Serving on the Camino
Many pilgrims feel they are part of a stream of humanity, or even a flow of history, moving ever westward to Santiago. As an hospitalero, you become a rock in that stream. The rock stays in place and a drop of water hesitates briefly and then moves on, leaving the rock to interact with the next drop and the next. You provide a resting place where fellow pilgrims can stop to renew themselves in body, mind and spirit.
Those who have gone from walking the Camino to serving as hospitaleros say this experience is in every sense a Camino of its own.
Upcoming Hospitalero Training Sessions
The next training session is scheduled for Tuesday, March 10 to Thursday, March 12, 2020, immediately before the National Gathering in Zephyr Point, Nevada. Registration is now open! If you can't make this session, know that other sessions are in the pipeline. If you're a member of American Pilgrims there's no need for you to contact us about announcements as you'll be automatically notified when sessions are scheduled!
In order to be eligible for training as an hospitalero, applicants:
• must be at least 18 years old at the time of the training,
• must have overnighted in at least three non-private (municipal, parochial or association-run) albergues on the Camino,
• must have walked at least any 100 km (or biked any 200 km) on the Camino, and
• must be a (paying) member of American Pilgrims on the Camino.
The cost of the session is $295pp. In addition to the training, this includes lodging for the two nights and meals dinner Tuesday through lunch Thursday. You must stay on site. More details are offered on the registration form. If you satisfy all of these requirements and you're interested in the training, click to go to the registration form. These sessions always fill rapidly - don't get left behind!