Retreat Summary:

Style: Hatha based Sivananda Yoga
Programme: 4 week intensive course with free weekends. • Early morning practice of Asana, Pranayama & Meditation approx 5.30 – 7 30 am. • All tutorials and training sessions will run between 9.00am – 3.00pm.
Suitability: All levels.
Excursions and extras: A trip each week – Devodara beach/ Vivili OR NaKoso village/ Waisle or Vuandomo waterfall/ Labasa town.
Food: Vegetarian emphasis with some chicken and fish.
Itinerary: Arrive Savusavu Oct 6. Course starts Oct 7, ends Oct 31. Leave Savusavu Nov 1.
Cost: A$4560.00 based on shared accommodation (2 people in a room) in the Poolhouse. Upgrades can be requested.

Madi Simmons 200 hr Yoga Alliance Teacher Training Certification Daku Resort Fiji 5

Madi Simmons

Madi Simmons was the first yoga teacher to come to Daku Resort, and we are forever grateful to her for planting the seed of our yoga programme. It has blossomed and flowered into a wonderful schedule of regular retreats with teachers from many yoga disciplines and countries.

In October 2014 she is running a 4 week teacher training course in Fiji at Daku Resort – a splendid homecoming for her and an exciting renewal of the link for us at Daku.

It offers a Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Certification : Level  : 200 Hours, and is internationally accredited with Yoga Alliance.

Madi’s school of Paradise Yoga is a small Yoga School dedicated to Daily Yoga, Yoga Teacher Trainings and Yoga Retreats.

Madi teaches Classical Hatha Yoga, drawing from the rich tradition of Sivananda. Sivananda presents yoga as a way of life, not merely a physical workout.  He was a doctor first, and then a yogi and Hindu Swami, and finally a living saint!
“Health is wealth, peace of mind is happiness.  Yoga shows us the way.”
This  teaching offers straight forward, medically sound yoga for mind, body and spirit.

The course is unique: family friendly – bring the whole family to Fiji for a month that will reshape your lives – thorough curriculum, world class teachers…and always seriously fun. The program will run from Monday – Fridays, leaving weekends free for students to apply the week’s lessons to some self-directed home practice, and to explore the local area, go snorkeling, swim in the pool or just relax.

All of the teachers in her Paradise Yoga centre base their practice on the belief that yoga can be modified to suit every individual, starting with the student’s personal level of understanding of mind, body and spirit. The Yoga Asana  has a strong focus on safety and alignment and students range in age from two to eighty two.

Kids in the pool at Daku Resort

Kids in the pool at Daku Resort

Choose from:

4 WEEK INTENSIVE at  Daku Resort

Oct 6 (date of arrival at Daku Resort)- 01 November (depart from Daku)


8 Monthly Weekend Workshops (Dubbo)

Concluding with a 7 Day Retreat @ Daku Resort, Oct 25 (date of arrival at Daku) –  Nov 1 (departure from Daku)


On yoga: Call (02) 6847 6220 or email Madi at

On Accommodation / travel: Susan on (02) 8094 – 1613 or


The 4 week intensive course costs Aus$4,560.

This covers
·         Shared accommodation (2 people in a room) in the Poolhouse, a 4 bedroom house with 3 ensuite bathrooms and one separate bathroom, lounge, kitchen and deck. Details at
·         All meals at Daku Resort
·         Course tuition
·         Weekly outing as specified below
·         Use of kayaks
·         Use of snorkeling equipment

You are welcome to upgrade to private accommodation or to request a family cottage – see the full range of accommodation choices. Please contact and we will quote you a price.

Not included:
·         Travel to Savusavu. If you need details on travel, see our Getting There page .
·         Travel insurance
·         Items of a personal nature eg massages, laundry, bar bill, internet
·         Meals outside Daku
·         Private excursions eg hire of boat to go to to the outer reef


Please book here. Note that the booking form has not been formatted to this particular course and we will be in contact with you directly to confirm the amount owing. We require a A$400 deposit, which is non-refundable except in the case of our cancelling the course in which case it is fully refundable. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed that the course has guaranteed numbers to go ahead.

The 7 – day retreat should be booked directly with Madi :Call (02) 6847 6220 or email Madi at

Details of course

Full syllabus on
Well rounded curriculum including:

Asana, Pranayama & Meditation,
Western and Yogic Anatomy & Physiology,
Yoga Philosophy
Introduction to Ayurvedic Lifestyle,
Teaching  & Business Skills
Developing a Strong Personal Practice.

Daily program: 

  • Early morning practice of Asana, Pranayama & Meditation approx 5.30 – 7 30 am.
  • All tutorials and training sessions will run between 9.00am  – 3.00pm.
  •  Two evening sessions per week.
  • Appreciation of Fijian culture –  tapa making, the many uses of the coconut in Fiji, voivoi mat weaving, cooking demos
  • Free weekends
  • A trip each week  – Devodara beach/ Vivili OR NaKoso village/ Waisle or Vuandomo waterfall/  Labasa town.


Practical teaching

A big emphasis is placed on practical teaching, so our teaching students graduate as confident, articulate and capable teachers, ready to share their love of yoga with the wider community.

Class size

Classes are small and there is plenty of personal assistance where needed and encouragement to explore yoga to its fullest.

Yoga heritage

The style draws from the authentic classical schools of yoga, mainly Sivananda and Krishnamarcharya, and is relevant to our contemporary lifestyle. Graduating students have been sought out to teach in community groups – even before graduating – as this style of yoga has been noted for its focus on safety and alignment, and it’s relevance and adaptability to teach students of all ages and in all states of health.  The aim is to help every student feel well and to maintain an active, healthy lifestyle  – physically, mentally & spiritually.

In the studio at home

In the studio in Dubbo

Anatomy and Physiology components The YTT Program includes an online component of 20 hours with leading Anatomy and Physiology teachers, Leslie Kaminoff & Amy Matthews of the Breathing Project NYC.  Leslie & Amy take anatomy out of the textbook and make it an experiential subject, which greatly assists students to “find their voice” when giving clear instructions on coming into and out of yoga asana in a safe manner.


Our Philosophy curriculum has been written by world leading scholar of the Yoga Tradition and translations of yogic scriptures, Georg Feuerstein.  Georg, like the Indian Rishis’ of the past and present, reveals through his texts that yoga is not something we do, but something we become.  “Yoga without the yogi’s all comprehending consciousness is like the sun without heat and light.”  His manuals should become a set standard for all authentic Yoga Teacher Training programs!