PrimalHacker Retreats

Tribe • Health • Grounding • Skills • Fun

PrimalHacker Retreats allow us to share what we've learned on our Biohacking journey with all of you!

For the last 3 years, Chris and Thaddeus have been working together to find the best way to help people by sharing what they have learned through their own journey towards optimal health and wellness. 

These multi-day retreats are designed to fully immerse you in the world of biohacking combined with ancestral health. While here you will be learning from and have access to some of the most knowledgeable people in the area of health and wellness.

You'll feel right at home here whether you're a complete health and biohacker newbie or a seasoned veteran!

When you come to a PrimalHacker retreat, you will immediately feel right at home with the instructors and the other guests. We are all an extended tribe of people that are passionate about taking advantage of everything that ancestral wisdom and cutting-edge scientific research has to offer us in terms of our own health.

tribe retreat


While there will be a large emphasis on gaining new knowledge and learning new skills, one of the biggest draws that we have found to our retreats is by far the TRIBE it attracts. One of the best ways to become fully immersed in anything is by going through an experience with like-minded people. That's just one of the many things that our retreat have to offer.

Check out our list of scheduled retreats below to see more of the great stuff that will be happening at these particular retreats!

Primal Retreat

May 18-20, 2018

Price: $510

Get your primal on!

If you've been waiting for your Tribe, here it is! PrimalHacker is hosting the first PRIMAL retreat that combines ancestral skills with biohacking. 

We've reserved a few lodges at a State Park in Indiana that's perfect for wildcraft activities. From plant identification to foraging and medicine making, we'll explore the ancestral/primal side of biohacking.

qigong retreat

We didn't leave out primal energy work! Qigong and yoga have been studied for millennia and we'll be leading sessions throughout the retreat to keep you charged up and tap into the natural energy of place, nature and being.

You're going to be mostly outdoors, so plan accordingly. 

This retreat will be focused on the more "primal" side of primalhacking. Contributors will present on a wide range of topics including:

  • Foraging/Plant Identification
  • Cooking Wild Foods
  • Natural Movement
  • Herbal Medicine Making
  • Natural Nootropics
  • Yoga & Qi Gong

And more to come!!   

Speakers & Presenters

Dr. Trent Austin, MD, aka Dr. Mushroom

Dr. Trent Austin is an internal medicine physician with 14 years of experience.  He is passionate about helping patients support their health with natural options for chronic illnesses.  He has a particular interest in the healing ability of various mushroom species and has successfully treated patients with a range of ailments from multiple sclerosis, autoimmune disease, hormone issues, and other difficult-to-treat conditions.

Dr. Austin was trained as a conventional doctor at the Indiana University School of Medicine but began to explore alternative options after discovering the side effects of prescription medication firsthand.  Based on his experience treating his own high blood pressure and cholesterol with mushrooms, he began treating his patients with a similar approach, with great success. He is also a strong proponent of intermittent fasting.  Videos on his Youtube channel, "Doctor Mushroom - Natural Healing", have received thousands of views.  In addition to one-on-one consultations both in-person and on the web, he also founded and operates three AccuDoc Urgent Care medical clinics.

Greg Monzel 

Greg Monzel is a practicing herbalist connecting people with plants in Indianapolis, Indiana. Greg grew up close to nature: hunting mushrooms and wildlife, foraging wild foods, fishing and canoeing, and organic gardening in his youth. His interest in healing plants was spurred by personal experience using fresh pineapple to treat recurrent bouts of strep throat in his teens.

In 2007, Monzel completed a 450-hour community herbalism intensive at the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine in Ithaca, NY, where he studied plant identification, wildcrafting, botanical medicine-making, and clinical skills with his mentor, 7song, considered one of the world’s leading teachers of herbalism. The following year, Greg began offering edible and medicinal plant walks, health consultations, and handcrafted herbal products.He expanded in 2009 to offer classes and workshops on botanical medicine and healing foods. In 2013, he studied with renowned herbalist Jim McDonald, expanding his understanding of energetic herbalism and clinical skills.Currently, Greg leads and teaches the 450-hour Community Herbalist program through the school he co-founded, Wild Persimmon School of Wellness.  It is an immersive, experiential program emphasizing plant identification, foraging, herbal medicine making, clinical skills, and human/plant biology.  He also sees patients in his private practice and teaches foraging year round at White Pine Wilderness Academy and at herbalist conferences.

Colleen Donahoe

Colleen found yoga during a time of isolation and depression in her mid-twenties. The physical exercise helped her regain a sense of control in her life and the meditation helped her understand the source of this emotional instability. In 2009 she traveled to a Sivananda ashram in the Himalayas of northern India to learn as much as she could about this beautiful and exotic practice. The 30 day intensive teacher training was both validating and transformative. She has been teaching and practicing traditional Sivananda yoga ever since, completing the advanced teacher training in 2012.

Joey Leveille

Joey's passion is movement. He grew up in a physically active family and would spend my time playing soccer, running road races, and playing in the woods. Despite enjoying these things, none of them helped him fully express himself as a human and he was always chasing different activities. He couldn’t seem to find what he was looking for. No coach or discipline had the “master keys” of understanding and every expert contradicted another expert. After settling with parkour, his journey started to stagnate.

Then, in 2011, he had a bout with Lyme disease that left him so weak he had trouble walking to his classes at Indiana University. He refused to quit moving because he knew that movement was more powerful than the disease. Over the course of three years, he slowly got better using the Ido Portal Method and the generalist movement perspective.

For the past 3 years, he's been a personal trainer at Fitness By Design in Indianapolis. His life is about sharing the power of movement and self-improvement with as many people as he can.

Nicolas Zahasky

An executive chef since 2002, Nic has launched, run and redeveloped restaurants and food-service programs in Nevada, California, Iowa, South Dakota and Minnesota. He has cooked for many elite figures such as Madeline Albright, Micheal Pollan, Arun Gandhi, Wailin' Jennys, the King and Queen of Norway and Five for Fighting, along with independent contracting for the Bulletproof executive himself, Dave Asprey.

In 2011, Nic retired from his executive chef role and left "the corporate lifestyle" to pursue self-training (and shortly after, training many others who sought him out) with functional fitness and Paleo nutrition. He began racing for the first time with this new-found energy, strength and passion, and began to consistently win national obstacle course races and competitions. Quickly becoming a public figure and personality for Paleo nutrition and ancestral health, he designed Cultivate in 2016 to bring more awareness and accessibility for ancestral nutrition, his Low-Impact model and functionally appropriate movement to the international stage. 

Chris James

Chris has been into biohacking/ancestral health for many years.  Since he was under 10, he has been exploring the forests around his home and learning about the medicinal plants available.  After a really bad car wreck 3 years ago he was forced to figure out ways to heal his body and mind because the doctors just weren't cutting it. As he was off work trying to heal, he realized that he needed to do something that he was passionate about. He ended up quitting his job and flying out to California for the BP coach training. That's where he met Thaddeus, and since then they have been sharing ideas, learning and trying to connect with others that share the same passions. He is passionate about learning to live in accordance with our ancestral roots and when that is not possible, using technology and supplements to still meet those requirements. He continually searches for new tech and “hacks” to improve his health and performance, then tests them and shares what he finds with the rest of the tribe.

Thaddeus Owen

Thaddeus is a self-experimenter with a passion for researching, testing, reviewing and providing actionable advice to others in the field of health, longevity, and cognitive enhancement.

Thaddeus believes that our indoor existence exposes us to more toxins, processed foods, and processed light than ever before. He believes we all should spend more time and money optimizing our environment for the most important operating system, our body and mind. Bringing together ancient techniques with appropriate technology, we can overcome our modern lifestyle.

Thaddeus is a chemical engineer and co-founder of an online platform designed to help others transform their health and break free of the current system. He also works full time as a Sustainability manager at Herman Miller. He spent 10 years developing pharmaceutical products and then changed directions to delve deep into environmental sustainability, nutrition, wellness and ultimately biohacking. He believes that natural sunlight is the most underrated nutrient for human health. You can find him @ Primalhacker.com and ErisFit.com

Michael Hood

Raised by a mother who taught him to “stay close to nature to stay healthy”, Michael has been on the primal path for most of his life. He was introduced to biohacking through functional medicine, where blood and urine biomarkers led him to discover raw veganism and running 60 miles weekly were compromising his health. He realized fitness has its limits, even though he had found his HDL (good) cholesterol levels were correlated with his weekly mileage. Michael replaced Big Ag “organic” foods with local fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, and fats. However, this was not enough; primitive peoples ate a far more diverse diet and had practically no disease even at old age. Michael started gathering and processing wild edible plants, fungi, meats (nose to tail, including offal), medicines, and adaptogens, all of which vastly expanded his nutritional diversity and quality compared to conventional alternatives.

These practices also vastly expanded his natural movement, digging intractable roots, scouting for wild edibles and natural springs across varied and challenging terrain and on trees, canoeing across lakes to harvest wild rice, and skinning/butchering animals to roast in fire pits dug up to 2 meters deep. Michael seeks out physical and environmental challenges and has visited remote tribal villages to learn more about their lifestyles.

Michael is focused on developing his tribal community to expand opportunities to progress on the primal path, regularly hosting gatherings to build sweat lodges, process acorns, and to celebrate ‘native’ Thanksgiving with friends from across three states.



versailles lake retreat

Considering the winter that we are having, the lake should still be cold enough to do some cold thermogenesis while we are there so if you are interested in taking part, make sure to bring something to swim in. We'll also talk about some of the benefits of CT while we are doing it.

Location- Versailles State Park, Indiana | Closest Airport- Cincinnati

This retreat will take place in beautiful Versailles State Park. We have reserved a group camp on the banks of a beautiful 230-acre lake. 



Cincinnati Airport (Which is actually located in Northern Kentucky)

For those that will be flying in, we will be having at least one pickup at the Cincinnati airport to shuttle people to the park and will try to accommodate as many people as possible. You will also be added to the retreat Facebook group where we will try to arrange as many rides as possible. 

It's about an hour's drive from the airport to the State Park.



A few open lodges. This is dormitory style, so a throwback to your European hostel staying days.

Bring Linens or a Sleeping Bag

There are plenty of beds, but you must bring a sleeping bag or your own linens, a pillow, and towel.


Dinner will be provided Friday and Saturday and breakfast will be provided Saturday and Sunday.

To keep costs down and make this a truly affordable event, we're asking you to provide your own lunch and snacks. Since we'll be out and about, either on the trail or outdoors at the park, please plan to bring your own lunch for Saturday and any snacks you might need. Make sure you don't need to heat any of this up since microwaves are forbidden to biohackers and ancestral folks. Alternatively, you can fast during this time and reflect on the natural surroundings and sharing of light and energy from your peers. You'll be that much more interested in the wonderful wildcrafted dinner we've got planned. 

Limited Spots

Spots are extremely limited and are first come, first serve.

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 Primalhacker Boundary Waters Canoe Digital Detox Retreat

September 21-23, 2018

Price tbd

Get out into the WILD. Really! 

No cell service. 


No nnEMFs

Fall and rise with the sun

The true heart of biohacking

Reconnecting with nature, earth, water, fire, and tribe

Led by two boundary water experts and wilderness medicine certified nurses and hosted by Thaddeus

Includes all gear, food, and lodging the night before.


PrimalHacker EMF Free Retreat at The Point Functional Medicine Retreat Center

Point Logo

$1500 (All inclusive - all lodging, all meals, all speakers, and events)

August 2-5 2018 

Pequot Lakes, MN

Join PrimalHackers Thaddeus and Chris along with teachers Matt Blackburn, Brian Hoyer, Matt Maruca and more. 

Head on over to The Points signup page to get registered for this retreat!

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