Oxbridge Queen’s Birthday Forum

 

 

 

2015 Oxbridge  Forum July 3 – 8

Come and join Oxbridge alumni from all around the world – Australia, New Zealand, USA, Hong Kong, Vanuatu and Fiji for our second long weekend Fiji forum. It’s a hugely enjoyable and wildly stimulating long weekend of talks, discussion – and lots of Fijian food, kava and kayaking, diving and dancing.                                  

The weekend is being hosted by Oxbridge alumni John and Delia Rothnie-Jones who own Daku Resort.

John (Cantab) was the founder of the Sydney debating forum, Intelligence Squared; Delia (Oxon) is the former President of the OUS NSW.  Between them, they have an excellent understanding of the interests of our membership, and will be delivering another stimulating and rewarding gathering. (Have a look at the blog about it here.)

 

The toast to the Queen on the official birthday

 

We group 3 or 4 alumni together  each morning to talk. The subject is of their own choosing but we encourage people to talk on their own specialist field as we found last year that this yields the most passion and interest. The speakers in 2014 presented many varied and fascinating subjects: scenario planning in the energy industry, working with youth in crisis, the anthropology of work, the myth of happiness, the fate of natural history collections after natural disasters, nurturing intelligence, suing the US Treasury for lying about the greenback dollar..and more.

So, over the course of five days, everyone will speak and others will enter the discussion on any, or all, of the themes, if they so wish. Depending on weather and people’s energy levels, we may schedule some of the talk before dinner and others afterwards. This year we intend to be a lot stricter on time keeping too.

We’ll serve a continental breakfast from 7.30 – 10.00; a buffet lunch at 1.00 and a formal dinner with wine at 7.00pm.

And during the day there’s plenty to do; we’ll be organising snorkelling trips to the reef, hiking up the mountain, demonstrations of making tapa (traditional decorated bark cloth), visits to the local black pearl farm – which you can join or not as you please. (There’s a list of all our activities on the next page.)

You could say it’s a hedonistic indulgence for both mind and body but we just think it’ll be fantastic fun!

Cost

A$820 plus 20% tax per head for the entire 5 nights:

- price includes:
* twin shared accommodation in Ocean View bures
*all meals
* wine
* all excursions as listed below
Single room supplement: A$300 plus tax. You are welcome to book a shared room and we will match you with someone.
A child under 10 sharing a bure is free – and if you have more than one, ask us to quote you.

Further enquiries:

Delia at delia@dakuresort.com   or John at jj@dakuresort.com

 Booking:

Please email Delia with your booking details:

Name(s), dates, and whether you’d prefer to pay by credit card or direct deposit. She will then confirm your place, and the final payment details. She will also ask you what subjects you might be willing to speak on!

Excursions and extras included in the price:

 During the 5 days you’ll also be able to do any (or all) of the following:

Going off to snorkel

Go by boat on a snorkelling trip to the reef (snorkels and masks included). Fiji is justly famous for its coral reefs and abundance of fish life, and we visit snorkelling spots within a 20 minute boat ride from the resort.

Watch Mereoni, one of our staff, demonstrate how to make Tapa (Fijian bark cloth). Tapa is the traditional Fijian decorated bark cloth made by women. Mereoni, has always practiced it, having been taught it by her mother before her. She encourages you to get your hands dirty and try it yourself – at least you can make a bookmark!

Visit a local village with meke (traditional Fijian dance). They always greet us warmly; this is not the mass tourism of the main island where

Marine life on the reef

the locals have got inured to tourism. After they have shown us around, they will perform a meke (traditional dance)

Listen to an illustrated talk about the local black pearl farm, J. Hunter Pearls, and then do out and visit the farm platforms in the bay the next day.

Enjoy a presentation with slides by a marine biologist, and learn about Fiji’s fascinating marine life.

Join a daily yoga practice in our yoga shala

Hike up the mountain behind Daku. It’s a 3 km route which goes up the hillside steeply, passing under towering rain trees and delivering sweeping views of the bay