Southeast Michigan Chapter

The Southeast Michigan Chapter of American Pilgrims covers that area of the state, bounded roughly by Lansing, the southern state border, Lake Erie and Flint (Lower Southeast Michigan). Broadly stated, the purpose of this local chapter 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, hikes, mentoring future pilgrims and serving as a local host for hospitalero training through American Pilgrims.

The chapter will be scheduling local hikes, talks, potlucks, book talks, lending book library, and more! We will also be hosting an annual Shell Ceremony for pilgrims who will begin their journey in the coming year. To see a list of our upcoming events, please join our local Meetup group to find events that may be of interest

Contact chapter coordinators David Larwa, Rose Marie Callahan and Paula Jager at [email protected] for more information or to be added to the chapter e-mail list.

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You can always contact us through [email protected] to find out what we're up to!

Camino 101
Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Have you ever thought about walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain? Join the Southeast Michigan Chapter at this information meeting to meet each other, talk about the Camino and have a little fun. This meeting is for everyone from experienced Camino walkers to those just starting out or wondering what is the Camino. You do not have to be a member of American Pilgrims to attend. Location: City Hall, 40555 Utica Road, Sterling Heights, MI 48313. Ample parking at the rear of the City Hall. Room number will be posted as you enter. RSVP to Co-Coordinator David Larwa at: [email protected].

Pack-it Workshop & Gear Swap
Saturday, December 1, 2018, 10:15 AM - 12:30 PM

Wondering about what to pack for your upcoming Camino? Wondering what not to pack? Of course you are! This Pack-It Workshop will cover the obvious and the perhaps not-so-obvious items you will need and not need. Bring your backpack and its contents and see what Camino veterans have to say. Veterans, you are cordially invited to bring your pack (including what you did/did not use) and share your experiences. Hamburg, MI Public Library at 10411 Merrill Rd., Whitmore Lake, MI 48189. We will discuss many topics such as: Selecting a backpack, Pack fit and use, Whats in the pack? Whats not?, How to pack the pack, Carry-on versus checked backpack, etc. Gear Swap: Have some Camino-style gear that you no longer need? Bring it along and see if you can sell it or swap it for something useful! Please RSVP for this event at [email protected].

Ongoing Events
Lakelands Trail Walks
First Sunday of the month, 12:00 - 2:00 PM (starting January 6, 2019)

Join the Southeast Michigan Chapter on the first Sunday of the each month (starting January 6, 2019) and discover the Lakelands Trail in Hamburg, Michigan. This is a linear park in the Michigan State Park System. This is a former railroad route and has been developed into a 16 foot wide pathway. We will talk and walk about 5-6 (flat) miles round trip from Biggby Coffee (beverages and snacks are available for purchase), share pictures, tips, etc. No need to RSVP; just show up! We walk rain, shine or snow! The group will meet before each walk at the Biggby Coffee shop. The location is 9568 Chilson Commons Circle, Pinckney, MI 48169 which is located 5 miles from US-23 West at M-36 and Chilson Road.

Are you interested in learning more about the Camino?
The Southeast Michigan 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 via Facebook for great dialogue, photos, and a running commentary about the Camino from like-minded pilgrims.

Rev 11/01/18