An Experience that Will Change Your Life Forever
What Is PrimalCon?

What Is PrimalCon Oxnard?

Oxnard is where the PrimalCon movement originated back in 2010, when 33 brave souls ventured to this Southern California beach to form the first-ever live connection of the MarksDailyApple community. Since then, PrimalCon has become a centerpiece of the primal/paleo/ancestral health movement, a one-of-a-kind weekend immersion to have tons of fun, connect with like-minded primal enthusiasts, learn from some of the most interesting and knowledgeable presenters in the world on an assortment of health, fitness, and lifestyle topics, and enjoy the absolutely phenomenal primal meals, snacks, and treats each day. Read More »

New for 2014, we are taking over the Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach Resort and will serve meals in their warm, comfortable indoor banquet room, as well as stage certain lectures indoors. This is a great balance to the extensive outdoor fun you will have at the adjacent Oxnard Beach Park.

PrimalCon welcomes participants of all fitness and experience levels. Really, we make it work for everyone! If you're a hard core Crossfit Games type, we'll have stuff to test your mettle, including the annual Ultimate Frisbee battle royale and the fight to the death (or at least for first served in dinner line honors) Survivor team challenge. If you are new to Primal living, relatively unfit, injured, whatever, don't worry – you will fit right in. Our staff makes a sincere effort to ensure that you receive appropriate guidance and pace yourself appropriately all weekend. We also offer extensive pick-and-choose flexibility on the daily agendas, so you can custom design your ideal experience. Yep, you can repeat K-Star three times if you want, or escape to the beach for a spell – we won't tell! « Read Less



Past Presenters

Rockstar Panel of Experts

Mark Sisson

Mark is overjoyed to be the guest of honor and watch his staff work hard while he focuses on Saturday afternoon's Ultimate Frisbee matches!

If you don't already know Mark, he is widely regarded as one of the leading voices in the Ancestral Health Movement, the best-selling author of The Primal Blueprint, and publisher of Mark's Daily Apple, the highest ranked blog in the world in its category with 1.9 million unique visitors each month, has paved the way for hundreds of thousands of Primal enthusiasts to transform their lives and take personal responsibility for their health and well being. Read More »

Mark, who recently turned 60, looks 30 and thinks he's 18 when playing Ultimate, has a BA in Biology from Williams College and is a former world-class endurance athlete, with a 2:18 marathon and a fourth-place finish in the Hawaii Ironman to his credit. Mark operates Primal Blueprint Publishing in Malibu, CA, publishing his own titles as well as work from other authors promoting ancestral health principles. « Read Less


Fun For Everyone

Chef Rachel Albert

Another four-year PrimalCon veteran, Chef Rachel presents the ultimate in fun, time-efficient, Primal-aligned meal and snack preparation with her delightful cooking demo at her private beach house kitchen. Rachel is a dynamo of enthusiasm and expertise from Phoenix, AZ who has been making quite an impact on the Primal/paleo cooking world. Read More »

You may know her from her book, Garden of Eating. Rachel's demo and free-time engagements introduce special cooking techniques, and also show you how to make dazzling, eye-catching arrangements that entice everyone – Primal or not – to dig in. « Read Less


Take Control of Your Health

Barefoot Ted

What a journey Ted's been on - from the guy getting funny looks aimed at his exposed pedals to now an international celebrity and leading proponent of the exploding barefoot/minimalist shoe movement. 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." Read More »

Ted is an independent athlete who 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 Luna Sandals. « Read Less


Fun For Everyone

Bryan Barksdale

Bryan is a veteran presenter at PrimalCon who discusses how primal eating and lifestyle practices can optimize brain function and prevent neurodegenerative disease. Bryan and his wife Tracy founded the very popular and active Austin Primal Living Group which maintains over 500 members. Read More »

Bryan is currently pursuing an MD/PhD at UTMB/UT Austin in neuroscience and is studying the application of ketosis in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. « Read Less


Fun For Everyone

Tracy Barksdale

Tracy is a former schoolteacher who is now deeply committed to changing the world through her passion for Primal-aligned exercise and healthy living. Tracy specializes in introducing safe, fun physical exercise to people who have been defeated by the conventional fitness system. She believes everyone deserves to discover their true nature as playful human beings. Read More »

Tracy is the co-founder and owner of an exciting new facility in Austin called the BAM Academy (Bridging All Movement), an unique training academy that integrates various movement techniques including Parkour, MovNat and gymnastics. Tracy trains people to move gracefully, efficiently and safely, focusing on practicality and movement quality. Tracy helps organize the Austin Primal Living Group and the Austin Natural Movement Group to help grow a strong ancestral living community. Tracy is FMS level 2 certified and will be available to work one on one with people to go through a screen and corrective exercises to improve mobility and stability issues. For more information about FMS, click here. « Read Less


Take Control of Your Health

Katy Bowman, M.S.

In the midst of a whirlwind global tour to promote her new book, Move Your DNA, Katy found a spot in her busy schedule to pop into PrimalCon 2014 for an exciting keynote presentation on Sunday morning. Katy discusses how to integrate more movement and variation into your daily life, to counter the sedentary forces that compromise health at the cellular level. Her alternatively witty and sciency blog,, was awarded the 2014 "Best of...Science Blogs" by Paleo Magazine. Katy's groundbreaking work in pelvic floor restoration has made her Restorative Exercise Institute (based in nearby Ventura, CA) particularly popular with midwives, OBGYNs, and others concerned with pelvic mobility, strength, and health. Read More »

Recently, Katy has been working with Mark Sisson on a comprehensive online multimedia educational course called, "Don't Just Sit There!". This program helps you cultivate a dynamic workstation and improve your cellular health by integrating more movement and variation into the sedentary elements of your daily routine.

At PrimalCon Oxnard, Katy brings several of her staff members from the Institute to present an energetic, interactive seminar that will introduce you to standup workstations, workplace movement variation (including numerous "at your desk" exercises), and optimal body alignment for more energy, better concentration and minimizing of disease risk. They set up a mock office environment with not only the newest standup desk bells & whistles, but an assortment of inexpensive fitness toys and everyday items that can help you become aligned and well at the office—with hands-on instruction from Katy and her expert team! « Read Less


Fun For Everyone

Tommy Brice, PT, DPT, PES

Tommy is a Physical Therapist out of Milwaukee, WI and a graduate of Marquette University. He attained a bachelors degree in Exercise Physiology, a Doctorate in Physical Therapy, and was a member of the Marquette Men's Basketball team from 2004-2008. His time spent in clinic is focused around the treatment of concussions, manual therapy, sports medicine, and orthopedic rehabilitation. Tommy is a certified Performance Enhancement Specialist, and has recently been pursuing specifically more treatment through nutrition in the quest to treat the whole patient and help heal injuries from the inside out. Read More »

Tommy's incorporation of a primal lifestyle has had a big impact on the patients in his clinic. Tommy is available in Oxnard as a resource to learn more about therapeutic active recovery and receive 1:1 treatment for injury assessment and hands-on manual therapy for your aches and pains and problem areas. « Read Less


Fun For Everyone

Glen Cordoza

Glen Cordoza has written 17 books on MMA, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Muay Thai kick-boxing, and fitness, as well as co-authored with Kelly Starrett the long-awaited Becoming a Supple Leopard. Glen has an 8-0 record in professional Thai boxing, a 3-1 professional MMA record, and holds the rank of Purple belt in 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu. Glen worked as a trainer at NorCal Strength and Conditioning and does online consulting at Read More »

Glen presented Olympic Lifting and Gymnastics alongside Adam and Vanessa Lambert at PrimalCon. He also answers questions and provides insight into the world of Muay Thai and MMA fighting for those interested in this discipline. « Read Less


Relax and Enjoy

Angelo dela Cruz

If you could envision a one-man band for health and fitness, Angelo is your guy. An expert in massage, injury rehabilitation, athletic training, natural movement, and strength training, Angelo is a real-life American Ninja warrior! Yes, he's toe'd the line for the TV show tryouts. Check out his unbelievable Ninja warrior audition tape! (skip to 2:30 to see his phenomenal burpee pushup! FYI this video was shot during a single 2.5-hour workout. Skip to the end to see him collapse in exhaustion after his final backflip burpee – hilarious!). Read More »

Angelo is at your service to help you feel strong, energetic and healthy. His VitaMove (energizing gentle movement; a unique mix of tai chi, dynamic stretching and Angelo-ness) sessions have kicked off every morning of every PrimalCon - PrimalCon just would not happen without Angelo! Learn more about Angelo. « Read Less


Take Control of Your Health

Katie Deluca

Katie Deluca hails from Chico, Ca where she was Strength and Conditioning coach under the tutelage of Robb Wolf and Nicki Violetti for over 6 years. She currently works with Vanessa Lambert to provide Primal Blueprint 1:1 personal coaching, and also is a regular presenter at the Primal Blueprint Luxury Retreat. She holds a BA in Kinesiology as well as numerous certificates in Weight Lifting, CrossFit, and Nutrition. Read More »

She has been featured internationally as a fitness model in Mark Rippetoe's Starting Strength DVD, The Paleo Solution, Power, Speed, Endurance, and Fitness RX for Men - March 2012-April 2012 - as (Olympic Lifting Model.) Master of all things glute related, be sure to pick her brain on glute activation and how it relates to strength and conditioning. You can check out her musings on life, travel, and training at « Read Less


Take Control of Your Health

Darryl Edwards

Darryl made his debut at the June 2013 PrimalCon Austin, and it's fair to say PrimalCon – and the city of Austin – will never be the same. This guy has a PhD in play, and brings 100 percent energy, passion and enthusiasm all day! Forget the friendly hellos in the morning and the traditional hugs goodbye after a weekend of bonding at PrimalCon – this guy greets you - or bids farewell – by hoisting you in the air for a quick set of fireman carry deep squats! No, not just the petites, even Strongmans like Brian Tabor! Read More »

Darryl is the author of Paleo Fitness, and founder of Fitness Explorer Training & Nutrition based in London, England. He is the creator of PRIMALity, and world-renowned as an expert teacher and lecturer on the Paleo lifestyle. He's a certified personal trainer and holds numerous certifications including GymJones, CrossFit, Olympic Lifting, MovNat and Kettlebell Strength & Conditioning. Darryl decided to become a movement coach after learning how to become fitter and stronger in his forties than at any period of his life. Darryl's PRIMALity methodology is designed to make activity truly fun, and is particularly appealing to people who may be turned off to exercise. Learn more about Darryl. « Read Less


Fun For Everyone

Sarah Fragoso

Sarah Fragoso is author of the national best selling books, Everyday Paleo, Paleo Pals: Jimmy and the Carrot Rocket Ship, and the Everyday Paleo Family Cookbook. Sarah is a strength and conditioning coach for Norcal Strength and Conditioning in Chico, CA, one of Americans top 30 gyms. She hosts a podcast called "Paleo Lifestyle and Fitness Podcast” at her website Everyday Paleo, conducts nationwide seminars, works directly with the Naval Special Warfare community teaching nutrition classes, and contributes to several publications and blogs regarding how to successfully introduce and maintain the paleo lifestyle for families. Read More »

Sarah discusses how to smoothly transition your entire family to a Paleo diet and lifestyle and her success story of transitioning out of poor health to become America's #1 Paleo mom. Sarah's husband, Dr. John Fragoso, was a delightful surprise addition to the mix at PrimalCon Oxnard. Dr. John is a Chico, CA chiropractor who offers multi-modality treatment methods to support wellness and healing. His expertise includes the innovative Active Release Technique (ART), which is a soft tissue technique used to treat problems with muscles, tendons, fascia, and nerves. Dr. John is on hand to engage with individuals and small groups about holistic health care. « Read Less


Fun For Everyone

Tara Grant

Tara Grant is a featured success story in the Primal Blueprint 21-Day Total Body Transformation. You probably remember her from her Mark's Daily Apple success story, Tons of Doctors and No Solution. She has transformed from 235 pounds to 159 pounds since going Primal in 2009. Tara suffered a litany of serious health problems related to the Standard American Diet and repeated failures of western medicine to cure her. Read More »

She shares her story in-person of how she took matters into her own hands with a steady, sensible, Primal approach – and what you can do to overcome all the momentum against healthy living that we face today. Watching Tara materialize from the book pages to holding court with the group, detailing her amazing story, was a real treat at 2012 PrimalCon. « Read Less


Meet Your Tribe

Brad Kearns

Brad Kearns is the coordinator of PrimalCon and Managing Editor of Primal Blueprint Publishing. He has worked closely with Mark Sisson since 2008 to publish books and promote the Primal Blueprint movement, including doing a 22-city tour to deliver the Primal Transformation Seminar in 2012. Brad is a former national champion and #3 world-ranked professional triathlete (coached by Mark Sisson!). Prior to joining the Primal team, Brad wrote nine other books on health, fitness, and peak performance for McGraw-Hill and other publishers, and delivered over 100 motivational talks to groups of athletes, corporate employees, and students of all ages. Read More »

Brad will conduct a clinic on how to run with proper technique, and also present a lecture on how to stay motivated and balanced for peak performance in all areas of life, including diet, exercise, career goals, and personal goals. Brad will detail how to effectively balance stress and rest, choose an unwavering positive attitude, and release your attachment to the outcome to ensure that you have an ideal mindset and disposition for success and happiness in all endeavors that you pursue.

Brad guarantees that his running presentation will immediately change the way you run for the rest of your life, and that his peak performance talk will be free from any sort of boredom, cheesy acronyms, browbeating, or other lameness. « Read Less


Fun For Everyone

Leslie Klenke

Leslie is the author of Primal Blueprint Publishing's Paleo Girl, a colorfully innovative book that breaks down the 10 Primal Blueprint Laws (and then some) in an entertaining language that teens can actually relate to. Leslie first presented at PrimalCon in 2014, but she is no stranger to the event. She volunteered to help the Primal Nutrition staff at Oxnard in 2013 as well as Tulum 2014, so if you attended either of those, you probably met her at registration! Read More »

Parents with children of all ages will enjoy Leslie's discussion on how to help your family excel with a Primal lifestyle and how the needs of a teen may differ from your own. Even if you don't have kids, there is a great message to be heard about empowering yourself, encouraging others, and paying it forward. Plus, Leslie tends to think she's a bit of a comedian, so she just might make you laugh too. For more information about Leslie, be sure to check out her red hot Instagram page @LeslieKlenke or visit « Read Less


Fun For Everyone

Jenny LaBaw

Jenny LaBaw is one of America's leading CrossFit Games competitors. After a collegiate soccer and track career, Jenny took 6th place at the 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games in her first year in the sport! She followed up with a 2012 victory in the NorCal regionals. Jenny is a coach at NorCal Strength and Conditioning in Chico, CA and spends her spare time hiking, running, mountain biking, paddle boarding, skiing, camping, fishing, hunting and just being with her boyfriend and two yellow labs. Read More »

She's available at PrimalCon to work with guests who harbor competitive aspirations, as well as casual fitness enthusiasts looking for more guidance and inspiration from a true champion. Check out Jenny's amazing video here. « Read Less


Fun For Everyone

Vanessa and Adam Lambert

Vanessa and Adam Lambert teach the fundamentals of Olympic lifting and Gymnastics. Vanessa, AKA Nesta Rae, one of Primal Blueprint's own, has been a gymnast and competitive athlete her entire life (fitness reel). Adam is Battalion Chief and Physical Fitness Coordinator for Cal Fire. Read More »

The two have been CrossFit games competitors (3rd place Affiliate team 2009), surfers, and avid Primal advocates for years. If you have ever heard of Olympic lifting and have wanted the opportunity to explore this ancient craft of weightlifting, or if you are an avid O-Lifter and just want to throw some weight around, you can join Adam and Vanessa during one of your elective hours to do so! The Lamberts will also be offering an elective that focuses on the fundamentals of gymnastics. Come improve your hand stand technique, learn to do a forward roll, or simply learn some gymnastic-based calisthenics. This is a great opportunity to explore gymnastics and its application to the Primal world. « Read Less


Fun For Everyone

Dr. Dawn McCrory, DPT

Dr. Dawn is an expert in the field of physical therapy, movement dysfunctions, and fascial fitness. She presents, along with her associate Coach Kimmie, a Yoga Tune Up® therapy ball rolling session. Yoga Tune Up is geared toward releasing the fascial restrictions and adhesions that ultimately lead to injury, pain, and reduced mobility. These adhesions are bands of painful rigid tissue that usually form in muscles, tendon and ligaments, can be caused from chronic tension or tightness, overuse and injuries. Adhesions can block circulation and cause pain, inflammation, limited mobility and affect overall performance and quality of life. Read More »

This workshop guides you through proper ball placement and movement patterns for optimal myofascial release. Starting with upper body, rolling will target trigger points and tissues that help open the shoulders and loosen the neck. Attention then shifts to the lower body ultimately creating freedom of movement in hips, legs and feet. This proven method of rolling out tissue tension throughout the body leaves you feeling better, stronger, happier and more relaxed. Dr. Dawn and Coach Kimmie are co-owners of Kinesis Center for Integrated Living. « Read Less


Fun For Everyone

Carrie Sisson and Karen Moore

Carrie and Karen present their popular Women's Chat Group, a casual gathering to discuss any and all issues related to being female, being Primal, and living life to the fullest.

With Carrie's plans rolling for a new Primal Woman book, there is plenty of opportunity to engage on matters such as how Primal living can help you age gracefully, both in the mind and the body, raising a family, making a contribution beyond family, and female health-related topics.

Fun For Everyone

Kelly Starrett

Kelly Starrett is Founder and operator of CrossFit San Francisco. He is an expert on performance-based orthopedic sports medicine, helping athletes prevent and recover from serious injuries with functional rehabilitation exercises. Kelly holds a doctorate in Physical Therapy and has trained numerous Olympic and professional athletes, professional dancers, and military personnel. He has competed at the elite level in whitewater rafting and whitewater kayaking. At his PrimalCon 2012 debut, Kelly absolutely rocked the house with his engaging and extremely informative presentation.

Take Control of Your Health

Michael Stember

Olympic runner Michael Stember was a former champion middle distance runner who owns Stanford School Records in the 800 meters and 1500 meters and competed for US Olympic team in the 2000 Games in Sydney. He ran on the professional track circuit for a decade and is one of America's foremost running technicians and theorists about proper technique for running and fitness acuity. Read More »

Michael's engaging presentation appeals to all fitness levels and teaches how to simply move your body properly and efficiently while running at both high speeds and slow speeds. « Read Less


Take Control of Your Health

Brian Tabor

Brian is the owner of Strong Made Simple in San Diego, CA, a MovNat Certification Team Instructor, 2010 North American Strongman 175# National Champion, and is currently qualified to compete internationally at the Arnold Fitness Expo in March, 2013. Since moving from the midwest to San Diego to pursue a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology he has worked with strength and conditioning programs from the Navy SEALs Tactical Athlete Program, SDSU and UCSD Athletics, as well as training a large variety of weekend warriors and clients. Read More »

He shares his knowledge and experience of strength & conditioning, natural movement, and strongman to translate that to lifting and carrying stones and other objects outdoors. « Read Less


Fun For Everyone

William Vives

William Vives, kettlebell king, is back! William's photo was published in the new Webster's dictionary next to the definition of “high-energy”. William presents his unique and super-creative kettlebell workout throughout the weekend. William'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. Read More »

He stresses injury prevention and patience (“First move better, then get stronger”). William 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. William's session caters to all levels – from beginners who have never held a bell to hard-core enthusiasts looking for innovative new ideas. « Read Less


Fun For Everyone

Alessandra Wall, Ph.D.

Alessandra is a licensed clinical psychologist, Life Coach, and Crossfit certified trainer who specializes in addressing the physical, emotional and cognitive challenges people face when trying to make changes in dietary habits, fitness routines, and other life goals. She brings a deep understanding of, and a five-year personal lifestyle commitment, to primal/paleo lifestyle principles in her professional practice. Alessandra is a renaissance woman who blends her clinical expertise with lifestyle & nutritional coaching - through her private practice, Life in Focus, and also as part of the coaching staff at the highly regarded CrossFit Elysium in San Diego. Read More »

Alessandra talks about the emotional connection we have with food and how our thoughts and feelings can either challenge us or allow us to succeed at creating change. She discusses some of the grief and loss issues that people who attempt significant lifestyle alterations commonly face, but rarely address in a healthy manner. Whether addressing emotional eating, lack of motivation, or unhealthy motivations and compulsions, Alessandra provides a framework for understanding how the mind can be a powerful ally, or compromise your progress, depending on how you use it. Although knowledge is power, unfortunately it is not sufficient to create change, so Alessandra gives you some extra tools to make sure all that knowledge gets put to good use! « Read Less


Fun For Everyone

Maya White

After presenting at the inaugural PrimalCon in 2010, Maya takes a break in her busy studies schedule to form a dynamic sister-sister team with Monisha! Maya received her Bachelor's in Biomechanical Engineering from Stanford University and is currently pursuing both a medical degree through Duke University School of Medicine and also a Master's in Epidemiology degree through Stanford. Read More »

Maya holds a national championship title in collegiate Women's Rugby, and currently plays on the Stanford Women's Ultimate Frisbee team with her sister Monisha. She applies the Gokhale Method principles of proper form and movement to all of her athletic endeavors, which has helped her be a better athlete and avoid injuries. She looks forward to sharing the Gokhale Method techniques with all of the PrimalCon guests. « Read Less


Fun For Everyone

Monisha White

Monisha White presents Esther Gokhale's posture and movement technique. Monisha was such a huge hit in 2012 she almost, almost makes people forget about her mom—that's right, it's Esther! A lifelong (literally!) student of the Gokhale Method, Monisha is an extremely polished and passionate presenter. Read More »

She takes a break from her classes at Stanford to deliver her formal presentations and engage 1:1 with guests to fine tune the way the they stand, sit, and move. Oh, did I mention her participation in the Ultimate Frisbee matches? Words simply do not do justice – this girl gets more air time than Michael Jordan! Don't let the sweet smile fool you, pick her first for your team….she'll be the one throwing, running, and catching with perfect technique. « Read Less


Fun For Everyone

Timothy Williams

Timothy Williams is a three-time PrimalCon alumni and is also a featured success story in The Primal Blueprint 21-Day Total Body Transformation. Check out his success story on Mark's Daily Apple if you haven't already: Complete Recovery Within a Week. Read More »

During Timothy's transition to Primal living, he developed a passion for sledgehammer workouts, which he presents at PrimalCon. Yep, sledgehammer workouts, which you will not be able to resist taking a crack at when you meet Timothy and experience his magnetic smile and positive attitude. « Read Less



Sample Agenda


- Casual social mixer, followed by Primal feast


- Custom omelet bar breakfast buffet, Mandalay Beach Resort poolside surf room
- Fitness rotations at Oxnard Beach Park – Olympic lifting and gymnastics, running technique instruction, slackline introduction, women's discussion circle

- Primal smoothie and snack bar, Oxnard Beach Park

- Free choice presentations, Oxnard Beach Park

- Primal feast
- Primal evening ocean plunge and Jacuzzi sprint


- VitaMove gentle movement/warmup/Tai chi session
- Custom omelet bar and breakfast buffet, Mandalay Beach Resort poolside surf room
- Survivor team challenge, Oxnard Beach Park

- Free choice presentations, Oxnard Beach Park
- Ultimate Frisbee battle royale, Oxnard Beach Park

Late Afternoon/Early Evening:
- Primal luau feast, Oxnard Beach Park

- Wine and chocolate reception/Mandalay Beach Resort Jacuzzi takeover


- VitaMove gentle movement/warmup/Tai chi session
- Custom omelet bar and breakfast buffet, Mandalay Beach Resort poolside surf room
- Free choice presentations, Oxnard Beach Park

- Primal lunch BBQ, Oxnard Beach Park, followed by closing ceremonies

PrimalCon Oxnard Slideshow