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    ******************************************************** INTERFAITH SOLIDARITY FOREST WALK In Support of the Indigenous People of Northern Siam Come and join
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 10, 2002




      In Support of the Indigenous People of Northern Siam

      Come and join us to experience Wilderness and contemplation in the tropical forests of Northern Siam.

      This will be the eighth year that these walks take place. The intention of the walks is to bring an international and interfaith moral witness to the struggle of indigenous peoples in their efforts to evolve their sustainable way of life and to protect their sacred lands in the face of modern development as well as a unique opportunity for personal growth through Buddhist meditation and learning about the wisdom of the forest dwellers.

      This year, there will be three different walks.

      Samoeng District, Chiang Mai Province, 3-11 December 2002

      Chiang mai province is famous in Thailand for its natural beauty. We will walk through the forest and along the Lan Ngen stream which runs down to the Khan river where we will have solitary time for meditation. The walk will be led by 2 hill tribe village leaders, Padi Joni O-docho and Padi E-Hlai are famous for their defence of the rich culture of the hill tribes of Siam and a well-known Thai deep-ecologist, Nuttarote Wangwin-u.

      Pai District, Mae Hong Son Province,

      3-11 December 2002 The leaders on this route are Padi Ta-Syae, a Buddhist who possesses a wide knowledge about plants and their properties, and Ft.Vichai Poaktavee, a Catholic priest who worked with hill tribe communities for a long time and is concerned about issues of justice and peace.

      Mae Chaem District, Chiang Mai Province, 28 December 2002-5 January 2003

      We will visit Lua (Wah) and PgazK'Nyau (Karen) villages. We will learn in a practical way what it means to pursue a close to nature, sustainable way of life. The leaders on the walks will be Padi Mo-Saow, a hill tribe village leader who excels in story telling, poetry and singing; and Prachar Hutanuwatr, the Director of SEM and a Buddhist activist who applies Dhamma to help society.

      You can join us for any one of the routes and donate 500 USD. This fee is for food, accommodation in the villages, round trip transportation from Chiang Mai to the villages, co-ordination costs and donation to forest-communities

      If you can afford to pay the full cost, you will be supporting 2 persons to join the Walks. They will either be activists/conservationists, monks/priests from Thailand or other village leaders.

      The Walks are organised by Spirit in Education Movement (SEM), in collaboration with Khan Watershed Communities Network , Catholic Commission for Ethnic Groups , Justice and Peace Commission of Thailand , Inter Mountain Peoples Education and Culture in Thailand (IMPECT) , Kwan Muang Institute, The Centre for Inter-ethnic Studies (Chiang Rai Province) and PgazK'Nyau Association for Social and Environmental Development.

      For more details, contact:

      Mrs Maria Deniz (English) or Ms Suwannee Hirunmaleelert (Thai)
      Spirit in Education Movement (SEM)
      P.O.Box 1, Ongkarak, Nakornnayok 26120 Siam (Thailand)
      Tel: 66-37-333183-4, 66-1-8036442 E-mail : ashram@... Website : www.sulak-sivaraksa.org


      International Network of Engaged Buddhists
      PO Box 19 Mahadthai Post Office
      Bangkok 10206
      ph/fax: +66 2 437 9450

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