2016-11-06T21:37:23+00:00 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!
2016-11-06T21:37:23+00:00 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."
2016-11-06T21:37:23+00:00 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.
2016-11-06T21:37:23+00:00 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.
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.
2016-11-06T21:37:23+00:00 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.
2016-11-06T21:37:23+00:00 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.
2016-11-06T21:37:23+00:00 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.
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.
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.
2016-11-06T21:37:23+00:00 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.