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Strengthening the Soul

An At-Home Hildegard Retreat


Welcome to this self-led retreat inspired by the life and theology of the Christian Mystic, Hildegard of Bingen! Her work still inspires people today, and she's known for being a powerful healer. This retreat is for you to do in your space, whenever you need some strength and healing for your soul!

Here is a suggested quiet day outline:

  • 9:00 Build your quiet space

  • 10:00-10:20 Break

  • 10:20-11:00  Hildegard & Trauma Discussion

  • 11:00-11:20 Break

  • 11:20-11:30 Feather Meditation

  • 11:30-1:00 Mindful eating lunch, walk, rest

  • 1:00-1:30 Hildegard's Visions and a Walk into the Future

  • 1:30-1:45 Icon writing and music

  • 1:45-2:00 Break

  • 2:00-3:00 Journal studio

  • 3:30 Finish

You might want to have next to you:

– Speaker/headphone for music

– Herbal Teas (especially camomile & mint, which Hildegard believed increased joy)

– Art supplies

– Meditation cushion

-  Your favorite Bible

-  Guidelines by Hildegard for "Eating with the Natural Wisdom of the Body" (2 pages)

For an extra bonus, we're also including some of Hildegard’s own recipes from “St. Hildegard's Kitchen" by Jany Fournier-Rosset,  that the Saint used to help balance the body. Feel free to have these prepared for your lunch break for the full Hildegard experience.

Available June 6th, 2024

Membership Community


The Rev. Dr. Hillary Raining

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Hillary currently serves as the first woman Rector of St. Christopher's Episcopal Church in Gladwyne, PA. She teaches both on The Hive as well as seminary classes and is a sought after retreat leader. As a writer, Raining has published in both academia and ecclesia. She is the author of Joy in Confession and co-author with Amy Dolan of Faith with a Twist. She holds a B.A. with honors in Religion and Psychology from Moravian College, a Masters of Divinity from Yale and the Institute of Sacred Music and is a graduate from Drew University with a Doctorate in Ministry. Raining is also a yoga teacher, bee keeper, and environmentalist.

To learn more about Hillary, visit her personal website here.

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