Southeast Virginia Chapter

The Southeast Virginia chapter of American Pilgrims is centered on Norfolk, Virginia. 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 southeastern Virginia.

The chapter will be scheduling walks, talks, potlucks and much more! These will be listed here but you may also want to check the Events Calendar for non-chapter events that may be of interest. Contact chapter coordinators Ellen Eddowes, Sandy Lenthall and Donna Looney at for more information.


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Camino Coffee Gathering
Thursday, November 9, 2017, 9:00 - 10:30 AM

Join the Southeast Virginia Chapter at Java Surf Caf & Espresso Bar (223 E. City Hall Ave, Norfolk VA) for coffee and Camino camaraderie and conversation.

Java Surf Café & Espresso Bar
223 E. City Hall Ave.
Norfolk, VA
Parking: MacArthur Mall

Via de la Plata talk
Monday, November 13, 2017, 7:00 - 8:30 PM

Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch Library
111 W. Ocean View Avenue
Norfolk, VA  23503

Romans put their engineering genius to work in creating a 'paved' north-south route in the Iberian peninsula, extending from Astorga to Sevilla. Later, Christians from the south of Spain used this road in their pilgrimages to Santiago de Compostela. Today's pilgrims still follow this route, and one can appreciate and even marvel at the amount of Roman antiquity that remains to be seen and experienced. Join Ellen Eddowes as she shares her spring 2017 experiences and photos from her 1000-km pilgrimage from Sevilla to Santiago de Compostela.

Urban Walk
Saturday, December 16, 2017, 9:45 AM - 1:00 PM

Make a little time off for yourselves amidst all the busy-ness of holiday planning & prepping, and join the Southeast Virginia Chapter for a walk along the downtown portion of the Elizabeth River Trail. We'll walk along Norfolk's waterfront and then circle back through Ghent where we'll stop for a little cheer before resuming our return. From Ghent, we will walk to the Light Rail Station at EVMS for a return ride back to the Harbor Park Station. The fare is $2.00 (cash/credit/debit).

This walk is approximately 5 1/2 miles in length. Meet at the Harbor Park Light Rail (The Tide) Station at 9:45 so that we can begin walking at 10:00. The station is in the (extensive) parking lot of the ballpark stadium whose address is 150 Park Ave, Norfolk, VA 23510. Restrooms are available at the nearby Norfolk Rail Station. Parking is free.

Are you interested in learning more about the Camino?
The Southeast Virginia 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 Pilgrlims, contact us at

Rev 11/02/17