Paradise Courses: Vacation courses that might change your life
Paradise Courses has been running since 2004.
We’re passionate about running study weeks that will be truly memorable and life changing.
We bring in teachers who are at the top of their game from Australia, New Zealand and the USA. We work closely with them in constructing a course that delivers a fantastic learning experience based on daily workshops and plenty of feedback, plus a selection of excursions to see some local Fijian life.
We are constantly in touch with both new teachers and new ideas, and teachers from previous years who regard their week at Daku as a treasured part of their year’s schedule.
We’re located at Daku Resort near Savusavu in Fiji. It’s a small, comfortable resort with a unique connection to the Fijian life. The staff at Daku will take care of you as if you were family – and our guests always leave feeling nurtured and cared for. Many of the people who have attended our courses have been back two or three times: the record goes to Peter B who has been 7 times!
A big factor in the enjoyment is the company of like-mind ‘passion-indulgers’ – people who you’ll be able to talk to with real understanding. And as All work and no play just doesn’t cut it in Fiji, there’s time to enjoy newly made friendships while diving, snorkeling , kayaking, hiking or the more sedentary arts of reading and cocktail drinking.
Owners John and Delia Rothnie-Jones are often there; and the booking office in Sydney, run by Susan, is always available to help answer your questions and make sure your bookings are done smoothly and efficiently.
And the Daku Resort staff will make you feel part of their own extended family.
Leading the team is Aubrey, our manager, a calm and reassuring presence who will answer all your queries. Simeli and George are at the bar and the dinner table – and George is the man who will often join you on excursions, guiding you on a snorkeling trip or walking you up to a waterfall. The excellent food is produced by Bita, Ana and Joshika (with behind-the-scenes help from Aubrey). Maryanni and her housekeeping staff whisk in and out of the bures keeping them clean. In the background you’ll see Pete, Dharmen, Bale, Tui, Seva, Harry and Samu in the gardens, on the boat and around and about the place. And Raj, the estate manager, is always in the background but very much there.
A little over a week of absolute magic… In all my working life I have never come across a team of people who gave so much to ensure their guests had the best they could offer.
Michael Mason: Singing
You absorb yourself in the environment without the care of family and day-to-day pressures. What comes from this wonderful atmosphere is a rejuvenated approach to your art – you get into a flow and you understand what it is about art that you love so much.
Maree Coleman: Painting
I think the whole week was wonderful. Everyone had an opportunity to share and practise writing pieces and exploring how to write from the heart. I can’t think of anything you could do better. Many thanks for the wonderful opportunity to learn from your wealth of knowledge, wisdom and heart. Will think of this time for a long time to come.
Denise George: Writing
The course was the perfect chance to clear my head of work and family commitments and release the creative Muse within. There was ample time to write, read, relax and enjoy the ambience and friendliness of Daku in the company of fellow writers. I’ll be back next year.
Jan Newland: Writing