Here's what some of our attendees had to say about past DONA International conferences:
"Excellent conference and speakers. It was great to be able to interact with the Founders and BOD all were approachable and friendly. ... This convention has made me very enthusiastic about going home and promoting DONA especially knowing that DONA is standing behind me. Thank you for this great opportunity."
"Enjoyed the slide show and the entire conference. Quality of speakers were excellent!"
"This was my first doula conference. Already I can't wait until next year. It was so exciting to meet and hear from the Drs/ authors of the books I have read and continue to refer to. ... There were some speakers that I felt the clock played tricks on us. The time went by too, too fast."
"Great conference, learned a lot."
"Loved everything overall such a warmth and feel of community – nutritious food."
"I am so impressed with how this conference has been organized! It's the friendliest, most informative conference I have ever been to, and I can tell that the organizers worked incredibly hard and were very dedicated to making it run smoothly. THANK YOU!"
"My first conference, I will be back!!"
© 2012 DONA International
CasaMaga Marriott Cancun Resort
Boulevard Kukulcan, Retorno Chac L-41
Zona Hotelera Cancun, Quintana Roo 77500
Reservations for the 2012 DONA International Conference are to be made directly with Marriott reservations at 800.223.6388 or via www.marriott.com with the group code "DONDONA".
Conference Room Rate, per night:
Conference room rates for dates three days before and after the conference are based on room availability.
Share A Room
DONA International compiles a Share a Room list. By indicating that you want to be included on this list during the registration process, you are indicating that you want the list distributed to you and other conference registrants upon their request for the same purpose. You also agree that you release DONA International from any and all responsibility and from any harm intended or unintended as a result of this "Share a Room" list containing your name, state/province, country, phone, and email address.
Is Mexico safe?
The CasaMagna Marriott Resort's Facebook page encourages people to "heed warnings and select safe cities" when visiting Mexico. Cancun is not among the cities listed on the U.S. State Department's Travel Warnings and is considered a safe travel destination.
Location and Transportation
For those driving, there is complementry onsite parking. check the Casamagna Marriott Cancun Resort website for maps and directions.
Take advantage of optional activities arranged for DONA International conference registrants, their family and friends. Half-way excursion options* include a jungle and snorkel tour, dolphin swim and ride, and a guided shopping tour of Cancun. Book your reservations through Internal Incentive Travel.
* Please note that tours may be cancelled if the minimum number of registrants is not met.
The magnificent CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort is located in the heart of the hotel zone. With its spectacular beachfront location, this AAA Four Diamond resort is the perfect choice for the DONA International 2012 Annual Conference. The hotel's spacious rooms, with private balconies, offer captivating views of the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, Nichupte Lagoon and beautifully manicured grounds.
Take a short bus ride to indulge in Cancun's famed nightlife and shopping. Let our organized Kids Club keep the young ones busy while you relax or enjoy the water sports and other recreational activities.
Imagine yourself on the white sand beaches, toes dipped into the turquoise ocean. Cancun offers more than just beautiful beaches, too. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit a beautiful city filled with culture and history! Did you know that Cancun boasts Aztec ruins? Las Ruinas del Rey (the Ruins of the King) are easily accessible right off the hotel zone's main street, Boulevard Kukulkan, just south of the new Iberostar Cancun on the way to the airport.
Cancun weather is tropical, with year-round sunshine, making it an ideal vacation destination.
Cancun Airport handles the second largest volume of traffic in Mexico; therefore, the security levels are very high. Since they have built the new terminal, Cancun airport can boast great modern facilities and equipment. There are some fabulous duty free shops and gift shops selling silver jewelry and souvenirs so you can always buy that last minute present for your loved ones.
Getting Around Cancun
It is very easy and cheap to get around Cancun by bus. You can catch a bus to most places within Cancun and there is a bus every hour from Cancun Airport to Downtown Cancun. From the Cancun bus terminal in downtown Cancun you will find regular services to all parts of Mexico. You can always find a taxi in Cancun, but make sure you check the fare before you get in. A list of regular fares can be found in the lobby of most hotels or you can ask the concierge.
Cancun Time Zone
Cancun time zone is six hours earlier than Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
The official currency in Cancun is the Mexican peso but American dollars are also widely accepted. Banks are open Monday-Friday from 9am to 4pm but there are exchange houses found all over Cancun that are open much later.
Languages spoken in Cancun
The official language spoken in Cancun is Spanish. Most of the Mexicans working in the tourism industry speak English and you will find that French, Italian and German are also spoken by some. Many of the local indigenous people still speak Mayan as their first language and Spanish as their second, you will often hear them speaking Mayan amongst themselves.
The average tip for service is 10-15% and one or two dollars per suitcase carried. Always check your bill first as tips may already be included.
The standard Cancun electricity supply is 110 volts. Hotels usually offer voltage converters for 220 volt devices. Many sockets do not accept polarized or three-prong plugs so it is recommended that you bring your own adapter but you can usually buy these in the hotel shop.
Cancun telecommunications are modern and up to date. All the main tourist areas have facilities such as fax and internet services and you will find wireless internet access in most hotels and also in many restaurants and cafes.
To make international calls from Mexico you dial access code 001 for the US and Canada; and 00 + country code for the rest of the world. The cheapest way to make telephone calls is with prepaid cards. Making calls from your hotel room can be very costly.
Contact your service provider before your vacation for more information if you wish to use your cell phone in Mexico. Otherwise you can rent cell phones per day for local use.
For specific questions about the conference or registration, call the DONA International Home Office at 888.788.DONA(3662) or email Registrar@DONA.org.