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Paradise Courses – fabulous retreats in Fiji

A week of learning and relaxation to inspire and enrich you.

Paradise Courses at Daku Resort - fabulous retreats
Paradise Courses at Daku Resort - fabulous retreats
Paradise Courses at Daku Resort - fabulous retreats
Paradise Courses at Daku Resort - fabulous retreats
Paradise Courses at Daku Resort - fabulous retreats

Paradise Courses

at Daku Resort

– fabulous retreats retreats in Fiji…..wrapped up in a holiday!

Paradise Courses at Daku Resort - fabulous retreats
Snorkelling with the sergeant majors at Split Rock
    • yoga
    • mindfulness
    • painting
    • singing
    • writing
    • exploring the marine wonders of the ocean
    • and more…..

Come by yourself, come with a friend….and you’ll be sure to leave with a rich addition to your life.

Timetable of the year
Paradise Courses at Daku Resort - fabulous retreats

Art and Painting

Stunning locations, sweeping views, fascinating details. Great chunks of time to immerse yourself in your painting away from your usual routine. A passionate teacher who works with you every day. Fellow painters who will share your frustrations and triumphs.

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Paradise Courses at Daku Resort - fabulous retreats

Yoga and Mindfulness

Your practice takes place in our yoga shala with its breathtaking views of the palm trees and the bay. A place of deep tranquillity, it welcomes your body and soul as you join teachers from various styles and lineages.

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Paradise Courses at Daku Resort - fabulous retreats

Snorkeling and diving

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.

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Paradise Courses at Daku Resort - fabulous retreats

Other adventures

This is a slightly eclectic page where we’ve put in all our other courses – birdwatching, an Oxbridge alumni week and anything else that crops up that’s a bit out of the ordinary.

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At a glance…..

  • Courses length: one week : 7 nights (unless otherwise stated)
  • Prices from Aus$1950 for painting/singing/writing; $1750 for yoga; $1300 for guided snorkeling
  • Includes accommodation, meals, excursions and course fees
  • Excludes flights/ items of a personal nature eg drinks, laundry, travel insurance
  • Teachers from Australia / USA / New Zealand
  • Daily workshops
  • Excursions to see local sights and culture
  • Location: Daku Resort in Savusavu, Fiji
  • Dates: Look at our timetable of courses for the year and find one to suit your travel dates
Daku Resort

What you’ll experience.

We have a reputation for offering excellent week-long courses, taught by experienced and committed teachers from all over the world.

The week at Daku offers you  the opportunity to take time to learn fresh and exciting approaches in your field – time free from distractions and daily routine so you can…

  • relax into the beautiful surrounds of Daku Resort
  • be with like-minded people, share your interest, encourage each other’s progress, laugh and have fun…..
  • and come away with memories of a life-changing week in paradise.

Solo traveller?

Welcome! Most  people come to the course on their own, so you won’t be short of company.

If you want a shared room, we’ll match you up with someone; if we don’t have the right numbers, then you still get a room at the twin shared price – there’s no extra fee.

Travelling with someone not doing the course?

We have a reduced rate for friends / partners / spouses who are coming for the week but not doing the course.

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Here’s a list of all courses by category.


  • Pen and Wash Workshop with Lizzie Connor at Daku Resort Fiji

Pen and wash workshop with Lizzie Connor July 28 – Aug 4, 2018

COURSE CONFIRMED. Lizzie returns to Fiji to get into the local community and landscape, finding ever new and varied scenes to capture in brief, evocative brush strokes. Artists of all skill levels are welcome.

  • Seascapes and Lanscapes in Fiji

Seascapes and landscapes in watercolour with Mark Dober August 4 – 11, 2018

Mark Dober is a leading Australian watercolourist, and has recently shown his watercolours of the You Yangs at Geelong Art Gallery. Mark will show you how to bring a dynamic sense of observation, and a feeling for light and atmosphere, to the tropical lushness and colour of Fiji.

  • Water and waves art workshop in Fiji

Water and waves: art workshop in Fiji with Chris Postle: Aug 18 – 25

Chris Postle leads a dynamic workshop in Fiji focussing on the theme of Water and Waves. He will take you out to see local tropical scenes and then come back to the studio and show you how to infuse your paintings with colour and vibrance.

The Travel Sketchbook of Fiji with Sheila Posner Aug 25 – Sep 1, 2018

COURSE CONFIRMED. This week is a daily exploration of Fiji that you'll remember forever as you record your travels. Sheila's classes take place both in the magnificent yoga platform that doubles as an art studio within the grounds of Daku resort, and also out on location nearby.

Drawing and watercolours: Capturing Fiji’s hidden paradise with John Haycraft Sept 1 – 8, 2018

COURSE CONFIRMED. John returns to Fiji for another entrancing week in which he takes his students out and about to see and capture scenes from the magnificent landscape of the northern island of Vanua Levu.

Fijian Macro Floral workshop in acrylics with Tracey Miller November 17 -24

Macro Floral means just that: paintings of flora in big sizes. And in Fiji the choices are spectacular: ginger flowers, croton leaves, bird of paradise plants, palm trees, hibiscus bushes, bunches of bananas, clumps of coconuts. It is large, striking and a great memento of a beautiful holiday.

Capturing paradise in dynamic style with Carmen McFaull August 24 – 31, 2019

Capturing paradise in dynamic style: painting in Fiji. Learn to create powerful and intriguing stylised images drawing on the colour and vibrancy of the local environment with talented teacher Carmen McFaull.

  • Pastels, charcoal and sketching in Fiji Nola Cameron Paradise Courses

Pastels, charcoal and sketching in Fiji with Nola Cameron Dates to be confirmed

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.

Yoga and Mindfulness

Therapeutic hatha yoga – kids go free – with Liz Bennett, July 21 – 28

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.

  • Daku-resort-Yoga-contemplation

Mindfulness based stress reduction with Nik Welsh and Maggie O’Shea : August 12 – 18 , 2018

COURSE CONFIRMED. 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.

Fiji Yoga Retreat: with Vivienne Dias September 8 – 15

COURSE CONFIRMED Vivienne is a born teacher. She injects joy and compassion into her classes in equal measure, both pushing and encouraging her students, but also taking time to rest and laugh and embrace the soaring spirit of a practice.

Pacific Yogaflow with Taonga Puoro: Oct 13 – 20 2018 with Deidre-Lee Allen and Jerome Kavanagh

Deidre-Lee Allen, Pacific Yogaflow Creator, and Jerome Kavanagh, international Taonga Puroro Artist and Practitioner, come together to bring you an extraordinary retreat: an opportunity for reflection and growth through vibrational power, movement, meditation and nature’s sounds.

Diving and snorkeling

  • Snorkeling and Diving Courses in Fiji

Fiji Dive Package – great combination of sites

The Northern isles of Fiji make for a rich cultural experience different from the rest of Fiji. Combining this with world class diving Daku Resort and Paradise Taveuni have come together to offer a combo package for the adventurous traveler willing to go off the beaten track.

  • Snorkelling at Lighthouse

Marine life and Pacific culture

We can put together an exciting and rewarding itinerary for your group, and we would be delighted to help you design a daily program to make the most of your time here.

Jean-Michel Cousteau Special Dive Offer

Dive the soft coral capital of the world for a week – all for only Aus$1450 (approx US$1125) per person

  • 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.

Other adventures –  Coral Reef Ecology, Oxbridge Alumni forum, Birdwatching, Cycle Tours

  • Fiji Cycle Tours

Fiji cycle tour August 2018 and August 2019

A trip run by Escape Adventures, a small dynamic New Zealand company with destinations all over the world. The Fiji Islands 9 day cycle tour is a fascinating journey through rural Fiji, encountering lush rain forests, mountains, beaches and the unsurpassed hospitality of Fijian villages.

Oxbridge Alumni Forum in Fiji September 15 -20, 2018

A gathering of Oxbridge alumni from all around the world – USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Fiji for our fourth long weekend Fiji forum. It’s a it’s a rare opportunity to hear people with a lifetime’s experience in their field lay out some parts of their knowledge. It makes for a rich cross-referencing of thoughts and ideas in much the same way as we once did in the JCR or in late night discussions in our own rooms at college.

Fiji: Coral Reef and Rainforest Ecology February 9 – 16, 2019

Join us for a unique course in one of the world's safest and most unpoilt environments with Dr Richard Murphy and Estelle Davies MSc.

Birdwatching in Fiji : Flexible Course Dates

Birdwatching in Fiji offers the opportunity to see a number of tropical birds in their natural habitat. Our island, Vanua Levu, is home to a large number of birds, including the rare silktail which is found in the eastern end of the island.

Contact Us

Phone: (+61) (02) 8094 1613

Web: www.paradisecourses.com