Greetings friends, it’s been a busy Spring for me with PrimalCon Vacation Tulum, Mexico in March and Paleo f(x) in April in Austin, TX. Next on the horizon is a trip back east for the BEA book publishing convention in New York City on Memorial Day weekend, followed by PrimalCon New York on June 5th-8th. I’m going to take a little time with the family between events to cruise out to my old stomping grounds on the coast of Maine. I really hope you can join me at the Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, NY, for this is going to be an amazing first-time event.
I’ve been finalizing the details with the resort, including our custom dining with all-Primal menus. The chefs at this historic resort are world-renowned, and they are eager to please our highly discriminating group. We’ll have a custom omelet bar in the mornings, a 52-foot long colorful buffet lunch, and some amazing four-course dinners served in their fabulous Victorian dining halls. How do these grab you at a glance? Pan-seared Filet Mignon tournedos, blue crab succotash, and lemon peppercorn butter; Grilled ahi tuna with papaya kiwi salsa; Apple-smoked duck breast with field greens and figs; Gorgonzola-crusted lamb rack with mango relish and cabernet pan sauce – and you know I could go on and on! As usual, we’ll be busting out the red wine and dark chocolate in front of a huge lakefront campfire in the evenings.
We always try to create fun outdoor adventures at PrimalCon, and Mohonk is cooking up some special adventures with their full-time recreation staff. We are going to tackle the famous labyrinth/lemon squeeze rock scramble (check some photos here). We’ll form several teams and participate in a special adventure race/scavenger hunt team challenge that will have you strategizing to knock off a bunch of wild and wacky To Do List items before your rival teams! If you’re a golfer, you must try the incredible sport of Speed Golf. Yep, you grab just a few clubs and race through the course as fast as you can, while still trying to score well (minutes and strokes each count for a point!). Of course, we’ll include my two favorite pastimes of Ultimate Frisbee on the Mohonk athletic field and Standup paddling on Lake Mohonk.
If you like an even deeper nature experience, we’re going to grab some shuttles and do a scenic hike into the surrounding state park to reach an amazing waterfall where you can cliff jump (this was definitely a highlight of PrimalCon Lake Tahoe and fast becoming a PrimalCon tradition!). Here is a mellow video of the beautiful surroundings of the hike, and this is a quick shot of some dude getting big air off the cliff jump! See, whatever your temperament, whatever your fitness level, whatever your background, PrimalCon is a rewarding, unforgettable experience for everyone.
Besides experiencing the natural surroundings and dining in style, we’ll have our usual full slate of amazing and diverse presenters. You can start your day the right way with the amazing Angelo dela Cruz, play with Darryl Edwards, get fit with Matt Whitmore and Keris Marsden, talk shop with Dr. Cate Shanahan, meet the guy who made paleo eating (and barefooting) cool in New York City, John Durant, and learn how to journal effectively for goal setting and motivation with Luke Shananan. If you have a less-informed significant other who’s thinking of tagging along, Mike DiLandro will deliver the Primal Transformation Seminar that effectively introduces new people to the movement.
We also have a new face in Dr. Mike Greenberg, a holistic healer who practices NEAT – Neuro-Emotional Antisabotage Technique. Get some 1:1 time with him and he’ll help you break free from stored emotional traumas that hamper your present health and peak performance – as he’s done for Olympic gold medal track stars.
Oh, and if all this excitement is making your tired already, and you think you might need to break away and relax during your stay, keep in mind that we are staying at the #1 rated resort spa in the entire United States (Conde Nast magazine). FYI – a good portion of PrimalCon guests have taken to extending their stays for a couple few days on either side of the formal agenda, just to keep the pace of their journey comfortable and decompress after such an amazing weekend experience.
I realize that getting up and out of your daily routine to break free for a weekend (and dent your budget in the process) is a big effort, but I promise you when you take the plunge and show up, you will be whisked promptly into an unforgettable experience. Yes, I’ve listed the many adventures and accouterments offered at the event, but perhaps the most fulfilling aspect of PrimalCon is the sense of connection and community you experience when you gather with like-minded folks across the globe. Well, I hope to see you at either Mohonk on June 5th-8th or Oxnard on Sept 25-28th. After all, 2014 only happens once so you might as well make it an amazing year with a PrimalCon experience!
If you have any questions about PrimalCon, please call (888-774-6259), email, or even try our new live chat (found at the bottom right of any page on PrimalBlueprint.com) so our staff can give you more details and assurance that this event will be just what you need to reinvigorate your interest in living a healthy, fit, primal lifestyle.
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.