'Nurture life wherever you find it'

Hildegard von Bingen’s maxim – and our guide for life

These wise words probably best sum up St Hildegard von Bingen’s teachings and the way we see and do things at the Pirchner Hof health retreat. Her maxim is reflected in our kitchen – most of the ingredients for our special Hildegard dishes and our standard menu come from our own farm or are supplied by local producers. In tune with Hildegard von Bingen's thought, our nurturing health & Spa area is based on the four elements, and our daily programme includes Hildegard-themed walks and lectures.

Hildegard von Bingen: saint, visionary and role model

Hildegard von Bingen was born in 1098 and entered a Benedictine monastery at the tender age of eight. Throughout her life she was deeply concerned with religion, medicine, ethics and cosmology. She also made a name for herself as a composer and was known for her wise counsel. The books she authored detail her extensive nutritional and health teachings, as well as her comprehensive knowledge of herbs and medicinal plants. She was canonised in 2012. The teachings of Hildegard von Bingen are holistic and can be summed up in six simple principles. They cover all areas of life, enhance health, and are easy and enjoyable to apply. This is why she is of so much interest to us – and remarkably contemporary too!