About Life Illuminated
Life illuminated is those moments of awe, those sparks of wonder, those striking encounters, those subtle or profound incidents that give us pause--those experiences that do something to us.
Life Illuminated Travel offers that. It draws you out of your familiar spaces and and enables awareness of what is, that reality right in front of you or right within you, which so often gets cluttered over with the debris of chattery thoughts, busyness, and an over stuffed schedule. Life Illuminated Travel brings you to those thresholds of encounter, providing you with opportunities for immersion, exploration, reflection, and transformation.
Hi! I'm Katie Archibald-Woodward. Born and raised in southern California, I headed north to Oregon for college at Willamette University and then moved to Atlanta to earn my Master of Divinity degree at Columbia Theological Seminary. Formative travel experiences and a growing desire to help connect people through visual and voiced storytelling led me to then earn a certificate in Digital Photography at Emory University and a certificate in Spiritual Companioning through the Shalem Institute. I focus most of my energy at the intersection of the arts and my yearning for global thriving, creating educational opportunities through visual and voiced storytelling to help spread awareness about daily life for our neighbors in Israel-Palestine and partner with them in their pursuit of liberation, equality, and a peaceful coexistence.
In November of 2018 I began creating “Children of Bethlehem” in partnership with Dar Al-Kalima School in Bethlehem and Creative Visions foundation. The project was initiated in response to witnessing depression, anxiety, and other trauma among Palestinian youth primarily caused by being among four generations in Palestine-Israel who have only known life under military control and colonial power. Through photographs and conversations, "Children of Bethlehem" expresses the daily life, emotions, fears and dreams of Bethlehem’s youth at the pivotal ages of 12-13 years old and invites perspective on how their current reality is shaping them as the future influencers of the region. You can experience the premier exhibition February 1-March 15, 2019 at The Harrington Center at Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA, opening in tandem with their conference Migration and Border Crossings (February 7-9, 2019). Learn more here.
Since 2017 I have been touring my multimedia project "Through The Checkpoint", created in partnership with the Creative Visions foundation, to provide vision and voice to life lived amidst occupation in Palestine-Israel. "Through The Checkpoint" is both a virtual and live exhibition. You can check it out virtually here, as well as in brick and mortar venues across the nation.
After numerous trips to the Holy Land over the last seven years building rich friendships and strong partnerships, and ever-increasing in my desire to help usher in an equitable, sustainable, peaceful coexistence, I am eager to bring others to Israel-Palestine with me! Together we will explore the land and history, meet resilient, hope-filled people, grow in awareness, and pursue positive transformation of our global community and ourselves. I invite you to join me on an in-depth educational pilgrimage during the olive harvest in 2020! Contact me for more details and sign up for updates!
Through travel, spiritual formation, and art I endeavor to raise awareness, motivate action, and contribute to increased unity and peace in our world. I hope you will join me!