The Austin chapter of American Pilgrims serves central Texas centered on Austin.
The purpose of local chapters is to keep members connected to the Camino and to introduce new people to the phenomenon. We plan to accomplish this in a number of ways, such as social events, walks, mentoring future pilgrims and serving as a local host for hospitalero training through American Pilgrims.
- To offer opportunities for local pilgrims to gather and hold events related to the Camino.
- To mentor future pilgrims, promote the pilgrimage and American Pilgrims through social gatherings.
- To serve as a local host for hospitalero training in the central Texas region.
The chapter will be scheduling walks, talks, potlucks and much more!
These will be listed here but you may also want to check the Local Events Calendar for non-chapter events that may be of interest.
Contact chapter coordinators Denise Palma and JoAnn Carreon-Reyes via email for more information.
The chapter has its own Facebook group which is another way to see what’s going on and to connect with local pilgrims.
- You’ve arrived! You have your compostela, you’ve attended the Pilgrims’ Mass and you’ve hugged the Saint. Now what? You need to scan through this blog entry by the venerable Johnnie Walker: 20 Things to See and Do in Santiago de Compostela for what to do next!
- There are a thousand and one packing lists out there, but this packing list is our take on the topic.
Contact us through Austin@americanpilgrims.org to find out what we’re doing!
Ladybird Lake Walk
Monthly on third Sundays, 3:00 – 5:00 PM
Next one up is July 15. Not occurring on June 17 – Father’s Day!
Join the Austin Chapter on the 3rd Sunday of each month. We have a nice route established now, rain or shine. We will talk and walk about 2 miles to Alta’s Cafe, a lovely spot on the lake (beverages and snacks are available for purchase), share pictures, tips, etc. and then head back. It feels like a mini-Camino day! No need to RSVP; just show up!
Meet at the Rock under MoPac footbridge (north end of the footbridge under MoPac). There’s free parking at MoPac Expressway & Lake Austin Blvd.
Monthly on 2nd Thursdays, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Next ones up are June 14 and July 12
Join the Austin Chapter on the 2nd Thursday of the month for happy hour at Habana. Come share in some great pilgrim camaraderie. Recently returned pilgrims, bring your Camino vibe, photos and stories to share! Pilgrims in training, bring your questions! Cuban food and drink are available for purchase. No need to RSVP; just show up!
2728 South Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78704
Camino Basics presentations
Monthly on 1st Saturdays, 2:00 – 4:00 PM (except January 6, July 7 and September 1)
Next one up is August 4, 2019
Join the Austin Chapter on the 1st Saturday of the month for a presentation of basic information about the Camino along with other relevant topics that differ each month. Pilgrims, we welcome you to attend and share your knowledge. If you’re in the planning stages or just interested, plan to come and bring your questions. After that we’ll just see where the discussion leads us. Free but registration with the store is recommended. Free parking.
REI Austin Downtown
601 North Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703
Are you interested in learning more about the Camino?
You can join the American Pilgrims on the Camino Facebook group for great dialogue, Q&A, photos and a running commentary about the Camino from like-minded pilgrims.
The Austin Chapter Camino Mentor Program can pair individuals who have questions about their upcoming Camino with a nearby veteran who can answer questions. Contact Austin@americanpilgrims.org for details.
Experienced Camino walkers and cyclists who would like to serve as mentors should contact us so that you can be added to our resource list. Potential mentors should provide us with your name, zip code and a brief rundown of your experience including walking or cycling, which route and when.
For information about the chapter and its activities or about membership in American Pilgrims, contact us at Austin@americanpilgrims.org.