detailED program


Matriarchy for Future – Festival
3. – 6. Juli 2025

Kasteel de Berckt, bei Venlo NL
40 km von Duisburg

Let us celebrate, dance, laugh, exchange and develop visions

In addition to concerts, music, dance and discos, you can expect lectures, discussions, workshops, film screenings, rituals, yoga, vision quests, performances, games, market and information stands, book tables, reading corners and much more… Choose from the abundance!

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Andrea Fleckinger
Dr. Andrea Fleckinger – MatriForum and Akademie HAGIA

Basic presentation on the topic of matriarchy – a term that is associated with many emotions. Be it joy, interest and curiosity or fear, rejection and mistrust.

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Dr Andrea Fleckinger is the mother of two children and lives in South Tyrol, Italy. She is a consultant for modern matriarchal research and a lecturer at the international academy HAGIA ( Trained as a social worker and social scientist, she teaches and researches at the University of Trento (I). Her research interests lie in women’s and gender studies, gender-specific violence against women, motherhood and care. As a feminist and activist, Dr Fleckinger combines social criticism with the findings of modern matriarchal research. She is a co-founder of the MatriForum (

Matriarchy – An introduction
MATRIARCHY. A term that is associated with many emotions. Be it joy, interest and curiosity or fear, rejection and mistrust. Regardless of the type of emotion that the term evokes in us, we can recognise that it has great inherent power. At the same time, this high emotionality fosters the emergence of a number of misconceptions, myths and curious interpretations that have little to do with the context of life in egalitarian societies and are mostly due to a lack of knowledge.

In her contribution, Dr Andrea Fleckinger will present the structure of matriarchal societies. Based on the structural definition of matriarchal societies developed by Dr Heide Göttner-Abendroth, she offers all newcomers to the topic the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the basic features of matriarchal societies. The following questions are addressed:

    • What is a matriarchal society and why does a matriarchy have nothing to do with female domination?
    • What are the prerequisites for an egalitarian society that recognises neither gender nor generational asymmetries?
    • How do the economic system, politics and the social order influence each other and why should the spiritual dimension not be ignored?
Andrea Lötscher
Andrea Lötscher – Film Baltic Healing

In the Latvian pirts (traditional sauna/steam bath), an old European healing tradition has survived to the present day.

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Andrea Lötscher is an ethnologist and filmmaker. She was born in Basel in 1974. She spent her childhood in Switzerland and Canada. She has lived in Germany since 1989.
1994 – 2001 Studied ethnology at the WWU Münster, degree: Master
2001 Edited a first documentary film project
2001-2004 Worked as an assistant director and editor in a Cologne film production company
2007 Founded Mondrosen – Documentary Films. Since then she has worked as a freelance filmmaker in the field of documentary film, image film, and documentation. Over 120 short films and two long documentaries have been produced.

Since the beginning of 2024 she has been studying “Modern Matriarchy Research” at the HAGIA Academy.

BALTIC HEALING. A documentary film followed by a film discussion
In the Latvian Pirts (traditional sauna/steam bath), an ancient European healing tradition has survived to the present day. It is based on herbal medicine and is connected to nature and the festivals of the year.

BALTIC HEALING was filmed in June 2023 during the summer solstice celebrations. The documentary portrays four healers who work in the Pirts. The Pirts ritual is compared to returning to the womb and subsequent rebirth. During the ritual, the healers use flowers, medicinal herbs, bundles of birch branches, herbal body scrubs, massages, ancient chants… and fly agarics (Amanita muscaria)… to reconnect their patients with their body and soul.

Because that is healing: returning to our true self.

Barbara Graf
Barbara Graf Irisdotter – AUTarcaMatricultura

Permaculture as an earth-cosmos-spiritual way of life, work, research and economy and why modern matriarchy research is essential in building mature, healthy systems.

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Barbara Elisabeth Graf Irisdotter, born on Lake Constance at the May Festival in 1968 – mother, architect, professor of permaculture. Together with her partner, she has been building a motherland as a mature permaculture system since 2007 and heads «AUTarcaMatricultura», Autonomous Academy for Permaculture, Tinizara, La Palma. She inspires global research on topics such as «healthy bees», «forest garden systems» and «weather work». Her work enjoys international recognition.

The everyday life of a naturopath for the whole world

I would like to briefly introduce permaculture as an earth-cosmos-spiritual way of living, working, researching and doing business and show why the knowledge from modern matriarchy research is essential in building mature, healthy systems.

It is also very important to me to explain 1. why awareness of natural cycles as a very concrete integration into everyday life is an indispensable basis for social change and 2. how this permacultural awareness makes decision-making in electoral communities easier in order to then support these by consensus in the long term.

I will introduce very specific tools and methods for different lifestyles and all climate zones on earth, which enable us to reconnect with the «universal world» in our «everyday life» and thus support your recovery. It is also about cultivating healthy images again!

Cécile Keller
Cécile Keller – Academy HAGIA

As a doctor and healer Cécile Keller has been involved with matriarchal medicine for a long time and will present her results and findings at the festival.

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Cécile Keller was born in Switzerland in 1948 and is a doctor. She attended further training courses at the “Quetzalcoatl” Centre for Shamanic Knowledge in Ronco, Ticino (Switzerland). She also specialises in body-soul therapy and phytotherapy (herbal medicine). She has been working as a doctor and healing counsellor in her own practice in Germany since 2005.

Since 1997 she has been running the HAGIA Academy together with Heide Göttner-Abendroth. Here she leads the Matriarchal Mystery Festivals and the Spiritual Healing Circles. She co-organised the three major congresses on matriarchal research/matriarchal politics.

She conducts her own research on Matriarchal Medicine and presented it at the two World Congresses in Luxembourg (2003) and in San Marcos, Texas (2005).

Matriarchal medicine
In matriarchal societies, medicine is holistic and based on experiential knowledge. It has its origins in a female world view in which mother goddesses are worshipped in healing ceremonies.

The central role played by women in the healing ceremonies is shown.

Some principles are presented, in particular the different concepts of health and illness.

Finally, it is shown that all forms of matriarchal medicine are practised in a spiritual context.

Christiane van Schie
Christiane van Schie – In the womb of the Earth Mother

On sweat lodge ceremonies and the degradation and marginalisation of women in patriarchy.

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Christiane van Schie

  • 1975 to 1978 training as a ceramicist
  • 1979 to 1983 studies at the FAK Heiligendamm
  • 1983 graduate designer (FH)
  • 1983 to 1990 own ceramic workshop and own shop
  • from 1986 further training in Tai Chi hand forms, fans, swords and Qi Gong
  • 1992 further training in Afrodance in Berlin
  • since 1993 self-employed as a Tai Chi and dance teacher
  • 1995 to 2001 training as a Reiki teacher
  • since 2003 own dance ceremony on Rügen
  • 2009 to 2018 further training with Kathy Altman (USA, D, UK)
  • since 2008 management of women’s camps on Rügen
  • 2009 book: In the lap of the earth mother
  • since 2010 elemental dance (own dance therapy method)
  • 3 children, 6 grandchildren
  • for 34 years in a living relationship

Lecture with pictures from the book: In the womb of the earth mother

Based on centuries-old taboos against women, the influence of the Christian religion in patriarchal societies on sweat lodge ceremonies is presented as an expression of the degradation and marginalisation of women.

Dance workshop with dance ceremony Forgiveness

    Claudio Harder
    Claudio Harder – Organisational development

    Claudio Harder explores ways to organise today’s organisations and initiatives in a matriarchal way, using examples, application problems and transitional solutions.

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    Claudio Harder (*1955). Organisational developer, coach, process worker. Founder and managing director of social economy companies. He is committed to healing the consequences of patriarchy, matriarchal awareness and women’s projects. He is fascinated by co-operative, empathic and life-friendly interaction.

    Council of European Grandmothers – We Love Live

    We do not use the term grandmothers in the biological sense, but rather to refer to all older women with their experiences and broader view of life.

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    The Council of European Grandmothers was founded in 2005 by a group of women in Merano (Italy). The idea was inspired by the “Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers”, which some women had attended.

    Grandmother Agnes Baker Pilgrim from the Indigenous Grandmothers was present as a guest and a bridge was built.

    It was time to re-establish and revitalise the knowledge of the interconnectedness of all life for the next generations.

    We do not use the term grandmothers in the biological sense, but rather to refer to all older women with their experiences and broader view of life.

    As a council, we do not see ourselves as an organisation, but rather as an organism that is alive and can change and react to life’s situations with openness.

    We meet every nine months and each organiser chooses a topic for the meeting, which spans a weekend. We exchange ideas with each other, we invite the public to these different topics and we celebrate the earth with rituals.

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    Francesca Rosati Freeman
    Francesca Rosati Freeman – Mosuo-Film and Matricomunità

    The author and film producer will be showing her film about the Mosuo at the festival and talking about her Facebook group, where more than 400 members are discussing a matriarchal future.

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    Francesca Rosati Freeman, Teacher, writer, documentarist, lives in France.

    Books: Benvenuti nel paese delle donne. 2010 ; Sur les rives du lac Mère. 2015;

    Films: Nu Guo. In The Name of The Mother, awarded in France, 2015.
    Gammu. Montagna, Dea, Madre. 2016, a short film about Moso women and Nature.

    Since 2021 she has been running Matricomunità, a group of 410 members, with the aim of informing and training women interested in matriarchal values and how to apply them in daily life.

    Heide Göttner-Abendroth
    Dr. Heide Goettner Abendroth – Academy HAGIA

    Matriarchal researcher Heide Goettner-Abendroth will give an introductory lecture at the festival and shed light on the potential of matriarchal values for the future of our planet.

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    Dr Heide Goettner-Abendroth (*1941) taught philosophy and theory of science at the University of Munich. Co-founder of women’s studies from 1976. Through her lifelong research work and her series «Das Matriarchat» (Kohlhammer-Verlag), she became the founder of modern matriarchal research.

    Since 1986 she has founded and directed the “International Academy HAGIA”. Lecturer at various universities, visiting professor in Montreal and Innsbruck. Lectures and tours at home and abroad. She has chaired three world congresses for matriarchal research in Europe and the USA. In 2005 she was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by a Swiss organisation and in 2007 by a Finnish initiative.

    Matriarchal politics and the vision of a new society

    Matriarchal politics is based on modern matriarchal research and its aim is to create an egalitarian, peaceful society. How this can be achieved is shown to us by living matriarchal societies whose traditions go back centuries/ millennia.

    Their economy, politics, social organisation and spirituality show extremely interesting patterns of how societies can be created and maintained without violence and based on balance and reciprocity. This applies to the microstructures of family, clan and village as well as to the macrostructure of city, region and interconnection of regions.

    My lecture will explain how this rich treasure of human experience can be utilised today for the development of a new society without violence and wars.

    Heidrun Fiedler
    Heidrun Fiedler – Restorative Circles

    Restorative practices open up a space that supports us in addressing conflicts constructively and learning from them.

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    Heidrun Fiedler is a trainer, coach, therapist and home birth midwife as well as producer and author of the film Restorative Circles.

    A world with restorative practices
    Restorative practices open up a space that supports us in tackling conflicts constructively and learning from them.

    They are systemic conflict resolution models in the form of communication circles that acknowledge conflicts. They are accessible to all conflicts, applicable in all areas of life and available to all members of a community. The process begins when we recognize that everything that affects you also affects me.

    Iris Baumann
    Iris Baumann – Institute for Matriarchal Knowledge

    Matriarchy – a different kind of love life. In this workshop she sheds light on love life in matriarchal societies.

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    Matriarchal societies have a completely different world view. Values such as: Nurturing, care, nourish, integrating and equality are highly respected and apply to all people living in this society.

    In this workshop, I would like to focus specifically on love life in matriarchal societies.

    Through my work as a couples and sexual counsellor, I can report on the pain that arises from the failure of relationships and the atrophy of sexuality for everyone involved. Our form of society hardly offers adequate opportunities to get out of this relationship dilemma. Often, the result is merely more or less “lazy” compromises.

    Matriarchal societies, on the other hand, organise their love lives completely differently to us. I would like to talk about this, because the matriarchal way of life could also be a solution to our relationship dramas

    Kaarina Kailo
    Kaarina Kailo – For an ecosocially sustainable matriverse

    As a red-green politician, she will speak about her vision of an eco-socially sustainable matriverse.

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    Dr. Kaarina Kailo has held positions in women’s studies at Simone de Beauvoir Institute, Canada and as Professor of Women’s studies at Oulu University, Finland. She now focuses on publishing books on the bear religion, spiritual healing and the culture of sweats as well as the traces of the Northern goddess past (Terra Feminarum). She also creates textile art of the forgotten Nordic goddesses. As a red-green politician, she will talk about her vision for an ecosocially sustainable matriverse, an egalitarian society of maternal values.

    Kathrin Raunitschka
    Kathrin Raunitschka – Dragon Time

    25 years of Dragon Time / Passage – initiatory support during life transitions. Transitional support for young people in puberty and at the passage.

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    We would like to share the experiences from the Drachinzeit projects – transition support for young people in puberty. On the passage, on learning trips, on initiatory support – a research and experience space of community experiences, equality, nature dialogue, female* constellational leadership, empowerment of girls & women, life transitions of different generations and much more.

    What are initiatory structures? What does cultural work mean in this context? What do young people need today? What is the role of older people? What role does the community and the different generations play? What type of leadership do we follow? Why in nature and what does nature dialogue mean?

    Kathrin Schmitz und Stefan Voth
    Kathrin Schmitz and Stefan Voth – Sociocracy Centre Germany

    The sociocracy workshop focuses on decision-making and self-organisation in groups and organisations at eye level.

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    Kathrin Schmitz and Stefan Voth are board members of the Sociocracy Centre Germany and also work with non-violent communication in sociocratic consulting.

    They support organisations in the introduction of efficient meeting and decision-making structures based on sociocracy and keep an eye on people during change processes.

    Decisions in groups often cost a lot of energy if everyone is heard empathically. In addition to non-violent communication as a language tool, sociocratic circle facilitation offers helpful structures to promote participation, shared responsibility and empathic connection.

    In this workshop, you will learn about sociocratic consensus facilitation and experience the impact of this simple yet effective principle in a very practical way. This will enable us to get to the heart of the matter more quickly by focussing on needs and achieve our common goal more easily.

    Li Shalima
    Li Shalima – Needs plate

    «The alphabet for a fulfilled life». The Needs Plate – a tool for benevolent communication and a matriarchal way of life.

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    Li Shalima is an artist, teacher and mother. Found her way to becoming a cultural consultant for matriarchal studies via the Primal Labyrinth. In 2017, I developed the Needs Plate as a tool for benevolent communication. Today it is for me the most important basis for matriarchal, i.e. needs-orientated living.

    My work is concerned with the question of how we can put the theoretical findings of matriarchal and peace research into practice. I was also driven by the question of what prevents us from achieving our goals. In doing so, I came to some astonishing realisations concerning our imprecise language and the «near enemies» that keep us stuck in an invisible maze. For a needs-orientated open system, however, we need clarity and unity.

    Marisa Schoo
    Marisa Schoo – Solidarity-based agriculture

    In solidarity agriculture (Solawi), several private households bear the costs of a farm in return for which they receive its harvest.

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    Marisa Schoo is a feminist, mother of two children, nutritionist and agronomist. She has been working at an organic control centre for six years. She also organises events for children and families at Solawi Hopfenhof.

    In community-supported agriculture (Solawi), several private households bear the costs of a farm in return for the harvest yield. Each Solawi is unique, just like its people. The structures are manageable and enable personal and trusting cooperation. This creates mutual appreciation, respect and diverse opportunities for consumers to participate.

    Renate Fuchs
    Renate Fuchs – Wild poppy woman

    Preserving ancient knowledge and passing it on to our future. From the «Perchta Academy» to the «Earth Woman».

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    Renate Fuchs-Haberl, the «wild poppy woman», is a speaker for modern matriarchy research at the Int. Academy Hagia and imparts knowledge about matriarchal cultures that is important for our time. She is a landscape mythologist, ritual woman, author and deals with the spiritual-shamanic women’s traditions of the Alpine region.

    The “wild poppy woman” from Salzburg (lecture)
    From the «Perchta Academy» to the «Earth Woman»

    As the «wild poppy woman», Renate Fuchs-Haberl follows the trail of the matriarchal-shamanic worldview. In her “Perchta Academy”, she imparts matriarchal knowledge, socially critical and women-conscious thinking and action, and an earth-bound spirituality in courses on site and online. She promotes a return to the deeper meaning of spiritual traditions in her landscape mythological hikes and courses. As co-author of the book «Erdenfrau» and ritual woman, she invites you on a journey through the matriarchal year and, as part of this lecture, to a deeper insight into her actions and work.

    Women’s traditions throughout the year (workshop)
    Preserving the old knowledge and passing it on to our future.

    Diverse customs shape the course of the year. Behind these customs lies a world of belief that is much older than the Christian tradition. In this workshop, we will deal with «Frau Percht» and her «wild women», who will take us on a journey through the year of the earth with its earth-related rituals and seasonal festivals.

    We will rediscover the ancient women’s traditions and the “hero of the goddess” in traditional dress and learn to understand the deeper meaning and original significance of these customs.

    Rosmarie Wydler
    Rosmarie Wydler – Co-President of KlimaSeniorinnen

    In April 2024, the European Court of Human Rights ruled in our favor and recognized climate protection as a human right. The leading ruling affects all 47 Council of Europe states.

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    Rosmarie Wydler, born in 1950 in Basel, married, 4 children, 8 grandchildren. Kindergarten teacher, adult educator, parent educator and parent group leader, parenting and parent couple counseling. Co-president of KlimaSeniorinnen Switzerland, activist.

    KlimaSeniorinnen is an association of over 3000 members, women over 64 years old, living in Switzerland. In 2016 we sued our government because it is not doing enough to combat global warming and thus to protect our health, because we older women are particularly at risk.

    Samirah Kenavi
    Samirah Kenavi – Fake money system

    The history of money and property. Money – From a means of exchange to a means of power. Just money – A vision. Board game about our credit money system.

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    Samirah Kenavi was born in East Berlin in 1962. As a carpenter and graduate engineer, manual and mental labour are equally important to me. My interest in history led me to set up an archive of the GDR women’s and lesbian movement. My search for a new utopia after the failure of socialism led to years of studying economics and matriarchy. Various gaps in economic theory prompted me to publish the tetralogy “The Squaring of Money”. The four volumes comprise a monetary theory that ranges from the early historical origins of money, the development of today’s credit money and the dynamics of the capitalist crisis to a draft reform.

    3-part seminar
    History of money and property
    Money was not created to facilitate exchange. When money was created around 5000 years ago, the supply of goods was very clear and bartering was a welcome opportunity for extensive discussions. The lecture provides new answers as to how money came into being and explains how modern credit money developed from ancient coinage. It also outlines the development of property as a result of poor money distribution.

    Money – from a means of exchange to a means of power
    Why do many people always have too little money, while there are a handful of billionaires for whom money is far more than a medium of exchange for goods? Why is the gap between rich and poor widening? Why is today’s monetary economy destroying our livelihoods? The lecture deciphers the destructive structure of today’s money.

    Fair money – a vision
    Based on the knowledge of history and the destructive functioning of money, a vision of a just means of exchange is outlined. It shows how a financial crisis can be used to create a medium of exchange that is fair to all, because extreme poverty and extreme wealth are made structurally impossible.

    Board game
    Seminar-style board game round for 6 interested people. The game makes it possible to experience the changing dynamics of our current credit money system over time and to discuss them together.

    Simran Wester
    Simran Wester – Non-violent communication

    Non-violent communication according to Marshall Rosenberg describes an inner attitude of with our feelings and needs.

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    Simran Wester, originally trained as a secondary school teacher (German and geography). Kundalini Yoga teacher and trainer with her own yoga centre for over 40 years. Certified trainer for non-violent communication since 2004. Founder of the Hamburg Institute for Nonviolent Communication. Mother of two grown-up children, one grandchild. My motto: Love your life!

    Non-violent communication: peace in the world of the ego

    Non-violent communication according to Marshall Rosenberg describes an inner attitude of connection with our feelings and needs and an empathetic, benevolent view of others. Genuine peace can only be found if we lovingly disempower the reaction patterns of our ego and relate to life in all of us.

    Uscha Madeisky und Dagmar Margotsdotter
    Uscha Madeisky and Dagmar Margotsdotter – MatriaVal

    Uscha Madeisky and Dagmar Margotsdotter founded the association MatriaVal, publish the Mutterlandbriefe and produce documentaries about matriarchal peoples.

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    Association MatriaVal e.V.
    The association MatriaVal e.V. is concerned with matriarchal societies and matriarchal values. The Val in the association’s name comes from val=value (value).

    Matriarchal societies are societies in balance, they are oriented towards nature, peaceful in all areas, women and men respect each other and old age is highly respected. Mothers are at the centre and the maternal principle of nurturing and caring is the basis for the entire social structure. Numerous matriarchal societies exist worldwide.

    Motherland letters
    The motherland letters come to women four times a year: in spring, summer, autumn and winter.

    Reports and stories are told about matriarchies around the world and all the different activities, projects and experiences that bring matriarchal elements into our everyday lives, be it in ourselves, in the family or in public spaces.

    Motherland (documentary film)
    The home of the Minangkabau is in West Sumatra, Indonesia. With several million members, they form the largest matriarchal society in the world. They live according to Adat, the maternal natural law – in peaceful coexistence with Islam. House, farm and land are in the hands of women. The film tells of everyday life from the perspective of 33-year-old Yelfia Susanti, who knows how to ensure balance and a good life for everyone with her large clan.

    A film by Uschi Madeisky, Dagmar Margotsdotter, Yelfia Susanti

    Where the free women live (documentary film)
    The Mosuo people live in the south of China, around Lake Lugu. The Mosuo are known for their harmonious coexistence. There is no jealousy, no violence and no war. They do not know opposites such as “poor” and “rich”. Striving for power is foreign to them. They are considered to be very content and happy people. The entire social coexistence is based on the living environment of women and children. Men are the caring supporters.

    A film about the matriarchy of the Mosuo by Uschi Madeisky, Daniela Parr, Dagmar Margotsdotter


    Walle Gairing
    Walle Gairing und Anne Wiebelitz – Uma-Institut

    Serving life: transformation for social change – the political dimension of matriarchal life.

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    Walle Gairing, graduate social scientist (matriarchal studies), natural cycle process designer according to the transformation in natura approach, mythodramatic ritual leader and vision quest (forest time) leader, coach for teams and organizations.

    I accompany people, teams and organizations in change processes as a coach and trainer. My interest is to initiate and accompany transformation processes for social change and to integrate matriarchal knowledge and life in the process. To serve life….

    Serving life: Transformation for social change – the political dimension of matriarchal life.
    Matriarchal ways of life and forms of society offer an idea of ​​how differently we could live, do business, love…. Fairy tales that have been critically analyzed and reformulated tell us how transformation processes can succeed today: contrary to the ever higher-faster-further trend of capitalist patriarchal societies, we invite you to engage in a process of devotion to Mother Nature. In the Wheel of Transformation (Ursula and David Seghezzi, Uma Institute), a cyclical structure is drawn showing how we can follow the call, overcome barriers, trust in emptiness and helplessness, and open ourselves to the beings of nature in order to receive the gifts of «Holle» as «Goldmaries».

    We want to explore this life-serving process and transfer what it can mean for the individual, the group, the organization, and our society in overcoming prevailing crises.