Southeast Virginia Chapter

The Southeast Virginia chapter of American Pilgrims is centered on Norfolk, Virginia. 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 southeastern Virginia.

The chapter will be scheduling walks, talks, potlucks and much more! These will be listed here but you may also want to check the Events Calendar for non-chapter events that may be of interest. Contact chapter coordinators Ellen Eddowes, Sandy Lenthall and Donna Looney at [email protected] for more information.


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Coffee Gathering
Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 9:00 - 10:30 AM

d'egg Diner
204 E. Main St.
Norfolk, VA  23510

Tertulia(n/f): social meeting for discussing common interests; gathering Come join the Southeast Virginia Chapter for coffee and an informal get-together. Future walkers can learn and ask questions about the Camino or other walks. Those returning can share their tales with a community offellow walkers.

An Introduction to Walking The Camino
Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 6:30 - 8:00 PM

REI Virginia Beach
350 Independence Blvd
Virginia Beach, VA 23462

The Southeast Virginia Chapter is sharing an introduction to the Camino de Santiago and will talk about history, legends and traditions, and what one might expect when walking The Way. Who is Saint James? What is pilgrimage? With approximately 800 km to travel on the Camino francés, how do you navigate your way, where do you sleep, what do you eat? A Q&A will follow. 

While this program is geared for first-timers, all are welcome. Free, but space is limited and registration is recommended to guarantee a seat. (This event has filled but there are always no-shows.)

Camino inglés talk
Monday, June 4, 2018, 7:00 - 8:30 PM

Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch Library
111 West Ocean View Ave.
Norfolk, VA  23503

Last summer, a group from Saint Paul's Episcopal Church in Norfolk, VA, embarked on pilgrimage from Ferrol, Spain, to Santiago de Compostela. Walking the Camino inglés, they followed a route historically taken by the English and other northern Europeans who arrived in Galicia by sea. Please join the Southeast Virginia Chapter as Saint George Lee and Joe New share their experiences.

Are you interested in learning more about the Camino?
The Southeast Virginia Chapter Camino Mentor Program can pair individuals who have questions about their upcoming Camino with a nearby veteran who can answer questions. Contact for details. Experienced Camino walkers and cyclists who would like to serve as mentors should contact us so that you can be added to our resource list. Potential mentors should provide us with your name, ZIP-code and a brief rundown of your experience including walking or cycling, which route and when. 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.

For information about the chapter and its activities or about membership in American Pilgrlims, contact us at

Rev 05/01/18