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Midlife Awakenings & Inspiring Stories

Shanon Sterringer Hildegarden

Shanon Sterringer and the Hildegarden

Shanon Sterringer embodies Hildegard’s spirit in ways that would make anyone proud. In addition to her rich academic inquiry, she has takes a practical approach to solving life’s puzzles. Check out her latest project, the Hildegarden.

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Linn Maxwell

In Memory of Linn Maxwell

Over a short period of time, in the last dozen years of her life, Linn Maxwell created and left an overwhelming body of work dedicated to Hildegard of Bingen. She was among the first friendly face that we discovered.

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Jeanne Marie Spicuzza

A Discussion with Jeanne Marie Spicuzza

Jeanne Marie Spicuzza first found Hildegard of Bingen through Hildegard’s music. While working at a classical music store, Jeanne’s boss handed her a CD of Hildegard’s. From the first song, “Oh How Wonderous” (“O quam mirabilis est”), Jeanne was completely taken by the ethereal sound, she was in awe.

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Kim Langley

Conversation with Kim Langley

We recently had the pleasure of a conversation with Kim Langley about her signed book contact for a study group resource on Hildegard of Bingen.

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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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Victoria Sweet

Interview with Dr. Victoria Sweet

Chasing-down the ideas and prescriptions of a 900 year-old German nun and transforming them into relatable and actionable content is no easy task. So the discovery of Dr. Victoria Sweet was serendipitous on many levels. “Hildegard lets us tap into what we know is true; good and evil, virtue and vices.” – Dr. Victoria Sweet…

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midlife transition

A Creative Transition: Jennifer Mosquera

A neighborhood stroll on a beautiful Denver afternoon led us to a quiet corner across from City Park where we discovered out latest creative transition. Draped by a gentle lace of light and shadow from the tree-lined sidewalk, an unremarkable but curious storefront piqued our curiosity. After a few moments of window gazing, we stepped…

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midlife awakening

Discovery of Midlife Awakening

Do you think it is it too late to change? Consider Hildegard. It was only a midlife awakening for her because she lived so long for those times. Knowing the deep spring is there but not having the faith to find it is part of the dissonance we feel.

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midlife transition

Hildegard’s Midlife Transition

Hildegard of Bingen experienced a profound spiritual transformation in her early 40s.  In hindsight, the experience resembled that of a yogini’s kundalini awakening process or Jung’s version of individuation. Hildegard’s midlife transition, and her process of approaching wholeness and integration, resulted in the most creative period in her life. Like Hildegard, we hope to nurture a creative self, bringing together both conscious and unconscious.  Ideally,…

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living creativity

Hadley’s Living Creativity

We first met Hadley Meares through a story she had written about Hildegard. Hadley’s biography on Hildegard offered a fresh new perspective on our namesake’s living creativity. Hadley captured the essence of Hildegard with a light-hearted reverence that made us laugh, but also reminded us of just how remarkable Hildegard of Bingen was in her…

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Hildegard’s Kundalini Awakening Process

We first discovered Teri Degler while trying to broadly understand the kundalini awakening process, and more simply, our own motivations to explore creative spirit.  As it turns out, Teri has devoted much of her life to writing, teaching, and coaching people to embrace their creativity. In her book, The Fiery Muse: Creativity and the Spiritual Quest, Teri explores the…

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Midlife Adventure

Love and Linens: a midlife adventure

Our namesake, Hildegard of Bingen, experienced a spiritual awakening at age 42 that thrust her into a new way of living, a new sense of purpose that would inspire her to engage deeply in a multitude of creative, intellectual, and theological pursuits. Through embracing her purpose and unlocking her creative potential, she would become one…

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