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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 and Gary Ross-Reynolds at WesternNorthCarolinaChapter@americanpilgrims.com for more information or to be added to the chapter e-mail list.


ANNOUNCEMENTS:

None at the moment.


EVENTS:

Scheduled Events

ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA
Basic Planning for the Camino
Monday, April 7, 2014, 7:00 pm

Advice for prospective pilgrims – when to go, where to start, how to get there, what to take, what not to take and what to expect when you’re there. Experienced pilgrims will be on hand to advise.

Asheville REI
31 Schenck Parkway
Asheville, NC 28803
828-687-0918

Free but a reservation is strongly recommended to guarantee a seat.


ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA
The  Physical Camino
Monday, May 5, 2014, 7:00 pm

The Camino de Santiago is a journey of mind, spirit and body. Experienced pilgrims John Miko and Mark Cobb will address how to prepare your body for the physical challenge of  walking the Camino, and how to avoid, treat and overcome some of the physiological issues you may encounter along your journey to Santiago.

Asheville REI
31 Schenck Parkway
Asheville, NC 28803
828-687-0918

Free but a reservation is strongly recommended to guarantee a seat.


Ongoing Events

ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA
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 WesternNorthCarolinaChapter@americanpilgrims.com.


Recent Events

• Monday, March 3, 2014: "Gearing up for the Camino". The REI staff discussed the pros and cons of gear of interest to the pilgrim.
• Sunday, February 23, 2014: Chapter member Frank Goldsmith talked about his experience with "A Jew on a Catholic Pilgrimage: Walking the Camino de Santiago".
• February 3, 2014: Another full house as Bob Palmer shared his experiences on the Camino francés.
• January 6, 2014: Recent Camino hospitaleros Gary Ross-Reynolds, Chris and Esther Slater shared their experiences.


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 WesternNorthCarolinaChapter@americanpilgrims.com 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 03/11/14

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