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.
3011, 2015

Sketching and watercolours with Malcolm Carver

November 30th, 2015|Categories: Art, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Sketching and watercolours with Malcolm Carver

Malcolm’s style is hands-on: he takes a student’s work and adds a stroke – and suddenly a severe horizon is transformed into a living landscape.
3010, 2015

Yoga Corner: opportunities and challenges

October 30th, 2015|Categories: Yoga|Comments Off on Yoga Corner: opportunities and challenges

Amy’s retreat explored the opportunities and met the challenges as she led the class through two daily practices that both extended and challenged, whilst also giving nurture and release.
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 […]

304, 2015

Open your eyes!

April 3rd, 2015|Categories: Life at Daku, Yoga|Comments Off on Open your eyes!

If there’s a mantra for a week that was it: Open your eyes to the beauty around you – starting off with the beauty of the view straight in front of the yoga shala.
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.
201, 2015

Lois’ drawings: the details of Daku

January 2nd, 2015|Categories: Art, Life at Daku|Comments Off on Lois’ drawings: the details of Daku

Lois’ paintings on Daku- which she did in between her snorkeling trips - are a delight. She captured the palms at Daku, the orange fungus on one of the logs in the grounds, the trip to Natilo Island.....
2212, 2014

Mangos……

December 22nd, 2014|Categories: Details, Life at Daku|Comments Off on Mangos……

Mango heaven
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.
2908, 2014

If that’s what yoga has given her, I’ll have some more!

August 29th, 2014|Categories: Yoga|Comments Off on If that’s what yoga has given her, I’ll have some more!

Her optimism is strangely calming. If you’re around someone who believes that things are going to work out, you can’t help but relax. If their life has had its ups and downs but they have worked through them, you can’t help but be encouraged. If that’s what yoga has given her, I’ll have some more!