The Scivias Institute is a community of leaders & learners. We are a non-profit organization and a registered society in Germany. Being in an ecumenical and inter-religious dialogue, we strive to join into the social and academic discourse in theology, art and science today. We would like to welcome many friends and sponsors as our members.

Please look into the program "Hildegard of Bingen" and "Scivias School of Art(s)" for more information about what we do. Please also look under the rubric "Events" for what is actually going on in the near future. E.g. you might be interested in joing the next International Hildegard Pilgrimage in 2019 or the Opening Event of the Scivias School of Art(s) in 2020. 

Current Information

Virtual Hildegardweg Pilgrimage 6-17 September 2020

Dear international members and friends of the Scivias Institute:

We are excited to invite you to join in the first of its kind Virtual Hildegard Pilgrimage to take place for twelve days from September 6 to 17, 2020.

This online event is based on a film-project by members of the Scivias School of Arts that took place during the International Pilgrimage of the Scivias Institute in the hot summer of 2019: pilgrim-filmmaker Michael Conti took footage, and Dr. Annette Esser,  initiator of the Hildegard Way in Germany and author of the Hildegard Pilgrimage Book (Pilgerbuch Hildegard von Bingen Pilgerwanderweg), acted Hildegard in persona. Spring 2020 both worked trans-continentally on a series of 12 videos, entitled Saint Hildegard Speaks.

In the virtual pilgrimage, these videos produced by Michael Conti Production will be shown on the twelve days prior to and including Hildegard’s Feast Day held on 17 September.

Having joined the 2019 pilgrimage together with her daughter Angel as a member, Rev. Dr. Shanon Sterringer will provide the accompanying virtual liturgies during the online sessions.

There will also be online pilgrimage discussion talks with international Hildegard-experts and curated by Dr. Beverly Kienzle from Harvard. 

Join the Virtual Hildegard Pilgrimage!

Registration and further information can be found here: https://sainthildegard.com/

Pilgrimages in Groups

Dear pilgrims on the Hildegardweg:

As of 10 June 2020, the legal regulations give us the possibility to be on the Hildegardweg pilgrimage together.* If there are more than 10 people participating, the legal regulations apply with regard to the distance and mask obligations -- of course, not while on the route, unless we are close together -- which is never the case.

Please plan for self-catering because passing on food and objects is problematic.

We apologize but we cannot substitute the cancelled pilgrim hikes this year. For all upcoming pilgrimages a new registration is necessary under the conditions described above.

Registration for August 15, September 5 and 26, and October 10 is still open, email t.henrich@scivias.info

*A list of participants including date, time, address and telephone data must be compiled and kept for 1 month.

NOTE: Persons with any symptoms of an upper respiratory tract infection (especially cough, cold symptoms, fever) will be requested to leave and denied participation in the group pilgrimage.

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Hildegard of Bingen

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Current Publication

Das Hildegard von Bingen Pilgerwanderweg.

Hrsg. von Annette Esser und dem Scivias-Institut beim Matthias Ess Verlag.

304 Seiten. ISBN 978-3-945676-35-6.

19,80 €

The next 3 upcoming Events

International Hildegard Pilgrimage


Hildegard Pilgrimage, July 26 - August 9, 2015

This Hildegard pilgrimage was planned in cooperation between Dr. Annette Esser, Scivias Institute, and Prof. Chung Hyung Kyung, Union Theological Seminary, New York. It started July 27 in Cologne and ended on August 9, 2015, in the "land of Hildegard" near Bingen. We had pilgrims from America, Korea and Australia.

Sr. Caroline wrote a good report about the pilgrimage. (see below)