2015 Gathering of Pilgrims
Thursday, March 12 through Sunday, March 15, 2015
You can always contact the Gatherings coordinators for general information about American Pilgrims annual Gatherings.
Current conditions in Menlo Park, California
Average maximum and minimum temperatures for Menlo Park, California for March 12th are 63°F and 43°F.
For its 17th Annual Gathering of Pilgrims (2014), American Pilgrims on the Camino ventured into new territory—The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, Illinois just east of St. Louis. The Gathering's theme was "Fierce Landscapes: The Inner and Outer Camino"— physical pain and joy, introspection during the long days on the meseta and the personal transformation that continues after returning home. As always there were sessions devoted to the practical side of doing the Camino, sessions on Camino first aid and general Q&A. Talks ranged from the academic to the practical. Presentation topics included landscape as sacred places, early music and las Huelgas Codex, the biomechanics of walking with hiking poles, the Camino under Franco and contemporary women writers. For many of us the high point of the Gathering was the screening of the documentary "Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago" . As always there was time for personal interactions with other peregrinos, past and future. There were special occasions for chapter coordinators and returned hospitaleros and Amigos to meet and interact. Saturday evening's Camino Cabaret was an outlet for the varied - to say the least! - talents of our attendees. Who would have guessed!?
We offer a hearty and heartfelt ¡Muchas gracias! to our friends from the Xacobeo organization in Galicia, Spain who have provided generous and continuing support for American Pilgrims Gatherings. You might consider visiting their website (by clicking on their logo). It truly is an outstanding resource for pilgrims. And of course they are the definitive source for information on the Camino routes in Galicia.