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.

At a glance…..

  • Courses length: one week : 7 nights (unless otherwise stated)
  • Prices from Aus$1950 ($1700 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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Art and Painting

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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. A bunch of fellow painters who will share your frustrations and triumphs and walk with you as you learn something new each day.

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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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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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

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.

  • Terri Ford pastels in Daku resort workshop

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.

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

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."

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

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.

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

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.

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

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 and self enquiry with Meera Anderson October 7 – 14, 2017

Meera’s yoga path has encompassed several styles of yoga alongside a deep exploration of yoga philosophy. When yoga asks us to connect with the self, we need to understand what we mean by ‘self’. Meera will be using the time in this retreat to explore our understanding of the concept and how to make changes.

Music and 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.

  • 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.

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

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 [...]