Paradise Courses

A week’s workshop wrapped up in a holiday in Fiji

Daku Resort has been running Paradise Courses since 2004: wonderful weeks of holiday and learning, when people of like minds come together to explore and celebrate their passion – writing, painting, singing, yoga, textile art, quilting, birdwatching… Many of our guests have come back for a second and even third time, finding a unique bond with others during their week and revelling in the welcoming warmth of Daku Resort. It’s been beautifully captured by one of our guests at a singing week:

There was a wonderful feeling of returning to something special. When Raj stepped forward at the airport with the welcoming hug – it really was like coming home. Seeing the many friendly faces – some new, some ‘old’ – made us realize why we had looked forward to it for 12 months!
Michael Mason – Australia

Paradise Courses

Here’s a bit more detail:

What are they? Each course runs for a week. It offers a series of intensive workshops – usually in the morning – in a particular subject. There’s a full description of each course at www.paradisecourses.com – and here’s a list of what we have planned for 2015:

 Art and craft

May  – 1- 9  :  A Fun and Fearless Approach to Drawing  :  Lizzie Connor
May 23 – 30  :  Playing with Pastels  :  Tricia Taylor Confirmed
June 6 – 13  :  Landscapes and Seascapes in Oils and Acrylics : Elena Parashko Confirmed
July 11 – 18 : Art without painting: pastels and charcoal : Nola Cameron
August 15 – 22: Discovery Inspiration and Technique with Mark Waller
Sept  5 – 12  :  Travel sketching  :  Erin Hill Confirmed
Sept 12 – 19  :  The Joy of Painting  :  Kerrie Lester
Sept 19 – 26: Botanical Art workshop with Margaret Best
Nov 22 – 29: Watercolors and sketching with Malcolm Carver

Singing

June 20 – 27  :  Gospel a cappella  :  Tony Backhouse Confirmed

 Eco adventures

February : Advanced Dive Course Special with Jean-Michel Cousteau Diving
April  18 – 25  :  Birdwatching  :  Phil Gregory
All year: flexible dates: Birdwatching casual 4 day tours

 Photography

February 21 – 28: From snaps to story: creating a visual narrative with your photographs : Conor Ashleigh

  Guided snorkeling with marine biology lectures

February 7 – 14 / March 14 – 21 / May 9 -16 / October 9 -16

 Yoga and Mindfulness

Feb 14 – 21 : Yoga and snorkeling: union with Nature : Mauricio Eberlein
April 4 – 11 : Joyful Vinyasa Flow : Jessica Jacobi
May 9 – 16  :  A week of purifying through a 3 day fruit detox – and laughter!  :  Jani Burdette
May 16 – 23  :  Pushing through: a practice of personal fulfillment :  Vivienne Dias
May 30 – June 6  :  A Therapeutic ‘me-time’ yoga retreat  :  Juliet Clark
June 13 – 20: PureBalance yogapilates with DeidreLee Allen Confirmed
Aug 1 – 8 : Nurture and Nourish your body and mind with Gabrielle Boswell
Aug 9 – 16  :  Yoga  :  Yolande Hyde
Aug 24 – 30: Backbone for a better life: Therapeutic yoga to nurture a resilient spine and body : Liz Bennett
Sept 3 – 26: Sadhanayoga 200 hr Teacher Training with Anita Sundaram
Sept 26 – Oct 3 : Divine Bliss : Iyengar based retreat with Jacqueline Brumley and Shimon Tchobutaru
Oct 3 – 10: Mindfulness Retreat with Nik Welsh and Mark Baxter
Oct 31 – Nov 7 : Yoga with Adriana Cortazzo

We are also introducing a new forum on ethics. Entitled: The Life Examined, it’s six days of fascinating discussions on ethical issues lead by Dr Simon Longstaff. The dates are October 10 – 17: full details here.