Monastery was founded by Athena Hewitt, inspired by the aromatherapy and natural skincare used by her grandmother in Greece, Athena spent a decade dedicated to studying and practising aesthetics and skincare. What she found during that time was that she believed technology had not improved beyond her grandmother's holistic recipes. With this, she opened a skincare studio in San Fransisco to treat patients using methods of oil cleansing, water-free moisturizing and salt/ alcohol free skincare.
Alongside her practice, Athena created a tightly curated, natural skincare line using ingredients in their purest form and of the highest quality. Carefully choosing essential oils that are non-irritating and producing the products in small batches at Monastery's studio in San Fransisco.
Monastery takes the best that nature has to offer, sustainably sourcing all ingredients for around the world and carefully creating blends to purify and heal skin, naturally.
"My 90min Lux Facial was absolutely incredible!! The massage was incredible and the products used were clean, natural and left my skin with such a glow. This was such a treat, they made sure that I was comfortable and relaxed. I could not recommend this facial enough!" Aryana C
"The personalized 90 min lux facial with Jen was amazing and so relaxing! As a new mom, I haven’t been able to spend much time on my skin routine these days. This facial was just what I needed to refresh and nourish my skin. All of the products that were used were high quality, didn’t irritate my skin and smelled so good. I also enjoy shopping at the store for myself and gifts for friends. The atmosphere is calm, the products are displayed nicely and the staff is knowledgeable."
"Most delightful treatment... the Lux Facial was everything I had hoped. Completely relaxing and comforting and I left with a face that no longer felt my own: soft and supple! Thanks for the amazing treatment and helpful suggestions! I'll be back!"
"My first facial ever and I am so glad it was here! Thank you to Vanesa and Sunja Shoppe for such a wonderful experience. From start to finish Vanesa made me feel super comfortable, there was no pressure to purchase any products, and my skin was absolutely radiant. I will be back for a facial and to purchase some products soon as my skin has never looked better. ☺️ The Lux Facial (90 min) in case anyone is wondering. Worth every minute.."
"My skin and body care haven. Vanesa is the most generous gem for treatments and the shop staff are so chill, easy, and knowledgeable. I'm a loyal lifer and have loved watching the shop grow while keeping its integrity + no-fuss retreat vibe."
".. the best massages (and facials) I have ever had, and I have been to all the major hotel spas in Vancouver. The prices are very competitive compared to other spas and there is great value to be had. But the “value” does not equate to lower quality. As far as I am concerned, Sunja Link is a hidden gem in Vancouver. Their products have also been great. I am a guy and I love this place and can’t recommend them enough. First class!"