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


 We have some good news… And some great news!

The good news: Interest for the Gathering is at an all-time high and we have booked our original block of rooms.

The great news: We have obtained an additional block of rooms at the venue! These rooms, in an historic building on site, have either two sets of bunks beds, two twin beds, or one bunk bed and one twin bed. All have private baths. We are offering this lodging option on a double occupancy basis so nobody needs to sleep on the dreaded top bunk!

The number of additional rooms is limited and there won't be any more after these fill so we recommend that you register ASAP!

Click HERE to be taken to the registration form. If you'd like to take a look at the program first, here's a link to the draft program (1/15/19). 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?? Register today!

The Gathering runs from late afternoon Thursday through noon on Sunday. We offer two types of registration: Full and commuter. Full includes all Gathering events plus accommodations Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights plus all meals Thursday dinner through Sunday lunch. Commuter includes all Gathering events plus lunches and dinners Thursday dinner through Sunday lunch. Commuter does not include accommodations or breakfasts. Registration costs are:
• American Pilgrims current members: Full $375 and Commuter $175
• Non-members: Full $425 and Commuter $225
All prices are per person, double occupancy accommodation.
Consider joining and enjoying the member's discount! For more information, please see the document with useful information.

As usual, the Gathering will be preceded by an hospitalero training, Tuesday, March 26th through Thursday, March 28th. And there are always other training opportunities throughout the year. See the Hospitaleros page for the hospitalero training registration and other 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".


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 01/17/19