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Drum Circle Facilitators Conference 2013

  • 22 Feb 2013
  • 24 Feb 2013
  • Pajaro Dunes Resort, Watsonville, California U.S.A.
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(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • (10% discount for DCFG members - need to be logged in to use this registration type)

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8th Annual

February 22-24, 2013

Pajaro Dunes Resort
Watsonville, California

“A.I.M.: Creating a Unique Practice Based in
Authenticity, Intention, and Mindfulness”

The 2013 DCF Conference registration is full.
Please email contact@dcfg.net to join the WAIT LIST.

It is time to gather, drum, learn and exchange. This year we are excited to be back on the West Coast and ready to embrace the experience. The conference will be full of great presentations, opportunities and amazing facilitators.

The DCF Conference is for everyone who uses rhythm and/or drumming activities in their work; including settings such as:
  • Education
  • Youth Development
  • Social Services
  • Active Seniors
  • Health & Wellness 
  • Elder Care 
  • Community Events 
  • Workplace Training


The Drum Circlge Facilitator’s (DCF) Conference will feature an array of workshops on a wide range of DCF related topics. There will also be open periods for unscheduled topics, jump time for in-the-circle practice, and time to simply drum together. Conference sessions are designed for participants who have knowledge and experience with basic DCF principles. Beginning DCFs are welcome, however introductory instruction will not be offered.

NEW FOR 2013

  • We are on the West Coast!!!
  • Focus will be on your authenticity, intention and mindfulness in your practice.
  • Every facilitator will have the chance to walk away with tools to improve their practice immediately.
  • Shared housing, lower housing costs
This year we will spend our time at Pajaro Dunes Resort in Watsonville, California, USA. We have arranged an all-inclusive package including meals and housing for the whole weekend. We will be sharing 4 houses, with multiple single and shared rooms (see details under Lodging below).

The event is organized by volunteer members of the DCF community, and is sponsored by the Drum Circle Facilitators Guild (DCFG). For more information about DCFG, go to www.dcfg.net.


Pajaro Dunes is on Monterey Bay, west of Watsonville, CA, about half way between Santa Cruz and Monterey. The nearest major airport is San Jose Airport (SJC).

We have arranged for shuttle service for members of our group from the San Jose airport to the conference. Cost is $35 each way (approx. 1.5 hour trip). We will schedule pickup times according to participants' flight schedules. You will pay the driver directly.

ARRIVAL: Please arrange your flights to arrive as early as practical on Friday. You will want to arrive by 2:00 pm at the latest to catch the Conference opening. Shuttle service for those arriving later than that MAY be available, depending on how many need it (we need a minimum of 5 people per trip at $35 each). Other options include car rental, or potentially a ride from a Bay Area participant.

RETURN Sunday or Monday: If there is sufficient need, we can arrange a shuttle for Sunday night flights leaving Pajaro Dunes around 5:30, for flights leaving SCJ after 8:30 pm. But we encourage you to stay until Monday to squeeze the last drop of fun, camaraderie, and music from the weekend!

The shuttle van can leave Pajaro Dunes at 6:30 am on MONDAY, February 25, so book your return flight to leave at 9:30 or later.

If your arrival and/or departure times have to be outside of those windows, we suggest you plan on renting a car.


The 2013 DCF Conference registration is full.
Please email contact@dcfg.net to join the WAIT LIST.

Conference Fee: $350
DCFG Members: $315 (10% discount)

Send your check (preferred) to DCFG, PO Box 222, Fulton, MD 20759.


UPDATE: Lodging at Pajaro Dunes is full. Hotel rooms are available 3 miles away in Watsonville.

Accommodations are available at the Pajaro Dunes Resort. The DCFG has reserved a few large 4 - 6 bedroom houses that are clustered together and our close to our meeting area. Participants will be given 3 choices for rooms, and all efforts to give the first choice will be made. The cost covers the weekend (3 nights, Friday night through Sunday night). Since the houses are rented for this period of time there can be no discounts for fewer nights. You can get an idea of the accommodations in the "Houses" section of the Pajaro Dunes website. Our houses are near the Sandpiper meeting center.

Conference participants have the following choices (rates are for 3 nights):

Rooms with bathroom attached are $350. One or two person occupancy.
King Bed
Queen Bed

Rooms without bathroom attached (bathrooms are in the hall) $275. One or two person occupancy.
King Bed
Queen Bed

The following are for bed space, and may or may not have a roommate
Double bed $225
Twin $175
Sofa Sleeper $150

When you register for the conference online, you can make three choices for the type of room you would like reserved for you.

Once you have your room assignment you will be able to pay for the room with a credit card through the Pajaro Dunes Resort. There will be no refund on cancellations made after February 8, 2013. Room changes may occur depending on the amount of houses we can fill up.


Our schedule is almost full, but we welcome your proposal in case a spot opens up. Feel free to contact marytolena [at] yahoo.com to check on potential schedule openings.

We are looking for individuals that have excelled or learned a great deal in their practice and business. This year, we will emphasize how we as practitioners can take action with DCF principles, methods, and business considerations, to make them truly our own, blending into our unique personalities and DCF practices rooted in Authenticity, Intention, and Mindfulness.

The application period is now open for workshop session proposals covering the following general subject areas:

 A. DCF Business Development (building market presence, client base, equipment & logistics, start-up funding, etc.)
 B. Program Design & Activities for Specific Populations (children, special needs, organizational training, health, etc.)
 C. DCF Techniques and Strategies (activities, games, resources)
 D. DCF Mastery (personal presence, inner development, facilitating overall event flow & energy, inter-disciplinary resources, peer feedback)
 E. Other

If you are interested in proposing a session, please download and complete the Session Proposal form.

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