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Art

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.

Acrylics: Discovery, Inspiration and Technique with Chris Postle July 30 – Aug 6

COURSE CONFIRMED. Join Chris in Fiji and learn the art of freeing yourself up and discovering new styles based on a more liberal approach to painting. (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.)

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

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

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.

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.

Yoga

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.

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

FULLY BOOKED. 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 16 – 23

COURSE CONFIRMED. 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.

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.

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.

Sadhana Yoga 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training : September 3 – 26

COURSE CONFIRMED. This 200 hour Yoga Alliance certified Teacher Training program will give you much more than a certificate. It will be a personally focused journey that you share with others. We are all on our own path, but that path leads us to the same place. In this way we can support each other through the process.

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

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.

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.

Writing

A Masterclass in Creative Writing With Mark Tredinnick Nov 12 – 19

This inspiring and practical masterclass will focus on your writing project : whether it’s at an early stage or you have a manuscript, Mark will be concentrating on flow, clarity and voice. He will seek to help you make your piece of writing the best it can be by getting you to think, examine and develop it to its full potential.

Tell Me A Story: Writing And Publishing Commercial Fiction May 6 – 13 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.

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.

Squash

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

Northern Virginia Community College Supervised Study June 2016

Travel to Fiji with Dr Richard Murphy, marine biologist with Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ocean Futures Society, and Jill Caporale, professor of biology at NOVA, to explore Marine and Terrestrial Ecology, Environmental Science, Cultural Values and Sustainable Living across the Curriculum.

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.

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 [...]