The Western North Carolina chapter of American Pilgrims is centered on Asheville, NC.
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 Asheville area.
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 page for other events that may be of interest.
Contact chapter coordinators Don Walton, Mark Cobb and Rebecca Gallo at WesternNorthCarolina@americanpilgrims.org for more information or to be added to the chapter email list.
Rebecca Gallo spent 18 days volunteering on the Camino Francés during the summer of 2018. She was an hospitalera (volunteer) at an albergue (hostel) inside the ruins of 14th-century church. There was no hot water or electricity. But she says she loved every minute of it. You can read about her experiences.
Please share your Camino reflection or story with us.
You can always contact the Chapter via email to see what we’re up to.
Weekly Morning Tertulia
Pilgrims Anonymous meets weekly, Tuesdays at 9:00 AM at Green Sage Café, 70 Westgate Parkway, Asheville (next to Earth Fare). All are cordially welcome to join our Camino-talk tertulia. Email us for more information.
Monthly Urban Walk on the Asheville Camino Trail
The Western North Carolina Chapter’s walks are the second weekend of each month, alternating Saturday and Sunday. Saturdays in odd months and Sundays in even months. Meet leaders Danny Bernstein and Dave Howard at 8:00 AM. at the Asheville Visitor Center (36 Montford Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801). You can walk all or part of the 16-mile trail.
First Monday of every month Group Presentation at REI
Join the Western North Carolina Chapter the first Monday of every month to hear about the various experiences from pilgrims and others at the Asheville REI, 31 Schenck Parkway, Asheville, NC 7:00 PM-8:30 PM
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 Western North Carolina Chapter Camino Mentor Program can pair individuals who have questions about their upcoming Camino with a nearby veteran who can answer questions. Contact us 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.