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6 Feb

Primal Events Across the Nation and Beyond in 2014!

2014 Primal EventsThis year my team and I are hitting the road to deliver the Primal experience to cities across the United States and beyond. From the shores of Malibu to the mountains of New York, and from Delaware, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and California, all the way to the Mayan Riviera in Tulum, Mexico – we’re coming to you with a lineup of life-changing events. And we’re doing it in more ways than one. There’s everything from classroom-style evening seminar presentations, to action packed all-day events, to transformative weekend retreats. I hope you’ll join us!

Here’s a quick rundown of Primal events in 2014, including the introduction of two brand new ones: PrimalCon New York and the Primal Blueprint Roadshow!

Introducing PrimalCon New York – June 5th-8th

PrimalCon New YorkPrimalCon is coming to the east coast! To all of you who made your voices heard that we needed to branch PrimalCon out to other locations: thanks….and I better see you in June! PrimalCon New York is scheduled for June 5-8th, 2014 and tickets are on sale now. We have discovered a truly amazing facility in upstate New York called the Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, NY. Mohonk is a historic Victorian castle located on secluded parkland in the lush Hudson Valley, 88 miles north of New York City. Travel is easy to New York-area airports or the Albany airport 80 miles north.

Mohonk is one of the classic New York state resorts, family owned and operated since 1869. It’s a sprawling 280-acre facility featuring sweeping lawns, award-winning gardens, a beautiful lake, and extensive hiking trails. We will engage in extensive outdoor activities and dine on customized Primal-menu offerings from their award-winning chefs in their exquisite private dining room.

If you’ve never been to a PrimalCon, I am certain that you will have the time of your life. And if you’re a PrimalCon veteran ($100 discount for PrimalCon alums!), consider coming out to the Hudson Valley this June for this exciting new Mohonk event. The event page has extensive details and even an overview of our daily agenda, so you can see exactly what kind of fun you are in for!

PrimalCon Vacation Tulum and PrimalCon Oxnard

PrimalCon Vacation Tulum is less than a month away and there are only eight rooms remaining in our block with no guarantee of expansion at this time. Get your tickets today before it’s too late!

Also, ticket sales are open for PrimalCon Oxnard, our fifth annual event at the Mandalay Beach Resort on September 25-28, 2014.

The Primal Blueprint Transformation Retreat

pb transformation 320x230With the great success of the Primal Blueprint Transformation Retreats (formerly known as Luxury Retreats) in 2013, Vanessa Lambert is increasing her efforts to ramp up these events in 2014 (and maybe even adding another location besides Malibu). If you’re not aware, the Retreats are hosted in one of Malibu’s most exquisite estates, and are designed to immerse you in real world scenarios, guiding you step-by-step through Primal eating, exercise, and lifestyle strategies over the course of two full days and three nights. These retreats are limited to 12 spots, so if you’re interested contact us immediately. The first one in 2014 is scheduled for April 10-13 in Malibu and will likely fill quickly.

Primal Play Day

Primal Play 320x320 The first ever Primal Play Day is less than two weeks away! Think of Play Day as the best of PrimalCon jam packed into a single day. Each Play Day will start out with a 2-hour meet and greet, and hot topic discussion. Then there will be guided movement and mobility sessions, followed by a Primal picnic, and then an afternoon of paddle boarding and kayaking in the Pacific Ocean. This event is led by our expert coaches Adam and Vanessa Lambert, and is designed for any fitness/skill level. The first Primal Play Day is scheduled for Saturday, February 15, in beautiful Malibu, CA. You can learn more and get your tickets here. So come out, learn a few things, move your body, play, have fun, eat some delicious food, and do it all with your fellow Primal enthusiasts.

Introducing the Primal Blueprint Roadshow

Primal RoadshowThe Primal Blueprint Roadshow is a brand new event we’re kicking off this year. Led by popular veteran PrimalCon presenters Tracy Barksdale, Darryl Edwards, Tara Grant, Bob Montgomery, and Orleatha Smith, this dynamic group will cover all aspects of Primal living – everything from getting started to getting super creative with your meal planning and workouts if you are Primal veteran. Presentations and groupings will be customized for beginner and intermediate guests, and feature extensive question and answer interaction, fitness workshops, rehab and mobility assistance, “playshops” where you’ll learn how to make exercise fun again, and a cooking demonstration with top Primal chefs who will cook you lunch – and teach you how to make it yourself!

Two locations/dates are already on the books: Inglewood, CA (Mar. 29) and San Diego, CA (Mar. 30). You can learn more and get your tickets here.

The Primal Blueprint Transformation Seminar

Primal Blueprint Transformation Seminar

The Primal Blueprint Transformation Seminar is designed to give you a detailed but easy-to-follow introduction to Primal living through the Primal Blueprint 8 Key Concepts and 5 Action Items. If you are new Primal living, this is the place to start.

If you are convenient to West Bloomfield, MI (Feb. 8), Newark, DE (Feb. 27), or Bryn Mawr, PA (Mar. 20), don’t miss these fast-paced, 2 1/2 hour seminars, consisting of live presentations, entertaining slide shows and audience question and answer interaction.

Phew. Well, that’s it, ladies and gentleman. It looks to be an action-packed year. I and all the other presenters and coaches look forward to meeting you in person this year. Let us know what you think in the comment board and Grok on!

You want comments? We got comments:

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  1. Tulum is such a beautiful and awe-inspiring place on earth. I wish we could go.

    Any plans for a family-focused primal event?

    paleocrushmom wrote on February 6th, 2014
  2. Wow, you guys are really taking over the world.

    When I found this site back in 2008 I had no idea it would go this far. Having looked at the initial 2006 posts when you first started blogging, it’s amazing to see what’s happened here.

    I think this movement is special, because it’s no longer about pushing a specific diet like it always has been in the past, but rather self education and personal responsibility.


    Josh Frey wrote on February 6th, 2014
    • Taking over the world? Really? I know we have to spell this out to you yanks from time to time, but “the world” is bigger more than just the US!

      mightywindmill wrote on February 6th, 2014
      • *much bigger

        mightywindmill wrote on February 6th, 2014
      • Yes, and there are actually people out there who (gasp!) don’t speak English! Strange but true…

        SumoFit wrote on February 6th, 2014
  3. And when will you come to Europe???

    MarielleGO wrote on February 6th, 2014
    • Yes, please! Somewhere in Europe would be nice.

      Janet wrote on February 6th, 2014
  4. “Europe” LOL…for a Frenchman (or whatever other European countryman), the Italian/German/Spanish/British government is basically as foreign as is the American one.
    No one in Europe thinks of themselves as being “in Europe” – they think of themselves as being in the country…in which they’re in! I guess like people in California don’t think of themselves as being in Alabama (kinda). Geography sets the rules (fortunately!), not politics :)

    rs711 wrote on February 6th, 2014
    • Then perhaps (not wanting to recreate imperialism) the ‘movement’ should concentrate on English speaking countries; at least initially. There are people in England who are, shall we say ‘followers’ and oftentimes of Monsieur Sisson. Vive la Revolution.

      Kit wrote on February 6th, 2014
      • I guess by “England” you meant Britain or United Kingdom! 😉

        WelshGrok wrote on February 10th, 2014
        • I didn’t, for two reasons. I don’t want to talk for others when I don’t know what they are up to (I am returning to England after nearly a decade of living in New Zealand). I believe in the value of equality and think that credit can be given where credit is due without being classled as a fascist/a member of the National Front, ie equality in devolution; we need an identity too. A healthy mind of a persecutor makes a persecutor think more clearly, which is likely to cause good human traits to rise to the surface subconsciously. I qualify all this too with the fact that I am part Welsh and my wife (and therefore my children) are part Irish. It seems that we need one world community to solve humanities main problems, but our genes need identification with smaller identities. All good stuff! Britain definitely needs to accept that the Yanks are way more forward in ancestral health.

          Kit wrote on February 10th, 2014
    • i guess she meant the continent, not the union. i certainly do think I am in Europe (the continent), no matter which particular country I live in.

      einstein wrote on February 6th, 2014
      • i certainly agree! the point of organizing

        isis wrote on February 7th, 2014
        • *clicked enter too soon*
          i certainly agree! with family members scattered accross europe and living in two countries myself, i certainly do feel ‘european’.
          the point of organizing a primal event in europe is not to overcome any language problems, but to make it more accessible. for me it certainly is easier to drive to france or take the train to england than to sit on an airplane for half a day crossing the atlantic.

          isis wrote on February 7th, 2014
    • You know that those US people don’t know the difference between Europe and France..;) hihihi…

      Anyway not to start too demanding, so I ask for europe as that’s affordable… however I would never advise Mark to come to Holland. no chance of a sunny fun retreat… I’m okay with France…or Spain or Italy…

      MarielleGO wrote on February 7th, 2014
    • I don’t quite agree with this with regards to the EU. While the EU is certainly much more culturally and legally diverse than the USA, I do feel like being “in Europe” and “European” to a certain extent. It is partly the fact that I know I can freely move to and live in any country within. I am German and currently studying in the UK, and there was pretty much zero red tape to be navigated. Another more personal issue is that I do not feel a particularly strong attachment to Germany and German culture, but a much stronger one to the larger European cultural heritage, in a common-denominator-way.

      I know that most people are probably not like this, but I know of quite some people who feel similarly and move from country to country in Europe as others may move from city to city within their country.

      Chris wrote on February 7th, 2014
    • As odd as this may seem coming a British Citizen, I DO think of myself a European! Welsh first, then British admittedly, but I do feel I have a European identity. Maybe it’s just because I work for Dutch company in the UK & do a lot of work for customers in other European countries – I can speak 3 other languages apart from English, (not fluently though I must admit). I think that culture can over-ride geography sometimes.

      WelshGrok wrote on February 10th, 2014
  5. I’m happy to say that New Orleans has a pretty good Primal presence. We are growing every day, up to 420 members! One day that we’ll be able to prove ourselves worthy of a seminar in the South. :-)

    Tamara (Warren) wrote on February 6th, 2014
  6. Wish I would have heard about a Michigan connection prior to today. Also, since I’ve been involved in primal for some time, not a seminar that calls to meal
    athough I was tempted just to meet other Groks.

    perennialpam wrote on February 6th, 2014
  7. Please come to the Deep South sometime!

    Andrea wrote on February 6th, 2014
  8. Mark,

    Do you ever visit your home state of Maine?

    We would love a visit here in Portland!

    Joe wrote on February 6th, 2014
  9. Fantastic line up of events Mark! I soooo wish I could do Tulum! I would love to meet other primal people! I agree with Josh, this movement is special because it’s not just about a diet, it’s about adopting an incredible lifestyle!

    Jade wrote on February 6th, 2014
  10. Mark, would love to see re
    We would love to see some road shows and primal seminars in Vegas for all of us cavemen up here in idaho!
    Grok on!

    ModernGrokette wrote on February 6th, 2014
    • the PRIMAL CASINO will be the highlight of the 2015 SpreeMall XPerience where you will get the chance to gamble away all your savings with like minded fellow Crockers :-)

      einstein wrote on February 6th, 2014
      • just kidding of course

        einstein wrote on February 6th, 2014
  11. All I can say is Boston?

    How about something on the Maine coast, or woods?

    Frank wrote on February 6th, 2014
  12. Come to Columbus, OH!

    zach rusk wrote on February 6th, 2014
    • Yeah! You could even do it at Ohio State!

      Gregory Strine wrote on February 6th, 2014
  13. Mohonk is a fantastic and fitting locale. Seated at the base of a lake fed only by rain and seasonal runoff the “resort” is surrounded by labyrinthine trails of varying degrees of difficulty, beautiful vistas and impressive grounds. The buildings very construction suggests polite conversation over the din of playful children. Very special place

    Jaws76 wrote on February 6th, 2014
  14. Reading about all these awesome events just makes me look forward to the Primal Certification class Mark mentioned at the beginning of the year. I would love to host some classes and get-togethers here in Anchorage but I feel like I need to learn as much as possible first AND have some kind of certification so I’m seen as more of an authority on the subject. I’m guessing Alaska is low on the priority list for Primal Event destinations….although, you can’t really get much more Grok than camping on the Russian river and catching salmon! =)

    Stacie wrote on February 6th, 2014
  15. finally you come to nyc, and it’s the weekend i’m getting married! no offense, but i’m gonna get married instead.

    adina wrote on February 6th, 2014
  16. Wish I could get out of the City and make the NY one. Just not in the cards right now.

    BFBVince wrote on February 6th, 2014
  17. STRAYA.

    duck wrote on February 6th, 2014
    • NO!
      it’s Australia.
      It just makes you look bogan (similar to red neck in the USA) to write straya.

      Hanna wrote on February 6th, 2014
      • +111111111111111111111

        longtallsally wrote on February 8th, 2014
  18. Several locations inside the US and only 1 outside… would be nice if you visited other places in the world maybe somewhere other than the N American continent…. Granted the Mexican venue is in central America but still…. It would be nice if you held events in other areas of the world….

    salixisme wrote on February 6th, 2014
  19. Hey you missed the South !!

    shirley stevens wrote on February 7th, 2014
  20. Beyond :-p Big travelers here :-p Any plans for Australia? It is warm and sunny all year round (well except Melbourne but there is so much more awesome things to do here that make up for that) and you know any country that has no issue eating its coat of arms is well worth a visit :)

    Binkz wrote on February 9th, 2014
  21. Please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please come to England – which is part of the United Kingdom, which is part of the European continent which isn’t attached the the USA 😉 xxx

    Dianne wrote on February 11th, 2014
  22. I see you’re going to be pretty busy this year with your primal-events- across- the-nation. Though, perhaps the excitement will more than make up for the work … for you and the participants. that is. sounds great. I’m toying with the idea of catching up in Malibu.

    Christian wrote on March 7th, 2014
  23. Any more PrimalCon events this year ?

    Tom Brown wrote on November 2nd, 2014

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