Portlandia (Portland, Oregon) Chapter

The regional chapter of American PIlgrims for the western Oregon area is centered on Portland. 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, 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 Pacific Northwest.

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 coordinator John Pigott at Portlandia@americanpilgrims.org for more information or click HERE to complete the brief form to add yourself to the chapter e-mail list. And we invite you to join the conversation on the chapter's Facebook page.

SPECIAL NOTE:

We offer a Shell Ceremony that includes a pilgrim blessing, with your own personalized copy, and a scallop shell, to all pilgrims departing in any given month who request it. Please e-mail your request to our chapter e-mail (Portlandia@americanpilgrims.org) early enough so we can have everything ready by the following Third Sunday Stroll.

EVENTS:
PORTLAND, OREGON
October Third Sunday Stroll
Sunday, October 15, 2017, 2:00 - 5:00 PM

What: Third Sunday Stroll and Shell Ceremony for October, 2017.
When: Sunday, October 15, 2017, at 2:00 pm.
Where: Tilikum Crossing, Portland, OR 


Hello Portlandia and welcome to the last Third Sunday Stroll for 2017. Our October walk is quite an easy one. We will meet on the Eastbank Esplanade at the foot of SE Salmon. There is on street parking in the area. We will then walk south on the Esplanade to the Tilikum Bridge and cross over on the north side of the bridge to the west side of the Willamette River, loop around a building on the right, and come back to the pedestrian crossing. Cross to the south side of the Tilikum Bridge and cross back over the river. Continuing north on the Esplanade to SE salmon, back to where we started. 

The surface is paved and flat. There are no restrooms, but we can stop at OMSI for anyone who wants to use the restroom. OMSIs restrooms are available without paying admission to get in. Refreshments afterwards at the Lucky Lab, 915 SE Hawthorne, Portland 97214. 

Looking forward to seeing many of you on October 15th for our final walk of the year. It has been a wonderful pilgrim season. Thank you for your continued support of our chapter. Buen camino. 

On-Going Events:
PORTLAND, OREGON AREA
Third Sunday Strolls
Third Sunday of every month excluding November and December
Location to be determined each month

Join us on the third Sunday of each month (excluding November and December) at 2:00 PM at a Portland/Vancouver area park for a 2- to 4-mile stroll with fellow pilgrims. This is an excellent opportunity to meet your fellow pilgrims, try out new gear, talk with camino veterans, get a bit of fresh air, strech those muscles and get answers to all your camino related questions. We typically gather after the stroll at a nearby bar/restaurant for refreshments and socializing. An e-mail notice goes out early each month to everyone on our chapter contact list giving the details of that month's walk and the location of the meeting place. This is a rain or shine event. You do not need to RSVP. Just show up ready for some fun. To have your e-mail address addded to our list, simply contact us at Portlandia@americanpilgrims.org. We also offer a shell ceremony that includes a pilgrim blessing, with your own personalized copy, and a scallop shell, to all pilgrims departing in any given month who request it. Please e-mail your shell ceremony request to our chapter e-mail early enough so we can have everything ready by the following Third Sunday Stroll.

Portlandia pilgrims departing before our next walk and who would like to participate in a Shell Ceremony, and receive the pilgrim blessing and a scallop shell, should contact the Chapter at Portlandia@americanpilgrims.org with their full name, so we can have everything prepared for you. 


ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Local Resources
For Training and Preparation, we are working at compiling a list of local Portland-area (really, anywhere in Western Oregon north of Eugene) resources for pilgrims preparing for walking the Camino. Places to buy gear, favorite trails or walking routes, etc. If you have a recommendation, please send us an email and we'll add it to the list. This information will be put into a Google Doc that everyone can access when it is completed.

Camino mentoring 
Some of you may have questions about planning your Camino and some of you may be interested in sharing your Camino knowledge with others. If you are interested in serving as a mentor to a future pilgrim, please send us an email (Portlandia@americanpilgrims.org) with your contact information (email, phone and what route/when you walked). If you are a future pilgrim would like to be mentored, please send us an email with your contact information (email, phone and what route you are thinking about walking).

 
Rev 10/05/17