Anderson's travels have taken her to sacred sites world-wide. Traveling
the mountains of the Andes in the company of the Peruvian shaman
Americo Yabar, again and again she heard his joyful and passionate
expression of pleasure in his homeland: "This is paradise! These
mountains are so beautiful!" She agreed- and at the same time, the
paradise of her California home nudged her for its own recognition. When
she returned to California, she immediately turned her attention to
writing her new book: Circling San Francisco Bay: A Pilgrimage to Wild and Sacred Places
The book lights the way for readers to forge a deeper link between
themselves and the natural world, as it explores the meaning and
connections between sacred place, personal space, open hearts, and
intent. It describes the author's pilgrimage as it unfolds in the
mountains that surround San Francisco Bay, and invites the reader to
embark on one as well. Each chapter follows the experiences of the
author and her companions as they explore the sacredness of the space in
which they live. Circling San Francisco Bay will take you to some of
the places of power in the San Francisco Bay Area, and introduce you to
natural forms (rock formations, trails, plants, birds, animals) that
communicate meaningfully at those sites to those who know how to listen.
Circling San Francisco Bay provides tools to expand intuition, sensory
awareness, and the capacity to connect with the natural world.
Step-by-step exercises map a path by which the reader can create similar
opportunities at the sites described. In addition, teachers, circles of
friends, or individuals can adapt these tools to other areas with which
they are familiar.
Through illuminating meditations and inspiring journeys, through
stories, writing exercises, art, and personal sharing, Circling San
Francisco Bay supports the reader in connecting with the web of life.
The book explores reciprocity with the life force as key to maintaining
the web of life. Through ceremony, the book suggests that an alignment
of emotion, vision for the future, and personal action is crucial to
sustaining the vitality of one's relationship with life on Earth.