American Pilgrims on the Camino Thriving, paperback $12.955, Kindle $4.95

It should be no surprise given the sharp increase in the number of American pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago, that ‘The American Pilgrims on the Camino’ organization is thriving. And none too soon either. It is nothing but good news that they are training hospitaleiros on how to run the albergues. This will be a big advantage for us notoriously ’monolingual Americans’.

Most important of all, the group helps increase awareness of the Camino de Santiago, which is not just the best way to see the Old Continent of Europe, but also the most economical. Good goin’ American Pilgrims on the Camino. Enjoy your annual gathering next week in Winter Park, Florida!


Bill Walker,  author of  The Best Way–El Camino de Santiago. He is also the author of Skywalker–Close Encounters on the Appalachian Trail (2008), as well as Skywalker–Highs and Lows on the Pacific Crest Trail (2010). Walker, who is just shy of 7-feet tall, is currently working on a whimsical book on the subject of height.

American Pilgrims on the Camino: 2012 Gathering of Pilgrims

Postby Gene_781 on 29 Jan 2012, 07:14


Roads Less Traveled 2013 Gathering of Pilgrims San Pedro Center, Winter Park, Florida March 27-April 2, 2012 Registration is now LIVE on the website National Gatherings page! (
Join American Pilgrims for their 15th Annual Gathering of Pilgrims at the San Pedro Center in Winter Park, Florida. The Gathering, March 29-April 1, is preceded by the Hospitalero Training, March 27-29. The Spiritual Retreat, hosted by Tom Cook, follows the conclusion of the Gathering, from Sunday morning. April 1, through midday Monday, April 2.
This year’s Opening Reception, on the evening of Thursday, March 29, will feature a Spanish tapas menu with a Valencian flavor. The reception will be followed by a performance of classical Spanish guitar music played by Joshua Englert. Friday evening sees the debut of a new attraction, the Pilgrim Open Mic session: with a couple pictures to illustrate your story, tell us in five minutes about your best—or worst—Camino experience. And, of course, Camino Cabaret returns on Saturday night!
Friday’s schedule will include two limited-enrollment workshops. In her two-session workshop “Writing the Camino”, Amei Wallach will provide participants with the strategies and techniques to write quality travel literature. And in “Camino through the Lens”, Ann Howley will give a hands-on workshop covering camera and photography basics and offering ideas to help you get the best Camino photos ever.
Gathering presentations will include new topics like Ultralight Packing, Camino News from Around the World, Reading the Camino, and Romanesque and Gothic for Pilgrims. Last year’s successful Academic Panel will make an encore appearance with the theme The Search for Authenticity. It will be complemented by a second panel offering presentations on Other Caminos. And of course you will find perennial favorites such as Camino First Aid, New Pilgrim Q&A, and Hospitalero Q&A.
All this and more awaits you at the 15th Annual Gathering of Pilgrims in Winter Park. For an overview, travel information, and both online and mail-in registration material, visit the website’s National Gathering page! (


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2 thoughts on “American Pilgrims on the Camino Thriving

    • Greetings from Kathmandu, Nepal. Here sweating it out on the Anna Purna Circuit which is like the Camino in one respect. They’re both the United Nations on foot, which I absolutely love.

      Great stuff that your group is getting involved with the Camino. Golly, the whole world is out there and it sure would be great to have more American participation. After all, the Camino is a great unifier.

      I return on Thursday and would love to chat some more about the Camino. I will be at 478 477 2444.

      Buen Camino, Bill

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