Western North Carolina (Asheville) Chapter

The Western North Carolina chapter of American Pilgrims is centered on Asheville, North Carolina. 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 Atlanta 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 page for other events that may be of interest. Contact chapter coordinators Mark Cobb, Peggy Beaman and Don Walton at WesternNorthCarolina@americanpilgrims.org for more information or to be added to the chapter e-mail list.

Take note of the recurring events below, but contact the Chapter through WesternNorthCarolina@americanpilgrims.org to see what else we're doing.

Camino 101
Monday, December 4, 2017, 7:00 - 8:30 PM

On Monday, December 4, at the Asheville REI (31 Schenck Pkwy, Asheville, NC 28803) from 7:00 -- 8:30, the Western North Carolina Chapter will be hosting "Camino 101". We will begin with a brief history of the Camino de Santiago. Then attendees will move freely among "stations" where Camino questions will be answered by our topic experts: Peggy Beaman will cover how best to get to your starting point and the various routes available. Mark Cobb can answer any physical or medical-related questions. Chris Yavelow knows everything you'll ever want to know about technology on the Camino. Rebecca Gallo will tell you what to take on your journey -- and, more importantly, what not to take. Chris Slater will answer questions about where to lay your head at night and what food options are available. Guidebooks and Camino literature will also be discussed.

This is a free event, but we recommend that you make a reservation with the store as capacity is limited.


Monthly Camino Walk
Sunday, December 10, 2018, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

MONTHLY WALKS ON THE ASHEVILLE CAMINO TRAIL The Western North Calolina Chapter walks are the second weekend of the month, alternating Saturday and Sunday. Our next walk will be on Sunday, December 10 with members of the Carolina Mountain Club. Meet leader Danny Bernstein & Dave Howard at 8 a.m. at the Asheville Visitor Center (36 Montford Ave, Asheville, NC 28801). You can walk all or part of the 16-mile trail.

Evening Tertulia
Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 6:30 - 8:00 PM

EVENING TERTULIA New to the Camino? Have questions? The Western North Carolina Chapter now is hosting an evening Tertulia/Q&A the second Tuesday of every month! They are from 6:30 - 8:00 at the Battery Park Book Exchange and Champagne Bar (1 Page Avenue #101, Asheville, NC 28801). Our next one is on Tuesday, Dec. 12. Please plan to support this local business by grabbing a glass of wine, cup of coffee and/or a snack, then join us as experienced pilgrims answer your Camino questions and/or listen to your Camino stories.

This is an informal gathering. Stop by anytime between 6:30 and 8:00. No RSVP required!

Ongoing Events

Weekly Tertulia
Pilgrims Anonymous meets weekly, Tuesdays at 9:00 AM at Green Sage Café, 70 Westgate Parkway, Asheville (next to Earth Fare)All are cordially welcome to join our camino-talk tertulia. Contact WesternNorthCarolina@americanpilgrims.org for further information.

Monthly urban walk
The Chapter conducts monthly urban walks through Asheville. The dates are:
Sunday, December 10th
Contact the Chapter through WesternNorthCarolina@americanpilgrims.org for specifics of meeting time and location and route.

Are you interested in learning more about the Camino?
The Western North Carolina Chapter Camino Mentor Program can pair individuals who have questions about their upcoming Camino with a nearby veteran who can answer questions. Contact WesternNorthCarolina@americanpilgrims.org 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. 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.
Rev 11/24/17