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Lake Lure, North Carolina

Nestled in the magnificent and tranquil Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville, North Carolina, Lake Lure is a favorite vacation and retirement destination. Located about 90 miles west of Charlotte, it is central to many outdoor, historic and recreational sites. The Lake Lure Health Retreat takes full advantage of the region’s lake-oriented attractions.

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Lake Lure, North Carolina

A Blue Ridge Mountain Retreat

The Health Retreat at Lake Lure is in the Great Smokey Mountains region, where Americans have flocked by the thousands to build second homes and retirement pads for almost a century. The Retreat is just south of the famous, lovely lake where several feature films have been set, including the Last of the Mohicans and Dirty Dancing.

The Lake Lure and surrounding area is teeming with picturesque and historic attractions including these:

  • Just minutes from the Retreat, Chimney Rock State Park offers 1,000 acres of breathtaking views and spectacular NC hiking trails. You’ll love the moderate climate, spectacular scenery and laid back friendliness of the region.
  • George Washington Vanderbilt liked it so much that he built his “little mountain escape,” now known as the magnificent Biltmore Estate and Gardens, near Asheville.
  • Asheville is an attraction in itself, with dozens of shops, galleries and music venues, and an enviable list of vegan and vegetarian restaurants and healthy grocery stores.  The city of Asheville has recently achieved the enviable distinction of being among the top 20 most visited cities in the world.
  • Just up the road from the Retreat at Lake Lure, the Swannanoa Gathering are weeklong workshops in various folk arts, held in July and August on the campus of Warren Wilson College. Cowpens National Battlefield and Kings Mountain National Military Park, both Revolutionary War sites, are in the region.
  • Less than 40 minutes west is Flat Rock, summer home of poet Carl Sandburg, the Flat Rock Playhouse and abundant outdoor fun.
  • An hour south is Greenville, SC with an array of small city attractions including galleries, museums, and performing arts.  For a more complete listing of the many travel destinations in the region, click on

Hosts Tim and Anita Koch open their contemporary six-bedroom home—on seven acres surrounded by Blue Ridge beauty—for you to enjoy. You get sun time on pontoon boat excursions, leisurely walks on country roads and organic produce from the Koches’ bountiful gardens.

lake lure hostsTim and Anita Koch find their greatest joy in sharing the Hallelujah Lifestyle with others.

The Koches are Messianic believers who honor Anita’s Jewish heritage and celebrate Jesus Christ as Savior.  They often participate in community activities where they can spread the word about living foods through demonstrating methods and providing delectable samples.

They are a multi-talented couple with many interests and experiences they bring to their Lifestyle Center. Anita once taught high school English and dance, and still enjoys the worship of God through the art of dance. Tim was a building contractor and fitness coach.

Years before she became a living foods convert, Anita Koch owned and operated an award-winning restaurant in her native New York State. Tim has recently become a certified vegan chef, bringing sophisticated textures, colors, flavors, and eye-appeal to a table spread with life-giving fare.

Together, they bring their love of delectable food and commitment to excellent health to your service at the Lake Lure Lifestyle Center. You’ll find several original Lake Lure dishes in the recipe book that all Lifestyle Center guests receive.

lake lure accomodationsThe Koches’ Lifestyle Center is tucked away on a quiet country road, making it safe and serene for walks and outdoor activities at any time of day and in every season. Surrounding views of the world-famous Blue Ridge Mountains give the location postcard-worthy loveliness. Inside, the spacious, airy interior flows from the large, well-equipped kitchen to dining, living and lecture areas on the house’s upper level.

On the lower level, a dayroom doubles as an indoor exercise area, and a second kitchen insures even more convenience. Two upper level bedrooms are each furnished with two queen beds. On the lower level, a large bedroom is furnished with two queens, and a smaller bedroom has a single queen bed. Both have private baths.  A separate cottage offers two bedrooms, each with one queen bed, attached half baths and a shared Jack and Jill shower.

Additional Amenities

  • Wireless Internet
  • Massage therapy by request
  • One wheelchair accessible guest room.

Here is our schedule for the rest of 2017:

February 19-24, 2017

March 19-24, 2017

April 23-28, 2017

May 21-26, 2017

June 18-23, 2017

July 23-28, 2017

August 20-25, 2017

September 10-15, 2017

October 22-27, 2017

November 12-17, 2017

* Center closed in December
** Dates Subject To Change

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Oct 4-9, 2015

A 5 day, hands-on, mostly raw cuisine coaching program lead by Chefs Tim and Anita Koch and Chef Richard Arnold, the experienced chefs and teachers who direct the Hallelujah Diet Lifestyle Center in Lake Lure, NC. Classes cover basic kitchen equipment, knife skills, common measurements and equivalents. Basic tastes and the Four Components of raw gourmet cuisine. Hands-on experience in making, creating and plating gourmet raw food dishes: sauces, dressings, appetizers, salads, cultured veggies, raw breads, and desserts. A good time is had by all as we all work together in our large hands-on food prep classroom, not to mention all the great food we get to eat!

Growing in Obedience… & Blessings!

Dear Anita and Tim:

Just wanted to write you and tell you so many thank yous for what you did and still do at Lake Lure. You planted the seed that only God could grow when I truly became obedient. Since the time I was there…two years…I still continued to be on and off the diet…. Last April I became a Health Minister and shortly after that took 7 people with me to an HA weekend. I truly WANTED to be 100 % HA Diet, but still was only 95% most of the time… I did go from a size 16 to a size 10, but was NOT OFF ALL MEDS!

A friend of mine from church who I had shared the HA Diet with but who didn’t want anything to do with it, came to me months later and said HELP! I started helping her, giving her info and you know what? She has lost 35 lbs in 14 1/2 weeks AND 18 1/2 inches. I was amazed and asked her how she is doing it. You wouldn’t believe what she said (or maybe you will). She said she is 100% HA Diet! We piled up her Suburban, took …8 people with us to an HA weekend, went to Rhonda’s class, seminar and then “Where Do We Go From Here?”, and boy!!!! The pounds are shedding off like never before (Well, once before when I was at your Center), and I’m off 1 diabetes med and working on the other. 5 out of the 8 people are 100 % HA Diet…including me!!!

Just so thankful that…(you both) are doing what God has called you to do…planting those seeds. It is up to each one of the people that come there to take what you are so graciously willing to give and do something with it. Sometimes you don’t get to hear what we do with it so wanted to let you know that I’m spreading the word and NOW doing what I need to do! So here we go……..

By the way, I’m in St. Thomas and still 100%! It isn’t even hard to NOT eat the shrimp or the scallops…the little drinks with the umbrellas are calling my name but so far I have said No! I exercise twice a day and have lost 3 lbs since I’ve been here. My reward for not indulging is going to be snorkeling with the turtles tomorrow!!!!!! And by the way…my blood sugar this morning was 101! Praise HIM! and you!

Yvonne D. – Gloucester, VA

And It’s Only Been Two Weeks!

Don and I are still very excited about the Hallelujah Acres Program. Don has lost 7.5 pouns in two weeks and I have lost 16.5 pounds. I put on a pair of dress slacks and top that I haven’t worn since I came back from NC, they were too BIG!!!! I am feeling better than I have felt in a long time. We have signed up for Health Minister Training in March and are looking so forward to it. Yesterday at church I had people come up to me and ask about the diet and how we’re losing weight. Wanting to know how to get started, how to do this with Diabetes, etc. God is opening doors already. We don’t know how to guide or direct or answer questions at this point, just that we know how to do what we’re doing and loving it……..

Tim and Anita, as always, thank you so much for everything. Words just can’t cover our thanks to you.

Cathy H. – Benton, KS

A Divine Appointment

I can say now the delay with selling our home last July is that we could connect with you and the HA Diet. I know we would not have come to NC if we had moved last July.

If we were going to backslide and get off the Diet, it would have happened during the move. *( They finally sold their home and recently moved into a new one.) We came through very well and we transported frozen carrot juice during the move. My weight remains within my guidelines and my energy level has never been higher. We now have somewhat of a routine and are looking for good places to shop for our supplies. Publix is next door. I still laugh when people ask if I have horses.

I’ll never be able to say “thank you” enough for your program and what it has done for my life. We now have a 30-year mortgage and I know I will live long enough to pay it off.

Bob Z. – Lake Mary, FL


This Lifestyle Center is located mid-way between Mill Spring and Lake Lure, NC , in the southwestern part of North Carolina. If you will be driving from Hallelujah Acres® headquarters in Shelby, NC, the Lifestyle Center is just 50 miles west. Take US Hwy 74 West to Exit 167 (toward Mill Spring), and turn right onto NC Hwy 9.


The nearest airport servicing this Lifestyle Center location is Greenville-Spartanburg International (GSP), located just one hour south in South Carolina.

Airport pick-up service is available for $60 each direction.

If you will be driving to the Lifestyle Center from the airport, take I-85 North (toward Spartanburg) to I-26 West (toward Asheville); from there, take US Hwy 74 East and Exit NC Hwy 9 toward Mill Spring.

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Parkersburg, West Virginia

Located at the confluence of the Ohio and Little Kanawha rivers, Parkersburg is rich in history, artistic marvels and political intrigue, the area near our Parkersburg Health Retreat offers visitors a sense of adventure in mountainous majesty. From the Burr Conspiracy and Fort Borman to the Oil and Gas Museum and Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural masterpiece, the tucked away Health Retreat has much to offer beyond its breathtaking 240-acre piece of heaven.

Parkersburg, West Virginia

Set on a majestic hill in serene West Virginia, the Hallelujah Diet Health Retreat hosted by Ben and Janis Medeiros offers peace, intrigue and adventure all rolled into one.

The Retreat’s surrounding five acres and resort-style features are just the beginning. You are invited to explore an additional 240 privately owned acres, including a fascinating, ancestral cemetery dating back to the early 1800s.

Local attractions include:

  • Blennerhassett Island, a popular tourist destination for Health Retreat guests, is just a short distance away, including a ride aboard the Delta Queen paddleboat. It was on this island that the Burr Conspiracy unfolded, involving former U.S. vice-president Aaron Burr. The island’s attractions also include tours of a majestic mansion, wagon rides and walking trails.
  • Modern architecture buffs will want to see nearby Falling Water, architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s signature project. The home is an amazing feat of engineering, featuring cantilevers throughout, all built over a natural waterfall.
  • Those who appreciate art should visit what the Smithsonian has called “a priceless work of art.” The Warther of Dover, just two hours from the Health Retreat, features 64 masterfully produced train carvings of ebony, ivory and walnut, created by Earnest Warther.
  • Perhaps most intriguing of all is nearby Greenbrier, revealed in 1992 as a secret government bunker that had been hidden in the White Sulfur Springs area for 35 years. The facility is now a tourist destination, open for public viewing.

Whether you want to spice up your new Hallelujah Lifestyle with some action and adventure…or simply enjoy the serenity of the scenery, the Hallelujah Acres Health Retreat in West Virginia is the perfect escape.

parkersburg hostsBen and Janis Medeiros had been juicing carrots since 1990 but the rest of their diet consisted of the standard American fare of health-deteriorating foods.

Their story changed in 2002 when Ben began having pain in every joint and reported cholesterol readings of more than 380. As Janis says, when she had to start helping her husband out of bed at just 50 years old, she knew something had to change.

Around this time, they were given Rev. Malkmus’ most famous book, Why Christians Get Sick. They took the information to heart and began getting back on track. By 2008, they were eating only plant-based foods. Ben’s cholesterol dropped to 162 and his blood tests continue to be the best of his life.

After running a construction business in California since 1991, Ben and Janis retired in 2010 to enjoy their home West Virginia on full-time basis. Having renewed their health through Hallelujah Acres’ books, Health Minister Training, and visits to Lifestyle Centers, they were inspired to give the gift of health to others.

“We want everyone to know how their bodies can heal themselves when given the right foods,” say Ben and Janis. “We are looking forward to sharing our home with as many as will come.”

parkersburg accomodationsPerched on a picturesque hill, the West Virginia Lifestyle Center offers a commanding view of its private, breathtaking surroundings encompassing more than 240 acres.

This six bedroom home is exquisite in its setting and its décor. The main floor boasts a large living room, dining room, and all-important kitchen. And a fully furnished basement includes an exercise room, large game/theater room, a second kitchen for juicing, and even an infrared sauna.

At the rear of the home, a wonderful glassed-in room offers a fabulous view of rolling hillsides, and a multi-tiered deck leads to a near-Olympic size saltwater pool with plenty of deck space to replenish your vitamin D in the sunshine.

The expansive, resort-style yard also features a volleyball court, fish pond, and serves as the gateway to 240 additional acres including beautiful scenery and a peaceful atmosphere.

The property also includes a fascinating, ancestral cemetery dating back to the early 1800s.

Here is our schedule for the rest of 2017:

New Schedule for the West Virginia location coming soon!

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Cancer- gone

It has been two years since I was diagnosed with breast cancer and I am doing great for which I praise the Lord. I know it was accomplished because of God’s grace and the many prayers of God’s people. In March of 2012 I had surgery to remove my left breast and a gene called Her 2 Nu was found therein. I was encouraged by two oncologists to take chemotherapy and 5 years of chemo pills. Neither my husband nor myself felt at peace with this solution. Our niece from Texas strongly encouraged us to look into the Hallelujah Acres lifestyle and pray about it. We did some research and found the lifestyle center in West Virginia which was the closest to our home (about 5 hours away). At the end of April I went to the lifestyle center and spent a week of learning to cook more healthy, which supplements were the best to take and an exercise program. I had already been juicing some and taking barleymax so the transition wasn’t so drastic. The videos were very informative and helpful as well as the interaction with the other guests. The facilities were beautiful and enjoyable. The hosts were very gracious ad accommodating. I left with a wealth of informatin and a renewed commitment to stay on the recovery diet for a year and then continue on the maintenance diet. I have been able to return to all my duties as a pastor’s wife and do all of my own cleaning and regular activities. I am still juicing and taking the supplements and exercising. In Feb. of 2014 I had my yearly check up and the doctor was very pleased with my progress and with the results of the blood work taken. I do not have to go back to the doctor for another year. I praise the Lord for the ministry of Ben and Janis and Hallelujah Acres. I have recommended the program to others and have been able to give testimony of the goodness of the Lord because of this program and how I have recovered. The Lord has used Hallelujah Acres and the lifestyle center in my life and I trust will be a blessing to others in the years ahead. Annette Maurer

Annette Maurer – Howard, PA

Ovarian Cancer

My name is Linda Palmer. I was diagnosed with stage four ovarian cancer on May 30th, 2013. It was in my liver, lungs, small bowel, and one ovary. The oncologist told me if I didn’t do his treatments that I would be dead in 2-3 months. I knew I wasn’t going to do chemo. I just wasn’t sure what I was going to do. Then my husband remembered me telling him about Hallelujah acres years ago. So we called and about one and a half weeks later we were in West Virginia with Janis and Ben. Within 3 days of being on the lifestyle I already noticed good changes. When I was diagnosed my tumor marker was 266.3, normal is 0-34. On August 22 I had my tumor marker checked and it was 107. I had my tumor marker checked again on 12/3/2013 and it is now 97.7. Praise the Lord! I also had my protein, iron, sodium, sugar, and my liver checked and all results were within the normal range. She said she didn’t want to see me anymore unless I had a problem or if I wanted some blood work done. My husband and I feel GREAT!! I still have a ways to go. My tumor marker needs to get within normal range. I’m praying that will happen by the time I get another blood test done around June or July 2014.

Linda Palmer – Mokena, IL

From Northern Ohio: Take Hwy 77 South across the border into West Virginia. Take exit 174, which is Staunton. At the end of the ramp, go left for 11 miles. The Lifestyle Center is on the left side, up on a hill. The mailbox has a pineapple sign on it.

From Southern West Virginia: Get on Hwy 77 North and take exit 174, which is Staunton. At the end of the ramp, go left for 11 miles. The Lifestyle Center is on the left side, up on a hill. The mailbox has a pineapple sign on it.

From Southern Ohio: Take Hwy 50 across the border into West Virginia. Get off on Staunton and go right. After you drive under the overpass of Hwy 77 go 11 more miles. The Lifestyle Center is on the left side, up on a hill. The mailbox has a pineapple sign on it.

From Maryland: Take Hwy 68 towards Morgantown, WV. Then take Hwy 79 to Clarksburg. Then take Hwy 50 to Parkersburg. When Hwy 50 hits Hwy 77 go south on 77 to the next exit, which is 174, Staunton. At the end of the ramp, go left for 11 miles. The Lifestyle Center is on the left side, up on a hill. The mailbox has a pineapple sign on it.

Transforming Lives

“Just want to say how much Jane & I enjoyed the 5+ days we spent with you and Tim. What a remarkable ministry the two of you have; jam-packed with life-saving knowledge on foods to eat. And, as I said, without the biblical foundation for the program it would more

- Sprague Exley

“Think of it as a vacation from unhealthy living and a roadmap for the rest of your life.”

-Jeff M.

“A private getaway, lovely amenities and fascinating local attractions, plus the most enlightening introduction to an authentic approach to sustainable optimal health…all in an uplifting spiritual environment. My Health Retreat appealed to most things I truly care about.”

-Patricia H.

“I learned more about healthy eating in one week than I had in the rest of my life. I learned that what we eat is more important than anything else.”

-Cynthia Y.

“My husband and I wanted to get away, relax, unwind and relieve our stress. But we also wanted to learn more about the Hallelujah Diet and how it can improve our health and help to prevent serious illness. That’s why we chose a Health Retreat. We got the answers more

-Jeannine A.
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