Lecture:The Folk Magic of Hildegard von Bingen’s Herbs
Join forager and plant folklorist Rebecca Beyer for an exploration of the Medieval folk magical practices alive in the works of nun and mystic, Hildegard von Bingen. Composer, writer, and herbalist, this visionary woman carved a name for herself in the healing and the mystic arts around the year 1100 in what we know today as Germany. Though she would have shunned the title in her day, Hildegard was a magical practitioner in every sense of the word. She left many writings behind for us to use as a window to peer into the folk magical uses of plants in her day.
Rebecca Beyer is a farmer, forager, herbalist, woodcarver, and witch from Asheville, NC. She holds a B.S. in Plant and Soil Science from the University of Vermont and has been learning and teaching in the Primitive Skills community for the last 6 years. She teaches foraging professionally as well as Ethnobotany at Appalachian State University where she is completing her Masters in Appalachian Studies. Her passions include botanical illustration, the folklore of Appalachian plants and writing her blog: Blood and Spicebush. She is currently stewarding land at the Hawk & Hawthorne, a community of magical people growing food and teaching classes on foraging and esoteric arts in Western North Carolina.