Mid-Atlantic (Washington DC-Baltimore, Maryland) Chapter

The Mid-Atlantic chapter of American Pilgrims services the area including Virginia, Washington DC and Maryland. 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 local host 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 local host for hospitalero training in the Mid-Atlantic region.

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 Events page for other events that may be of interest. Contact chapter coordinators Kristin Dawson, Lisa Frederick and Don Shaw at MidAtlantic@americanpilgrims.org with questions. Click HERE to add yourself to our e-mail list.


Hike & Wine Tasting at Hemlock Overlook Regional Park
Saturday, April 21, 2018, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Mid-Atlantic Chapter member Cindy Salvator will lead a six-mile hike along the river at Hemlock Overlook Regional Park. Meet at 13220 Yates Ford Rd, Clifton, VA 20124 at 1PM. The walk will terminate just in time for some wine tasting at the Paradise Springs Winery, right next door to the parking area where we'll meet.

Practice Camino 2018
Saturday and Sunday, April 28 and 29, 2018

The Mid-Atlantic Chapter is hosting its 3rd annual practice Camino! We will hike two days in the Prince William Forest in Virginia, sleep in a cabin and share a communal meal. We're not trying to re-create the Camino experience per se with Practice Camino Weekend, just trying to mimic it, somewhat. This is across the weekend of April 28 and 29.

Space is limited to 20 people! RSVP information will only be sent via our e-newsletter. Email MidAtlantic@americanpilgrims.org to get on the mailing list, if you aren't already!

Hike at Rock Creek Park & Cinco de Mayo BBQ
Saturday, May 12, 2018, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM NOTE: Event changed from May 5th to May 12th

Mid-Atlantic Chapter members Dina and Tim Cote will lead a six-mile hike at Rock Creek Park. Meet at Peirce Mill2401 Tilden St NW, Washington, D.C., at 10am to begin the walk. Parking is free at the Mill. The starting place at the Mill is less than one mile from the Cleveland Park Metro stop for transit riders.

After the hike, we'll transition to Dina and Tim's home in the Cleveland Park area for a Cinco de Mayo-themed BBQ. Exact address of the BBQ will be provided upon RSVP. The RSVP link will be provided via our chapter email list in mid-April. If you aren't on our list and would like to be, follow the instructions below.

Contact Kristin via MidAtlantic@americanpilgrims.org for further information.

Are you interested in learning more about the Camino?

The Mid-Atlantic Chapter welcomes new members to connect with aspiring and returned pilgrims in our region to share experiences and continue the spirit of the Camino at home. The best way to learn about the Camino is to connect with returned pilgrims at one of our monthly chapter events. Events are posted here on our page on the American Pilgrims website, and are also sent out via our e-mail list. 

You can subscribe to our e-mail list HERE. You will know you've subscribed because you will receive a welcome e-mail to your inbox shortly after completing the subscription process. Be sure to whitelist our e-mail address (MidAtlantic@americanpilgrims.org) so that our e-mails do not end up in your spam folder. 

We also offer a Mentor Program where returned pilgrims offer to serve as one-on-one mentors to aspiring pilgrims. You can find out which Chapter members are in our mentor program by subscribing to our e-mail list HERE. After you subscribe, you will receive a welcome e-mail that links to the list of mentors and other information about our chapter.

Another way to connect with returned and other aspiring pilgrims is through our Mid-Atlantic Chapter Facebook group. 

We hope to see you at a Chapter event soon!

Rev 03/17/18