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Western North Carolina Chapter

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 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 Western North Carolina.                                  

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 coordinators Chris Slater, Peggy Beaman and Don Walton at for more information or to be added to the chapter e-mail list.


None at the moment.


Scheduled Events

Introduction to hiking the Camino de Santiago (Way of Saint James)
Monday, August 24, 2015, 6:30 - 8:30PM

The main route, known as the "Camino francés" or French route, was established over a thousand years ago after the discovery of the tomb of the apostle of Saint James the Greater in a remote area of Galicia in Northwestern Spain. In the Middle Ages, pilgrims from all over Europe undertook the journey, assured that it would improve their chances of going to heaven, and whole communities sprang up to serve them. After the Middle Ages, interest in the pilgrimage declined until it was revived about 30 years ago, since when the same communities have been revived, so the present day pilgrim can again enjoy the same facilities and ambience of bygone centuries whether walking for spiritual, secular or unknown reasons.

Greenville REI
1140 Woodruff Rd., Suite 400
Greenville, SC 29607
(864) 297-0588

Free but a reservation is strongly recommended to guarantee a seat. Questions about the presentation or American Pilgrims should be directed to

Walking Coast to Coast across England
Monday, October 5, 2015, 7:00 pm

John and Lauren Miko will share their 2014 journey along the 192-mile coast-to-coast walk across the North of England.  This historic path through the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors National Parks offers many contrasts to the Camino de Santiago but offers similar opportunities for introspection as well as  interaction with a diverse cast of fellow travelers who use their feet to carry them on a journey of the body, the mind and the spirit.    

Asheville REI
31 Schenck Parkway
Asheville, NC 28803

Free but (when event appears on store calendar) a reservation is recommended to secure a seat. Questions about the presentation or American Pilgrims should be directed to

Ongoing Events

Weekly Tertulia
Pilgrims Anonymous meets weekly, Tuesdays at 9:00 am at the Atlanta Bread Company, 633 Merrimon Avenue, Asheville. All are cordially welcome to join our camino-talk tertulia. No need to RSVP but questions can be directed to

Recent Events

• Monday, August 3, 2015: Returning Pilgrims Night – The Via Francigen. SIx of our number who recently walked the Italian section reported on their experience.
• Monday, July 6, 2015: The Ancient Ways – The Camino del Salvador and the Camino Primitiv. Frank Goldsmith and Chris Slater described their experiences walking in 201.
• Monday, June 1, 2015: One Woman’s Walk.  Every Man’s Journey: Answering the Call of the Camino.

Are you interested in learning more about the Camino?

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 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. Also you can visit American Pilgrims on the Camino on Facebook for great dialogue, photos and a running commentary about the Camino from like-minded pilgrims.

Rev 08/18/15

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