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Oxbridge Alumni Forum 2017

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Serious Mornings – Adventurous Afternoons- Convivial Evenings

Dates: August 5 – 10

2017 Oxbridge Alumni Forum August 5 – 10

Come and join Oxbridge alumni from all around the world – USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand,  Hong Kong and Fiji for our fourth 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, swimming and singing.

The weekend is being hosted by Oxbridge alumni John and Delia Rothnie-Jones who own Daku Resort and are joint Presidents of the Fiji Oxbridge Society.

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.

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 previous years presented many varied and fascinating subjects: scenario planning in the energy industry, working with youth in crisis, playing a violin in a professional city symphony orchestra, the fate of New Orleans, 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. 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. You could say it’s a hedonistic indulgence for both mind and body but we just think it’ll be fantastic fun!

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Cost and booking

Single room: Aus$1300 (approx US$940) for the entire 5 nights.

Friend sharing your room: Aus$650 (approx US$470) for the entire 5 nights.

Program Includes

  • 5 nights accommodation at Daku Resort in traditional bures with private facilities.

  • Breakfasts, lunches and dinners with wine.
  • Excursions as indicated.
  • Airport transfers from Savusavu Airport to Daku Resort by road (approx 10 minutes).

Program Excludes

  • Travel to Savusavu.
  • Comprehensive Travel Insurance.
  • Optional activities not listed on the program.
  • Costs of a personal nature such as laundry, massages, private trips.
  • Travel to Savusavu.
  • Comprehensive Travel Insurance.
  • Optional activities not listed on the program.
  • Costs of a personal nature such as laundry, massages, private trips.

KJ describes the role of an editor

Richard discusses cocoa farming

Kirstin presents her jewellery designs

Dinner…… with wine

The loyal toast

Beach frolics

Return home.


Excursions and extras included in the price:

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

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 a local craftswoman demonstrate how to make Tapa (Fijian bark cloth). Tapa is the traditional Fijian decorated bark cloth made by women. Get your hands dirty and try it yourself – at least you can make a bookmark!

Visit a local village with meke (traditional Fijian 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.

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.

Picnic on a nearby beach.

Join a daily yoga practice in our yoga shala.

Explore Savusavu town.

Just relax……