An Evening Celebration of Hildegard of Bingen

Tuesday, October 15, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Who was this fascinating medieval mystic and prophetess? What meaning does her life and writing offer women today?  The evening will include presentation, conversation, and ritual surrounding the theology and life of Hildegard of Bingen. Mary Sharratt will read from and share about the writing of Illuminations: A Novel of Hildegard Von Bingen.

Like billowing clouds, like the incessant gurgle of the brook, the longing of the spirit can never be stilled.

-Hildegard of Bingen


Mary Sharratt
, author of Illuminations: A Novel of Hildegard Von Bingen, is a Minnesota-born writer who lives in the Pendle region of Lancashire, Northern England, the setting for her acclaimed novel, Daughters of the Witching Hill.  Mary’s interest in sacred music and herbal medicine along with twelve years in Germany, inspired her to write Illuminations: A Novel of Hildegard von Bingen, which explores the dramatic life of the 12th century Benedictine abbess, composer, polymath, and powerfrau. Illuminations won the Nautilus Gold Award for Better Books for a Better World and was selected as a Kirkus Book of the Year. Learn more on her website.

Gabriel Ross, MA Catechetics and Liturgy, University of St. Thomas, directs Creative Spirit, a non-profit organization dedicated to exploring spirituality through the arts.  She has taught adult education courses for over 25 years including a course on women mystics.  Gabriel leads women’s spirituality groups, Celtic drum and ritual groups, "Soul Journal" workshops and "Mystics at the River."

Mary Plaster
, an independent mixed-media artist, art facilitator, and creative coach lives on Spirit Mountain near Duluth, MN. Her giant Hildegard puppet will be featured at the program.

Katy Taylor
will provide live music for the evening. Katy has been singing since she was a child. When she first heard the music of 12th century German mystic Hildegard of Bingen, the music felt like home, and Katy promptly learned all she could of it, furthering her study of Hildegard and medieval music by training with the internationally-acclaimed medieval ensemble, sequentia, and eventually coo-directing Anima.

WHEN: Tuesday, October 15, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

COST: $30.00

The new paperback version of Illuminations will be available for purchase at the event.