REGISTRATION ….for May 18-20, 2017





4th Annual National Plant-based Prevention Of Disease (P-POD) Conference….  a 501(c)(3) nonprofit collaboration without commercial funding


LOCATIONStudent Union, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque NM.


WHEN:  Thurs. May 18 through Sat. May 20, 2017.

Specifically:  (optional arrival-luncheon, then….) 1:30 pm Thurs. May 18 to 12:35 pm Sat. May 20, 2017 (followed by included Farewell Luncheon).  See options for “Full” or “Short” conference in tabs below.

Also:  For pre-conference Weds. run/walk in Navajo country with Scott Jurek and Jonathan Nez, see the RUNNING tab below, and for post-conference weekend adventures in Santa Fe, see the FUN tab below.


DISCOUNT DEADLINESAdvance” registration rates end April 30, after which they increase by 7%.  Housing costs will remain unchanged.

“Full” conference:  1:30 pm Thurs. May 18 to 12:35 pm Sat. May 20, 2017, followed by included Farewell Luncheon.  (17.25 to 17.5 hours of continuing education activity)
(Optional arrival-luncheon, 12:10 – 1:25 pm, Thurs. May 18)

“Short” conference 1st option:  1:30 pm Thurs. May 18 to 5:55 pm Fri. May 19, 2017, followed by included dinner plus evening reception/party.   (13.5 to 13.75 hours of continuing education activity)
(Optional arrival-luncheon, 12:10 – 1:25 pm, Thurs. May 18)

“Short” conference 2nd option:  6:45 pm Thurs. May 18 to 12:35 pm Sat. May 20, 2017, followed by included Farewell Luncheon.   (13.5 to 13.75 hours of continuing education activity)
(Optional arrival-dinner, 5:35 – 6:45 pm, Thurs. May 18)

DURING the conference, we plan to have a reception plus a dancing party Friday evening, as well as various fitness related activities before morning classes (campus run, boot camp, maybe yoga or Zumba).

BEFORE the conference, we’re having a Weds. May 17 run/walk in nearby Navajo country with champion ultra-marathoner Scott Jurek and Navajo Nation Vice President Jonathan Nez, so please see the RUNNING tab for details.

AFTER the conference….

OPTIONAL RECREATION / EXPLORATION ACTIVITIES IN NEARBY SANTA FE AFTER CONFERENCE END:  Our friends in Santa Fe have been organizing optional separate enjoyable activities in Santa Fe from late Saturday afternoon through Sunday….  a chance to add some vacation/tourism time to your conference time.  Tentative schedule is below.  We are setting aside a small number of rooms at the Lodge of Santa Fe for P-POD attendees who might wish to stay over Saturday night in Santa Fe while partaking of this weekend recreation.  Their cost should be $89 + tax, booked and paid through them, not P-POD.

•Sat. late afternoon to 7 pm:  unstructured time for museum visits, strolling etc.
•Sat. 7 pm onward:  dinner at Thai Vegan restaurant (quoted at $20/person including tax and tip)
•Sat., after dinner:  dancing to recorded music, available as late as 11 pm in Thai Vegan banquet room
•Sun. 8 am:  moderate-intensity hike in hills overlooking Santa Fe
•Sun. 10 am:  vegan breakfast at Annapurna
•Sun. 12 noon:  more nearby hiking (specifics to be determined)
•Sun. 3 pm – 5 pm:  invitation to join in a 15-year Santa Fe institution, Embody Dance….  freestyle dancing to diverse recorded music in a welcoming alcohol-free tobacco-free drug-free fragrance-free environment without street shoes.  Its nonprofit, community-owned and community-operated organization is described at

WALKABLE HOUSING:  You may arrange your own off-campus housing, but you will have an option through P-POD registration to book walking-distance campus apartments.  You’d have a private locking bedroom in an apartment shared with 1 or 2 others.  You’d choose them, else we’d randomly assign persons who are gender-appropriate as defined by you.  Each apartment has a kitchen, bathroom and living room.  [Beds are the usual size for college campuses, best described as “twin” as opposed to king or queen.]

Through our online registration you may book campus apartments for Thursday + Friday nights, and may choose there to add either Wednesday or Saturday night as well.  Any other date possibilities would need to be arranged separately with us, through our Contact page or via “comments” you make as you are completing your registration.

The apartments are the Redondo Village Apartments,

SANTA FE RECREATION-WEEKEND HOUSING for those interested, is dealt with in the FUN ACTIVITIES tab.

COSTS OF WALKABLE CAMPUS HOUSING are shown on the Costs 2017 page.

SOME OFF-CAMPUS HOTEL OPTIONS are described on the Travel 2017 page.

MEALS:  After the optional first-meal-upon-arrival, they are included with registration.  All will be vegan natural foods without wheat added, and breakfasts will consist of simple basic foods.  Following the Friday dinner, on-site reception and party activities will continue throughout the evening.  The Saturday Farewell Luncheon will be served from 12:35 to 2:20 pm. A registrant may add $18 to registration rates, for an optional Thursday arrival-meal:  either 12:10 – 1:25 pm lunch for “full” registrants and for “short” registrants skipping Saturday….  or else 5:35 – 6:45 pm dinner for “short” registrants skipping Thursday afternoon.

We are arranging for Friday’s luncheon to be prepared completely from traditional plant-based foods as were used by the various indigenous peoples of what is now the southwest U.S.

REGISTERING MORE THAN ONE PERSON:  You may register several people together through our online registration program.  Certainly, as many as 4 have been registered together successfully.

PAYMENTPayment for apartments, if booked, is not due until Apr. 26, but payment for other costs is due upon registrationPayment via check may be mailed when online registration is done, else payment (but with 3% added fee) via credit card or a Paypal account may be made during online registration.  From Apr. 26 onward, housing costs should be paid immediately along with everything else.

CHECKS should be MAILED to:  P-POD, P. O. Box 286, Asheville NC 28802-0286

Physical activity opportunities at P-POD will be varied….

•our annual dancing party being developed for Friday evening;

•various fitness related activities before morning classes (campus run, boot camp, maybe yoga or Zumba);

•multiple dancing and hiking opportunities during the optional post-conference Santa Fe weekend, described in the FUN ACTIVITIES tab;

•sufficient time in the schedule to take a 15 or 20 minute walking/stretching break (which we encourage) before each lunch.

The BIGGEST NEWS is…. JurekS-130-156NezJonathan-130-156

FREE PRE-CONFERENCE RUN/WALK:  This optional extra event is free to P-POD registrants.  On Weds. May 17, starting 5:30 or 5:45 pm (subject to slight change), in the Navajo Nation about 36 miles from Albuquerque, a noncompetitive group RUN/walk (5K run, 1 mile walk options) will be led by Scott Jurek (named by Runners World as one of the 10 greatest runners of all time) and Jonathan Nez (Vice President of the Navajo Nation)….  who will, by the way, be our 1st two speakers at conference opening on Thursday.  Buses will load up near P-POD’s university conference site around 4 pm.  A plant-based natural foods dinner will be provided around 7 or 7:30 pm at the run site, and buses will load up for the return trip around after that.  Driving directions for those not choosing bus travel, will be provided to registrants.

Free pre-registration for the run/walk is required SEPARATELY from P-POD conference registration, and is being handled by our co-sponsor PCRM at: