Since 1991, annual pilgrimages to sacred mountains that surround San Francisco Bay have been introducing participants to profound interactions with the Spirit of Place. The mountains form a container for our journeys; each site providing its own source of inspiration, guidance for personal exploration. People discover new ways to move through the territory, learning to expand sensory awareness and increase sensitivity to communication with the land itself. Through the plant people, the stone people, trees, animals, birds, through the geology and the human history of sites, the sites anchor the palpably unique atmosphere of the Bay Area.
Ecopsychology, nature spirituality, personal healing and transformation weave into the history of sacred sites in the SF Bay Area. Through shamanic journeys, walking meditations, story-telling, guided visualizations, fire ceremony, and more, we come into a sense of belonging, anchored and at home in the Bay Area. We receive nourishment and belonging, learn of the reciprocity called for.
Circling in 2013: Rounding a corner: A Circle of Change
Many Bay Area residents have come from elsewhere, looking forward to a transformation in their lives. We've come seeking California's gold, in whatever form that takes – a new career, a new kind of community, a move away from old imprints. .
The community itself is rapidly changing under our very feet, but the unchanging constant underlying our lives is the Earth, the land we live on and which supports the way of life of every person here.
We live in a force field that's fed by the land itself - by the very stones of the earth and the water flowing through the land. It's a force field shaped by the climate and the beautiful patterns of weather, by the plants and animals who share the space. Impacted by migrations –by human, animal, plant successions, by the traffic of the streets and freeways - we are carried by all these influences. Not only are we affected by the people who live here now, but also others who lived here in the past, and marked it with their choices.
How, then, do we take the reins in our hands, receiving the opportunities and openings, and participate in shaping our destinies?
Moving mindfully becomes an important way to participate in shaping the future, externally and internally.
This year's circle is a journey for people in the midst of change. You're invited to circle San Francisco Bay, becoming mindful of the constants as well as the flow that permeates this desirable and desired place on the planet.
Come into relationship with the deep Spirit of Place, expanding your experience of self in relation to the elements that make the Bay Area unique.
This is a journey of spirit, a journey of the spirit of place, a journey of your spirit's individual existence. Discover some ways of connecting profoundly with this moment, this place, with the body that is your home. Mindfulness becomes the starting point.
We'll discover ourselves already present in a sacred circle, visiting places of power that surround San Francisco Bay. Opening all our senses, our capacity to reach outward into the space around us, into the visionary space that each of us carries, we will become more fully present.
These five sacred sites will be our points of entry as we travel via shamanic journeying, through poetry, and song, Age-old story-telling, tales of place, will feed our awareness of our mindful presence here. With shamanic practices, gentle walking, journaling, and personal sharing, become more fully present in this lovely place we think of as our home.
Saturday, Sept. 7 - Kirby Cove
Saturday, Sept 21 - Mt. Tamalpais
Saturday, Oct. 5 - Mt. Diablo
Sunday, Oct 20 - Mt. Hamilton
Saturday, Nov. 2 - San Bruno
Click HERE to read what others have said about Ginny's excursions.
Cost: $50 per session; a sliding scale is available. With a commitment and pre-registration for the series, there is a 10% reduction.
To apply for participation, please email something about your current quest, and whether meditation or shamanic journeying play a part in it. What attracts you to this journey? contact Ginny by clicking HERE or phone 650-323-4494
Whether or not you've had a chance to participate in Circling San Francisco Bay, or in Daniel Foor's work at these sacred sites, please read my award-winning book, "Circling San Francisco Bay: A Pilgrimage to Wild and Sacred Places". Amazon.com provides book availability and reviews. Finalist in ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year competition, the book also received Editor's Choice and Publisher's Choice awards. Reading it will provide a foundation for working with these sites. If you have not had an experience of shamanic journeying, please let me know when you inquire about participation in this circle. An opportunity to do this preparation will be arranged.