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The sacred red prawns of Naweni

13 March 2015

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. It’s easy enough to go [...]

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Lois’ drawings: the details of Daku

2 January 2015

I love it when a guest just happens to have sketched their time at Daku. I have no idea why I interpret it as a compliment but I do – maybe it’s because they’ve taken the time and care to put it down in colour and shapes, maybe it’s because they seek out the details [...]

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Mangos……

22 December 2014

The market has been full of mangos…..  

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A bit of paradise on a paintbrush

16 December 2014

Malcolm was back at Daku in November liberally spreading paint, humour and good cheer.  The sounds of the workshop seesaw between raucous laughter and then deep, silent concentration. Malcolm takes his students through a detailed demonstration of his approach and then cajoles, encourages and exhorts them into their own painting efforts. He took them to [...]

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Mud glorious mud!

6 December 2014

The other day a group of our yogis spent a great afternoon at a local natural mud pool. It bubbles up in the back of a small property belonging to a local Fijian family half an hour out of Savusavu. Once there we left al our outer clothes and shoes on a bench and gingerly [...]

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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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