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.


Carroll Koepplinger on the the Camino del Norte and Camino Primitivo
Monday, April 3, 2017, 7:00 to 8:30 PM

Join Carroll Koepplinger for the tale of his latest foray into the wilds of Europe, a foray which took him into Spain, from Irn to Santander and from Oviedo to Lugo. Come and enjoy the latest episode from the ageless adventurer!

Asheville REI Store
31 Schenck Parkway
Asheville NC 28803

Registering with REI when the event appears on their schedule is recommended to guarantee a seat.

Newton Smith reading from Camino Poems
Monday, May 1, 2017, 7:00 - 8:30 PM

Newton Smith will read a selection from his book Camino Poems and talk about this personal experiences as he composed them on the Camino. He will show a few slides from his pilgrimage and discuss some practical concerns such as preparation, lodging, meeting people from around the world and health. He will also focus on the inner path of the pilgrimage, how it can change one's life.

Asheville REI Store
31 Schenck Parkway
Asheville NC 28803

Free but (when event appears on the store calendar) a reservation is recommended.

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.

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 03/16/17