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.

EVENTS:

LA CANADA, CALIFORNIA
Annual Potluck and Camino Q & A
January 19, 2019, 1:00 - 4:00 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 La Canada and share CAMINO FELLOWSHIP with a great group of peregrinas and peregrinos!

There is a maximum of 40 people for this event, and 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 have your plans change, please let us know immediately. 

Your RSVP should be sent through THIS FORM. A few days before the event, we will send out a special email with the specific address in La Canada and directions to those who have registered. We look forward to seeing you at this upcoming SoCal Chapter event.

The Q&A Session is led by Anita, Kurt B., Kurt S. and Geoff and will cover the "who, what, where, when" issues of the Camino. Questions about the event can be directed to Susan at [email protected] or 626-848-8867.

This Q&A Session also will give new pilgrims the opportunity to ask questions about every aspect of walking on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. New and returning pilgrims are both most welcome.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2019_Jan_19_La_Canada_Potluck

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MISSION VIEJO, CALIFORNIA
Camino Q & A Session
Saturday, January 26, 2019, 1:00 - 5:00 PM

The SoCal Chapter offers a Camino 101 led by Anita who will cover the "who, what, where, and when" 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. The specific address in Mission Viejo will be provided upon receiving your response to surveymonkey.com/r/2019_Jan_26_Q_and_A. New and returning pilgrims are welcome.

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OXNARD, CALIFORNIA
Camino Presentations at REI Oxnard
Wednesday, January 30, 2019, 7:00 - 9:00 PM

The Camino de Santiago de Compostela has become much more than just a pilgrimage route; today, it is a continuous World Cultural Event that brings people and cultures together from all over the globe. Join the SoCal Chapter and learn the "who, what, where and when" of the Camino and how you can share in this world-changing cultural event. The Camino de Santiago de Compostela is a pilgrimage way that is over a thousand years old and exists to this day. In 2018, more than 325,000 people walked the 500-mile long Camino francés (and other routes) to arrive in Santiago de Compostela. 

A reservation with the Oxnard REI Store is recommended when the event appears on their site. rei.com/stores/oxnard.html

REI Oxnard Store
2700 Seaglass Way
Oxnard, CA 93036

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NEWPORT BEACH, CALIFORNIA
Annual Potluck and Camino Q & A
Saturday, February 2, 2019, 1:00 - 4:00 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 Newport Beach and share CAMINO FELLOWSHIP with a great group of peregrinas and peregrinos!

There is a maximum of 38 people for this event, and 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 have your plans change, please let us know immediately. 

Your RSVP should be sent through THIS FORM. A few days before the event, we will send out a special email with the specific address in Newport Beach and directions to those who have registered. We look forward to seeing you at this upcoming SoCal Chapter event.

The Q&A Session is led by Anita Baroldi; Anita will cover the "who, what, where, when" issues of the Camino. Questions about the event can be directed to Susan at [email protected] or 626-848-8867.

This Q&A Session also will give new pilgrims the opportunity to ask questions about every aspect of walking on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. New and returning pilgrims are both most welcome.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2019_Feb_2nd_Newport_Potluck

Throughout the year, the chapter schedules walks, potlucks and other events. 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 01/15/19