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July 17, 2013

Join Me for a Luxurious Primal Vacation in 2014!

By Mark Sisson
81 Comments

PrimalCon Vacation Tulum Mexico 2014After four wonderful years of PrimalCon, we have built some tremendous momentum in making this total immersion retreat a fixture in the ancestral health community. We’ve received many positive reviews and facilitated global connections, but it’s also critical to note that I’ve absolutely had the time of my life at all five PrimalCons I’ve attended!

I’m here to share some exciting news about our 2014 PrimalCon plans, and hope you can join me and several other leaders in the ancestral health world for an experience you will never forget. This post details the first-ever vacation-style PrimalCon at the Dreams Tulum in Mexico, March 1st-6th, 2014. (We are moving our annual Oxnard event to the dates of September 25-28, 2014. Details coming soon…)

Mayan Ruins

Vacation To Loom! While the current template of a three-day, action-packed PrimalCon immersion experience is fantastic, I started to dream up an event that would balance the fast-paced energy of PrimalCon weekend. What if everyone just decided to take a relaxing vacation, celebrate the Primal lifestyle, and hang out together at a luxurious all-inclusive tropical beach resort renowned for its five-star cuisine and situated in the shadows of some magnificent Mayan ruins? How about in early March – escaping the rain, snow and cold across the US, Canada, Europe? We could throw in a mix of lectures in a first-class conference facility, engage in some fun outdoor activities, luxuriate in plenty of poolside and beachfront chill time…all in the company of an exceptional presenter lineup and devoted Primal enthusiasts from around the world.

Well, turns out dreams really do come true, and Dreams Tulum (yep, our planned vacation destination is pronounced, “to loom”!) is the destination for the first-ever PrimalCon Vacation on March 1st-6th, 2014! I cordially invite you to join me, Robb Wolf, and others for a proper vacation and magnificent Primal experience next March. Following are details about this amazing facility, the local excursions we have planned to explore the world’s largest natural waterpark and go back in time to explore Mayan civilization, and our awesome lineup of expert-guided fitness activities and presentations. We’ve negotiated a great rate with this all-inclusive resort to offer a vacation where one payment covers just about everything from the moment you land until you head home with your free tan.

CLICK HERE to learn more about PrimalCon Vacation Tulum. Read the description carefully to learn about some top secret early registration benefits!

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Rachel
3 years 2 months ago

Is this your way of telling me Happy Birthday?! No way! This resort looks gorgeous… And luxurious. I’ve always wanted to go to PrimalCon. I like how you switched it up this year. Not sure how I would feel tanning next to Mark and Robb. That’s pretty bizarre… And AWESOME.

Don B
Don B
3 years 2 months ago

Happy Birthday to you too!

Erin
Erin
3 years 2 months ago

wow gorgeous resort! I envy those anticipating attending.

Erin
Erin
3 years 2 months ago

Oh I sooooooooo want to go, but my Costa Rica vacation is already booked for end of February 2014. *cry*

Matt
3 years 2 months ago

You’ll love Costa Rica. It’s my favorite place I’ve ever been!

Gypsykimh
Gypsykimh
3 years 2 months ago

Oh my! This sounds like just what the doctor ordered. I hope we can afford it. Love Tulum, Xel Ha, cenotes, etc.

Also, if you are a diver, there is some amazing drift diving out of Playa del Carmen.

Count me in!

Rachel M
3 years 2 months ago

What airport do you fly into for Tulum?

Ryan
Ryan
3 years 2 months ago

Cancun more than likely.

Matt
3 years 2 months ago

That looks gorgeous. I’ll be in Hawaii though. I’ll have to add that place to my list however 🙂

Ray B
Ray B
3 years 2 months ago

This is fantastic! I just got back from Dreams Tulum this week. I have to say, it’s a great resort, with fantastic (all you can eat) food.

Aria
Aria
3 years 2 months ago

Damn. I want to go but I went on a cruise this year and I still have to pay off my line of credit. If it goes well will you be doing this again? I might be able to afford it in 2015.

SusynK
SusynK
3 years 2 months ago

So expensive, like everything else.
For the two of us to go, that’s two weeks lost income from work and four months of house payments.
Only if we win Publisher’s Clearing House…

Groktimus Primal
3 years 2 months ago

Spectacular!

Josh
Josh
3 years 2 months ago

I’ve been here. It’s a really great resort. Should be an awesome time!

Emily
Emily
3 years 2 months ago

Mark, something is off with the dates. On the website it says Monday, March 1st, 2014 when March 1st is actually on a Saturday! Let me know if the day or the date is incorrect!

connie curtis
connie curtis
3 years 2 months ago

All sounds good except the swimming with dolphins. I am sure you have heard about the conversations going around about dolphins and orcas being in programs or shows of this type. Have you hear about the documentary called Black Fish? Is this something that someone would have to do? Plus is there a price anywhere yet or is that coming later?

Diane M
Diane M
3 years 2 months ago

Do you control what the kitchens cook and thereby make sure all the food is Primal? I imagine the default menu has lots of non-compliant food (including non-pastured meat, etc.). Thanks for clarifying!

Chris
Chris
3 years 2 months ago
Maybe my definition of primal is off, but a beach resort is the furthest thing from primal in my eyes. Maybe if it was an uninhabited island where we had to hunt/chase/forage for and cook our own food and be creative in our play to keep ourselves entertained, I could see a Mexican beach in the picture. Very disappointed every time I see these elitist primal retreats that take place in concrete, urban jungles with hefty price tags. And don’t say that it’s a focus on ‘primal living in a modern world’. Anyone can take several thousand dollars and say,… Read more »
Zach rusk
Zach rusk
3 years 2 months ago

That’s exactly what I was thinking bro! Hah this isn’t what I would want. If you fun any mountain/woods primal camp sen info my way!

AZ
AZ
3 years 2 months ago
Don’t get me wrong, I love me my luxury resorts. But calling this primal? Just seems like a total disconnect. I like most of the stuff and information that Mark puts out, but I think this is a move in the wrong direction. To me as an outsider this looks like all the primal “gurus” said “Hey, let’s go and have ourselves a nice beach vacation, and have a bunch of other folks finance it. We can throw a couple of talks in”. Maybe that wasn’t the thinking at all, but that’s the impression I’m getting. Folks, you can go… Read more »
Pamela64
3 years 2 months ago
I take exception to the negative comments because the PrimalCon Vacation Tulum appears very clear to be what it is. It seems like a great idea to offer a rugged Primal experience in the woods, but I don’t see how anyone can criticize this vacation offering by comparing it to some hypothetical rugged camping retreat. I think I speak for most MDA readers that dissenting voices are always welcome to comment, but negative commentary should make logical sense. Criticizing a clearly advertised luxury vacation featuring presenters on Primal topics as “not Primal” seems silly. Regarding the pricing, I did some… Read more »
Rachel M
3 years 2 months ago

I totally agree with you Pamela. It seems like all things considered, the price seems fair. I remember last year everyone was harping on about the price as well, yet people who were financially able attended it and it seemed like a great time. As for the “luxury” bit not being “primal”, I think the page explained it well enough. It’s a PrimalCon VACATION, aka different from past PrimalCon’s that were more rugged and outdoorsy. This is a new spin on it. I hope I’m able to attend…

Juan Pablo
Juan Pablo
3 years 2 months ago
I’m a fan of Mark and his page but have to agree with you here. I’m mexican, live in Mexico and my business is about 4 hours drive of Tulum. I though to myself, I’ll be there! When I first read about Primalcon being in Tulum I thought it’s the perfect place, there’s so much “untouched” nature over there, so much ancient history, access to great fresh food, and even a few eco-resorts that could fit the whole Primal concept, but when I read further, that it’d be in Dreams Tulum, and at those prices I was quite dissapointed. I’m… Read more »
connie curtis
connie curtis
3 years 2 months ago

I agree with you. Its expensive and well I just can support this for many reasons.

Jon
Jon
3 years 2 months ago
What??? Spending time in nature, on the beach, in the jungle, snorkeling in the surf, swimming with dolphins, basking in sun, relaxing, destressing, lounging around, hanging out with some awesome people, learning some things from experts from aroudn the world, napping in the afternoon, eating great food… how is that not Primal!!!? If you’re idea of Primal is being miserable and dirty on some unsupported camping trip, by all means feel free to rough it on your own. Sounds like someone can’t afford this amazing trip and has sour grapes. Haters gonna hate. Also, not sure why people assume things… Read more »
Blackborne
Blackborne
3 years 2 months ago

+1

PrimalHeather
PrimalHeather
3 years 2 months ago

+1000

Wow. I don’t understand the negativity at all.

I for one can’t wait to put faces to names from the MDA and primal/paleo community come next March!

Juan Pablo
Juan Pablo
3 years 2 months ago

It’s indeed no big deal, its just debate, its healthy right.

If Mark’s interested in organizing a more “Primal” getaway down here in Mexico, I’ll be glad to help.

Finally, when you’re finally down there, don’t forget Tequila is the most “Primal” of spirits (comes from Agave) so be sure to drink a few by the pool, just don’t do shots, you have to sip it!!!

Have fun!

ramby
3 years 2 months ago
Man, Chris needs to get off his high horse. “elitist primal retreats that take place in concrete, urban jungles with hefty price tags.” How is this elitist? Simply because not everyone in the world can afford it? On the price, by the way, it appears it’s about than $2k per person. That’s for 5 nights in tropical paradise, with all food, drinks and excursions covered, and you get to do it with Mark Sisson, Robb Wolf and your tribe, dude! That sounds like a bargain to me. Umm. I’m not seeing a concrete, urban jungle in those pics of Tulum.… Read more »
Chris
Chris
3 years 2 months ago
Thank you for assuming I am an expert on this event, but Mark has not invited me to speak at any of them so I doubt it. Some people think they need to describe to the dissenters here what an all-inclusive resort is…it’s pretty self-explanatory. Been there, done that…miles from primal in my opinion no matter what you eat and who you are with. As someone who follows the Primal Blueprint (as does my wife and son) this does not sound like a “magnificent Primal experience”. “Proper vacation” to most, yes. But the former it is not, at least in… Read more »
popovich
popovich
3 years 2 months ago

“it does not fit my definition”

Amy
Amy
3 years 2 months ago
Chris – I appreciate this response, particularly because I’ve said things on the Net that don’t always come out right the first time. 🙂 For what it’s worth, I agree with you. And it *maybe* that Mr. S agrees with you too, because the wording of the post as I read it at this time involves a whole lot of the word “vacation”, rather than “experience.” (Obviously I can’t crawl into his head.) This conference does look to be an excellent way to meet with like minded people who are into primal living. And it looks like a lot of… Read more »
Mantonat
Mantonat
3 years 2 months ago
I think there’s a big difference between “primal” and “primitive.” While I agree with you on many points (this is a vacation that not everyone can afford, it’s at a resort destination that is pretty much the most built out hotel in the entire Tulum area, it may be difficult to be fully primal when surrounded by all-inclusive style food and drink options), but the tagline for this website is actually “primal living in the modern world.” I don’t think there’s anything specific to a primal lifestyle that precludes spending a little money every once in a while and indulging… Read more »
GiGi
3 years 2 months ago

OMG I would adore this trip. Adore it!!! I am going to look into it. Cannot guarantee anything because my schedule is constantly changing but this would be phenomenal!

Zach rusk
Zach rusk
3 years 2 months ago

Will there be any primal focus on the food? Any of it local?

Brianne
Brianne
3 years 2 months ago

I’m looking for a roommate or two to share a room with! Find me in the forums if you’re interested!

Emily
Emily
3 years 2 months ago

Please do one PrimalCon for us europeans too soon! Like in France or maybe Spain! There is no chance I can afford to go to Mexico or America!

dawid
dawid
3 years 2 months ago

+1 it would be great if Mark came to europe. I’m from Poland so the closer to it the better.

Donna
Donna
3 years 2 months ago

This makes me sad since we are still paying off the Hawaii trip we took in May. I think being all inclusive, it’s probably cheaper too! Wonder if I can talk DH into it anyway 🙂

Merry
Merry
3 years 2 months ago

Looks fabulous!

Theresa in Mérida
3 years 2 months ago

I got all excited until I saw the price. Will there be a day pass available? I live in Merida and I could bus down and stay in my friend’s Akumal condo for free. I would love to attend at least one conference. I would think since March is the worst time of year to visit (very high heat and humidity) there would be off season rates? July is much nicer.
regards,
Theresa

Quentin
Quentin
3 years 2 months ago

Okay folks, I’ve put this off for far too long. Going primal tomorrow and staying primal for 30 days. (Hopefully just keep going after that.) Give me some encouragement!

Alyssa
3 years 2 months ago

That’s awesome Quentin! Good luck!! Let us know how it goes (:

As for the PrimalCon, it sounds like a blast! The resort looks gorgeous. I really don’t see what all the hubbub over it ‘not being Primal’ is about. De-stressing, enjoying time outdoors, and building community are all very Primal, and if you don’t agree, then don’t go.

Plus, since Mark created the term ‘Primal,’ technically anything he says is Primal is automatically Primal. Bam.

Brianne
Brianne
3 years 2 months ago

+1

Chris
Chris
3 years 2 months ago

It’s worth it, Quentin. Your life goes up from here!

Alyssa, first known origins of the word ‘primal’ date all the way back to 1602…way before Mark’s time. And in 1970 a man trademarked the term ‘Primal’ with the US Patent Office and then proceeded to sue people for using it. In 1978 the registration was cancelled. The term can be used by anyone freely.

Alyssa
3 years 2 months ago

Huh, that’s interesting! I guess what I meant was that when the word ‘primal’ is used either on this website or in similar places online, it usually means ‘consistent with the Primal Blueprint,’ which is Mark’s creation. That’s how I took it to mean in the context of this post.

But I definitely agree that this vacation doesn’t fit the more general definition of ‘primal,’ so I can see your point.

Hannah
Hannah
3 years 2 months ago

This looks amazing! I really wish I could go, but I don’t think I’ll be able to. Please say you’ll do this again another year!

Primal Toad
3 years 2 months ago

Is there a limit to how many people can sign up?

Nocona
Nocona
3 years 2 months ago

The Toad is back…welcome!

KD
KD
3 years 2 months ago

Are meals included and if so, will there be nut-free options available (allergies!)?

fitmom
3 years 2 months ago

I think you should reserve two spots, and do a giveaway.

Felix Jaber
Felix Jaber
3 years 2 months ago

Mark I’ve been wanting to go to one of you Primal Vacations since I became primal myself and lost over 100 lbs, Now that you come closer to me (I live 20 miles north of the hotel) I think I would go and have a Vacation very close to home (no airtrip) just a short drive.
Just would skip the transportation and the Xel-Ha and Tulum tours, I hope there is a refund for that?
Hasta la vista Grok!!!!!

Carla
Carla
3 years 2 months ago

Looks beautiful! Unfortunately Lyme and MS are not hot weather friendly illnesses. 🙁

Carren Panico
Carren Panico
3 years 2 months ago

Are the resort restaurants well versed in GF? We were at another Mexican resort and they weren’t so good.

Mary Mac
Mary Mac
3 years 2 months ago

I was at a resort in Tulum a few years ago with a vegetarian, who told the wait staff “no carne” at every meal, but the concept seemed foreign and they took it to mean no great hunks of meat. I’d be concerned about staying gluten free.

Bev
Bev
3 years 2 months ago

Great idea, but I’m not much of a sunny beach person. It would be fun to go on vacation with a primal group. If you do this in the Pacific NW and plan kayaking, hiking, exploring the temperate rain forest, connecting with thousands of year old trees….maybe even sleeping in them….eating fresh oysters and fresh caught fish….I’m there. But I’m going to skip the Mexico invitation.

Mantonat
Mantonat
3 years 2 months ago
Some of the most amazing kayaking in the world can be done around Tulum and points south. There’s an entire biosphere preserve with lagoons and wetlands with amazing flora and fauna. You don’t need to sit in a beach chair the entire time. There’s also a ton of pre-Columbian archaeology with guided tours available in multiple languages. There are also freshwater pools called cenotes where you can swim in cool,deep limestone caves and pools that are all interconnected through underground passages. If you’re lucky you might even see a manatee. Look up Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve for more info. The… Read more »
Kristin
Kristin
3 years 2 months ago

I don’t think all this luxury is very primal. I would prefer something more simple, close to nature where I could learn about how to survive, edible plants and so on.
And please don’t throw the jealousy card people. It’s not always about that.

Bev
Bev
3 years 2 months ago

I like this idea! I envision a ‘working’ vacation, maybe on a small farm, harvesting veggies and seeing what it takes to raise animals for food. Waking up early in the morning to birds chirping, sittting around a campfire at night relaxing. Walks in the woods with a botanist, learning about how to find edibles.

Rachel M
3 years 2 months ago

Not sure if it has already been mentioned, but if you team up with a roomie, how much is the discount as opposed to staying in a single room by yourself? Just split the cost 2 ways or is it like a 15-25% discount per person?

Duncan
Duncan
3 years 2 months ago
This sounds great overall, but I have been to Xei-Ha, and it is really more for kids. Your choices are to float around on a tube in a slow moving river, a little swimming in the River, or walking around a path of decent, but not spectacular scenery, basically. Its not awful, but I would definitely not pay to go there again. The dolphin swimming was in a rather small pool area, too, and was not available on the day I was there – I have no idea how the dolphins are treated, but, well, it just didn’t seem quite… Read more »
Paisley
Paisley
3 years 2 months ago

If you click the drop down option on the order page, you’ll see the prices for all those options. 3 people in the ‘cheap’ room is still $1645 each

Paisley
Paisley
3 years 2 months ago

Is it imposable to attend the seminars and events for a fee and stay elsewhere? There are alternative sleeping options in Tulum.

Paisley
Paisley
3 years 2 months ago

*possible

Sandy A.
Sandy A.
3 years 2 months ago

I love Tulum! It’s about 8-9 hour drive from our house (in Belize). I love to drive up there and take time, hit Lake Bacalar on the way and go kayaking in it’s lovely clear waters. Plus Tulum totally rocks! Lots of things to do in the area

Aylyffe
Aylyffe
3 years 2 months ago

We got married at this resort, too! In 2008. It’s amazing! Wish we could go – the budget just doesn’t permit.

glorth2
glorth2
3 years 2 months ago

Can I get a head count of single, primal female before I sign up? 😉

Primal Hippie
3 years 2 months ago

I sure hope you host this again in 2015. We can’t make it this go round but will surely be planning for the next one. And I love that its kid friendly. Most of us with families try to make our whole clan as primal as possible. It would certainly be nice being around like minded folk and not having to explain why my kids aren’t eating Cheetos and drinking Capri Sun.

Sammy M
Sammy M
2 years 11 months ago

This vacation sounds amazing. My only reservation, I’ve seen many videos of the resort. I’ve noticed that the majority of Mark’s guests are around 30 years of age. I recently started reading all of Mark’s books. I need to lose around 50 lbs. I am 50ish and husband 60ish. Are we going to be out of place?

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