The Island Wellness Retreat, 2024
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18 Oct 2024 - 21 Oct 2024

Prepare to embark on a journey of self-discovery and rejuvenation as the first ever ‘Island Wellness Retreat’ takes over Cempedak Island from Friday, October 18 to Monday, October 21, 2024. Hosted by seasoned wellness professionals, this exclusive retreat offers a mix of both relaxation and celebration amidst the natural beauty of one of Indonesia's hidden gems. This four-day, three-night retreat is designed to offer participants a holistic escape from the stresses of everyday life, while still embracing the energy of a beach festival. Guided by two distinguished experts, attendees will immerse themselves in a diverse array of transformative experiences, including guided meditation, ice bathing, breathwork sessions, soul-soothing sound healing, revitalising yoga and the powerful practice of EFT tapping. The retreat will begin with a beach fire ceremony on the first evening, and conclude with celebrations at the bar on the last.  "I see The Island Wellness Retreat as being more than just a healthy getaway; it's a once in a lifetime chance to join a group of like minded individuals on a tropical island privately booked just for them," explains Mae Kwan, organiser of the event. "We've curated a program that brings together an array of holistic healing practices, whilst also making use of the island and its natural beauty. It will be the perfect escape for any couples, friends or solo travellers who want to reconnect with themselves and the outdoors." Mae Kwan David Jacob Mae Kwan is a wellness creative and the founder of MASE Lifestyle, a wellness consultancy based in Singapore, who believes in the power of aligning our minds, bodies and spaces to achieve our own individual definitions of balance. Joining her as co-leader of the retreat is David Jacob, an ice bath and breathwork facilitator, as well as Tamsin Bradshaw, a transformation coach who will be leading the opening fire ceremony.  The Island Wellness Retreat offers both early bird and standard rate packages. Early bird rates, available until the end of June, offer a 20% discount on double occupancy and individual occupancy bookings. Standard rates will apply from July onwards.  Early Bird Rates (Available until June 30, 2024): *Double Occupancy: $2,200 per couple Individual Occupancy: $1,750 per individual Standard Rates (From July 1, 2024): *Double Occupancy: $2,640.00 per couple Individual Occupancy: $2,100.00 per individual Extended Stay Rates Should you wish to extend your stay, additional nights before or after the retreat are available at a discounted rate for participants: *Double Occupancy: $600.00 per couple Individual Occupancy: $485.00 per individual *Double occupancy can be arranged as 1x king bed, or 1x king bed and an additional single bed in the lounge All rates are inclusive of wellness activities, accommodation, transfers and daily board.  For more information and bookings, please contact [email protected]. The full flyer can be downloaded here. Back to Events

Visiting Chef: Tom Kime
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26 Sep 2024 - 2 Oct 2024

We are excited to welcome back celebrity chef Tom Kime for a week of special dining events on Nikoi Island. Tom is an international chef, food writer and food consultant. He has featured on many cooking shows, worked along side the likes of Rick Stein and is the author of six renowned cookbooks, one of which won the World Gourmand Award for Best Sustainable Book. In his own words he is "a street food aficionado and sustainable seafood advocate". Tom's plan for the week includes: Thursday, 26 September: Afternoon Cooking DemonstrationFriday, 27 September: Dinner on the beachSaturday, 28 September: Street Market NightSunday, 29 September: Cooking Class over LunchMonday, 30 September: Afternoon Cooking DemonstrationTuesday, 1 October: Dinner on the BeachWednesday, 2 October: Cooking Class over Lunch If you are visiting Nikoi during Tom's stay, ask the team about his events to book your spot. Back to Events

Ubah Rumah Artist in Residence: Lusiana Limono
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31 Aug 2024 - 5 Oct 2024

From Jakarta, Indonesia Artist-in-Residence Residency Period: 31 August - 5 October, 2024 Lusiana Limono Lusiana Limono is an artist and textile crafter who has a high interest in environmental issues and handmade tradition in the form of craft. She aims to use craft as a language of expression in works and knowledge production processes. Being an MA graduate from IKJ Postgraduates, she is interested in the role that cloth and domestic objects play in creating opportunities for a deeper connection between people and their sense of place, wellbeing and identity. She looks at the traditions of both textile crafting and wearable goods to create her work, exploring the intersections of labor, mindfulness, and culture. She is currently a creative director at KAIT Handmade studio, an explorative textile studio. She is the co-founder of MaPaQuilts and Kriya Kontemporer Indonesia. MaPaQuilts is a Malang-based community which brings together women quilters. Kriya Kontemporer Indonesia is a craft forum for craft scholars, practitioners, and professionals. Lusiana is closely affiliated with and Sekolah Pemikiran Perempuan. Both are independent initiatives for women art workers in Indonesia and beyond. Some of the award highlights in recent years are Good Design Indonesia-Best (2017), Good Design Award in Japan (2018), ASEAN Foundation Weaving Tales Award (2021), and a dance film Kait (2022) was nominated for IMAJITARI 2023 official selection. Her recent solo exhibition Berbicara Melalui Kain (2023) was presented by Goethe-Institut Indonesien at Goethehaus Foyer, Jakarta. Intended Project and Workshops whilst on Nikoi The climate crisis is a global concern that needs urgent action. Industrialization and capitalism have driven excessive consumption and irresponsible production, with the textile industry being a major polluter. Traditional textile crafts, often led by women, play a crucial role in our lives and can help us rethink our approach to the climate crisis. Instead of fast fashion and rampant consumerism, Lusiana advocate for slow-made, handcrafted items that are intuitive and therapeutic. She believes this approach highlights our ability to control our own resources, like clothing, food, and shelter. Lusiana is inspired by the history of spices, once a key renewable resource in the archipelago, which have strong ties to women's roles in the home. During her residency on Nikoi Island, for her personal project, she will use local materials like fibers and packaging waste to create works that reflect the concept of "home." Home is more than just a physical space; it's a site of cultural knowledge and emotional connection. The project aims to raise awareness of Earth as our threatened home due to our production and consumption patterns. By blending traditional practices with new materials and ideas, she hopes to inspire a sustainable future. Lusiana will also be hosting workshops for guests, staff and the local community whilst on the island. These will explore importance of sustainability in the textile industry through looking at resources that can be found in the domestic and everyday spaces. Participants will create natural camphor with spice ingredients and colorful textile scraps from natural dyes. If you are on Nikoi when Lusiana is there, check in with the team or swing by Ubah Rumah to see the schedule of her workshops. What is Ubah Rumah? Ubah Rumah, which means ‘Home of Change’, was inspired by the nomadic culture of the indigenous Orang Laut community and the maritime history of the region- both of which are relatively undocumented. The program commenced in November 2022 and, since then, an artist and two researchers have completed residency periods on Nikoi Island. During these periods, they developed their own projects, conducted workshops with guests, engaged staff and visited local communities on Bintan to discover more about the local history and culture. Find out more on the Ubah Rumah website and Instagram. Back to Events

Jong Race on Bintan
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18 Aug 2024 - 18 Aug 2024

The bi-annual Bintan Jong race is back, and we are proud to be sponsoring it. Jongs are traditional model sailing boats raced in the shallow waters off the east coast of Bintan each year. Originally designed as vessels to send gifts out to sea, Jongs are small but impressive pieces of art that local craftsmen take great pride in building. The event, which brings together villagers from along the coast, celebrates the traditional culture of the region and provides a fantastic way for our guests to learn about the local way of life in Bintan. All guests on Nikoi and Cempedak this weekend will be invited to attend and a boat will run to bring you to and from the event. Check in with the team on island if you're interested in going. Back to Events

Indonesia Independence Day Celebrations
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17 Aug 2024 - 17 Aug 2024

August 17, 2024 Indonesian Independence Day, celebrated on August 17th, marks the country's proclamation of independence from Dutch colonial rule in 1945. This national holiday is a time for patriotic festivities, including flag-raising ceremonies, cultural performances, and community gatherings, and the celebrations come in full force on the islands. On Nikoi and Cempedak a whole day of fun and games are organized which staff, guests and our friends from Bintan are all invited to join in on. The festivities start with the a flag-raising ceremony, a staple of Independence Day celebrations across Indonesia, and is accompanied by the singing of the national anthem. Following this, you will be entertained by an arrary of local games including relay races, beach games, sack races and more. If you're on the island on August 17th, it'll be hard to miss the celebrations and we encourage you to get stuck straight in! Back to Events

Ubah Rumah Researchers in Residence: Dr. Alex Figueroa & Holly Siow
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6 Aug 2024 - 11 Aug 2024

From Singapore Researchers-in-Residence Residency Period: 6 August - 11 August, 2024 Dr. Alex Figueroa Dr. Alex Figueroa is an American herpetologist who has been living in Singapore for the last 11 years. His research interest centres around evolutionary ecology, where he is mostly interested in the evolutionary relationships among snakes, and the evolution and ecology of arboreal snakes (treesnakes). Recently, he has published a monographic checklist covering the amphibians and reptiles of Singapore. Over the years, Alex has also worked as a biological consultant, performing field surveys for various environmental impact assessments (EIA) in Singapore and the U.S. Currently, Alex is a research associate at the Lee Kong Chian Museum of Natural History where he works for the International Commission of Zoological Nomenclature and continues doing research. Holly Siow Holly Siow is an ecologist with 13 years of professional expertise in biodiversity conservation, ecology, Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), and Environmental Management and Monitoring Plan (EMMP) projects. She specializes in ensuring sustainable and ecologically sensitive practices in collaboration with clients. Holly's experience includes to research and application-based projects across diverse taxonomic groups. Her portfolio includes vulnerability assessments of mangrove ecosystems to climate change, meticulous macroinvertebrate surveys in freshwater and forest environments, botanical surveys of freshwater swamp forests, and herpetofauna population studies in natural habitats. Holly is an advocate for harnessing the power of biodiversity to address global challenges. She believes that restoring and preserving natural habitats, coupled with innovative nature-based strategies, is not just a scientific endeavour but a holistic solution to a myriad of environmental issues. What is Ubah Rumah? Ubah Rumah, which means ‘Home of Change’, was inspired by the nomadic culture of the indigenous Orang Laut community and the maritime history of the region- both of which are relatively undocumented. The program commenced in November 2022 and, since then, an artist and two researchers have completed residency periods on Nikoi Island. During these periods, they developed their own projects, conducted workshops with guests, engaged staff and visited local communities on Bintan to discover more about the local history and culture. Find out more on the Ubah Rumah website and Instagram. Back to Events

Movie Night
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29 Jul 2024 - 29 Jul 2024

Head down to the shoreline for a showing on the big screen, under the stars with drinks and popcorn. Movies will be decided closer to the time, so ask the team on island what's playing (or better yet, get in early with a personal request). Please note this is a weather dependant event. Back to Events

Island Club Drinks With The Island Foundation and Macquarie Bank

25 Jul 2024 - 25 Jul 2024

On July 25th, members of The Island Club are invited to the Mandala Club for an evening of drinks and conversation with The Island Foundation and one of their key donors, Macquarie Group. The Island Club is our membership program where all revenue from memberships goes directly to the foundation. We established the foundation over a decade ago, and since then, it has had an incredible impact on the local community in the Bintan Regency. The foundation focuses on improving learning opportunities for children in the area by providing extracurricular education, training local teachers, and engaging with the wider community. Their Learning for Sustainability Framework, which they base their operations around, was launched last year after a significant consultation period with international and local education experts. Through the framework, they focus on developing the 4Cs within the children they engage with: Creativity, Collaboration, Confidence, and Communication. Macquarie Bank has been a significant donor to The Island Foundation and, through their unrestricted funding, has empowered the team to make significant progress over the last few years. Members of the Macquarie team, who have been invaluable in this process, as well as other key contributors to the foundation, will be joining the drinks. All Island Club members are invited to this event, free of charge. This is just one of the many perks the club provides to its members. You can join or find out more about The Island Club here. Please note that this is a private event with limited capacity. An invite will be sent to all Island Club members, and RSVPs will be based on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, contact Leanna at [email protected] Back to Events

Evolve Summer Camp, 2024
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14 Jul 2024 - 19 Jul 2024

The team from Evolve are beaching themselves on Nikoi's shores again this year to host a summer camp like no other. Five days of creativity and performing arts, set amongst the backdrop of tropical jungle, granite boulders and white sandy beaches. We have partnered with Evolve School of Performing Arts, who will be hosting a summer camp on Nikoi from Monday July 15th to Friday July 19th, 2024. The camp is aimed at children 3 years and older, occurs daily from 9:30 am to 13:30 pm and explores all aspects of creativity- drama, music, dance, art, sound and lighting. At the end of the week, they will perform a presentation for family and friends. Enrol your child in all five days of the camp and enjoy one night accommodation on us! For bookings or more information drop us an email at [email protected]. Download the camp flyer UPDATE: we are currently fully booked for most of this week, however we do have some availability at the start and end of the week if you would be interested in attending the camp for a few days (daily rate of $100.00 per child per day). Back to Events

Croquet Showdown on Cempedak Island
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13 Jul 2024 - 13 Jul 2024

Get ready to swing into action at our seasonal Cempedak Island Croquet Tournament. Hosted by the island's croquet guru, Jimmy, you'll learn how to play the game, grab a partner, and dive into a round-robin tournament. This free event is open to all guests, regardless of skill level. The tournament will take place on our grass croquet and tennis courts, nestled in the midst of the rainforest. Enjoy the atmosphere with a bar and music. Prizes are up for grabs, and the winning couple will receive a complimentary stay during the next competition to see if they can defend their victory! Back to Events

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