Mindfulness, Meditation, Snorkeling and some gentle Yoga with Susie Spinks November 2 – 9, 2024

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Mindfulness, Meditation, Snorkeling and some gentle Yoga with Susie Spinks November 2 – 9, 2024

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A fabulous mind-expanding week…

This is a mind-expanding, but at the same time thoroughly practical, week of the three components of the title: Mindfulness and Meditation, Yoga, and Snorkeling. It is suitable for all levels, from beginners to teachers of meditation.

The snorkeling makes for a very special part of the trip: a wide variety of hard and soft coral, abundant fish life, and glorious warm waters. And a snorkel trip becomes a unique meditation of its own.

There’s science in all three. And there’s a transcendent aspect to all three.

The daily programme is set out in detail: click the PROGRAMME tab above.

The deck at Daku Resort, Savusavu.

From Aus$1830 - Price includes:

  • Daily mindfulness and meditation workshops with Susie Spinks with detailed handouts
  • Snorkeling every day
  • Daily yoga sessions
  • Accommodation – choose from our bures at the front (Ocean View bures), or at the back (standard rooms)
  • Meals : breakfast, lunch and dinner – a mix of local Fijian and Indian food and international recipes
  • Excursions: visit a Fijian village and thrill to the beat of the traditional meke dance, get absorbed in a demonstration of making masi (traditional bark cloth), revel in the abundant nature of the landscape and experience the rich Fijian culture.

You just need to buy your air ticket – and leave the rest to us.

A man on Fiji time relaxes on a surfboard.

Mindfulness and Meditation

– and the science behind it.

There is now a huge amount of research showing the benefits of Mindfulness and Meditation.  It has been shown to reduce stress, improve our concentration, our memory, thinking creatively and flexibly, and even build more brain cells.  It increases our positive emotions, builds empathy and emotional intelligence, makes us less anxious, and more accepting of ourselves and others, and leads to better relationships.  But have you ever wondered how?  If so, this course is for you.

You will learn what Mindfulness and Meditation are, and understand what is actually happening in your brain when you meditate, and why it is so effective that even companies are implementing it in the workplace.

A combination of workshops and practices will teach you the different types of meditation and by practicing each you will discover which are the most effective for you personally.

The guided sessions will include:

  • breath meditations
  • mantra meditations
  • mindfulness body scan
  • open-awareness meditations
  • loving-kindness meditation
  • meditation for compassion / self-compassion

The workshops and discussions will include:

  • what is meditation and why does it benefit us?
  • stress – the physiology of what is happening in your body and how meditation helps
  • what is mindfulness and how is it different from meditation?
  • what are emotions?
  • what is happiness and how can we create it?
A man wades through the shallows of Natewa Bay.


Fiji is renowned for the abundant marine life of its reefs: colorful fish, hard and soft corals, mysterious invertebrates – all in the clear warm waters of the South Pacific.  Suspended in the waters above this wonder world is entrancing, mesmeric…..it’s a floating meditation, an opportunity to immerse yourself in another aspect of our planet. It is deeply and wonderfully complementary to the rest of the week.

Clown fish as seen while snorkelling in Savusavu Bay.
A woman snorkelling in clear water.
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I attended the Mindfulness, Meditation, Yoga and a little snorkelling with Susie Spinks retreat in Fiji. It was a wonderful experience. I couldn’t imagine a better combination. It was brilliantly done. Susie is a very good teacher and it is a pleasure to be in her company. I highly recommend her meditation sessions and her retreats. I will be a returning participant of the paradise course retreat.

Nicole Stevenson, Darwin

I attended Susie Spinks’ mindfulness, meditation, yoga and snorkelling retreat. The combination was perfect, and full of marvelous moments- I have booked to attend the retreat again. I am very much looking forward to it, as I think my health and well-being has benefited a lot.

Christine O’Ryan

Any questions? Drop us a line.

OR BOOK NOW! Prices per person

Mindfulness, Meditation and Snorkeling with Susie Spinks Nov 2 -9, 2024

AUD $1,830



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Susan Spinks leading a meditation on the deck at Daku Resort, Savusavu.

Teacher Susie Spinks

After starting a regular meditation practice in 2011, Susie witnessed a transformation in herself.   She realised that the practice of meditation had translated into real life for her in that she no longer held on to emotions or thoughts that would have previously bothered her.  She could let them go.  She no longer dwelled on things, constantly thinking about them.  She didn’t lie awake at night bothered by something.  Anger wasn’t as intense and much shorter lived.  She realised she was happier and more content.

After this self-revelation she became very interested in finding out how mindfulness and meditation work to bring about this change.  She is particularly interested in the science of what is happening in the brain.

Susie has past experience of teaching Maths in high schools.  This training and experience has given her the ability to express information in clear, concise and easy-to-understand terms.

Susie is an accredited meditation teacher with the Meditation Association of Australia.  She is the founder of Sydney Institute of Meditation and teaches the Meditation Teacher Training Course.  You can read more here

And finally, she is an avid snorkeler and has created this course with an eye to bringing together two of her great passions.

Our location: Savusavu, Fiji

A traditional Kava ceremony.
Meditation and snorkeling a

During this week, you’ll enjoy the rich culture and unspoilt nature of Fiji, the place where happiness comes naturally. We’re in Savusavu in Fiji’s North – known as the Hidden Paradise because it really is! We’ll take you out to snorkel on the beautiful coral reefs, to wander round the local town, and to visit traditional Fijian villages where you’ll see a deeply hospitable corner of Fiji.

We’ve got a full programme planned – with some spare time to just relax.

The map of the location of Daku Resort, in Savusavu Fiji.

Our accommodation: Daku Resort

We’re located at Daku Resort near Savusavu in Fiji. It’s a small and comfortable resort: you can choose from Ocean View bures, or standard room rear bures.

Ocean View bure

Standard room – rear bure

Summary & Pricing

Title: Mindfulness, Meditation and Snorkeling

Dates: November 2 – 9, 2024

Programme: Daily early morning gentle yoga practice. Daily mindfulness and meditation practice. Daily snorkeling excursions (with one day off).

Suitability: you should be able to swim 150 metres in the open sea unaided.

Excursions and extras: Village meke dance; tapa making demonstration.

Food: Mixed menu.

Itinerary:  Arrive Savusavu Saturday; course starts Sunday, and ends Friday. Depart following Saturday.

What To Bring

Here’s materials you’ll need to bring.

  • Rash vest for sun protection (you might like to bring a full body lycra suit for even better protection)
  • Reef shoes
  • Snorkels, masks and fins are provided although if you have your own you might prefer to bring them
  • All equipment for meditation / yoga is supplied (mats, bolsters etc)
Additional Adventures
Water activities at Daku Resort, Savusavu Fiji

What to do in your free time.

We’ve arranged a number of excursions as part of the course (see Programme tab on the menu bar above). We also offer a range of other activities inside and outside of Daku Resort (please note that unless they are part of the programme, some activities, such as massages and those requiring equipment hire, may have additional costs).

November 2- 9, 2024
  • Included
    All Workshop Fees
    Dining & Meals
    Equipment & Supplies
    Lectures & Excursions
    Transfers from Savusavu Airport
  • Not Included
    Alcoholic Beverages
    Non-Course Activities
    Travel Insurance
  • Arrive at Daku Resort
  • 4.30 pm Late afternoon snorkel outside the resort
  • 6.30pm Fijian Welcome ceremony
  • 7:00pm Dinner
  • 7.00 – 7.50am Gentle yoga practice
  • 8:00am Breakfast
  • 9.30 Guided snorkel trip
  • 1:00pm Lunch at Daku Resort
  • 4.30 Mindfulness and Meditation introduction
  • 5:30-6pm Optional silent meditation
  • 6:00pm Happy Hour
  • 7:00pm Dinner.
  • 7.00 – 7.50am Gentle yoga practice
  • 8:00am Breakfast
  • 9.30am Mindfulness and Meditation
  • 11.00 am Non-guided snorkel outside Daku
  • 1:00pm Lunch at Daku Resort
  • 2.00pm Craft display and tapa (Fijian decorated bark cloth) making demonstration
  • Optional trip to town to see the market
  • 5:30-6pm Optional silent meditation
  • 6:00pm Happy Hour
  • 6.30 Pearl farm lecture
  • 7:00pm Dinner.
  • 7.00 – 7.50am Gentle yoga practice
  • 8:00am Breakfast
  • 9.00 Guided snorkel trip
  • 1.00 Lunch
  • 2:45pm Meditation for pain
  • 3pm Yoga Nidra / Body Scan meditation
  • 4:30pm Visit to Naidi village – meke (traditional dance).
  • 6:00pm Happy Hour
  • 7:00pm Dinner.
  • 7.00 – 7.50am Gentle yoga practice
  • 8:00am Breakfast
  • Guided snorkel trip
  • 1:00pm Lunch at Daku Resort
  • 4.30 Mindfulness and meditation
  • 5:30-6pm Optional silent meditation
  • 6:00pm Happy Hour
  • 7:00pm Dinner
  • 7.00 – 7.50am Gentle yoga practice
  • 8:00am Breakfast
  • 9.30 Mindfulness and Meditation
  • 11.00 am Non-guided snorkel outside Daku
  • 1:00pm Lunch
  • Free afternoon
  • 5:30-6pm Optional silent meditation
  • 6:00pm Happy Hour
  • 7:00pm Dinner
  • 7.00 – 7.50am Gentle yoga practice
  • 8:00am Breakfast
  • Guided snorkel trip
  • 1:00pm Lunch at Daku Resort
  • 4.30 Mindfulness and Meditation
  • 5:30-6pm Optional silent meditation
  • 6:00pm Happy Hour
  • 7:00pm Final dinner
Breakfast.Depart: Fly from Savusavu back to Nadi, followed by your International flight home.

Tour Location

Daku Resort, Fiji
Paradise Courses is hosted at Daku Resort, which is in Savusavu, Fiji.