Tread lighter on the earth: Therapeutic hatha yoga with Liz Bennett, July 21 – 28

//Tread lighter on the earth: Therapeutic hatha yoga with Liz Bennett, July 21 – 28

Tread lighter on the earth: therapeutic Hatha yoga with Liz Bennett

Liz Bennett yoga in fiji

During this retreat, Liz will be working with you on a daily basis to explore your capabilities and develop confidence and understanding of your spine. She will modify the practice for people with injuries, and develop a take-home practice that you can do on your own (she’ll even help you write it down so you won’t forget the minute you leave the yoga shala).

SPECIAL OFFER: Kids go free – see details below.

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Retreat Summary

Dates: July 21 – 28, 2018
Title: Tread lighter on the earth
Style: Therapeutic hatha.
Programme: Twice daily practices of 1 ½ hours; no practice on Thursday afternoon.
Suitability: All levels.
Excursions and extras: Beach picnic, hiking behind Daku resort, trip to waterfall, tapa making demo.
Food: Mixed menu
Itinerary: Arrive Savusavu Saturday July 21. Retreat starts Sunday July 22, ends Friday evening July 27. Depart Savusavu July 28.
Cost: AUD $1750 twin room; AUD $2050 single room

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Course description

Tread lighter on the earth: therapeutic Hatha yoga

Liz Bennett has created a special space within her yoga retreats in Fiji to encourage parents to bring along their kids. It’s a wonderful way for mums and dads to embrace yoga within a family holiday. There are special (separate) classes for the children, and they can come along on all the excursions. At the same time, the kids never overwhelm the yoga so if you are not bringing children, don’t worry – the focus of each class is still on the adults.

Liz has  been teaching yoga and working as a physiotherapist for over 15 years. She describes her development and expertise in therapeutic hatha yoga as follows:

Having my early physiotherapy career in the hospital system, then moving into private practice where I have remained, I’ve worked with people in a huge variety of settings, both in a hands on treatment capacity and teaching yoga to clients. Working in hospitals gave me invaluable insights into the management of acute and chronic conditions. Now, as a physiotherapist in private practice, I integrate detailed assessment and treatment with therapeutic exercise, applying the principles of individualised yoga. A personalised yoga practice encourages the body to heal optimally.

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Creating a bridge between physiotherapy and yoga felt like a journey I was undertaking very much on my own 15 years ago. Yoga was quite alternative and I had to search for answers to the conflicts between contemporary physiotherapy, yoga and more accepted methods at the time like Pilates. The rise in popularity of yoga, the evolution of alternate physical therapies, neuroscience and of scientific research exploring the mind- body relationship has been so exciting to witness. I am absolutely inspired to be able to draw from and share these changes in the world I live in.

Yoga can be a marvellous therapeutic practice for improving strength and ease of movement whatever your body’s condition. If you are worried that you’re too stiff or have a dodgy hip or back – come on and join us! This retreat is particularly focused on achieving a balance of stability and mobility throughout the spine, the central support of the body. (And if you are as strong as an ox, then come along and develop a deeper awareness of your spine under her expert instruction.)

Hi Liz,
Just a thankyou note about the wonderful retreat you ran at Daku in Savusavu.
I enjoyed all aspects of the retreat: the yoga, the other attendees, the resort, the food, the warm friendly people and their customs, the excursions – the list goes on and on.
Most of all was the benefit I received from the yoga. Your teaching was just fantastic. Your gentle, yet lively manner together with your intuition resulted in wonderful yoga classes. I have returned home full of inspiration to continue to extend and deepen my own practices.
Liz, your integrity, ecological awareness and fun-filled attitude carried on from the classes throughout the whole retreat making it all such a pleasure to be a part of. I hope the other attendees gained as much benefit and enjoyment from the retreat as I did.
Thank you and Namaste,
Margie Zea, Queensland, Australia

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 Liz
Daily programme

Cost and Booking


Twin shared room Aus$1750
– Booking for just one person, participating in the course, sharing a room. You can come with a friend OR we will find you someone to share with.
Single room Aus$2050
Upgrade to a private room as a single traveller
Non-participating partner Aus$1075
You’ll share a room, and whilst one of you does the course, the other can relax.

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”.

If you want to book for yourself plus a non-participating partner, please select “Travelling with a non-participating partner”. The next stage will automatically calculate the price for that option.

Therapeutic Hatha Yoga with Liz Bennett July 21 – 28

AUD $1,750





  • Book here: Traveler and Room Upgrade Options

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Program Includes

  • 7 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

  • Flights/ Travel to Savusavu.

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

Special Offer

Kids under 12 for free – AND kids will be offered a free 30 minute yoga class every morning after breakfast.

We’re offering mums and dads the chance to bring their kids aged under 12 for free – including special kids’ yoga classes.

Offer is for children under 12 ie 11 and under. Limit of two kids per adult. Accommodation is in ocean view bures which sleep 2 adults and a child OR one adult and two children. So:

*if you’re on your own with one or two children, we’ll charge you the single rate and put both kids in with you, and they will have all meals and excursions at no extra charge.

*if there are two adults both doing the course, you’ll be charged the twin share price each, and then there’s room for one child in a bed and one in a cot

*or if each adult takes a single room, we’ll put you in a double bure with adjoining bedrooms and you can spread the kids out between you however you choose

* and if that still doesn’t fit your family, let us know and we’ll do our best to work out a generous solution for you!

Teacher: Liz Bennett

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.

Liz Bennett is an experienced physiotherapist and yoga therapist and has a thorough understanding of what constitutes a safe and suitable practice. After five days of twice daily practice of therapeutic hatha yoga, you will enjoy a confidence and fluidity that will benefit your entire body and – as a direct consequence – your mind. There’s nothing like feeling better and stronger in your body to give your life a whole new boost. Practicing yoga in Fiji is of particular advantage as your muscles relax and luxuriate in the comfort of the warm climate.

My yoga teaching began at 21, when I enthusiastically started classes at the hospital for staff on site. Formal training began in Sydney, in 2004, with a three-year intensive apprenticeship with physiotherapists and yoga teachers Simon Borg Olivier and Bianca Machliss of Yoga Synergy. After teaching full time at Yoga Synergy, I moved to the Northern Beaches and undertook a Diploma of Yoga Teaching with Michael De Manincor at the Yoga Institute of Australia. I began teaching Anatomy and Physiology to yoga teacher trainees in 2006. I provide bespoke Yoga Anatomy and Physiology modules at many Sydney yoga schools within their teacher training programs. I’m on the teaching faculty of the Enlightened Events Yoga Therapy training in Sydney and Brisbane, and deliver Leslie Kaminoff’ s Yoga Anatomy at the Yoga Institute of Australia. I run a yoga school, Yoga Essentia, at Warriewood Surf Life Saving Club, and teach students in all stages of life, from 7 to 77!

I meditate and do yoga to live life more fully, to experience compassion, and keep finding the energy for what I love. I regularly travel, mostly to India. I do aerial silk acrobatics and mountain bike for fun and connection.

Liz Bennett yoga in Fiji

Liz’s practice is based on hatha yoga in the tradition of Krishnamacharya, with influences from Feldenkrais, Clinical Pilates, Leslie Kaminoff, Gary Kraftsow, Donna Farhi, Simon Borg Olivier and Thomas Myers.

Therapeutic hatha yoga: Daily Programme

The programme is structured around a morning practice with afternoons for activities and free time to enjoy a massage, snorkelling, or relaxing by the pool before returning to the Shala for restorative afternoon practice and a stunning Savusavu sunset.

Note: the order of workshops may vary depending upon weather conditions.The listed activities are part of the course and are covered by your fees. If you want to add on extra excursions, eg. diving, you are welcome to do so and they will be added to your bill.

Health Wellbeing Adventure Nov 25 - Dec 2


Arrive in Savusavu. Transfer from the airport to Daku Resort 10 minutes away.
5.00 Welcome meeting with Liz: what the week will be about.
6.00 Fijian welcome ceremony with kava.
6.30 Happy hour drinks
7.30 Dinner


7.00 Morning juice
7:30 till 9.00 Yoga practice
9.00 Breakfast
Free morning
1.00 Lunch
4.30 – 6.00 Restorative practice
6.30 Happy hour and dinner


7.00 Morning juice
7:30 till 9.00 Yoga practice
9.00 Breakfast

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 to take a cab (Aus$3) or walk back when you’ve had enough.
4.30 – 6.00 Restorative practice
6.30 Happy hour and dinner


7.00 Morning juice
7:30 till 9.00 Yoga practice
9.00 Breakfast
Morning: Visit to waterfall – we drive about 30 minutes round the bay to a beautiful waterfall where you can swimming a fresh water pool beneath the cascade. Bring along shoes that you can wear in the water and be ready to enjoy the exhilarating beauty of nature. We’ll get back to Daku in time for a late lunch.
1.30 or thereabouts: Lunch
4.30 – 6.00 Restorative practice
6.30 Happy hour and dinner


7.00 Morning juice
7.30 – 9.00 Yoga practice
9.30 Breakfast
11.30 Picnic lunch at Devodara beach. We’ll drive down the Hibiscus Highway for about 20km to the sandy beach at Devodara, where we’ll have a picnic and swim in the warm waters of the ocean and stroll along the beach fringed with palm trees. We’ll get back to Daku around 3.00.
1.00 Lunch
4.30 – 6.00 Restorative practice
6.30 Happy hour and dinner

Snorkelling with the sergeant majors at Split Rock


7.00 Morning juice
7.30 – 9.30 Yoga practice (a slightly longer one today)
9.00 Breakfast
10.30 Snorkel trip: we will go snorkeling at a nearby snorkeling spot and see some of Fiji’s magnificent marine life.
1.30 Lunch
4.30 – 6.30 Village visit. Visit to a local village where you will see how Fijians live in extended family arrangements and will be entertained with a lively meke dance. And don’t worry – this is not tired old tourist stuff but a joyful embrace of their timeless culture!
6.30 Happy hour and dinner


7.00 Morning juice
7.30 – 9.30 Yoga practice (a slightly longer one today)
9.00 Breakfast
10.30 Snorkel trip: we will go snorkeling at a nearby snorkeling spot and see some of Fiji’s magnificent marine life.
1.30 Lunch
4.30 – 6.00 Restorative practice
6.30 Happy hour and dinner


7.00 onwards: breakfast and departures.


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