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Festival Week 2009

Samui Mala Festival 2009 was a multi day event, hosted at different venues on the island. Each activity was designated as a Festival Theme Day Event - all under the Samui Mala umbrella, culminating in a final festival celebration.

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The themes of the festival all relate to healthy living on Samui – not only for personal health, but also for the health of the island and the planet.

Community festival

The Samui Mala is supported by the host venues, local hotel and tourist associations, private businesses and individuals. Our aim is to raise awareness of sustainable, healthy living on Samui, create networks of individuals interested in environmental issues and to raise funds to support educational and charitable causes. Everything is a gift! All activities are run by volunteers, all venues, facilities and materials and participation by speakers or performers is donated freely. While some venues and events can provide facilities free of charge, others charge for entry or food and drink to cover basic costs depending on circumstances, or to raise funds for education or future activities.

Green Island:
Samui Mala is a green festival so every attempt is made to use as little paper or non-recyclable material as possible. Please join friends and drive together to save fuel. Please consider alternate and mindful ways to use materials and resources that are local, sustainable or regenerative!

 

Events 2009

September 19
Racing for a greener Samui: Just before the Samui Mala, the island hosted the very successful Koh Samui Trophy, an adventure race including cycling, running, kayaking and swimming.

September 19 – 27
Racing to unwind: As an antidote to such extreme activity, and as part of the Mala celebrations, local independent and hotel Samui spas offered an Xtreme spa promotion for visitors to Samui during Samui Mala week, for the spouses and friends of the adventure race attendees, and for any ‘survivors’ of the adventure race.

Monday, September 21
Yoga and peace day on the UN day of peace: Yoga Thailandhosted a yoga program as a "Day of Peace Retreat". Including guided ashtanga yoga, guided Pranayama basics and a discussion on fasting, healing & peace. At sunset everyone joined for a chant for peace. The donation for admission will go towards Yoga Thailand’s Centered Foundation charity project (renovating temples and schools in Samui).

Wednesday, September 23
Green Day: The Thai Hotel Association of Samui seized the day to showcase and demonstrate their green activities with carbon kids, recycling and more. This was well attended at Wat Plai Laem school.

Thursday, September 24
Blue Day: GIDOA (Green Island Dive Operators Association) held a “Blue Day” to focus on the beach and sea and environmental educational seminars at Kandaburi Resort & Spa. Members made various educational presentations on sharks, Biorock® technology and reefs and  offered Snorkel and Discover Scuba Lessons/Sessions for children.

Friday, September 25
Healing Forum at Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa focusing on health of body, mind, spirit and the environment was well attended by locals and visitors. Titled “Healing ourselves, healing our world. A conversation among friends”, a forum met to explore Samui’s role as a healing island, and the relationship between personal and environmental health. Pioneers in the island’s health and spiritual history joined others interested in the healing arts to participate in a frank discussion. The day included a guided walk with the resort’s architect, an art exhibition for local artists, uplifting music and a taste of healthy foods and drinks from Kamalaya's award winning kitchen.

Saturday, September 26
Green Kids Day at Blue Water School focused on environmental education through fun. Children from all communities on the island spent the day together enjoying activities, films, competitions, martial arts demonstrations, song and dance and a chance to become the stewards of the environment they will inherit. At the same venue the Womens Business Network working with the Rotary Club of Koh Samui will organized a ‘recycled retail’ area to raise funds to buy a new respirator for the Nathon hospital. Other shopping treats will include locally sourced goodies from food to handicrafts.

Sunday, September 27
Samui Mala celebration Following the success of the last two years’ Samui Mala Celebration the closing party in the beautiful grounds of Tamarind Springs was again a fabulous opportunity to celebrate, wrap up and network. A great showcase of the world-class musical talent of Samui’s performers and a chance for everyone to party the night away. The Thai Hotel Association members outdid themselves with delicious food offerings, and Coyote’s magic jungle juice was much appreciated as well.

See Samui Mala final party on Samui insight TV.

LIVING THE MALA

And out of this festival we were inspired to move beyond the event to living the mala’: where people on the island can meet regularly via action, events, education or networking and to share their skills, knowledge, techniques and suggestions to help us all live together in a more harmonious and healthy environment.