Sarah Whiteley

Sarah Whiteley

Sarah Whiteley is a writer, field-weaver and translator of subtle intelligences of people and place within systemic transformation processes. Sarah stewards Axladitsa Avatakia and is a co-founder of the Living Wholeness Institute.
Death and the New Dawn

Posted on August 19, 2011

Death came a-knocking
When all seemed quite Perfect
Sloughing off Edges
With the precision
Of a Surgeon’s knife
Cutting to the Core
Until Soul was wide open
Exposed to bright sunlight
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Waves of a New World

Posted on August 1, 2011

Maria and I are back in Greece, after spending a week co-hosting the first Archinool gathering in Israel, with Vanessa (co-founder of the Living Wholeness Institute), Yitzhak, Elder of LWI, and Meni Rosenberg, passionate caller and inspirer of Archinool.  Our 2-day gathering – with 30 others from the region – explored the collaborative creation of power communal places and welcomed the expansion of the Archinool core team as one of its many outcomes.

Our gathering was powerful – and Archinool breathed with more life – so that together, we will continue our work in the coming months in Israel.

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Power of the Evolutionary Edge

Posted on July 26, 2011

The Powers of Place Initiative – July PERSPECTIVES – features my short Essay: Power of the Evolutionary Edge
“If you want to understand the power of the evolutionary edge, simply recall the fragility of a stalactite catching the newness of a droplet forming at its tip, having journeyed from ground level – through moss, stone, soil, rock itself – a miraculous slow-motion subterranean journey taking months, years or even thousands of years to create...”

Sarah Whiteley: Powers of Place Initiative Correspondent

Seeing from New Perspectives

Posted on July 22, 2011

Yesterday, we went for lunch yesterday at Milina – on the inner gulf of the Pelion peninsular.  The winds were so strong that a deep sea swell sent water crashing over the edge onto the taverna floor.  We were requested to sit, in safety, on the other side of the road, closer to the inner table area, nearer the kitchen.

Recognising the tender beginnings of cutting the cords and moving on earlier this morning, the rest of my day was beginning to open to seeing from new perspectives.

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Liberating Structures

Posted on July 12, 2011

The elegance of physical form greeted my camera lens yesterday evening.  Statuesque structures rising out of the base frame, etching the beginnings of a shape the will be a home to so much in the future.

I have been musing this week about how this building process has been consistently inviting me to let go – to liberate, transcend and include the next level of form – again and again.  Every day I see a shift in the physical creation – and have to let go of any attachment to what it was like before.  It is developing, evolving…

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Sacred Act of Hospicing the Dying

Posted on June 30, 2011

I was privileged to know Tony Scordialos, father of Anna, Stella and Maria.

I was even more privileged to be part of his care, in the final years of his life.  He had multiple and conflicting life-threatening health issues that required the skills of a number of specialist physicians to come to his aid.  In essence, they all clearly worked for the good of Kyrie (Mr) Tony – yet, they worked in medical ‘silos’ – and so their diagnoses were mainly coherent, yet sometimes disturbingly conflicting – sometimes one exacerbating the issues for another doctor to attend to – and certainly for the patient health as a whole.

One particular morning, to the family’s utter distress, two doctor’s debated heatedly how they should proceed across the bed of the increasingly distressed patient.  The family demanded that them to leave – and to continue their discussion outside.   The sacred space of care and hospicing was being violated and needed protection.

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Making Our Footprints Conscious

Posted on June 21, 2011

I was remembering that on August, 21st 2010, we hit Earth Overshoot Day: the day in which we exhaust our ecological budget for the year..

This year, it was 7th March 2011

I hadn’t even realised, until today, that I / We had overstepped the mark.

As we enter the endeavor of Collaborative Space Making – creating a literal 100sqm footprint on the earth, the consequences of this build are deep and far-reaching.  The question I sit with, and Maria and I played with in different ways, since coming to the land is:

Is Building Justified? This was explored in such terms as energy expenditure, environmental impact, societal benefit, financial expenditure – and what becomes possible / available in return?

The reality is that we humans create significant impact – yet how this impact is felt is determined by the choices we make and the intention we step with.

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Dancing the Space Open

Posted on June 19, 2011

This evening I am back at Axladitsa – having left Athens at 5.30am this morning with Maria to travel 5.5 hours back to Pelion for an important appointment.  Maria is now back to Athens to journey to Brussels tomorrow for work.  A busy day – hence the delayed account from last night’s events in Syntagma Square.

We were scheduled to host a World Café last night at 11pm.  We had sensed right timing the day before – both by members of the assembly core team in Syntagma and by ourselves – Maria, Anthi, Odysseas (not present to host this night – as he is hosting 250 children at summer camp for 6 weeks) and myself.  We were scheduled to follow a series of speeches, starting at 7.30pm, by a Panel consisting of well-respected Greek professionals offering different perspectives to a seated crowd – assembled in rows in the centre of Syntagma Square.

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