About Hildegard

Learn more about Hildegard of Bingen and German holistic health and wellness.

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Ordo Virtutum Text Translation

This English text and translation of the play Ordo Virtutum by Hildegard of Bingen is based on a translation by Peter Dronke.

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Tenets Traditional German Medicine

5 Modern Tenets of Traditional German Medicine

Germany’s oldest tradition, Klosterheilkunde continues to surprise modern scientists.  The positive momentum in natural heath and wellness include the following tenets of Traditional German Medicine.

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Balance Discretio with Discretion

The ancient principle of discretio has deep spiritual roots but is also timeless in its value as an actionable practice for modern living. Finding the right measure in all things poses a unique challenge to our modern harried lifestyles.

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Contemporary Ordo Virtutum

A Contemporary Ordo Virtutum

This contemporary take on Ordo Virtutum, performed alongside Diana Rowan and the San Francisco Renaissance Voices, takes an interesting twist as it incorporates the sounds of traditional North Indian (Hindustani) classical music for which Deepak is famous.

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Hildegard of Bingen Writings

The body of work surrounding Hildegard of Bingen writings is expansive and diverse. She was equal parts nun and scientist, theologian and philosopher, musician and poet, and naturalist and doctor. In hindsight, many of Hildegard’s views are ground breaking. Her work helped usher in many new and creative ways of thinking but her greatest contribution just may have…

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Hildegard’s Joy of Giving

What is the secret to happiness? This is a timeless question that continues to escape the confines of a simple answer. But what if the secret is actually not a secret? What if the secret is not one thing, but instead many potential things within our grasp every single day? While philosophers and deep thinkers…

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Klosterheilkunde

Science Examines Klosterheilkunde

One of the foremost experts in klosterheilkunde and Traditional German Medicine, Dr. Bernard Uehleke tests the validity of Hildegard’s medicinal claims.

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Ancient Nutritional Treatment

Hildegard of Bingen’s Viriditas, or “life force”, lies at the heart of her nutritional treatment therapy. Food provides each organism with fundamental energy and healing power. Proper nutrition can prevent the need for pills later on.

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Dr. Barbara Stuehlmeyer: Music by Hildegard of Bingen

Dr. Stuehlmeyer was gracious enough to help us refine our posts on music of Hildegard of Bingen. Dr. Barbara Stuehlmeyer is a Hildegard scholar, German musicologist, church musician, writer and contributing editor.  In the process, we came to know and appreciate her deep expertise in Hildegard of Bingen and Hildegard music in particular. Music of Hildegard of Bingen…

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Viriditas through Mindfulness

With spring officially upon us, it is a fitting time to practice new ways to grow. Hildegard von Bingen believed the turning of the spring season to be a particularly good time for a fast or cleanse. Like most self-directed regimens, the benefits of periodic fasting and cleansing are greatly enhanced by our level of…

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Hildegard of Bingen was Transformational

Hildegard of Bingen was a visionary, theologian, writer, composer, artist, healer, reformer, medical practitioner, prophet, and poet. We are compelled to describe her through her many contributions to humanity.

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Hildegard’s Bodily Juices

Hildegard’s work in Causae et Curae, on the origin and treatment of diseases, offers a fascinating glimpse into Hildegard’s world view, and the theological underpinnings of her thinking around natural healing, naturopathy, and bodily juices. Even today, Hildegard’s descriptions provide a thought-provoking look at the causes of certain maladies and diseases. The Rule of Fours…

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