National Gatherings

American Pilgrims on the Camino hosts an annual Gathering of Pilgrims. The Gathering is an opportunity to share experiences, to support one another and to learn more about the Camino and pilgrimage experience.

The 2019 Gathering of Pilgrims
Cultivating Camino Connections

The 22nd Annual Gathering of Pilgrims
Thursday, March 28 - Sunday, March 31, 2019
YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly
Black Mountain, North Carolina

Detailed information and registration will be available early January 2019 but in the interim you can peruse the draft program. And there's a document with useful information about the venue, transportation and a special Facebook group specifically for the Gathering. See things you'd really like to hear?? The Gathering will be preceded by an hospitalero training, Tuesday, March 26th through Thursday, March 28th. (There are always other training opportunities throughout the year. See the Hospitaleros page for current offerings.)

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Average maximum and minimum temperatures for Black Mountain for March 29th are 63°F and 38°F.

You can always contact the Gatherings coordinators for general information about American Pilgrims annual Gatherings.

In April 2018, American Pilgrims on the Camino celebrated its 21st Annual Gathering of Pilgrims at the Vallombrosa Center, Menlo Park, California. The Gathering's theme was "Making Meaning from Memories".

Be watching here for a review of the Gathering including links to selected presentations. 

Hospitalero training by American Pilgrims is always conducted in conjunction with the annual Gathering but in addition we offer other sessions throughout the year. Check the Hospitaleros page for further information.

Consider giving back to the Camino!. Those who have gone on from walking the Camino to serving as hospitaleros say that this experience often is even more rewarding than the Camino itself. For some insight into the sense of fulfillment, there is an interesting YouTube video about service that has snippets of interviews with the late Don José María of San Juan de Ortega, Don Jesús Jato of the albergue Ave Fenix and the Confraternity's Marion Marples.

For more information, see our Hospitaleros page.

In addition to the training offered by American Pilgrims, weekend courses are offered in Canada several times each year. Our Canadian friends or anyone who cannot make it to training offered by American Pilgrims might consider this alternative. See the Canadian Hospitaleros blog for information.

Rev 12/14/18