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Held at the picturesque University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, IL, this 4 day retreat provides the space and support for you to come home to yourself by aligning with a wellness path that is unique to you. 

With the support of John Pierre, his team of expert facilitators, and the compassionate community of attendees, you'll find yourself on a path to aligned health and wellness that encompasses so much more than just what you're eating and how you're moving.


Learn more about JP's Pillars of Health, our amazing teachers, and the beautiful accommodations! 👇 

The Details

May 22-26, 2024

 Our 2024 wellness retreat will once again be an experience you'll never forget! 


Your Registration Fee Includes:

  • Accommodation: single occupancy accommodation for 4 nights at the serene, tranquil, and picturesque University of St. Mary of the Lake (double occupancy is available, however we encourage you to take advantage of the solitude in order to fully integrate each day's learnings)

  • Meals: 11 vegan, plant-centered and delicious meals 

  • Full Program: a front row seat to our full schedule of activities, presentations, and workshop

  • Access: one-on-one time with our expert guests andfacilitators

  • 4 days of integration, inner exploration, expansion, and deep connection

  • the unique opportunity to explore your inner landscape in one of Illinois' most beautiful settings - get centered and cultivate deeper relationships with like-minded attendees and yourself!

What's NOT included with registration 

Questions? Check out the FAQ's

Still have questions? Email

Registration is Full

If you are interested in attending, please contact Teresa at

Payment Options

  • Pay in full: $1195

  • To arrange an installment plan, please reach out to

  • If possible, we encourage you to make your payment via cashier's check or money order (preferred), or Venmo (@JPDonation - please don't tag your payment).


Payments accepted via cashier's check, money order, Venmo, or credit card. 

Questions? Contact Teresa at

An Event to Remember


Your Facilitators

John Pierre (JP)

Lifestyle Enhancement Consultant

A pioneer in the brain building field for the elderly, he created the first brain-building programs utilizing a plant-based diet and nutraceuticals over 25 years ago.

With more than 37 years of experience in the nutrition and fitness field, John Pierre has developed cutting edge programs with a blend of science and ancient modalities.

Living with Harmony online and on Instagram!


Paul Rodney Turner, Food Yogi, Founder of Food for Life Global

Paul has dedicated his life to the compassionate cause of feeding the world's most vulnerable populations. Born in Sydney, Australia, Turner's innate humanitarian spirit led him to become a devout monk at the age of 19 until 33. This spiritual foundation transformed his vision of service, inspiring him to establish Food for Life Global in 1995.


Dr. Mary Beth Wilkas Janke, 

Author, Speaker, and Self-Esteem Mentor

With over 30 years of psychology, security, and investigative experience, Dr. Janke has worked with individuals who are experiencing anxiety, depression, adjustment challenges, trauma, women’s
issues, and substance abuse.

TedX: How to Be a Badass at Any Age 

The Protector (book)

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Crystal Kennedy

Marriage & Family Therapist

Certified Trauma Professional

She works somatically and relationally from a foundation of mindfulness and a healthy relationship to self. She has an embodied perspective that is deeply rooted in compassion and uses EMDR, IFS, Brainspotting and many other complementary systems. 

The Center for Compassionate Therapy


What are the Pillars of Health?


How and what we feed our bodies is vital to our wellbeing


What surrounds us has long-lasting and significant impacts to our health


Energy and quality of life is what it's all about!


Our internal dialogue can either support us or sabotage us. Compassion for self and others is a vital part of the health of our world.


Making daily life more active and supportive of mobility and function is crucial for overall health


Personal protection, integrity, and compassion contribute to feeling empowered to care for yourself. 

What Attendees Are Saying


"You don't know what you don't know. I thought my approach to eating, cognitive clarity, fitness, and sustainability were top notch. I realized there is always room for improvement. John Pierre's wealth of knowledge is endless. I left with new goals and ideas on how to improve.

Being immersed into a stress and judgment-free environment at the Pillars of Health retreat was truly transformative for me. John Pierre and his presenters created an atmosphere that fostered genuine compassion, open dialogues and interactive learning activities for the participants  attending from all across the United States." - Gretchen


"This was an enriching experience like no other and I would highly recommend this to anyone seeking personal growth and meaningful connections in a serene, nurturing environment. It was an unforgettable experience of community building and self-discovery  that I will always hold dear to my heart and mind." - Louise

"JP's Pillars of Health retreat helped to reinforce my habits around plant based eating, sustainability, and my overall health and well-being. JP comes with years of experience and practical ways to make changes in your life. The skills and connection I left with were the tools I needed to continue on my health journey." - Len

included in your registration fee

St. Mary of the Lake provides the perfect backdrop for the inner work you'll feel inspired to do! 

From the stunning natural views to accommodations that allow you to unplug from the hectic world and plug back into a simpler way of living - and being. 

Just what we all need, right?? Sign up for updates below 👇 to be among the first to add this unique, intimate experience to your calendar. 



Where is the event located? Which airport do I fly into? How do I get there?
The University of St. Mary of the Lake is located at 1000 E. Maple Avenue in the town of Mundelein, IL approximately four miles west of Interstate 94. The closest airport is O’Hare International Airport, which is about 28 miles south of USML.


The main entrance off Route 176 is closed.  Please enter campus from Route 45 (Lake Street). This entrance is just north of the Route 176/Route 45 intersection. In your GPS or phone, enter “Route 45 and Dunbar/University Mundelein, IL” for directions to this entrance. Once on campus, please follow the signs or the direction of the Public Safety officers to the Purple Parking lot.


Everyone will have an opportunity to coordinate rideshares with other attendees via the private Facebook group and a spreadsheet of arrival/departure times.


When does the event start?
Wednesday, May 22 at 4:00 pm (check-in)


When does the event end?
Sunday, May 26, 2020 at 3:00 pm


What’s included in the registration fee?
Four nights of private lodging (see Accommodations section here and more info below) and ; 11 vegan (no salt, no oil, no sugar) meals; all retreat programming, which includes workshops, meditation sessions, movement sessions, access to facilitators, discussions with fellow participants, and time to incorporate your learnings and to walk the grounds. 


What’s not included in the registration fee?
Transportation to and from the facility, any meals needed outside of the retreat hours, additional purchases from JP. 


What is the cancellation policy? Refunds?
Registration is final - no refunds will be available, for any reason. If the need to cancel arises you may transfer your registration to a friend or family member. There might also be scholarship opportunities to donate your registration to, or it will be donated to Living with Harmony. Please email if you need to cancel. 


Are accommodations single room or double?
Single or double, however we recommend having your own room in order to have down time to meditate, journal, reflect on the day, etc. 


How will I receive communications prior to the retreat?
Updates and information will be communicated via email and text.


Is the campus accessible for those with disabilities or limited mobility?

What if I need emergency assistance, first aid, or medical attention while on campus?
Security is on campus 24-hours a day, seven days week and

can be reached by calling 847-970-4815. 


Can I bring my pet?
No, service animals are allowed with prior approval. Please contact to arrange. 


Can my child attend with me?

Campus policy requires that attendees be 18 years or older. 


Can I walk or jog around campus?

Yes, time to explore and walk the campus will be built into the retreat schedule, but you are also free to walk or jog outside of retreat hours. According to campus policy, if you walk or jog after daylight hours a safety vest must be worn. Safety vests can be checked out from the Front Desk of the Lodge.


What is appropriate attire/dress code?

St Mary of the Lake is a seminary and their policies require that participants cover all undergarments (for example, a tank top must be worn over sports bras) and tank tops have a shoulder width of at least 2 inches and cover back and sides. Shorts should extend to mid-thigh, dresses and skirts should be a respectful length, shorts or skorts should be worn over yoga pants, and low cut tops and short or tight skirts are not allowed.


Is smoking/vaping or alcohol permitted?



Is there wi-fi on campus?

Yes.  Access information will be provided at check-in.


What should I bring? Towels? Soap?

Towels/linens are provided. Please bring any toiletries you might need as well as a hair dryer. There are a few available onsite but we recommend you bring what you may need, if your traveling plans allow for it.

You may also wish to bring a non-breakable water bottle, comfortable clothing, layers to adjust from cool mornings to possible warmer days, notebook/paper/pen/pencil (whatever your preference for taking notes), small flashlight, walking shoes, cash or Venmo for any purchases from JP, and mosquito repellent if you are sensitive to bites – lavender essential oils help with bug bites.


Do I need to have cash, check or credit card?

There are no additional retreat costs related to lodging or food. When purchasing items from JP or other vendors, cash is preferred, and Venmo or check are accepted. 

What meals are included? 


Dinner at 5:30pm 


Breakfast at 8:15am

Lunch at 12pm 

Dinner at 5:30pm


Breakfast at 8:15am

Lunch at 12pm 

Dinner at 5:30pm


Breakfast at 8:15am

Lunch at 12pm 

Dinner at 5:30pm


Brunch at 10:30am 

In addition, courtesy beverage stations including access to coffee, tea, juices, and water are available at the conference center.


Is the food WFPB?  Is it oil free? Salt free? Sugar free?

Yes, we have worked with the chefs at the facility to provide for our dietary needs. We will work to also accommodate any allergies. 

Can I use the lake?

There is no swimming, boating, or fishing in the lake, however it is beautiful to sit by or walk the trails around campus.

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