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7 Days Tread Lighter on the Earth: Therapeutic Hatha Yoga

  • Daku Resort, 5 Daku Road, Savusavu, Cakaudrove, Fiji

7 Days Tread Lighter on the Earth: Therapeutic Hatha Yoga

  • Daku Resort, 5 Daku Road, Savusavu, Cakaudrove, Fiji

Tread lighter on the earth: therapeutic Hatha yoga

During this retreat, Liz will be working with you on a daily basis to explore your capabilities and develop confidence and understanding of your spine. She will modify the practice for people with injuries, and develop a take-home practice that you can do on your own (she’ll even help you write it down so you won’t forget the minute you leave the yoga shala).

Highlights

  • Daily Hatha yoga practices (except on Thursday afternoon)
  • Visit to a local Fijian village
  • Daily afternoon Restorative yoga practices
  • Trip to a waterfall, picnic at Devodara Beach, and snorkeling
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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Daku Resort is located a mile outside the small town of Savusavu, far enough 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.

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 by 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.

Yoga in Fiji also offers the chance to bring your kids aged under 12 for free, including special kids’ yoga classes. Offer is for children under 12 (children aged 11 years old and under) with limit of two kids per adult.

If you’re on your own with one or two children, you will be charged the single rate and put both kids in with you. They will have all meals and excursions at no extra charge. If there are two adults both doing the course, you will be charged the twin share price each and then there’s room for one child in a bed and one in a cot. If each adult takes a single room, you will be put in a double bure with adjoining bedrooms and you can spread the kids out between you however you choose.

Liz Bennett has been teaching yoga and working as a physiotherapist for over 15 years. She describes her development and expertise as follows:

"Having my early physiotherapy career in the hospital system, then moving into private practice where I have remained, I’ve worked with people in a huge variety of settings, both in a hands on treatment capacity and teaching yoga to clients. Working in hospitals gave me invaluable insights into the management of acute and chronic conditions. Now, as a physiotherapist in private practice, I integrate detailed assessment and treatment with therapeutic exercise, applying the principles of individualised yoga. A personalised yoga practice encourages the body to heal optimally."

Picnic lunch at Devodara Beach

You will drive down the Hibiscus Highway for about 20 kilometers to the sandy beach at Devodara, where you will have a picnic and swim in the warm waters of the ocean and stroll along the beach fringed with palm trees. You will get back to Daku around 15:00.

Snorkeling trip

You will go snorkeling at a nearby snorkeling spot and see some of Fiji’s magnificent marine life.

Trip to a waterfall

You will drive about 30 minutes round the bay to a beautiful waterfall, where you can swim in a fresh water pool beneath the cascade. Bring along shoes that you can wear in the water and be ready to enjoy the exhilarating beauty of nature. You’ll get back to Daku in time for a late lunch.

Trip to Savusavu (expense excluded)

You will have a trip to Savusavu to see local market and shops. You will go with cabs to the town and then you will have time to wander around at your own pace. You can take the cab (3 AUD) or walk back when you’ve had enough.

Visit a local village to see a meke dance

You will have a visit to a local village where you will see how Fijians live in extended family arrangements and will be entertained with a lively meke dance. Don’t worry, this is not tired old tourist stuff but a joyful embrace of their timeless culture.

  • Liz Bennett

    Liz Bennett is an experienced physiotherapist and yoga therapist. She has a thorough understanding of what constitutes a safe and suitable practice. In 2004, Liz took a three-year intensive apprenticeship with physiotherapists and yoga teachers Simon Borg Olivier and Bianca Machliss of Yoga Synergy. After teaching full time at Yoga Synergy, she moved to the Northern Beaches and undertook a diploma of yoga teaching with Michael De Maninco. Currently, she runs a yoga school, Yoga Essentia, at Warriewood Surf Life Saving Club and teach students in all stages of life, from 7 to 77 years old.

Savusavu 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
  • 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 nearby
  • 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. 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: three-course meal
  • Go bird-watching
  • Go diving, hiking, or kayaking
  • Try boat riding
  • 2 daily yoga practices (no practice on Thursday afternoon)
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Picnic lunch at Devodara Beach
  • Snorkeling trip
  • Trip to a waterfall
  • Visit a local village to see a meke dance
  • Airfare
  • 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

Please book your flight to arrive at Nadi International Airport (NAN) and 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.

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 90 days before arrival.

Testimonials

  • Review by Pamela C. from 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 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 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 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 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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