In 2016, the International Academy HAGIA has celebrated its 30th Anniversary. It was founded in Germany in 1986 by Heide Goettner-Abendroth who is the director since three decades. Since 20 years, Cécile Keller acted as co-director of the Academy and contributed a lot to make it attractive. During this long time, modern Matriarchal Studies was taught here and the Matriarchal Mystery Festivals were celebrated. Knowledge about matriarchal societies were successfully spread in the German speaking countries, and internationally by three congresses in 2003 (Luxembourg), 2005 (Texas), and 2011 (Switzerland).
All the time, women came to learn, to discuss and to offer their help, so they became the main supporters of the Academy. It flourished by women’s overwhelming solidarity, and also by the support of some men. The students learned about the lifeways and values of still extant matriarchal societies worldwide, and about the important and splendid role women had in the history of cultures. And they were motivated by the visions of Matriarchal Politics to take action for a future society of balance and peace. Enough reasons for celebrating!
We hold the festival at the Academy in Germany, on April 2016, in commemoration of all the excellent and courageous women who fought before us for women’s rights and women’s culture.
Festliche Ehrung (Heide Göttner-Abendroth und Christina Schlatter)
Das Fest auf dem frühlingsgrünen Land, Gründungsitz der Akademie HAGIA, Weghof bei Passau
(Fotos: Andrea Schlund)
Jubiläumsfest im Sitz der Akademie (Zum Vergrößern bitte auf die Bilder klicken)
In the German speaking countries, the term “matriarchy” as well as modern Matriarchal Studies and Matriarchal Spirituality have successfully gained ground. They splendidly restored the creative impact of women’s contribution to human cultural development and incited many of them to stand up for a better society.
The International Academy HAGIA has a pioneering role in this movement. 20 years ago, its founding mother started to teach modern Matriarchal Studies and to combine scholarship with politics and spirituality at the Academy. Systematically, this new field of knowledge and matriarchal spirituality were promoted at the Academy and carried out into the world by two significant congresses: the “First World Congress on Matriarchal Studies” in 2003 in Luxembourg/Europe and the “Second World Congress on Matriarchal Studies” in 2005 in Texas/U.S. Each one of these congresses was a great success.
Scholars from all over the world and matriarchal researchers from still existing matriarchal societies in different continents now integrate Matriarchal Studies and its political topicality into their investigations. They consider these studies – just as we do at the Academy HAGIA – not only a highly innovative socio-cultural science, but also a vision of a peaceful society of the future.
Opening speech in the town-hall of Dresden
And we celebrated together with many women at three jubilee festivals, which were dedicated to the three aspects of the Great Goddess:
Festival of the White Goddess of Renewal in spring, April 2006, at the original seat of the Academy, Weghof, close to Passau
Spring festival at the Academy HAGIA (please klick on photos to see them on an enlarged scale)
Festival of the Red Goddess of the far-reaching Relationships in summer, July 2006, Festival week in Bonn at the Women’s Museum
Summer festival in Bonn (please klick on photos to see them on an enlarged scale)
Festival of the Black Goddess of Transformation in fall, September 2006, Festival week in Dresden at the Town Hall, Protestant University, and Women’s Labyrinth
Fall festival in Dresden (please klick on photos to see them on an enlarged scale)