Events Wellness Week - Double or Triple Occupancy

Thursday, October 9th, 20143:00 PM – 9:00 AM


DATES:  October 9-16, 2014

Round Top Retreat is a beautiful Victorian-style retreat center located “Deep in the Heart of Texas.” It's operated by the Goad family, who began this ministry on a full-time basis in 1984, to provide a home environment with all the charm of a country setting, where people can share God’s Word.

Wellness Week includes:

  • Daily Bible Study and Devotionals
  • Dance Blast, Cardio, Bike Riding, Pilates, Seated Exercises and more -- Exercise Options For Every Fitness Level
  • Delicious, Healthy Meals
  • Rest and relaxation - Lots of Porch Time!
  • Complete Wellness Testing by a Local Clinic
  • Praise and Worship
  • Inspirational Speakers
  • Personal Consultation with a Fitness Trainer

Daily Bible Study & Devotional.  Each morning we gather together for a morning devotional and prayer time. During this time, we study the Bible using the latest First Place 4 Health Bible Study. Later in the day, we meet in small groups to get to know each other better and pray for our challenges and concerns.


Exercise for Every Fitness Level.  Activities include: aerobics, strength and endurance training, stretching, seated exercises, biking on your own or with a friend and interval training for those who think they “can’t exercise.”  Each activity is designed to meet the fitness level of each individual and participation is optional.  You'll also have a personal consultation with a fitness trainer to develop your own fitness plan.


Delicious, Healthy Meals.  Enjoy healthy meals made from the freshest ingredients. You will be amazed at the delicious, satisfying meals you can have using First Place 4 Health recipes. All the recipes will be provided for you to take home and try yourself. Your meal may include Johnny’s Cajun Meatloaf, Chicken Supreme with mushroom gravy and wild rice, Pumpkin Souffle, Apple Dumplings and more. Breakfast is served continental style with healthy options, such as yogurt, fruit, cereal, bagels and toast.


Rest and Relaxation. Porch Time is a favorite activity at Round Top. Talking and relaxing with friends on the porch is on the schedule every afternoon. Benches are dispersed around the grounds for you to sit and read, have your quiet time, or just relax. The scent of clean, country air and the sounds of wildlife and nature surround you in this peaceful, serene setting.


Complete Fitness Testing. Including body composition, cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure, aerobic capacity, flexibility and more. Trinity Medical Center will have nursing staff at the retreat center who will administer the testing.  You will be given a health report with complete directions for understanding your results and tips for improving your health. If you have attended Wellness Week before, you will also receive a progress report comparing your previous results.


Praise and Worship.  We meet together each evening for an exciting  program of informative and motivating speakers along with uplifting music by our featured worship leader.


Special Guests:

Vicki Heath
is National Director, First Place 4 Health. Vicki is a certified fitness instructor for the American Council on Exercise, a certified life coach and Wellness Coordinator for her church in Edisto Beach, SC. Vicki is author of the book Don’t Quit Get Fit. She has led a successful First Place 4 Health ministry in her church for more than 18 years. Vicki is passionate about Christ and has a desire to help others understand the value of caring for their bodies as temples of the Holy Spirit. Vicki is a pastor’s wife and mother of four wonderful children.

Karen Porter is an international speaker, successful businesswoman, and serves as President of the FP4H Board of Directors.  She has authored seven books including her latest Speak Like Jesus. After 30 years as VP of Marketing for a major food company, she now co-owns Bold Vision Books, a Christian publisher, with her husband, George. Karen spends most of her time coaching writers and speakers. In her spare time, Karen continues her life-long quest to find the perfect purse. 

Joyce Ainsworth is Regional Team Leader, First Place 4 Health.  Joyce blessedly maintains a 192-pound weight loss through a healthy lifestyle she learned through First Place 4 Health. She is author to Food, Freedom & Finish Lines and Simply Healthy Recipes.  She passionately helps others find freedom in Him and release from the bondage to food and other addictions.  Her Motto is Change Your Mind ~ Change Your Body ~ Change your Life. 

Carole Lewis is Director Emeritus, First Place 4 Health she served as the National Director from 1987-2013. Carole is a popular speaker and author of 15 books. She leads conferences, Christian spas, workshops and seminars with an emphasis on personal and spiritual balance, fitness, encouragement and temperament analysis. Her audiences know her as warm, transparent, honest and humorous.  Carole and her husband, Johnny (who recently passed to glory), have three adult children (one deceased), eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren


To see pictures from Wellness Week 2013, click here:

Tell me about Round top Retreat...

Accommodations are furnished beautifully in the style of an earlier Texas time with antiques and some of the things reminiscent of “Granny’s Home.”  You will be required to bring sheets and towels for your stay.  Comforters and pillows are provided.  If you need to be assigned to a particular bed size, please indicate in the Comments section of registration.

The gardens of the Retreat provide about a mile of walking paths meandering through the property. The paths flow through the cottage gardens of mixed borders, antique roses, perennials, annuals, and native plants. Cedar pergolas display climbing roses along the walkways. Several hundred trees provide shady places to sit and enjoy God’s Creation.

How do I get there?

Round Top is located at the eastern edge of the Texas Hill country–it's about a 2-hour drive from Houston, and about a 90-minute drive from Austin. For an extra charge, First Place will arrange for a shuttle to take you from Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston to Round Top Retreat Center.

I want to be pampered...

During the week, a certified relaxation massage therapist will be available. Pamper yourself with a relaxing massage after your workout or before you go to bed.  A certified nail technician will also be available for manicures. There is an extra charge for both of these services.

Area Attractions

Round Top, Texas. Shops both quaint and elegant; antiques primitive and classic; eateries down-home and more refined. Whatever your pleasure, Round Top is sure to please. Tour our historic museum village. Picnic on our town square, enjoy fragrant herb gardens and Shakespeare. You can find virtually anything here.

Festival Hill.  A year-round performing arts and conference center presenting concerts and forums, and hosting rural retreats for businesses and educational institutions. Tours can be arranged of the McAshan Gardens or of the Festival Hill campus, historical buildings and museum rooms, The grounds are open year-round to the public.

Henkel Square Museum Village.  Henkel Square is nationally recognized as an authentic restoration of Anglo-American and German-American 19th century culture where families may enjoy and experience the living tradition of Austin's pioneers. The Apothecary is the entrance to the museum village and has a wide assortment of gifts, books and displays from the Bybee Collection. Open Thursday - Sunday 12 - 5 p.m. 979/249-3308">>

Scarecrow Festival – The second weekend of October the residents of La Grange close Main Street for the annual Scarecrow Festival. The last couple of years, around 200 front yards in the area have been decorated with mannequins made from straw. Besides judging for the best display of scarecrows at the festival there will be 125 booths selling food and merchandise.  Hayrides take visitors on a tour of the historic sites.

Winedale Historical Center. A division of The University of Texas Center for American History featuring tours of nineteenth century buildings, housing, early German Texas furniture and decorative arts. 

What do people say about the FP4H Wellness Week?

Food was terrific & so good for us! Thanks for your hard work and for giving us the recipes as well!

I can't wait to try them at home!

Never have I seen such beautiful retreat with so much peace and love.

The afternoon free time was wonderful! I really felt like I could relax with no demands on my time. I loved the early exercise times, too - to get the day started early.

Read Jan Norris' story about her Wellness Week experience in our success stories by clicking here.


$795 (*all-inclusive) Double or Triple Occupancy

Single Occupancy available for $895 (*all-inclusive) For Single Occupancy registration, click here:


*Registration includes all meals, lodging, speakers, exercise options and materials.  Registration does not include services of the massage therapist and nail technician.

**Please make your flight arrangements to arrive at IAH by 2:00PM on 10/9/14 and depart IAH after 12:00 noon on 10/16/14.  Check in begins at 3:00 PM on 10/9 and departure on 10/16 by 9:00 AM.