Western North Carolina (Asheville) Chapter

The Western North Carolina chapter of American Pilgrims is centered on Asheville, North Carolina. 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 the Atlanta area.

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 Don Walton, Mark Cobb and Rebecca Gallo at [email protected] for more information or to be added to the chapter e-mail list. And be sure to check out our Chapter Facebook page at Facebook, Asheville Camino-American Pilgrims on the Camino and our website at AshevilleCamino.org!

Rebecca Gallo spent 18 days volunteering on the Camino francés this past summer. She was an hospitalera (volunteer) an an albergue (hostel) inside the ruins of 14th-century church. There was no hot water. No electricity. But she says she loved every minute of it. You can read about her experience by clicking HERE

If you have a Camino reflection or story to share, please contact us by clicking here

You can always contact the Chapter through [email protected] to see what we're up to. And be sure to check out our Chapter Facebook page at Facebook, Asheville Camino-American Pilgrims on the Camino, and our website at AshevilleCamino.org!


Weekly Morning Tertulia
Pilgrims Anonymous meets weekly, Tuesdays at 9:00 AM at Green Sage Café, 70 Westgate Parkway, Asheville (next to Earth Fare)All are cordially welcome to join our camino-talk tertulia. Contact [email protected] for further information.

Monthly Urban Walk on the Asheville Camino Trail
The Western North Calolina Chapter walks are the second weekend of the month, alternating Saturday and Sunday. Saturdays in odd months and Sundays in even months. Meet leaders Danny Bernstein and Dave Howard at 8:00 AM. at the Asheville Visitor Center (36 Montford Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801). You can walk all or part of the 16-mile trail. For more information, check out AshevilleCamino.org, the Asheville Camino Facebook page, or contact the Chapter through [email protected].

First Monday of every month Group Presentation at REI:
Join the Western North Carolina Chapter the first Monday of every month to hear about the various experiences from pilgrims and others at the Asheville REI, 31 Schenck Parkway, Asheville, NC  7:00 to 8:30. Register on the store's calendar to guarantee a seat! Current month presentation: https://www.rei.com/event/experiencing-your-camino-with-a-group/asheville/206108

Are you interested in learning more about the Camino?
The Western North Carolina Chapter Camino Mentor Program can pair individuals who have questions about their upcoming Camino with a nearby veteran who can answer questions. Contact [email protected] 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. 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 11/11/18