Geist started in 2005 after Michael Sauder left Geist Road in Lancaster, Pa and hitched-hiked around the country with a childhood friend. The music is inspired from that trip and experiences of growing up as a gravedigger from a Christian household. In 2007 percussionist Samuel Joseph came in to offer his rhythmic wizardry thus becoming Geist & Samuel Joseph. In 2008 they self released their self-titled ep 'Geist & Samuel Joseph'. The following year they started to have a rotating cast of musicians and Geist & the Sacred Ensemble was born.