Announcement: Primal Accelerated Success Seminar (PASS) Launches in 2011!

In 2006 I started Mark’s Daily Apple in an attempt to get the word out about the Primal lifestyle and to help as many people as possible. And while the blog traffic grew and grew each month and I was able to connect with thousands of people via email, the forum and the comment boards something was missing: one-on-one, in-person interaction. I wanted to meet you guys and gals, and as I came to understand, you me. So, in 2010 my team and I put on the inaugural PrimalCon – a 3-day, total-immersion experience of expert-guided workouts, play, leisure, classroom education, camaraderie, and of course, extraordinary Primal feasts. It was a blast, and while I plan to continue to organize and put on these annual events (PrimalCon II is coming up this April!) there is still something missing. More PrimalCon! Realistically (and unfortunately), PrimalCon can’t be a weekly, or even monthly occurrence. And not everyone can take three or more days off, trek all the way to California, or afford the expense of such an event. Long story short, I’m coming to you in 2011 with PASS – the Primal Accelerated Success Seminar. I’m hitting the road this year, making appearances at gyms and other facilities across the USA (and maybe beyond). And to take this one step further, since I’m only one guy and can only be in so many places at once (one to be precise), Brad Kearns (editor/writing partner for The Primal Blueprint, The Primal Leap, the 2011-release book called Reconnect, and co-developer of this seminar program) and other Master Presenters will be hitting the road, too; changing lives one 7-hour, interactive presentation at a time. Our goal is to meet and connect with thousands of people this year, to share the Primal Blueprint message across this country, and to give you the tools, knowledge and inspiration you need to get and stay healthy for the rest of your life. I hope to see you there. Read on for more details. Grok on!

What is PASS?

In brief, the Primal Accelerated Success Seminar (PASS) is an entertaining and interactive 7-hour course that will immerse you in the popular Primal lifestyle movement and best-selling book, The Primal Blueprint. By the end of your PASS experience, you’ll have a clear understanding of the key Primal Blueprint concepts, and will have developed a specific plan of action to “get Primal” over the ensuing 30 days and beyond.

What will I learn at PASS?

  • You’ll learn what hundreds of other Primal enthusiasts have done to lose weight, build muscle and overcome illness; strategies it sometimes takes weeks or months for other people to fully understand and use.
  • You’ll receive a detailed scientific explanation and practical discussion of the how’s and why’s of Primal living, and how they contrast sharply with Conventional Wisdom about diet, exercise, and lifestyle habits.
  • You’ll learn which foods to avoid and which to eat for peak performance, stable energy levels, lifelong weight management, and protection against common lifestyle-related diseases.
  • You’ll learn how to restructure your workouts away from a chronic approach to model the Primal Blueprint Fitness principles – achieving lifelong functional fitness.
  • You’ll engage in a hands-on demonstration/fitness evaluation involving the Five Essential Movements – a simple, safe, total-body workout program for all fitness levels.
  • You’ll develop a step-by-step action plan to transition to a Primal-lifestyle over the next 30 days.
  • You’ll commit to a 14-day test period of Primal eating and evaluate the impact on your energy level, appetite, immune function, body composition, and overall sense of health and well-being.
  • You’ll develop a customized plan to optimize your sun exposure, sleep habits, play time, and more.

Will I leave PASS with a guidebook or support material?

Yes. In addition to access to the full-day event PASS attendees will receive:

  • PASS Binder: 140-page notebook with weekly action items and journal exercises to help focus your Primal goals over the ensuing 30 days
  • How to Forage in the Modern World – Convenient 60-page guidebook with lists and strategies to shop and cook Primally
  • $20 Gift Certificate for Primal Blueprint products

How much does PASS cost?

The seminar fee is $149. Register with a significant other and get $20 off. Groups of ten or more enjoy additional discounts. Email for details.

I want to learn more about PASS. Is there a full-day agenda available?

There sure is. You can view the PASS agenda here.

What’s the “Accelerated” bit about? Is this one of those “30-day, lose weight fast” programs? I thought living Primal was about lifelong health and wellness.

I’m confident that anyone that “goes Primal” will see success in the long term. How quickly one can get all their ducks in a row is another matter. PASS provides solutions and hacks to common beginner stumbling blocks and challenges so you never have to experience them in the first place. Transitioning away from the Standard American Diet and breaking through flawed conventional is no easy task for many people. PASS streamlines the process.

When and where is the first PASS?

The first PASS will be held at Karma CrossFit in Manhattan Beach, CA on February 12. It’s just a short cab ride from LAX and accessible to everyone in the greater Los Angeles area. Learn all the details here.

Who can come to a PASS? Is this only for trainers?

Everyone is welcome. And that means everyone. This isn’t just for trainers or hardcore Grokkers. This isn’t just for the already fit among you. Bring your mom and your grandfather. Bring you spouse and your co-worker. Newcomers and advanced alike will find plenty to take away from PASS.

When will PASS be coming to my hometown?

I’m lining up dates and locations now. Keep an eye on this page for updates. Also, I’ll be adding a module to the sidebar of Mark’s Daily Apple that will provide key event information. Stay tuned.

I would like to host a PASS at my CrossFit box or gym. Who do I talk to?

Visit this page and fill out the contact form. And do it quickly. Dates are filling up fast.

What does it take to be a PASS Master Presenter? I’m enthusiastic about the Primal Blueprint, want to help people take control of their health, have a background in health/fitness, have experience presenting/speaking to large audiences and, with instruction, think I could be an excellent PASS Master Presenter. How do I put my name in the hat?

If you believe you would make a good candidate to be a PASS Master Presenter and would like to join the Primal Blueprint team please shoot me a line via this contact form.

Spaces Are Limited. Reserve Your Spot at the Inaugural PASS Today.

UPDATE: PASS is now called PAST (Primal Accelerated Success Training) as an ode to our evolutionary heritage.

About the Author

Mark Sisson is the founder of Mark’s Daily Apple, godfather to the Primal food and lifestyle movement, and the New York Times bestselling author of The Keto Reset Diet. His latest book is Keto for Life, where he discusses how he combines the keto diet with a Primal lifestyle for optimal health and longevity. Mark is the author of numerous other books as well, including The Primal Blueprint, which was credited with turbocharging the growth of the primal/paleo movement back in 2009. After spending three decades researching and educating folks on why food is the key component to achieving and maintaining optimal wellness, Mark launched Primal Kitchen, a real-food company that creates Primal/paleo, keto, and Whole30-friendly kitchen staples.

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    1. I agree. Mark we need some East Coast love and Maryland would be a great location!

      1. errr, Zoey. how did I get Emily. must need more red meat!!!!

    1. +1

      I live in Grand Rapids, MI but visit my bro in Chicago often! If you come to Chicago I can possibly get a group of 10.

  1. Can I take hope from the ‘beyond’ bit … ‘across the USA (and maybe beyond)’!

    Be great to see the US export a healthy lifestyle 😉 as well as the obesity!

        1. I know you want to come hit our slopes anyway! It’s a good season.

      1. I second the Seattle/Portland/Vancouver area…Portland preferably but I would drive to Vancover or even Seattle!!!

      2. I “third” this! Pacific Northwest, Seattle/Portland, would be awesome!

        1. I “fourth” the Pacific Northwest! I’m closer to Seattle, but I would gladly drive to Portland for a day with the one and only Mark Sisson! Grok On!

      3. come to the northwest for sure mark. there is a …. hmmmm……. gaggle, murder, group, school, flock, chain, brood, muse, trip, bizarre, plump, herd? what do we call ourselves when we get together? but come, there are many of us here who want PASS.

      1. Yes! New York … there is a NYC Paleo Meetup = lots of us who’d be eager to attend.

        1. Um, that’s 705 people in just this ONE NYC club. Just sayin’.

    1. Surely you’va always wanted to visit the land Down Under! We’d love to have you.

    2. This has chamged my life! I travel a lot so I can go anywhere to participate so when you have a schedule I will book the seminar the closest place to me.

  2. CANADA! Hit the coasts, and Ontario+Quebec. Skip the rest…haha.

    1. Mark, don’t listen to Graham. The prairies are where it’s at!

      In Saskatoon, with a population of 225,000, we have two large crossfit gyms and a bunch of crossfit garages. Both these crossfit locations love your website! It’s how I found your website in the first place.

      Definitely add Saskatoon to your list!!

      1. nah…

        Just jokes. They’d love you all over Canada. Come in the summer…

  3. People so need this, Mark. Someone like you to come out and show people how it’s done. I’ll be the first to sign up if and when you come head up to the Pacific Northwest.

    1. Boston Boston Boston!!! So many universities, so many students following the bad advice by their universities to “eat healthy” (i.e., whole grains, low fat :((( ) You should go to universities!

    2. Yes…Newport is fantastic in the summer! Oh, and also only about 15 miles from home!

    1. Sioux Falls, SD, Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN.
      If it fell on a weekend, KC, Chicago or Des Moines would definitely be doable.

    2. Come to Coeur d’ Alene, ID. Its an easy drive from Kalispell, and would be easily accessible from E.WA and Montana. Its also got a world glass resort and golf, if you are into that.

      1. easilyi accessible for me too. good place to get some serious bicycling in too.

    1. I agree – Cincinnati, or slightly south in Lexington KY…beautiful horse country!

  4. You’ll love New Zealand Mark. And our obesity rates are way up there too, so people here could really also benefit from some grok love 🙂

    1. Mark you should definately head down our way! Australia and New Zealand need a nudge in the right direction!

  5. Oklahoma City… we don’t tend to make it onto anyone’s list, but I’d definitely head down to Dallas as well!

  6. Come to Austin, TX!! Although I would drive up to Dallas or down to San Antonio or Houston any day!

      1. Yes, for Nashville! We have great music, Southern hospitality, and unfortunately, some pretty carb-heavy country cooking. Music City needs a Primal Shakedown.

  7. This sounds amazing, I am excited. I second Austin, TX. I organize the Austin Primal Living Group on and have over 100 members that I am sure would love to come, not to mention the many crossfit gyms in Austin. And if you come down to Austin, TX Keith Norris can break you off on one of the CZT machines at Efficient Exercise.

  8. Palm Desert, California please. Near Palm Springs. We have a crossfit center here. PRETTY PLEASE!!!!

  9. TORONTO, CANADA. Believe me, there is definitely an audience here that would be receptive to the “Primal” message.

    1. Another vote for Albany, but I’d travel to NYC or Boston as well.

  10. Toronto!!!!! Please come see Toronto. Toronto, Toronto, Toronto!!!!

  11. OH PLEASE, SEATTLE, PLEASE! I would be there in a heartbeat with family and others I have converted in tow. That would be at least 6 other participants.

  12. Let me ask you this: How many paying customers would it take to get you to show up? What kind of attendance number at a given event would you deem a success?

  13. Charlotte! Or I’d even take Atlanta! The South needs you!!!!!

    1. ditto! Anywhere in a reasonable distance and I’m THERE! Atlanta would be awesome…I always love a trip to Atlanta!

  14. Philly could use some love. But If need be I would make the trek to Maryland

    1. Aloha no, Jenny! I second that request from the island of Kaua’i! 🙂

  15. Portland! Pacific Northwest! We know how to rock the food around here, but some Primal love would be fantastic!

  16. Twin Cities in Minnesota would love to see you here. There’s more than a few of us Primal around here. Perhaps you may want to consider renting a larger facility – like the Convention Center or Target Field or Target Center… 😉

  17. I now if you came to Perth in Australia we could get a whole load of people to come!!!

  18. Please, please, please come to either Portland or Seattle!! I follow the Primal lifestyle, but want to learn more and have at least 3 people that I know would want to come with me.

  19. Dallas Forth Worth metroplex is the largest metropolitan area in Texas so you have to come here 😀

  20. Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge!
    New Orleans even!

  21. Is the food going to be provided for lunch? What types of drinks and snacks will be available?

    I am just curious.

    1. No lunch included, PT. There is a break for lunch (including a lunch “assignment”) and there will be some Primal refreshments on other breaks.

  22. Chicago +2
    Hubby and Me

    We are newbies and are looking for gym budfies near Midway Airport, anybody?

    Thanks. Love this website and our new lifestyle. Thanks!

  23. East Coast needs some love… Let’s here it, one more time, for MARYLAND!!

  24. Am I the only one who cannot commit to seven randomly scheduled hours, even if it happens to be held in my house? Post it up somewhere, charge the same amount, and I’ll download and watch on my own schedule!

    1. love the bison pic!!!!! bought half a bison this year. YUM!!!!!!

  25. San Francisco, Ca more than just the city but the bay area

  26. NASHVEGAS BABY! Come to Nashville and battle the southern fried culture down here. I’d welcome it.

  27. Hi Mark, my husband and I and a few other groks would love to see you in Australia!!!

  28. Mark, Per capita, Australia requires your services more than any other country in the world. Also bring the happy diabetic.

  29. Hey Mark have you thought about putting this confrence on line for those of us who can’t make it there.

  30. York, pa!!! A group of us are coming to CA for primalcon but it would be amazing if you were able to come to our crossfit box!!

  31. ATLANTA, I just attended a Whole 9 here and there were 50 or 60 people in attendance.

  32. Hey Mark, I’m sure you’d do a few stops in CA just in case you have to work out any glitches, so I’m suggesting Sacramento!

  33. Come to Toronto, Montreal or Ottawa (That’s a huge drawing market) or Kingston (where I’m from) right in the middle of all three. We’ll throw in some Canadian Back Bacon!

  34. Mark,

    Come to Fayetteville/Fort Bragg, NC. Your efforts are much needed here.


  35. I would love to see PASS come to Southern Oregon, but could drive to Portland. Just get a really big place so we can all fit in!

    1. Would you consider coming to Ann Arbor for a barefoot run? I am trying to coordinate something in July or August. Do you know of any network for Primal people in MI? Let me know, DH

  36. Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill (the Triangle) area of NC, please!

  37. Mark,
    Kill two birds with one stone. I have a good friend in Chicago, I’m in Cincinnati = Indianapolis! 🙂

  38. Madison, WI

    You (or whoever it is that comes out) can stay free at my place. Which includes home cooked primal meals while you travel. I’ll even provide transportation to and from the airport. Now how can you pass on a deal like that?

  39. First post seems to have been eaten, so please pardon if this is a double.

    Below are the perks of coming to Madison, WI.

    1) You can stay a my place.
    2) Home made Primal meals.
    3) Transportation from/to the airport.

    All for the low price of free.

  40. Atlanta would be a great stop! It’s a great central location for the entire southeast to make a trek to.

  41. How about sunny south Florida.

    Miami/Ft. Lauderdale would welcome a visit.

  42. NASHVILLE!!!!!!!!!!! TN has a high rate of unhealthy living (obestiy, stroke, etc) PLEASE!

  43. Mark, I want to teach your philosophy! How can I become a “Master” teacher? I am an herbalist in Denver, Co and already refer clients on a regular basis to your books and site as I believe eating and living more like our ancestors is a powerful way to enhance our health!

  44. Can I add my voice to the Pacific Northwest? Seattle/Portland?? Seattle would be awesome! We’ll even put you up if you need a place to stay!!

  45. Des Moines, Iowa or Chicago!

    Now that the Bears’ season is over and a bitter cold winter still lingers, the Midwest is in desperate need for a little sunshine and inspiration.

    Who better to bring it than you Mark?!!

  46. Bald ass prairies needs you Mark. Us cowgirls in Calgary, Alberta, Canada need you!!!

  47. Atlanta and North Carolina! Show some love to the South, you’ll be glad you did! We’ve got hospitality, perfect manners and the best venison you’ll come across!

  48. One of the most unhealthest states in the US – Michigan; please we need you!!!!

  49. Mark,
    I am putting together a Barefoot Run in Ann Arbor, MI. I am currently talking to John Durant and he has given me a few leads for making this a Primal weekend. Of course, having you here would be huge for everybody. If you would consider a date in Ann Arbor I would gladly schedule the run the same weekend. Since I have not set the date yet, but was thinking late July, I could certainly coordinate around anything that works for you.

  50. Hey!

    Sounds like a good idea. Would be great if Primal Living could swap over to Germany!


  51. Boston, PLEASE! We will take you out for a meal that includes grass fed NY strip, grass fed butter and hopefully a grass fed waiter.

  52. Oh Mark it just is looking like you need to make it a world tour of English speaking countries.

  53. Ireland?! – Lots of good grass fed beef here. If there’s one thing we’ve got plenty of it’s green grass!

  54. Another vote for Dallas…..+1
    It would be great to have you hear Mark, sure hope we get to see you!!!!!!