Located in beautiful Malibu, California, The Primal Blueprint Transformation Retreat is designed to catapult you into your new Primal lifestyle. In two full days and three nights we will walk you through your Primal transformation. By immersing you in real world scenarios, guiding you step-by-step through Primal eating, exercise, and lifestyle strategies, you will leave the weekend with a complete arsenal of knowledge to immediately and seamlessly integrate this philosophy into your life. What better place to make it happen than in Malibu with Mark Sisson and his four leading Primal lifestyle experts, Adam and Vanessa Lambert, Katie Deluca, and Liz Mostaedi!
Hosted in one of Malibu’s most exquisite estates (see photo slideshow above), your transformation weekend will be something you will always remember. Just a short walk from the beach, nestled at the foot of a scenic canyon, our villa serves as the gateway to some of the best hiking trails in Malibu. This retreat is limited to 12 attendees and is primarily designed for couples, as we are limited to only 6 bedrooms and each room must be double occupancy. Each couple will have their own bedroom and bathroom for the utmost privacy during the weekend. If you are intent upon attending the retreat solo, we will make efforts to get you sharing a room with another single guest of the same sex. Email to discuss this option. If we have a potential match, we will and connect you and your prospective roommate so you can feel totally comfortable prior to your trip. Furthermore, your weekend comes equipped with a private chef and two dedicated coaches. Your coaches will stay with you the entire weekend and will be your primary point of contact throughout.
Mark Sisson will join in for two evening meals and discussion time. This is your opportunity to have dinner and chat with the man responsible for the Primal movement.
The Primal Blueprint Transformation Retreat Coaches
If you have attended PrimalCon you already know the Lamberts, as they are the main presenters on Olympic lifting and Gymnastics at the Primal Blueprint’s annual event.
As a battalion chief for one of the nation’s largest fire departments, Adam has been teaching Primal eating and movement strategies for almost a decade. He has been responsible for guiding hundreds of firefighters to adapt Primal lifestyle strategies and is currently working on a statewide program that would implement these elements as the state’s health and wellness standard. Adam is experienced at working with servicemen of all fitness levels, from national Firefighter Games competitors to those in sedentary positions or recovering from injuries.
Adam is the author of the forthcoming book Fit For Duty: A Comprehensive Guide to Health and Fitness in the Fire Service. In addition, Adam is recognized as one of the leading strength and conditioning coaches in the fire service. Certified under the National Strength and Conditioning Association, Adam spent six years training and coaching under the tutelage of Robb Wolf, author of The Paleo Solution and owner of Norcal Strength and Conditioning. Here is a video of Adam doing his infamous Firefighter Fran workout at Norcal Strength and Conditioning.
Vanessa, who performs as a musician and competes in athletic events under the alias Nesta, has been working with fitness enthusiasts of all levels for over 20 years. Vanessa was a member of the Norcal Strength and Conditioning affiiliate team training under Robb Wolf that took 3rd place in the 2009 CrossFit affiliate games. With a diverse athletic and coaching background (fitness reel), Vanessa has intuitively developed the Primal Transformation Retreat curriculum as a way to address the specific needs of new Primal converts and those wishing to intensify their knowledge and commitment to Primal living.
When not writing, recording, or performing music, she works alongside of Mark Sisson at The Primal Blueprint as his executive consultant and in-house publicist. She is personally responsible for training and mentoring high level executives and athletes to help them meet and exceed their health and fitness goals. Vanessa has learned from the best in the business, and is eager to share her expertise with those who are looking to make a change.
Katie Deluca hails from Chico, Ca where she coached Strength and Conditioning under the tutelage of Robb Wolf and Nicki Violetti for over 7 years. She holds a BA in Kinesiology as well as numerous certificates in Olympic Weight Lifting, CrossFit, and Nutrition. 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. Although Katie has a broad-range of coaching experience, she specializes in glute and plyometic training. She is currently developing a series of workout videos based around plyometric work and glute-specific training for increased performance and fitness. Be sure to pick her brain on glute activation and how it relates to strength and conditioning. In addition, Katie has attended numerous mobility certifications with popular physical therapist and strength and conditioning coach Kelly Starrett. She can help you resolve pain and correct movement mechanics using the Starrett Movement and Mobility System. We are excited to have her as one of our Primal retreat coaches and we know you will benefit from her vast knowledge and expertise. You can check out her musings on life, travel, and training at www.paleobug.com.
Liz has been a Primal Enthusiast and real life Mark's Daily Apple Worker Bee for the past 3 years. Cooking has always been a passion of her's and that background has served her well as she's channeled her talent through Primal cooking. Liz brings real world experience to the table and will show you how to overcome the common misconception that eating better requires more time in the kitchen.
Not only will you chow down on some amazing Primal fare, but you'll also walk away with the building blocks to effortlessly create healthy, delicious food at home.
Having moonlighted as assistant chef for all 2012 Transformation Retreats and past PrimalCons, Liz is ready to step into the role as lead chef and share her passion with you!
5 pm: Check in.
"Meet and Greet" Start the night off with great ideas on what to prepare for a cocktail party. Our chef will prepare some delicious hors d'oeuvres and show you some great alternatives to chips and bean dip! Get to know one another and participate in our discussion on the: Who, What, Why, When, and Where of Primal Living. This is our opportunity to get to know each other.
Final discussion on nighttime light exposure and setting up your room to maximize sleep, rest, and recovery.
8 am-10 am: Morning Coffee Walk and Talk
Wake up and move! Start the day off with a moderate paced walk to the beach. Today’s walk discussion points will be focused on exercise patterns and intermittent fasting. During the morning walk it is your time to ask questions, learn about each other, or just be quiet and take it all in.
Arrive at Beach.
Warm up: Active Recovery Sequence and optional Ocean Plunge. A proper warm up is essential in any exercise regimen. We will take you through a proper warm up and active recovery sequence. If you are feeling brave, you can hop in the ocean!
10 am-11:15 am: Shower/Protein Shake/Snacks
11:15 am-1:15 pm: Goal setting and break down of how to achieve those goals. Why are you here? What are you looking to get out of this weekend? Together we will set a few specific goals and then we will assist you individually in designating the steps to achieve those goals. For some of you it may be weight and body composition changes. For others, it will be more performance based questions. Whatever your goals are, we will help you organize the steps you need to take to make these goals achievable.
1:15 pm-2:30 pm: Cooking demo and lunch! Our personal chef will be on hand to teach you how to create great Primal meals. She will provide examples on how to batch food so that it is always ready for you to grab and go. Other talking points include: composition of a basic Primal meal, tips and tricks to make it gourmet, and how to experiment with seasonings and spices. Then we will all dig in!
2:30 pm-4:30 pm: Heavy Lifting/Primal Essential Movements Class
One of the most important things one can do to expedite body fat loss or performance is to incorporate some heavy lifting into your workout regimen. This is where you will get coached through the Primal Essential Movements as well as some basic heavy lifting progressions, appropriate for all fitness levels (including using a simple PVC pipe to learn the progressions under zero load if necessary).
Break. Chill. Shower. Free Time. It’s been an action packed day. Don’t forget to take some time to relax, take a cat nap, or lay by the pool.
7:30 pm: Dinner
Another great cooking demonstration from our personal chef.
We will wrap the night up with a discussion with Mark. This is your opportunity to meet the man responsible for the Primal movement. Ask questions, get advice, and simply hang out with Mark!
8 am-10 am: Morning Coffee walk and talk. Running technique instruction.
Once again, we start our morning off with an invigorating hike, this time in the Malibu Mountains. This is not a race to the top…(unless some of you want to make a game of it). This is about awakening our bodies and triggering the right hormonal and genetic expressions. In fact, that will be our discussion point for this walk!
Sprinting Lesson: You are all warmed up from your hike. Now let’s learn proper sprinting mechanics.
10 am-12 pm: Showers/Protein Shakes
12 pm-1:15 pm: Shopping trip! Let’s go on a shopping adventure. We will stroll through the aisles together and talk about how to properly navigate a store. We will look at labels and for hidden ingredients that are not part of the Primal eating strategy. We will discuss organic versus non-organic, grass-fed vs grain-fed, and what free range, natural, and organic mean. We will also address what kind of dairy is acceptable to eat. This is your opportunity to absorb the Primal shopping experience, so you can incorporate this in to your life when you return home.
1:15 pm-2:30 pm: Beach Picnic and Eating-on-the-Go Discussion
Our chef will prepare us a delicious picnic meal. We will see how easy it is to eat while on the move with these wonderful picnic ideas!
2:30 pm-4:30 pm: Paddle boarding in Malibu! Your own private paddle board coach will take you on a guided 2-hour lesson and tour. This is an activity that most of you can take back home. Whether it’s in an ocean, a lake, or a big pond, this is great way to enjoy the outdoors and get some exercise.
Return Home: Chill time
7 pm: Primal BBQ. Our final meal prepared by our chef. We will grill up some amazing eats for you to enjoy. After that paddle, trust me, you will be hungry!
Final discussion/Q&A, and closing thoughts from Mark: It’s been a long weekend and you have learned a lot about yourself and each other. This will be our final group meal. You have successfully completed your Primal Transformation Retreat and are ready to go home armed with an abundance of experience to add to your Primal practice!
Check out by 10 am.
Getting Down to Details
The ticket price is $2,200 per person.
It is nearly impossible to calculate this trip in monetary terms. This is a weekend that will change your life by helping you connect with your optimum health potential and have a ton of fun doing it!
Nevertheless, here is a breakdown of what some of the individual items cost here in Malibu:
- Accommodations in Malibu suite: $500-$800 per night
- All meals included prepared by our Primal personal chef: $700 per person
- Two Private Consultants/Coaches: $3,000 a day
- One-on-one time with Mark Sisson: Priceless
- Private Paddleboarding Lesson: $200 per person
- Primal Gift Bag: $500+
Rooms will be booked on a first come, first served basis. See the slideshow at the top of the page for a look at the property.
The house is about 40 miles north of the Los Angeles International airport (LAX).
All transportation will be provided during the retreat. However, you must arrange for arrival and departure to the house. Here are some services we recommend:
My Green Taxi
Averages for April in Malibu are in the mid to high 70's: However, do be prepared for it to cool off at night.
Dress in layers. It is a good idea to have a rain jacket just in case. We will be doing our activities rain or shine! Luckily, most of the time in Malibu the sun does shine.
Many of our activities will involve some form of exercise, so bring clothing that you can move easily and be coached through various movements in. We suggest that you wear footwear that is easy to move in and comfortable. This may be a great time to get some Vibrams! For the stand up paddle board session, we suggest that you bring something you can get wet in. Keep in mind it will need to be able to fit under a wetsuit during the colder months.
All attendees will leave loaded up with Primal goodies including: The Primal Blueprint, both Primal Blueprint cookbooks, The Primal Blueprint 90-Day Journal, (to put into practice what you learned on the weekend for the next three months), a copy of Mark's new book, The Primal Connection (hot off the presses!), a luxurious, ultra-soft Grok hoodie sweatshirt, a T-shirt of your choice, a durable, Grok-embroidered sun hat, a cool new "I'm an Offal Chef" apron, some delicious dark chocolate samples from Santa Barbara Chocolate, and finally a drawstring backpack to carry home all your loot! Make sure to have Mark sign your books during the evening meals!
We ask that every participant complete a small amount of pre-coursework that will help us cater our programming to your needs. This involves some journaling and goal setting. Upon your registration, we will email you a list of questions and exercises to complete and return to us prior to the retreat.
What kind of person is best suited for this experience?
This experience is best for the Primal beginner to intermediate person. It does not matter your age, shape, or size. All we ask is that you come with a good attitude and a readiness to learn!
What if I am not part of a couple?
You do not need to come as a couple per se. However we are limited to 6 bedrooms, each equipped with one king or one queen size bed. Each bedroom must accommodate two people. If you want to come with a best friend or someone you don’t mind sharing a room with then come on down! Or check with us about getting paired with another same sex single as mentioned at the outset.
Do I need to be in great shape to attend?
You do not need to be in great shape to attend. As this is an introduction to Primal living strategies, we treat it as such. All of our movements and concepts are scalable so we can work accordingly with each individual. There is a lot of moving involved, so if you have specific needs or injuries please let us know ahead of time so we can prepare and make proper recommendations.
What is the cancellation policy?
If you cancel outside of 30 days, the cancellation fee is $200. If you must cancel inside 30 days, you will be charged $500. This reflects the price of accommodations going empty in the event of a last minute emergency cancellation.
Can my company book the entire event?
If you would like to host a private transformation retreat as a corporate or celebratory event, please contact us and we can discuss private retreat options with you.
No stranger to CrossFit and the paleo movement, here are a few comments from some of the thought leader’s in this industry on Vanessa and Adam Lambert.
"I cannot recommend Adam and Vanessa Lambert enough for the Primal Transformation Retreat program! Adam was a coach at NorCal Strength & conditioning for a number of years and is top notch in his understanding of movement and performance nutrition. Vanessa is a former competitive gymnast and has gained her understanding of paleo/primal eating in an effort to recover from the complications of gluten intolerance. Both Adam and Vanessa were critical members of our CrossFit Games Affiliate team which took 3rd place a few years ago."
Robb Wolf - New York Times bestselling author of The Paleo Solution
"Adam and Vanessa Lambert are extremely knowledgable and experienced in gymnastics, olympic lifting, functional fitness and overall health. There are a lot of people out there with experience, but what sets Adam and Vanessa apart from the crowd is their passion and their ability to relay their knowledge to others. As a professional CrossFit athlete, Adam and Vanessa have pushed me to better myself with their programming, coaching tips and nutritional advice. Additionally, on a personal side, their kind-hearted, genuine desire and support to help me achieve my goals has been irreplaceable. I can guarantee they will do the same for you."
Jenny Labaw - Professional Reebok CrossFit Athlete
"Over the last several years, I have had the extreme pleasure of knowing and working with Adam and Vanessa Lambert and I highly recommend this power couple; not only as highly qualified health professionals but also as genuinely good people. Adam and Vanessa have unmatched experience working one-on-one with people from all walks of life, and I can't think of a more qualified duo than these two. Last but most certainly not least, the zest for life that Adam and Vanessa share is a sure guarantee that not only will you learn all you need to step confidently into your newfound lifestyle; but you will also have a great time in the process!"
Sarah Fragoso - Author of Everyday Paleo
“Vanessa and Adam are awesome at what they do, etc. but are also awesome people. The personal/social side made the experience very easy and enjoyable.”
“Adam and Vanessa were great hosts, teachers, and guides. it was great getting to know them and felt that they really cared about my wellbeing and were very supportive.”
"I would recommend this retreat to anyone and would not hesitate given the opportunity to do it again myself. I have nothing but wonderful things to say and have great respect and admiration for everyone involved in putting the weekend together. It was a life changing experience and I have a renewed commitment to living Primal!"
"Vanessa, Adam, Mark, Cindy, and Liz - Thank you all for a wonderful weekend in Malibu! The retreat exceeded expectations thanks to your expansive knowledge, skilled teaching, and caring natures.
The one-on-one attention was definitely much more than expected. I was impressed with your and Adam’s extensive knowledge. I did not expect such a high level of expertise and really appreciated it. It was also awesome to hang out with Mark – what a smart and interesting guy. Cindy and Liz were delightful as well. The friendliness and positive energy of the whole team set the tone for the trip. I thought the retreat was great and definitely worth the money."
"10! Everyone involved in the retreat were very knowledgeable and helpful. We were able to ask questions and interact in a more intimate setting. The trainers were awesome!"
I truly cannot say enough about my three day transformation. I feel healthy, strong and hope to continue on this same path with the help of my new friends Katie, Vanessa and Adam. I also need to sing the praises of Cindy and Liz. I loved sharing my love of cooking with Cindy. She shared so many neat cooking tricks. I loved the feel of the whole weekend. It was like spending time with your smartest friends and learning from them through play. Our open sessions with Mark were also pretty amazing. I loved the paddle boarding, the picnic, the trip to the store, the workout sessions, sprinting, the mountain hikes, the cooking demos... I loved it all and I can't wait to see you all again. THANK YOU!!!!!!
The food was delicious, and plentiful! The accommodations were lovely and offered a variety of spaces indoor and out. The coaches were great! Helpful, patient, informative and fun! Mark is fantastic! So glad he spent so much time with the group!
Love, love loved the experience!