The Team

Lewis Adey

Lewis is one of the owners of Yanada and helps look after the property. As an active member of our small valley community,  I have had the privilege of meeting most of our wonderful diverse group of locals, some who have been here just a few years and others whose families have been in the valley since the very early 1800’s when they lived with and married into the Darkijung people. That ancient and more recent history has fascinated me and I love discovering the known and the lesser known historical sites of the valley.


Curt Mason

Curt has over 15 years experience as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist and over 20 years experience as a mental health worker. His initial training was as a Person Centred Counsellor and Psychotherapist at the Metanoia Institute. He also has a Master of Gestalt psychotherapy at Gestalt Therapy Sydney.

Curt is trained and experienced in facilitating therapeutic and meditation groups and runs eight week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Programs. Curt has been a meditator for 15 years.

Curt is also one of Yanada’s cooks, specialising in hearty yummy vegetarian food and desserts.

Curt is one of the owners of Yanada and shares his time between the valley and Redfern where he runs a therapy practice.

Jan Slattery

Yanada would not run without Jan. She manages the housekeeping and coordinates the cleaners. Jan and Bruce live only 1km from Yanada and are much loved active members of our community involved in many local associations including the RFS. Jan also has a self contained studio flat available for short term let if Yanada is full.

Luke Kelly

Luke Kelly is a multi-talented local who loves to express himself through his passions of Art, Ka Huna Massage and Cooking great food.

He joins us at Yanada for you to share and enjoy his love of these things. Yanada has some of Lukes artworks proudly on display.

Luke is an experienced Ka Huna practitioner and bodyworker, who’s been fortunate enough to attend and complete all seven levels of training at the internationally recognised Mette Institute of Bodywork. Ka Huna is a beautiful, relaxing and therapeutic massage for rejuvenation and healing for body, mind and soul. It embodies the sacred ALOHA spirit – which teaches love, respect and happiness and is an experience like no other.

If you are staying with us soon, go to our experiences page to find out how to book a massage.


Alessandro is an Italian artist and musician; he uses the same magic of creativity in his massage practice. Alessandro is  passionate, caring and with an empathic attitude towards human beings.
He holds a Level Certificate in Ka Huna Advance bodywork and recently complete a training in Ka Huna Massage, Polynesian Floor Massage, Pregnancy Massage, Huna Philosophy & Polynesian System.

Addiatioanly he holds certificates in Relaxation (combination of Swedish Massage, Basic Remedial, Lomi Lomi Techniques, Head and Facial and Foot  Massage), Trigger Point Therapy (TrP) and Deep Tissue Massage, Neuro Muscular Techniques (NMT), Sport Massage Therapy, Abdominal Massage and Pressure Points for Constipation.

If you are staying with us soon, go to our experiences page to find out how to book a massage.

Douglass Channing

Douglas has always had a passion for movement. In his early years he was formally trained as a dancer but as an adult became much more interested in dance being used as a healing art. This led him to explore a variety of Eastern body disciplines based on Daoism and Tantra as well as many practices from the field of Western Integrative Bodywork including Continuum movement, Focusing and Hanna Somatics.

Douglas weaves all these disciplines into his practice as a mind-body therapist. He has trained in Remedial Massage and completed post-graduate studies in psychotherapy. He also undertook further massage training with the Esalen® Institute. He was particularly drawn to their approach to bodywork, which integrates both body and mind in a soulful way.

What is Esalen® Massage?

Esalen® Massage was developed at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California in the mid 60’s. It grew out of the exploration of the human potential movement, and was influenced by Gestalt Therapy as well as some of the world’s great masters of bodywork: Charlotte Silver – Sensory Awareness, Ida Rolf, Moshe Feldenkrais and Milton Traeger, to name just a few.

Esalen® Massage is best described as a holistic massage. It uses long, flowing strokes combined with quality touch and deep muscle work to release everyday stresses. This leaves the receiver feeling whole, integrated and deeply relaxed.

A typical session may combine breath awareness, joint mobilisation, soft rocking, stretching and deeper work on specific parts to encourage a greater awareness of the body and its holding patterns.

As the gentle, deep strokes of an Esalen® Massage move over the body in a wavelike dance, both the muscular and nervous system relax, inviting a fuller sense of vitality.

If you are staying with us soon, go to our experiences page to find out how to book a massage.

Jodie Colman

Jodie owns Sheer Indulgence Beauty & Massage, a unique little beauty centre in Wisemans Ferry. Jodie has studied extensively in the art of massage with Diploma qualifications in both Remedial Massage and Anatomy & Physiology from the Nepean College of Natural Therapeutics. She has a Diploma in Beauty Therapy from the Australian Academy of Beauty. She also has knowledge of in traditional Ayurvedic treatments. She continues to focus on education and offers clients a choice of natural and Australian made treatments and products. Jodie’s vision is to make every experience a relaxing, rejuvenating journey.

If you are staying with us soon, go to our experiences page to find out how to book a massage.


Eshref Eyiam

Eshref has been practicing iyengar yoga for over 30 years and teaching as a qualified instructor for 7 years.

He teaches at Leichhardt Park Aquatic Centre and at the St. Albans School of the Arts. he also teaches 2 children’s yoga classes at Balmain Care for Kids and 4 classes with the Educators at Balmain Care for Kids weekly.

Esh is registered with Fitness Australia to instruct yoga and Personal training. He also runs circuit training classes (regularly at St. Albans on a Saturday morning) and personal training with private clients. He is also a spin and boxing instructor.

If you are staying with us soon, go to our experiences page to find out how to book a yoga class.

‘Local’ Liz Grant

Local Liz has returned to settle in The Valley after 15 years wandering the world and cooking for the rich and famous on Super Yachts and Estates. With a wide knowledge of eating styles, dietary preferences, health and wellbeing she knows how to pamper you and might have a few good stories to tell from her travels. She’s also a certified HeartMath and Bulletproof Human Performance Coach.

Elizabeth Gilbert Grant

Liz GilbertGrant of InLovesKitchen is a regular specialist vegan chef at Yanada.

Liz has always had a desire to understand what makes a happy and healthy human being.  She is passionate about the different ways she can contribute to the world and help make it a better place for herself and everyone around her. Liz’s prime focus is on the wellbeing that can be derived from nature and living naturally. This includes our body, mind and spirit. Nature provides perfect ingredients and Liz can create unlimited combinations from them. Liz can help you discover how raw food and great spirit can help you achieve a full healthy life.