Paradise Courses

Come alone or bring a friend – either way, you’ll have privacy when you need it and companionship when you want it. And if you have a partner who wants to come along but not join the course, that’s fine – there’s lots to do – SCUBA diving (ask us about our special offers), kayaking, snorkelling, hiking, going out on the SUP, wandering around Savusavu town….

We look forward to welcoming you to Daku Resort and the rich offerings of Paradise Courses.

Art and Photography

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!

Snorkeling and Diving

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.

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.

Writing

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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.

Yoga

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!

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