Photo Exhibition: The New Matriarchal Mystery Festivals at the International ACADEMY HAGIA, Germany

In the matriarchal cultures world-wide, the Great Goddess was worshipped as the creatress of the universe and the mother of all living beings. In the new Matriarchal Mystery Festivals these traditions are being renewed and the cycles of life and Mother Earth are venerated again each year. The new Matriarchal Mystery Festivals have been created in 1983 as a pioneer work by Heide Goettner-Abendroth and celebrated together with more than thousand women at the Academy HAGIA. They are based on historical and present-day knowledge of matriarchal cultures on all continents and have been much influential in the German speaking countries of Europe. – This exhibition documents one seasonal cycle as a part of almost three decades of spiritual development.

It was created by photographer and artist Siegrun Claaßen.

Photo Exhibition of “1000 PeaceWomen Across the Globe”

1000 PeaceWomen Across the Globe” conveys the relevance of peace work of women and popularizes their notion of peace on a very personal and solid level. It is conceived as a travelling exhibition and was shown for the first time in Zurich, Switzerland, with overwhelming success. Since 2005 it tours around the world and in about 1000 exhibits in 60 countries visitors could get to know the work of PeaceWomen.

1000 postcards with photographs and profile texts portray every single woman nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005. Different colours refer to their different fields of work and illustrate the vast array of engagement, such as reconciliation and reconstruction, human rights – women’s rights, economic rights and livelihood, ecological security and fight against violence against women.

Goddess Banners from Lydia Ruyle, USA

Lydia Ruyle is an artist scholar emeritus of the Visual Arts faculty, University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado where The Lydia Ruyle Room for Women Artists was dedicated in 2010. Her research into sacred images of women has taken her around the globe. For seven years, Lydia led women’s pilgrimage journeys to sacred places. She creates and exhibits her art and does workshops throughout the U.S. and internationally. Her Goddess Icon Spirit Banners have flown all over the world spreading their divine feminine energies. Her book, Goddess Icons Spirit Banners of the Divine Feminine, was published in 2002.