The Western North Carolina chapter of American Pilgrims is centered on Asheville, North Carolina.
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.
Contact chapter coordinators Don Walton, Mark Cobb, Rebecca Weston (co-coordinator emeritus) and Bill Werme at WesternNorthCarolina@americanpilgrims.org for more information or to be added to the chapter email list.
Many of us spent weeks and months at Tuesday Tertulias sharing tips and planning with Ted and Denise Vish as they planned their epic pilgrimage to hike the entire Camino del Norte. Every mountain peak, valley and river crossing - and lots of seashore too. Their talk at REI is going to be amazing and I can hardly wait. They posted hundreds of pictures on PolarSteps, each day as beautiful or dramatic as the next. I stuck a hand in the hat and pulled this one out, why? In Ted's words "The walk to Orio was so much like walking through the Blue Ridge Mountains that I didn't think to take many pictures. It was twisting and rough and through the woods. The old Roman roads are amazing works of stone. We had less scenery, but delightful conversation with two sisters from Denmark. They actually thanked us for talking with them! It made the hike so much richer. Today was a bit tiring so tomorrow we may cut it short. It appears the Danes and the Frenchman have the same idea. We'll see." Go Ted!
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The chapter schedules walks, talks, potlucks, maintains a lending library of Camino-related books and much more!
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.
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. For more information, check out the Asheville Camino Facebook group or send us an email.
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.