Who we are


The name of the Scivias Institute derives from the major visionary work of Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179), the Scivias. The Latin words "sci vias" mean "know the ways." Taking this name, we relate to the mystical, prophetic, medical, literary, and musical heritage of the " seeress of the Rhine." Yet, her ouevre is not the single content of our program. Rather, her holistic and integrativ approach and her request to know the "ways of God" (scvias Domini) or the "ways of the living light" (scivias lucis) is a challenge for us and our search of a spiritual path today. The foundation of the Scivias Institute is based on the vision that spiritual quest and creative activity belong together just as the "two sides of the same coin."

The Scivias Institute uses insights from biblical and mystical writings and combines them with creative and therapeutic methods as well as with the practice of meditation, such as bibliodrama, depth psycholgy, art therapy, zen, yoga et al. In other words we use the various ways in which humans discover and develope their spirituality and their creative potential today.

Therefore, we do not simply offer courses. As leaders and learners, we rather wish to direct and to assist the processes of self-development of each other. This corresponds to the concept of co-construction in art education. In this appraoch of learning through collaboration, the perception of colours, forms, relations and dialogues stands in the center. In short, the Scivias Institute intends to make a program not only for you, but with you (and possibly with your children)!

The Scivias Institute is located in the Rhine valley between Cologne, Bingen and Bad Kreuznach.

"Cologne represents Art, Bingen Mysticism, and Bad Kreuznach Wellness." (Annette Esser)

Conferences, retreats, pilgrimages, workshops and other activities predominantely take place in this region. Yet, the Scivias Institute is not merely a regional institution. Rather the regional location shall invite people from all parts of the world to come to the "land of Hildegard."

Please consider if you want to join the Scivias Institute for Art & Spirituality as an international member.

New Board elected since May 2016

Dr. Annette Esser - erste Vorsitzende

David Profit - stellvertretender Vorsitzender

Heike Hildegard Kalft - Schatzmeisterin

Angelika Fromm - Schriftführerin


Prof. Chung Hyun Kyung, New York

Prof. Charlotte Esser, Köln

Dr. Hedwig Meyer-Wilmes, Kleve

Prof. Susan Roll, Ottawa

Prof. Ursula Rudnick, Hannover