I just got back from 2011 Camp Pull a Shot in El Capitan Canyon (a little North of Santa Barbara). It was a magical place for coffee geeks/lovers and professionals who were willing to educate and share their experiences in the coffee industry. I basically hung out with some of the "rock stars" of the Barista Guild. After nights of pulling beer through the espresso machine; I have returned with valuable information and some humble pie. They truly have a great community sharing thing going on there, and everyone was super friendly and helpful.
here's a link to see what it was all about: