The art of using plastic cling film

June 28th, 2013|

When I asked Elena’s group of painters what was the most important thing they had learned from the week, someone said that it was how to use plastic cling film to cover their palette. There […]

Comments Off on The art of using plastic cling film

Yoga with Pam: relax, refocus

June 16th, 2013|

A retreat gives you time to explore your practice at a deeper level than usual, sinking into the disciplines of both the body and the mind. Pam structured her classes to explore the body in […]

Comments Off on Yoga with Pam: relax, refocus

Fiji Pearl Ocean Swim

June 5th, 2013|

25 swimmers, three races, four relay teams, fabulous pearl bracelets as prizes, kayakers battling the rain, pearl barges full of swimmers….the first ever Ocean Swim in the northern division of Fiji was an exhilarating event.

Sponsored […]

Comments Off on Fiji Pearl Ocean Swim

“It was then that I realised, writing is not so difficult after all.”

April 3rd, 2013|

Jan Cornall’s writing retreat in March brought together a large, vibrant group of writers ranging from experienced and published authors to complete beginners. Let’s start with the beginners. Dinny Laufenboek describes her experience:

“All too conscious […]

Hot hot hot

February 23rd, 2013|


The year started off hot in Savusavu – although folk arriving from Australia were bringing stories of temperatures back in Melbourne and Sydney of over 40 degrees, which was way more that we were experiencing. […]

Comments Off on Hot hot hot

So that was 2012….

January 18th, 2013|

I am mortified…..over two months since the last blog. And it’s not as if nothing has been happening. Far from it: a week’s visit from an artist from Queensland, Chris Postle, who gave free lessons […]

Comments Off on So that was 2012….

Water is for washing brushes only!

October 27th, 2012|

Kerrie Lester’s third painting retreat at Daku was her busiest to date.  There was a difference this year in that much of the painting took place on the deck of the villa where Kerrie was […]

Comments Off on Water is for washing brushes only!

Ocean Swims from Daku

October 20th, 2012|

We seem to have tripped into the area of Ocean Swims – and now we’re wondering why we never did it before. Warm seas, calm waters, easy entry and exit….

Lorraine and Norman after the 5 […]

Comments Off on Ocean Swims from Daku

Making peace with life

October 12th, 2012|


Elena’s painting retreat was a journey to new places for everyone. The journey to Fiji was just the beginning. It turned out to be a voyage of both artistic growth and self discovery.

The landscapes and […]

Comments Off on Making peace with life

Stay with it….and feel the joy!

September 21st, 2012|

“Stay with it……”

That’s the phrase that stays with me from Sophie Marsh’s Nia week.

Others too:  “Relax your jaw… and breathe!” or ” no mistakes!” and “Feel the joy”. But that first was my favourite.

“Stay […]

Liquid focus: the flowing art of landscape quilts

September 9th, 2012|

It was a week of liquid focus and fascination, flowing easily from day to day. Each morning the quilters climbed the stairs to the yoga shala where their sewing machines and tables were set up, […]

Comments Off on Liquid focus: the flowing art of landscape quilts

Bird watching with Sicklebill Safaris

August 19th, 2012|

Phil Gregory of Sicklebill Safaris, a highly respected bird watching guide, came to Daku for a week in June. His report of the week follows – or you can open the pdf to see it […]