Hildegard of Bingen was one of the most gifted spiritual teachers of all time. An abbess and founder of a Benedictine religious community; a composer, playwright, poet and artist; an herbalist and pharmacist; and a sensitive recipient of God-sent visions with insights about the Bible and the natural world, she encourages all people to experience the juiciness of life.

As days grow short and trees drop their leaves, what better time to appreciate our inner juiciness. And to help you tap into it, we offer you a vibrant collection of Hildegard of Bingen resources — books, music, and an inspiring movie about this extraordinary woman:

Films

Read our review of Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen, a soulful and spirit-filled German film about Hildegard's life and ministry. Also see interviews with director Margarethe von Trotta and lead actress Barbara Sukowa.

Quotes

See a collection of Quotations by Hildegard of Bingen.

Books

  • See a review of The Illuminations of Hildegard of Bingen by Matthew Fox about Hildegard's mystical interpretations of Christianity, including 24 full-color reproductions of her illustrations of her visions.
  • See a review of Hildegard, The Last Year a novel by Barbara Lachman that into the life of this medieval abbess during her eightieth year.

Music

Listen to Celtic Origins by Anuna, a music CD that includes "Sanctus," a Mass text based on the chants of Hildegard of Bingen.