Mirela Adam

Crafting Joyful Wellness

A closer look at our Hildegard von Bingen's Herbs of Joy workshop

In a world constantly seeking answers to balance our modern minds, the wisdom of the past can often provide profound insights. Hildegard von Bingen's Herbs of Joy with Lynn Shore is a workshop that delves into the medieval wisdom of Hildegard von Bingen, a 12th-century nun, mystic, theologian, and expert in herbs and healing. Participants not only gain insight into Hildegard's extraordinary life but also acquire practical knowledge about herbs, remedies, and recipes that can be integrated into their daily lives. Through the guidance of Lynn Shore, this workshop bridges the gap between the medieval and the contemporary, reminding us that the pursuit of joy and holistic health is an enduring human endeavor.


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


Hildegard von Bingen: A Renaissance Woman Ahead of Her Time

Hildegard von Bingen's life and work serve as the cornerstone of this enlightening workshop. In an era when opportunities for women were severely limited, Hildegard shattered boundaries and became an intellectual powerhouse. She was the founder and abbess of a women's abbey, a musicologist, and a healer with unparalleled knowledge of herbs, plants, and their healing properties.

Beyond self-care, Hildegard emphasized the importance of our connection with nature, fostering what she called "primordial joy." Central to the workshop is Hildegard's practical guidance on nature and healing. Her writings describe medicinal herbs, causes of disease, and various treatment methods. Hildegard believed in the significance of detoxifying agents to cleanse both our bodies and lives. Detaching from old habits can create space for new practices, contributing to overall well-being.

One of the captivating aspects of this workshop is the hands-on experience of crafting herbal infusions. Participants have the opportunity to choose between olive oil and vinegar as their base and select their healing herbs. This activity not only connected participants with the wisdom of Hildegard but also empowered them to create personalized healing potions. These herbal-infused blends could be used for cooking, massages, or as skincare remedies. Designed to bring joy to the heart and promote health benefits, becomes a tangible link between the workshop and everyday life. 

This workshop beautifully illustrates how the past can be a source of inspiration and practical tools for promoting joy and wellness today. Hildegard von Bingen's Herbs of Joy with Lynn Shore is an immersion into the world of healing herbs, recipes, and holistic well-being.