A 25 Year History of Service & Smiles


Dancing Deer is owned and operated by The Center for ReUniting Families (CRF). a nonprofit educational organization.

We believe that people the world over want to make a meaningful contribution to the well-being of others and that we thrive in connection with one another. For more than 25 years we’ve been committed to helping people and organizations make these connections, integrate personal growth and social change, and move beyond ‘the way it is’ toward ‘the way it can be’.

Dancing Deer has served as a gathering place for great thinkers, creatives, spiritual teachers, and social visionaries. We have provided a free facility to many non-profit and community organizations as well as facilities to educate children about nature.

Children & Familes

From 1994 to 2004, CRF owned and operated Alpine Meadows Camp and served well over 20,000 youth a year, providing a place for them to find belonging, to feel safe, to be nourished, and to learn how to create community. In 2004 the camp was sold and the Board began the search for a property that could provide a more intimate and accessible learning environment for families, groups and community organizations to explore the extraordinary potential that exists in us all.

In 2007, CRF purchased Dancing Deer in Templeton, CA.


Interdependence is at the foundation of CRF’s world view. We believe that the well-being of each of us is deeply connected to the well-being of all living things, including the beautiful wild animals on our land.  Connection with the land is fostered through hiking trails on our 50 acres of rolling hills and multiple sitting areas for quiet contemplation.


The Center for ReUniting Families offers resources and support in order to inspire people to make positive choices with regards to their own health, their relationships, their skills as parents and partners and their overall practices for living and being in community. We believe human beings thrive in connection with one another and with nature.