Samui Mala - for a clean and green Samui
We are a small ad hoc group of local residents who support a vision for a clean and green world, starting at home, on Samui.
Samui Mala has held an annual event to mark the International Day of Peace on Samui since 2007.
For the past two years we've found a way to 'live' our mala philosophy by holding a regular Samui Green Market, a place to cultivate like-minded friends, to share ideas and build community.
We try to encourage a no-plastic event, where we share ideas, be kind to each other, and focus on cooperation instead of competition...
In the past we've hosted big festivals including many activities, smaller multi-day events, while some years activities have been more modest and simple. We’ve been hosted by many venues notably Bandara Resort and Spa, Elysia Boutique Resort, International School of Samui, Island Organics, June's Art Cafe, Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa Resort, Rock Salt, Tamarind Springs Forest Spa, Vikasa, Yogarden, Yoga Thailand and others. We’ve included yoga, and environmental education for children and fundraised for worthy causes on and off the island. We’ve danced, we’ve chanted, we’ve drummed and laughed. We’ve connected people in our community. And we keep doing it....
Many of us are not Samui-born. Many are from other parts of Thailand, neighbouring states and some from many different nations. We look for what we have in common, and how we can work together to make our world better.
We call this "LIVING THE MALA"
We know that many share the same vision: Surprise, surprise! We all want to be healthy, live on a green island, swim in a blue sea, drink clean water, and have nurturing relationships with kind people.
'Living the Mala' is when we realise that instead of being pessimistic about the problem and wondering “Why don’t they fix the road? Why don’t they clean up the garbage?” we can actively choose the world we live in by contributing to the solution. We can choose not to regard our world as a reactive, ugly, complaining and disappointing place. Instead we choose to actively see and shape our world into a clean, green, nurturing, proactive and regenerative environment.
For many who attend and help organise the Samui Mala, this message resonates strongly, and many are touched by the common thread of community spirit. The mala is a string of beads, and ‘living the mala’ reflects that movement as the beads rub up against each other – we are not so much counting or keeping score, we are just moving the energy, keeping the beads connected, and inspiring change.
So by 'connecting the dots' by networking, sharing and action, the Samui Mala hopes to inspire others to be proactive instead of reactive. To be part of the solution. To write our own script for the world we want to inhabit.
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