Oxbridge Easter weekend

August 25th, 2013|

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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.

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“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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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