The Valley of the Sun Chapter of American Pilgrims covers the general area of central Arizona, centered on Phoenix. The Valley of the Sun Chapter has recently been revitalized and key to that process were two meetings held this past March 2nd and 4th. The purpose of these events was to introduce Valley of the Sun pilgrims and not-yet pilgrims to the Chapter and to American Pilgrims. A summary of those meetings can be found in the Resources section below.
The purpose of our local chapter is to keep members connected to the Camino and to introduce new people to it, by:
- Supporting the goals of American Pilgrims on the Camino, and encouraging membership in the parent organization
- Providing opportunities for pilgrims, past, present and future to gather and to hold events related to and promoting the Camino de Santiago
- Mentoring future pilgrims
- Serving as a local host for hospitalero training in central Arizona
Contact chapter coordinators Pruitt Layton and Kath Stoll at Phoenix@americanpilgrims.org for more information or to be added to the chapter email list.
- Getting Started on the Camino de Santiago
- Introduction to the Ways of "The Way"
- Camino Packing Guide
- Injury Prevention Tips for the Camino
- Basic Spanish for the Camino (rev. 2021)
- Helpful Camino Websites
- Leave No Trace: Ethics for the Camino
The chapter will be hosting hikes, guest speakers, member presentations, pilgrim mentoring sessions, social get-togethers, and much more!
To see what we’re doing, the best option is to join our mailing list and/or request to join our Facebook Group where you can check out the latest announcements. You can also 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 or just email us to find out what we’re up to.
Are you interested in learning more about the Camino?
Consider joining 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.
If you are thinking of walking the Camino and are interested in learning more, we can pair you with an experienced pilgrim who can answer your questions on how to prepare and what to expect. Just email us and ask to be connected with a mentor.