Minneapolis, Minnesota Chapter

The Minneapolis Chapter of American Pilgrims serves central Minnesota, centered on Minneapolis-St. Paul. 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, a lending library of Camino related books, and 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 Jim McCaffrey and Pete Bock at [email protected] for more information or to be added to the chapter e-mail list. 

And join us on Meet Up! Click HERE to see what we're doing and to join.


Dual event: Return From Camino and Camino 101
Sunday, October 21, 2018, 2:00 - 4:45 PM

The Minneapolis Chapter invites you to come for either or both presentations! The first part is geared for returning pilgrims; the second part for people planning their future Camino.

Part One -The Journey Continues: Returning from the Camino. For many pilgrims, the most difficult part of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela is not the walk, rather the return to ordinary life. Drawing from the experiences of dozens of pilgrims, Cheryl Grasmoen will identify the reasons why return can be so difficult and will suggest a framework for creating a personal plan for carrying forward the essence of your Camino.

Having walked four different Camino routes, volunteered numerous times as an hospitalera and in the Santiago Pilgrim Office, and six-year board member and officer of American Pilgrims on the Camino, Cheryl has had the opportunity to observe and collect much information about the pilgrim experience that she is eager to share with veteran and new pilgrims.

Part Two (at around 3:30 PM) - Camino 101: This will be a good place to start gathering information if you are considering walking the Camino de Santiago in 2019. We cover general information about going on the Camino including some history and culture, where to stay, food, travel and a backpack packing demonstration. We will leave time at the end to answer all questions.

Are you interested in learning more about the Camino? 
If you are thinking of walking the Camino and are interested in learning more, we can pair you with an experienced pilgrim who can answer your questions on how to prepare and what to expect. Just email us at [email protected] and ask to be connected with a mentor. 

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 09/16/18