Hildegard von Bingen's Herbs of Joy

with Lynn Shore

17 Sep 2023

Medieval abbess Hildegard von Bingen had solutions to help bring joy, whether a person felt low, empty, brained, full of rage or had memory difficulties. Join Lynn Shore to recreate the recipes of Hildegard using local plants and kitchen herbs to improve mental health.



Depiction of Hildegard of Bingen - Illumination from the Liber Scivias showing Hildegard receiving a vision and dictating to her scribe and secretary


What you will do 

We will use intriguing herbs and recipes, which are recorded in Hildegard's  classic texts, to create remedies which can safely and effectively help to balance our modern minds. You will go home with recipes, unusual preparations to continue using at home and spices of joy.

Lynn Shore

The natural world has always deeply fascinated Lynn – we are part of it and need to respect it. She expresses this through teaching, writing and being in green spaces. Her professional background is in science and special education, herbalism, permaculture and nature education. Outside of paid work she is involved in creating urban foraging sites and increasing food sovereignty.


Full price €55 | *Discount price € 39

*We give a discount to students, stadspas and artists. If this applies to you we might ask to see your kvk nr/portfolio or student card for this option.


17th of September, 15:00-17:00
Attendance limited to 12 people. We maintain a minimum of 6 participants.
Please note that, this workshop will be held in English.
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Participant smelling foraged lime leaf tea - During our Foraging for mental health workshop Lime leaves come from the Lime tree (Tilia europea). This tree will grow to up to 40 meters in height and when in bloom perfumes its whole neighbourhood. The honey from the flowers is regarded as one of the best flavoured and among the most valuables in the world. It is used mostly in medicine, cosmetics and in liqueurs. This plant's natural remedies are soothing and calming. Lime flowers and leaves can be used in infusion or made into a distilled water as household remedies in indigestion Iines Råmark

With: Lynn Shore

Depiction of Hildegard of Bingen visions - Hildegard von Bingen


Foraging chamomile from an urban wild flower patch - During our Foraging for mental health workshop Iines Råmark


Our resident herbalist Lynn Shore showing St. John's-worts - St. John's wort family (family Hypericaceae ) includes herbs and shrubs with yellow flowers and leaves that have numerous, often black, dots. Among this family we can find Hypericum perforatum , better known by its common name St. John' Wort. This plant has had great meanings and importance for superstition and witchcraft and its medicinal  properties are well known since at least the Graeco-Roman times. Externally it has been used to to aid wound healing, burns and sunburns. Currently, it is… Iines Råmark


Foraging chamomile - One of the most well known medicinal plants in Europe. We use the flowers to make a calming infusion that might help with anxiety and coughing. Also it's being used with skin inflammations. At Mediamatic we also have it in the "Casting Doubt" project . Iines Råmark