Mid-Atlantic (Washington DC-Baltimore, Maryland) Chapter

The Mid-Atlantic chapter of American Pilgrims services the area including Virginia, Washington DC and Maryland. 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 Mid-Atlantic 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 Events page for other events that may be of interest. Contact chapter coordinators Holly Steussy, Lisa Frederick and Don Shaw at [email protected] with questions. Click HERE to add yourself to our e-mail list.

Rock Creek Park hike
Saturday, February 23, 2019, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM EVENT CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER

Join the Mid-Atlantic Chapter for the Rock Creek Hike on Saturday, February 23rd at 10:00 AM. American Pilgrims members Jay and Emiko Heal will lead us on a 12-mile hike through Rock Creek Park.

We will meet at the Pierce Mill Picnic Area (Grove 1 Picnic Area - the intersection of Tilden and Shoemaker Streets NW). We will head north and follow the Valley Trail all the way up to Boundary Bridge where will we break and have a snack. We will return along the West Ridge Trail. This is a longer vigorous hike, but a wonderful gem right in the heart of the DC. Due to the water levels if you typically use walking poles, you will likely want them on this hike. The great part of being in the city is if you prefer not to go the full distance there are multiple points you can leave the trail.

Emiko and Jay will lead us to a local spot for a well earned beer or two after the hike. Estimated time is 5 to 6 hours. There is a good amount of parking at Pierce Mill. As this is a city hike, the starting point is about a mile from the Cleveland Park Metro Station. There is a restroom at the starting point and at two points along the way - Miller Cabin on the way up and at the Nature center on the way back.

Are you interested in learning more about the Camino?

The Mid-Atlantic Chapter welcomes new members to connect with aspiring and returned pilgrims in our region to share experiences and continue the spirit of the Camino at home. The best way to learn about the Camino is to connect with returned pilgrims at one of our monthly chapter events. Events are posted here on our page on the American Pilgrims website, and are also sent out via our e-mail list. 

You can subscribe to our e-mail list HERE. You will know you've subscribed because you will receive a welcome e-mail to your inbox shortly after completing the subscription process. Be sure to add our e-mail address ([email protected]) to your address book so that our e-mails do not end up in your spam folder. 

We also offer a Mentor Program where returned pilgrims offer to serve as one-on-one mentors to aspiring pilgrims. You can find out which Chapter members are in our mentor program by subscribing to our e-mail list HERE. After you subscribe, you will receive a welcome e-mail that links to the list of mentors and other information about our chapter.

Another way to connect with returned and other aspiring pilgrims is through our Mid-Atlantic Chapter Facebook group. 

We hope to see you at a Chapter event soon!

Rev 02/22/19