Living Wholeness Institute

Summer 2016

Every summer we offer Immersive learning experiences on the land of Axladitsa, where people from all over Greece and the world come to learn and unlearn together. Through these experiences, we remember what it means to live individually and collectively in alignment with life and we bring the learning, friendships, insights and practices back to our homeplaces  ...

This summer, we are opening the land for hospitality, learning and living in July and in August, 2016. There will be times when we offer specific themes and also an Open Week which is when you can come and live with the rhythm of life and in the company of friends, new and old, human and wild!   Here is the flow of the Summer at Axladitsa ~

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Weaving and Natural Dyeing

Tapestry Weaving and Natural Dyeing Workshop / 3 – 7 August 2016

(€350 for Tapestry Weaving and €200 for Natural Dyeing -€500 for both – accommodation not included)

Hosts: Stathis Katsarelli and Maria Scordialos

We invite you to learn tapestry weaving & natural dyeing with Stathis Katsarelis, a Greek artist who has exchanged synthetic brushes for naturally dyed fibres to create tapestries and multimedia paintings. Stathis’ art is inspired by living traditions in contemporary ways. Since 1981 he has been working and exploring the art of tapestry. He creates his pieces on vertical looms, with perseverance, dedication and hard work, and continuously learns and renews the secrets of this art, combining different techniques.

The intention of our tapestry weaving and natural dyeing workshop is to introduce or deepen into this art form in beautiful natural surroundings which both inspire and relax. The workshop is offered in two parts that can either be followed per section or in its entirety. The first three days focus on tapestry weaving and the following two days offer the foundations of natural dyeing. Advanced or beginners can participate as the workshop is tailored to individual needs.

The Tapestry Weaving section include:

  • An introduction to the history of tapestry weaving
  • Working with small individual frame-looms (these can be purchased for €40 each)
  • Placing the warp in the frame-loom
  • Different weaving techniques as well as basics on designing geometrical shapes, etc.
  • Acquiring experience in the use of different materials, warps and wefts
  • Taking home a small tapestry created during the workshop
  • Collective and individual tuition so that the learning is tailored to specific needs.

The Natural Dyeing part covers:

  • History of the art of dyeing
  • Plants and the specific parts that can be used for dyeing, as well as the ways to collect and preserve them
  • Preparation of the dyeing materials from the plants
  • The procedure of dyeing the fibres with natural dyes (i.e. cleaning the yarn, using mordant, dyeing, washing, testing the dyes on the yarn
  • Dyeing in different colours (yellows, reds, blues, greens). The participants can take away samples from the dyed fibres.

We will work in a rhythm where the mornings will be in a collective learning space and the afternoon will be open. We will enjoy home-cooked and locally sourced Greek food, beautiful natural surroundings and good conversations. We will weave our individual lives over the five days and create a collectively woven experience.

For more on travel to Axladitsa, click on "Place".


Open Week (join us!)

Living in Open Space and the Living Wholeness Patterns / August 17 - 24, 2016

€350 for the week – not including accommodation

€50 a day for our home-made meals and an offering to the land (you are welcome to come for a few days or the whole week!)

Hosts: Maria Scordialos & Vanessa Reid 

Axladitsa is a farm that cultivates olives and new cultures. It is the home place of the Living Wholeness practice and Living Wholeness Institute where we are action-researching systemic transformation and the regenerative cycles of life, particularly in places and times of fragmentation and crisis. It is also an ancient land with 350 olive trees, a vineyard, natural farming - it is full of stories and wild life. The nature is the biggest participant and it inspires and welcomes people back to their natural and wild.

Many people ask us when they should visit and "When will others be there so they can join in?"

So in response, we have created an Open Week when two of the co-founders of Living Wholeness – Maria Scordialos and Vanessa Reid - will be on the land. We invite you to this time of being in parea (good company in Greek), a time when a synchronistic group of people finds themselves on the land, a time to meet kindred spirits, live the rhythm of the land and in alignment with the season, engage in meaningful conversations and live the flow and in the emergent qualities of living wholeness.

It a time to bring your dreams, projects, longings so that you can be with them or share them with others. We will cook together, take care of the space, rest, swim at the local beach, and basically just live in parea for the week to see what emerges between us. It is also a chance to connect with the wider matrix of world work that Axladitsa has been pioneering, and with the big changes that are emerging through Greece at this time.

For more about traveling to Axladitsa, click on "Place".

We look forward to welcoming you!


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