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

3 October 2014

Mark Waller came back to lead his second painting retreat in August. His week is called Discovery, Inspiration, Technique. Here’s his account of how he covered all three: Coming back to Daku was a little bit like coming home.  It’s so easy to slot into “Daku Time”.  Seeing all the people there was a bit [...]

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

29 August 2014

Deidre Lee is a person who sparkles. She exudes a cheerfulness that bounces around and gives off little zings of positive energy.   Her yoga retreat combined a morning asana practice that was relatively demanding with an afternoon restorative practice – and in between a busy schedule of swimming, visiting the beach, plunging into the [...]

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A leap of courage

19 August 2014

Gabrielle’s group was  mixed in terms of yoga experience and included a couple of men who were completely new to it. Sent off by their wives as a surprise gift, they approached it at first with a little trepidation – but then…. As you are aware Yoga on any scale is new to me, so [...]

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Fires and photos en plein air

3 July 2014

The challenges of painting en plein air  (painting in the open air rather than in a studio) are many – such as preventing your easel from toppling over in the wind, finding a spot on the beach that will be suitable for the next 3 hours and won’t become submerged as the tide rises, or [...]

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A week of drawing fearlessly

24 June 2014

I arrived at Daku on Saturday 26th May, and our workshops started the next day and continued each morning until our last on Friday 2nd May.  We went and created our drawn images in  a number of locations in and around Daku Resort with its lush, vibrant gardens, and at the beach over the road, in [...]

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Oxbridge alumni forum: What runs faster than a horse……

20 June 2014

The Oxbridge alumni forum over the Queen’s birthday weekend  was a long weekend of going back to college life. Talks, lengthy and impassioned discussions, good food prepared at regular times, playtime and relaxation in between – the main difference was that no-one had to write an essay. This second Oxbridge alumni gathering has been a [...]

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Yoga In Daily Life: Hari Om

13 April 2014

We have just hosted His Holiness Vishwaguruji Paramhans Swami Maheshwaranand ji and a large group of his followers – who refer to him more simply as Swamiji. Swamiji is the founder of the worldwide movement Yoga In Daily Life – and has also set up a number of charitable organizations – more on that at [...]

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Heart opening yoga to open the new year

28 January 2014

  The New Year opened with a yoga retreat: Jen Niles lead a superb week of heart opening postures, backbends and headstands. The weather was glorious – sun every day with the occasional much welcome rain squall to freshen up the gardens. The trip to Natewa Bay was a big hit – we didn’t sight [...]

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300 palms and more…..

26 September 2013

Earlier this year Jim Valentine opened his Flora Tropica Gardens just 3 k down the road from Daku and since then we’ve sent a lot of our guests to visit them. The gardens have a magnificent display of flora with an emphasis on palms – Jim has collected over 300 varieties from all over the [...]

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Beaches, bays and Savusavu town

16 September 2013

Leonie Norton’s week of Botanical Art and Holiday Sketching earlier this year was another week of combining the glorious flora of Fiji with the pleasures of leaning to capture the local sights in sketches. Leonie describes the week: Another amazing week at Daku comes to a close. A week of near perfect weather with sunny [...]

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