Courses to inspire and delight you!

Welcome to Paradise Courses.

Reward yourself with a week of indulging your passion for art, for yoga, for singing, for the wonders of the ocean. All our teachers understand the joy of spending time on that passion and they’ll encourage you wholeheartedly, showing you new ways to look at it, new methods of exploring it, and helping you realise your own potential.

And after the workshops, there are all the delights of a holiday on a beautiful Pacific island.

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Upcoming Paradise Courses at Daku Resort

Here’s the whole year’s courses at a glance – both by date and by category.

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Pastels: a path to wondrous creativity with Marla Baggetta – postponed to 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.

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Drawing and sketching with Lizzie Connor : April 30 – May 7

COURSE CONFIRMED. 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.

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How to take great photographs with Ron Irving May 14 – 21

Come and do a week's photography course in Fiji and you won’ t just have fun - you'll go home armed with sufficient skills and techniques to take some really great photos. There'll be a maximum of ten photographers so everyone gets a chance to have one-on-one teaching as well as the fun of looking at the work of others. A course designed for people who don’t like reading camera manuals, and would like to understand how to master their camera equipment to take great photographs.

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Painting paradise: Seascapes and landscapes with Elena Parashko 11 – 18 June

COURSE CONFIRMED. Elena Parashko is returning to Fiji for her sixth retreat. She knows and loves the views out over the bay from Daku resort, the tide lapping at the beach under the raintree at the end of the peninsula, the constantly changing light on the mountains in the distance. It’s a subject matter of endless joy and she will show you how to make the most of it.

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Acrylics: Discovery, Inspiration and Technique with Mark Waller July 30 – Aug 6

"It is almost impossible, okay, it is impossible to express in a short paragraph what a magical experience we had in Fiji at Mark Waller's workshop. His ability to explain, demonstrate and teach are just incredible."

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

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.

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Watercolours and Sketching with Malcolm Carver : Nov 19 – 26

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.


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Alofa Yoga with Taialofa Petrini Feb 20 – 27

COURSE CONFIRMED. Alofa Yoga focuses on the journey towards oneness with the universe that yoga can bring. “Alofa” is the Samoan word for love, and Taialofa’s practice asks the student to understand love through their daily practice – firstly love and acceptance for oneself, and then love for others and the environment in which we live.

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Yoga, Nutrition and better living: a women only retreat March 19 – 26

Simply Fiji : Simple relaxation, Simple awakening, Simple natural food…..Simply bliss! A women only retreat.

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Yin Yang Yoga May 8-13

COURSE CONFIRMED. Honoring the intention of creating balance and harmony the morning yang class will combine the elements of connecting to your core through alignment and subtle energy breath work, alignment of body and mind in asana (posture) cultivating strength and flexibility to create a dynamic, safe and grounded practice. The evening yin class will explore passive and longer held positions to create release within the yin tissue of the body.

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Wealth of Yoga with Stina Wangqvist and Kate Westberg June 4 – 11

All yoga postures have their own flavour. They are shapes of expression and when you know how to mix them together they make a beautiful blend. There are times when we feel aversion for some postures and desire for others, when we start to listen to our bodies and understand the wealth of yoga.

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Pacific Yoga Flow with a touch of pilates DeidreLee Allen May 28 – June 4

COURSE CONFIRMED. 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.

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Dissolving into bliss: massage, pampering and partner yoga with Jani Burdett – June 11 – 18 2016

This retreat is a deep, nurturing exploration of your body and how to care for it in unexpected ways. During the week, Jani will be showing you how to massage your own body, and how to work with a partner (which just means someone else in the class) in the magical practice of partner yoga.

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Iyengar Yoga with Jyoteeka Cummings and Rosie Holland 26 June – 3 July

COURSE CONFIRMED. 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.

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Tread lighter on the earth, Therapeutic hatha yoga with Liz Bennett, July 16 – 23

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.

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Yoga Corner – lighting up corners of the mind and body – with Amy Leonard – August 6 – 13

COURSE CONFIRMED. . Amy has the flexibility to cater to both experienced yogis and beginners. She loves the fire and dynamism of a challenging practice – but also values the benefits of a calm, restorative practice. And remember that what is challenging to a beginner is just fine – you never need to feel you should strain yourself to keep up. And for those who love a fast, hot practice – that won’t be a problem. The daily workshops are hatha based, sometimes working with long holds and slow transitions, and sometimes with vinyasa flows.

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Nurturing the Tree of Life, Hatha based vinyasa yoga with Anna Hamilton, August 13 – 19

The focus of this retreat is on the immense power of yoga to give a core stability and strength to life. There is within all of us an inner stillness and insight but finding it is often difficult. The mind races, the body creaks, the ego protests! But once you have started to hear its voice, you can feel yourself open to new possibilities. During the week, Anna will teach a daily asana practice that is designed to hear the language of our bodies.

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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.

Music and singing

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Gospel Acappella : Tony Backhouse : 18 -25 June

COURSE CONFIRMED. A week singing with Tony Backhouse will live in your heart for ever. It is one of pure joy as you plunge into the uplifting world of a cappella gospel singing.

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Understanding Classical Music with Mike Smith November 5 – 12

This course is designed for those who want to learn more about the music itself, why it works, and how to truly appreciate and enjoy it. Designed for all levels of music knowledge or experience, during this week we will explore and open up the music. Mike teaches enjoyment of it through a deeper understanding of not only the music itself, but through the influence of individual performers and conductors. The course is undertaken in an informal, inclusive and entertaining environment and is structured in daily workshops lasting around 3 hours.

Diving and snorkeling

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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.

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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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Squash October 4 – 11

Enjoy a week of friendly competition and fun in Fiji ending with the three day Savusavu Fiji Day weekend tournament.

Other adventures – Oxbridge Alumni forum; Birdwatching

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Oxbridge Alumni Forum 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.

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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 [...]