Saint Hildegard von Bingen, The Unruly Mystic™

Discover why Saint Hildegard von Bingen is considered to be the patron saint of creativity, and about her continued impact today. This 12th-century abbess became famous as a Christian Mystic and visionary, as well as a musical composer and writer, and whose natural medicine is still practiced in Europe today. Saint Hildegard is venerated around the world for her widely recognized impact on today’s theologians, artists, musicians, the medical profession, and educators. The film is an homage to her, but is also a call to all of us, to listen, to still ourselves and to heed the call of our souls and whatever unruly messages exist within. The filmmaker traveled internationally to capture many of the stories you will see in this beautifully visual, memorable and inspiring film. The film evokes a calling: that sweet spot of creativity that we all yearn to discover and utilize, an inherent desire, which is also deeply spiritual in nature. (65 Minutes)

The Unruly Mystic: Saint Hildegard of Bingen from Michael M. Conti on Vimeo.

Available in multiple languages!

It is our belief that a live screening of the film with an audience that can engage in conversation afterwards is more meaningful than watching the film alone.  This has been realized with all our screenings, from Harvard Divinity School to local theatrical settings.  Better yet, do a benefit screening like when we raised money for a Hildegard inspired comfort care home in Louisville, KY to a fundraiser for a Catholic parish church in Ohio, to a local GoFundMe fundraiser for a artist friend in our own town. The opportunities are endless when Saint Hildegard is put to work!


Saint Hildegard von Bingen is beloved in Germany, USA, UK, Spain and Japan.

The Unruly Mystic™ Saint Hildegard von Bingen is now internationally available around the world for screenings in multiple languages besides English.    

closed-captions for Saint Hildegard von Bingen For English or German closed-captions, simply click on the ‘CC’ button in the video player controls when watching on Vimeo.  Also closed-captions available for iTunes and Amazon.

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The film evokes a calling, that sweet spot of creativity that we all yearn to play in, which is also spiritual in nature. She is venerated for her widely recognized impact on today’s theologians, artists, musicians, doctors and educators.

Story behind my film

People ask me how I came to make a documentary about Saint Hildegard of Bingen. I don’t see this film as a religious historical documentary, but a prescriptive documentary of how one woman that is still widely unknown (although recently canonized and made a doctor of the church by the Vatican in 2013) can continue to have a profound impact on today’s theologians, artists, musicians and educators.

Interviewing Sister Hildegard

Interviewing Sister Hildegard at the Saint Hildegard Abbey, Germany

It all started two years ago when I decided to take my first ever pilgrimage to the Rhineland.  I took a 10-day retreat which was billed as a Birthing Vision, coinciding with spring equinox in the Rhineland, and the opportunity to immerse into the Light and Greening Power of Hildegard.  The result of that retreat was for me the start of a film entitled The Unruly Mystic™ which is a prescriptive documentary of how I as the filmmaker reaffirm my life’s work when I fell in love with a 12th century Saint.  It is a journey that has now taken me to Germany several more times, and given me to the opportunity to meet artists, writers, musicians, theologians and doctors around the world that have found their life changed by Saint Hildegard.

Included in the film are other insightful interviews with Benedictine Sr. Lydia from the Abbey of St. Hildegard, Germany; Professor Beverly Mayne Kienzle at the Harvard Divinity School; Linn Maxwell, a world-class mezzo soprano on her one-woman Hildegard show, The Living Light; Dr. Wighard Strehlow’s healing work at the Hildegard Center in Allen Bach, Germany; and American Episcopal priest and theologian Matthew Fox.  Read more about the Filmmaker.

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