ABOUT US

Nestled in the heart of Avalon Beach village, Chakana Day Spa is a destination. Chakana is a place where time stands still. A place of intuitive touch and healing. More than a day spa, Chakana is a luxe, bohemian escape. Rustic earthy timbers, ancient global treasures, luscious natural linens – a carefully curated space of soul, warmth and feeling. Chakana will take you somewhere else to realign with your celestial self.

Mardi Ritchie, Owner and Founder

Mardi realised her passion for connection on a deep soul level from a very young age. Apprenticed in the early 90’s by Mimi Bruurs, she learnt the true alchemy of wholistic beauty therapy. Following this, Mardi undertook intensive training at Australia’s very first Aveda Concept Spa through the Aveda Institute.

Suffering from chronic psoriasis and digestion issues, she was inspired to deepen her understanding of the connections between mind, body and skin. And to heal, Mardi was led to dive deeply into Ayurvedic and yogic philosophies, nutrition and chakra system healing and dynamics. She centred her practice in Ashtanga yoga under the master yogis Ellen Hall and Pete Sampson.

Raised by a musical family, music inevitably accompanied her on her path to healing. Studying at the Australian Institute of Music, Mardi started to explore the concepts and practises of healing through sound. As she refined and developed her voice and song writing, she found herself connecting deeply with unexpressed feelings. Music became her therapy.

Having spent 20 years in spas by day and performing and writing music by night, Mardi began to feel the call to integrate wholistic beauty techniques, bodywork and sound healing to create a space where both her passions could integrate to become a healing destination. ‘I dreamed of combining healing touch with vibrational sound/song so that others could experience what had healed and restored me. Chakana has enabled me to live that dream.’

Mardi has wholistically curated each spa journey to create a modern-day temple. A community for women to take a moment, to re-connect, feel empowered, cared for and nurtured. A place of deep retreat, beauty and soul.

Mardi’s touch is both wise and intuitive. Her treatments are an intricate energetic body reading, a healing. A deeply forgiving experience of returning to self. ‘The body is an instrument. I tune in and feel; find the rhythm. I listen to the vibration of the body as the voice of the soul. I harmonise with it, creating a medicinal space for healing and self-awareness.”

In a world that constantly moves us away from ourselves, Mardi’s passion lies in facilitating her clients’ gentle movement inward and reacquaintance with the extraordinary, essential beauty that lies within them. ‘Chakana is a space grounded by careful, loving intention. You can feel safe and vulnerable here. That’s where healing and beauty are revealed.’

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TEAM

Johanna Bodewes

Johanna is a master body worker with over 20 years’ experience in both remedial and energetic therapy. Her touch is strong yet gentle and soothing. Experienced at working with the frail and elderly, Olympic athletes, babies and everyone in between, Johanna believes in the inherent power of massage to heal the body, relax the mind and uplift the spirit.

Kylie Wells

Kylie’s expert and intimate knowledge of the skin has seen her sought out by both luxury spas and celebrities all over the world. Her treatments are delivered with soul, creativity, love and passion. Studying underneath renowned Reiki master Dr Usui, Kylie weaves her craft intuitively into each treatment, delivering a bespoke, healing spa experience.

Leah Sizeland

Yoga teacher, meditation teacher and body worker, Leah has been passionately working with the human body for over 25 years. Travelling the world to evolve her skills in skin science and traditional healing arts, Leah fine-tuned her craft working in Sydney’s top spas. She has a deep passion for touch, healing, birth and movement therapies. In celebration of human form and all its layers, her touch is deep, intuitive and caring.

Simi Sutton

Simi is a healer, a passionate bodyworker and inspired astrologer. Having devoted herself to studies in natural therapies since 1999, Simi endlessly hones her craft, seeking to embrace and awaken the divine feminine in all her healing work. Simi’s body wisdom is vast – an accredited yoga teacher with qualifications in Arvigo therapy (Mayan abdominal Massage), remedial massage, craniosacral therapies, Ayurvedic sacred stones massage, Reiki, theta healing, Hawaiian lomi lomi massage and dance movement therapy. Her astrology readings give clear guidance that nourishes and supports you in moving towards your best self.

Samara Bennett

Samara may be our spa junior, but her talents and touch are far from elementary. Descendant from a long line of Indigenous healers, Samara realised the gift that had been passed down to her at a young age. Gifting the magic of her hands, she has immersed herself in the world of body work where she is honing her skills and her calling.

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