There’s a lot going on at the Primal Blueprint headquarters here in Malibu, CA. I thought I’d catch you up to speed on some of the upcoming events, book releases, new Mark’s Daily Apple features, and give away a digital cookbook while I’m at it. Hold on for the ride. This is a monster announcement post…
Primal Accelerated Success Training – Manhattan Beach, Feb. 12
You may have noticed that the name “PASS” for the new Primal Blueprint seminar program has been reimagined as “PAST”. It seems more fitting somehow and I think Grok  would approve. In any case, the inaugural Primal Accelerated Success Training event is just two days away. Get your tickets now  and join me and other attendees in Manhattan Beach this Saturday, February 12 (tomorrow!). You’ll walk away learning all the ins and outs  of the the Primal lifestyle.
Also, if you haven’t noticed (see the new PAST module in the sidebar), I have five more dates lined up. PAST Master Presenter Brad Kearns  and/or I will be coming to Reno on March 26 , Charleston on April 30 , Kansas City on April 30 , Seattle on June 11  and Austin on June 25 . We hope to see you there!
As the inaugural event, PrimalCon 2010 will always have a special place in my heart. But PC2011 is shaping up to be even bigger (3-4 times as many people) and better. Grok stars from all over the world will be coming to Oxnard, CA for this 3-day retreat. There are only 20 spots left and it’s only 2 months away, so reserve your spot today  before they’re sold out!
And if you can’t make it out, well, at least there’s this reel of footage from last year’s PrimalCon that my expert A/V guy, Bradford, put together:
As I said, we’re upping the ante this time around. Here’s the lineup of speakers and instructors that will be sharing their infinite Primal wisdom at PrimalCon 2011:
Angelo dela Cruz: Angelo won well-deserved “MVP” honors at PrimalCon 2010. 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 sessions (an energizing/focusing mix of tai chi and stretching), took brilliant photos all weekend, and gave incredible massages in his suite to lucky guests. Angelo will be taking things to the next level in 2011 with his “Angelo Experience”: breakdancing, parkour/freerunning, gymnastics, and martial arts — a non-traditional strength and agility workout that explores and stimulates functional capacity in a fun way. Designed as a team relay race! To get a sense of Angelo, check out his ninja warrior audition tape !
Atlatl Bob : Down from the hinterlands of Montana is the world’s foremost expert on the atlatl, the paleolithic weapon that Bob himself claims is the most profound evolutionary advancement  in the history of the human race.
Bob will have authentic, handcrafted atlatls at PrimalCon for hands-on instruction and demonstration. True story: we had to obtain an encroachment permit from Oxnard State Beaches due to the fact that the atlatl spears launch 80-120 yards through the air – after only 15 minutes of instruction!
Esther Gokhale : Buoyed by the popularity of Maya White’s posture and movement mechanics presentation  at PrimalCon 2010, we’ve secured the presence of the one of the world’s leading experts in posture, movement mechanics and spinal health, Esther Gokhale. Esther is Maya’s mother and operates the renowned Gokhale clinic in Palo Alto, CA. She is the author of the best-selling “8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back “. By day, she will lecture on posture and movement, and by night she will give the “Gokhale Method” a spicy twist by presenting a clinic on Samba dancing (she claims Samba is the best way to learn and implement the posture and movement technique principles!).
Chef Rachel Albert : While the PrimalCon 2010 food was extraordinary, many guests wanted more…not more food mind you, but more information about how to make healthy, delicious meals in their busy daily lives! Enter Chef Rachel, a dynamo of enthusiasm and expertise from Phoenix, AZ who has been making quite an impact on the Primal/paleo cooking world. 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. You will also discover the secret for making a delicious, low-impact chocolate dessert that will wow your family and friends.
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.
Barefoot Ted  is back by popular demand for PrimalCon 2011! 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 Vibram FiveFingers and huarache sandals.
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!
The Primal Blueprint Quick & Easy Meals
I’m very excited to announce that the new cookbook is being printed as I type, and is due to hit bookshelves on March 25. If you liked The Primal Blueprint Cookbook  you’ll love Quick & Easy Meals. Each recipe comes with a macronutrient breakdown (as requested) and “Time in the Kitchen” so you know what you’re up against. Here are a couple pre-launch cookbook photos to get your mouth watering (click to enlarge). Let me know what you think! (But be nice. As I said, it’s already at the printers…) I’ll be putting together a special early bird offer for those that pick up a copy next month. Stay tuned for all the details!
Primal Blueprint Shopping List – It’s Free!
Beef. Check. Eggs. Check. Beef. Double check. Jicama. Wait. Is jicama Primal? To answer all of your foraging questions I’ve put together a Primal Blueprint Shopping List page. Check it out here . You’ll find a fairly comprehensive list of what to eat on the Primal Blueprint eating plan. Nary a grain in sight. Just meat, vegetables, eggs, healthy fats, nuts/seeds and fruit. You’ll also find numerous links to archived articles on individual food ingredients AND a downloadable PB Shopping List that you can print and take with you to your local farmers’ market or grocer. Pass the page on to your friends and family, and check it often for updated links.
Reader-Created Coconut Recipes eBook – It’s Free!
Last September I held a “Primal Iron Chef” contest  in which MDA readers were asked to send in their best Primal recipes featuring coconut. The person that submitted the winning recipe , as judged by me and the Worker Bees, received a VitaMix Blender. The only problem was that we received over 100 coconut recipes from readers, many of which could have just as easily won the contest. So I shot out an email to everyone that submitted a recipe asking if they wouldn’t mind being featured in a Coconut Recipe eBook. Most responded with exuberant affirmation, marking the inception of this new publication. Well, it’s finished now – all wrapped up and ready to be delivered to newsletter subscribers. If you aren’t already a newsletter subscriber sign up here . The first newsletter you receive will contain instructions on how to access the free eBook. If you are an existing subscriber you will be sent a newsletter later today with access instructions. Stay tuned!
New Search Engine on Mark’s Daily Apple
In case you gave up on using the MDA search engine months ago I thought I’d mention that I’ve installed Google Custom Search on both the blog and the forum . Now you can easily find that one thing I said that one time way back when. Give it a try!
Thanks for reading, everyone. Have a great weekend, and check back next Friday for an all-new Primal Blueprint Real Life Story .