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February 11, 2024 8:11 AM   Subscribe

Fr. Johannes Schwarz is a Catholic priest from Austria who went on pilgrimage to Santiago as a chap, and then obtained a PhD in Dogmatic Theology. After walking to Jerusalem and back, his bishop gave him a three year sabbatical to do a pilgrimage-in-place as a hermit. He found a small-holding with basic accommodation on the side of a mountain in Piedmont, Italy. He is releasing a series of 45m videos: one for each month of 2023. Intro [6½m]. Jan - Feb etc. - Aug should be released today (they're coming at one-a-week).

cw: For the last 10 minutes of each month, the projects, the year's turn, the wild-life, the weather are all set aside for some philosophical reflections. The transcript of these rambles is available as a pinned comment. So the heavy is easily and deliberately made avoidable.

The Martijn Doolaard cited in the Intro is another (secular) vlogging small-holder who lives round another corner of the mountain (and gets much worse weather). He previously cycled from Vancouver to Patagonia and Amsterdam to Singapore. Martijn was mentioned by rongorongo in Dec 2022. They have both been visited, independently, by Kirsten Dirksen the hunter of homesteaders.
posted by BobTheScientist (8 comments total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
 
Big fan of that attached greenhouse. Looks like he might be growing citrus?
posted by leotrotsky at 8:35 AM on February 11


I do wonder if a YouTube channel isn’t exactly keeping with the idea behind hermitage, though I suppose many historically have made pilgrimages to hermits, so maybe PR was always part of the program.
posted by leotrotsky at 8:37 AM on February 11


I do wonder if a YouTube channel isn’t exactly keeping with the idea behind hermitage, though I suppose many historically have made pilgrimages to hermits, so maybe PR was always part of the program.

If I'm remembering my Augustine correctly, one of the first hermits got a bunch of early Christians interested in the lifestyle by telling people how he was having amazing battles with demons every night.

Or something like that.
posted by clawsoon at 10:09 AM on February 11 [1 favorite]


I'm assuming he was a chaplain rather than a chap.
posted by Nancy Lebovitz at 12:08 PM on February 11


Technically, he could be both, as well as being generally chapped fro being a pilgrim, if he was doing a lot of hiking….
posted by GenjiandProust at 12:29 PM on February 11


Reminds me of that British Woman who became a Buddhist and then became the first Woman to go through a ritual mediation where you're alone in a small cabin on the side of one of the Himalayan Mountains. Hers was at 13,200 feet and she stayed there, alone, for 12 years. The last 3 years wo any human contact. IIRC, they made her come down before the conclusion of the ritual period. She wasn't supposed to have lasted that long in the first place.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tenzin_Palmo
posted by aleph at 1:52 PM on February 11 [2 favorites]


/mediation/meditation
posted by aleph at 2:49 PM on February 11


Two of my favourite YouTubers! Johannes has also been restoring and upgrading his house, he is a very skilled woodworker.
posted by ellieBOA at 4:51 AM on February 12


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