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

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Mindfulness Movement Creativity: Coming Home to Yourself


with Kovido Maddick and Suraya Langston


Mindfulness Movement Creativity Daku Resort

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

Read more about Kovido and Suraya

Retreat Summary

Dates: July 2 – 8, 2017
Style: Mindfulness Movement Creativity
Programme: Twice daily workshops with optional early morning and evening extras
Suitability: All levels
Excursions and extras: Beach picnic, hiking behind Daku resort, traditional village visit, visit to a waterfall, tapa making demo.
Food: Mixed menu
Itinerary: Arrive Savusavu July 2; depart Savusavu July 8. See travel details below.
Food: Three meals a day
Cost: from Aus$1590; Aus$1430 budget

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Yoga Mindfulness and Meditation

Mindfulness Movement Creativity: Course description

In our busy lives, with family, work and other commitments, we sometimes lose touch with who we are, what is really important to us and what nourishes us.  And we often look outside for acceptance, love and happiness which may sustain us for a while, but eventually that fades away.

During this retreat we will be with reconnecting with ourselves through a mixture of movement, meditation and creativity, accepting the totality of who we are.

Workshop outline

During this workshop we will be encouraging the practice of mindfulness through the enjoyment of movement, the practice of meditation, the creativity of art and the wonder of being in a glorious natural environment.

Our workshop activities cover:

  • Sitting, eating and walking meditations
  • Stretching and breathing to ground in the present moment
  • Flowing from stillness to gentle movement coming from within you, to allow a joyful creative dance that is uniquely your own
  • Allowing your movement to flow into creative form on to paper through a shared group experience and in your own individual space.
  • At times we may be in silence at other times talking and sharing.

No previous experience of mindfulness or creative arts is necessary.

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Mindfulness Movement Creativity Fiji Daku Resort

Daily Schedule

Mindfulness Movement Creativity: Daily schedule

6.00-7.30 being with the sunrise – walking, sitting and gentle movement (optional)

7.30-9.00 breakfast

9.30-11.00/11.30 Mindfulness, movement and creativity

12.00/12.30 Lunch

Afternoon: excursions /free time

4.00/4.30-6.00/6.30 Afternoon session

7.00 Dinner

8.30 Possible dance, movement meditation

See below for:

Cost and Booking
About your Teacher : find out more
Daily Programme: see what you’ll be doing each day

Cost and Booking
Read more about Kovido and Suraya
Daily programme

Cost and Booking

What are the options? (All prices in Aus$)

Standard accommodation:
Standard Ocean view bure: share a room $1590 (approx NZ$1600)
Standard Ocean view bure: single room $1850 (approx NZ$2000)
Family Ocean View bure:  (extended bure with two entirely separate rooms under one roof) – single room $1725 (approx NZ$1850)

Budget accommodation
Cottage : single room $1430 (approx NZ$1530)

Upgrade to Bayview Garden Villa
Shared room in a 2 room villa: $1900 (approx NZ$2050)
Single room in a 2 room villa: $2440 (approx NZ$2600)

Have a look at the accommodation at Daku Resort here.

If you want to book for 2 (or more) people attending the course, please

  • Choose whether you both want a twin shared room or a single room
  • Then select 2 (or 3 / 4 etc as appropriate) on the button which says “Add to cart”.



Mindfulness Movement Creativity July 2 – 8 2017

AUD $1,590

Choose from a range of accommodation options:

  • Traveler and Room Upgrade Options

Pay a deposit of AUD $400 per item
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Program Includes

  • 6 nights accommodation at Daku Resort in traditional bures with private facilities.
  • Breakfasts, lunches and dinners.
  • Workshop fees.
  • Lectures and excursions as indicated.
  • Airport transfers from Savusavu Airport to Daku Resort by road (approx 10 minutes).

Program Excludes

  • Travel to Savusavu.
  • Comprehensive Travel Insurance.
  • Optional activities not listed on the program.
  • Costs of a personal nature such as laundry, massages, private trips.

Cost and Booking

Mindfulness Movement Creativity Teachers:  Kovido Maddick and Suraya Langston

Mindfulness Movement Creativity Kovido Maddick Daku Resort

Kovido Maddick has over 35 years’ experience in mindfulness and meditation and spent 10 years training as a Buddhist Monk in the Thai Forest tradition under Ajahn Sumedho.   He has been teaching Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction programmes since 1996. He is co-facilitator of the Dunedin Men’s group, and is a Hakomi Graduate. Although his training is primarily Buddhist he is very eclectic drawing on the wisdom of many different traditions and contemporary teachers including Rumi, Osho, Ajahn Chah, Ram Dass, Jeff Foster, Thich Naht Hanh. Probably his greatest teachers have been his two foster children Mason and Savannah who can take him to love, joy and delight and rage, frustration and despair on a daily basis. For many, many years he tried to get enlightened, improve himself and get better at meditation and constantly failed. Gradually his focus has changed to more self-acceptance, trusting his own intuition and being with life as it is on this wonder-full and mysterious journey as a human being.

Suraya Langston is a registered arts therapist who has worked in the field of creative arts therapies for 25 years with adults, children and families in London and Dunedin. She loves to support others to enhance the creative energy within them to manifest their unique self-expression in the world.  Suraya draws her skills from the use of gentle movement, deep relaxation, visualisation and mindfulness meditation, expressive dance and the divine energy, and trusting our bodies to lead us into our own unique dance. She supports this energy to transmute into a creative flow with visual art materials to manifest images that affirm and support our dreams, wishes and life direction. Suraya has a Masters of Arts Therapy which focused on the power of sharing in a group to support us in our creative and healing journey to becoming who we truly are. She works in Dunedin in private practice running groups, workshops and individual sessions.

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Daily Programme

Mindfulness Movement Creativity: Daily schedule

Each day runs to the following schedule, although we may change things a bit according to weather. The excursions and activities which are part of the week are described below.

6.00-7.30 being with the sunrise – walking, sitting and gentle movement (optional)
7.30-9.00 breakfast
9.30-11.00/11.30 Mindfulness, movement and creativity
12.00/12.30 Lunch
Afternoon: excursions /free time
4.00/4.30-6.00/6.30 Afternoon session
7.00 Dinner
8.30 Possible dance, movement meditation

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Arrive at Daku Resort
6:00pm  Welcome ceremony
7:00pm  Dinner
8.00 Brief introduction to the week

Tapa cloth


Late morning: Trip to Savusavu Town to see local market and shops. We put you in cabs to get into town and then leave you to wander around at your own pace, and let you take a cab (Aus$3), or walk back, when you’ve had enough.
1:00pm  Lunch at Daku Resort (unless you wish to stay on in town and eat there).
2.00 Tapa making demonstration – a local craftswoman will show you how tapa (the traditional bark cloth) is made and decorated.

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11.30am  Visit to Devodara beach and picnic lunch
Return to Daku around 3.00pm

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Visit to Vuadomo waterfall – a glorious cascade of cool fresh water.

Village meke


4.30 Visit to local village and meke dance display

Daku Resort kayaking


Free day for your own activities.

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Fly from Savusavu back to Nadi.
International flight home.

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Or, if you’re staying on an extra day, this is the day you’ll fly home from Savusavu back to Nadi and then take the international flight home. Let us know when you book so we can give you a discount for the extra night.


If you’re coming from New Zealand, Kovido suggests the following itinereray:

Travel from Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington, Auckland on Saturday 1 July and stay overnight at the Fiji Gateway Hotel (formerly Raffles) in Nadi. The domestic flights to Savusavu is on the morning of Sunday July 2 (transfers from Savusavu airport to Daku Resort are included). Then Saturday 8 July from Savusavu to Nadi, and once again stay overnight at Fiji Gateway Hotel, returning to New Zealand on Sunday 9 July.

It is also possible to fly and return from Auckland to Savusavu in one day..

Cost approx NZ$1650 per person.

Either of these options  can be easily arranged by contacting Vincent George on (+64) (0) 21 321 890 or