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Adriana’s style of yoga is based on the Vinyasa Hatha discipline that birthed Iyengar and Ashtanga yoga. It is expansive, nurturing, and surprising. The destination is a continued arrival of bliss, over and over again. Start your day with a session of breath work (pranayama) and observe silence with guided meditation. You will also get a chance to experience Adriana’s signature meditation course “I am Peace” in the afternoon. In between yoga practices and meditation sessions, there will be time to relax by the pool, go to Savusavu town, and enjoy some local excursions. This week will be fun and relaxing at the same time. After joining this 8-day retreat, you will feel renewed in both body and spirit.
Daku Resort is located a mile outside the small town of Savusavu, far enough away to be in its own oasis of tranquility but near enough to be able to get into town easily. The resort is set in lush tropical gardens with the ocean just over the road that runs in front of the resort. Behind the resort, there are 160 acres of rain forest where guests are free to wander up the hill and enjoy the spectacular views or sit quietly surrounded by the forest sounds. In the front, there is a small reef with some pleasant (but not spectacular) snorkeling whilst the much richer marine life is a little further out and easily accessible in a boat.
The bures (cottage) are situated in lovely tropical gardens and look out over Savusavu Bay. Each single ocean view bure has a bedroom with a double bed and an extra single bed, with a private bathroom and covered deck. There is a bar, fridge, tea and coffee making facilities in each bure, and an overhead fan. All but one have air conditioning.
These newly built ocean view properties are nestled on 1/2 acre of terraced gardens. The huge deck and pool overlook a panoramic sweep of Savusavu Bay. The beach and access to the reef are 30 meters from your doorstep. Sunset views are magnificent and you can watch them in peace with a cocktail in hand.
There are two large bedrooms with en-suites and room for an extra bed (when needed) in the spacious sitting room. A fully equipped kitchen allows you try your hand at cooking some of the great seafood that’s available. Or, if you’re feeling lazy, room service is available from the resort. Each villa has its own 5-meter swimming pool, 2 large bedrooms with air conditioning, 2 en-suite bathrooms, a lounge, a kitchen, and a huge deck.
The yoga shala is a beautiful wooden platform with a roof and open sides commanding a stunning view of Savusavu Bay. It is set slightly up the hill to the side of the resort so it is removed from the day-to-day activity. It measures 10 x 10 meters and will take 25 mats easily and up to 32 if they are arranged more closely. The shala has mats, blankets, bolsters and blocks, and there is also a shower and toilet.
The program will offer two workshops every day. In between, there will be time to relax by the pool, go into Savusavu town and enjoy some local excursions. As part of the week’s retreat there’s a free half hour massage, a trip to the beach and the blue lagoon at Devodara, an outing to a waterfall, and a trip to visit a glorious revitalizing hot mud bath.
The morning sessions will start with breath work (pranayama) and observe silence with guided meditation. From there you’ll start to explore the yoga poses (asanas). Over the week, the classes will increase in level of endurance through building awareness with core strength and flexibility. It is inspiring and energizing to work in a group however each person will be guided to work at a pace that supports their own needs.
The afternoon class will be an experience of Adriana’s signature meditation course “I am Peace”. It is a profound remedial approach to deep inner harmony and peace. You will feel renewed in both body and spirit.
Class duration: The morning class is up to 2.5 hours and the afternoon class is 1.5 hours. Please note that there will be no class in Wednesday afternoon. This is a perfect time to rest up and get a massage.
This retreat includes visits to the local waterfall, beach picnics, and village visits.
Savusavu itself is a quirky little town. It has been hidden away from the main tourist beat for many years, mainly because of that extra leap on the plane you have to do to get there. As a result, it has attracted either the upmarket tourist heading for some of the luxurious resorts, or the adventurous souls who have bothered to do their research and find a special corner of this beautiful land.
You journey will be worth it when you see its beauty and the friendliness of the local community. You will meet lots of locals when you're in town, and after a day or two, you will feel as if you know half the place. It is home to a mixture of Fijians, Indian Fijians, part Europeans (who are often descendants of some of the early coconut plantation owners), and expats who have built houses along the coast and settled here (Australians, New Zealanders, English, Americans, Germans, Canadians, and Belgians). For all of them, this bit of Fiji is their own little paradise and you are most welcome to join them.
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The retreat includes three meals a day. The menus can be prepared to your choice, whether you want a full vegetarian or gluten-free menu, or want to include chicken and fish. Meals are taken in the central big bure - tropical breakfasts, light lunches, and a generous buffet dinner with a range of menus that include traditional Fijian lovo, a seafood buffet, Indian curry, a Chinese night, and one night out at the local yacht club and surf and turf restaurant.
For international flights, please fly into Nadi International Airport (NAN), and then take a domestic flight to Savusavu Airport (SVU). Yoga in Fiji will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.
"I’ve been one week in Daku resort for a yoga retreat, I spent one of my best holidays ever! The staff is fabulous, always looking after your needs, its a friendly and warm atmosphere, they make you feel at home in family. The location is just amazing front of the sea, the ideal place to have a beautiful rest and yoga classes. Everything you need to enjoy Fiji and its culture. Amazing excursion and especially snorkeling and village trip. The owner JJ and Delia are lovely soul people, always smiling and willing to have discussion, lunch or dinner with you. I’ll never forget those holidays and cant forward to come back there. Thanks for all!"
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"Hi Liz, just a thank you note about the wonderful retreat you ran at Daku in Savusavu. I enjoyed all aspects of the retreat: the yoga, the other attendees, the resort, the food, the warm friendly people, and their customs, the excursions - the list goes on and on. Most of all was the benefit I received from the yoga. Your teaching was just fantastic. Your gentle, yet lively manner together with your intuition resulted in wonderful yoga classes. I have returned home full of inspiration to continue to extend and deepen my own practices. Liz, your integrity, ecological awareness, and fun-filled attitude carried on from the classes throughout the whole retreat making it all such a pleasure to be a part of. I hope the other attendees gained as much benefit and enjoyment from the retreat as I did."
"Thank you and namaste."
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