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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

Joys of the pilgrim, lessons of the Camino
Monday, February 2, 2015, 7:00 pm

David Howard and his brother have accomplished eight Caminos between them and will share the highlights, low lights and lessons learned from their experiences.

Asheville REI
31 Schenck Parkway
Asheville, NC 28803

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

Carroll’s Adventures on the Voie de Piémont
Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 6:00 pm

Diamond Brand Outdoors
1378 Hendersonville Road
Asheville NC 28803
(just north of the Blue Ridge Parkway intersection).

Carroll Koepplinger hiked the Voie de Piémont through the foothills of the French Pyrenees in 2014. This traditional pilgrim route passes through Lourdes and joins the Camino francés  at St Jean-Pied-de-Port.  Carroll will describe his pleasures and challenges on a sparsely traveled route.

Fre and no need to sign up. Questions can be directed to

The Camino: A Metaphor for Living Life Fully
Monday, March 2, 2015, 7:00 pm

Barbara Brady is a Life Transitions Coach, Cross-Cultural Trainer and Interfaith Minister who took two months off to walk the Camino in the fall of 2014. She will share her experiences and reflect on their relevance to living life to the fullest.  

Asheville REI
31 Schenck Parkway
Asheville, NC 28803

Free but (when event appears on the store calendar) a reservation is strongly recommended to guarantee a seat. Questions can 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

• Thursday, January 15, 2015: Pilgrims, prospective pilgrims and friends enjoyed a potluck supper
• Monday, January 5, 2015: Basic Planning for the Camino de Santiago, advice for prospective pilgrims
• Monday, November 3, 2014: The Intrepid Quartet. In the style of the musical traditions of the Camino, The Intrepid Quartet walked a portion of the Camino del Norte and the Camino Primativo this summer with their instruments. Karen, Kathryn and Annie will share their experiences – and their music.

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 01/25/15

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