Raleigh, North Carolina Chapter

The Raleigh Chapter of American Pilgrims covers Raleigh, North Carolina and the surrounding area. 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 coordinators Martha Hayes and Kerstin Hanson at Raleigh@americanpilgrims.org for more information or to be added to the chapter e-mail list. 


If you're not on our e-mail list perhaps you should ask to be added. You'll receive notices of events automatically and won't miss anything that way. Contact us at Raleigh@americanpilgrims.org.

As of March 2017, under American Pilgrims' Insurance guidelines dogs are not allowed on our group hikes. Naturally, certified service dogs are an exception to this policy.

1) Calling All Returning Pilgrims

   At one point this year we knew of sixteen people from our Raleigh Area Chapter who were on a Camino journey.  Each journey is unique, but there are common experiences as well.  When those returning pilgrims share their experiences, it accomplishes two things.  First, it gives folks who are thinking about a Camino a chance to get their interest piqued.  Secondly, it gives returning pilgrims a chance to share their experience with people who really want to hear about it. 
   If you have had a Camino experience in the past year or so, we would love to hear about it.  Our November 20 meeting will provide 8-10 minute slots for slides, stories, and tips.  If you are interested in sharing your journey, contact us at Raleigh@americanpilgrims.org by November 15th and we will get your name on our list.

2)  2018 Planning Survey Coming Your Way
2. Planning Survey--Our planning survey for the Raleigh Chapter for 2018 is included in our November newsletter. If you are not on our email list and would like to receive the newsletter and have input, please contact us at Raleigh@americanpilgrims.org. We are hoping to have all responses by November 30th.  

Annual Brunch/Potluck
Saturday, December 9, 2018, 8:30 - 10:00 AM

Raleigh Chapter of American Pilgrims on the Camino
Annual Brunch/Potluck
Saturday, December 9, 2017, 8:30 to 10:00 AM
Cary REI Store community room

Come celebrate the completion of the Raleigh Chapter's third year as the Raleigh Chapter of American Pilgrims on the Camino. Share Camino stories, meet future pilgrims, and enjoy some time together.

This will be a drop-in potluck, with the Chapter providing paper goods, juices and some basic brunch goodies. Bring something delicious to share, if you would like. It can be Camino-themed, or not. REI will be providing freshly brewed coffee.

The REI folks have kindly offered their community room during before store hours. They will have someone at the front door to provide access between 8:30 and 10:00 AM. No reservation is required. Bring a friend!

All are welcome. Although we encourage membership in American Pilgrims on the Camino you do not have to be a member to participate.

Cary REI
1751 Walnut Street
Cary, NC 27511
Phone: (919) 460-9995

Questions? Contact the Raleigh Chapter at Raleigh@americanpilgrims.org

Ongoing Event--Monthly Tertulia
Tertulia is a Spanish term for an informal gathering of people to talk about current affairs, arts, etc. Sometimes our meetings and hikes don’t provide enough time, or don’t fit our schedules. Interested in meeting other folks to talk about your Camino experience? Need to ask experienced pilgrims questions about your upcoming Camino? 

The Panera Bread at 6201 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh has a large area for us to gather and chat. To keep it simple, we will meet on the “First Friday” from 8:00 PM until… ( they close at 10:00 PM).  So mark your calendars for “First Friday Tertulias”!  If you would like to take on the small leadership role of meeting, greeting and sharing Chapter resources please let us know at Raleigh@americanpilgrims.org .

This is the outline of Chapter events for 2017:
November 3 - Tertulia @ Panera Bread
November 20 – Meeting at REI
December 1 - Tertulia @ Panera Bread
December 9 – Brunch at Cary REI, 9:00-10:00 AM

Questions? Contact the Raleigh Chapter at Raleigh@americanpilgrims.org.

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 Raleigh@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 12/07/17