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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

The Ancient Ways – The Camino del Salvador and the Camino Primitivo
Monday, July 6, 2015, 7:00 pm

At a time when the Moors had occupied parts of the Kingdom of León, this was a relatively safe route for pilgrims. Today, these caminos offer a challenging, scenic, and relatively quiet option from León to Oviedo and onward to Santiago. Frank Goldsmith and Chris Slater will describe their experiences walking in 2014.

Asheville REI
31 Schenck Parkway
Asheville, NC 28803

Free but a reservation is strongly recommended to guarantee a seat. Questions should be directed to

Returning Pilgrims Night – The Via Francigena
Monday, August 3, 2015, 7:00 p.m

Medieval pilgrims would follow the Via Francigena from Canterbury, England through France, Switzerland and Italy to Rome. Our intrepid septet of Don, Peggy, Gayle, Brooks, Merle, Noodles and LaBet have recently returned from walking the Italian section and will share their experiences.

Asheville REI
31 Schenck Parkway
Asheville, NC 28803

Free but when the event appears on the store calendar a reservation is strongly recommended to guarantee a seat. Questions 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, June 1, 2015: One Woman’s Walk.  Every Man’s Journey: Answering the Call of the Camino
• Monday, May 4, 2015: Questions and Answers about the Camino de Santiago
• Tuesday, April 14, 2015: Camino Spanish

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 06/19/15

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