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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, Don Walton and Gary Ross-Reynolds at for more information or to be added to the chapter e-mail list.


None at the moment.


Scheduled Events

Talk: Three Caminos in One
Monday, July 7, 2014, 7:00 pm

Not content with earning one Compostela, Peggy Beaman recently arrived in Santiago on three occasions from separate directions – then proceeded to Muxía and Finisterre, naturally. Come and hear Peggy share with us her experiences on the Caminos portugués and inglés, and the Via de la Plata.

Asheville REI
31 Schenck Parkway
Asheville, NC 28803

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

Sharing the Knowledge and the Magic of the Camino
Monday, August 4, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

Prospective and reminiscent pilgrims are invited to a question-and-answer evening on the Way of Saint James in Spain and Europe. The moderator will be serial pilgrim Tom Sanders, who walked his first camino in 2000 and has been returning ever since. 

Asheville REI
31 Schenck Parkway
Asheville, NC 28803

Free but (when event appears on the store calendar) areservation is strongly recommended to guarantee a seat

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, June 2, 2014: Talk: The  Inner Camino, A panel of pilgrims described their experiences moderated by author and pilgrimage researcher Larry Russell.
• Friday, May 9, 2014: The Asheville run of Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago began with producer and director Lydia Smith present
ª Monday, May 5, 2014: "The  Physical Camino"
• Monday, April 7, 2014: Advice for prospective pilgrim. Basic Planning for the Camino.
• Monday, March 3, 2014: "Gearing up for the Camino". The REI staff discussed the pros and cons of gear of interest to the pilgrim.

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 06/28/14

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