Paradise Courses in Fiji

A week of learning and  relaxation to inspire and delight you.

Paradise Courses

at Daku Resort

– fabulous retreats wrapped up in a holiday!

Snorkelling with the sergeant majors at Split Rock
    • yoga
    • painting
    • singing
    • writing
    • exploring the marine wonders of the ocean
    • and more…..

Come by yourself, come with a friend….and you’ll be sure to leave with a rich addition to your life.

Art and Painting

Stunning locations, sweeping views, fascinating details. Great chunks of time to immerse yourself in your painting away from your usual routine. A passionate teacher who works with you every day. Fellow painters who will share your frustrations and triumphs.

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Music and Singing

The glorious singing of our choir groups lifts the soul and the roofbeams. Whether you’ve sung in choirs before or simply want to explore the excitement and beauty of song, join us and let your spirit soar.

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Yoga

Your practice takes place in our yoga shala with its breathtaking views of the palm trees and the bay. A place of deep tranquillity, it welcomes your body and soul as you join teachers from various styles and lineages.

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Writing

A week in which you can dedicate yourself to writing with no distractions, no excuses and plenty of help.

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Clown anemonefish snorkeling in Fiji

Snorkeling and diving

The reefs around Vanua Levu provide some of the most rewarding snorkelling in the world – a chance to see the famous soft corals of Fiji, swim amongst clouds of sergeant majors, anthias, damsel fish and jack fish, and see sharks, rays and turtles.

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Other adventures

This is a slightly eclectic page where we’ve put in all our other courses – birdwatching, an Oxbridge alumni week and anything else that crops up that’s a bit out of the ordinary.

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At a glance…..

  • Courses length: one week : 7 nights (unless otherwise stated)
  • Prices from Aus$1950 for painting/singing/writing; $1750 for yoga; $1300 for guided snorkeling
  • Includes accommodation, meals, excursions and course fees
  • Teachers from Australia / USA / New Zealand
  • Daily workshops
  • Excursions to see local sights and culture
  • Location: Daku Resort in Savusavu, Fiji
  • Dates: Look at our timetable of courses for the year and find one to suit your travel dates
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Timetable of the year

What you’ll experience.

We have a reputation for offering excellent week-long courses, taught by experienced and committed teachers from all over the world.

The week at Daku offers you  the opportunity to take time to learn fresh and exciting approaches in your field – time free from distractions and daily routine so you can…

  • relax into the beautiful surrounds of Daku Resort
  • be with like-minded people, share your interest, encourage each other’s progress, laugh and have fun…..
  • and come away with memories of a life-changing week in paradise.

Solo traveller?

Welcome! Most  people come to the course on their own, so you won’t be short of company.

If you want a shared room, we’ll match you up with someone; if we don’t have the right numbers, then you still get a room at the twin shared price – there’s no extra fee.

Travelling with someone not doing the course?

We have a reduced rate for friends / partners / spouses who are coming for the week but not doing the course.

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2016 : by date

2017 : by date

Here’s a list of all courses by category.

Art

Capturing the Essence of the Tropics: Watercolours/Gouache/Acrylics with Pamela Fairburn October 15 – 22

COURSE CONFIRMED. Let Pamela’s enthusiastic and positive tuition guide you into new and exciting painting and drawing experiences. During the week you can relax and become confident with your painting methods and materials, whether it be watercolour, gouache, pastels or acrylics.

Art without Paint: pastels and charcoal with Nola Cameron Nov 12 -19

COURSE CONFIRMED.Using the directness and vibrancy of pastels, you’ll learn to create works that capture atmosphere and light in a moment in time. You’ll be studying seascapes, landscapes and flowers and foliage. Charcoal is an equally fascinating medium. It encourages you to look at line, tone and texture. It’s a free, flexible art form which can be expressive and bold or mysterious and subtle.

Watercolours and Sketching with Malcolm Carver : Nov 19 – 26

COURSE CONFIRMED.Using simple but proven methods of capturing the image, seeing simple shapes, creating depth and appreciating light, Malcolm will build your confidence day by day. By the end of the week you will have produced a sketch book of drawings and paintings that capture the essence of the world around us and that you will be extremely proud of.

Portraits with David Wells March 18 – 25, 2017

David’s workshops provide you with an exhilarating, rewarding and above all accessible approach to painting portraits, using the medium of pastels. A well recognized painter of considerable ability, he doesn’t like the word ‘talent’ as it suggests that painting has hidden keys that not everyone can unlock.

Drawing and sketching with Lizzie Connor : May 20 – 27 2017

Creating a drawn or painted image is different for each of us, as we all see and work differently, with different vision. This week will be about opening your mind and refining your techniques to embrace the many aspects of drawing: capturing memories of a great trip, giving expression to a mood in a cafe, or preserving the face of a friend you value.

Painting paradise: Seascapes and landscapes with Elena Parashko 10 – 17 June 2017

Elena is a calm, nurturing teacher who takes her students step by step through the process of creating and perfecting the seascapes and landscapes of the rich tropical environment of Fiji. Her demonstrations are constructed so as to really show her class how to achieve an effect, and she stops to give each and every student personal attention on that path.

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Pastels: Rich underpainting and luminous light with Terri Ford: July 22 – 29 2017

Join Terri for her inspiring workshop in Fiji and learn how to convey a fresh and impressionistic portrayal of your subjects. She will work with the vibrant local landscape, going to locations and working back at Daku Resort. Her focus on underpainting helps to establish strong value-patterns and compositions so as to keep it vibrant and fresh, and avoid the pitfalls of overworking.

  • Chris Postle Acrylics Daku Resort

Getting Creative with Acrylics : Chris Postle August 12 – 19 2017

Come and be a part of this lifetime experience. A creative holiday in paradise, learning, experiencing tropical Fijian culture, painting some of those tropical scenes with colour and vibrance. Learning from the master and taking home memories and knowledge that will enrich your creative soul forever. A perfectly balanced creative holiday. (Mark Waller was previously scheduled to teach this week, and has had to cancel due to health reasons. We wish him well for a full recovery.)

Travel sketching with ErinHill Sketching September 2 – 9, 2017

Sketching is that quick impression, using a black pen, done in a moment with a dash of colour. We teach you to sketch in whatever time you have. This is why we call it Travel Sketching. Five minutes? Thirty minutes? You can always get an impression. After all, it may be the only chance you’ll have. ErinHillSketching shows you exactly how to achieve that skill and precisely what to look for when on holiday.

Pastels: a path to wondrous creativity with Marla Baggetta: 7 – 14 October 2017

Pastel is a wondrous medium that offers up the best of drawing and painting. It has the quick, accessible functionality of drawing, needing only the minimum of preparation, whilst at the same time yielding the rich layers and depth of colours of paint. The result is beautiful – not for nothing were they one of the favourite medium of Degas, Millet and Manet.

Yoga

Yoga Retreat with Adriana Cortazzo, Oct 22 – 29

COURSE CONFIRMED. Adriana’s first visit to Daku Resort left her with the conviction that the yoga room was a truly unique place, an impression confirmed after her next two retreats: "I’ve traveled the world and have practised in many varied and beautiful locations but the yoga shala at Daku is by far the most divine I have experienced. The view is breath-taking… the room is perched high, nestled amongst palm trees overlooking the serene ocean."

  • Pam Badman yoga in fiji

New Year: New Horizons – with Pam Badman Jan 11 – 18, 2017

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: $300 discount if booked by September 30.COURSE CONFIRMED With the most part of 2016 behind us, 2017 will be on the doorstep before we know it! How has the last calendar cycle been for you? Perhaps a great one (lucky you) - let's build on that! Or if you are in a not so great cycle ... time to look to the future for strength and stability.

200 hour Teacher Training course with Free Style Yoga Alliance April 2 – 30 2017

Free-Style Yoga is a combination of yoga styles, based mainly on Hatha yoga promoting the free and open practice of Yoga without physical or mental limitations, working within your comfort zone then exploring thereafter.

Pacific Yoga Flow with a touch of pilates Deidre-Lee Allen May 27 – June 3 2017

There is a strong focus on core stability and strength within each session and a positive attitude towards achieving balance and abundance in health and well-being. Every day there will be two sessions of an hour and a half each: an early morning sunrise session, and a late afternoon practice, with a break on Wednesday afternoon.

Yin Yang Yoga retreat with Erika Josa: June 3 – 10

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: $200 discount if booked by December 31. Every morning we will practice a different style of Yoga (Yang) : Gentle flow, Core, Hatha, Vinyasa and Ashtanga Yoga, all increasing in intensity from day one to day 5. Students will be exposed to a wide variety of yoga styles and, with the Erika’s guidance and help, will be able to explore what suits them and which style they prefer. Afternoon will be our Yin practice, perfect time to slow down and finish the day in a calming and restorative way.

Iyengar Yoga with Jyoteeka Cummings and Rosie Holland 25 June – 2 July 2017

The Iyengar tradition emphasizes correct alignment of the body: it can be a rigorous discipline and therefore has the tremendous reward of a feeling of wholeness when the pose is mastered correctly. It is a practice that brings a deep release, freeing stiff muscles and opening up areas that were previously locked.

Tread lighter on the earth, Therapeutic hatha yoga with Liz Bennett, July 15 – 22

Kids go free. Bringing together a well- tuned knowledge of the body through physiotherapy and hatha yoga, Liz teaches in a diverse and deeply insightful style that encourages you to explore your body and discover your strength and stability through breath and body awareness with movement. During this retreat you will develop skills in your nervous system to feel and integrate your body, breath and mind; to move with more ease, and to nurture your lightness and power as you walk through life.

Nurture and Nourish the Body and Mind Gabrielle Boswell Aug 19 – 26 2017

Whether you are looking to deepen or begin your yoga practice, contemplate where you want to go with your life, explore ways to de-stress or simply take some well earned time out, this retreat is the ideal answer. Explore the balance between ease and effort through gentle asana practice, guided relaxation and meditation with an emphasis on creativity and ease of flow between postures – a moving meditation.

Ashtanga Yoga with Mark Robberds – Aug 26 – Sep 2 2017

Mark Robberds is an internationally known and respected teacher of Ashtanga yoga. He incorporates the philosophy of yoga into his talks, music and devotional songs, so that the deeper aspects of the yoga tradition can connect people and bring them closer together.

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Yoga, Stillness and Dreamwork with Meera Anderson October 7 – 14, 2017

Through a combination of early morning Meditation, Pranayama, dynamic and restorative Asana and Dream exploration, Meera will guide you on a journey throughout the week that leads from the outer to the inner, from the unrefined to the subtle, giving you access to your innate wisdom.

Music and singing

Music and singing

Paradise Courses Fiji is a natural home for music, and choral groups who have come to Daku have thrilled to the rich voices of Fijian choirs. And at Daku, we offer the tranquility to enjoy [...]

Writing

  • Pamela Cook Writing Daku Resort Blackwattle Lake 2

Tell Me A Story: Writing And Publishing Commercial Fiction April 29 – May 6 2017

What do readers want? A great story, well told with engaging characters and turn-the-page tension. Crafting that story is what this course is all about. In this 6 Day Intensive Writing Course you will learn the secrets to writing a novel readers won’t want to put down. It includes a one-on one mentoring session, and advice based on reading 5,000 words of a manuscript in advance.

Diving and snorkeling

Dive Special

We run a Year Round Diving Special that’s become famous not just for the incredible diving on offer, but for fantastic value for money.

  • Snorkelling with the sergeant majors at Split Rock

Guided snorkeling with marine biology lectures

The reefs around Vanua Levu provide some of the most rewarding snorkelling in the world - a chance to see the famous soft corals of Fiji, swim amongst clouds of sergeant majors, anthias, damsel fish and jack fish, and see sharks, rays and turtles.

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Other adventures – Oxbridge Alumni forum; Birdwatching

Oxbridge Alumni Forum in Fiji October 29 – November 4

A gathering of Oxbridge alumni from all around the world – USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Fiji for our fourth long weekend Fiji forum. It’s a hugely enjoyable and wildly stimulating long weekend of talks, discussion – and lots of Fijian food, kava and kayaking, swimming and singing.

Birdwatching : Flexible Course Dates

Birdwatching in Fiji offers the opportunity to see a number of tropical birds in their natural habitat. Our island, Vanua Levu, is home to a large number of birds, including the rare silktail which is [...]