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Portlandia (Portland, Oregon) Chapter

The regional chapter of American PIlgrims for the western Oregon area is centered on Portland. 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, walks, mentoring future pilgrims and serving as a venue 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 venue for hospitalero training in the Pacific Northwest.                                  

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 and Regional Events page for other events that may be of interest. Contact chapter coordinator John Pigott at Portlandia@americanpilgrims.org for more information or to be added to the chapter e-mail list. And we invite you to join the conversation on the chapter's Facebook page.


SPECIAL NOTE:

We offer a shell ceremony that includes a pilgrim blessing, with your own personalized copy, and a scallop shell, to all pilgrims departing in any given month who request it. Please e-mail your shell ceremony requests to our chapter e-mail (Portlandia@americanpilgrims.org) early enough so we can have everything ready by the following Third Sunday Stroll.


EVENTS:

Scheduled Events

VANCOUVER, WASHINGTON
Third Sunday Stroll
Sunday, January 18, 2015, 2:00 pm

Please come and join us for our first walk of the new year. We will be starting from the parking area in front of the former Fort Vancouver Historic Reserve gift shop, and then will walk through the park over the land bridge, down the Columbia River to McMenamins on the Columbia there we will turn around and retrace our route back to the Historic Reserve parking lot where we began. This is about a four mile walk over paved surfaces (wheelchair accessible). The walk is mostly flat with one gentle climb. After our walk we will drive to Lapellah's Restaurant (2500 Columbia House Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98661) for refreshments. The restaurant is in the Fred Myer Grand Central Shopping Center.

Portlandia pilgrims departing before our March 15th walk and who would like to participate in a Shell Ceremony, and receive the pilgrim blessing and a scallop shell, should contact the Chapter at Portlandia@americanpilgrims.org. We hope to see you many of you there. Please come and join the fun. Rain or shine. No RSVP required.


PORTLAND, OREGON
Third Sunday Stroll
Sunday, February 15, 2015, 2:00 pm

We will be meeting at the Mount Tabor park entrance at the corner of SE Lincoln Street and SE 64th Avenue. This will be about a 2.5 mile walk over paved surfaces and prepared trails (modified route is wheelchair accessible). There will be some easy climbs. We will gather at the Tabor Tavern (5325 E. Burnside St. Portland, OR 97215) after our walk for refreshments. Click HERE for the Mount Tabor Park trail map.

Portlandia pilgrims departing before our March 15th walk and who would like to participate in a Shell Ceremony, and receive the pilgrim blessing and a scallop shell, should contact the Chapter at Portlandia@americanpilgrims.org. We hope to see you many of you there. Please come and join the fun. Rain or shine. No RSVP required.


Recent Events

You can see what we've been doing as well as connect with others in the area through the chapter's Facebook page.


ON-GOING EVENTS:

PORTLAND, OREGON AREA
Third Sunday Strolls
Third Sunday of every month excluding November and December
Location to be determined each month

Join us on the third Sunday of each month (excluding November and December) at 2: 00 pm at a Portland/Vancouver area park for a 2 to 4 mile stroll with fellow pilgrims. This is an excellent opportunity to meet your fellow pilkgrims, try out new gear, talk with camino veterans, get a bit of fresh air, strech those muscles and get answers to all your camino related questions. We typically gather after the stroll at a nearby bar/restaurant for refreshments and socializing. An e-mail notice goes out early each month to everyone on our chapter contact list giving the details of that month's walk and the location of the meeting place. This is a rain or shine event. You do not need to RSVP. Just show up ready for some fun. To have your e-mail address addded to our list, simply contact us at Portlandia@americanpilgrims.org. We also offer a shell ceremony that includes a pilgrim blessing, with your own personalized copy, and a scallop shell, to all pilgrims departing in any given month who request it. Please e-mail your shell ceremony request to our chapter e-mail early enough so we can have everything ready by the following Third Sunday Stroll.


ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Local Resources
For Training and Preparation, we are working at compiling a list of local Portland-area (really, anywhere in Western Oregon north of Eugene) resources for pilgrims preparing for walking the Camino. Places to buy gear, favorite trails or walking routes, etc. If you have a recommendation, please send us an email and we'll add it to the list. This information will be put into a Google Doc that everyone can access when it is completed.

Camino mentoring
Some of you may have questions about planning your Camino and some of you may be interested in sharing your Camino knowledge with others. If you are interested in serving as a mentor to a future pilgrim, please send us an email (Portlandia@americanpilgrims.org) with your contact information (email, phone and what route/when you walked). If you are a future pilgrim would like to be mentored, please send us an email with your contact information (email, phone and what route you are thinking about walking). If we have some matches, we'll put you in contact with one another. As always, Kathy and I are always willing and able to get together with anyone planning their Camino walk to answer questions and give advice.

Rev 12/21/14

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