Pacific Yogaflow is a unique blend of yoga flow with a touch of Pilates. It delivers strength, tone, flexibility, and absolute relaxation. Your body becomes strong, lengthened, and aligned. The mind and body will be free of tension, and as the day’s stress is left behind, you exist only in the bliss of now. The focus of this retreat will be on the stability and strength within each session and a positive attitude towards achieving balance and abundance in health and well-being. So, let's experience yoga with a touch of Pilates in beautiful Fiji.
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.
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.
Every day there will be two sessions of an hour and a half each: an early morning sunrise session and a late afternoon practice with a break on Wednesday afternoon.
Deidre-Lee is a vivacious and outgoing teacher whose innovative practice and boundless energy led her to develop her own Pacific Yogaflow business. With a background in dance and choreography, she began her career in health and fitness as an aerobics instructor becoming the national choreographer and coordinator of the Les Mills Step program.
It was Deidre-Lee who first put together her Pure Balance program which is now taught all around the world. She then developed her own Pacific Yogaflow program in her beautiful studio in Plimmerton, New Zealand with over 200 people in her classes each week. She set up the very first personal training system for Les Mills, and one that led to hundreds of trainers all over the world working under the Les Mills personal training systems.
Deidre-Lee subsequently went on to train as a natural therapist through the Naturapathic College of New Zealand. She has combined her knowledge with Natural Therapies with her creative passion to bring you the gift of Pacific Yogaflow. Now living in the beautiful coastal village of Plimmerton with her two children, James and Jasmine, she has found a greater sense of balance in her life. To her, the sea is energizing and her community is inspirational. Everyday she is thankful that she can bring the wonderful gift of Pacific Yogaflow to her clients with creativity and passion.
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.
Savusavu has a number of geo-thermal hot springs which can be seen bubbling to the surface just past the football field behind the MH supermarket on the way to town. They are far too hot to touch, but the local doctor has built three concrete bath in the grounds of the medical center.
For 15 AUD, you can go and bathe in them for as long as you want. They are very simple, but clean and pleasant. Be aware that some people sleep very soundly after a visit, but others find them rather over-energizing and sleep less well than usual.
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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