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.


Shell Ceremony and Blessing
Saturday, June 9, 2018, 1:00 - 3:00 PM

The Mid-Atlantic Chapter's June event will be a Shell Ceremony to recognize and support those who will be embarking on their first Camino this year or by April of 2019. The Shell Ceremony was established by our national organization, the American Pilgrims on the Camino, and is held each year at its Annual Gathering

During the Middle Ages, before pilgrims left home they were afforded the benedictio perarum et baculorum, the ritual blessing of the pilgrim satchel and staff. Following in this ancient tradition, the Mid-Atlantic chapter is pleased to hold its own Shell Ceremony and Blessing of the pilgrims for the first time ever.

The event will be held at the Roundtree Shelter at Roundtree Park, 3411 Casilear Road, Falls Church, VA 22042. Parking is available as you enter the park and on the streets adjoining the park entrance. This is a small Fairfax County park and there is no entrance fee. There is limited space at the Roundtree Shelter; therefore, RSVPs are required for this event. Please RSVP by clicking HERE if you intend to participate as a shell recipient *or* as a supporting pilgrim. You will not receive a confirmation email when you RSVP; a message will pop up after you submit your RSVP on the form that indicates if your submission was successfully received. RSVPs close on June 6, 2018.

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!

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