Yoga in Fiji

Coming Home to Yourself: Mindfulness, Movement and Creativity, Daku Resort, Fiji

10-16 Sep 2017

With Kovido Maddick and Suraya Langston

Get away from the Winter in NZ and enjoy a mindful and creative retreat in beautiful Daku resort—Savusavu’s top rated choice on Trip Advisor with a rating of 4.5!

During this retreat, we will be with reconnecting with ourselves through a mixture of mindfulness, movement and creativity, accepting the totality of who we are.

What’s In For You?

—Take time out for yourself: Treat yourself to 7 days of luxury, relaxation and playful creativity in a tropical paradise
—Enjoy a profoundly beautiful environment
—Relax and soften into a simple daily routine guided by your facilitators Kovido and Suraya
—Calm and center yourself through meditation and movement
—Enhance your natural creativity and energy flow
—Enjoy delicious meals and excursions: Have all your meals provided for with gorgeous, fresh island food, so you can truly enjoy your setting.
—Play and take time out for group or solo excursions

Price Packages:

-NZ$1700 (Aus$1590) if you make an early bird booking by 10th June 2017

-NZ $1530 (AUS $1430) for a budget booking

-NZ $1850 (AUS $1700) for a normal booking

All booking prices include:

  • 6 nights accommodation at Daku Resort in traditional bures with private facilities.
  • Breakfasts, lunches and dinners.
  • Workshop fees.
  • Lectures and excursions as indicated.

Airport transfers from Savusavu Airport to Daku Resort by road (approx 10 minutes)

All booking prices exclude:

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


Kovido Maddick

 A Buddhist monk who has over 25 years’ experience teaching mindfulness and meditation and spent 10 years training as a Buddhist Monk in the Thai Forest tradition under Ajahn Sumedho. For more details, click here or scroll to the bottom of the page.

Suraya Langston

An Art therapist who has been practicing for 25 years. You can read more about her at the bottom of this page.

Retreat Highlights

Style: Mindfulness Movement Creativity
Programme: Twice daily workshops with optional early morning and evening extras
Suitability: All levels
Excursions and extras: Beach picnic, hiking behind Daku resort, traditional village visit, visit to a waterfall, tapa making demo.
Itinerary: Arrive Savusavu September 10; depart Savusavu September 16.
Food: Mixed Meals thrice a day—breakfast, lunch and dinner
Cost: from NZ$1700 (Aus$1590) for early bird, NZ $1530 (AUS $1430) budget and NZ $1850 for normal

Mindfulness Movement Creativity: Daily schedule

6.00-7.30 being with the sunrise – walking, sitting and gentle movement (optional)
7.30-9.00 breakfast (included in the package)
9.30-11.00/11.30 Mindfulness, movement and creativity
12.00/12.30 Lunch (included in the package)
Afternoon: excursions /free time
4.00/4.30-6.00/6.30 Afternoon session
7.00 Dinner (included in the package)
8.30 Possible dance, movement meditation

For a detailed schedule and travel plan, please click here.

Daku Resort

Our workshop activities cover:

  • Sitting, eating and walking meditations
  • Stretching and breathing to ground in the present moment
  • Flowing from stillness to gentle movement coming from within you, to allow a joyful creative dance that is uniquely your own
  • Allowing your movement to flow into creative form on to paper through a shared group experience and in your own individual space.
  • At times we may be in silence at other times talking and sharing.

No previous experience of mindfulness or creative arts is necessary.

Accomodation Details

Ticket prices include 6 nights accommodation at Daku Resort. Daku Resort is Vintage Fiji at Vintage Prices – a perfect  holiday and getaway with mindfulness, movement and creativity! This retreat offers a nice combination of comfortable accommodation, good food, great setting and fabulous training from experience facilitators.

What are the options?

Standard accommodation:
Standard Ocean view bure: share a room $1590 (approx NZ$1700)
Standard Ocean view bure: single room $1850 (approx NZ$2000)
Family Ocean View bure:  (extended bure with two entirely separate rooms under one roof) – single room $1725 (approx NZ$1850)

Budget accommodation
Cottage : single room $1430 (approx NZ$1530)

Upgrade to Bayview Garden Villa
Shared room in a 2 room villa: $1900(approx NZ$2050)
Single room in a 2 room villa: $2440 (approx NZ$2600)

How to book?

If you want to book for 2 (or more) people attending the course, please

  • Choose whether you both want a twin shared room or a single room
  • Then select 2 (or 3 / 4 etc as appropriate) on the button which says “Add to cart” here.





“For me the combination of Mindfulness, Movement and Creativity was anxiously irresistible. I needn’t have worried. The workshop offered a balance of experiences designed to engage the senses, mind, body and spirit. Mindful walking triggered my own creative muse, and the flexibility of approach allowed me to pursue my own direction when it arose. As leaders, Kovido and Suraya complimented each other in approach. All round, the weekend was an experience of discovery and personal insight.”
– Jenny, Dunedin

“I thoroughly enjoyed my weekend of mindfulness, movement and creativity with Kovido and Suraya. They provided an environment of freedom and acceptance to take a break from the busy-ness of life and look within at what really matters. Thanks to a great team that helped me gently explore my thoughts through music, art and meditation, the benefits linger with me still.”
– Miranda Barnes, Gore

“It was a great weekend, a chance to go within and to express what is within with colour and dance. Thank you very much for that experience!”
– Nicole, Dunedin

Daku Kayaking

Price Details

Prices start from NZ$1700 (Aus$1590) for early bird, NZ $1530 (AUS $1430) budget and NZ $1850 for normal tickets. This price includes:

  • 6 nights accommodation at Daku Resort in traditional bures with private facilities.
  • Breakfasts, lunches and dinners.
  • Workshop fees.
  • Lectures and excursions as indicated.
  • Airport transfers from Savusavu Airport to Daku Resort by road (approx 10 minutes).

For a detailed breakdown of the prices, please click here.

Travel Details

Travel from Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington, Auckland on Saturday 9th September stay overnight Raffles Hotel, Nandi, flights to Savusavu and airport transfers to Daku resort and return Saturday 16th September Savusvu to Nandi, stay overnight Raffles Hotel and return to NZ for c.$1650 per person. It is possible to fly and return from Auckland to Savusavu in one day.

Either of these options can be easily arranged by contacting Vincent George on 021 321 890 or

Peaceful meditation

To read more about the event and Daku resort, please click here.

Know Your Facilitators

Kovido Maddick has over 35 years’ experience in mindfulness and meditation and spent 10 years training as a Buddhist Monk in the Thai Forest tradition under Ajahn Sumedho. He has been teaching Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction programmes since 1996. He is co-facilitator of the Dunedin Men’s group, and is a Hakomi Graduate.

Although his training is primarily Buddhist he is very eclectic drawing on the wisdom of many different traditions and contemporary teachers including Rumi, Osho, Ajahn Chah, Ram Dass, Jeff Foster, Thich Naht Hanh. Probably his greatest teachers have been his two foster children Mason and Savannah who can take him to love, joy and delight and rage, frustration and despair on a daily basis.

Suraya Langston is a registered arts therapist who has worked in the field of creative arts therapies for 25 years with adults, children and families in London and Dunedin. She loves to support others to enhance the creative energy within them to manifest their unique self-expression in the world. Suraya draws her skills from the use of gentle movement, deep relaxation, visualisation and mindfulness meditation, expressive dance and the divine energy, and trusting our bodies to lead us into our own unique dance. She supports this energy to transmute into a creative flow with visual art materials to manifest images that affirm and support our dreams, wishes and life direction. Suraya has a Masters of Arts Therapy which focused on the power of sharing in a group to support us in our creative and healing journey to becoming who we truly are. She works in Dunedin in private practice running groups, workshops and individual sessions.