Update 4/28/19: The Wholly Alive Hallelujah Retreat is currently unavailable.
About Wholly Alive Hallelujah Retreat
Wholly Alive Hallelujah Retreat is an all-inclusive diet and wellness program on 7 acres in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Guests stay in the owners’ Bed and Breakfast property for 5-night or 3-night retreats, during which time they adhere to a strict vegan diet, learn healthy recipes and cooking techniques, practice prayerful meditation, and relax in the outdoors. The main goal of this retreat is weight loss and disease reversal. The program is supervised by the owners.
Overnight accommodations are offered in the owners’ 6-bedroom personal home or in the 2-bedroom mountain view cottage on the same property. Rooms are equipped with queen beds and shared bathrooms. There is a plethora of outdoor space, including a pool, patio, and deck. Guests assist in preparing family style meals in the house kitchen.
Wholly Alive Hallelujah Retreat is a program focused on diet and nutrition. Planned physical activities include walking and hiking, but otherwise there is not an onsite fitness facility or spa. There are no scheduled group exercise classes. Guests accustomed to a rigorous fitness regime will need to make time for personal fitness related activities.
Vegan meals and juices are included in retreat packages. An established menu designed by the program founders is comprised of fresh fruits and vegetables, blended juices, nuts and seeds, oatmeal, tofu, and other vegan accompaniments. Supplements and protein powders are procured from the Hallelujah Diet brand. Guests join the owners in the kitchen to learn healthy meal preparation. Weight loss and disease reversal through food are the key components of the retreat.
This FitStay promotes an alcohol-free environment.
Retreats at Wholly Alive include prayerful meditation sessions. Although the program does not tout itself as a religious experience, it advises participants to bring their bibles or other spiritual materials.
Instructional cooking classes are hosted daily by the owners. Guests will leave having learned to prepare their own healthy vegan meals and juices.
Wholly Alive Hallelujah Retreat is located near Asheville, North Carolina, a few miles from Lake Lure. The area is part of the Great Smokey Mountains region, which includes Chimney Rock State Park, Cowpens National Battlefield, and Tyron International Equestrian Center. The region boasts many outdoor activities, including hiking, horseback riding, and water sports.
The nearest airports with rental car services are:
Asheville Regional Airport in Asheville, NC is 25 miles away.
Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport in Greenville, SC is 50 miles away.
Charlotte Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, NC is 90 miles away.
This FitStay is a retreat-focused diet and wellness experience. All-inclusive fees for the 5-night retreat are $1,295 per person. Fees for the 3-night retreat are $750 per person. This includes accommodations, meals, nutritional supplements, cooking classes, meditation sessions, and some extracurricular activities on property.
Wholly Alive Hallelujah Retreat is a vegan weight loss program focused on diet and nutrition. Meals, accommodations, and some activities are included in retreat packages. Prayerful meditation is part of the curriculum.
Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this FitStay is a good choice for people seeking weight loss, pre-planned vegan meals, disease reversal, and nutrition education. It is not a good choice for people seeking high levels of physical activity, organized aerobic classes, or spa services.
The owners are currently on sabbatical but retreats are expected to begin again by 2019.
Wholly Alive Hallelujah Retreat Pros
Pre-set menus – Participants work together to prepare vegan meals each day, featuring fresh ingredients.
Cooking classes and recipes – Participants learn diet and nutrition skills for after their retreat has ended.
Prayerful Meditation – Guests are encouraged to seek spiritual guidance in their wellness journey.
Wholly Alive Hallelujah Retreat Cons
Lack of high intensity aerobic exercise and weight lifting activities – Guests who are accustomed to an extremely active physical lifestyle will need to incorporate their own exercise routine into daily activities.
Limited Schedule – Owners are currently on sabbatical. Call for more information about upcoming dates.