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22 Aug

PrimalCon 2013 Registration Now Open!

PrimalCon. For three years, you’ve read about it, seen pictures, watched videos – experienced it as much as humanly possible through the Internet. Perhaps 2013 is the year to pull the trigger? That’s right, I’m talking about you joining me and 120 other intrepid folks for PrimalCon 2013, from Thursday, April 11th to Sunday, April 14th, 2013 in Oxnard, CA. That is, if you like eating phenomenal food, experiencing the breathtaking Southern California coast, hanging out with totally cool fellow Primal enthusiasts from around the globe, and learning from some of the world’s most knowledgeable experts on all facets of Primal-related eating, moving, and living.

In case you haven’t heard (or reviewed the links from 2010, 2011, and 2012), PrimalCon is our three-day health and fitness retreat – 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 is more than just great food and a lively and diverse agenda blending lectures. The truly magical element is the gathering of like-minded folks from all over the globe who share a tremendous passion for living Primally.

PrimalCon welcomes participants of all fitness and experience levels. Really, we make it work for everyone! If you’re a hardcore CrossFit Games type, we’ll have stuff to test your mettle (I’m already in serious training for the Ultimate Frisbee battles – watch out Stember, watch out Curley twins!). If you are new to Primal living, relatively unfit, injured, whatever, don’t worry – you will fit right in. Our staff makes a sincere effort to ensure that you receive appropriate guidance and pace yourself appropriately all weekend. We also offer extensive pick-and-choose flexibility on the daily agendas, so you can custom design your ideal experience. Yep, you can repeat K-Star three times if you want, or escape to the beach for a spell – we won’t tell!

The conference fee is $849 ($799 if you register by Sep. 12), which includes a morning Primal Fuel coconut milk smoothie and snack spread, 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.

What to Expect from PrimalCon 2013:

Seminars and presentations include general sessions with me and other featured presenters with specialized areas of expertise directly related to the Primal movement.

Mark Sisson Chef Rachel

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 with sessions designed to invigorate you without risking overstress or injury. Again, this conference is for absolutely everyone. Whether you’re in great shape, or you’re injured, relatively unfit, or unfamiliar with the Primal Blueprint, this weekend can kick-start a brand new way of life!

VitaMove Kettlebell Workout Barbell Work Gymnastics

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.

Slackline Timothy Survivor Challenge Ultimate Frisbee

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 (can you say, “party house”?) as the sun sets and the fog drifts in to mark the end of the day.

Primal Feast Barbecue Primal Feast Birds

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)!

Ocean Plunge Spa

Guest Presenters

In addition to yours truly, we have a stacked presenter list for PrimalCon 2013 featuring numerous leaders in the field and members of the Mark’s Daily Apple community:

Kelly Starrett

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. At his PrimalCon 2012 debut, Kelly absolutely rocked the house with his engaging and extremely informative presentation. I was quite busy dealing with logistics at the event, but when Kelly took the floor I stopped in my tracks and was captivated for 90 minutes. Kelly will be available at presenter free choice time to discuss specific functional problems and injuries of PrimalCon guests.

Barefoot Ted

Barefoot Ted is back by popular demand for his fourth consecutive PrimalCon! What a journey Ted’s been on – from the guy getting funny looks aimed at his exposed pedals to now an international celebrity and leading proponent of the exploding barefoot/minimalist shoe movement. 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.

Michael Stember

Michael Stember: We are overjoyed to report that Olympic runner Michael Stember will once again join us at PrimalCon. Michael was a former champion middle distance runner who owns Stanford School Records in the 800 meters and 1500 meters and competed for US Olympic team in the 2000 Games in Sydney. He ran on the professional track circuit for a decade and is one of America’s foremost running technicians and theorists about proper technique for running and fitness acuity. Michael’s engaging presentation will appeal to all fitness levels and will teach how to simply move your body properly and efficiently while running at both high speeds and slow speeds.

Angelo dela Cruz

Angelo dela Cruz: Angelo is simply the all-around all-star of PrimalCon. He gets our days off to a great start with his morning sessions of Vitamove (an energizing/focusing mix of tai chi and stretching), and no doubt will be goaded into ending our days in style by busting out some of his break dancing moves at the beach party house! Angelo will engage with groups large and small to dispense his unique wisdom and instruction in the areas of parkour/freerunning, gymnastics, and martial arts. Angelo is also an expert healer and will be available for 1:1 stretching/massage realignment sessions during presenter free time. To get a sense of Angelo, check out his ninja warrior audition tape!

Chef Rachel

Chef Rachel Albert: Another four-year PrimalCon veteran, Chef Rachel presents the ultimate in fun, time-efficient, Primal-aligned meal and snack preparation with her delightful cooking demo at her private beach house kitchen. Rachel 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. Rachel’s demo and free-time engagements will introduce you to special cooking techniques, and also show you how to make dazzling, eye-catching arrangements that entice everyone – Primal or not – to dig in.

William Vives

William Vives, kettlebell king, is back! William’s photo was published in the new Webster’s dictionary next to the definition of “high-energy”. William will present his unique and super-creative kettlebell workout throughout the weekend. William’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”). William 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. William’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

Monisha White:  Monisha joins us again to present Esther Gokhale’s posture and movement technique. Monisha was such a huge hit in 2012 she almost, almost makes people forget about her mom—that’s right, it’s Esther! A lifelong (literally!) student of the Gokhale Method, Monisha is an extremely polished and passionate presenter. She was busy all weekend giving her formal presentations and engaging 1:1 with guests to fine tune the way they stand, sit, and move. Oh, did I mention her participation in the Ultimate Frisbee matches? Well, she plays on the Stanford team and gets more air time than Michael Jordan! Don’t let the sweet smile fool you, pick her first for your team.she’ll be the one throwing, running, and catching with perfect technique.

Tara Grant

Tara Grant is a featured success story in the 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 share her story in-person of how she took matters into her own hands with a steady, sensible, Primal approach – and what you can do to overcome all the momentum against healthy living that we face today. Watching Tara materialize from the book pages to holding court with the group, detailing her amazing story, was a real treat at 2012 PrimalCon.

Timothy Williams

Timothy Williams is a three-time PrimalCon alumni and is also a featured success story in the 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. Yep, sledgehammer workouts, which you will not be able to resist taking a crack at when you meet Timothy and experience his magnetic smile and positive attitude.

Bryan Barksdale

Bryan Barksdale: Bryan returns to PrimalCon for the third time, having been a participant, then a group leader, and now a presenter. Bryan and his wife Tracy founded the very popular and active Austin Primal Living Group which maintains over 500 members. Bryan is currently pursuing an MD/PhD at UTMB/UT Austin in neuroscience and is studying the application of ketosis in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. Bryan will discuss how Primal eating and lifestyle practices can optimize brain function and prevent neurodegenerative disease.

Tracy Barksdale

Tracy Barksdale: Tracy was so inspired by the 2012 MovNat presentations at PrimalCon that she went out and completed the intensive certification program, and transitioned from her career as a schoolteacher to present MovNat classes in Austin, TX. Tracy, co-founder of the Austin Primal Living Group with husband Bryan, is part of the Fearless Training Camp, a nationwide training camp for obstacle course racers. Tracy welcomes participants of all levels to this exciting natural movement program. Check out the recent feature story on Tracy and Bryan in the Galveston, TX newspaper.

The Lamberts

Vanessa and Adam Lambert will be teaching the fundamentals of Olympic lifting and Gymnastics. Vanessa, AKA Nesta Rae, one of Primal Blueprint’s own, has been a gymnast and competitive athlete her entire life (fitness reel). Adam is Battalion Chief and Physical Fitness Coordinator for Cal Fire. The two have been CrossFit games competitors (3rd place Affiliate team 2009), surfers, and avid Primal advocates for years. If you have ever heard of Olympic lifting and have wanted the opportunity to explore this ancient craft of weightlifting, or if you are an avid O-Lifter and just want to throw some weight around, you can join Adam and Vanessa during one of your elective hours to do so! The Lamberts will also be offering an elective that focuses on the fundamentals of gymnastics. Come improve your hand stand technique, learn to do a forward roll, or simply learn some gymnastic-based calisthenics. This is a great opportunity to explore gymnastics and its application to the Primal world.

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: $849 conference registration

  • Return-attendee discount: $100 discount to 2010, 2011, or 2012 PrimalCon registrants. Type “PrimalConAlum” in the discount coupons field to activate. We’ll confirm your past participation upon receipt of 2013 registration.
  • Early-bird discount: $50 discount when you register by September 12th, 2012 (as reflected in current shopping cart price).
  • Couple discount: $50 discount for couples, or pals, 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, 2013. $150 fee if you cancel after 1/31/2013.

Schedule: Thursday evening, April 11 – Primal Dinner Feast and social mixer from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Friday morning, April 12 – 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 air service is offered at nearby Santa Barbara airport. 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. The Roadrunner shuttle offers service from both LAX and BUR to your destination in Oxnard. For carpooling or other ride sharing options, consider posting on the PrimalCon Forum.


Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach Resort

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.

We have secured a block of significantly discounted rooms at the Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach resort. Call 805-984-2500 and mention “PrimalCon” or visit the PrimalCon Embassy Suites Booking Page to take advantage of the discounted package. Suites start at $149.

If you have any problems or difficulties making reservations for PrimalCon at the Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach resort, call our outstanding contact there, Natalia Molera, at 805-760-9041 or email

Hampton Inn Channel Islands Harbor

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. Choices of king, double queen, or King with sleeper. Guaranteed hassle-free experience.

The Channel Islands Hampton Inn also offers a great PrimalCon discount package of $89 per nite starting rate for basic king room up to $119 for premium queen. The hotel is honoring the 2012 PrimalCon special despite room rates increasing $50 per night in 2013! Mention “PrimalCon” when booking your room. Call (805) 985-1100 or visit: or

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 at 805 985 5190 or

Purchase your ticket(s) for PrimalCon 2013 above. Email or call 888-774-6259 if you have further questions.

2013 Daily Agenda (subject to change)

THURSDAY, April 11th

6:00pm-8:00pm: Primal Dinner Feast and informal social mixer. Location: Top secret Primal beach house TBA.

FRIDAY, April 12th

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. Note: Groups will NOT be tiered by fitness level in 2013. We will pair/group together all participants who request such.

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
Chef Rachel – Primal Cooking Demo
Kelly Starrett – Mobility WOD
Carrie Sisson and Karen Moore – Women’s Round Table
Tara Grant Success Story
William Vives – Kettlebell Demo
Angelo dela Cruz – Vitamove
Timothy Williams – Sledgehammer Demo
Monisha Gokhale – Posture/Movement Technique
Michael Stember – Sprinting/Running Technique
Adam and Vanessa Lambert – Olympic Lifting and Gymnastics
The Curley Brothers – Slackline

3:30pm-4:45pm: Free Choice Presentations

4:45pm-6:15pm: Kelly Starrett (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 13th

7:30am-8:00am: VitaMove – energizing gentle movement session with Angelo De La Cruz

8:00am-10:30am: Primal Team Challenge or 90-minute presentation TBA

8:00am-9:15am: A, B, C: Primal Team Challenge – Survivor style teamwork challenge on the beach.
D, E, F: 90-minute presentation TBA

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, William, Timothy, Monisha, Curley boys, 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 90-minute presentation TBA (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 14th

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

You want comments? We got comments:

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  1. yesssss! this will be amazing! Can’t wait to see everyone again!

    Tracy wrote on August 22nd, 2012
  2. I want to go!!!!

    Sixtoesgirl wrote on August 22nd, 2012
  3. Little bit expensive for me, but it seems like a really fun time!

    Lauren wrote on August 22nd, 2012
    • Yes, this looks like a lot of fun! But the cost is more than my biweekly paycheck =p

      Gift Clumsywarrior wrote on August 22nd, 2012
      • The high fee is to ensure a gathering of only young, affluent, skinny white paleo elitists wearing goofy shoes.

        conrack wrote on August 22nd, 2012
        • Go back to the ghetto and your KFC!

          Mikey UK wrote on August 22nd, 2012
  4. When you coming across to London or Europe to run one of these?! The community here would also love it! Happy to help organise, it will be awesome!

    Patrice wrote on August 22nd, 2012
    • Why not organize an event yourself? I hope to spend a lot of time overseas over the next several years in between walking across the US to help put together events like these.

      There is no reason why a few can get together and do events like these. I’m sure a few “experts” would fly over!

      Basically, I’m going to do whatever it takes (as long as I am enjoying myself!) to spread the truth about health and wellness. It’s my lifelong mission (and mission of my tribe) after all!

      Primal Toad wrote on August 22nd, 2012
      • Come to Melbourne, Australia!

        Kat wrote on August 22nd, 2012
        • Would love for this to come to Melbourne too. Let’s hope we don’t have to wait too long!!

          Maray wrote on August 22nd, 2012
        • The first 2 countries I visit when I go overseas for the first time are New Zealand and Australia so you are in luck! Let’s make it happen… next year?!

          Primal Toad wrote on August 23rd, 2012
        • I’m with Kat and Maray, please come to Melbourne Australia…please!!

          Di wrote on August 23rd, 2012
    • Do it in Portugal and give me a shout, I will help out. Portugal has great weather, wonderful food, and it was the last home to Neanderthals. Now thats primal!

      Noah Revoy wrote on August 22nd, 2012
      • I’ll visit Porugal at some point! You saying this motivates me to come there sooner rather than later for sure.

        Primal Toad wrote on August 23rd, 2012
  5. Damn, I wish I lived in the US so could go to this! Anyone know if anything vaguely similar ever happens in the UK or Europe?

    Jenny wrote on August 22nd, 2012
    • It will take off soon. I sincerely believe that my walk across America is going to be unimaginably huge.

      I’m not just walking. I’m doing various things while walking and taking my sweet time with each state.

      We need to educate people as much as we possibly can. Reach folks of ALL ages as well as ALL areas across the globe.

      One big thing for me is to help folks start meetup groups via!! Do it people!

      Primal Toad wrote on August 22nd, 2012
  6. I would love to get involved more with Primal Living but it doesn’t seem to have taken off in the UK as much as in the US. When are you comeing over, Mark, to take your British compadres under your wing…?

    Ali wrote on August 22nd, 2012
  7. I’ll be there this year!!

    “Yep, you can repeat K-Star three times if you want, or escape to the beach for a spell – we won’t tell!”

    This is true and quite the rhyme!

    Primal Toad wrote on August 22nd, 2012
    • I mean “next” year.

      And, actually, I’ll be WALKING across NorCal before and after Primal Con!

      Yes, I’m walking across all 50 states of America. My adventure begins this September. I’m not going one stop. One state at a time with breaks. Sometimes a one night break sometimes a 3 month break… it all depends on how I feel, what I have planned and Primal related events like this, AHS, Paleo FX, WAPF conference, Low Carb cruise, etc.!

      Anyone want to join me anywhere in the US?

      You get to vote for my first state too.

      Primal Toad wrote on August 22nd, 2012
      • Walking? That’s amazing.. Do you have a blog to record your adventures?

        Ella wrote on August 22nd, 2012
        • Click on my link. I’ll be blogging about it for sure. At least one post coming next week with more details!

          Primal Toad wrote on August 22nd, 2012
  8. Mark and I will be there once again! Already signed up! Can’t wait to see everyone again, too!

    Michelle wrote on August 22nd, 2012
  9. In the body of the post I read ”
    The conference fee is $849 ($749 if you register by Sep. 12)…” but at the bottom the early bird special is a $50 discount which is reflected in the current shop price. Just thought I would seek clariety before “pulling the trigger” sure wouldn’t mind saving another $50!

    Jon wrote on August 22nd, 2012
    • Good catch. Should read $799 if you register by 9/12. We’ll fix that right away. Spaces going very fast….

      Mark Sisson wrote on August 22nd, 2012
      • Pls come to Melbourne, Australia

        Maray wrote on August 22nd, 2012
  10. Registered.. don’t think I was the first one this year :)

    Can’t wait!

    Lars T. wrote on August 22nd, 2012
  11. Just signed up…nervous…it will be my first. Are there any other women going without a roomate? I would seriously be willing to consider rooming to save some $$. I guess you can email me offline.

    mktggirl21 wrote on August 22nd, 2012
  12. Ooooooo…..sent it off to the hubby as a hint “best birthday present ever”. He already thinks I’m a little zany. Maybe I could finally convert him. Ahhh … to dream!

    Judy wrote on August 22nd, 2012
  13. I’ll be there! I am interested in sharing a beach house. -Homer

    Homer Frizzell wrote on August 22nd, 2012
    • I am also interested in coming, but I need a place to stay if there is room in a beach house I would be glad to join

      Afitz wrote on August 23rd, 2012
  14. Like this costs you anywhere near $100,000, haha.

    Oliver wrote on August 22nd, 2012
  15. Would be nice if you had speaker covering paleo and women dealing with peri and menopausal issues. My friends and I would definitely look into attending. Have not been able to find on sites any conferences covering that topic.

    Jina wrote on August 22nd, 2012
    • Why not setup a big red tent while your at it? Oh wait, that might attract bears…

      Paleo Bon Rurgundy wrote on August 23rd, 2012
    • I would love to do a talk on this. I’ve been talking to my patients about the positive effects of Paleo on peri and post menopausal women and have done tons of research.

      Sandi B wrote on August 24th, 2012
  16. As a first-time attendee last year–and a post-menopausal, not too in shape one at that:-) — I can’t encourage people enough to go to PrimalCon! It’s a wonderful experience, and I learned a lot, meet great people, ate fabulous food, and soaked up enough positive primal community vibe to keep me going for long afterwards.

    Other commitments will keep me away in 2013, but if you have even the slightest inclination/curiosity to do it, I say GO!!!!

    Marianne wrote on August 22nd, 2012
  17. OK…I signed up for 2013, as I really enjoyed 2012 and still keep in touch with a few folks via Facebook. Woo-hoo!!

    VANESSA & ADAM – Please bring more bumper plates…let’s see if I can continue upping my deadlift PR! :-)

    TARA GRANT – You said you’d bring your guitar to 2013. I said that if you did, I’d attend & bring my Celtic harp. Let’s make music by the sea!

    Let’s hope for sun in April!

    Russell wrote on August 22nd, 2012
  18. I wanna go, but definitely out of the budget for now, unless…. Is there a payment plan? 😀

    Jessica wrote on August 22nd, 2012
  19. Just bought my ticket – really excited!! Newbie!

    Jey wrote on August 22nd, 2012
  20. I really wish I could go, but I already have a cruise booked for May of next year. One vacation will already murder my budget, two would just be insane. Ah well. :)

    Aria wrote on August 22nd, 2012
  21. Ohh man I so want to go to this!
    I have never heard of such a thing, but it sounds amazing.
    I wish you had one in Australia!
    I’ll see if I can convince a friend to come over… Failing that, would it b awkward if I came over by myself and knew no one?…

    Ella wrote on August 22nd, 2012
    • Hi Ella,

      When I attended last year’s PrimalCon, it was fun meeting a lot of the international attendees, many who came by themselves. I met singles and couples from England, Scotland, Australia, Norway, Canada, & possibly other countries. And with the USA being rather large, there were many attendees from other states, too.

      Russell wrote on August 22nd, 2012
    • Some of the best times I ever had were when I attended a conference where I didn’t know anyone. Going with people you know tends to make you stick with those people. Going solo forces you out of your comfort zone.

      Thomas wrote on August 23rd, 2012
      • +1 Some of my best experiences were going it alone!

        Meesha wrote on August 23rd, 2012
  22. Someday when my kids aren’t so little we will be able to fly all the way to Cali for this!!!

    Joanne - The Real Food Mama wrote on August 22nd, 2012
  23. Well, tomorrow I turn 50. And I figure it’s a sign that this was announced today. So I’m in. 100 lbs over weight and tired of being tired, not feeling healthy, and not being able to MOVE comfortably. I’m hoping this will get me motivated to work with the tools here and not get derailed quite as easily as I have been over the past three months.

    Zoe wrote on August 22nd, 2012
    • You go girl! It’s a journey that will change your life and being with such positive, caring people will set you on the right track. Being in Australia, it’s just a bit far for me, but I am thinking a gathering is needed here for us antipodeans.

      Heather wrote on August 22nd, 2012
    • Woooo! Happy birthday and lots of luck with your new Primal lifestyle!!!

      Mary V. wrote on August 22nd, 2012
    • Zoe… I’m 48 and lost 111 pounds this past year eating a primal diet and following the principles of Dukan. I’ve kept it off since April and love my lower cholesterol, perfect blood pressure, no migraines, no hot flashes, no heartburn, I could go on and on and on!
      Read all you can!

      Sandi B wrote on August 24th, 2012
  24. Wow looks like a great time! One day I will have to actually pull the trigger and go!

    Ed wrote on August 22nd, 2012
  25. I would go if I could afford it.

    Peter Mitchell wrote on August 22nd, 2012
  26. I’d really, really love to go but it’s a hellofa long way from Sydney. Surely the primal loving, tree hugging leaders of this event would love a trip to Oz?!!

    Liz wrote on August 22nd, 2012
  27. Pls come to Melbourne Australia!!!!!

    Maray Colbert wrote on August 22nd, 2012
  28. It sounds wonderful and I love the site. I’ll have to take a rain check, though. Two kids in college.

    TruckerLady wrote on August 22nd, 2012
  29. Oh man I would absolutely love to attend. Will maybe plan a anniversary trip for the wife & I.

    Modern Caveman Nutrition wrote on August 22nd, 2012
  30. Mark, please consider an East Coast Event. I love the CA coast, and spent last summer in Santa Barbara. But it is too expensive to return….

    James wrote on August 22nd, 2012
  31. And BTW, I think Al Kavadlo should be considered as a presenter in the future. Big Ups Brooklyn!

    James wrote on August 22nd, 2012
  32. I want to go, hopefully you don’t sell out too quickly, but I will be flying over from australia!

    Zoya wrote on August 22nd, 2012
  33. So excited, just booked for my husband and myself. Been going Primal for just over a month and loving it. Can’t wait, coming from Canada 😃

    Iris wrote on August 22nd, 2012
    • I am also coming from Canada, But i am only 19 years old an my parents wont let me go unless I can find a place to stay! if you guys are interested in maybe making some arrangements please email me at
      would be much appreciated!

      Afitz wrote on August 24th, 2012
    • Halifax here, where are you coming from?

      Peter Tsaltas wrote on August 25th, 2012
      • Northern BC :)

        Iris wrote on September 23rd, 2012
  34. Hi Mark,
    Speaking for all the primal CPA’s out there….maybe next year we could schedule it after April 15? Thank goodness for your blog and for introducing me to the primal lifestyle…it’s the only way I can stay healthy through tax season!

    Diane wrote on August 22nd, 2012
  35. Yes, PLEASE, PLEASE come to Melbourne Australia!!!!

    Katie wrote on August 23rd, 2012
    • Why not go chill with aborigines? They are totally primal and a lot close to you. I’d go chill with American Indians if I could but the ones by me now are in the casino business.

      Paleo Bon Rurgundy wrote on August 23rd, 2012
  36. If I wanted to come to something like this, and it does sounds like a lot of fun I ‘d probably have to save for about 3 years :/

    Haruko wrote on August 23rd, 2012
  37. Is it always the 4 days leading up to April 15th? If so, I’ll never be able to go. Occupational hazard, I’m afraid.

    Thomas wrote on August 23rd, 2012
  38. Sounds fun! Is there an age limit?

    Spintas wrote on August 23rd, 2012
  39. I would go if there was a day pass available. I live in Santa Barbara so I could just spend the day on Saturday. That’s too many days driving to and from Oxnard for me.

    Diane wrote on August 23rd, 2012
  40. For all those Paleo/Primal folks out there that say they would go but it costs too much…..I only have this to say….Stop making excuses! Yes, it costs something, but you don’t get something for nothing. This is the 3rd year that my husband and I will be going out to California for PrimalCon from the east coast. It is expensive, we have to find child care, but it is so much fun, we love the people, and it is worth every dime. Plus, Mark does everything in his power to reduce the cost of the event. He keeps it as cheap as he can. I for one would not miss it….maybe one day I won’t be able to attend due to other obligations, but for as long as I can attend, I hope to be there!

    Michelle wrote on August 23rd, 2012

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