Central Iowa Chapter

The Central Iowa chapter of American Pilgrims serves the central Iowa area, including Des Moines and its neighboring communities, and extending north to Ames. 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:

     • Offering opportunities for local pilgrims to gather for social events, monthly hikes, and Camino-inspired activities
     • Mentoring future pilgrims
     • Promoting the pilgrimage and American Pilgrims through educational programming
     • Serving as a local host for hospitalero training in Iowa

Chapter events will be scheduled well in advance and will be listed on the Central Iowa Chapter Website, as well as on our Facebook page (Central Iowa Chapter - American Pilgrims on the Camino) and our Chapter Meetup site

Contact chapter coordinators Dawn Bratch-Prince and Roberta Rich at CentralIowa@americanpilgrims.org for more information.


To be added to the chapter's e-mail list, or for more information about the chapter and its activities or about membership in American Pilgrims, contact us at CentralIowa@americanpilgrims.org.

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Scheduled Events
Contact us through CentralIowa@americanpilgrims.org to find out what we're doing!

Camino 301: Logistics of the Camino
Tuesday, July 10, 2018, 6:30 - 8:00 PM

Join the Central Iowa Chapter for a panel of experienced local pilgrims who will provide pilgrims-to-be with more detail about the logistics of the journey. Among the topics covered will be: How to select from the multitude of Camino routes, how to arrange air travel and how to use a guidebook, online resource or mobile app to plan a daily itinerary. We will share what to expect from a typical day on the Camino, including: the experience of sleeping in an albergue; lodging options and how to choose; using a travel agency or service to plan your Camino; biking the Camino; washing clothes; carrying your backpack or having it transported; taking the train or bus; phone and wi-fi access; money and budgeting; and food and meals. Any and all questions are welcome!

Hosted by REI Outdoors at the 515 Brewing Company. (7700 University Ave Suite C, Clive, IA 50325) Registration with REI is required atrei.com/stores/west-des-moines.html. (You must be at least 18 to register.)

Pilgrims' Networking Social
Thursday, July 19, 2018, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

WineStyles of Johnston
8460 Birchwood Court
Johnston, IA  50131

Join the Central Iowa Chapter for a guided tasting of some of the best wines found along the Camino de Santiago in Portugal. We will learn about the local vinos while we socialize and make new friends. Bring your questions and advice for fellow pilgrims! Participation in the wine-tasting isn't required (you are welcome to just come an socialize!), but for those interested, the cost is $15. Please RSVP to CentralIowa@americanpilgrims.org.

Ongoing Events:
CAMINO CAFES held monthly at 6:00 PM:
Des Moines (not Urbandale): Twisted Bean, First Mondays
Mason City: Caribou Coffee, Second Thursdays
Ames: Stomping Grounds, Third Thursdays
Please confirm dates by checking our Facebook page (Central Iowa Chapter - American Pilgrims on the Camino) or our Meetup site!

Are you interested in learning more about the Camino?

The Central Iowa Camino Mentor Program can pair individuals who have questions about their upcoming Camino with a nearby veteran who can answer questions. Contact CentralIowa@americanpilgrims.org 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. Potential mentors should provide us with your name, ZIP-code and a brief rundown of your experience including walking or cycling, which route and when. 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 07/03/17