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!
1908, 2014

A leap of courage

August 19th, 2014|Categories: Yoga|Comments Off on A leap of courage

Offering a practice to mixed group needs thought. Gabrielle comments: “Teaching to a mixture of men and woman and with various backgrounds and yoga experience can be really challenging for a teacher. The great thing about the yoga I offer is that it’s inclusive not exclusive. My approach is gentle and encourages students to listen to their body and move accordingly."
307, 2014

Fires and photos en plein air

July 3rd, 2014|Categories: Art|Comments Off on Fires and photos en plein air

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 just losing the view that you’ve been busy capturing for the entire morning.
2406, 2014

A week of drawing fearlessly

June 24th, 2014|Categories: Art|Comments Off on A week of drawing fearlessly

This work included drawings in graphite, charcoal, water soluble graphite with the addition of soft pastels and coloured water soluble crayons. Impossible not to add colour in these locations, it was such a powerful influence on the work. From the gardens, to the town, to the beach, there was no shortage of subject matter to work from.
2006, 2014

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

June 20th, 2014|Categories: Blog, Life at Daku|2 Comments

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.
1304, 2014

Yoga In Daily Life: Hari Om

April 13th, 2014|Categories: Life at Daku, Yoga|Comments Off on Yoga In Daily Life: Hari Om

We have just hosted His Holiness Vishwaguruji Paramhans Swami Maheshwaranandji 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. It was an extraordinary two weeks in all the best sense of the word – unusual, exciting, uplifting.
2801, 2014

Heart opening yoga to open the new year

January 28th, 2014|Categories: Yoga|Comments Off on Heart opening yoga to open the new year

The New Year opened with a yoga retreat: Jen Niles lead a superb week of heart opening postures, backbends and headstands.
2410, 2013

Nia: free-flow mellow to fast paced hard-ass

October 24th, 2013|Categories: Dance, Yoga|Comments Off on Nia: free-flow mellow to fast paced hard-ass

Sophie Marsh is a phenomenon. She has the energy of a meteorite. She has a smile that lights up dark corners. She has an infectious joy in dance that radiates out from her body as she moves. Her class has everyone sweating and grinning and pulsing with energy all through the week.
610, 2013

Endless inspiration in the waters of the island

October 6th, 2013|Categories: Art, Painting|Comments Off on Endless inspiration in the waters of the island

Mark Waller is above all a lover of water, and in Fiji he found endless excitement and inspiration in the waters of the island – the shapes and shadows of the coral reefs below the surface of the ocean, the abundant fish life and towering coral heads that he saw when snorkeling, the sweeping views across the bay.
2609, 2013

300 palms and more…..

September 26th, 2013|Categories: Eco-Tours, Life at Daku|Comments Off on 300 palms and more…..

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 world.
1609, 2013

Beaches, bays and Savusavu town

September 16th, 2013|Categories: Art, Painting, Paradise Courses|Comments Off on Beaches, bays and Savusavu town

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.
2508, 2013

Oxbridge Easter weekend

August 25th, 2013|Categories: Life at Daku|Comments Off on Oxbridge Easter weekend

This was a long weekend of delightful indulgence for us. We invited the alumni of our own alma maters to come and enjoy each other’s company, and as part of it, give a talk of approximately 15 minutes on a subject of their own choosing – a sort of mini TED talk in the tropics over Easter.