Our Story

The Original Idea

Urban Sanctuary was started by two friends with a vision of a beautiful place where people could be renewed and restored without having to go on vacation or leave town. A day spa with the elaborate service menu and beauty of a resort.

A place to completely Unwind.


Candice Courcy and Alan McArthur worked and studied together in Tucson, Arizona. They each trained and educated Spa Staff and Massage Therapists in the U.S. and abroad. After spending over a decade exploring and studying life enhancing disciplines such as Ayurveda, Mindfulness, Aromatherapy, Chi Nei Tsang and other Healing Arts, they decided to take their vision to Athens, Georgia where Alan grew up.

Alan created the name, Urban Sanctuary. Candice created Urban Sanctuary’s in-house product line. They both created the spa menu, brand and concept.

A commitment to serve the communuity was and is present. A commitment to be a steady source of joy, beauty and kindness was born. The rest is history.


Over 11 years later, Urban Sanctuary has won many awards:

  • Athens’ Favorite Days Spa
  • Athens’ Best Day Spa
  • A Historic Preservation Award in 2010 for restoring and renovating the old church school house building where the spa now lives
  • Several community service rewards
  • A Beautiful Business award.

Be Kind. Unwind.

Be Kind to Yourself. Be Kind To Others. Unwind At Urban Sanctuary…

That is Urban Sanctuary’s motto. It’s the joy of creating joy, beauty and kindness in a world that loves to reciprocate that is propelling Urban Sanctuary’s continued growth and success.

Please enjoy your Urban Sanctuary.

Man-Friendly, Eco-Friendly, Organic, Natural