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1107, 2016

Painting Paradise after the cyclone

July 11th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Painting Paradise after the cyclone

This year’s group were all - bar one – beginners, or at least painters who hadn’t picked up a brush for a very long time. In fact, one of them was being gently and imaginatively tipped back into art: her husband had bought the course for her as a surprise Christmas present (what a legend!).

2201, 2016

A musical delight

January 22nd, 2016|Categories: Music|Comments Off on A musical delight

Susan Deas is a great 'de-bunker' of much of the seriousness and pomposity of musical appreciation. We went through pitch, rhythm, dynamics, melody, harmony, texture and form. Daunting? Not a bit of it. After years of never understanding musical structure, I started to appreciate the difference between major and minor, the role of different instruments, and even the real role of the conductor.

1605, 2015

Laughter: giggling, gasping and guffawing

May 16th, 2015|Categories: Life at Daku, Yoga|Comments Off on Laughter: giggling, gasping and guffawing

Last week we had a truly hilarious laughter workshop with Jani Burdett. For almost 40 minutes (37, to be exact) she had a group of people bellowing, roaring and cackling with laughter. It’s an extraordinary [...]

1303, 2015

The sacred red prawns of Naweni

March 13th, 2015|Categories: Eco-Tours, Life at Daku|Comments Off on The sacred red prawns of Naweni

The sacred red prawns of Fiji are found in only two places, and Naweni, just 25 km from Savusavu, is one of them. They are known as ura-buta – cooked prawns – because of their colour, and are protected by village superstition: anyone removing them risks shipwreck or even death.

1612, 2014

A bit of paradise on a paintbrush

December 16th, 2014|Categories: Art|Comments Off on A bit of paradise on a paintbrush

Malcolm teaches his students how to see, really see. Light and shade, finding the dark parts, understanding the light. And perspective, for which he has developed a brilliant app that anyone can use, and which translates all those tricky lines of sight into a coherent whole.

612, 2014

Mud glorious mud!

December 6th, 2014|Categories: Eco-Tours, Life at Daku|Comments Off on Mud glorious mud!

The mud is full of slightly rough organic matter so it’s an ideal exfoliant, and as you dig your toes down deeper into the pool you feel the heat increase. So we slopped it over our arms and legs, spread it on our cheeks and foreheads, rubbed it over our shoulders and necks and had a glorious time.

310, 2014

Teaching people to paint when they’re excited is easy.

October 3rd, 2014|Categories: Art|Comments Off on Teaching people to paint when they’re excited is easy.

This year was a great experience for me. We basically lost ourselves in painting the tropics. It was a discovery for me too. I started painting things that I hadn’t before, thanks to the eye of a couple of the participants in the class. Banana leaves are my new friends.