The Essence of PrimalCon: Celebrate Primal Life with Your Tribe in 2014

It’s hard to describe in words how amazing the PrimalCon Vacation Tulum was, which is why we brought out master cinematographer Janèe Meadows down there to capture the magic on video! I urge you to take 75 seconds out of your day and watch this highlights show. It captures the essence of what I’ve been trying to create for the last seven years on Mark’s Daily Apple – a spirit of community and making new connections, a sense of adventure into the natural world, an appreciation of excellent cuisine, and a commitment to healthy, primal living. We have a beautiful PrimalCon Vacation Tulum summary page built with an amazing slideshow. You can also check out our Primal Blueprint Podcasts: In Episode 10 we recorded Darryl Edwards’s Tulum presentation on Play. In Episode 11 I recapped the Tulum event. And in Episode 13 we recorded Brad Kearns’s Tulum presentation on developing a peak performance attitude and mindset.

We have built some great momentum with PrimalCon after seven events and four years, and will continue our production of awesome live gatherings while we keep nurturing this amazing virtual community gathering place. We are respectful of the need to meet varying programming needs and budget concerns, so you’ll see us continue to evolve and expand the PrimalCon experience in the future.

I was able to spend some time in Tulum chatting with guests from around the world about what inspired them to come and how they made it work. For the nearly two dozen Aussie guests, it was quite a grueling trek. I didn’t even know 18 hour flights existed until Josh and Jack from Thr1ve told me about their Sydney-Dallas non-stop excursion! (That’s a trek all right, but I don’t think it tops Derek and Barbara Wood’s epic 21-hour drive from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan to PrimalCon Lake Tahoe last year…They actually apologized for leaving a bit early from the final lunch to get on the road…). Their flight straight down the globe to Tulum was a cinch by comparison. Yep, we have a nice core group of attendees who show up over and over again, including the amazing duo Chris Adams and Tina Leaman, who have ascended to the role of official PrimalCon chaperones, basically making sure everyone has an awesome time. They share the 7 for 7 PrimalCon attendance record with Angelo dela Cruz (oh, and me…).

I know it’s easy to stay in your comfort zone, enjoy your Daily Apple at home (or office, shhh!), mind your budget and go about the business of your daily routine. But once in a while, we deserve to shake things up with new adventures and challenges. A friend I lunched with recently mentioned that “rich” people “invest” in travel, food, leisure pursuits, and personal care. She wasn’t talking about mutual funds and she wasn’t talking about material wealth. She meant people who have their priorities straight make things happen to enrich their lives on a daily basis.

That’s my segue into encouraging you to join us at the upcoming PrimalCon events: our first-ever PrimalCon New York, June 5th-8th, 2014 at the Mohonk Mountain House, or our fifth annual PrimalCon Oxnard on September 25th-28th, 2014 at the Mandalay Beach Resort.

Quite a few PrimalCon guests are booking extra days on either side of the formal 3-day agenda to make a more leisurely-paced vacation. A friend of mine who lives near Mohonk just told me about an awesome hike to a waterfall and a 20 foot jumping rock! I’m fixing to arrive early and check that out! The agenda and presenter lineup at Mohonk is looking great, with water sports on their private lake, an amazing group scavenger hunt competition, a leisurely hike to the majestic Sky Top Tower, or a more difficult rock scramble course to the same destination. Luke Shanahan just confirmed he’ll deliver his amazingly popular and powerful writer’s workshop that he debuted in Tulum, with more additions to the presenter lineup likely.

Regarding Oxnard, I am really pleased with our late-September time slot because we usually experience the most consistent weather of the year then on the SoCal coast. We have so much history in Oxnard that you can peruse 12 video links at the bottom of the Oxnard page and really go deep into what you can expect at this amazing ocean side beach park where we set up camp next door to the Mandalay Beach Resort where you’ll stay.

Seasoned PrimalCon enthusiasts will notice we try to strike a balance between bringing back our favorite presenters time after time and also giving some popular new folks a chance. I’m excited to introduce Katy Bowman, MS to PrimalCon for the first time in Oxnard (Her Restorative Exercise Institute is located in nearby Ventura, CA). Katy is gaining worldwide acclaim for her expertise in body alignment and movement mechanics and we are currently working together on a multimedia project to help you optimize your workplace environment. Hint: it’s not as simple as just jumping on the standup desk bandwagon, and we’ll give you the comprehensive instruction to optimize your day and minimize your discomfort.

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 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. I hope to see you in person in the near future!

Meet Your Tribe at PrimalCon New York or PrimalCon Oxnard in 2014!

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. This is such an amazing event. I would love to have been there, as I imagine the rather large community of folks on this wonderful website would. I am looking forward to future events that are a bit more accessible financially and geographically for the rest of us. I know so many of us want to get away and do something inspiring and fulfilling. Until then, we will continue to help carry your proverbial torch online! 😉
    Thanks again for all you do!

  2. You guys are really going to enjoy Mohonk. The building itself is fantastic, it hugs a lake and is surrounded by trails. Take the house tour and notice how the architure itself promotes socialization. Hike to the lighthouse, from the top you can see five states. Television is only provided on demand……you won’t miss it

  3. Wow. PrimalCon looks like an awesome event. I hope I get to one
    at some point.

    I know it is only a promotional video, but it would be
    nice to see more of the primal activities and maybe a little less of
    vacation resort setting. It kind of has the feel of the slick corporate
    style video that you would see in the beginning of a science fiction movie
    just before the zombies attack.

    Mark Hinnawi

    1. Ummmm….if that’s what a zombie attack looks like, then count me in! Looks so amazing. I hope I can go in the future.

  4. How about an event in the Northwest? It’s beautiful up here — Central Oregon in particular, with a growing primal community!

  5. I cannot say enough about how wonderful Tulum was…from beginning to end, the perfect balance of R and R, education, social events, and great workouts. It was truly life-changing. See you all in Mohonk!

  6. Are there any student discounts offered? I’m kind of drowning in debt…

  7. I can’t wait for PrimalCon NY as it will be my first. Looking forward to meeting members of the community.

  8. I know this is gonna sound snide but it needs asking. What if I’m still fat? Will I feel like a loser surrounded by financial advisors who are more interested in the more successful people? Slick ads always make me wonder if this is for me or the entrepreneurs.

    1. Mandi– Still fat– I’ve got a spare tire that could fit on a truck, but I’d go. I think the knowledge and motivation alone is worth it–and you wouldn’t find anyone who is NOT encouraging and exhorting you to be the best you can be by going primal.

      Actually, my spare tire is going flat the more I stick with primal. Grok ON!

    2. There were folks of all body types, levels of fitness, and ages there. No judgments! 🙂

  9. I would love to go someday. Maybe when my student loans are paid off… I could easily get to the NY con, but simply cannot afford it.

  10. What about Australia??? Would definitely be a sold out event ‘down under’!