Photography by Sandy Connon

Photography by Sandy Connon

Kim Chamberlain

I grew up on the wild West Coast of Te Wai Pounamu, where the edge of our deep Tasman Sea crashes into our soaring, snow capped peaks. It’s a place founded on discovery - pounamu, coal and gold - treasure hidden in the dark depths and sometimes in plain sight. I now live in Otautahi (Christchurch) with my partner and wider whanau, working with people, organisations and community. Traversing those quiet edges of understanding ourselves and our world - where inner meets outer. My intention with Westerly is to mindfully cultivate the conditions to be able to really 'see' - into ourselves and what is happening around us. Not accidentally, but rather being purposefully and patiently attentive for the emergence of deeper insight . Those moments that always give me the ‘goosebumps’.

Photography by Sandy Connon

Photography by Sandy Connon

Bernie White

I have always been fascinated by those moments when something beautiful and new comes into this world, seemingly out of nothing. Be it art, or invention, or life itself - or in the field of human potential. It has seemingly less to do with any method, rather more to do with who I’m being, together with those people around me. There seems to be ‘magic’ at work in those moments. Originally of Celtic heritage, I grew up in Aotearoa (New Zealand) and live with my family of six in the habour capital of Wellington. My intention with Westerly is to create a space for a different kind of conversation in our world. One that is grounded in our human experience of working amongst the reality and challenges of our complex, interconnected, beautiful and often wild world. I hope it is a conversation that enlivens our collective human spirit and creativity. While leading to more responsive and sustainable outcomes in our living world.

Working together

Kim’s entire career has focused on group work and community building. While Bernie’s career has spanned industrial engineering and IT sales and marketing, before coming to group work in 2000. We both met in 2015, becoming friends through our participation in the work of Allan Kaplan and Sue Davidoff and the Proteus Institute (SA). We have both often worked with Allan and Sue in the field of Reflective Social Practice, and share a deep interest in more reflective ways of being and acting in our complex and dynamic world. In 2018 we began to work together with our clients and with each other in partnering ways. Together we are developing our own faculties of really seeing and being present with living systems. Late in 2018 we imagined a new community of people working together to develop themselves and how they work within complex social processes. One morning, walking beside the sea, ‘Westerly’ revealed itself as a name for such a community.