Silicon Valley, California Chapter

The Silicon Valley Chapter of American Pilgrims occupies the South San Francisco Bay area in California. 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 South Bay area.

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 Calendar for non-chapter events that may be of interest. Contact chapter coordinators Pat Day, Betsy Fullagar and Judy Barnes for more information.


Scheduled Events
Potluck Brunch
Saturday, June 23, 2018, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Join the Silicon Valley Chapter for a Meet and Greet Potluck Brunch at the lovely Madison Street Inn. Mimosas and dessert provided by Tess, the hostess. We bring the rest! If you are attending, please RSVP to Tess at by June 17. Madison Street Inn (1390 Madison Street, Santa Clara, CA) is just a mile from Santa Clara University campus. Those who are interested can walk from Madison Street Inn to the campus after brunch. This is a great opportunity to talk with others about all things Camino - routes, packing, tips, etc. Hope you can join us.

Meetup at Camino Brewing
Monday, July 16, 2018, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Come join the Silicon Valley Chapter for a Meet and Greet at Camino Brewing Company in San Jose (718 South 1st Street, San Jose, CA). This is a great opportunity to get together and talk about all things Camino. If you're thinking about or planning a Camino, Camino veterans will be there to talk with you about routes, equipment, packing, etc. Hope you can join us.

Third Annual Discover Downtown Walk & Potluck
Saturday, October 6, 2018, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

You will be amazed at just how much there is to see and do in Downtown San Jose, and 30-year residents Lisa and Gordon know just how to show you. Please join the Silicon Valley Chapter for a "Discover Downtown" walk of about 5 miles meandering through the University campus, parts of the Guadalupe River Park, SOFA District, San Pedro Square and other historic and up-and-coming parts of downtown San Jose. Meet at Lisa & Gordon's house (134 South 12th Street, San Jose, CA) at 10:00 AM for coffee. The walk starts promptly at 10:30 AM and will last about 2-1/2 hours. Afterwards, potluck in Lisa and Gordon's backyard...very shady and nice for a gathering. Folks can leave their potluck stuff in the house before the walk. During the potluck we will encourage people to do a short share..."What is your one great Camino packing trick?"

Are you interested in learning more about the Camino?
The Silicon Valley Chapter Camino Mentor Program can pair individuals who have questions about their upcoming Camino with a nearby veteran who can answer questions. Contact for details. Experienced Camino walkers and cyclists who would like to serve as mentors should contact us so that you can be added to our resource list. Potential mentors should provide us with your name, ZIP code and a brief rundown of your experience including walking or cycling, which route and when. Also you can visit American Pilgrims on the Camino on Facebook for great dialogue, photos and a running commentary about the Camino from like-minded pilgrims.

For information about the chapter and its activities or about membership in American Pilgrims, contact us at

Rev 06/12/18