I am very excited to announce that registration is now open for the third annual PrimalCon  (Thursday, April 12 – Sunday, April 15, 2012), our 3-day Primal Blueprint health and fitness retreat held at the beautiful Oxnard Beach Park in Southern California. PrimalCon is a total immersion weekend experience of expert-guided workouts, play, leisure time, lectures and presentations with assorted expert presenters on Primal-related topics, camaraderie with fellow Primal enthusiasts, and extraordinary Primal feasts – an experience that you will never forget for the rest of your life.
PrimalCon welcomes participants of all fitness and experience levels with leveled exercise groups and strict efforts to ensure appropriate self-pacing all weekend. The conference fee is $795, which includes delicious catered Primal lunch and dinner buffets, and a lavish goodie bag of apparel and other Primal gear. You’ll book accommodations directly with a choice of nearby options (oceanfront resort, upscale affordable motel, oceanfront campground, or even renting a beach house with your pals). To ensure an intimate experience and direct engagement with me and expert presenters, slots are limited to the first 125 registrants.
Hopefully you shared in some of the excitement and magic of the 2010 and 2011 PrimalCon events  through our extensive photos, videos, and live blogging. PrimalCon is more than just great food and a lively and diverse agenda blending lectures, fitness activities and plenty of play. The truly magical element is the gathering of like-minded folks from all over the globe who share a tremendous passion for living Primally.
- Seminars and presentations include general sessions with me and other featured presenters with specialized areas of expertise directly related to the Primal movement.
- Workouts will take place right on the sand or the expansive grass fields of Oxnard Beach Park. Experts in Primal Blueprint Fitness will guide you in small groups segmented by ability, and designed to invigorate you without risking overstress or injury.
- 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), extensive free time for small group engagement with the presenters of your choice (wanna learn to tightrope-walk?), and the top secret Primal Team Survivor Challenge that will test all of your physical, problem-solving, and teamwork abilities.
- Hard-core Primal enthusiasts are welcome; we’ll have some lively fitness competitions to test you against worthy competition. However, as aligned with the principles of the Primal Blueprint, this conference is for absolutely everyone. Even if you are injured, relatively unfit, or unfamiliar with the Primal Blueprint, this weekend can kick-start a brand new way of life! We’ll group you with those of similar ability for fitness activities, and watch carefully to ensure that you don’t overdo it. You can also feel free to pick and choose your agenda participation at any time. After all, the beach beckons all weekend.
- We’ll have lavish Primal feasts featuring ridiculously colorful and enticing lunch and dinner buffets. Enjoy an amazing assortment of fresh-cooked, locally grown, pasture-raised, premium quality Primal offerings. Linger after dinner for social time as the sun sets and the fog drifts in to mark the end of the day.
- Oh, let’s not forget the now world-famous Primal ocean plunge. (Watch it here .) Don’t worry though, you can get from the water’s edge to the Embassy Suites jacuzzi  in about 41 seconds (might even count as a sprint workout)!
In addition to yours truly, we have a stacked presenter list for PrimalCon 2012  featuring numerous leaders in the field and members of the Mark’s Daily Apple community:
Erwan Le Corre  is the founder of MovNat, which is a synthesis of his long-term passion with natural movement, his extensive knowledge of “Methode Naturelle” and his philosophy of life. We are overjoyed to have the leader of this fast growing movement join us at PrimalCon. Erwan, originally from France, now lives in the USA. He is working on a book, DVD series, a MovNat certification, and an indoor-outdoor permanent facility for MovNat training.
Kelly Starrett  is Founder and operator of CrossFit San Francisco. He is an expert on performance-based orthopedic sports medicine, helping athletes prevent and recover from serious injuries with functional rehabilitation exercises. Kelly holds a doctorate in Physical Therapy and has trained numerous Olympic and professional athletes, professional dancers, and military personnel. He has competed at the elite level in whitewater rafting and whitewater kayaking. Kelly will provide 1:1 and small group consultations during the PrimalCon weekend to address specific functional problems and injuries of PrimalCon guests.
Barefoot Ted  is back by popular demand for PrimalCon 2012! Who can forget Ted floating along the Oxnard Beach Park  cement path with strides as light as a deer, undaunted by strange looks from passer-by’s and inspired 24/7 by his mission to ”re-discover primal human capacities and encouraging others to do the same.” Ted is an independent athlete committed to re-discovering primal natural human capacities and encouraging others to do the same. He has been featured in numerous articles focused on the benefits of barefoot running. He also has played a major role in popularizing minimalist footwear including Luna Sandals .
Angelo dela Cruz: Angelo won well-deserved “MVP” honors at PrimalCon 2010 and 2011. The guy was simply amazing – a high-energy master healer and athlete who went from dawn till late at night spreading positive energy to PrimalCon guests. He got us all going with his morning Vitamove (an energizing/focusing mix of tai chi and stretching), and we can’t think of a better way to start 2012 days off at the beach. Angelo will engage with groups large and small to dispense his unique wisdom and instruction in the areas of breakdancing, parkour/freerunning, gymnastics, and martial arts. He is also an expert healer and was in high demand for 1:1 stretching/massage realignment sessions. To get a sense of Angelo, check out his ninja warrior audition tape !
Chef Rachel Albert : At PrimalCon 2011 Chef Rachel wowed attendees with her delicious dishes and by showing them how to make healthy and quick meals. She is a dynamo of enthusiasm and expertise from Phoenix, AZ who has been making quite an impact on the Primal/paleo cooking world. You may know her from her book, Garden of Eating .
Chef Rachel will present a cooking demo at PrimalCon. She will introduce you to special cooking techniques, and will show you how to make dazzling, eye-catching arrangements that entice everyone – Primal or not – to dig in.
Billy Vives  will present his unique and super-creative kettlebell workout throughout the weekend. Billy’s kettlebell training honors two key principles: attention to quality of movement and keeping it fun! “Quality of Movement” means fine-tuning the training to ensure that all trainees are learning and maintaining good posture, which is the foundation of efficient movement. He stresses injury prevention and patience (“First move better, then get stronger”). Billy teaches kettlebell training from the “ground up”, allowing trainees to work on understanding how it feels for their body to move right. The trainees flow through the complementary aspects of stability, endurance and dynamic power, while learning how even a relatively light weight (18lbs) can be an easy warm-up – or a challenging test of strength and coordination. Billy’s session caters to all levels – from beginners who have never held a bell to hard-core enthusiasts looking for innovative new ideas.
Monisha White : Maya White  and Esther Gokhale’s  posture and movement mechanics presentations at PrimalCon 2010 and 2011 were such a hit that we had to have an instructor from the Esther Gokhale institute present at PrimalCon 2012. We’re pleased to announce that Monisha White, a lead teacher in Palo Alto, and daughter of Esther Gokhale will lecture on posture and movement. If you want to learn how to sit, move and stand like Grok, or if you have back or neck pain, Monisha will be there to answer all of your questions and provide hands-on support.
Tara Grant  is a featured success story in my upcoming book, Primal Blueprint 21-Day Total Body Transformation. You probably remember her from her Mark’s Daily Apple success story, Tons of Doctors and No Solution . She has transformed from 235 pounds to 159 pounds since going Primal in 2009. Tara suffered a litany of serious health problems related to the Standard American Diet and repeated failures of western medicine to cure her. She’ll be sharing her story in-person of how she took matters into her own hands with a steady, sensible, Primal approach.
Timothy Williams  is a two-time PrimalCon alumni and is also a featured success story in my upcoming book, Primal Blueprint 21-Day Total Body Transformation. Check out his success story on Mark’s Daily Apple if you haven’t already: Complete Recovery Within a Week . During Timothy’s transition to Primal living, he developed a passion for sledgehammer workouts, which he will present at PrimalCon.
Seriously, you don’t want to miss this event, so grab your spot today  and take what is likely a well-deserved 3-day retreat this coming April. See you there!
Getting Down to Details
Fees: $795 conference registration
- Return-attendee discount: $100 discount to 2010 or 2011 PrimalCon registrants. Write “2010PrimalCon” or “2011PrimalCon” in the discount coupons field to activate. We’ll confirm your past participation upon receipt of 2012 registration.
- Early-bird discount: $50 discount when you register before October 12th, 2011 (as reflected in current shopping cart price).
- Couple discount: $50 discount for couples registering together – just select quantity “2” for PrimalCon registration and the second registration will be $50 less.
Cancellations: $100 cancellation fee (remainder refunded) if you cancel before Jan 31st, 2012. $150 fee if you cancel after 1/31/2012.
Schedule: Thursday evening, April 12 – social mixer from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Friday morning, April 13 – registration 7:30am, and then we jump right into the agenda. Well wrap up on Sunday at noon so you can embark on your journey home…and show up to work Monday morning a new person! See below for a more extensive agenda.
Travel: Oxnard is about 60 minutes North of Los Angeles proper (longer at rush hours), and about 30 minutes South of Santa Barbara on gold coast of Ventura County coast. For air travel, Los Angeles International (LAX) and Burbank (BUR) airports are your best choices. Commuter service is offered to nearby Santa Barbara. Residents of Southern California and Bay Area/Northern California are recommended to drive (~6 hours from San Francisco).
The Metrolink train’s Ventura county line  will take you quickly from Burbank airport to Oxnard four times per day. Consult the schedule and if you require transportation from the Oxnard station let us know and our staff will accommodate you.
All-suite resort facility – walk to PrimalCon activities at adjacent beach park. Step out the back gate and onto the sand! Most upscale and convenient lodging option. Includes delicious complementary breakfast buffet with custom omelet bar. A true resort experience for a surprisingly affordable price. Suites range from $149-$225/nite.
3231 Peninsula Road, Oxnard, CA (805) 985-1100
Phone reservations mention “PrimalCon”. Online reservations link coming soon.
1.4 miles from beach park. Beautiful facility right on the water in the Channel Islands harbor. Kayak and bike rentals in the harbor. Deluxe continental buffet breakfast with hot items, free Internet and free parking. Top-rated hotel by Yelp and Tripadvisor in Oxnard! Fantastic cloud 9 beds to sleep hard after your big day. Courtyard view starts at $99/nite. Marina view $109/nite. Choices of king, double queen, or King with sleeper. Guaranteed hassle-free experience.
Beach House – Get a group together and rent a beautiful beach house! Assorted options on Mandalay Beach sleep from 8-15 people. Call or email Nadine Wood at Coldwell Banker Oxnard Beach Rentals 805 985 5190 or Nadine.Wood@camoves.com 
2012 Daily Agenda (subject to change)
THURSDAY, April 12th
6:00pm-8:00pm: Social mixer at Oxnard Beach Park, permanent picnic structure #2 (furthest from ocean)
FRIDAY, April 13th
7:30am-8:00am: PrimalCon Registration: Oxnard Beach Park, permanent picnic structure #2.
8:00am-8:45am: Opening Assembly: Oxnard Beach Park. Greetings from Mark, overview of the entire weekend agenda with details about each agenda item. Form groups, introduce group leaders and presenters. Participants divided into 6 groups of ~20: A, B, C, D, E, F, categorized by self-reported fitness level.
8:45am-12:15pm: Primal Essential Movements (PEM), Sprinting/Running Technique, and Slack Line Experience.
8:45am-9:45am: A, B: Sprinting/Running Technique. C, D: PEM. E, F: Slack Line
10:00am-11:00am: A, B: Slack Line. C, D: Sprinting/Running Technique. E, F: PEM
11:15am-12:15pm: A, B: PEM. C, D: Slack Line. E, F: Sprinting/Running Technique
12:20pm-12:50pm: Primal Lunch Buffet
Break: 10 min.
1:00pm-2:30pm: Keynote address from Mark Sisson: Oxnard Beach Park
2:30pm-3:30pm. Presenter Introductions: Brief presentations from presenters explaining their offerings:
Barefoot Ted Experience
Frank Forencich – Exuberant Animal
Chef Rachel – Primal Cooking Demo
Erwan Le Corre – MovNat
Kelly Starrett – Mobility WOD
Carrie Sisson and Karen Moore – Women’s Round Table
Tara Grant Success Story
Billy Vives – Kettlebell Demo
Angelo dela Cruz – Vitamove
Timothy Williams – Sledgehammer Demo
Monisha Gokhale – Posture/Movement Technique
The Curley Brothers – Slackline
3:30pm-4:45pm: Free Choice Presentations
4:45pm-6:15pm: MovNat with Erwan Le Courre (A,B,C) or Cooking Demo with Chef Rachel Albert (D, E, F)
Break: 15 min.
6:30pm-8:00pm: Primal Dinner Feast: Oxnard Beach Park. Bust out chocolate afterwards at Beach Park. Get people fired up for the plunge
8:00pm: Primal Evening Ocean Plunge at Embassy Suites back gate
SATURDAY, April 14th
7:30am-8:00am: VitaMove – energizing gentle movement session with Angelo De La Cruz
8:00am-10:30am: Primal Team Challenge and Exuberant Animal with Frank Forencich
8:00am-9:15am: A, B, C: Primal Team Challenge – Survivor style teamwork challenge on the beach.
D, E, F: Exuberant Animal with Frank Forencich – Functional movement training, embodied cognition, social games and play.
9:15am-10:30am: A, B, C: Exuberant Animal. D, E, F: Primal Team Challenge
Break: 15 min.
10:45am-11:45am: Free Choice Presentations (Ted, Kelly, Carrie&Karen, Tara, Ted, Billy, Timothy, Monisha, Curley boys, Frank, guided beach hike with group leaders)
11:45am-12:15pm: Primal Lunch Buffet
12:15pm-1:15pm: Free Choice Presentations
1:15pm-2:15pm: Free Choice Presentations
Break: 10 min.
2:25pm-3:40pm: Ultimate Frisbee matches (A, B, C) or Free Choice Presentations (D,E,F)
3:40pm-4:55pm: Ultimate Frisbee matches (D, E, F) or Free Choice Presentations (A, B, C)
Break: 5 min.
5:00pm-6:30pm: Cooking Demo with Chef Rachel (A,B,C) or MovNat with Erwan Le Courre (D,E,F)
6:30pm-8:00pm: Primal Dinner Feast: Oxnard Beach Park
8:15pm: Beach Bonfire at Mark Sisson’s crib on Mandalay Beach (1/2 mile from beach park)
SUNDAY, April 15th
8:00am-8:30am: VitaMove – energizing gentle movement session with Angelo De La Cruz
8:30am-10:30am: Free Choice Mini-Breakout Sessions with presenters
Break: 30 min. (checkout of hotel, etc)
11:00am-12:00pm: Q&A with Mark Sisson
12:00pm-12:45pm: Primal Snack Bar and Closing Ceremonies