About Soul Retreat


Edinburgh’s Urban Retreat

Soul Retreat. Edinburgh’s Urban Spa. Where all your beauty and healing requirements are taken care of. We offer a range of aesthetic treatments such as waxing, makeup, manicures and lash treatments but it’s not all about looking good on the outside, it’s also about feeling great on the inside. This is where our holistic therapies come in, such as Jin Shin Jyutsu, reiki and reflexology to balance your wellbeing and energy. Specialising in a variety of different massage techniques including Shiatsu, Wave Stone & Indian Head we invite you to relax in our spa post treatment with an organic detox tea. Why rush away?

We offer a full range of hair and makeup services to have you looking and feeling your absolute best. Soul Retreat is one of only 25 specialist salons in Scotland (and the first in Edinburgh!) to offer OWay hair treatments, colouring and styling. All OWay products are organically produced on their own farms in Italy free of all harmful chemicals and all packaging is 100% recycled to help protect the environment.

Charlene has been well accustomed to the beauty industry through her 15 years’ of beauty therapy experience, with much of that time having been self-employed and growing her own clientele. During this time, she has had the pleasure of doing nails for A list celebrity Nicole Kidman and other tv personalities. With the freedom and flexibility her career has given her she has managed to follow her passions, securing herself with an HND dance artist qualification and hopes to be taking fitness classes within Soul Retreat very shortly. Among her many interests, wellbeing and maintaining a positive mindset is just one of them. Through her own consistent practise of mindfulness and tuning into her intuition, she claims that Soul Retreat would never have happened had she not listened to the signs and messages of the universe! You can read all about the methods she used to make her dream a reality in her book; The best way to get things done is to simply begin, or join her Bold Moves wellness class every Saturday where her techniques are applied and put into action. Charlene has decided to further her education around the wellness focus and is currently training to be a life coach. She hopes to help others follow their passions, realise their full potential and find joy in life. With a passion and respect for all life she believes that beauty is more than skin deep.


Co-Founder & Director

Chelsea has a wealth of knowledge with 13 years’ of hair and beauty under her belt. With a career in hairdressing starting at the sweet age of 15 this began her journey towards developing her skills and gaining a level 2 in beauty therapy, HND in makeup artistry, and a certificate in nail enhancements with Young Nails. Throughout her 13 years in the industry Chelsea has specialised in bridal hair and makeup which led her to the wonderful opportunity of doing Emma Watson's hair. Chelsea enjoys being creative and shows her full potential when given the opportunity to use her initiative in her work. Recently Chelsea has started taking more of an interest in holistic therapies and is looking to further develop her skills in this area, she has already been awarded a diploma in Indian Head massage.


Co-Founder & Director

Instructors, Specialists & Team Members


Pauline is an experienced massage and holistic therapist offering many services such as hopi ear candles, reflexology, reiki and kinetic chain release. She also has a lot of experience in and offers massage for people living with cancer. Pauline has a very friendly and warming personality and will help you to relax and feel calm.


Massage & Holistic Therapist

Shannon has completed her HNC in beauty therapy and currently studying her HND at Edinburgh college. Shannon is trained in all aspects of beauty treatments, massage and has attended a Pierre Rene makeup course. Shannon is friendly, bubbly and has a great passion for what she does.


Beauty Therapist

Emma has studied in India at the Himalaya yoga valley learning not only about the different postures and alignment but also about meditation and yoga philosophy which she's now a firm believer in. Further training includes an intense 50 hour teacher training course in Yin Yoga at Yoga Hero Leeds with Angela Jervis-Read. With a great passion that yoga really is for everyone and a firm belief that we should concentrate on 'yoga practice' and not Instagram 'yoga perfect' Emma encourages anyone that's ever contemplated attending a class to give it a go.


Yoga Instructor

A fully trained and qualified Level 3 Fitness Instructor with 3 years of teaching experience in a variety of disciplines within the fitness industry and many more years of participation in sport and exercise. A runner, with a passion for fitness and the enthusiasm and experience to motivate and guide you to a fitter life.


Fitness Class Instructor

Since qualifying in Sports & Remedial Massage in 2007 in Barcelona Grant has worked with a wide and varied client group including professional tennis players in the prestigious Club Ciudad Diagonal, and is currently treating members of the Woman's British Lacrosse Squad, a selected British Mountain Runner and members of Carnethy Hill Running Club.


Sports & Remedial Massage

Many Thanks To Our Crowdfunding Supporters

Valerio Di Ciacca, Gilly Sprott, Hilary Urquhart, Gemma Williams, Jennie & Joe, Haig Kirk, Callum Greens, Shiona McLeod, Chelsey Pineapple, Stevie Aana Adams, Leila Okasha, Evelyn Adams, Susan Vaughan, Janice Bruce, Olivia, Lisa Robertson, Anthony Keane, Caroline Cameron, Jennifer Trysburg, Erin McCulloch, Caroline Lyon, Suzie Gillespie, Ashleigh Wilson, Justine Lim-Thornton, Clare Johnson, Clare Woods