Colorado Front Range (Denver-Boulder) Chapter

The Colorado Front Range chapter of American Pilgrims covers the area between Ft. Collins and Colorado Springs, Colorado centered on Denver and Boulder. 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 Colorado Front Range region.

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 and Regional Events page for non-chapter events that may be of interest. Contact chapter coordinators Kris Ashton, Chris Petty and Gene McCullough at [email protected] for more information. If you'd like to be added to the chapter's e-mail list, click HERE.


ANNOUNCEMENTS:

• If you'd like to be added to the chapter's e-mail list, click HERE. For information about the chapter and its activities or about membership in American Pilgrims, contact us at [email protected].

• Looking for a day hike in the Front Range area? We'd suggest checking out the website Day Hikes near Denver! If you live between Larkspur and Longmont there will be something to your liking close by.

•  The chapter now has its very own sello! If you've already requested and received your credential, we can make an arrangement for you to receive your first stamp before you leave home. Just contact us through the chapter e-mail address, [email protected]. We will endeavor to have the sello at all chapter events as well. Don't have your credential yet? When you return to American Pilgrims' main site, click on Request a Credential. On the Request page read all of the text at the top of the page and then carefully complete the form. Triple check your entries before clicking SUBMIT. Errors result in delays and even non-delivery! (This sello doesn't actually do anything for you other than indicate that you're on your way!)

• Many peregrinos maintain blogs before, during or after their Camino. If any chapter participants have created one, let us know and we'll link to it here..

• You've arrived! You have your compostela. You've attended the Pilgrims' Mass. You've hugged the Saint. Now what? You need to scan through this blog entry by the venerable Johnnie Walker: 20 things to see and do in Santiago de Compostela

• There are a thousand and one packing lists out there but THIS is our take on the topic.

• And lastly, the Xunta de Galicia has produced a document "Emergency guidebook for pilgrims on the Way of St James". It's filled with good practical ideas and planning and preparation and important information about safety. Recommended downloading by clicking HERE!


EVENTS:
Scheduled Events:

DENVER, COLORADO
Talk by Ann Sieben, The Winter Pilgrim
Saturday, October 20, 2018, 2:00 - 4:00 PM

The Camino de Santiago Colorado Meetup group is a social group for anyone interested in walking Camino de Santiago. The group is hosting an informal talk by Ann Sieben, perhaps better known as The Winter Pilgrim, Saturday, October 20, 2:00 PM at Downpours Coffee (1200 Clayton St in Congress Park). Ann has walked over 37,000 miles in 52 countries. She will talk about the highlights of her past trips and her upcoming pilgrimage from Oslo over the Arctic Circle. Although not required, you can indicate that you'll be going through the group's Meetup page. Although this event will be of interest to members of the Colorado Front Range Chapter, this is not a Chapter event.

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DENVER, COLORADO
Third Sunday Tertulia at The Goods
Sunday, October 21, 2018, 3:00 PM - about 4:30

Tertulia
? “Un grupo informal de personas que se reúnen habitualmente para conversar o recrearse.” “An informal meeting of people who gather regularly to talk about current affairs, arts, etc.” Well, we all know what “etc” means!

Past and future pilgrims are invited to convene for conversation, a small plate or two and a beverage. This will be a great chance for not-yet-veterans to talk with experienced pilgrims and for the experienced pilgrims to get some great ideas for their next walk. Or simply to talk about whatever comes up! The Goods Happy Hour menu will be available.

Mark Whistler, one of the owners of The Goods and a Camino veteran himself, is our host.

The Goods Restaurant
(Immediately east of and in the same building as the Tattered Cover on Colfax)
2550 East Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO. 80206
Parking is available in the parking structure immediately west of the Tattered Cover or on the street.
Download the flyer

We hope to have a bunch of people at these informal third-Sunday events. Event day contact will be Gene at 303-999-5179. We look forward to seeing a bunch of you there!

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LAKEWOOD, COLORADO
CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS
, "Unpacking Your Camino"
Saturday, November 10, 2018, 10:00 - 12:00 noon

We are all visitors to this time and place.
We are just passing through.
Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love...
and then we return home.  -Aboriginal proverb

Upon return, the pilgrim often experiences loneliness and a flood of unprocessed memories. The Camino community can provide a gift of deep listening during this overwhelming time by companioning through themed story. 

The Colorado Front Range Chapter is offering an opportunity for returning pilgrims to share a personal Camino story. We also invite past and future pilgrims to attend so that we may to surround these storytellers with supportive presence and brief affirmations.

Call for participants: If you have returned from the Camino within the past year and would like to share a story from your journey, please contact our story guide, Joyce DeToni-Hill through the Chapter at [email protected]. Joyce will provide a sample list of themes as well as guidance and support.

Our story companioning sessions will be simple starting with an Introduction by the story guide, the pilgrim’s sharing the story, followed by the guide inviting the companions to respond to the story with simple questions: What phrases, words, or images did you hear? What impressed you about the story? What lesson/inspiration will you take away from this story?

We invite storytellers to bring family and friends along to support and celebrate their journeys.

For any walking their first Camino before the end of February 2019 we will offer a brief Shell Ceremony - presentation of a scallop shell and a blessing - at the end of the event. Please let us know in advance through [email protected].

Phillips United Methodist Church
1450 South Pierce Street
Lakewood, Colorado 80232

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DENVER, COLORADO
Wines of Northern Spain
Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

We conducted an informal survey of interest about a wine tasting event and the response was very positive. So this is a go! We've had a couple of chats with the Old World wine expert at Total Wine & More and he is clued in on our area of interest - the wines of Northern Spain. We'll be bringing an assortment of Spanish cheeses to complement the libations.

The cost of the event will be $15pp. Obviously 21 years old and up. We'll be issuing the call for RSVPs for this around mid-October (not yet, please!), so be on the lookout for that! In the meantime, put this on your calendar!

Total Wine & More
3905 East Evans Avenue
Denver

Are you interested in learning more about the Camino?
The Colorado Front Range Chapter Camino Mentor Program can pair individuals who have questions about their upcoming Camino with a nearby veteran who can answer questions. Contact [email protected] 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.

If you'd like to be added to the chapter's e-mail list, click HERE. For information about the chapter and its activities or about membership in American Pilgrims, contact us at [email protected].

Rev 10/08/18