Apprenticing to the Earth – the pattern of living wholeness

During our days together, our path will lead us from the visible realms into the invisible ones, and from the individual space into the collective one which is our evolutionary edge at this time. We will be called into:

  • deep listening and observation
  • learning how to learn together by creating a learning ecology, creating clusters of interest that will be like different learning organs for the whole
  • communing with the wild soul – our own, the land’s, the Earths
  • translating this back in to our own personal whole – creating body/form from the journey into the invisible realms.

The Living Wholeness pattern

Out of their experience of living at Axladitsa, and harvesting out the ten year journey it took them to get here, our hostesses of the land, Maria Scordialos and Sarah Whitely, have distilled a pattern they refer to as Living Wholeness. Here’s how they describe it:

(The following text is adapted from the invitation to Immersion retreat – you can access the whole text from here.)

“At a more subtle level, together with the land we have been creating a container for a kind of collective re-membering of what it means to be in intimate and integrated relationship with oneself, with others and our natural environment. This relationship allows us to live life with both what we can see – the visible – and also interact with what we sense is there but not visible. This is one of the hallmarks of Living Wholeness.

“Living Wholeness offers a framework in integrating ‘living systems’ beyond theory and concept and into living practice. It is a framework for being systemic at every level, with ourselves, in our work and communities, and especially in relationship to all of life. We feel this is timely for our world as there is a strong pull to do systemic work, to shift small and large systems, to create more alignment with life.

“Over the last 13 years, Maria and Sarah, through their hosting work in the world and now with living the hosting pattern every day at Axladitsa, have been discovering that Living Wholeness is both a world view and a tangible fabric that weaves together qualities, practices and pathways.

Qualities of living wholeness:

“We live wholeness when we re-member our lineage of life and connect to a deeper sense of being part of a greater whole. When we are resilient in that we know that we can respond with respect and integrity no matter what life brings us, we live wholeness. When we know we belong to a place, community, earth, life and feel our indigenosity, we live wholeness. When we feel a deep sense of responsibility because we care and want next generations to live, we live wholeness. When we know that what we have is enough and that all we need is to be resourceful with this, we live wholeness.


“The Art of Hosting includes hosting conversations that matter, hosting meaning in place, hosting life and being hosted by the land. For us hostingis a pattern and practice of how to hold, understand and release the potential of people and the powers of place in service to a greater whole. Hosting is the modality, or the operating system that allows these potentials not only to meet and be transformed by it – but to move into wise action and into manifesting that potential.

“Practices that have emerged from the collective practice of hosting with the land and people at Axladisa are:


“We have begun to see a “pathway” of Living Wholeness – not as a static set of rules – more as an unfolding journey that has many different expressions. It is a pathway of living life with mastery, living life with the dance between the visible and the invisible, living life in unity.

Seven streams, each with its own flow, gives us a pathway.

The pathway includes:

  • Engaging with an invitation/call
  • Accessing purpose, that which is being asked to be pursued
  • Inviting diverse levels of participation
  • Creating a learning ecology, a web of relationships that allows us to collectively learn and harvest this learning
  • Opening to a relationship with powers of place so that natural and built environment also participate
  • Tending to resources and economy, i.e. keeping one’s home in order, with mutuality and reciprocity
  • Working within an organising pattern that creates order naturally and allows continued emergence

About iyeshe

Woman returning to the wild. Cunning linguist, mother of twins, witch, host, harvester, spaceholder for the dawning Aquarian age, evolutionary wooden-spoon wielder, self-mitigating carbon footprint, wannabe holon in the forthcoming collective buddha...
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