Co-Creative Participants

The old shape which is dying or is petrified needs to be shifted into a shape which is alive, pulsed through with life, fostering life, fostering soul, fostering spirit. This is the expanded definition of art.
Joseph Beuys

Co-creative Participants in the EARTHFEST-Initiative are all those individuals, organisations and communities who will celebrate an Earthfest for the first time from June 22nd to June 24th, 2018 in order to reconnect with living reality.

Do you wonder if you should become a supporter of the EARTHFEST-Initiative and a co-creative participant? Click here! Get in contact with the EARTHFEST core-team.

Please find here the co-creative participants already participating in the EARTHFEST-Initiative:

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Der Weltacker: 2000 qm für alle

There is much to discover on the World Acre – from the beauty of old cereal varieties to the dramatic developments in agriculture. Photograph: die Auslöser Berlin

If we were to divide the total global surface area of arable land by the number of people living on the planet, each person would get 2000m² (half an acre). On this tiny spot everything must grow that a human needs to live. The World Acre in the Berliner Botanischer Volkspark Blankenfelde-Pankow lets us grasp this personal connection with global agriculture in a sensual way. 

Gesine Schaumann und Anna Majid
Blankenfelder Chaussee 5
Botanischer Volkspark Blankenfelde-Pankow
13159 Berlin
Bahnhof e.V.

Can a festival help to meet the abundance which the earth gives, in wonder and appreciation? Absolutely ! Photograph: Bahnhof e.V.

Our association supports art and culture, buying land in order to free it, and collective habitation in a sisterly way. For us, it feels entirely natural to dedicate a celebration to the earth, and doing this might prove to be very necessary. For these reasons we will dedicate our annual summer party to the ideas of the Earthfest. There will be lectures, workshops, and a lot of bodily movement– through, among other things, yoga, and wild dancing until night falls. Let us be alive!

Jana Pluns
Am Bahnhof 2
28870 Ottersberg

Wachsen und wach sein auf der Erde, in Freude und Leichtigkeit. Foto: Marie-Rose Fritz

Wir freuen uns, seit den Anfängen der ERDFEST-Initiative mit dabei zu sein. Hier Impressionen von unserem

Erdfest 2020

Erdfest 2019

und von unserer Erdfest-Premiere 2018

We are eight women from the heart of the Eifel volcanic region, a landscape of great power, which, however, is devastated through the mining of the ancient volcanos. During the Earthfest we are inviting individuals from near and far to delve deeply into the perception of power, wounds and healing. We are offering a three day process that will take place on mountains, in pits, and in gardens. The open, creative design process of the Earthfest is already at work in ourselves and our surroundings.

Christel Utters
Hauptstraße 27
54552 Dockweiler
Ökodorf Sieben Linden

The community enjoys a communal meal for thanksgiving in the gardens. Photograph: Ökodorf Sieben Linden

We live on and with the land, in community with nature and in its rhythms. We will celebrate the Earthfest with silence, fire, singing, dancing and honoring the light, outside and in our yurts. We will celebrate together with our guests who at this time of the year are helping to preserve the summer fruits. We will be sharing our living experience of the coexistence of each individual and the world around us with everyone who is interested.

Gabi Bott
Ökodorf Sieben Linden
Sieben Linden 1
38489 Beetzendorf

Die wunderbare Fülle der Farben, Formen und Aromen all dieser Kräuter begeistern uns alljährlich neu. Sie sind Impuls und Antrieb für unsere Arbeit. Foto: Udo Schäfer.

Wir bauen seit zwölf Jahren über 200 verschiedene Kräuter an. Durch umfassenden Bodenaufbau konnten wir unseren anfangs weißen Sandboden in dunkle, duftende Muttererde verwandeln. Auch aus unserer Sicht ist es höchste Zeit, gemeinsam dem, was wir der Erde entnehmen, Wertschätzung und Bewusstheit entgegen zu bringen. Bei unserem Erdfest verbinden wir dies mit Musik, Tanz, Essen und Trinken – und haben die Band Foyal aus Magdeburg dazu geladen.

Christina Wolff
Hauptstr. 17a
14715 Wolsier

The active, creative tuning in with the subterranean world is meant to include all pupils, colleagues and employees of the school. Photograph: Anette Liedke

We are a special school with the main focus on learning and emotional and social development. We have owned a school garden allotment for some time now. On the occasion of the Earthfest we want to turn our attention to what lives in/below the earth, what is present in a subterranean realm. We have already started to collect ideas for this, working with paintings, collages, writing, and other forms. All this will be made accessible to the public during the »Earthfest« days.

Anette Liedke
Reininghauser Straße 28
51643 Gummersbach

Invitation to the Earthfest 2018. Video by Frank Fischer.

Create habitats for man and nature. Our garden at the Würm river unites many things: ornamental and vegetable garden, dwelling and creation space, nature space with pond, dead wood, compost, herb meadow and old fruit trees – a refuge for man, bee, earthworm and robin. For the Earthfest 2018 we invite neighbours and friends to celebrate, wonder, meditate, inspire. And we want to encourage a natural design for all green areas.

Irene Lang-Reeves
Reismühler Weg 1
Gartenfest Gauting
82131 Gauting

What could happen to us humans and all life on earth if soil from every country lived together in one room? Photograph: Friedhelm Hoffmann

The Earth museum is based in the Neukölln neighbourhood of Berlin. Individuals from over 160 nations live here. As a homage to this diversity, the Earth museum collects – with the support of many contributors – a glass of soil from every country of the world.  At the occasion of the »Earthfest«, Jaluro Torres, an Australian artist with aboriginal roots, will show his works. We are also preparing an Earthfest-performance together with children living in foster homes, with whom we also regularly work together.

Li Koelan
Weichselstraße 52
12045 Berlin
Eva Fuchs

To come across the dance of the crocuses is a festival. There are countless such living works of arts which are unfolding throughout the year. Let us get touched by them! Photograph: Eva Fuchs

The Earthfest, celebrated here on 23rd of June, is a fantastic occasion to meet the garden as a celebratory space. A joint meditation at the beginning helps us to slow down, and allows underused sensory organs to re-awaken, giving space to our connectedness with everything alive. We will then express this enlivening experience in a sculpture, a text or through sharing in a dialogue and with this give our thanks.

Sechterberg 83
4101 Feldkirchen an der Donau
Verein SoLaWi Bayreuth e.V.

Nature is always keen on covering the soil, or rather adorning it, with the most adventurous plants, colours, forms. Photo: Daniel Hornstein

We are part of the nationwide German Network of Agriculture in Solidarity (Netzwerk Solidarische Landwirtschaft, SoLaWi). We support participants of SoLaWi in the area of the Bavarian city of Bayreuth. We will be celebrating the first Bayreuth Erdfest on 24th of June 2018 at 2 p.m. It is part  of a project funded by the ministry for the environment, HumUs. We will have a picnic and you can walk into a maze cut into a meadow and drop a symbol of gratitude in its middle. See here for more informations and the invitation

Daniel Hornstein
Hugo-Rüdelstraße 5
95445 Bayreuth

On top Ashley Sen with "Earth in My Heart" Chestnut painted by her, to the left Mama Subhasmita Sen with Baby Arvin Sen with "Wand of Life Chest Nut Heart", to the right is Soumitra offering a Chestnut Heart, symbolic of his Love for Earth.

India celebrates the Earthfest through "The Chests of Love Campaign" by Soumitra Subinaya. In this art project, Soumitra gifts participants with chestnut hearts to Love Earth as She Loves us.

Schloss Wiesenfelden

Berühren, riechen, schmecken: Kräuterführung mit blinden Menschen im Umweltzentrum Schloss Wiesenfelden. Bildnachweis: Umweltzentrum Archiv

Unser «Erdfest» findet am 22. Juni von 15 bis 20 Uhr statt. Was die Teilnehmenden erwartet? Eine Wanderung zu Baumpersönlichkeiten, die Schönheit der Sommerflora bestaunen, Geschichten und Naturgedichte anhören, die Pflanzen der Bibel kennenlernen, Gemeinschaft erleben und Vieles mehr. Im Mittelpunkt steht, die Fülle des Sommers zu feiern im Geist der ERDFEST-Initiative, die an immer mehr Orten aufkeimt. Näheres in der Presse und im Internet.

Beate Seitz-Weinzierl, Leiterin des Unweltzentrums Schloss Wiesenfelden
Straubinger Str. 5
94344 Wiesenfelden
Allmende Kontor

Seit 2012 setzen die Gärtner*innen auf dem Tempelhofer Feld erfolgreich die Heißkompostierung um. Foto: Martina Kolarek

Das Erdfest liefert uns Theorie und Anlass zu feiern, was wir bereits seit über 5 Jahren auf dem Tempelhofer Feld in Berlin gemeinsam tun: lebendige Böden schaffen. Wir ernten unseren Kompost, widmen uns mit Euch traditionellen und neuen Formen des Humusaufbaus für den Gartenbau und die Landwirtschaft und laden herzlich zum Tempelhüpfen und Malen mit Erdfarben ein. Es ist Zeit, für eine neue Bodenkultur einzutreten. Make compost, not war!

Oderstraße 44
12051 Berlin

Mit etwas Lebendigem, zum Beispiel einem Apfel, kommunizieren: Was erfahre ich von dir? Copyright: Kunstschule Lingen

Wir gestalten unser erstes Erdfest in Kooperation mit unserer Partnerkunstschule in Papenburg: Am 24. Juni wird deren ÄPfEL-Aktion als Impuls ins südliche Emsland nach Lingen wandern. Inmitten des internationalen Weltkindertheaterfests Children move the world werden wir einen Raum schaffen, der dazu einlädt, dem Apfel in seiner Bedeutungsfülle zu begegnen, diese mit allen Sinnen zu erleben und gemeinsam künstlerisch in Kontakt damit zu treten.

Annette Sievers
Universitätsplatz 3
49808 Lingen

Erdfest für die Region Kassel: der Ort am Dörnberg bei der Gemeinschaft Lebensbogen in Kooperation mit Transition Town Kassel. Foto: Micha Holzmeier

Am 23. Juni beginnen wir unser Erdfest für die Region Kassel auf Einladung von Transition Town Kassel mit einem Abschlussfest des Degrowth – Tag des guten Lebens für alle im Hof der Wandelbar in Kassel. Am darauffolgenden Sonntag findet das Erdfest auf dem Gelände der Gemeinschaft Lebensbogen statt – als eine Gelegenheit zum achtsamen Erleben von sich selbst und der Erde. Näheres zu all dem verbunden mit einer Einladung auf unserer Webseite!

Christoph Lyding
Auf dem Dörnberg 13
34289 Zierenberg
Hof EmsAuen

Seit 2017 praktiziert unser Bioland Betrieb Solidarische Landwirtschaft mit derzeit 51 Mitgliedern – ein starker Prozess in Richtung Gemeinschaft. Foto: Katharina Heimrath

Unsere Solawi feiert ihr erstes Erdfest auf der Streuobstwiese zwischen Schafen und alten Obstsorten. Wir kommen zusammen, tauschen uns aus und genießen – abends bei einem wärmenden Feuer – all das, was die Erde uns immer wieder von neuem schenkt: Boden unter den Füßen, Geborgenheit, tolle Möglichkeiten uns einzubringen, enges Zusammenleben mit unseren Tieren ... Wir freuen uns auf das Feiern dieser unglaublichen, verbindenden Lebendigkeit.

Kristian Lampen
Im Brook 5
26899 Rhede
WohnArt München

Unser aller Mutter Erde ist schwer ramponiert. Mit dem Erdfest bringt unser gemeinschaftliches Wohnprojekt ihr die Achtung entgegen, die ihr gebührt.

Mit unserem ökologisch-solidarisch ausgerichteten Wohnprojekt wagnisART haben wir 2016 den Deutschen Städte-Preis gewonnen und 2017 den Deutschen Nachhaltigkeitspreis. Ein Erdfest auszurichten entspricht unseren Grundwerten. Am 24. Juni wollen wir unserer guten Mutter Erde die Ehre erweisen, die ihr gebührt: mit einer Erd-Kugel aus unseren gesammelten Plastikabfällen, gemeinsamem Kochen aus Gemüsespenden, Malen mit Erdfarben und Vielem mehr ...

Andreas Sliwka
Fritz-Winter-Str. 20
80807 München
Am Kunstweg. Foto Klaus Schmolze

Auf dem Kunstweg parallele landschaft zu gehen regt an, sich neu mit Natur, Landschaft und uns selbst darin zu verbinden. Foto: Klaus Schmolze

In der weiträumigen Landschaft des Pfrunger Burgweiler Riedes, die in einen natürlichen Lebensraum überführt werden soll, gibt es das LandArt-Projekt parallele landschaft. Gleich nebenan werden Flächen landwirtschaftlich genutzt. In diesem Spannungsfeld laden wir am 24. Juni zu einem Erdfest-Morgenspaziergang ein: Im Dialog mit Kunstwerken und der Landschaft wollen wir gemeinsam gehen, sehen, hören, spüren, inne halten – und uns austauschen.

Christiane Lehmann
Riedstraße 3
88271 Wilhelmsdorf

»Anblick« erkundet, wie die gegenständlich-materialistische Weltauffassung sich durch bewusstes Sehen – Schauen – neu verlebendigen lässt.

Für uns beinhaltet die ERDFEST-Initiative den kraftvollen Ansatz, alles Lebendige zusammen in einen weiten, offenen Blick zu nehmen, anstatt Natur und Kultur in Gegnerschaft zu setzen. Lebendigkeit feiern kann heißen, sie wahrnehmen – begeistert wahrnehmen, wie Goethe es praktizierte. Mit einer Nachtwanderung am 23./24. Juni feiern wir südlich von Basel den Gegenwartsmoment in der Natur: durch aktives Wahrnehmen, mit Stille, Musik und Poesie.

Renatus Derbidge
Efringerweg 5
4143 Dornach

Documentary Video of Minaminals II, Earthfest 2018 (Kirsten Wechslberger)

Minaminals sind Skulpturen aus Bioplastik und Sand mit Wildblumensaat. Ihr Blühen und Verwelken veranschaulicht den Kreislauf von Geburt und Tod. Im Rahmen des Erdfests können Besucher*innen am 24. Juni von 12 bis 16 Uhr zusammen mit mir, einer deutsch-namibischen Künstlerin, im Projektraum mp43, Berlin-Hellersdorf, Bioplastik und Sand kochen und eigene, zu 100% nachhaltige Skulpturen schaffen. Spenden zur Kostendeckung sind willkommen. 

Stollberger Str. 73
Stollberger Str. 73
12627 Berlin

ÄPfEL bedeutet hier Ästhetisches Programm fürs Emsland (2017/18). Video von der Eröffnung im Sept. 2017. Video: Kevin Schaub

Unser Erdfest wird der Apfel prägen – eine zutiefst bedeutungsvolle Frucht, die nicht zuletzt die Erde symbolisiert. Wir werden Besucher*innen des Internationalen Festes in Papenburg einladen, auf vielfältige künstlerische Weisen mit Äpfeln zu kommunizieren. Aufbauen können wir dabei auf ÄPfEL – Ästhetisches Programm fürs Emsland, ein Gemeinschaftsprojekt emsländischer Kunstschulen, das den Erweiterten Kunstbegriff (nach Beuys) erschließt. 

Petra Wendholz
Kunstschule Zinnober
Ölmühlenweg 11
26871 Papenburg

Wir freuen uns, dass sich am Erdfest viele grüne Daumen von der Erde berühren lassen! Foto: Blumenschule Schongau

Seit vielen Jahren widmen wir uns der naturgemäßen Anbauweise von Kräutern und Heilpflanzen. Unser tiefes Gärtnerwissen geben wir in Kursen und Seminaren weiter. Die Erdfest-Idee begeistert uns sehr, weil das erlebte Gärtnern eine tiefe Verbindung zur Erde schafft. Am 23. Juni laden wir alle Interessierten ein, im geschützten Gartenraum gärtnernd die Sinne für Wachstum, Werden, Vergehen und Wiedergeburt zu schärfen. Um Anmeldung wird gebeten.

Sabine Friesch
Augsburger Str. 62
86956 Schongau
atelier natur und leben

Touch the miracle: Life comes forth from the interconnected cycles of the living world. Photograph: natur und leben

If we remind ourselves of the unity of all life – and if we experience it – we find a new location in our own life. Then we are more conscious regarding the relationship to the other beings around us and concerning ourselves. In the workshop these spaces of connection open up again and again. For the Earthfest we will shift the compost in the garden, we will consciously explore the miracles of metamorphosis, the production of fertile soil, we will take heed of what they tell us… and enjoy a potluck meal together.

Andrea Kraus
Eckholz 5
24214 Neuwittenbek
Erdtische in Nürtingen

Earth tables as the place for a communal meal. Afterwards, flowers will be seeded into the soil. The city of Nürtingen supports this ceremony. Graphic Arts: Andreas 

On 24th of June we invite everyone to a communal meal around earth tables. We wish to meet with as many people from diverse origins on the meadow of the Kreuzkirche, Nürtingen, in order to celebrate the earth which belongs to us all. Please bring dishes from your countries of origin which we can then share. After the meal we are going to give thanks to the earth on the tables by seeding them. The tables will remain at the location until autumn.  

Andreas Mayer-Brennenstuhl
Bismarckstraße 26/2
72622 Nürtingen
Natureerfahrungsraum Kienberg

Kids are building a ship in the nature exploration space on Kienberg hill in which they can explore the wild, wide world. Photograph: Eike Friederici

On June 22nd we will celebrate an »Earthfest« in the nature exploration space on Kienberg hill, jointly with a youth recreational facility from the Marzahn borough of Berlin. Ideas will be collected from parents, children and educators in an open process, and the sequence of events is planned co-creatively. We will only use natural materials discovered in the nature experience space. We are pretty curious how the Earthfest will turn out!

Leonie Rhode
Gottfried-Funeck-Weg, Kienbergpark
12685 Berlin
Hochschule Darmstadt / Projekt Grüner Journalismus

The Internationaler Waldkunstpfad (International Forest Art Trail) in Darmstadt is an ideal place for creative writing workshops with school classes. Photograph: Nicole Rosenthal

Unter Waldmenschen (Among forest dwellers) is the name of a magazine supplement produced for the web portal Grü by students of journalism at Hochschule Darmstadt (Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences). The students make portraits of those inhabitants of Darmstadt who live in a special relationship with the forest. During the Earthfest on June 22nd the group will engage in a special creative writing process and a public reading in the Waldkunst Zentrum, a nearby center for forest arts.

Prof. Dr. Torsten Schäfer
Max-Planck-Straße 2
64807 Dieburg
Kulturpate e.V.

Together with committed international artists we bring new forms of art and culture to schools. We will focus on works from the artistic workshop of a school for the blind. Photograph: Julia Baier

To close our project Writing Water, supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung, participants from several different writing workshops in Berlin will celebrate the Earthfest in, by, or on the water. Young persons (age 13-15) will write water and read by the water. Students map the entire cultural diversity of the German Capital. We are thrilled by the prospect of exploring the Earthfest-idea from the perspective of water.

Misha Bolourie
Reichenberger Str. 101
10999 Berlin

Beauty, permanence and rootedness can be found close by. If we manage to consciously perceive this, we gain peace and new directions. Photograph: Wilhelm Breßer

The meaning of earthfest for us is to be connected to the earth. We can get closer to this if we celebrate and nourish our connection to the living earth, if we give thanks, and if we bring the aliveness of everything closer to all people. To do this, we will celebrate this new festival with a Medicine Wheel ceremony, with a celebration of the annual cycle, a sweat lodge ceremony and an earth-mound ceremony. It is a joy to be part of the EARTHFEST-Initiative. 

Wilhelm Breßer & Gisela Breßer-Bonhage
Am Meisenbach 7
53773 Hennef

To appreciate the living earth means to open up to its wonders but also to its deep wounds. Photograph: Claudia Maria Werner

On July 23rd we invite to an Earthfest in Herrsching at the Ammersee lake. Drums are calling us to come together in a circle and to express our appreciation for the earth. We explore creative processes which help us to enter into a dialogue with trees and to learn of their evolutionary wisdom. What becomes possible, if we open up consciously to the knowledge and the beauty of nature? What do we wish to contribute in order to preserve this wealth?

Claudia Maria Werner
Schönbichlstraße 66
82211 Herrsching

Earth, plants, animals and humans together constitute the Gemeinschaft der Solidarischen Landwirtschaft (community of solidarious agriculture) and are looking forward to the Earthfest. Photograph: Solawi

Four farms and 300 members (Solawistas) form the solidarious agriculture union in the north of Kiel, Germany. Since 2015 we have been taking responsibility for our soils by treating them in sustainable ways. We will come together for an Earth- and Farm-fest on our vegetable farm. We will celebrate the earth and her gifts with an artistic performance, with soil perception exercises and delicious food. 

Andrea Kraus
Eckholz 5
24214 Neuwittenbek

I believe the earth remembered me. She took me back so tenderly. Mary Oliver. Photograph: Pixabay.

What is your most courageous dialogue with the earth and the cosmos? Cosmic Yurt transforms our individual and collective creation power on the earth and in the universe. It uses poetry and workshops, implementing techniques as Wild Language, Clowning Goes Wild and Change Artist. During the three days of the Earthfest we invite you to a seminar in the Woodlands of the German region of Hessen: At home in nature –knowledge of the wilderness for women. 

Corinna Schwemer
Mauerstraße 13
61476 Kronberg

Exchange ideas around the fire, be inspired and thank the earth. Photograph: pexels

On the evening of June 23rd, the day after summer solstice, we, participants of the nature education program, invite you to our Earthfest. We wish to share our knowledge about the earth, the wilderness and all that is alive with interested individuals; we want to inspire and to see how a festival in togetherness can create impulses for transformative actions in the world. We will share a meal around the fire, listen to one another, listen to the flames … welcome!

Barbara Deubzer
Brunnenstraße 19
86938 Schondorf

Discover values and let your own self-value grow in togetherness. Photograph: Heike Koch

When we heard about the Earthfest, we had already planned a wild herb seminar for that time. We will now dedicate this to the idea of the Earthfest. Through questions such as: How can I find a deeper connection? And what nourishment for the earth comes from this?

Heike Koch
Im Bachtel 14
87561 Oberstdorf-Tiefenbach

A goat from the Gülzer Geißen goat farm was the inspiration for the fairy goat Petite Fleur and the Wendland Animal Conference. Photograph: Annett Melzer

During the Earthfest days 2018 we will create a fairy tale of animals, of the love for nature and the freedom of being of this earth, together with visitors of the Village Museum in Lübeln, Wendland region, northern Germany. The Earthfest takes place at the very beginning of summer with its abundance of light. Through creative, cross-generation actions we will call into life a rhapsody of woodland and summer meadows. We will celebrate our amazing earth with songs on bees and other insects, on whin

Tonglen für die Erde

Eine Steinbrache, letztes Wundmal einer 10jährigen Münchner Großbaustelle. Hier bedarf die Erde deutlich unseres Mitgefühls. Foto: Lore Galitz

Tonglen ist eine buddhistische Mitgefühlspraxis und bedeutet nehmen und geben. Man nimmt das Leid anderer auf und gibt vorgestelltes Gutes ab. In diesem Fall praktizieren wir am 23. Juni um 14 Uhr Tonglen für die Erde als ein liebevolles Wahrnehmen und Tun.

Aufruf: Haltet selbst Ausschau nach Orten, die eine solche Zuwendung gebrauchen, praktiziert dort am besten zum selben Zeitpunkt Tonglen für die Erde und schickt gerne ein Foto davon.

12 Holzhausener Straße
81379 München

On our farmstead, we are living and gardening according to the methods of permaculture, serving a more sustainable world. Photograph: Marlies Laser

The three regional permaculture-initiatives zukunftsFähig e.V., Gärtnerei Freie Scholle and Stein-Häger-Hofwill together celebrate their cooperation with the earth. On the 24th of June there will be a festival, comprising guided tours through the nursery, magical compost-compositions, dance with the earth spirits group Wir sind begeistert, a campfire, communal cooking and a meal together.

Johanna Häger
2 Querweg
17268 Gerswalde

Wild herbs workshop in the mobile kitchen during the Klimameile 2017 fair in Wildeshausen, Germany, 2017. Photograph: Hanayo Prüss

The climate-friendly mobile kitchen explores participative forms of self-catering from nature, wilderness and local resources. This raises the awareness for the earth – as soil with all its nutrients and healing agents and as our home planet. For the Earthfest 2018 I am also thinking about re-introducing my early art installation Eine Hand voll Erde – ein Glas Wasser – Stille (A handful of earth – a glass of water – silence).

Jaana Prüss
Marienburger Str. 34
10405 Berlin

Earthwork by Maraja Riechers (Leuphana University, Lüneburg), at the occasion of the arts project Lieblingsplätze (favourite spots), by Werner Henkel. Photograph: Jaana Prüss

Artecology_network has started its (Bio)Diversitätskorridor arts project in Oldenburg county, northwestern Germany. Its artistic research focuses on the topics of cultural and ecological diversity, sustainable cultural heritage of the landscape, sufficiency and agriculture. For the Earthfest 2018 we will celebrate our research with a host of activities throughout the county.

Jaana Prüss
Am Klosterkiel 53
27798 Hude

From the Archive for Earth Stories: Earth in a treasure chest. How that fits in with the idea of the EARTHFEST! Soil – a treasure. Photograph: Ulrich Koch

At the Earthfest 2018 the Archive for Earth Stories will present stories in virtual and in real space. An artistic exploration of the earth and the soil, can express in particular what it means to be earth. The celebration of earth as belonging to all beings helps the earth to recover from the mindless abuse and helps create political actions. You protect what you celebrate!

Ulrich Koch
Bismarckstr. 1
72793 Pfullingen

Enlivenment workshop in Schlehdorf, location of the Project Peace until 2018. This venue was the gateway for Project Peace to enter the EARTHFEST co-creative space. Photograph: Saro Ratter

Project Peace is an education program for young adults – in the service of a socially and ecologically just world. When we heard of the idea of an Earthfest, we soon understood: Our first Earthfest in the coming summer is going to have a contemplative character. We wish to meditate for three days with the living earth. Everyone who is interested is warmly invited!

Adelheid Tlach-Eickhoff
Sulzbrunn 2
87477 Sulzberg

Enlivenment workshop Earth: this creative process leads to an experience of meaningfulness through touching the earth. Photograph: Saro Ratter

Our hosts and visitors enjoy touching the earth, sowing, tending, harvesting and giving thanks. If we perceive the earth as a source of life and if we manage to connect to it in an unusual way, we recognize how close the connection is between man and earth – between humans and humus. We are looking forward to our first Earthfest in summer 2018 and hope that it will be celebrated in very many places.

Renée Schulz
Kirchstraße 15
82444 Schlehdorf

Erdfest 2019 Foto: Gemeinschaft Schloss Tempelhof

We came in touch with the Earthfest pretty early on. Therefore our program for 2018 is already set. It will play out in the fields and in the kitchen. There will be a symposium about the question: The earth – a collective being? And in the evening we’ll have a lively celebration. Have a look at the invitation (only in German PDF).

Agnes Schuster
Tempelhof 3
74594 Kreßberg