Jacksonville, Florida Chapter

The Jacksonville Chapter of American Pilgrims covers the general area of Northern Florida. Broadly stated, the purpose of this local chapter 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, hikes, mentoring future pilgrims and serving as a local host for hospitalero training through American Pilgrims.

The chapter will be scheduling local hikes, talks, potlucks, a lending library of Camino related books, and more! These will be listed here but you may also want to check the Local Events page for other events that may be of interest. Contact chapter coordinator Miriam Gallet and Susan Peacock at Jacksonville@americanpilgrims.org for more information or to be added to the chapter e-mail list. 

Scheduled Events
Contact the chapter at Jacksonville@americanpilgrims.org to find out what we're doing!

Annual Jax Chapter Holiday Breakfast and Walk
Sunday, December 3, 2017, 9:00 PM
Mimi’s Cafe, 10209 River Coast Dr., Jacksonville, FL 32246 (Saint John’s Town Center Jacksonville)

Join the Jacksonville Chapter on a walk following breakfast breakfast. Wear your ugliest holiday sweater or hat for a chance to win a gift certificate to REI. This will be an a la carte menu and what you eat will determine your cost. Please RSVP to jacksonville@americanpilgrims.org by December 1st.

Contact:  Miriam Gallet through the Chapter at Jacksonville@americanpilgrims.org

Jax bridges walk and lunch
Saturday, 6 January 2018, 9:00 AM
150 Riverside Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32202
We will meet at the parking lot of Brooklyn Station shopping center (Fresh Market) at 150 Riverside Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Bring water and sunblock. Backpacks and walking poles are optional.

Contact:  Miriam Gallet through the Chapter at Jacksonville@americanpilgrims.org
Ravine Gardens State Park hike

Sunday, 10 February 2018, 9:00 AM
1600 Twigg Street, Palakta, FL 32177 off US-17. We will meet at the parking lot.

We will meet in the parking lot. Bring water, sunblock, insect repellant and walking poles. Hiking shoes/boots sale strongly recommended. An amazing landscape awaits all. Also, this would be an excellent training hike with backpacks and poles for those training for a camino. There is a fee of $5 per vehicle and $2 for pedestrians and cyclists. For more info about the park go to floridastateparks.org/park/Ravine-Gardens
Contact:  Miriam Gallet through the Chapter at Jacksonville@americanpilgrims.org
Chapter talk on "The Italian Way of St. Francis”
Saturday, 24 February, 2018, 1:00 PM

Jax REI: 4862 Big Island DriveJacksonville, FL 32246 (Saint Johns Town Center)

Susan completed this Camino earlier this year and will share her experience. Be sure to register for this most amazing talk via the REI website www.REI.com/Jacksonville and click on classes/events. A bit of trivia - according to official and historical records the beloved saint completed his Camino francés in 1214 and returned to Assisi in 1215.

Contact:  Miriam Gallet through the Chapter at Jacksonville@americanpilgrims.org

Little Talbot Dune Ridge Trail Loop
Saturday, 17 March 2018, 9:000 AM
12157 Heckscher Dr, Jacksonville, FL 32226
The hike winds four miles through five distinct natural communities, including maritime hammock, beach dune, and depression marshes  and finishes its last 1.5 miles with a breathtaking stroll on the sandy beach.  Bring water, sunblock and insect repellant. Sturdy shoes are recommended. Backpack/poles are always optional. A fee of $5 per vehicle with a limit of eight people per vehicle and $2 for pedestrians and bicyclists 

Contact:  Miriam Gallet through the Chapter at J

Ongoing Events
One of the purposes of American Pilgrims chapters is to encourage training for the actual Camino. Our North Florida is blessed with many places to walk anytime, year round. 

The Jacksonville chapter has instituted a walking program titled "Second Sunday Strolls". Not only are they great training for the Camino, but they also provide a very informal environment for pilgrims-to-be to chat with experienced pilgrims about their experiences on their Camino. For each walk, we have asked for volunteers to lead the walk and plot the course. This helps us obtain diversity in the type, length and geography of the walk. The walks usually are capped off with a little picnic or a selected bistro (dutch treat). Contact us at Jacksonville@americanpIlgrims.org for more information.

Are you interested in learning more about the Camino?
If you are thinking of walking the Camino and are interested in learning more, we can pair you with an experienced pilgrim who can answer your questions on how to prepare and what to expect. Just email us at Jacksonville@americanpilgrims.org and ask to be connected with a mentor. 

Also you can visit American Pilgrims on the Camino via Facebook for great dialogue, photos, and a running commentary about the Camino from like-minded pilgrims. 

Rev 11/22/17