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8 Days Adriana Cortazzo Meditation and Yoga Retreat Fiji

  • Daku Resort, 5 Daku Road PO Box 18, Savusavu, Cakaudrove, Fiji

Fiji Yoga Retreat with Adriana Cortazzo

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.

Highlights

  • 2 daily Iyengar and Ashtanga yoga practices
  • Daily silent and "I am Peace" meditation sessions
  • Trip to a waterfall, Devodara Beach, and hot mud pool
  • Complimentary half-hour relaxing massage
  • Transfers from and to the airport
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Daily vegetarian meals
  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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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.

Ocean view bures

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.

Bayview villas

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.

Yoga facilities

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.

Saturday

  • Arrive in Savusavu
  • 17:00 Welcome to the yoga shala
  • 18:30 Welcome to Daku Resort
  • 19:00 Dinner

Sunday

  • 08:00-10:30 Morning yoga practice
  • 11:00 Buffet brunch followed by free time
  • 15:30 Snack time
  • 16:30-18:00 Afternoon yoga practice
  • 19:00 Dinner

Monday

  • 08:00-10:30 Morning yoga practice
  • 11:00 Buffet brunch
  • 12:00-15:30 Free time to visit Savusavu
  • 15:30 Snack time
  • 16:30-18:00 Afternoon yoga practice
  • 19:00 Dinner

Tuesday

  • 08:00-10:30 Morning yoga practice
  • 11:00 Buffet brunch
  • 12:00-15:00 Visit to waterfall
  • 15:30 Snack time
  • 16:30-18:00 Afternoon yoga practice
  • 19:00 Dinner

Wednesday

  • 08:00-10:30 Morning yoga practice
  • 11:00 Buffet brunch
  • Free afternoon: a mid-retreat break to rest your body and mind
  • 19:00 Dinner

Thursday

  • 08:00-10:30 Morning yoga practice
  • 11:00 Buffet brunch
  • 12:00-15:00 Beach outing to Devodara
  • 15:30 Snack time
  • 16:30-18:00 Afternoon yoga practice
  • 19:00 Dinner

Friday

  • 08:00-10:30 Morning yoga practice
  • 11:00-11:30 Buffet brunch
  • 11:30 Visit to mud pool
  • 15:30 Snack time
  • 16:30-18:00 Afternoon yoga practice
  • 19:00 Dinner

Saturday

  • Return to Nadi and on to international flight

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.

Nearby places

  • Savusavu, 1 mile - 25 minutes by foot or 4 minutes by taxi
  • The beach, 30 meters
Activities
  • Boating nearby
  • Diving nearby
  • Golf course nearby
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Massage
  • Scuba diving nearby
  • Shopping nearby
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Spa
  • Swimming pool
General
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Beach
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant nearby
  • River nearby
  • Terrace
  • Yoga shala
Services
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Local market
  • Tour assistance
  • Wedding

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.

Typical daily meals

  • Buffet breakfast: Fruit, yogurt, cereals, and toast with fruit juice and herbal tea
  • Buffet lunch: Salads, frittata, rice, and fruits
  • Sit-down dinner: 3-course meal

  • Bird watching
  • Boat riding
  • Diving
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkeling
  • Tennis and golf
  • 2 daily yoga practices with Adriana Cortazzo
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • Complimentary half-hour relaxing massage
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Daily vegetarian meals
  • Excursions
  • Comprehensive travel insurance
  • Optional activities not listed in the program
  • Personal costs such as laundry, massages, and private trips
  • Travel to Savusavu

Arrival by airplane

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.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Yoga in Fiji an inquiry.

Testimonials

  • Review by Pamela C. from Sydney, Australia
    10 out of 10

    "Just back from a one week stay - for the second time - at Daku Resort. Two and a half years after my first visit the place is good as I remember, the staff just as friendly and welcoming and the food even better. Other highlights were the beautiful water views, fantastic massages and best of all the nightly 'family' dinners with Delia, JJ and other guests all seated around the one table sharing stories. The perfect place to relax and do nothing or get out and see what the island has to offer. I'll be back!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Benicia, California, USA
    10 out of 10

    "Have been going through SavuSavu for over 30 years and never stayed in town. This place is a gem, quiet and lush with a view of SavuSavu Bay that is unparalleled. My wife and I enjoyed two days just before the May rush, had the place to ourselves. The ocean view bure, with its amenities including thick white towels, was perfect and would recommend this spot to anyone coming to Vanua Levu, the other large island in the Fiji group. Lastly, it is the only time I can remember that a resort owner, in this case JJ, ever drove us to the airport. It gave just the extra touch and allowed for last minute sharing (veitalanoa in Fijian language) that makes the stay special. Thanks to all the staff and we will be back then next time we go to Vanua Levu. Scott and Christina"

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  • Review by a traveler from Tel Aviv, Israel
    10 out of 10

    "Great place just few minutes out of town. Excellent restaurant and above all the team including the owner JJ and his wife as well as Aubry the manager and others offered the maximum support that one can ask for. Thanks!"

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  • Review by Elena M. from Melbourne, Australia
    10 out of 10

    "We stayed at Daku for 7 nights as part of a dive package and had an amazing time. We stayed in an ocean view bure which was down by the water where you could step off the balcony and in 30 steps be in the ocean. The room was clean and well serviced. The thing that I feel really sets Daku apart from any other resort is the friendliness and genuine welcome from all the staff but particularly JJ and Delia. Having lived in Fiji for a long time they are real locals and can tell you about the place and suggest things to do to get the most out of your stay. JJ is great to chat to and seems to know all of his guests, he introduced us to other travellers who were doing similar things, and really goes the extra mile. The resort is a $4 taxi ride or 15 min walk from town, it has a good restaurant or they can suggest other places to eat out nearby. Overall highly recommended."

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  • Review by Michael Mason

    "A little over a week of absolute magic… In all my working life I have never come across a team of people who gave so much to ensure their guests had the best they could offer."

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  • Review by Maree Coleman

    "You absorb yourself in the environment without the care of family and day-to-day pressures. What comes from this wonderful atmosphere is a rejuvenated approach to your art – you get into a flow and you understand what it is about art that you love so much."

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  • Review by Denise George

    "I think the whole week was wonderful. Everyone had an opportunity to share and practise writing pieces and exploring how to write from the heart. I can’t think of anything you could do better. Many thanks for the wonderful opportunity to learn from your wealth of knowledge, wisdom and heart. Will think of this time for a long time to come."

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  • Review by Jan Newland

    "The course was the perfect chance to clear my head of work and family commitments and release the creative Muse within. There was ample time to write, read, relax and enjoy the ambience and friendliness of Daku in the company of fellow writers. I’ll be back next year."

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  • Review by Lauriane S. from France

    "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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  • Review by Margie Zea from Queensland, Australia

    "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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