Happy Birthday, Deborah!


Today Wellness Warrior salutes our founder, Deborah Szekely, on her 93rd birthday!

Use the box below to send her a message.

For 75 years, through her life's work, as the "original" wellness warrior, she has helped hundreds of thousands of us live happier, healthier lives.

Her optimism—and her belief that true wellness is within everyone's reach—continues to inspire us all! 

Wish Deborah a Happy Birthday!

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  • Charla Gabert
    commented 2015-06-04 22:44:14 -0400
    A belated happy birthday, Deborah. As I head off to The Ranch for my 15th visit, I want to thank you for creating such a special and wonderful place. The Ranch has been a great inspiration to me over the years. Every visit has been unique and just what I needed at the time. I can say with confidence that The Ranch has made me a healthier and happier person in every way. May you enjoy many more happy birthdays and continued great health.
  • Pamela Wolfe
    commented 2015-05-24 20:52:27 -0400
    My apologies for my delay in sending you my heartfelt acknowledgement for all you have created, given to mankind and for your beautiful 93 years gracing this earth. Wishing you always an abundance of health and love and joy. Hope to see you again soon at the Ranch
  • Judy Anderson
    commented 2015-05-20 21:50:33 -0400
    Despite the lateness of this Birthday greeting it is sent with heartfelt appreciation for all you have created. It has been with great pleasure that I was abe to explore the Ranch with my mother ( who is 82) twice and I look forward to more quality time with her. Many blessings for you . Thank you and Happy Birthday.
  • soraya soto
    commented 2015-05-17 18:21:12 -0400
    Happy Birthday! ! You are now 93 years young and i want to wish you a healthy and happy rest of your life. Thank you for all. Soraya
  • soraya soto
    commented 2015-05-17 18:19:50 -0400
    Happy Birthday! ! You are now 93 years young and i want to wish you a healthy and happy rest of your life. Thank you for all. Soraya
  • Holly Blue Hawkins
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-05-14 14:36:56 -0400
    Birthday Blessings, Deborah!
  • Holly Blue Hawkins
    commented 2015-05-14 14:35:42 -0400
    Birthday blessings, dear Deborah!

    Such an honor and inspiration to know you.

    Much love


  • Barbara Walker
    commented 2015-05-14 12:37:04 -0400
    Dear Deborah, A belated Happy Birthday. Oh how you, my friends, the staff, family, ranch family and guests have enriched my life!! It was a Blessing to be a Hostess at the Ranch in the early and mid 1980’s. I’m still kick’en, but not quite as high, ( thanks to you and the love we all share)—it seems like yesterday. Happy Memories. Love Barbara Walker Many more Happy Healthy Birthdays)
  • Connie Reider
    commented 2015-05-12 19:29:19 -0400
    Happy Birthday Deborah. You are and have been my inspiration…how to live a healthy life…how to age with grace, meaning & purpose…how to continually reinvent yourself….how to never give up, no matter how challenging life becomes….how to make a difference in the world. Your vision and creation of Rancho la Puerta has filled me up with life energy for over 25 years. May you be blessed with many more years of beauty, health, energy, joy and love.
  • Piret Munger
    commented 2015-05-11 19:57:47 -0400
    Dear Deborah,

    Belatedly, wishing you a happy year of doing, loving, learning and growing future generations of healthy and thriving Wellness Warriors.

    Happily yours,

  • Mireya Schmidt
    commented 2015-05-10 23:37:42 -0400
  • Carol Withers
    commented 2015-05-09 19:27:13 -0400
    I love Rancho La Puerta! What an amazing place you created! Have a wonderful birthday - I think you are going to live forever!
  • Katie Van Dorn
    commented 2015-05-09 10:00:54 -0400
    Hello Deborah – I met you while at Rancho La Puerta in 2005. I was with my mom and sister celebrating our mom, whom we adore…I also happened to have been training to cross country ski from Russia to Sweden across Finland. Your place there is the essence of how we should all live…I could live there year after year, working your gardens, hiking in those hills behind the ranch and soaking up all the loving energy that is there…I have been in the wellness/health prevention field for 30+ years (all my life really – now at 59)…With two knees replace and a hip, I am inspired to live purposefully, actively and savoring every moment the way you do…Thank you for being such a special influence..I would love to meet you again one day…Feliz Complianos!!! xoxo Katie
  • Nancy Jamison
    commented 2015-05-09 09:59:51 -0400
    You are an inspiration to so many people, including me! Happy Birthday Deborah!!!!
  • Janet Forbes-scott
    commented 2015-05-09 09:07:12 -0400
    Deborah, I visited your amazing spa 5 years ago, with my 19 year old daughter. We both learned so much, and speak often about our returning. You came to speak one evening, I was so impressed with your vigor,and can do attitude. Truly you are an inspiration! Many happy returns on your 93rd!
  • Jane Combs
    commented 2015-05-09 00:41:10 -0400
    You are a beautiful young 93 yr old woman. I hope that l am as well as you if I meet 93 some day. Peace be with you! Jane Combs
  • Victoria Larrea
    commented 2015-05-08 21:38:05 -0400
    Dear Deborah,

    Many years ago I made one of the best decisions in my life by asking for a job at Rancho La Puerta. This has been a dream job for me, and you are my main inspiration. I wish you a wonderful year as you mark a new beginning with a new birthday! With love and appreciation, Victoria
  • Jean Brothman
    commented 2015-05-08 16:34:47 -0400
    You are a living example of a woman that is living life to the fullest. Rancho La Puerta was one of the best vacations I ever had in my life. Typically, I did not repeat vacation destinations. I did repeat coming to the Spa only once unfortunately. My intention was to come yearly, when I lived in CA. Since that time I have lived many places and am quite a bit older. I still have the intention to return soon, now that I live in AZ for my twilight years. Thank you for enriching my life and Have a Glorious Birthday Celebration.
  • Becki Barrett
    commented 2015-05-08 12:00:50 -0400
    Happy birthday, Deborah. Your work to bring health, wholeness, and joy into the center of life has impacted many around the world. I am blessed to be one recipient! May you feel celebrated! And may you always know the call of your life has been fulfilled.
  • Marsi Steirer
    commented 2015-05-07 20:40:18 -0400
    I wish you a very Happy Birthday Deborah. Thank you for bringing such joy to the lives of your guests at Rancho La Puerta. You are an inspiration to us all. I wish you many more happy and healthy birthdays!
  • Maryanne Petrilli
    commented 2015-05-07 18:47:19 -0400
    HOPE IT WAS ONE OF YOUR HAPPIEST BIRTHDAY’S TO DATE DEBORAH!! 93 and going strong… you look wonderful!!

    Much love, Maryanne
  • susan leighton beeson
    commented 2015-05-07 18:31:48 -0400
    Happy Birthday special lady….Deborah!

    You are such an inspiration, and one with much determination…to make this world a better place! Alex would send me lots of info concerning what we ALL could do to live healthier and happier lives…I saved all of it, and that was about 30 years ago! Many break throughs have happened, but we still have many hurdles to climb, thank you, one of the first ‘Wellness Warrior’s"! I am sure you will have a wonderful Birthday….and we are ALL so much better off because of your wonderful efforts! Susan (Gee), Leighton Beeson..NAMASTE
  • Michael Stusser
    commented 2015-05-07 17:34:24 -0400
    Dear Deborah,

    I have been thinking about you plenty and especially with your Birthday here (and past).

    My mom just had her 94th just a few weeks ago.

    Your strength, courage and leadership

    inspire me to the core. Your messages and stories resonate deeply within me.

    I have been enabled by the example of your life to grow in ways I could not imagine.

    Wishing you a belated heartfelt Happy Birthday and another fabulous time around the Sun.

    Much love, Michael
  • Margie Caldwell Cooper
    commented 2015-05-07 15:20:56 -0400
    Deborah, thank you for all the years of inspiration as I am continuing to better myself and my fitness coaching joining the fabulous team at the Ranch!
  • Frankie Delpapa
    commented 2015-05-07 13:59:52 -0400
    Happy Day. Thanks so much for the part you have played and continue to play in creating the Ranch. Frankie Sue from Reno
  • Carol Baume
    commented 2015-05-07 12:52:33 -0400
    Warmest Birthday wishes sent with gratitude to a visionary who has bettered our lives and our planet. Your legacy will endure.
  • Susan Wieler
    commented 2015-05-07 07:57:18 -0400
    Deborah, You are an inspiration to so many. Please keep up the good fight in DC! My friend brought me to Rancho La Puerta for the first time last summer, and I am definitely coming back.
  • Suzanne Shiff
    commented 2015-05-07 00:11:30 -0400
    Dear Deborah

    I consider the ranch to be my heaven on earth I go there for spiritual nourishment as I know it has nourished you for so many years. Thank you for giving me this special gift
  • Dayna West
    commented 2015-05-06 23:42:28 -0400
    Dear Deborah,

    After listening to an old college friend talk about the ranch for the last 40 years, I was finally lucky enough to experience it for myself last September.

    I loved it so much that I returned the first chance I got, which was in February of this year. In February I heard you speak and have been quoting you ever since :-) You are a true inspiration and I have carried your words of advice with me. I have also carried the image of you in my mind’s eye because you embody what you preach. I have tried to heed your words — to take time to greet each day upon waking, to “find that which I’m least allergic to” in order to get my body moving each day, to strive daily to do that which makes me “stand a little taller in my estimation” – and so many other valuable life lessons. I wish you the happiest of birthdays and thank you for the countless gifts you have bestowed – by creating RLP, by your service and inspiration to others, and for simply being you.

    With warm and fond regards,

    Dayna West

    San Francisco Bay Area
  • Jill Winters
    commented 2015-05-06 22:42:30 -0400
    Happy birthday, Deborah! May all of your wishes come true.

    Please know that Rancho La Puerta has been a dream come true for me. My times there have enriched and enhanced my life. I will return as much as I can for the rest of my life. Thank you for all that you do to make the world a better place.