Welcome to The Beehive Day!


may 4


11am - 5 pm

Saturday offers a wide variety of activities and offerings, including talks, panels, art-making, music, healing arts, and workshops! No matter when you drop by during the day, you will be able to make, learn, connect, and grow.




All day

Beth Racette -Gaia Series

Creating Animal Portraits & Gaia Treasure Search


11 - 11:15 am


11:15 am - 1pm

Community Conversation with Sustain Dane

Sustain Dane invites community members to help create a more sustainable Madison. Interactive workshop inviting lively conversation focused upon several key questions, including:

  1. What is your greatest challenge in accelerating sustainability (healthy planet, just economy & strong community) within your community, e.g., family, neighborhood, workplace, faith community, circle of friends?

  2. How can Sustain Dane support you in addressing these challenges and creating positive change?


1 pm

Earth Poems with Fabu

Fabu is a poet who leads workshops, provides enchanting storytelling for children, and participates in community and international celebrations. She served as Madison’s Poet Laureate from 2008 until 2011. For more than 20 years she has encouraged creativity, designed innovative curriculum, and provided inspiration to school children, women, and the African American communities. In 2015 Fabu published her children’s book, Poems, Dreams and Roses.


1 - 3 pm

Landscapes of Wonder - Richard Ely

Create collaged landscapes or other images from torn paper with Richard Ely.

1:15 - 2:15 pm

Grounded: How can science, art, and policy build more inclusive visions for our Earth?

Mrill Ingram, Matthew Miller and Kyle Richmond

Join a panel discussion on collaborative, transformative, and community-driven ways to better care for our land and waters. Pulling from diverse experiences working with scientists, policy-makers, artists, and others, the three speakers will relate stories and lessons from different projects. The goal is to share examples of development projects that simultaneously respond to climate change, environmental justice, economic equity, food sovereignty, biodiversity, and more.  


2:15 - 3 pm

The Role of Citizens in Protecting Water,  Kimberlee Wright from  Midwest Environmental Advocates

Environmental laws provide rights so all of us can step up to protect life-giving water when our government can't or won't. Learn about community efforts around WI where people of all backgrounds come together to solve water problems. We need leaders to help the rest of us understand threats we all face and what we can do about them. There's room for everyone to show up in a way that is meaningful and achievable for their life circumstance.


3 - 3:30 pm

Companion Species: Inviting Mycelium into our Circles of Care with Alexandra Connors

Participants will be led through a demonstration where they learn to spawn oyster mushroom stems onto cardboard and then will be instructed in the next steps to bring the mushrooms to fruit.


3:30 - 4 pm

Permaculture Principles and Growing Friendly Yards with Math Heinzel

Math Heinzel will talk about permaculture principles and growing a biodiverse yard that is safe and welcoming to our Earthling friends.


4 - 4:30pm

Understanding Humanity's Role on the Earth with Adam Briska

Using the history of the cosmos and some basic science as a guide, how do we understand humanity’s role on the Earth? Join Adam Briska for a conversation.


4:45 - 5 pm

Closing with Samantha Sinai

11:15 am - 12 pm

Neighborhood Effigy Mounds: A Talk and Neighborhood Walk with Robert Birmingham and Larry Johns

Robert Birmingham is the former Wisconsin State Archaeologist and a retired professor of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha. He is the author of several books including Spirits of Earth: The Effigy Mound Landscape of Madison and the Four Lakes; Indian Mounds of Wisconsin; and Aztalan: Mysteries of an Ancient Town.


Larry Johns, a member of the Oneida Nation, Iroquois Confederacy, has been involved in mound and sacred site preservation since the 1980s, including finding and preserving the mounds in Dane County.  Larry has also been involved in Native issues such as 1973 Wounded Knee Occupation and the recent Standing Rock water protectors’ movement.

12:15 - 1:30 pm

Going Out Green - Shedd Farley and Natural Path Sanctuary

Join Shed Farley for a presentation on green/natural burials and how they compare to conventional burials. The presentation will include: end of life options and how to prepare for when that time comes;  a history of natural burials and and the growth of the "funeral industry" in America; the role that funeral homes and families play in green burials; and an introduction to Wisconsin laws. Q&A period at the end.


1:45 - 2:45 pm

Movement and mystery with Alexandra Connors


3:45 - 4:45 pm

Samantha Siani - Facilitated music making

More information to come




Earth Peace Mandala with Sarvodaya

Join Sarvodaya USA to create an Earth Peace Mandala out of all-natural foraged materials. Mandalas have traditionally been used in many spiritual practices to represent the universe. The mandala integrates localism and seasonality, reminding us of our connection to nature.



11:15 am - 1 pm

Writing Towards Our More Beautiful Future with Kristina Amelong

This workshop is an invitation to open ourselves to the great field of creativity, acknowledging who we are in the present moment and what we need in order to continue.


1 - 3 pm

Story Seedling - Aren't We Delicious?

Participants will be given seeds to abundantly grow a short story.


3 - 5 pm


Latinx Artist Collective (featuring Richie Morales, Angelica Contreras, and Evelyn Galindo ) will be showcasing their work and leading a community mural creation named Nuestra Tierra, Nuestro Hogar, (Our Earth, Our Home).



All Day

Growing Power of Local Food 

REAP Food Group will have an outdoor space for family activities such as bean sprouting, veggie face painting, and recipe handouts. to promote Farm to School programming.

2:45 - 3:45

The Wisdom of Trees with Miriam Hall

Meet in the EMBODY workshop, but the rest of the experience will be held outdoors.