AN EXCEPTIONAL INVITATION TO SHARE  TRANSFORMATIVE DAY IN GLENSTAL ABBEY. 

A UNIQUE, RARE, IRISH  CELEBRATION OF THE 12TH CENTURY GERMAN POLYMATH AND MYSTIC, BENEDICTINE ABBESS;

HILDEGARD VON BINGEN

WHEN: Saturday, 6th July 2024 - 10am-5pm

WHERE: The Benedictine Monastery of Glenstal Abbey, Murroe, Co. Limerick

YOUR HOSTS: Nóirín Ní Riain PhD, Lucia Guerin and Richenda Barrett

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Come and be transformed by one of the world’s greatest figures symbolising the Divine, feminine and masculine : ecologist, apothecary, poet, preacher, teacher, cosmologist, musician and artist:

 

Hildegard Von Bingen.

 

We promise to open your hearts and minds to the crucial timeliness of what this polymath -  (someone whose knows a lot about a lot of things) – has to say. First and foremost, about how to heal and transform ourselves, and by extension, heal and transform our troubled times and history.

We believe that Hildegard has a direct connection with the Irish psyche because she entered the Benedictine monastery which was founded by an Irish monk, St. Disibod. We will be sharing deeply on this theory. 

 

 

As we listen to her chants and her poetry, share her spectacular visions and natural healing remedies, we know, from our own experience, that you will never again be the same on so many restorative levels. 

Hildegard von Bingen Retreat

Informative, experiental, transformative

with Noirin Ni Riain, Lucia Guerin & Richenda Barrett

For some time now, we have been nudged to share our wisdom and novel reflections on the German medieval mystic, Hildegard Von Bingen, particularly from the Irish perspective.

Over several trio conversations, we decided to present a once-off day-long workshop which will be both informative but highly experiential and transformative.

We are inviting in everyone, male, female, believer and non-believer alike to share our enthusiasm about one of the most important if not THE most important woman to have ever walked this planet.

You will go away after this day with a very rich understanding of one of the world's greatest ever mystics whose wisdom is greatly needed and so relevant for today's troubled world.

During the course of this day, you will experience three very special, yet interconnected, perspectives on this Sybil of the Rhine, as she was called, by Nóirín, Lucia and Richenda. This trio have worked meticulously to create together a unique experience which promises to be a transformative day in your life.

Do sign up speedily because our space is very limited and when you do, we shall be sending you further information about what to bring etc.


Ag tnúth go mór le do láithreacht – So looking forward to your presence and wisdom among us.

  • Saturday 6th July
  • Glenstal Abbey
  • 10am - 5pm
  • Lunch included
  • Cost: €90  **** EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT OF 15% IF BOOKED BEFORE 23RD JUNE 2024 
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Your guides for the retreat...

Rev. Nóirín Ní Riain PhD

Rev. Nóirín Ní Riain PhD is an internationally acclaimed spiritual singer, theologian and author. Her interest in Hildegard von Bingen spans forty years and she has become a major figure in the performance and musical interpretation of Hildegard. She has performed at some eight Hildegardian festivals in Europe.
She played the major role of Anima in Hildegard’s morality play – Ordo Virtutem – from Notre Dame University, Indiana to the International Conference in Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo, Michigan.
She has recorded Hildegardian chant extensively, notably with the Benedictine monks of Glenstal Abbey and her two sons.
Nóirín has recorded her experience around Hildegard in her autobiography – Listen with the Ear of the Heart, Veritas 2008.

Lucia Guerin

Lucia began her journey into the power of voice and spoken word with in 2005 as a way of self-exploration and deep healing.  Since then, she has been sharing her passion for voice, sound, movement, silence and poetry with her community in groups and one to one sessions.

Lucia's love of the spoken word found her training with Kim Rosen (author of "Saved by a Poem") in the Poetry Mystery School, now adding poetry as a powerful tool for healing and transformation. 

Lucia combines this unique combination of these skills to offer creative classes, workshops and training events.

You will find more about her work on www.listeningfield.ie.

Richenda Barrett

Richenda connected in with Reiki in the early 2000s and set about training to become a Reiki Master.  Through Reiki Richenda offered personalised Reiki sessions to her friends and family to help restore balance and alleviate stress. As Reiki unfolded in her Life, Aura Soma became a passion with instruction from Cathleen Morley. Travelling to the UK, Richenda met Mike Booth and attended his Aura Soma offerings, in order to deepen her knowledge and experience of the system. 

The journey has been to step into a more harmonious life and embrace the healthier transformative approach using the intuitive experience. This is has become a way of Life, where Richenda journeys to find the best intuitive approach for a joyous Life.

“We cannot live in a world interpreted for us by others. An interpreted world is not a hope. Part of the terror is to take back our listening, to use our own voice, to see our own light.”


 

― Hildegard of Bingen

 

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Hildegard the musician

by Noirin Ni Riain

Hildegard has been a constant, steady presence in my life since 1982 when I was first introduced to her by theologian and friend, Matthew Fox.

Her hymns and chants became an obsession and part of my spiritual repertoire. I have played the lead role, Anima, in her morality play Ordo Virtutem and sung her songs at many medieval music festivals in Europe and the States.


Hildegard's chant is wild and totally surprising, much more akin to our deep Sean-Nós tradition than to that of Gregorian chant. This is not surprising since the monastery that she entered as a very young girl was founded by an Irish saint, Disibod.


I shall be sharing - and teaching you too - some elements of this unique repertoire of praise which is - through the listening and singing - a profound form of spiritual healing and presence.

 

Hildegard the Visonary

Hildegard was a prolific creative, divinely inspired to create many works across several disciplines. In today’s world, where niching down is the primary aim of specialists, Hildegard would be considered an anomaly. Her visions were her way of downloading the divine messages which she received via different mediums to present to her followers. Today we can relish with delight, as the efforts she made to document and record her messages are there for us to pour over.

Hildegard used her divine musings to oversee the creation of elaborate illustrations to communicate a pictorial representation of her discoveries. The tool she used to deliver this information was the mandala.  The circular shape of the mandala allowed the conscious mind to be set aside and the sacred musings to come through. Join us as we .take an opportunity to delve into one of her visions as inspiration for our own development.

Hildegard the Poet

Hildegard was a prolific creator and has written numerous songs, prayers and poems.

These works are all mystical, observational, estatic and always in praise of the divine. In her poetry we see the divine expressed through nature, through the holy spirit, through the feminine.

My first introduction to the poetry of Hildegard was in 2010. In a workshop dedicated to the spoken word, we were asked to choose a poem that touched us. This poem seemed to jump out to me from the page and it is through speaking it, feeling it, hearing it that I am transformed.

In this workshop, we will explore some of Hildegard's poetry and see how themes in her work can be found in modern poets such as Mary Oliver and Seamus Heaney. 

This will be a participative experience where you are invited to explore your own voice through the words and imagery found in these poetic works.

Song to the Creator

You, all-accomplishing
Word of the Father,
are the light of primordial
daybreak over the spheres.
You, the foreknowing
mind of divinity,
foresaw all your works
as you willed them,
your prescience hidden
in the heart of your power,
your power like a wheel around the world,
whose circling never began
and never slides to an end.

translated by Barbara Newman

Antiphon for the Holy Spirit 

The Spirit of God
is a life that bestows life,
root of world-tree
and wind in its boughs.

Scrubbing out sin,
she rubs oil into wounds.

She is glistening life
alluring all praise,
all-awakening,
all-resurrecting.

translated by Barbara Newman

Again I am in turmoil.


Should I speak, or must I be silent?
I feel like a gnarled old tree, withered and crooked and flaky.
All the stories of the years are written on my branches.
The sap is gone, the voice is dead.

But I long to make again a sacred sound.
I want to sound out God
I want to be a young juicy, sap-running tree
So that I can sing God as God knows how.

O God, you gentle viridity
O Mary, honeycomb of life
O Jesus, hidden in sweetness as flowing honey,
Release my voice again.


I have sweetness to share.
I have stories to tell.
I have God to announce.
I have green life to celebrate.
I have rivers of fire to ignite.
--Hildegard von Bingen

I am the one whose praise echoes on high

I am the one whose praise echoes on high.
I am the one whose praise echoes on high.
I adorn all the earth.
I am the breeze that nurtures all things green.
I encourage blossoms to flourish with ripening fruits.
I am led by the spirit to feed the purest streams.
I am the rain coming from the dew
That causes the grasses to laugh with the joy of life.
I am the yearning for good.

--Hildegard von Bingen

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