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Join Us at PrimalCon in 2014: Tulum Fast Approaching, and Registration for Oxnard Now Open

PrimalCon Vacation TulumTulum is Looming!

As the cold weather sets in across America, Canada and Europe, it seems like a great time to mention our fast approaching PrimalCon Vacation Tulum, at the 5-star Dreams Tulum Resort and Spa on the Mexican Riviera, March 1st-6th, 2014.

When I announced this warm, tropical vacation back in the heat of the summer, over 100 early enthusiasts jumped at the opportunity and booked their rooms at the resort! I’d love for you to join us in Mexico come March. It’s a perfect time to escape a cold winter and relax with Primal enthusiasts from across the globe and our team of expert presenters.

To give you even more comfort that you are certain to have an incredible time in Tulum, we have prepared video highlights for each presenter on the docket. Just visit the PrimalCon Vacation Tulum page to learn more about the education and enlightenment you will enjoy in Tulum.

We have assembled a truly amazing team. The joint Q&A session I did with Robb Wolf was a big hit at PrimalCon Tahoe. Mira and Jayson Calton will quite simply blow you away with their passion, knowledge and enthusiasm for nutrition and healthy living. Angelo dela Cruz will keep his perfect PrimalCon record intact (yep, he’s presented at all six previous events!) and wow you with his vast knowledge of fitness and the human body.

Darryl Edwards is flying across the pond (if he can do it, you Europeans certainly can too! Check with your favorite airline resource for amazing charter deals from Europe to Cancun) to make sure the event is plenty playful. I’m pleased to announce that Primal Blueprint Publishing has signed Darryl to write his eagerly-awaited book on all facets of Play and adding a little fun and spontaneity to your daily routine.

Brad Kearns gets to take a break from his busy organizing role at past PrimalCons to focus on the presentation side. He’ll deliver a compelling talk about healthy mindset and peak performance, and get interested parties swimming with correct technique in no time!

Vanessa and Adam Lambert are coming off an incredibly successful 2013 launch of the Primal Blueprint Luxury Retreat and will have all kinds of fitness tricks up their sleeve for the beaches of Tulum.

Recently, I spent a wonderful day hanging out in Los Angeles with Dr. Cate Shanahan and Luke Shanahan, as Cate was in town to consult with the Los Angeles Lakers on their nutrition and meal strategies. She is also helping Kobe Bryant optimize his diet and get back on the court as fast as possible. As Cate branches out beyond her traditional family medicine practice in Napa, CA to a peak performance consultant to the world’s top athletes, we are joining forces to present a unique metabolic consulting program at That’s right, you can finally consult directly with an MD who is actually on board with primal/paleo/ancestral health principles on all manner of diet, bloodwork and optimizing your metabolic function.

Luke is hard at work on the couple’s next book, rumored to be titled “Pulse” – a long-awaited sequel to the grass roots sensation that is Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food.

Finally, my wife Carrie is pretty excited to get down to Tulum and preside over our swimming pool and beach relaxation efforts. She’s been hard at work researching and writing The Primal Woman, which is due for release in mid-2014.

Even with this lively lineup of presentations every morning, afternoon and evening, let’s remember the emphasis in Tulum is on vacation. It will be great to relax in the air conditioned theater and listen to presentations, but it might even be more special to just hang out with everyone at the pool, beach and restaurants at the Dreams resort. And don’t forget our amazing excursion to the 9th century Mayan settlement of Coba. I’ve done some cool vacation adventures in my life, but I can’t say I’ve ever rappelled down to swim in an underground water cave! Carrie and I did however take a business trip back in May to case the joint and award it our seal of approval for PrimalCon. You’ll see the various room choices in our shopping cart, and I can assure you every single option is spectacular. Furthermore, you can definitely eat Primal while enjoying the variety of offerings at the numerous restaurants on site.

Hey, I know it’s a big effort and budget item to get down to Tulum, but the flights are starting to get really cheap and our package from the resort is outstanding. Please call (888-774-6259) or email us if you would like to discuss details about the resort and the plans for the week. From the moment you land in Cancun, everything is taken care of. That’s right, we’ll shuttle you from Cancun airport to the resort (and back on March 6 departure day) and the only potential expense is souvenir shot glasses for the folks back home who couldn’t make it (oh yeah, alcohol is free at the resort too).

Learn More About PrimalCon Vacation Tulum and Get Your Tickets While They Last

PrimalCon Oxnard is Now Open For Registration!

PrimalCon OxnardAs mentioned a few months back, we are returning to Oxnard for the fifth time for PrimalCon Oxnard on September 25-28, 2014. This time we are taking over the Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach Resort to present an all-inclusive, one-price-includes-everything weekend package. Basing at the resort will provide a nice balance between the outdoor activities at the Oxnard Beach Park and comfortable indoor dining and lecture facilities.

After five years, our incredible coordinator Natalia Molera and the rest of the Mandalay Beach resort staff love us, and have allowed us to really make this a group party by easing restrictions on room capacity. That’s right, you can grab a group of friends and save big on ticket costs. Five of you can grab a Presidential suite or an oceanfront King suite and split the cost of these deluxe accommodations. The resort has had a recent total body makeover and there is simply no better spot on the Southern California coast for the price.

In Oxnard next September, you can expect more of the same fun and games and incredible diversity of education and entertainment as seen at the various links (found at the bottom of the Oxnard page) to videos, photos, and written summaries of past Oxnard events. Since we are so far out from the date, you can bet the presenter list will update frequently over time from what’s printed today.

P.S. – With a heavy west coast weighting of PrimalCon to date, I assure you we’ve heard and absorbed many friendly requests to branch out a bit geographically. Rumor has it that we may present a PrimalCon in the vicinity of the Big Apple (Yep, New York!) next summer. Now, I don’t know how rumors get started, and this is just a rumor, but it’s a true rumor  – so there!!! Stay tuned…

Check out the PrimalCon Oxnard Page and Lock in Your Tickets Today

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  1. Booked for Tulum! Can’t wait!

    Liz wrote on December 4th, 2013
    • In for both!! Can’t wait!!

      Vanessa wrote on December 4th, 2013
  2. Is it strange that getting to Tulum seems easier than getting to Oxnard? I have no idea how to get there… take a flight to LA then a bus? I think I’ll just stick with Cancun. :)

    Aria wrote on December 4th, 2013
  3. I’m really looking forward to Oxnard in September… the weather will be perfect that time of year!

    Ann K. wrote on December 4th, 2013
  4. YAY finally!! I’m so stoked for this! See you guys there!

    Chelley wrote on December 4th, 2013
  5. Great post! can’t wait for Tulum!!

    Siena wrote on December 4th, 2013
  6. Great thinking on making the Oxnard tickets all-inclusive. I always wondered why that wasn’t done for past Oxnard PrimalCons. Looking forward to meeting you, Mark. See you in September!

    Ryan wrote on December 4th, 2013
  7. What can I say… PRIMALCON’s are the best of everything for a trip away from home. The presenter line-ups are always awesome and we get to learn, exercise and have extreme fun with like-minded people that almost instantly become friends for life. What more could you ask for? See ya there!

    Worker Bee Jaynee wrote on December 4th, 2013
  8. If you have any questions or need assistance with planning or finding a roommate contact me at 888-774-6259.

    Worker Bee Jaynee wrote on December 4th, 2013
  9. WOW Tulum is right around the corner! The airlines are starting to put up some great discount rates as they usually do for the high season. I am so THERE! I am so glad I invited myself to Tulum! This is really going to be an exceptional event. The excursion into the rain forest to the Mayan settlement and swimming in the underground cenotes will be unforgettable. I’m also excited to add my swim clinic to the agenda. It’s easier to learn proper technique in 80-degree water. As we’ve seen at other PrimalCons, the most special aspect of the experience is just the chance hang out with interesting, like-minded people from all over the world. We are going to rock the Dreams Tulum resort for a week. I kinda feel sorry for their regular guests because PrimalCon is an unstoppable force, like a vortex, and some average citizens might be left in the wake…either that or they will become new converts! I hope to see you in Tulum. You only live a few times — okay, only once — so pull the trigger already!

    Brad Kearns wrote on December 4th, 2013
    • That Brad Kearns is so hot right now…Brad Kearns, so hot right now.

      Taylor Rearick wrote on December 4th, 2013
  10. Oh golly… Very tempted to make a trip from Australia!! Sounds amazing!

    The merrymaker sisters wrote on December 4th, 2013
  11. So sad! Only one international trip per year for me; I’m already going to Peru for a trekking vacation in May. Went to PrimalCon in Oxnard last year; had a blast! The camaraderie, food, speakers…all good!

    Doris wrote on December 4th, 2013
  12. My sister and I are sooooo looking forward to making the trip to Tulum from Australia. After having such a great time at Primalcon, Brad, Mark, Groks – I.Can’t.Wait!

    Lainey wrote on December 5th, 2013
  13. All of these Primal Con events sound so amazing. I would love to hear these speakers in person, and the opportunity to interact with other Grok fanboys and fangirls, would be truly amazing.

    The cost is a bit prohibitive at the moment, however, but we will see what 2014 brings. Do you plan on offering any sort of virtual pass to those who can’t afford to travel?

    jefferson wrote on December 5th, 2013
  14. Will there be “dancing” girls at Toolum?

    goldfish wrote on December 5th, 2013
  15. I wish I could go. There is something really special about networking with people who completely understand you and your choices. The connection remains long after the trip. It is because of these trips that I came home and created my own support network. Sometime you have to go out and search for like-minded people, but it is totally worth it in the end!

    Besides the fact that you already have something in common and an interesting subject matter, before you even meet! Paleo peeps>other peeps.

    Tamara Warren wrote on December 6th, 2013

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