Archive for April, 2011
If your Mom loves gardens then she will love a day at Glen Ivy Hot Springs! Stretching over 12 acres, Glen Ivy Hot Springs spa property features a variety of palms, towering bamboo, aged oaks, 100 year old grapefruit tree, with both tropical rain forest and arid zones along with a succulent wall that was built by guests on Earth Day. Spa guests are invited to take our weekly Botanical Tour offered every Friday at 1pm, lead by Patrick Mitchell, Glen Ivy Director of Landscapes and Sustainability.
As the lush gardens grow, the landscaped grounds provide the perfect place to celebrate and socialize. If you’re looking for a creative Mother’s Day gift pairing for your spa and garden loving Mom, give her a Glen Ivy Spa gift card along with one of these unique gifts for garden lovers:
- Culinary Herb Grow Bottles: Hand-crafted from recycled wine bottles, these bottles are available in a variety of herbs. She can even use them multiple times with a variety of herbs.
- Heirloom Seeds (SIxteen) Art Packs: Each packet features artwork by a different New York artist, unique petal-shaped flaps, and inside, a generous helping heirloom seeds.
- Hanging Globe Vases: She’ll create a magical indoor garden with these beautiful (and unique) vases
- Succulent Wall: A vertical garden of her very own (just like the one we did at the Hot Springs for Earth Day!).
Glen Ivy Hot Springs, Rancho Las Uvas Join us for this interactive class and meet the chickens of Glen Ivy! Animal Caretaker Nadga Shelton shows us the important role that the chickens play at Glen Ivy, as well as revealing fun facts about eggs.
Nadga is an avid health advocate for all animals. She studied Animal Science at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and has spent her life surrounded by horses and other animals. Since bringing her love and care for animals to Glen Ivy in 2012, Nadga has been known to treat the Glen Ivy chickens with aloe skin treatments.
As part of our goal to offer Glen Ivy Spa guests a spectrum of wellness opportunities to explore, the Glen Ivy Retreat Center will be hosting author and life coach Elizabeth Trinkaus, April 29 - May 1, for her workshop “The Law of Attraction.”
This weekend package includes accommodations at the Glen Ivy Retreat Center, meals, access to Glen Ivy Hot Springs, and retreat events. Read more about the The Law of Attraction Retreat.
APRIL 29-MAY 1 ~ Law of Attraction Retreat, Glen Ivy Hot Springs Spa,
Corona, CA ~ Presented by Elizabeth Trinkaus, Life Enrichment Coach
Elizabeth is an intuitive Master Coach with over 20 years of experience working with individuals, couples, families, groups and corporations. She designed an accelerated coaching program that yields commanding results for her clients. Her approach to empowering her clients incorporates identifying and clearing inner child blocks and negative tapes that keep us from achieving personal and professional success.
Elizabeth’s other achievements include:
- Co-author of Conversations On Success with Deepak Chopra and Mark Victor Hansen
- Co-author of Success Simplified with Steven Covey and others
- Work/Life Balance Immersion Program at a Fortune 500 Company
- Employee Importance Program (EIP) – Taking care of your #1 asset, your employees
- Mighty Isis Club – Ongoing workshops and retreats designed for women to experience life affirming shifts
- Life Enrichment Spa Series – Wellness retreats within spas
- Former guest columnist for “American Spa Magazine”- writing about creative ideas to inspire employees
- Retreat Designer and Presenter – Soul-inspiring getaways
Mother’s Day will soon be here, Sunday May 8. But why celebrate Mom just one day in May when you can celebrate her all month long? We’re doing exactly that here at the Hot Springs! Let us show you how:
Mudder’s Day Admission
Bring mom on any Wednesday in May and she’ll receive half-price admission with the purchase of a full-price admission. Spend the day relaxing in the Lounge Pool with mom, playing in the mud together, or getting a massage, it’s sure to be a Mother’s Day experience she’ll never forget!
Mudder’s Day Photo Contest
Create your own muddy memory with Mom. Meet us in Club Mud every Wednesday at 1 pm for our MUDder’s Day photo contest. Capture your muddy moment on camera and we will choose one winning photo each week to receive 2 spa admission passes! All photos will be posted here on the Blog and on Facebook . At the end of the month you can vote for your favorite photo, Grand Prize Winner will receive a $100 Glen Ivy Spa gift certificate. See you in the mud!
Gifts for MOM!
If you’re still trying to find that PERFECT gift for mom, look no further. We have $100 Glen Ivy gift cards for just $85 available for purchase online NOW! Head to the Glen Ivy Facebook page and “LIKE” us to receive FREE SHIPPING on your gift card order before May 1.
WIN a Spa Day
Join us on Facebook for our “Mom’s Love Glen Ivy Contest.” When you LIKE the Glen Ivy Spa Facebook page, and invite your Facebook friends to LIKE us too, you’ll both be entered to WIN a Glen Ivy Spa Day and 2-for-1 admission passes, get contest details…
We’ll see you and your mom at Glen Ivy Spa soon!
We are excited to announce a new dining experience at Glen Ivy Hot Springs in Corona!
It is spring time in Southern California and just about everywhere you go, you will run into a field of bright yellow California bush sunflowers in bloom… and what better time to announce the opening of our new Sunflower Sushi at the Hot Springs!
It is the natural beauty, temperate climate, year-round harvests from our organic gardens, local farms, and the great Pacific that have inspired my fun and creative menu of Temake, Sushi and Shaved Ice. A fusion of some of my favorite flavors from Japan to Mexico, Sunflower features a selection of dynamic finger-friendly foods that I know will complement your Spa day. High-protein sushi and temaki are perfect for lunch, a midday snack or light nourishment between treatments. Colorful and refreshing shaved ice or raspado as it’s called in Mexico is made our way, with natural Agave syrup and seasonal fruit juices—like citrus, pomegranate and hibiscus—and yes, it’s “shaved” to order. The only hard part will be to choose a flavor—we have over 20!
You will also be glad to know that everything we serve here is made fresh to order daily and requires the minimum of utensils (usually just your fingers will do). Dining here is informal and all about what makes you feel most comfortable. Please feel free to find space here at the counter, go next door to Tiempo Lounge or enjoy pool side. Additionally, look for this mouth watering sushi and temaki at the Paradise Bar, on our Cabañas menu or in Café Solé.
Just in case you aren’t a sushi afficianado, here is a quick and easy guide to translating our menu (yes. please feel free download a copy Sunflower Sushi right here!) and don’t forget to Keep Eating Healthy!
Keep cooking healthy!
Chef Bill Wavrin
Patrick Mitchell, Glen Ivy Hot Springs Director of Landscapes and Sustainability, Shares thoughts about Connecting with Nature and Earth Day
When I began to think of the theme for this month, “Connecting with Nature,” and what I would write, many thoughts raced through my mind. It’s a big topic and one we often take for granted. We fail to observe nature all around us like the red-tail hawk that soars far above us or the dandelion that sprouts in the cracks of concrete on the city sidewalk we stroll over every day. Each of these missed connections is a missed opportunity for personal growth and improved mental and physical health.
Then I considered writing about therapeutic gardens. But felt that this topic might be limiting to a general audience. To recognize the value of plants in therapeutic settings, however, I will recommend the book Green Nature/Human Nature: The Meaning of Plants In Our Lives by Charles Lewis and published by the University of Illinois Press. Mr. Lewis covers so many important aspects of the human-plant relationship that even an avid gardener, naturalist and restoration ecologist like myself found it enlightening.
As an undergraduate student at Prescott College in Arizona, I learned to recognize that ecology wasn’t something that only happened in natural areas, but rather, it was all around us no matter where we were. I thought I could write about urban ecology and the great efforts at re-wilding that are occurring in many cities across the country but ultimately decided that it is far more important that we go out and volunteer to plant trees or a create a vegetable garden in a corner of our yard than it is for me to tell you about what others are doing.
I thought about sharing some of my personal experiences connecting with nature like watching wolves take down an injured elk in the Yellowstone Valley or learning about agriculture from my grandfather, an Iowa farmer who would dig both hands into his topsoil and raise a handful to his nose to take in its aroma. He did this everyday like a religious ritual and it taught me how important it was to know the piece of earth you dwell on. These experiences and many like them have created in me a deep and intimate connection with the nature around me.
And so, I have ultimately decided that this month, this Earth Day, everyday, I will simply suggest that we all try to connect with nature by watching the birds outside our cubicle windows, or by planting tomatoes on our apartment balcony. Next time you are taking a walk, take the time to look at the tiny plants that grow along your path. Observe the changes in color, light and sounds that occur as seasons change. Or take the time to come to Glen Ivy…lay back on a cozy float in the Lounge Pool and watch the sun as it crosses over the Santa Ana Mountains and maybe you will notice the red-tail hawk that soars above.
See you soon,
Director of Landscapes & Sustainability
Spread the word… Moms Love Glen Ivy!
Share Glen Ivy Spa on Facebook with your Friends
Every new fan counts as an entry for themselves AND for the person who referred them!
New Fans: Like us on Facebook and be sure to stop by our Wall to say Hello! and be sure to mention who referred you!
Existing Fans: Tell your friends about Glen Ivy Spa on Facebook and invite them to LIKE us too. When they post on our Wall and mention your name, you will be entered to win! Here is a sample status or message you can post to let your Facebook friends know about the contest:
Like @GlenIvy on Facebook, and then stop by their wall and leave a post letting them know I referred you, and we will both be entered to WIN our own Spa Day at Glen Ivy Hot Springs Spa in Corona! ($186 value each!) Then you can invite your friends and be entered again when they LIKE Glen Ivy and post on the wall!
Now the Good Stuff… PRIZES!
Early Bird Prizes:
For every 500 new fans we will be doing random drawings for 2 for 1 Admission Voucher for Glen Ivy Hot Springs. A new fan and the person who referred them will each receive a prize.
Grand Prize Draw On Mother’s Day, Sunday May 8:
We will draw for final grand prizes of a Spa Day at Glen Ivy Hot Springs in Corona! Includes a Swedish Massage (50 minutes), Grotto Body Treatment, Lunch at Café Solé, and admission to the Spa, for a total value of $186 per package. A Spa Day Package will be awarded to one New Fan and one to the person who referred them!
Additional Notes: Contest runs from April 20- May 8, 2011. Early bird prize draws will be made with the addition of every 500 new fans.
Another Fabulous Glen Ivy Spa-tini from Executive Chef Bill Wavrin
Hibiscus and Blueberry Refresco
What a great way to start off any day. They call it the drink of the Pharaohs, who enjoyed it as a cooler on those hot North African days. In Mexico hibiscus teas, or Jamaica, can be found on almost any corner and our neighbors south of the border they have been enjoying this tea as a sweetened refresco for centuries.
Studies have shown that drinking  cups of hibiscus tea can lower systolic blood pressure, lower cholesterol and is a wonderful cooler. The hibiscus flower contains many antioxidants that help in protecting cells from free radicals. Marrying the hibiscus teas with blueberries gives a huge boost to benefiting one’s healthy regiment by heightening the antioxidants levels over the top. The chiles offer a surprising piquant twist to a wonderful traditional drink. Zest it up & Buen Provecho!!
Hibiscus and Blueberry Resfresco
Yield: 8 – 8 ounce servings
4 ounces hibiscus flowers
½ gallon water
4 ounce lemon juice
2 ounces fresh lime juice
brown sugar to taste
8 cups ice or as needed
8 hibiscus flowers for garnish
2 chiles del arbol toasted
4 mint leaves
8 lime slices
8 lemon slices
8 ounces blueberries
Step #1: Bring the water to a boil in a stock pot and add the dried hibiscus flowers. Take off the heat and allow the tea to steep  minutes. Strain, toss the flowers and set aside to cool. Refrigerate and cover the tea until needed.
Step #2: Place everything in a pitcher and stir. Add sugar to taste. Add ice to the glasses and garnish with a mint leaf, blueberries, lemon and lime slice and a hibiscus flower.
Buen Provecho and Salud!!
Administrative Professionals Day is Wednesday, April 27! Not sure how to celebrate their hard work and highlight their importance? We’ve made it easy for you and are sharing our favorite finds that they’ll be sure to love!
For the spa-goer: Hard work deserves rewarding relaxation. What could be better than a spa day? Shop for Glen Ivy Gift Cards online, call 888-GLEN IVY, or swing by any Glen Ivy Spa in Brea, Corona or Valencia. Need it NOW? Try our Instant Gift Certificates that you can print or email in a few clicks!
Spa-at-Home Gifts: Pick up the perfect products so they’re ready for summer! Visit The Spa Lifestyle Store at any Glen Ivy and you will find great gifts for relaxing at home, from cushy robes to aromatherapy body care, like Crabtree & Evelyn’s La Source Spa Luxuries nourishes and revitalizes the skin while leaving a clean, fresh scent.
For the nature lover: Give them a mini garden at home or in the office that will last all year! “Year of Seeds” from Redenvelope.com includes 12 packets of easy-to-grow seeds and candy colored earthenware pots. They just plant, sit back, and watch the flowers come to life!
For the book worm: Do they love a good book? How about this fun and heartwarming novel The School of Essential Ingredients, and they can even enjoy it with the upcoming “virtual” Glen Ivy Book Club. More on the Book Club coming soon!
For the foodie: Recommended by Glen Ivy’s Executive Chef Bill Wavrin, The Art of Simple Food: Notes, Lessons, and Recipes from a Delicious Revolution is the perfect addition to any food lovers kitchen. With everyday recipes and helpful techniques, this cookbook is the perfect gift!
Wednesday, April 13, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Glen Ivy Spa, Brea, 1001 Brea Mall
- How to build the essential elements of fitness into your daily life, doing the activities you most enjoy.
- The life changing health benefits of moderate exercise.
- How appropriate rest, water and food intake maximize the benefits of any physical activity you do.
- How to keep your fitness routines fun, flexible and right for you.
HOW TO REGISTER:
- Call 714.990.2090 ext 2000
- Email email@example.com
Fee: $20.00 per person