Puget Sound (Seattle, Washington) Chapter

The first local chapter of American Pilgrims on the Camino was established in the Puget Sound Region of Washington State in 2010. The Puget Sound chapter’s goals are:

  • 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 Pacific Northwest.

We hold quarterly events, walks and potlucks. 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 Gene Frogge, Benny Biesmans and Cathy Watkins at [email protected] for more information.  If you would like to be added to the Puget Sound Chapter e-mail distribution list, click on this link to be directed to our sign up page:  http://eepurl.com/9KwYj  Once signed up, you will begin to receive e-mails about our Puget Sound Chapter’s regular activities.

Resource documents:
• Suggested packing list
• Traveling Light (2017 ed)
• Camino book list 
2016 REI Presentation PDF (Note: The file is about 30MB and will take a while to download)

To find out what we're up to, contact us through [email protected].

Second Sunday Strolls, Seattle (ongoing)

Rain or shine, no RSVP needed! If you are interested in walking with fellow pilgrims, consider joining the Puget Sound Pilgrims for Second Sunday Strolls—a walk in the park. The Strolls are designed as either a 3 mile or a 6 mile walk from the Ballard Locks to Discovery Park, around the park and back. If you want to walk six miles, we'll meet at 1:00 PM at the entrance to the Ballard (aka Chittenden) Locks, and depart at 1:15 PM sharp for a stroll over to Discovery Park. If you want to walk only three miles, then join us at Discovery Park. We'll arrive at the main visitor center and meet by the drinking fountain at around 1:35 PM. We'll then leave from the visitor center at 1:45 PM on a 3 mile loop. The pace will be not too fast, not too slow—probably around 2 miles per hour. But slow enough for good conversation!

Fourth Friday Coffee and Chat, Seattle (ongoing) 
The Fourth Friday Coffee Chat meets at the Burger Master Restaurant near University Village in Seattle, WA.  Past and future pilgrims are invited to join us for stimulating conversation and a beverage. It's a great chance for newbies to ask questions of experienced pilgrims and for the experienced pilgrims to get some great ideas for their next walk.

The address is 3040 NE 45th St., Seattle, WA 98105. Note that it is not within University Village. Rather, it is located near the Safeway Store located on NE 45th Street.  We shall be there every fourth Friday of the month from 9:30 - 11:00 AM.

Second Thursday South Sound Coffee and Chats, Tacoma (ongoing)
A coffee and chat group will be meeting second Thursdays at Cutters Point Coffee Company (in the back room) 2209 North Pearl Street, Tacoma. Meetings begin at 9:30 am and usually last about 2 hours. The purpose of these gatherings is to give experienced pilgrims a chance to share their Camino and for new pilgrims to ask questions in preparation for their Camino. If you have a guide book or a map, you might want to bring it as a reference. 

South Sound Coffee and Chats are hosted by Doug Kerr. Questions can be addressed to Doug at [email protected]. No need to RSVP. Just come!

Are you interested in learning more about the Camino?
The Puget Sound Camino Mentor Program can pair individuals who have questions about anything from planning to packing with a nearby Camino veteran who can answer questions. Contact [email protected] for details. Please include your name, phone number and the city where you live. Also you can visit American Pilgrims on the Camino on Facebook for great dialogue, photos and a running commentary about the Camino from like-minded pilgrims.

Rev 01/24/19