The Gift” will unravel throughout the weekend focusing on our individual intuitive gifts, the energies of the three main Hindu Goddesses, our individual signature color,  and things we love. Enjoy three 2-hour yoga classes, meditation sessions along with a Saturday afternoon workshop to indulge your creative side.   Enjoy Chef Melina Kelson’s organic farm to table meals and freshly made bread and desserts.  It is a well-known fact that  women come to their first retreat for the yoga BUT come back for the food..  Get to know interesting women, enjoy time to chill out, take a walk along Lake Michigan or enjoy a massage with Felicia Holtz (additional fee).  The retreat is limited to ONLY 24 women. Rooms are assigned in the order in which full payments are received.  The majority of the  rooms are a single and will share a bathroom with a suite mate.

Weekend begins at 4pm CST on Friday, October 20th and ends on Sunday, October 22 at 11am.  We stay on Chicago (CST). Feel free to come as early as 2pm on Friday.  The yoga class will end at 11am on Sunday if you need to get home.  An informal lunch will be served on Sunday immediately following the yoga session.

$490 all-inclusive
Included:  lodging, meals (Friday dinner, 3 meals on Saturday, 2 meals on Sunday PLUS snacks,) yoga (two hours: Friday afternoon, Saturday morning, Sunday morning) & mediation (Sat & Sun each are 30 minutes), workshops/classes, & cocktail party!





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Registration FormDownload the attached registration form email or snail mail 
Peaceful Balance
666 Dundee Road
Suite 1903
Northbrook, IL 60062

I understand life happens  and I will do my best to fill your spot.  I will refund ALL but the $100 deposit, but in the unfortunate event that I can not fill your spot the following applies:  50% will be held after September 22, 2017 , 100% will be held after October 6, 2017.

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What women are saying about past Goddess Retreats:
This was my first yoga retreat and it was a very positive experience from the time I entered to the time I left. Everyone was so warm & friendly. The food was very good and it was extremely healthy. I was thankful for the different tips on how to improve my yoga. I look forward to attending again in 2015.  Candy Pierra, 2015
I loved every minute of this special two day retreat! It was a perfect weekend…from the magical dwelling place, delicious, healthy meals, joyful yoga and a very special group of women!Kathy Dasso 2014
the Goddess retreat has become a favorite weekend for me. I love the people I have met. Cara is an amazing teacher who is not only a good yogi in general, but is very aware of the needs of her clients. She knows how and when to modify a practice to make it positive for everyone. Karen K, attendee 2013, 2014
This event is a wonderful time to indulge in yoga, wonderful food and the bonding nature of feminine energy. Gemma Adams, 2014
“I am so thankful for this past weekend. I feel so blessed to have been lucky enough to be included and so thankful to have met all of you wonderful, amazing women. I just can’t get over what a great group we had. Aren’t we lucky?? Kate Rau, attendee 2012, 2013, 2014

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MARCH 5 – 11, 2016

SOLD OUT!!  Stay tuned for future international retreats.


Once you come to Haramara –  you will want to return. That is why I am heading back again – sun, jungle, treetop naps, ocean views, infinity pool and gourmet meals.

I love Haramara and it is important to me to offer this opportunity to those how want to enjoy great yoga instruction, gourmet food, breathtaking views all at a reasonable price.    If you love yoga and are looking for a retreat to have intense two hour workshops every morning, but want to bring along a significant other who isn’t so yoga  crazed – this is the RETREAT for BOTH OF YOU.   You can expect great yoga instruction but with more flexibility so you don’t feel obliged to attend EVERY class.

There will be a group of folks who don’t want to do yoga everyday.  They are planning golf, fishing and surfing excursions then can choose to join the restorative afternoon yoga class.   This is a retreat to get-a-way for a week to do whatever you choose to do that day and have time to connect with one another plus time for yourself.    This is your trip, your vacation, your retreat.

If you have an interest to get away to sunny Mexico, experience detailed, experienced yoga instruction with a twist of fun, and have your trip be affordable. I will offer morning classes for yogis who want to go deeper in their understanding of alignment and how to get into more challenging poses.

Sayulita is an artsy, laid back surf town and locally there is great snorkeling, fishing and golf.  You may choose to stay at  Haramara chilling by the pool drinking kambucha or margaritas perhaps hanging by the ocean under the thachted pergola.   Thirsty for a beverage?  No problem!  I take pride in hosting retreats where can  enjoy chill time – a margarita  or kombucha after yoga class at the infinity pool, or lounges under the shade. Perhaps a  day of hanging at the beach under a thatched pergola.  And yes, I’ve checked on the quality of our resort’s tequila and it is impeccable:)

Accommodations:  Native and untouched tropical vegetation surrounds and embraces each one of the 16 private palapa cabanas (palm thatched cabins) and an 8 bed deluxe “dormitory”. Each charming and cozy cabana has been carefully designed to subtly merge the internal and external environments while meeting strict ecological standards with as little disturbance to the flora and fauna as possible. Stunning ocean and/or jungle views abound from every cabana.1966672_10151995402083441_986802744_n

Cabanas are spread over the 12 acres of the property making each one absolutely secluded and private.  Enjoy the rustic luxury of any one of the personally designed cabanas, which feature comfortable beds with hand woven sheets, oil lamps, and candles for softly lit evenings, and original and uniquely designed individual bathrooms. All cabanas have private hammocks for lazy afternoon siestas (naps).

Bathrooms are elegant and private with every detail attended to – even fresh flowers.  Getting to and from places at Haramara is a delight – every foot of jungle path and the private beach is hand raked each morning.  It is all part of the magic.

Yoga:  Each day I will lead 2 all level yoga classes.  The morning class will be a Anusara Hatha workshop format each morning we will dive deeper into poses such as standing poses, arm balances, handstands and backbends. The late afternoon class will be more gentle and restorative.  Haramara has lots of great props for a restorative practice.

I have been teaching yoga for over 15 years and practicing for more than two decades.  I am able to accommodate all levels1836724_1386748161600100_1138108459_o, including those with severe injuries and/or no yoga practice whatsoever.  Classes will on average be 2 hours in length.


1899692_10152234398394420_1159374868_o-1Sample of a retreat day:

  • Anusara Hatha Yoga Workshop
  • Breakfast
  • Relax or head into Sayulita
  • Lunch
  • Perhaps indulge in a spa treatment, take a tranquil beach walk, or enjoy a drink on the terrace
  • Restorative Yoga
  • Dinner

Food/Meals:  Mealtime is a great time to be served a three course meal and a perfect time for us to gather or have quiet time at a table for two. Enjoy delicious gourmet meals served in a spacious open air palm thatched restaurant with spectacular views that overlook the jungle and ocean. All meals are tastefully prepared and beautifully served with fresh ingredients and artistic presentations. The wait staff is friendly, well trained and attentive to your every need.

Great food is a requirement for yoga retreats that I lead because I love delicious, creative and healthy food.   All meals are vegetarian based, but also include fish and seafood. All ingredients are fresh, natural and local. The daily menus are carefully chosen by the chef and are based on the ingredients that are available that day. Enjoy the chef’s magical Mexican cuisine, the most romantic and breathtaking views of the sunset over the jungle canopy and elegance found only at Haramara “where Robinson Crusoe meets Architectural Digest!”


Special dietary needs and requests will gladly be accommodated.  Wine selection, domestic beer and margaritas with excellent tequila are available for an additional cost.


Accommodation Options

Double $1,950
Triple $1,665
Dorm  $1,535
Single $2,675

This includes 19% Mexican taxes, 7 nights’ accommodation, 3 meals a day, and 4 hours of yoga instruction a day with Cara Zaruba Butler.  Does not include transportation – resort will coordinate airport transport. Closest airport is in Puerta Vallarta. Haramara Retreat Centre is in Sayulita; a one hour’s drive from Puerta Vallarta.  Rooms and rooming accommodations are first come, first serve.

HOW TO PAY:   A $400 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve  your spot. You can use pay pal – see below  – or  pay via check to Peaceful Balance.  If you pay deposit ONLY and wish to receive EARLY BIRD pricing, the balance MUST be paid in full by December 1, 2015.  Contact me at to arrange invoicing options. Retreat must be paid in full by January 30, 2016.

REFUND POLICY – Before January 1, 2016  full refund less $400 non-refundable deposit.  After January 1, 2016  50% cost of accommodation returned. After February 15 no refunds