Last weekend I volunteered at the Bulletproof Conference in Pasadena, CA. I have been following Dave Asprey and all things Bulletproof for quite awhile now, so when I saw the opportunity to volunteer arise (and in turn, have the chance to attend the conference during non-volunteering hours for free) I jumped. Since I am still quite new to southern California, having an event like this in my backyard felt like a great opportunity to connect with the wellness community and like-minded people.
What a wild weekend! First off, the Bulletproof community is a fantastic blend of health focused and nerdy, which is right up my alley. People travelled from all over the world for this event. Throughout the weekend, I met people from all over the United States, Canada, the UK, Columbia, Australia, and South Africa, to name a few. I also met many other wellness coaches with unique specialties, and had a blast sharing ideas and perspectives. Everyone was incredibly nice, excited to talk all things health, and motivated to “biohack” their way to their most thriving life.
Bulletproof is a biohacking community, meaning that everyone is all about finding hacks to maximize one’s health potential; from energy to sleep to productivity. This is an oversimplified explanation, but this scene is all about making simple, but powerful, changes to thrive in health.
My volunteering shifts covered a full day of set up and event prep, followed by three days of bartending at the Oxygen Bar, which was an awesome spot to work. I don’t know why my hand went up when the oxygen bar volunteer spots were offered, but I am so glad that I went with my gut (#yearofintuition for the win). It was a great place to talk to a TON of people, hear about all their favorite speakers, gadgets, and biohacks.
Day 1 of volunteering was conference set-up. I was a little nervous, both because I wasn’t sure what to expect, but also because there was a “boxed lunch” that would be served. I was on day 60 of my Whole60 and I really didn’t want to have a misstep as I closed out this milestone. When I was handed my lunch, I truly laughed out loud. I had absolutely nothing to worry about! This crowd was all about biohacking and making choices to thrive, so the meal was absolutely Whole30 approved. I avoided the dressing, just to be safe, but my meal of steak, brussel sprouts, avocado, and greens could not have been more satisfying! This was a major piece in my realization that this crowd was for me.
The conference had an amazing speaker lineup. My personal favorite was Esther Perel’s presentation and Q&A on relationships and intimacy. Listening to someone who had studied relationships and counseled countless couples provided me with the important reminder that we are all just seeking to be loved, desired, and valued. She talked a lot about how in all relationships (friendships, family, intimate partners) we are all seeking to balance and fill certain roles with each other. I find the experience of listening to an expert on a topic as sensitive as intimacy in a group to be such an amazing experience. Everyone in the audience was smiling and nodding along as we heard Esther Perel cut straight to the honest truth about relationships: we are all doing the best we can and no one but those involved in the relationship know the whole story. Listening to her share her expertise was fun, interesting, and created a space to truly feel connected to the community I was surrounded by.
Beyond the badass speaker lineup and community connection, the exhibit hall felt like a futuristic health hub in every way. Initially, I found this space overwhelming, likely because I entered it after a full day of volunteering, which included talking to hundreds of people at the oxygen bar. This was a good lesson for me on the first day of the conference: I can chat up anyone, but man oh man, do I need to step away to refill my energy. My introversion is very real, even though I can turn on the outgoing vibes. At the end of my first day I was TOAST. Walking through the exhibit center was overwhelming and felt like sensory overstimulation in every way, so I quickly did a loop, then made my way out of there. Luckily, I was able to manage my energy in a much more strategic way the rest of the weekend, so I did eventually enjoy the exhibit hall.
A few exhibit hall highlights:
- Each and every booth had a cool new technology, snack, hack, or treatment that supports wellness, with an excited expert ready to share about these resources
- A huge car/float that was crafted to look like a stick of grass fed butter with a coffee cup on top
- Everyone was rocking those ever-popular tinted blue-light blocking glasses
- My favorite jerky company (Epic) handing out samples
- Having more than one choice in microbiome testing tools (I chose Viome, more on that when my results come in!)
- So many like-minded people! It was totally normal to discuss everything from stool tests to brain inflammation to detoxification
- Seeing all kinds of people receiving intravenous supplementation and energy support from Bulletproof Labs
- Having the chance to tell Sophie from Shapehouse just how much I love sweating at her urban sweat lodges
- Concession stands with the healthiest options ever
All weekend long there was more Bulletproof coffee that a girl could ever dream of having (made with either grass fed butter or ghee, depending on your preference, or with added collagen)!
Throughout the conference I was incredibly aware of how lucky we all were to be there. I was volunteering, so I was extra lucky as my entry was free. The tickets to this event ranged from about $400-$3000. No small investment. The exhibit hall was filled with amazing health hacks to access… if you had the money to do so. One attendee told me that if she could buy all the things she wanted from the exhibit hall, it would total $43,000. Whoa. This is a community that has staggering access and privilege. I look forward to seeing how these health tools evolve to become accessible to a larger, more diverse community in the future. I find it noteworthy that Dave Asprey made a point in his keynotes to mention free biohacks, too, which I really appreciated. Your food choices, environment, connection to community, meditation, and purpose were all mentioned throughout the weekend. I appreciated that a wellness foundation was consistently highlighted before adding in some of these next level (and expensive) hacks.
This conference was an amazing experience. Health nerds are definitely my people and I intend to attend this event again next time around.
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