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Debbie’s Story

On October 5th, 2016 we had the honor of working with 9 beautiful Breast Cancer survivors. They each wrote about their journey in their own words. 

October 22nd, 2009 was the day that changed my life. I had done a biopsy on the 20th and the doctor had just called to tell me the results.  “You have breast cancer. Not sure what type but you are a stage 2 or 3 and it’s aggressive.” “How can this be? I go to all my annual appointments?” I had just been in for my annual pap and breast exam in August and there was nothing.

In September I noticed a big lump on my right breast. I really didn’t think much of it.  My PA was on vacation so I scheduled my appointment for when she came back. No rush, it’s nothing.  When I finally got in, she checked me and said, “It’s probably not cancer but I want to make sure.”  I even joked with her how I wanted one on the other side because it made my boob look bigger.  She called Breastlink and from there it all began.  The mammogram hurt like hell. How can you squeeze any harder than what’s already been done to it? Then the ultra sound. They told me to wait for the doctors to go over my results.  Finally, I got called back to the room.  Dr. West’s PA came in and said they needed to do a biopsy and if I could do it that day.  I actually paused and considered how bad traffic would be for the ride home.  I live in Lake Elsinore and was in Orange.  But I didn’t want to drive all the way back so I decided to go ahead and have it done that day.  I got to watch the procedure on the computer.  It was really cool.  He told me he would call me in the next couple of days.  I wasn’t worried.  “Cancer doesn’t happen to me.”

Now here we are.  I called my husband and told him.  He told me it would all be ok.  Next I called my dad.  We prayed together and he said that I will get through this alright.  Next, I told my friend, who drove over right away.  I think she cried more than me.  She kept saying how it wasn’t fair.  I told her it would be ok.  I joked that maybe I would get my new boobs now.  She asked if I was going to work and I said, “why wouldn’t I?  I’m not going to sit around and feel sorry for myself.”  That night, we also had to sit down with our 11-year-old son and 13-year-old daughter and tell them I had cancer.  My daughter took it really hard.  But I assured them that I would be ok.  I also told them that I would always be upfront with them and tell them the truth of what was going to happen.

Not one time did I get mad or asked God, “why me?”  There was a reason why I got it.  That was my thinking.  My husband was pissed.  He didn’t understand why I got it when I go to all my regular doctor’s appointment, had all my check ups and did my mammograms.  I told him, “why not me?”  One in eight women get breast cancer.  I went through my family.  I have 4 sisters, my mom, aunt and cousin.  I went through every one and explained why they couldn’t go through it.  “I am the logical one.  I have a great support system, I don’t have to work, I have great insurance and I can handle it.”  When I explained it that way he saw where I was coming from but was still mad.  I told him things happen for a reason.

One of my friends, who had just finished the process of reconstruction, had invited me to her house to meet other women who had gone through it.  It was supposed to be just Kimbo and Janelle but more people were invited.  They explained what I would be going through and what to expect.  Then they all started talking about their procedures and the boobs all came out.  I don’t think I had ever seen so many boobs out in one place.  It was a little overwhelming but so helpful.  Women supporting each other.  It was so empowering.  And they kept saying “be positive and laugh a lot.”  Something I tell all the women I meet.

November 19 2009, was my first chemo.  I had 16 treatments every 3 weeks.  I was also able to participate in a research program with another chemo medicine.  I was pretty excited on being a part of this research and hopefully helping someone in the future.  Chemo was hard.  I got tired just taking a shower.  But I went to work every day.  I also made sure that the kids got to all their activities.  I didn’t want my kid’s lives to change because of what I was going through.  I made sure my son got to all of his football practices and games and that my daughter got to all her social events.  And that our day-to-day living didn’t really change.  Although looking back, I should have milked it more with my kids.

Exactly 14 days after my first chemo my hair started falling out.  I had promised my daughter that I would let her shave my head.  I was so grossed out in the shower when my hair came out in clumps.  I guess I was expecting it to just all fall out at once.  So that morning I went to work with a hat on.  When my kids came home from school, my friend came over and we had a great time shaving my head.  I let my kids draw on my head and we took pictures.  It was a nice time with my kids.  Being a part of what I was going through was important to the kids. I also wanted them to see that in a bad situation you can still be positive.

I finished chemo in April and had my double mastectomy on May 19, 2010, my son’s 12th birthday.  Poor guy got to spend it in the hospital.  I was ok with getting rid of both of them.  We had done our research and talked to all the doctors.  My plastic surgeon is the one who really convinced me to have them both taken out.  And watching my boobs grow every 4 to 6 weeks was cool.  Finally, in November 2010, I got my implants.  I was finally done!  A year of ups and down and I was finished.  No more cancer!

What an adventure this has been.  Everything I went through, I either learned something new or made a new friend.  All the procedures that I had to have done, I got to watch.  Which I thought was really interesting and cool.  How encouraging and kind all the technicians were.  I had so many amazing friends that helped, my family who were with me, and my husband and kids.  I also got to make new friends who were going through the same thing and I was able to help them.  I wouldn’t change a thing.  I’m glad God gave me this journey to go through.


Check out Kimberly’s Story HERE

Check out Kathy’s Story HERE

Check out Janelle’s Story HERE

Check out Maja’s Story HERE

Check out Crystal’s Story HERE

Check out Mary’s Story HERE

Check out Laura’s Story HERE

Check out Sylvia’s Story HERE

Mary’s Story

On October 5th, 2016 we had the honor of working with 9 beautiful Breast Cancer survivors. They each wrote about their journey in their own words.

My name is Mary Jaramillo. I will be 58 years old this month (October). My mother was 50 years old when she died, after being diagnosed with breast cancer at 48. Because of family history, I have always been proactive. I started my yearly mammograms at the age of 35. In 2009, my husband and I made a move to Hawaii and back again to California in 2011. With all of the busyness of living and moving, I ended up skipping a few years of mammograms.

In July of 2014, while going with my cousin to get her mammogram, I finally made my appointment. July 24th was my mammogram, biopsy on August 13 and diagnosed August 18, 2014, with Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS) (a non-invasive cancer where abnormal cells have been found in the lining of the breast milk duct.). I got lucky. I was not shocked with the diagnosis and my first thoughts were to “just get rid of them” so on September 25, 2014 I had a double mastectomy. I have felt so blessed throughout, with so many wonderful friends and loved one’s support. I always knew my decision was a good one, for me.

Life was going well, Breast Cancer – gone, CHECK…got my reconstruction, CHECK… feeling good, CHECK…when I started to have some bleeding and  thought it should be taken care of, along with some skin spots that should also be looked at. So I had a colonoscopy and when I woke up, I was told I had Anal Cancer. I was told that the HPV virus was the reason for this cancer. (totally unrelated to my breast cancer) This was a shock. I was going to have to have Chemotherapy and Radiation. My first thought… I’m going to loose my hair. (My hair happened to be down to my rear end.) I cried. I then decided, with prayer, I would be fine. I cut my hair shorter and I started my Chemo and Radiation on March 14, 2016. I finished treatment on April 20, 2016 and still had some hair, on my head. On August 5, 2016, I had a pet scan, which showed no signs of cancer. I’m in remission! I have had some skin cancers and because of my white, freckled skin, I will always need to be proactive with that but I’m good.


I’m feeling stronger and know I’ve come out on the other side. I am a warrior! I am Blessed!


Check out Kimberly’s Story HERE

Check out Kathy’s Story HERE

Check out Debbie’s Story HERE

Check out Janelle’s Story HERE

Check out Maja’s Story HERE

Check out Crystal’s Story HERE

Check out Laura’s Story HERE

Check out Sylvia’s Story HERE

What We’re Loving Right Now: Farm House Fresh Inspired Treatments

Reconnect with wellness this month. We all lead busy lives and do not always leave time for ourselves in our day-to-day routine which can make us forget the importance of our individual wellness. Here at Glen Ivy we offer not only a place to sit back and relax, but also a place to reach your utmost wellness. This fall treat your body to a regular Farm House Fresh skin or body treatment to keep yourself not only glowing but healthy as well.

Golden Pear Body Treatment $100-$160

Did you spend too much time in the sun this summer leaving your skin dead and rough? Our Golden Pear Body Treatment is designed to exfoliate and bring your body to its softest yet!


Reconnect with your inner-self as you relax and enjoy an exfoliating treatment with a Farm House Fresh Barlett-pear infused Brandy scrub to renew and refresh your skin and yourself to start the new season. This treatment is filled with fine grain sea salt and rice bran oil to create that fall glisten and silky smooth skin.

After the scrub, you will be massaged with a Farm House Fresh Shea Butter that contains natural citrus and vanilla oils to take your skin to the ultimate level of softness. This treatment will give you a chance to remember that taking care of yourself and your wellness is important, especially at the start of a new season.

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Holy Guacamole Facial $115

 Receiving a regular facial is much more than just some time of indulgent pampering. Facials have great benefits to the health and wellness of your skin for both short and long term. Give your face the wellness it deserves after a few months of the summer sun with our Farm House Fresh Holy Guacamole Facial!

This facial is specific to not only pamper your skin, but to revive it with infused high potency organic plant botanicals.

First comes the deep dip of a refreshing cool hydration with a revitalizing mask packed with fresh avocado butter, extract and oil. These help to deliver key fatty acids and vitamins to your skin which then moisturizes what is parched and dry.

Finally, your skin will be immediately soothed with a blend of antioxidants and anti-irritants which includes Green Tea to lock the hydration in to create that healthy and replenished glow.

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Warm Autumn Evenings Under the Stars at Glen Ivy

After overwhelming demand, we have decided to EXTEND our evening hours through the months of September and October. Just because summer is coming to an end doesn’t mean the fun has to! For only $35, you can enjoy our pools, lush gardens and other amenities in the warm autumn evenings on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Price starts after 4pm and extended hours go until October 29.

Want to know what entertainment we have planned? Be sure to check out our Autumn Entertainment Guide. We have yoga, live music, DJ’s, dive-in movies and AMP Radio planned for you in the next upcoming months!

Couples Getaway – Cabana Retreats

Celebrate the last days of summer with a final celebration in one of our cabanas. This is the perfect chance for a getaway with your loved one, where you can unwind and relax in luxury and in the California sunshine. Not to mention that these cabanas include many special amenities to ensure that you and your loved one enjoy your day at Glen Ivy Hot Springs to the fullest!

  • Personal Fruit-Infused Water Dispenser
  • 2 VIP premium lounge chairs with picture-perfect view
  • Hand-picked Fresh Fruit Bowl
  • Individual fan and lighting
  • Private credenza complete with fresh towels
  • A table for two
  • Personalized food & beverage wait services all day

During peak season, March through October, these cabanas can be rented Friday-Monday for $175 and Tuesday-Thursday for $150. What better way to spend a day together than at Glen Ivy Hot Springs with your own personal Cabana!

Warm Welcome to Chef Vincent Cavalli

Glen Ivy Hot Springs is very happy to announce the arrival of our new Executive Chef Vincent Cavalli. Cavalli, who most recently served as the Executive Chef at the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel and Conference Center in Pomona, has recently assumed the role of Executive Chef at Glen Ivy Hot Springs. He began his passion for food at a very young age helping his grandmother prepare fresh pasta and sauce for family dinners. As a teenager, he started working in the restaurant scene as a dishwasher on the east coast and as his passion for food grew, he also grew in the restaurant industry working in all facets of the restaurant business. After high school, he had the privilege of working in the great restaurants of both Los Angeles and Las Vegas. This led him to work for respectable restaurateurs such as Thomas Keller, Piero Selvaggio and Luis Osteen, where he developed his culinary skills at world-class restaurants.

vinnyThrough his journey, an appreciation for farm fresh produce and heritage cooking was developed, which brought him to the Sheraton Fairplex. While at the Sheraton, which catering services the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds, he managed culinary activities and wine programming for his own five acre organic, sustainable farm.

GOCO Hospitality Corporate General Manager, Clive McNish welcomes Chef Vincent Cavalli to the Hot Springs, “I am impressed with how Chef Cavalli sources local fresh, sustainable produce daily including fruit harvested from the Glen Ivy Farm to create a delicious, healthy seasonal menu.”

In honor of our new Twilight hours, Executive Chef Vincent Cavalli has created a new menu for our guests to enjoy Thursday through Saturday from 5-9pm.


New menu items include:

Oven Roasted Chicken Nachos

Blue corn chips stacked with oven roasted chicken, Monterey jack cheese, avocado tomatillo salsa, black bean relish, yogurt dressing, cilantro, and green onions 

Mezze Plate

Za’tar grilled summer squashes, hummus and tabbouleh served with fresh grilled house flat bread, and oil cured olives 

Grilled Stuffed Avocado

Grilled Glen Ivy pinkerton avocado, smoked pittman’s chicken, pickled Bermuda onion-corn relish, and agave 

Blackened Albacore Tuna

Togarashi seared albacore tuna, farm star ruby grapefruit, pinkerton avocado, campus mint and roasted tomatillo

Funky Cheese Plate

Assortment of California cheeses, pickled Glen ivy apricot, honey comb, grilled spelt flat bread

NY Maple Cured Salmon Carpaccio

Maple cured skuna bay salmon, lacinato kale-pickled farm apricot, and chive-yogurt dressing

A Variety of Grilled Flat Breads

Kicked Up Margharita, Glen Ivy Smoked Chicken, So-Cal Seasonal and Flat Bread Salad

Santa Barbara Spot Prawns and Spaghetti

Stewed local tomato, Thai basil, grilled Santa Barabara Spot Prawn, chili, extra virgin olive oil


Global Wellness Day is June 11th!

Saturday, June 11th is on the international calendar as a day to recognize and celebrate the value of living well and engaging in activities that enhance our health and well-being. After all, what could be more important?

That was the question that inspired GWD founder, Belgin Aksoy, to begin this not-for-profit wellness movement three years ago.

“The fundamental purpose of the day is to make us aware of the value of our lives, even if it’s just for one day of the year, to make us stop and think, to get away from the stress of daily living and our bad habits, and thereby find peace with ourselves.”

Aksoy is also passionate about sharing the message that spas are more than places for pampering and weight loss. We are too! Destinations like Glen Ivy provide unique wellness experiences that invite you to step off the fast track long enough to take a few deep consecutive breaths and reconnect with what feeling good feels like.


With that in mind, let’s celebrate GWD together! We’d love to invite you to head to the hot springs on Saturday, June 11th and take advantage of all the wellness we have to offer. (Check out our activities calendar here.)

Glen Ivy GWD Workshops and Classes Saturday, June 11th

 11AM – 1PM Global Wellness #Hashtag Photobooth 

11AM Aqua Fit

12 – 3PM Sudsy Mud (Club Mud)

1PM Tai Chi and Sound Healing

2PM Hatha Yoga

3PM Aqua Fit

Make Memorial Day Weekend Memorable

Whether you want to celebrate with friends or family, we have everything to make your Memorial Day Weekend one to remember.

Explore our 19 pools and spas or embark on a personal wellness journey by participating in one (or all) of our many activities we are offering throughout the weekend. Kick off the weekend with Aqua Zumba on Friday. Aqua Zumba® is a high-energy, low-impact aquatic exercise class that blends Zumba® philosophy with traditional aqua fitness disciplines, and for a workout that’s cardio-conditioning, body-toning and most of all, fun!


From 12-3pm on Saturday think Club Mud with a twist! We invite you to join us for Sudsy Mud in Club Mud! Slather yourself in Glen Ivy’s therapeutic red clay mud, then prepare yourself for a fantastic foam blast of Dr. Bronner’s all organic, fair trade castile soap. A one of a kind experience in the one and only Club Mud.


On Sunday uncork the wine and tune into your inner artist! What better way to relax during the long weekend than a glass of wine and painting? Grab a glass of wine and some paint brushes! Experience how easy it is to create an abstract expressionistic painting, while enjoying a delicious glass of wine.   The process you’ll learn is easy and designed to help you learn how to let go and ENJOY the moment. Includes all materials, music and wine. Everyone takes home a painting!

Memorial Day is the perfect time to get in touch with your inner yogi and take our Vinyasa Flow Yoga class. This class is a challenging combination of strength, balance, and flexibility. You will be engaging every muscle as you flow through demanding sequences. Be prepared to deepen your practice and center your mind.  You will have the opportunity to learn more challenging postures. With these classes and more, you’re sure to enjoy your wellness journey at Glen Ivy throughout Memorial Day Weekend!

Cabana Celebrations

Treat yourself and save! The Cabana Celebration Package has everything you need for a memorable and enjoyable day including: A grotto Moisturizing Treatment – A 50-minute Spa Treatment (Chose from a Swedish Massage, Glen Ivy Facial or The Glen Ivy Body Detox Treatment) free robe rental and admission all for $150 Per Person Monday through Friday and $165 Saturday through Sunday and Holidays.  *This package is only available for cabana guests. Cabana and lunch are not included with this package. 

The Cabanas and Solé Terrace at Glen Ivy Hot Springs Spa are great settings for casual get-togethers and celebrations with family, friends, or co-workers. For groups of up to 100 or more, the entire Solé Terrace may be rented, including all four Cabanas. Many options are available and we look forward to helping you plan your day, including a special group catering menu.

Perfect for your celebrations and casual events including:

  • Baby Showers
  • Bridal Showers
  • Birthdays
  • Girlfriend Getaways
  • Anniversaries
  • Baby Showers
  • Employee Appreciation
  • Family Reunions

For more information on groups of 30 or more, or to book a Cabana, please call our Group Sales Coordinator at (951) 277-3529 ext. 1309.


Cabana rental includes:

  • Personalized concierge service
  • Food and beverage wait service
  • Complimentary fruit basket
  • Reserved Parking

Meet Kylan Fischer – Glen Ivy’s Newest Yoga Instructor

At Glen Ivy, we focus on total wellness of the mind, body, and soul, that’s why we only have the best and brightest yoga teachers in the industry teaching the most innovative and relaxing classes for our guests.  Meet Kylan Fisher –  our newest Yoga instructor! With several years as a certified Yoga Teacher, she will bring a restorative teaching selection of unique yoga classes designed to relax and renew, creating what is known as “The Glen Ivy Wellness Experience”.

Starting this April, Kylan will be teaching Vinyasa Flow, a challenging combination of strength, balance, and flexibility. You will be engaging every muscle as you flow through demanding sequences designed to help deepen your practice and center your mind.  You will have the opportunity to learn more challenging postures.

Check out our daily activity calendar and make the most of your day!



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