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Primal Living Conference

PrimalNature Presents the first ever Primal Living Conference:

“Nature, Health, and Healing”

May 14 - 16th, 2021

Presenters and Panelists Include:

Nicole Apelian
Gene Tagaban
Kathleen Lockyer
Tony Ten Fingers
Sarah Maclean Bicknell
Jon Young
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Join us for this unique on-line event
involving visionaries, teachers, storytellers, healers, and more.
Over fifteen expert panelists and presenters will share their perspectives and tips on how to live a vital Primal life.
How can we rewild ourselves and our world in the face of the complexities of the 21st century? 
We'll Cover Topics Like:​​
  • Natural movement
  • Human design and ancestral physiology
  • Hunter-gatherer strategies applied to modern environments
  • Primal and natural birth
  • Primal parenting
  • Nature spirituality and ceremony
  • Ecosexuality
  • Medicinal and edible plants
    ...and more!
  • Pre-Recorded Sessions available each day and Live Panels each night! (All sessions will be recorded and available to all participants)
  • Panels Include: 
    • Nature and Health
    • The BIPOC community in the world of Nature Connection
    • Nature, Healing and Spirituality

Regular price tickets $87
(Only 10 Left)
We are so excited to have you be a part of this one-of-a-kind gathering!

Full Presenters List:

Nicole Apelian
Gene Tagaban
Kathleen Lockyer
Tony Ten Fingers
Sarah Maclean Bicknell
Talyce Ketura
Josh Hood from Modoc Bows
Jon Young
Anisa Woodall
 Jess Renee LaTour
Reishi Strauss
Karen Joy Fletcher
Kyle Koch
Dan Gardoqui
Brittney Bliss
Neal Tyagi
Carter McBride

When you sign up you will receive:

  • Links for our Live Panel Sessions happening on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
  • Additional pre-recorded sessions with expert presenters in separate emails on Day 1, 2, and 3 of the conference.
In addition, both before and after the conference you will receive emails from the conference and presenters including recordings of all of the sessions, bonus materials, and special offers.

Conference Draft Schedule

(subject to change!)

Day One: May 14th

AM Pre-Recorded Sessions: 
(Conference Opening)

  • Nate Summers -- Opening Remarks

  • Neal Tyagi -- Underwater Hunter-gatherer practices, Deep Sea-Diving, and Human Potential

  • Anisa Woodall -- Primal Birth, Parenting, and Nutrition 

  • Kyle Koch -- Natural Movement for Everyone


PM LIVE Sessions:

  • 4:30pm -- Opening Ceremony (Gene Tagaban?)

  • 5:00pm - 8:00pm -- Panel One: Nature, Health, and Healing

Nicole Apelian, Kathleen Lockyear, Jon Young, and Gene Tagaban

Facilitator (Nate Summers)


Day Two: May 15

AM Pre-recorded Sessions:

  • Dan Gardoqui -- Talking with the Birds, Hunting

  • Mink Taylor -- Nature, Art, and Ancestral Skills

  • Kathleen Lockyear -- Rx Outside, Nature and Healing our Original Connection 

  • Josh Modoc -- Indigenous Bow-making and Perspectives

  • Talyce Ketura --Diaspora Herbalism, Ancestral Healing

  • Jess Rene LaTour -- Plants, Healing, and Ceremony

PM Live Panel:
BIPOC Perspectives on Ancestral Skills and Connection

  • 4:30pm -- Gathering

  • 5:00pm - 8:00pm -- Tony Ten Fingers, Josh Hood, Gene Tagaban, Jess Rene Latour, Carter McBride
    Facilitator: Gene Tagaban

Day Three: May 15

AM Pre-recorded Sessions:

  • Karen Joy Fletcher -- Wonder Wanders and the Magic of Sticks

  • Brittney -- Eco-sexuality and Earth Connection

PM Pre-recorded Sessions

  • Reishi Strauss -- Mushrooms and Spiritual Connection

  • Sarah McB -- Ceremony and Nature Connection

PM Live Panel

  • 4:30pm Gathering

  • 5:00pm - 8:30pm Nature and Spirituality Panel: Sarah Maclean Bicknell, Karen Joy Fletcher, Reishi Strauss, and Brittney Bliss

Excited to have you aboard!


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Nate Summers, author of Primal: Why We Long to be Wild and Free, and Awakening Fire: An Essential Guide has been a survival skills instructor for over 20 years with a background in anthropology, Asian studies, and natural medicine. He taught and directed at the Wilderness Awareness School for over 15 years, and  has served as faculty for the Desert Institute of Healing Arts, the Asian Institute of Medical Studies, and as adjunct faculty for Prescott College. Nate's passions include ethnobotany, natural mentoring, hunter-gatherer childhoods, natural movement, herbal medicine, internal martial arts, mentoring, and leadership. 


Occupying Multnomah & Chinook land, Talyce Ketura (she/they) is a Queer Afro-Caribe birthworker, educator, herbalist & community activist. They are the founder of the BIPOC Sanctuary, a pop- up healing space that centers QTBIPOC from a framework of transformative justice and community engagement. As a full- spectrum doula & gestational worker, Talyce works specifically with communities of color interweaving diasporic traditions and herbal medicine into her practice. They dedicate their work to sharing tools for embodied Ancestral Healing through reconnecting to the land from a de-colonial perspective, crafting ceremony & ritual with the use of plant allies, and developing skills for somatic integration. Talyce is a community builder who aims to generate social equity through a lense of active decolonization and with a centralized focus on intergenerational healing through multidisciplinary practices.


Gene's foremost passion is teaching.  Using his gift of storytelling, dance, and music, he travels across the country performing, presenting, and facilitating workshops on prevention, empowerment, leadership, relationship-bulding, communication, self-awareness, spirit and honor to participants of all ages.


Sarah MacLean Bicknell is a healer, teacher, and mentor. She has studied healing and ceremonial work in North American indigenous traditions for 30 years. She has incorporated her Celtic roots into her present North American practice and is sought out for her intuitive readings, workshops, ceremony, and her soul doctoring practice. She stands in deep gratitude to her elders and teachers that have gone before and stands firmly in her own vision, a vision that is related and crafted for these times of the 21st century. Her work is about connection, community, ceremony and respect. Also raised in the Western world, she has lived the loss of  disconnection and is profoundly thankful to her indigenous elders who taught her how to re-arrive more fully into her life.



Joshua Hood Marvin has been teaching archery for over 13 years and has led bow making workshops for 6 years for multiple organizations as well as one-on-one. He is a certified level 2 archery coach through USA archery. Currently he is employed through the Native American Youth and Family center in Portland, Oregon as a youth advocate to support and encourage indigenous students to graduate from school. Josh connects them to culture through traditional skills, native gatherings, and healthy life choices. He created Modoc Bows in order to teach bow-making from an indigenous perspective.

Jess Rene


Jess Rene is a Two-Spirit Indigenous Designer with ecology at heart. She creates her stoneware pottery pieces to connect to her ancestors, and continue traditional artistry. She infuses every piece with prayer and song. Creating functional dinnerware, pots for plants, jewelry and fun decor that make warming gifts. Inspired by the future, present and past, nature, galactic energies and internal energies.


Her work towards justice is combined with community medicinal garden designs, creative wellness classes and singing with protectors/activist community groups.


Jess Rene’s background as a career care provider, a life & death doula: to elders, babies, and young children is both a testament to her compassionate heart and her unique patience in providing guidance. Her mission is to connect others to sacred relationships with the land, the plant families that provide healing for us, and our own creative roots.

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Herbalist, biologist, anthropologist, researcher, mother, survival TV celebrity, traditional skills instructor, and author.

Following an unexpected diagnosis of multiple sclerosis in 2000, Nicole applied her scientific research skills towards her own personal wellness. She focuses on holistic wellness, which includes nature connection, gratitude, diet, and herbal remedies.


Carter McBride is a Optimist, Bridge Builder, Curiosity Stimulator, Practical Visionary and Leader Mentor whose personal and professional mission is to assist both individuals and groups to become more curious. Curiosity to actively identifying patterns, behaviors and methods to execute successful outcomes for desired inclusive and equitable intentions.


Tony Ten Fingers (Wanbli Nata'u), Oglala Lakota, Author, was born and raised on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation in Oglala, South Dakota. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Oglala Lakota College and his master's degree from the University of Hawaii. Currently, he is studying in a Doctorate of Psychology program. He conducts trainings for Native youth and young adults, and lectures nationally and internationally. He has contributed significantly to Nature Awareness School programs in the continental US. Recently, he represented the US in an Indigenous Wisdom Global Conference on Climate Change. For him, Nature Awareness instructs the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual awareness skills needed to live in balance with the natural world and with each other. It provides us with an innate ability to resolve today’s current issues. By applying traditional leadership principles and qualities to contemporary issues we obtain formidable navigational skill.


Kathleen's favorite role in life is as Mother to her two grown daughters. She has also practiced occupational therapy for twenty-five years, specializing in sensory processing. Through her consulting business, Rx Outside, she leads in-person and online workshops to rehabilitate the human-nature connection for children and adults. She runs an online membership site "The Nature-Led Approach," and is the director at a full-time alternative school where she implements the Nature-Led Approach. In 2004 she co-founded a non-profit, Outside Now! and she has just finished writing her first book.


Karen Joy Fletcher, MPH is a writer, Qigong teacher and ambassador of Chinese medicine and healing arts. She loves sharing her passions and the wisdom she’s gained through her teachers and studies in the East, West and the majestic forests and mountains around our Planet. She is a personal student of Grandmaster Xu Mingtang of the Zhong Yuan Qigong lineage, has studied and traveled extensively with him at Shaolin Monastery in China and throughout Eastern and Western Europe. She speaks Mandarin Chinese and also is a long-time student and interpreter for Master Chinese Medicine doctor, Dr. Zhao Fuxue. Karen co-leads Qigong & Wilderness treks in Western China, and teaches Qigong and a playful and powerful nature-connection practice called Earthgym at schools, festivals, organizations and retreat centers throughout the U.S., Canada and China. She was also invited to speak as one of 21 Qigong experts worldwide at The Qigong Effect Online Summit earlier this year.


Jon Young  is a nature connection mentor, naturalist, wildlife tracker, peacemaker, author, workshop leader, consultant, sought after public speaker and storyteller. As a leader in the field of nature-based community building over 30 years, Jon’s research into the impact and significance of nature on human intelligence and development has influenced tens of thousands of people worldwide.  Jon has authored and co-authored several seminal works on nature connection and connection mentoring, including What the Robin Knows: How Birds Reveal the Secrets of the Natural World (2013), and Coyote's Guide to Connecting to Nature (2007). In 2016, he received the Champion of Environmental Education Award for his innovative work, which has inspired positive developments in the field, and fostered the growth of the nature connection movement on a global level.


Reishi Strauss is an Appalachian-born herbalist and mycologist now based in the Pacific Northwest, where she attended Bastyr University and received her Bachelor’s of Science in Herbal Science. A lover of the intersections between science and spirit, Reishi has taken courses in Pharmacology, Ethnobotany, Herb/Drug Interactions, the History of Herbal Medicine, and more .. layered onto her foundation of Appalachian folk herbalism. Reishi is also passionate about utilizing plant & mushroom medicines in a way that is respectful and reciprocal to the Earth and the indigenous communities who steward them. Reishi owns & operates her own medicinal mushroom business out of her yurt on Orcas Island called Earth & Spirit Botanicals, although she currently resides high up on Chirripo Mountain in the Talamanca mountain range of Costa Rica.


I'm Dan Gardoqui (he-him) and for the past 30 years, I've been a student, teacher, observer and active participant in the natural world. This I've learned to be true: We are all better with Nature in our lives. At Lead with Nature, I provide support and solutions to leaders through nature-based consulting services. From 1999-2019 I co-founded then led White Pine Programs, connecting thousands of people, of all ages, to the wonders of the natural world. I this in many ways - direct immersion in nature workshops, classes, through networking with businesses, schools, other non-profits, as well as with citizen science and research. I also worked one-on-one with leaders in the field as a consultant & mentor.


Specialties: Nature Connection, Nonprofit Leadership, Mentoring/Coaching, Bird Language, Wildlife Tracking, Naturalist Training.


Kyle Koch is a former IT software technician turned nature nerd.  Kyle has been facilitating transformative experiences in nature for almost a decade: inspiring youth and adults to connect to their gifts through exploration, play and curiosity. Kyle is always expanding his practice through the study and application of:  functional neurology concepts, traditional strength training, martial arts (Systema), and meditation and breathing (Wim Hof Method).  When not teaching or facilitating, you can find Kyle exploring ways to deepen his connection with himself, others, and the Earth.

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I help guide you to: Listen to your intuitive voice and rebuild your relationship with food, use real food to improve your energy, normalize your periods and fuel the life you want to live, learn the ins and outs of your menstrual cycle; using it to your advantage for fertility, contraception or performance, and prepare your body for a healthy baby, pregnancy and birth while preserving your health and well-being along the way.



Neal is a FII freedive instructor and spearfisherman on Hawaiian land, Graduate of Wilderness Awareness school’s residential mentoring program in 15’ he’ orientated his practice towards ethnography studies, cultivating connection to place, sustainable food practices, and self inquiry among other core routines. From working with mentors in earth based living skills, nature connection and therapeutic fields, Neal has curated an approach to freediving practice that tends to the internal landscape, helping people find peace exploring human’s innate aquatic potential.


Mink Taylor is an ancestral skills instructor, artist and musician currently occupying the traditional lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓ əm (Musqueam), mi ce:p kʷətxʷiləm (Tsleil-Waututh), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and S’ólh Téméxw (Stó:lō) nations--what many now call Vancouver, B.C. Her people come from the motherland of Europe, primarily the British Isles. Mink has been practicing and teaching nature connection and ancestral skills for over 10 years, working with both adults and children. Her original songs and art pieces are inspired by her connection to the natural world, and connection to her own earth-honouring ancestry. Mink blends realism with mythology and personal connection in her paintings on live edge wood, portraying wildlife and landscapes.


Greg grew up in the rain soaked valleys and mountains of the Pacific Northwest coast of the united states. He began learning the art of tracking, nature awareness and survival skills at a young age from Jon Young. He spent a year living in the Pine Barrens in a primitive shelter at Tom Brown’s Tracker school.
He has a Bachelors of Science from the Evergreen State College in Wildlife.  Greg completed the PDC with Earth Ways in 2011.


Brittney Bliss is a Eco Sex Coach (Tantra + Wilderness Therapy). She helps people rewild to their original erotic nature, to thrive in sex, love, and pleasure while living in harmony with all of creation. 


She uses revolutionary tools (pleasure, wilderness therapy, neuroscience, somatic healing, breath-work, meditation) to heal and awaken sexuality while expanding consciousness in a holistic way. Her approach is backed by modern science and ancient wisdom.


Brittney offers online 1:1 coaching and transformational programs. She also tours internationally facilitating sexy workshops and Rewilding Retreats.

We look forward to seeing you there!
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