Every year since 1998, American Pilgrims on the Camino or its predecessor organizations has hosted an annual Gathering of Pilgrims. These events are opportunities to enjoy the company of old friends, to meet new ones and to relive the experience of the Camino.

The 2015 Gathering of Pilgrims

Ever Ancient - Ever New

Hospitalero Training
Tuesday, March 10 - Thursday, March 12, 2015
2015 Gathering of Pilgrims
Thursday, March 12 - Sunday, March 15, 2015
Vallombrosa Center
Menlo Park, California

Further information and the link to the registration are below!



Hospitalero Training
4:00 pm, Tuesday, March 10 - 5:00 pm, Thursday, March 12, 2015
Download the Hospitalero Training information sheet
Online registration is through the same link as the Gathering below

Available only to members of American Pilgrims
and who also have previously walked or cycled on the Camino.

If you have financial concerns that will prevent you from registering for hospitalero training, please be aware
that American Pilgrims has an Hospitalero Training Scholarship Program.
For details and to apply, please visit our Grant Program page.

Application deadline is 15 January, 2015. If you do apply for this grant, please wait until after the award notification
date of 1 February, 2015 to actually register for the training.

2015 Gathering of Pilgrims
6:00 pm, Thursday, March 12 - noon, Sunday, March 15, 2015

Click HERE for the Gathering overview page

Click HERE for the transportation page

Click HERE for the Gathering program

Last day to register is February 28th!

Register online!

You can always contact the Gatherings coordinators for general information about American Pilgrims annual Gatherings.

Current conditions in Menlo Park, California

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Average maximum and minimum temperatures for Menlo Park, California for March 12th are 64°F and 45°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!?

Xunta de GaliciaWe 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.


Hospitalero trainingHospitalero training by American Pilgrims is always conducted in conjunction with the annual Gathering but in addition we offer other sessions throughout the year. Check the Hospitaleros page for further information.

Consider giving back to the Camino!. Those who have gone on from walking the Camino to serving as hospitaleros say that this experience if anything is even more rewarding than the Camino itself. For some insight into the sense of fulfillment, there is an interesting YouTube video about service that has snippets of interviews with the late Don José María of San Juan de Ortega, Don Jesús Jato of the albergue Ave Fenix and the Confraternity's Marion Marples.

For more information, see our Hospitaleros page.

In addition to the training offered by American Pilgrims, weekend courses are offered Canada several times each year. Our Canadian brethren or anyone who cannot make it to training offered by American Pilgrims might consider this alternative. Please see our Local/Regional Events page.

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