Lafayette, CA: Northern California Chapter, St. James’ Day Potluck & Tribute to John Brierley

Jul 23, 2023 12:00AM—4:00PM


Lafayette, CA (Address will be provided to registered attendees)

Event Contact Laurie Ferris | Email


Join us for a pilgrim potluck on Sunday, July 23 to celebrate St. James Day at Pam Fletcher’s backyard in Lafayette.

We will have a chance to share a story, reflect on our Camino experience, and raise a glass to the late John Brierley, Camino guidebook author and friend to pilgrims.

Bring appetizers, salad, main dish, snacks, desserts, or beverages to share. On our registration page, please add your name and potluck item to the Potluck Sign-Up Sheet. Bonus points for bringing Camino-inspired food and for volunteers to help with setup/cleanup.

Getting there: For privacy reasons, the address will be provided to those who RSVP and confirm attendance. You can take an Uber or walk to Pam’s home from Lafayette BART. It’s a little over an hour’s walk and there is a big hill at the end for some bonus Camino training!

Carpooling: Registered participants will have access to an online “Carpool Bulletin Board” to post a message if they need a ride or can give one. If you prefer to drive to Lafayette, there is a playing field on St. Mary’s Road where you could park and carpool.

RSVP by July 20: Space is limited. Please register if/when you are certain you can attend.

Cancellation: Please email us at so we can offer your space to someone else.

Hosted by: Pam Fletcher and Laurie Ferris, Chapter Coordinator

The Ruff Stuff: For insurance purposes, we are unable to welcome dogs, except service animals, at our events.

Honoring the Legacy of John Brierley

We will have the chance to reflect on John Brierley’s contributions to the great pilgrimage and raise a glass in his honor. If you cannot attend the potluck but would like to share a story of John Brierley or how his guidebooks have helped you, email us and we’ll share it with John’s daughter Gemma, who will carry on his work with Camino Guides.

In case you missed the email from American Pilgrims with a message from Gemma, read below:

Dear fellow pilgrim,

With sadness, I’m writing to inform you that our fellow peregrino John Brierley has died. Countless numbers of us have relied on John’s guidebooks as we undertook our caminos. He not only advised us on choosing routes, finding albergues, and noticing interesting places, but he also guided us inwardly, always reminding us to tend to the inner pilgrimage. Continue reading.