Saco, ME: National Event, Hospitalero Training

May 31, 2024 4:00PM—Jun 02, 2024 4:00PM


Ferry Beach Retreat and Conference Center, 5 Morris Avenue, Saco, ME 04072

Cost $295.00

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Announcing American Pilgrims’

Next 2024 Hospitalero Training Session:

May 31 to June 2, 2024

Ferry Beach Retreat and Conference Center

5 Morris Avenue

Saco, ME 04072

Our next hospitalero training session of 2024 will be held from May 31 to June 2, 2024, at the Ferry Beach Retreat and Conference Center in Saco, ME. The venue is near Portland, ME, and is approximately 20 minutes south of Portland (PWM) airport.

Registration costs $295.00 and includes two nights’ lodging, six meals (Friday dinner through Sunday lunch), and all training materials. Linens are not provided but pillows are provided. Bring your own toiletries.

Training Schedule
Check-in: 4:00 PM on Friday, May 31, 2024
Training complete: 4:00 PM on Sunday, June 2, 2024

Participation is limited to 20. A minimum of 15 participants is required to hold the training session. Don’t delay, register today!

Do you want to learn what it takes to become a hospitalero supporting other pilgrims on the road to Santiago?

This training is offered for members who plan to volunteer in pilgrim hostels (albergues) on the Camino. 

To attend you must:

  • Have walked at least 100 km or biked at least 200 km of the Camino;  
  • Have stayed in at least 1 non-private (parochial, municipal or association-run) albergue;
  • Be a member of American Pilgrims on the Camino; and
  • Be at least 21 years old by the training date.

Not sure if you’ve stayed in a qualifying albergue? Follow this link to the list of Spanish Federation Albergues or follow this link to verify your stay on the list of hostels on Camino routes.

Fee Waiver Application: American Pilgrims strives to make participation in our Hospitalero Trainings financially accessible to all who wish to participate. As a way to keep fees as low as possible, American Pilgrims covers the costs of the training sessions beyond the amount of registration fees collected. One registration fee waiver per session is available to a member who might not otherwise afford the training. Preference for the fee waiver will be given to students and to those willing to serve in one of the Spanish Federation donativo albergues. Transportation to the training location is the responsibility of the attendee.

Follow this link to apply for the hospitalero training fee waiver.

If you have questions, visit or email

Follow this link to visit the Ferry Beach Retreat website.

Reminder: You must attend the entire training session to be certified. Make your travel plans accordingly.

Registration closes on May 5, 2024. Don’t delay!

Follow this link to continue to Hospitalero Training Registration