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Fri, 06 May


6 Whitewash Head Road

St Hildegard of Bingen Silent Retreat

'The Word is living, being Spirit, all verdent greening, bringing forth all creativity' - St Hildegard of Bingen

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St Hildegard of Bingen Silent Retreat
St Hildegard of Bingen Silent Retreat

Time & Location

06 May 2022, 7:00 pm NZST – 08 May 2022, 2:00 pm NZST

6 Whitewash Head Road, 6 Whitewash Head Road, Scarborough, Christchurch 8081, New Zealand

About the event

St Hildegard of Bingen was a remarkable visionary, writer, composer, and Benedictine abbess who lived at the beginning of the 12th century. She was a woman of many talents, writing numerous texts on theology, botany, and medicine in a time when these subjects were considered an exclusively male domain. She also composed music and poetry that is still considered some of the finest in the history of the church. In this weekend retreat, we will explore some of the creative works of St Hildegard of Bingen and how we might bring sacred creativity into our own lives.

Dates: 7 pm Friday, May 6 - 2 pm Sunday, May 8.

Cost (including all meals): $220. If you'd like to attend, but the cost is prohibitive, please get in touch as we may be able to assist you.

About the hosts: 

Edward O’Connor has been a contemplative and writer all his life, he’s only just realised it. In 2020 he completed a Master’s Degree in Writing at the University of Canterbury, where he completed a screenplay, poems, short stories, and a series of narrative essays on contemplative Christianity. He is the Director of Sister Eveleen House where he runs contemplative prayer and meditation three times a day. Eddie is currently undergoing formation in spiritual direction in the tradition of St Ignatius and is particularly interested in how we can revive ancient forms of spirituality for the modern-day world.

Aluminé has been interested in the contemplative life for many years, and how we can be modern contemplatives! Based in Sumner for the last 20 years, she has led retreats and is a Spiritual Director. Her passion is to engage in all forms of prayer and meditation, learning and encouraging others to try out different ways to pray, and connect with God. Aluminé is a photographer, pursues slow textile arts, is an avid reader and has a book review blog. Creativity is really important in her life, from cooking a meal right through to spinning wool or climbing a mountain

Payment Details: You will be sent an invoice for the full cost of the retreat approximately four weeks before the retreat. Payment is due 15 days on receipt of invoice.

COVID policy: In line with government restrictions for ticketed events run by places of worship, we require vaccine passes from all retreat participants. 

If you have any questions or would like further information please contact Eddie: (ph) 022 563 6879 (e) 


  • Hildegard Retreat $220

    You will be invoiced approximately 4 weeks before the retreat (ignore the 'Free' bit of the ticket description.)

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