Southern California (Los Angeles) Chapter

The Southern California Chapter of American Pilgrims serves the greater Los Angeles area. 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, walks, mentoring future pilgrims and serving as a local host for hospitalero training through American Pilgrims.

The chapter will be scheduling walks, talks, potlucks and much 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 Kurt "Carlos" Schroeder, Anita Baroldi, Geoff Davies and Kurt Buckley at [email protected] for more information or to be added to the chapter e-mail list.

To see more about what we're doing and to join the Camino conversation, check out our Facebook page.

SCHEDULED EVENTS:

LAGUNA HILLS, CALIFORNIA
End of Summer Potluck
Saturday, October 13, 2018, 12:00 - 5:00 PM

The SoCal Chapter will come together to ENJOY GREAT FOOD and SPANISH WINE, SHARE CAMINO STORIES and hold a brief Q&A Session. This is a great opportunity to meet other Pilgrims and "Pilgrims-to-Be." Come enjoy the afternoon in Laguna Hills and share CAMINO FELLOWSHIP with a great group of Peregrinas and Peregrinos!

There is a maximum of 38 people for this event. The event will be filled on a "first replied" basis. Once the event is full, people will be placed on a waiting list. Should you respond and then your plans change, please let us know immediately. A couple of days before the event we will be sending out a special email with the address and directions to the people who RSVP'd for this event. We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming SoCal Chapter Event.

The Q&A Session is led by Anita Baroldi; Anita covers the "who, what, where, when" issues of the Camino. This Q&A Session also gives new pilgrims the opportunity to ask questions about every aspect of walking on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela.

As we have limited seating at this event, we would like you to make a reservation. New and returning pilgrims welcome.

RSVP USING: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Oct_13th_Laguna_Hills

NEWHALL, CALIFORNIA
Towsley Canyon Park Hike and Picnic
Sunday, October 21, 2018, 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Towsley Canyon Park is conveniently located in Newhall with easy access from all directions. This walk provides a variety of paths from wide tracks to narrow shady canyon-bottom trails. Part of the walk elevates you to see magnificent panoramic views. On the walk you will see a lot of wild life and some natural tar pits. Leisurely - Approximately 2 miles with a 500 ft climb: Starting from our Picnic Area, we will follow the Elder Trail to complete a short loop with boots on and ready to go at 10:00 AM. Moderate Approximately 5.4 miles with an 1075 ft Climb: Boots on and ready to go 8:00 AM. Trail description: Towsley Canyon We need a volunteer to stay with the tables while we walk. If you have a non-walking family member or friend let us know on the Survey. Once everyone is back, we will have our usual picnic. Dogs are welcome in the Day Use Area and the trails as long as they are on a leash. Well behaved dogs are allowed on the trail on a leash. DIRECTIONS: Ed Davis Park in Towsley Canyon is an impressive segment of Santa Clarita Woodlands Park, located on the north side of the Santa Susana Mountains at the north end of Los Angeles County. The trailhead is located just off the 5 Freeway north of the San Fernando Valley. Address: 24255 The Old Rd, Newhall, CA 91381 LINK TO MAP: Towsley Canyon Park PARKING: is free until the lot is full then there is a pay lot at $7 close to where we will start our hikes and have our picnic.

RSVP USING: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/10_21st_Towsley_Canyon

MISSION VIEJO, CALIFORNIA
Camino Q&A
Saturday, October 27, 2018, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The Q&A Session is led by Anita Baroldi. Anita covers the "who, what, where, and when" issues of the Camino. This Q&A Session also gives new pilgrims the opportunity to ask questions about every aspect of walking on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. As we have limited seating at this event, we would like you to make a reservation. New and returning pilgrims welcome.

RSVP USING: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/OCT_27_QandA

In 2018, the chapter will be scheduling walks and potlucks. For future events check out our Facebook page and be sure that you're on our e-mail list.

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. 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.

Rev 09/12/18