Mini women’s retreats and ‘Spa Days’ being held in Rancho Santa Fe


By Stacey Phillips


Self-improvement and wellness, health and beauty – they are all part of two upcoming day-long retreats being held July 31 and Aug. 21 at a private residence in Rancho Santa Fe. The retreat coordinator, Estee Gubbay, said that participants will learn the latest fashion trends from a celebrity stylist and hear tips on how to follow your dreams and make positive changes in your life, while spending the day relaxing in beautiful surroundings.

“I’ve always loved bringing people together and who doesn’t love a fun day of health and beauty,” said Gubbay, who has planned numerous retreats and workshops during her 23 years as a facilitator. “Women spend so much time taking care of others, but they usually don’t have the time or money for a spa vacation or retreat. My goal is to make these types of experiences accessible to everyone in a fun, casual environment with practical tips and motivating, dynamic speakers.”

The first event will be held on Sunday, July 31: “A Day of Rejuvenation, Wellness and Beauty.” Bestselling author and business and life mentor Allison Maslan, who wrote “Blast Off! The Surefire Success Plan to Launch Your

Dreams Into Reality,” will be speaking about how to make positive changes in attitude and lifestyle while bringing life into focus. Maslan has worked with a variety of clients, including Sam Zien, winner of 12 Emmys and TV host of “Sam The Cooking Guy.”

Participants will also hear the latest on current fashion trends from Los Angeles fashion stylist Kristi Brooks, who has worked with celebrities such as Sharon Stone.

“I hope everyone walks away feeling as if they have been pampered as well as given a step-by-step roadmap to living a more fulfilling and happy life,” said Gubbay. “I’m excited to pull these experts together and share my connections with other people.”

The full-day program includes lunch, workshops and a yoga class taught by Susan McCrea, owner of San Diego’s Traveling Spa. Massages, facials and hair feathers are available at an additional cost. Gubbay said there will also be time to use the pool and spa.

The mother/daughter retreat and spa day will be held on Sunday, Aug. 21: “A Day of Fun, Bonding and Beauty.” Designed for moms and teen girls ages 11-19, the program is similar to the women’s retreat and includes lunch, a yoga/dance class and workshops. A teen life coach will speak, as well as a Los Angeles fashion stylist and make-up artist.

“The day is geared toward improving mother/daughter communication and helping your teen make good decisions in social situations, appropriate dressing and make-up,” said Gubbay, who has many friends with teenage daughters and are worried about the choices they make. With two daughters of her own, Gubbay said she understands their concern. “I noticed there are not many places to go with your daughter where you both can have fun and improve your relationship.”

Each full-day program costs $70 and will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration and information is available online at or

As an independent consultant working with luxury resorts, Estee Gubbay provides hotel guests with a variety of uniquely-themed wellness weekends similar to what they would find at top destination spas. She plans themes, finds expert speakers, schedules and facilitates workshops, and serves as hostess and guide to guests motivated to seek, discover and live their best life possible.

More information is available by contacting Estee Gubbay at (858) 381-7713 or by email