Paradise Courses: Vacation courses that might change your life
Paradise Courses enters its eleventh year in 2014.
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.
Keni is head of guest relations, the man whose warm greeting will remain with you long after you’ve left. His wife Mereoni does the cooking and will show you how to make tapa cloth, and his kids will usually put on a dance or a sing-song during the week if they haven’t got too much schoolwork. Dimere is our other cook and between her and Mereoni, they produce some wonderful meals. Joshika sits on our front desk to answer your queries and book your cabs although she’s about to leave to have her third baby. Maryanni and Ana whisk in and out of the bures keeping them clean. In the background you’ll see Tomi, Pete, Rupeni and Samu in the gardens, on the boat and around and about the place. And Raj, our manager, is the ever-calm presence who ensures a smooth life with quiet efficiency.
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