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
    • mindfulness
    • 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.

Timetable of the year

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 and Mindfulness

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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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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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
Daku Resort

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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Jan – June 2017 : by date

July – Dec 2017 : by date

Finished courses

Here’s a list of all courses by category.


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.

Drawing and watercolours: Capturing Fiji’s hidden paradise with John Haycraft May 27 – June 3, 2017

COURSE CONFIRMED. John plans to take his students out and about to see and capture scenes from the magnificent Fijian landscape of the northern island of Vanua Levu.

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.

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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.

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Pastels, charcoal and sketching in Fiji with Nola Cameron August 19 – 26, 2017

Working in both the Daku Resort studio and on location, Nola works on a daily basis with her class to understand shape, shade, tone and blending, producing pictures that capture the wonderful Fijian landscapes.

Travel sketching with Tony McNeight of ErinHill Sketching September 2 – 9, 2017

COURSE CONFIRMED. 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. Tony McNeight, the ErinHillSketching tutor, 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. SPECIAL OFFER: Book for Marla's course and stay on for Sondra Holtzman the following week to receive a Aus$300 discount (US$230).

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A Sense of Place: The Radiant Language of Paint with Sondra Holtzman October 14 – 21

A record keeper of an evolving life, professional artist Sondra Holtzman’s sketchbooks and journals reflect musings of travels afar and close to home. This is a workshop that encourages individual intuitiveness and experimentation, with the goal of translating what we see and feel into intriguing paintings. SPECIAL OFFER: Book for Sondra's course and come early for Marla Baggetta's course the previous week to receive a Aus$300 discount (US$230).

Watercolours and Sketching with Malcolm Carver : Nov 18 – 25

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 you'll have had an immense amount of fun!

Yoga and Mindfulness

Acro and Hatha yoga with Frida Sethman March 24 – 31

No experience of yoga is necessary for this retreat, all that is needed is a willingness to learn and be present in a beautiful location ready to breathe in the fresh air.

Fiji Yoga Retreat: May 14 – 20 2017 with Vivienne Dias

Vivienne invites her students to embrace their limitless potential in life and to connect more fully and deeply with the essence of their own hearts so that they may connect more fully and deeply with others.

Find your inner bliss with Claudia Martinez May 20 – 27, 2017

This retreat is designed to give you the time and the space to slow down, get away from the business of life, and start to nourish yourself.You will have a ninety minutes Vinyasa yoga class in the morning and 60 minutes of Yin yoga in the evening...and 2 hours of special “play” workshops daily.

Fiji Yoga Pilates Retreat: May 27 – June 3 2017 with Deidre-Lee Allen

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

COURSE CONFIRMED. 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.

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Mindfulness based stress reduction with Nik Welsh and Maggie O’Shea : June 18 – 24, 2017

A thoroughly reinvigorating retreat to rejuvenate your body and mind while immersing yourself in the themes and practices of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course, delivering a greater sense of inner peace and tranquillity.

Mindfulness Movement Creativity Retreat with Kovido Maddick and Suraya Langston : July 2 – 8 2017

During this retreat we will be with reconnecting with ourselves in a gentle, authentic and sometimes humourous ways to uncover the intuitive, loving and creative human-beings that we already are.

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

COURSE CONFIRMED. 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

COURSE CONFIRMED.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.

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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.

Deep and Gentle: Yoga retreat with Linda Barry October 14 – 21

COURSE CONFIRMED Linda teaches a gentle Hatha yoga, including meditation, pranayama and relaxation.

Yoga Mindfulness Meditation Science: Yoga, Mindfulness, Meditation and the science behind it: with Susan Spinks and Carol Knaap: November 11 – 18

COURSE CONFIRMED - Two courses for the price of one. Attend all or as many of the sessions as you wish – it’s totally up to you. It’s your holiday!

Health, Wellbeing and Adventure with Jodie Lee: Nov 18 – 25, 2017

Jodie’s business name, Vibrant Health and Lifestyle, is as good a guide as any to what she’s all about. She’s into high energy living, eating well, relaxing deeply and enjoying whatever the local environment offers – which, for this retreat in Fiji, means warmth, excitement and joy.

Music and singing

Gospel Acappella : Tony Backhouse : July 29 – Aug 5 2017

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.


  • Pamela Cook Writing Daku Resort Blackwattle Lake 2

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

COURSE CONFIRMED.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

Jan / Feb dive offer: book for one person, bring a second person at 50%.

Special offer with Namena Divers: book for one person, bring a second person at 50%.

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.

Other adventures – Oxbridge Alumni forum; Birdwatching

Oxbridge Alumni Forum in Fiji August 5 -10, 2017

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 [...]