Hildegard’s Parsley-Honeywine Recipe

February is the month when we think of our Hearts and of Love.  It’s an especially good time for Hildegard’s Parsley-Honeywine Recipe.

“Hildegard’s parsley-honeywine is a delicious and effective remedy and it is easy to make. This ideal combination of heart medicine and heart tonic does relieve pains in the heart, spleen and side.

Take eight to ten parsley leaves with stems.  Boil in one quart of natural red or white wine with two tablespoons wine vinegar for five minutes.

Add three-quarters cup honey (one-third cup or less for diabetics) and heat up again for five minutes.



Skim off the foam, strain, and rebottle the wine. Take one to three tablespoons daily. “

Hildegard of Bingen’s Medicine, Dr. Wighard Strehlow & Gottfried Hertzka, M.D.




Tap Into Transformation February – It’s about LOVE!

This month’s Tap Into Transformation is about Love!

Jeannine and David are very excited to debut David’s Song “Always” as a duet. David will be playing the glorious new Steinway, and Jeannine will be singing the harmony line that David recently composed. Here are the opening lyrics:
“God so loved the world, God sent a Holy Son…..
     And those who receive, will have LIFE always…..
Come be swept away by the beauty and passion of this song.

We will also share a dramatic poem which David wrote called “The Mountain and the Valley” which is about appreciating the gifts we each have and loving ourselves. eveningstar

We will continue our “Tap Prayer” and have more tap shoes available for those without.
Come express LOVE through your feet!red_tap_shoes

Come experience an evening of transformational song, poetry, and tap dancing in our gorgeous and inspiring Viriditas Studio in North Boulder. We aim to see you laugh and cry the most wonderful tears of awe and gratitude.  The joy that you will feel will bring a smile to your face. You will go home with your heart expanded and quickened with a heightened sense of Wonder.

Our world so needs each of us to step out onto the stage of life and make manifest our great potential. Experience us as we pave the way to do this by manifesting Divinity in action through our spectacular gifts.  Don’t miss this opportunity to be inspired to find and manifest your own gifts!

February 1, 2013, 7-9 PM.

Hope you can join us!

When: February 1, 2013.
Time: 7:00 to 9:00pm
Where: Viriditas Studio
Address: 4949 North Broadway, Unit 65, Boulder, CO 80304
Cost: $15.00
Questions: Info@Viriditasllc.com or 888-612-8189

Click here to purchase tickets.


In Viriditas,


How do I get close to God?

“How do I get close to God?” A friend recently asked me this question, and I would like to share a bit of my answer to her. “It is about prayer and meditation”, I told her. Ok…now how do I pray and meditate? I would like to give you an example of one way that Hildegard prayed and meditated and give you some guidelines on ways to incorporate her experience into your daily life.

Let’s start with an excerpt from the appendix of Matthew Fox’s latest book Hildegard of Bingen, A Saint For Our Times(pages 133/134): “Matthew Fox book jacketHildegard, like all Benedictine monks and sisters, chanted the psalms daily. The psalms of course are the wisdom poetry of Israel, and they therefore fed the heart of Jesus. I don’t recommend rushing through the psalms or saying certain prayers each day to complete a form in a prayer book. I recommend instead sitting with just one psalm at a time, reading it slowly-preferably out loud- and stop wherever or whenever your heart is touched. Don’t keep going. The purpose is not to get to the end. The purpose is to dwell on the insight, the word, the phrase, the image that stops you in your tracks. Dwell with it. Don’t move on. Be with the word or phrase or words. Let what has stopped you work its power on you.”

I have worked very deeply with Psalm 91. As I connected with the words of this psalm, I received a melody. David Sharp (my husband) created an arrangement for me to sing with and record. We then created movement to accompany the song. JGA_DS_tap_photoThose of you who saw my performance piece Feathers On The Breath Of God, witnessed me putting some of this journey on the stage at the Nomad in the summer of 2011. For those of you who find this process inspiring and didn’t get to see me do it live, I suggest you purchase the CD or even better the DVD of the movie of Feathers (both available on my website) and really see what can happen when we pray a psalm. It has worked wonders for Hildegard and me, and it will work wonders for you!

In Viriditas!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year dear Viriditas Community!

We launched the New Year with Tap Into Transformation on Friday, January 4th. We expanded on our opening African theme by using drumming and employed this powerful and grounding sound as the backdrop for our tap prayer.  Tap Prayer shows us where we’re going in our lives, moving us forward regardless of the obstacles or storms that befall us. The biggest miracle of the evening is that the people that came perfectly fit into the tap shoes we had available. Oh what a feeling as the group circle tap danced! We ended the evening in a deep meditation accompanied by Jeannine playing the Moonlight Sonata on her new Steinway!
Jeannine at new steinway cropped

For Christmas David received a Djembe drum and both of us will be starting African drumming classes on Tuesday, January 8th.  Stay tuned for powerful new beats and rhythms in our Tap Into Transformation events!

David, Gary Grundei and I are very excited to attend a show at the Boulder Theater on January 15th of Femi Kuti and his band Positive Force.  We’re looking forward to being
inspired by this African musician who has been nominated for 2 Grammy’s and follows in the footsteps of his father, the Nigerian musical genius, Fela Kuti, who inspired a Broadway Musical of the same name.

On January 24-26th David and I are honored to be presenting at Benet Hill Monastery in Colorado Springs. BHMsign Benet Hill is home to a wonderful group of Benedictine nuns who are very interested in learning more about Hildegard and exploring new forms of prayer and meditation.  We will be presenting to the sisters, staff and two of their ongoing classes.  Later in the year we will return when Benet Hill hosts a Hildegard week which will be open to the public.  I’ll keep you posted on the dates!

David and I will be meeting with Multimedia in Denver on the 10th; the second meeting regarding the production of Feathers On The Breath Of God at the Bas Bleu Theater in Ft. Collins, CO.  Neal Cohen, the president of Multimedia, wrote me last week to say that they have already tested & staged the 3-screen (on smaller flat panels) and the 2-vertical periaktoi (small flat panels) & qualified the current content, so they will be ready to roll on David’s and my arrival. We can’t wait!
FOBG2011 Jeannine blue,pink, purple, green Hildegard screen

In closing I’d like to share one of my favorite quotes from Hildegard to inspire us for the start of the New Year:

God says:
I am the day unto myself,
not formed by the Sun,
but rather,
forming the Sun,
igniting it.

I am the understanding not understood,
but rather,
allowing all understanding,
illuminating it.

I have a voice of thunder,
living sound,
the movement of all creatures.

In Viriditas!

The Creator’s KISS

As we begin the New Year, I want to share my favorite quote of Hildegard along with her
Illumination called “The Six Days of Creation Renewed.”

Here is the quote:
“As the Creator loves Creation, so Creation loves the Creator.

Creation, of course, was fashioned to be adorned,
to be showered, to be gifted with the love of the Creator.

The entire world has been embraced by this KISS.

God has gifted Creation with everything that is necessary.”

– Hildegard von Bingen

Six days of creation renewed illumination photo

Here is some of what Matthew Fox writes about this Illumination from his book Illuminations of Hildegard of Bingen:

“At the top of the picture is a mandala which Hildegard describes as fiery, cosmic
ropes from the “living fire” of the Creator God.  “That brightest fire which you see stands for the omnipotent and living God.”  Hildegard writes about God: “I remain hidden in every kind of reality as a fiery power.  Everything burns because of me in such a way as our breath constantly moves us, like the wind-tossed flame in a fire.  All this lives in its essence, and there is no death in it. For I am life.”  This divine fire is both “incomprehensible and inextinguishable” – it lives and no one can put it out.  This fire has “never been blackened by any evil.”  It is “wholly alive” and vivifies all things.”

“The picture also appears to be an eye, and Hildegard refers in this meditation to the creation happening in a “blink of an eye” by the Creator.  The eye truly feeds the sacred fire of the human spirit – elsewhere Hildegard refers to it as “the living eye.”  She says: “In the living eye everything appears in physical form.”   Hildegard calls the Holy Spirit “a fire that penetrates everything”; she calls God the Creator “a brightness that shines”; and she calls the Christ the “flashing forth that radiates” divine fire. Of course her images of light and fire correspond to her image of a living eye, since an eye is not an eye without light.”

In 2013, may we never forget that we are eternally embraced by the Creator’s KISS and may we actually feel the life-giving fire of this KISS.

In Viriditas,