Jason Stahl has 30+ years of experience living in a Hutterite community (1984-2017). He left to pursue higher education and discover his personal legend. Jason completed his bachelor’s in history/journalism in May 2022 at the University of Montana. For graduate school, he will study the apothecary and medicinal tradition employed by Hutterite physicians in the Early Modern period. He is making this pilgrimage as part of the 500-year commemoration of the birth of Anabaptism in 2025.
Jason has successful pilgrimage experience, having completed the 800-km Frances Camino de Santiago in 2018. During that trip, he conducted initial reconnaissance of Hutterite sites and memorials in Germany, Austria, Italy, Czechia, and Slovakia in anticipation of this project. Since then, he continues to establish contacts with local historians and scholars.
Stahl is also a journalist, woodworker, foodie, perpetual student, and self-development enthusiast.
Paul Hofer is a nomad, mystic, and disciple of walking prayer. He grew up in a Dariusleut Hutterite Colony in Alberta, Canada, and has always been drawn towards spirituality and culture. His life's philosophy is to surrender himself completely to the choreography of Spirit, which has led him on many challenging and intense experiences in the past decade. He has traveled extensively throughout Europe, North and South America, and has absorbed insight, language, and wisdom along the way.
To fund his travels, Hofer has planted over half a million trees in the forests of Western Canada. He has developed a great appreciation for nature, and is engaged in environmental activism in an attempt to provide the best possible future for the Earth and the next seven generations.
Paul is currently enrolled in a two-year spiritual training program with the Center for Sacred Studies based in California, and is in an ongoing study with the Santo Daime, with whom he spent over a year in the Amazon jungle of Brazil. He has immersed himself in meditation, silent retreats and ceremony as he works towards self-healing and developing his spiritual faculties.
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