The Southeast Michigan Chapter of American Pilgrims covers that area of the state, bounded roughly by Lansing, the southern state border, Lake Erie and Flint (Lower Southeast Michigan).
Broadly stated, the purpose of this local chapter 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, hikes, mentoring future pilgrims and serving as a local host for hospitalero training through American Pilgrims.
We send quarterly mailings with upcoming events. You will receive these mailings by signing up for our local chapter email list.
Contact chapter coordinators David Larwa and Paula Jager at SoutheastMichigan@americanpilgrims.org for more information or to be added to the chapter email list.
- You've arrived! You have your compostela, you've attended the Pilgrims' Mass and you've hugged the Saint. Now what? You need to read this blog entry by the venerable Johnnie Walker: 20 Things to See and Do in Santiago de Compostela to know what to do next!
- There are a thousand and one packing lists out there but this packing list is our take on the topic.
The chapter schedules local hikes, talks, potlucks, book talks, maintains maintains a lending library of Camino-related books and much more!
We will also be hosting an annual Shell Ceremony for pilgrims who will begin their journey in the coming year.
To see what we’re doing, please visit the Local Chapter Events Calendar and select our chapter name in the "All Events Category" pull-down menu. This will filter to display only our chapter's events.
You can always email us to find out what we're up to!
Look at our photo gallery to see photos of recent events! Hopefully seeing all the happy people will make you want to come join us!
Lakelands Trail Walks
First Sunday of the month, 12:00 noon - 2:00 pm
Join the Southeast Michigan Chapter on the first Sunday of the each month (starting January 6, 2019) and discover the Lakelands Trail in Hamburg, Michigan. This is a linear park in the Michigan State Park System. This is a former railroad route and has been developed into a 16 foot wide pathway. We will talk and walk about 5-6 (flat) miles round trip from Biggby Coffee (beverages and snacks are available for purchase), share pictures, tips, etc.
No need to RSVP; just show up! We walk rain, shine or snow! The group will meet before each walk at the Biggby Coffee shop. The location is 9568 Chilson Commons Circle, Pinckney, MI 48169 which is located 5 miles from US-23 West at M-36 and Chilson Road.
Are you interested in learning more about the Camino?
Consider joining the American Pilgrims on the Camino Facebook group for great dialogue, photos, and a running commentary about the Camino from like-minded pilgrims.
The Southeast Michigan Chapter Camino Mentor Program can pair individuals who have questions about their upcoming Camino with a nearby veteran who can answer questions. Contact SoutheastMichigan@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.