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Rainforest retreat: Jindii Eco Spa opens

Jessica Schumann

Tucked away among the ferns and trickling stream just past Rainforest Gully at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, lies a space that beckons you to unwind, relax and heal. Opening yesterday, Jindii EcoSpa now invites visitors to the Gardens to unwind with a relaxing massage or pampering session.

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When people walk into Jindii EcoSpa, they’re surrounded by beautiful garden dotted with bush natives that form the base of many products used within the Spa, including pots of beautiful and powerful lemon myrtle that is known to open up the spirit and the body.

Jindii EcoSpa proprietor Bianca Prichard said visitors will soon see new landscaping at the Jindii entrance including examples of some native plants used in the spa’s products.

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“This is a further way to tie the spa visitor experience back to the plants growing in the Gardens,” Bianca says.

Anne Warren, an Aboriginal Elder from north-eastern corner of Alpine Victoria and Mount Kosciuszko region, and friend to Bianca, describes the creation of the garden, the refurbishment of the building and the Spa’s relocation, ‘a whole story…a whole journey’.

“The moment you start walking down those steps, you enter into your own unique journey,” Anne says. “It’s a beautiful opportunity for healing not only ourselves, but our beautiful Mother Earth.”

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Adding to the suite of services already available to visitors at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, including traditional favourites such as the bookshop and more recent initiatives such as the Commbank Flix in the Stix and the afterDark tours, Jindii EcoSpa offers an extension to that and the chance to become immersed in nature in a healing way and take some time out from the stresses of modern life.

A locally established, family business, Jindii is well represented both nationally and internationally with a rather simple vision.

“[Our vision is] to embody a cleaner, greener approach to…spa and wellness, and promote wellbeing in your everyday life,” says Bianca.

Jindii’s treatments menu has been designed to restore the body’s natural energy and balance, while creating a relaxing state of mind that replenishes the soul.

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“We build really strong connections with our environment, with our country, with our cultural history that is so rich within this land and building connections with community and each other,” Bianca adds.

It is because of these strong connections that the move to the Gardens has been natural transition for the Jindii EcoSpa.

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“We choose to work really closely with likeminded people who resonate with our values as well,” Bianca shares. “We do like to engage in celebrating the richness and beauty of the Australian bush; the rich cultural heritage we have with our Indigenous peoples as well and connecting that back to each other and to our community.”

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Jacquie Shannon from Mindfully Working and Mella Wilkins from Auspicious Yoga also join Bianca, sharing their richness of knowledge in the yoga and mindful practices and adding a new dimension to all that is offered at Jindii—that being wellness.

Whether it’s a two or five hour spa journey that entices you, a skin rejuvenation treatment including body sugaring and therapeutic facials, or perhaps just a humble and relaxing Marma Kodo body massage to unwind, there is plenty of reason to escape the humdrum of life and retreat to Jindii.

The essentials
What: Jindii EcoSpa
Where: Australian National Botanic Gardens (walk along the Joseph Banks Walk, across the Rainforest Gully bridge and past the cafe lawn where you’ll see a large variety of Australia native plants).
When: 9am-6pm Monday to Saturday, and 10am-4pm Sundays
Phone: (02) 6257 8777
Web: www.jindii.com.au

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Jessica Schumann

A 'rambling ranga' at heart, Jessica Schumann is a bubbly, creative social thinker who thrives on words, social media and an innate knack for sharing stories. When she finds the time to write, Jessica seeks out the beauty in change and the essence of human condition. Varied and diverse in nature, her writing delves into the enviable world of people, travel, food and culture. When you can't find her in a nook writing, just follow your nose and you’ll soon find Jessica indulging in her other passion – cooking – or curled up on the couch with a good book in hand. You can find her over at ramblingranga.com.au. More about the Author

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