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Matriarchy for Future – Festival
July 3 – 6, 2025

Kasteel de Berckt, near Venlo NL
40 km from Duisburg

What’s in it for you…? 

The diverse program comprises five main areas

We have oriented ourselves to the cornerstones that Heide Goettner-Abendroth has named as fundamental for a humane society: Social order, politics, economy, spirituality and also ecology. The program is a living process that is constantly growing. In the coming weeks we will introduce the speakers who will provide input on the following key areas and other topics.

The following people and organizations have already confirmed their participation (in alphabetical order):

Andrea Fleckinger (MatriForum, co-speaker HAGIA study programme) * Andrea Lötscher (Film Baltic Healing) * Barbara Graf (Academy for Parmaculture) * Cécile Keller (Matriarchal Medicine) * Christiane van Schie (HeilWeise) * Claudio Harder (Matriarchal Organising) * Francesca Rosati Freeman (Mosuo-Film, Matricomunità) * Genevieve Vaughan (Gift Economy) * Heide Göttner-Abendroth (Matriarchal Researcher, Academy HAGIA) * Heidrun Fiedler (Restorative Circles) * Iris Baumann (Institute for Matriarchal Knowledge) * Kaarina Kailo (Lecturer, author, artist) * Kathrin Raunitschka (Drachinzeit) * KlimaSeniorinnen (Climate complaint against Switzerland at the ECHR) * Li Shalima (Labyrinth, Needs Plate) * Marisa Schoo (Solidarity Farming) * Renate Fuchs (Wild Poppy Woman) * Samirah Kenavi (Just Money, False Money System) * Simran Wester (Nonviolent Communication) * Stefan Voth and Kathrin Schmitz (Sociocracy Centre Germany) * The Council of European Grandmothers * Uscha Madeisky and Dagmar Margotsdotter (MatriaVal) * Walle Gairing and Anne Wiebelitz (Uma-Institut) * Yaël Deckelbaum (Voice Ceremony, Women of the World Unite)

Social order – Multi-generational living and elective affinity, living in community and global ecovillages
Politics – Consensus, non-violent communication and commoning
Economy – The common good and solidarity, the gift economy and degrowth
Ecology – From permaculture and solidarity agriculture, transition towns and subsistence farming
Spirituality – On the advice of grandmothers and vision quest, life-serving balance and real relationship with the more-than-human world

Matriarchaler Clan ©Maria Haas

Social order

There are forms of societies …
… in which everyone is well, mothers and children are at the centre, all generations are important. Where one and one is more than two…

Connected instead of lost

Politik von unten

Politics

We know examples…
… everyone is heard and decisions are made by consensus. There is wise counsel and words still apply…

Deciding for life

Markt und Schenkökonomie in Yuchitan ©Maria Haas

Economy

We know examples…
… of a prudent approach to the earth. Of an honourable harvest that does not take everything, but also gives. Gifts that rotate in circles…

Abundance in flow

Sorgsame Ökologie

Ecology

A World in which…
… animals and plants, land and people, forests and rivers, seas and lakes are more than raw materials and resources…

Feeling with the earth

Spiritualität

Spirituality

We know corporate forms…
… which are fundamentally loving, life-affirming and peaceful, where the feminine principle is sacred to all as the creation of life…

Forward with roots

In this time of change, we are bringing together what belongs together.
Our aim is to share knowledge and inspire each other.

more than you think!
enjoy diversity

Move freely around the festival. Four days that you can organise as you wish: The festival is packed full of exchanges of experience, workshops, lectures and concerts. Choose your program according to your needs and interests, enjoy the atmosphere and meet kindred spirits. In the evenings we celebrate together, listen to music and let the evening come to a cozy end.

What music do you listen to…? 

Predominantly female musicians play at the festival

YAEL DECKELBAUM

will be performing at our festival, we are really looking forward to it. Her song “Prayer of the Mothers” was written together with a group of courageous women who led the “Women Wage Peace” movement. Thousands of women marched from the north of Israel to Jerusalem to call for peace. 4000 women, half Palestinians and half Israelis, prayed together for peace in Qasr el Yahud (on the northern Dead Sea).

Since October 7, 2023, this call for peace has become urgently topical.

SCHWESSI

Schwessi has already confirmed. Their music is about more than just entertainment. It is about the liberation of the individual through the development of consciousness, about tolerance and equality, about overcoming nationalistic brainwashing, about world-changing measures and about saving the planet. Nothing less than that. Nothing more difficult than that. But with the greatest possible ease and plenty of residual humour in the blood. 

In all seriousness, that is the foundation on which all of this stands. And dances. And sings. And screams and laughs.

 

We have asked many other musicians and groups to join us.

We look forward to receiving their definitive confirmations.

MATRIARCHY LIVES

»We treat each other with respect, act in a calm manner, don’t get into any rude arguments and always try to find a joint solution. Our house is our mother’s house, where we share everything in the clan. Grandmother Ah-mi is responsible for this and passes everything on to other family members.«

You Zhou Zhima, 2016 (Mosuo in Yunnan, China)

Quote from a woman in today’s matriarchal society.
The photo books «Matriarchs» 1 + 2 with many pictures and information are available on Maria Haas’ website.

Clan der Minangkabau vor ihrem Haus mit Büffelhorndach © Maria Haas, Matriarchinnen 1
Grossfamilie Ktung in Jaintia Hills - © Maria Haas, Matriarchinnen 1
Clan der Mosuo mit der Ah-mi, der ältesten Frau - © Maria Haas, Matriarchinnen 1

COMMUNICATION AND CONSENSUS

There is no hierarchy and no enforcement staff such as the military, police or authorities. Conflicts are resolved by consensus. Private and political decisions are always made jointly. Negotiations continue until a solution is found for everyone. In this sense, there are no democratic majority decisions, because a minority always falls by the wayside. Still existing matriarchal societies are characterised by a high level of communication skills, which are already practiced in childhood.