Beauty Canberra Lifestyle

Adytum – The Holistic Health and Wellness Retreat of our Dreams

What I have missed most about travel the last 2 years has been finding places and spaces that really spark the soul and offer an experience beyond the norm. Finding the perfect holiday coffee spot, the picture-perfect moment of a far away destination that isn’t the cliche holiday snap, or that feeling of tranquility and calm that only comes from something magical.

Adytum, Braddon is bringing that magic vibe to us right here in Canberra – sans the international flight to find tranquility – umm yes please.

Adytum’s highly anticipated holistic health and wellness retreat on Lonsdale Street opened this week. The sanctum, titled ‘Adytum’, offers Canberrans a place to immerse themselves in ancient rituals of self-care and indulgence. If the last couple of years have taught us anything it is that self-care is no longer an extravagance but a life ritual that shouldn’t be ignored.

“This urban holistic health and wellness sanctum is multifaceted with a mix of offerings informed by the three pillars of wellness, as hypothesised by Hippocrates–bodywork, nutrition and psychological health. Our ultimate goal is to help guests achieve harmony within the self,” says Manager, Renee Stinson.

Found within the 200 square metre retreat are offerings that explore these pillars of wellness, including an Elixir Bar, Apothecary Lab, a full-service day spa and mindfulness lounge, plus a highly coveted bath house that includes a traditional hot rock sauna, Japanese Oak mineral bath and a cold pail shower–a first for the Nation’s Capital. 

“Our spa explores the psychological wellness pillar from a relaxation perspective, offering treatments based on ancient healing traditions to assist in promoting stillness and enhancing psychological wellbeing,” says Stinson. “Bodyworks takes a number of guises at Adytum and is offered via massage, holistic healing modalities such as Acupuncture and Naturopathy and the ancient, hot and cold therapies offered within the bathhouse.”

“The Elixir Bar addresses nutrition and will serve an entirely organic and vegan range of herbal teas, elixirs and cold-pressed juices, as well as a range of nourishing edibles for dining in or takeaway. The team have also partnered with local business Prism, who have sourced and roasted an organic, fair trade, coffee blend,” explains Stinson. 

Conceived by Interior Architecture studio, Pattern the interiors ignite feelings of reverence, calm, clarity and transformation exercising complete minimalism alongside a harmonious palette of neutral materials that have been manufactured from recycled building materials. The use of soft light and how it behaves in each of the spaces has been intentionally considered to create ambient and restful atmospheres.

Wanting to take some of the experience home with you the Apothecary Lab will dispense their range of small batch, certified organic formulations, including candles, teas, soaks, oils and the very popular incense.

The opening of the Adytum sanctum follows the brands official launch to market in August 2020 with a range of certified organic products, as well asa semi-permanent library space existing to celebrate the intellectual nourishment and repose one derives from the ritual of reading.

In line with the ACT Government’s COVID restrictions, Adytum will open to a maximum of five clients at any one timein addition to customers at the Elixir Barand Apothecary Lab.

Photographer: Leann Timms


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