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February 02, 2010

Introducing the Inaugural PrimalCon!

By Mark Sisson
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PrimalCon 2010

Dear readers, here we are in 2010, with MarksDailyApple.com now nearly 3 1/2 years old. Thank you for your tremendous contribution to what started as a dream in 2006, and is now a thriving internet community of passionate and deeply connected Primal enthusiasts. As we celebrate the success of the book and the continued rapid growth of the blog, we also realize that in 2010, it’s time to take this community to the next level!

My staff and I have been dreaming and scheming behind the scenes for quite some time about “what’s next?”. Well, here it is: I’m extremely excited to announce the first-ever live, in-person, Primal Blueprint weekend experience! Finally, a chance for our virtual world to come alive and come together for an incredible 3-day event we’re calling PrimalCon.

We have secured a spectacular resort right on the beach in Southern California called the Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach in Oxnard, CA. I’m almost embarrassed to say that even though it’s only 31 miles from my home, I’d never set eyes on this place until recently, and it is absolutely stunning. This is an all-suite resort with beautiful Spanish-style grounds right on the expansive Oxnard State Beach. We’re talking seconds from out your door to sand in your toes – no kidding. The weekend will consist of a stimulating mix of workouts, play, leisure, classroom education, and of course delicious Primal feasts. Here’s a quick overview:

  • Seminars at the resort will include four general sessions with me, and numerous breakout sessions on topics related to the Primal Blueprint lifestyle
  • Workouts will take place right on the sand or the expansive grass fields of an adjacent beach park. Experts in Primal strength training and sprinting will guide your activity in small groups segmented by ability. We’ll roll out some cool new stuff as we are currently building a comprehensive curriculum for Primal Blueprint Fitness.
  • We’ll have all kinds of fun, games, and relaxation, including leisurely hiking on the beach and sand dune preserve, Ultimate Frisbee matches (of course, no good conference should be without), and the top secret Primal Blueprint Mind/Body Obstacle Course Challenge on the beach (don’t even ask, just show up ready for a challenge!)
  • We’ll have lavish Primal feasts – omelets in the morning, fabulous salads for lunch and delicious barbecue in the evenings. Leave your cocktail attire at home, this is outdoors, Primal style – utensils optional!
  • We’ll have “positive natural stressors” as in Primal ocean plunges in the morning and after workouts. Don’t worry though, you can reach the Embassy Suites jacuzzi in about 41 seconds from the water’s edge (might even count as a sprint workout!).

Getting Down to Details

Size: This is the first of what we hope will be several events a year in various locations across the country and abroad. To ensure an intimate experience, the conference is limited to the first 160 people who register.

Cost: The early-bird conference fee is $695 and includes all meals and a PrimalCon event bag stocked with incredible participant gifts, apparel, and nutrition. The price will jump to $795 once there are only 30 spots remaining, so register now to lock in this special rate. You will book your hotel directly and separately with the Embassy Suites. Suites start at $149/night. If you’re not familiar with Southern California resort lodging rates, this is an absolute steal for a suite on the beach. Couples staying together in double-occupancy suite get a $50 discount on the second conference registration fee.

Schedule: Sign-in Thursday evening, April 22nd, or Friday morning, April 23rd. Agenda begins Friday morning. Dismissal is Sunday, April 25th at 1:30pm. A convenient getaway weekend and then back to work a new person on Monday morning!

Travel: Oxnard is about 90 minutes north of Los Angeles proper, about 30 minutes south of Santa Barbara on the Ventura County’s Gold Coast. Los Angeles International (LAX) and Burbank (BUR) airports are your best choices.

Click here to check out the incredible discounted suite package we negotiated with the resort for the conference. Once you sign up for the conference, please book your suite immediately to ensure the currently published discount room rates.

Click here to read details about the PrimalCon agenda.

I’m hoping this post will stimulate a good bit of commentary and suggestion, as we are still formulating the details of the weekend agenda. I’d like to hear from you on a couple levels:

  1. Would you attend for sure? Strongly consider? Maybe – need more info?
  2. Do you have any suggestions about what programming, including meals, would be most important or interesting to you? Other comments about the basic concept presented here? Have you been to a health/fitness retreat and had a memorable experience – good or bad – that you might share?
  3. If you’d like to receive regular PrimalCon updates as the speakers, events and meal plans are solidified sign up for this special newsletter. I’ll be sending an update every couple weeks until the event takes place in April.


I look forward to hearing from you…and perhaps seeing you in the flesh come April!

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Dave
Dave
6 years 7 months ago

I’ve been hoping an event like this would be scheduled and darn the luck I’m going to be out of the country that weekend! 🙁

I’ve signed up to receive updates in case my plans change. This sounds really great. I hope it is the first of many to come.

ccarrigan
ccarrigan
6 years 7 months ago

I’d love to attend but with the cost of international flights kind of steep and time off work at a minimum I won’t be able to. Hopefully at some point in the future there will be one a little closer to home! (Seattle has a pretty big Primal community and is SUPER close to BC 😉 ) This is an awesome step in the progress of this lifestyle though, I am very happy to see it happening!

Meghan
Meghan
6 years 7 months ago

I would be all about this with a little more notice to budget the conference fee + hotel + cross country flight. Maybe next year. Do you plan on doing the West Coast thing every year or moving it around?

Funkadelic Flash
Funkadelic Flash
6 years 7 months ago

Ohhhhh, man! I wish I wasn’t a poor college student. 🙁

T J
T J
6 years 7 months ago

This sounds exciting, I live in L.A., but it is a little cost prohibitive for me at this time. Any 1 day only pricing?

chris johnson
6 years 7 months ago

Ditto!

Christine
Christine
6 years 7 months ago

No such luck here. I’d love to go and lord knows my husband would love to go somewhere warmer, but southern California is a bit far from the Atlantic coast of Canada…

Peggy
Peggy
6 years 7 months ago

hmmmm, this coincides with the break of my 2 seasonal jobs… I haven’t been in a good Ultimate game in way too long. and the chance to meet up with some other PBers is way enticing. There is a definate possibility…

Daniel Merk
6 years 7 months ago

Mark, I’d be there in a heart beat, but baby is due almost that day! /cry Love the idea about national meet ups! I’ve been toying with the idea of organizing a Mid West retreat on some farmland in Southern Ohio to enjoy a weekend of real primal living. Keep these going!

Hannah
Hannah
6 years 7 months ago

I’d love to go, but am also a poor college student…also it’s quite a ways away from Oklahoma! Maybe it will come to Texas one year (:

I think this is a brilliant idea Mark, if only I could go, I would!

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Brandon
Brandon
6 years 7 months ago

I think this is a great idea and would love to attend. Unfortunately, I cannot afford it. I wish there were more advance notice so I could have saved and planned for it. Oh well, perhaps next time.

Melody
Melody
6 years 7 months ago

I’d love to, but this is a little too short of warning for me. I _just_ booked a cruise that leaves NYC on the 24th.
I’ll be Primal in Bermuda, though, while you’re enjoying yourselves…probably no Ultimate on a boat, though.

BestSelf
6 years 7 months ago

Oh man, my heart’s doing flips from excitement at the thought of how incredible an experience this would be.

My brain’s saying: whoa, flight, hotel, reg fee…. that’s a lot of $.

And there you have it. For now, I’ll probably have to sit it out.

East Coast location, more advanced notice (for budgeting), steeper early early bird discounts, would all help.

Thanks for putting this on, Mark!

Linda Brueckman
Linda Brueckman
6 years 7 months ago

I hope you consider an East Coast PrimalCon.

Jeff P
6 years 7 months ago

Mark –
I hate to reiterate what most everyone has already said, but the cost is also prohibiting me from going as well. I think the agenda that’s been put together, the goodie bag, the location – they all sound great and I wouldn’t fault your team one bit for looking to put on a great time. I really wish I could attend and get in on the excitement, but I truly wish the best for those that can attend.

Would there be a possiblity of some webinars from this?

lars1000
lars1000
6 years 7 months ago

I think it’s a go!

Jose Medina
Jose Medina
6 years 7 months ago

Oh man! Now how do I convince the Mrs????

Jose Medina
Jose Medina
6 years 7 months ago

Heck yes!

gregandbeaker
gregandbeaker
6 years 7 months ago

Great idea, Mark! I’m really going to try to make it. I’d love to meet all of my fellow primals. There are o few of us here in the frozen north 🙁

gilliebean
6 years 7 months ago

Hm… Yup – the price-conscious ones among will be bemoaning our budgetary realities. $ounds amazing!

lilia
lilia
6 years 7 months ago

It’s a little pricey, but put me down for “strongly consider.” I’ve been havin trouble going fully primal, and this event might provide the motivation I need.

Chris N
Chris N
6 years 7 months ago

I just registered myself and my fiancee. Been looking for a good reason to go to sunny CA for a while now. Can’t think of a better reason.

We are coming all the way from Boston. A nice weekend in the sun is exactly what we need.

Lynn H
Lynn H
6 years 7 months ago

Sounds great, what is the age range of the participants so far? My husband and I are 60 and aspiring PBers, but don’t want to be left in the dust…

Pamela
Pamela
6 years 7 months ago

Hmmm! Will have to strongly consider since I live here in LA. Haven’t had time away from the kids in a while.

BarbeyGirl
6 years 7 months ago

Now I REALLY need to win the lottery. Wish I could make this fly, financilly!

Veronica
Veronica
6 years 7 months ago

How do I convince the Mr?! 😀

kevink
kevink
6 years 7 months ago

man i wish i could afford that! I would be there in a heart beat.

Ed
Ed
6 years 7 months ago

Both the conference and the accomodations look like fantastic values! The one suggestion I would have would be to get some type of medical education accreditation, such as from American Academy of Family Practice, or American Association of Nurses. This would allow anyone in the health care field (doctors, nurses, physical therapists, etc.) to write off the tuition, travel and lodging as tax deductible expenses. Also, it might qualify as a medical expense in some situations. Cheers,

aboutsaffron
6 years 7 months ago

Oh Mark, I would LOVE to attend. I was actually thinking the other day that there ought to be an event like this! Unfortunately, I’ll not be able to because of the cost (I’m a librarian living in Ohio, eep!), but if all goes well & my fiance & I make the move to the west coast in the next year, I would hope to attend in the future. 🙂

Todd Dosenberry
6 years 7 months ago

This sounds so awesome! Unfortunately I will not be able to make it this time as I am planning a golf vacation for May. I am not that rich… yet 😉

Mark, do you have ANY IDEA when you will do the next one? Maybe 2011? I will without a doubt be at the next one!!! Miami in 2012 sounds great!

I’ll be signing up to receive updates so I know what this event is all about!

-Todd

musajen
musajen
6 years 7 months ago

I’m going to start saving for PrimalCon 2011 right now!!!

Jeanie
Jeanie
6 years 7 months ago

Do you think they’d let us park our RV in the parking lot??

maba
maba
6 years 7 months ago

Oh, how I’d love to attend the PrimalCon! If only I can convince the mister…

Caveman Sam
6 years 7 months ago

A 13 hour drive… Not too bad. I’ll have to work on my tan And find some money… I could sleep in my car.

Gotta find a way.

OMFW (aka Frank)
OMFW (aka Frank)
6 years 7 months ago

First off, great location. Have done the Strawberry Fields Triathlon there a number of times (before I went Primal ). Sounds like if I want to meet Mark, I’ll need to bring my bodyguards (The Conejo Valley Posse).

Would love to bring my wife and kids to the Primal BBQ on Saturday night. Would be willing to pay for them for just the dinner.

Katt
Katt
6 years 7 months ago

I’d love to go. But I need more advance notice. Gotta give my vacation scheduled for the year in January. No time off during this, this year…. Oy! I hope whomever goes has a great time!

hannahc
hannahc
6 years 7 months ago

Holy cow that sounds awesome!!! Too bad it’s all the way in CA…so add two $$$$ plane tickets onto that price 😉 Would definitely consider going to an east coast/mid-america PrimalCon though, this is really a great idea!!

lady_daraine
lady_daraine
6 years 7 months ago

Seriously – I’m only a teacher! I want to come more than I can say, but I can’t afford it.
Maybe we can talk you into doing a more centralized location – I second the nomination for Texas, like maybe Dallas? 😉

With enough heads up, I could save up for it…

Dave
Dave
6 years 7 months ago

I understand times are tough and money can be tight but for those of you saying “I can’t afford it”, try changing that to “How can I afford it?”. Our brains love to solve problems and by asking yourself how you can afford it you’ll be surprised over the next few days the ideas you come up with. I’m sure many of you are skeptical but give it a try. What do you have to lose?

Sarah
6 years 7 months ago

Believe me, I would LOVE to go, & I don’t think the price is bad at all! But unless I put aside our goal of getting rid of the rest of our plastic debt this year, there’s no way we can pay for the admission & the cost of air. 🙁

jellysoda
jellysoda
6 years 7 months ago

i would half expect primalcon to be deep in the woods. no computers allowed. we would be ifasting like crazy and writing in the sand w sticks!

Furious Mittens
Furious Mittens
6 years 7 months ago

I like it. You could call it “PrimalCore.” In the mean time, beaches and barbecues sound mighty fine to me.

Laurie Donaldson
Laurie Donaldson
6 years 7 months ago

Oh, it sounds wonderful! Unfortunately, I can’t get away during the school year (without playing hooky). If I could find a cheap flight from Baltimore to LA, I’d be there though. If folks in their 60s are going, I’ll feel better since I am 51 🙂 Off to Travelocity…

Charlie Wiederhold
6 years 7 months ago

I’m certainly going to go (living in Encino makes it hard not too). Just gotta see if the other (better looking) wheel on my motorcycle of life will be able to attend as well.

Rachel
Rachel
6 years 7 months ago
What a cool idea! Have fun! Unfortunately little groks make this a no-go for me. I recently read something (not sure where) about a conference for people involved in promoting the local foods, organic farmers movement (maybe it was Slow Food?) It turned out the conference center had a lot of regulations about who could provide food, where it could come from, etc., and the menu turned out pretty disappointing when it should have been awesome. Point of the story – I hope you have done your homework with this hotel’s kitchen or catering group. If not, start planning early,… Read more »
Shmaltzy
6 years 7 months ago

Dang! How about PrimalCon Oz? Right here in Australia at OUR Gold Coast? Unfortunately I don’t have the $$ to get to the US and it’s a bit far for me to swim. Great idea Mark! I’m jealous and I hope you all have a great time. Sounds awesome.

slesca
slesca
6 years 7 months ago

So cool! Thanks for planning this. I’d come if it were a little sooner but I’m afraid to commit to this so late in my pregnancy. Enjoy! I can’t wait to hear how it goes.

Dan
Dan
6 years 7 months ago

I couldn’t possibly miss this since it is in my backyard!! I recently moved to Mandalay Shores so this is perfect. Looking forward to meeting you Mark and other PBers!!

DThalman
DThalman
6 years 7 months ago

drive wouldn’t be too bad from southern oregon but it’s a lotta dough for a school teacher. i think i’ll just crash the party, sleep in my car and catch you guys on the beach for that frisbee match and obstacle course

DThalman
DThalman
6 years 7 months ago

…just kiddin

Andrea
Andrea
6 years 7 months ago

Awesome!

BenevolentForce
BenevolentForce
6 years 7 months ago

I’ll be there!!! Can’t wait!!!

Ika
Ika
6 years 7 months ago

OOOOOOoooohhhh!! I wish I could go!! I am in desperate need of some warmness and sun and not-frozen water…guess what its doing here in WI…SNOWING!! grrr…!! 😛 And I would so love to meet all of you guys and Mark!
However, my fiancee and I are in the process of buying a house right now and there is no way we can come up with the extra $$…*sadness*
Hopefully we can make it to PrimalCon #2!! 😀

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