This past weekend I led a retreat on Hildegard of Bingen at the Oratory in Rock Hill, SC. We explored Hildegard’s life, visions, writings, music, and illuminations, with an emphasis on how to apply her wisdom to our lives today.
If you’re in the Atlanta area — I’m offering a similar program this coming weekend at the Amerson House of Hospitality and Contemplative Life located on the grounds of St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, 1790 LaVista Road, Atlanta. You can sign up for just the Friday evening program, the Saturday retreat, or for both events.
Friday evening, October 19: 7-9 PM
Sybil of the Rhine: Hildegard of Bingen, Saint, Artist and Visionary
Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) was a true Renaissance woman three hundred years before the Renaissance! This medieval nun wrote books on subjects ranging from medicine to theology, composed hauntingly beautiful music, and inspired the creation of mystical illuminated artwork, all while leading Benedictine nuns as one of the most important and influential abbesses of her time. Today, Hildegard can inspire people of all faiths with her creative energy, her love of nature, and her authentic voice as a genuine spiritual master. This presentation by Carl McColman, author of The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, will introduce you to the life and times of Hildegard, and explore how Hildegard’s wisdom speaks to us today.
Saturday, October 20: 9:30-3 PM
Viriditas: A Day-Retreat Based on the Spirituality of Hildegard of Bingen
Artist; musician; herbalist; physician; abbess; theologian; saint; and mystic. Many words describe the amazing 12th century visionary, Hildegard of Bingen, whose wisdom and artistry continues to speak to us after over nine hundred years. This contemplative event will combine meditative exercises based on the wisdom teachings of Hildegard with periods of silence, journaling, and optional shared reflection, designed to help foster a rich appreciation for Hildegard’s spirituality as a source for inner growth and nurture in our time. Our time together will include opportunities to enjoy Hildegard’s art and music as doorways to the sacred.
About the weekend
This “Hildegard of Bingen Weekend” is designed for maximum flexibility. You may attend either Friday evening’s presentation and Saturday’s retreat, or both events. Friday’s program tells Hildgard’s story and introduces us to her wisdom; the Saturday retreat invites us into her art and spirituality as a way to nurture the contemplative dimensions of our lives today.
Cost for Friday evening only is $10, for Saturday only is $45, or for both events is $50.
To register, call the church office at 404-634-3336 or email the Rev. Beverley Elliott at firstname.lastname@example.org
Pre-registration is required — please contact the church office of the Rev. Elliott by Wednesday, October 17 if you plan to attend.
About Carl McColman
Carl is a writer, retreat leader, and teacher of contemplative spirituality in both Christian and interfaith contexts. He is a professed Lay Cistercian — an associate of the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, GA. His website and blog, devoted to Christian mysticism and contemplative spirituality, is one of the most popular sites online devoted to its topic. Carl is the author of numerous books, including The Big Book of Christian Mysticism and the forthcoming Answering the Contemplative Call (due in January 2013). Visit him online at www.anamchara.com.