THE COUPLES WORKSHOP with Dianné Jean Aldrich

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The Lake Monona Water Walks

The Lake Monona Water Walks of 2012-2015 were EPIC, PEACEFUL and COLLABORATIVE events to encourage mindful stewardship of our local watershed, to raise awareness for our very real Global Water Crisis and to express our Gratitude to the WATERS which give us LIFE. This totally volunteer and grassroots effort was successfully pulled together by visionaries, gracious volunteers, business sponsors, residents, speakers, dignitaries, collaborators, individual donations, law enforcement, in-kind contributions, spiritual leaders, artists, and the First Nations people of this region including the Ho-Chunk, Ojibwe, Dakota, Anishinabe, Menominie and Mohican (just to name a few).  WE  DO IT FOR THE WATER!


We walk to call our attention to the sacred gift of water. Water is the source of all life. The Global Water Crisis is of great concern as pollution and drought plague our planet. In order to raise awareness of the sacredness of all waters, we walk along precious waterways, as our ancestors did. As we walk, we sing and pray to the spirit of the water, assuring her that she has not been forgotten and that we are grateful for her gift of life.

The Water Walk protocols are based in Ojibway Ceremonial understandings of water.

We ask all walkers to observe these protocols as we work together for the water.

We walk to honor the rivers, the lakes and the spirit of the water. We do this by remaining focused, positive and determined.

When we gather the water we understand that we have orphaned this water from its home; we carry it with great love and attention, careful not to spill even one drop.

Everyone must be free of the influence of drugs and alcohol on the walk.

As the waters flow and work continuously, the water is carried continuously forward and never backward, (any wrong turns are corrected by circling).

Only women carry the water, as it is women who carry life. Men carry the eagle staff beside the women, protecting the women and the water. Children and their caregivers are welcome. We ask that your pets be cared for at home.

All women and girls walking with the water must wear long skirts. Men and boys who carry the eagle staff are to wear long shorts or pants. We ask that any messages worn by walkers be positive and in keeping with the spirit of the walk. This is our way of demonstrating respect for ourselves and the responsibilities with which we are entrusted.

Pregnant women need not carry the water as they already carry sacred water and are bringing life forward. Also, women on their moon time (menstruating) do not carry the water as their bodies are in ceremony and preparing for the possibility of life/vision. There is other good work to do and so we do welcome them to walk with us at the back of the line and hold precious space for vision.

Please carry asaymah/tobacco to offer to any waterways, effigy mounds, sacred moments or blessings that we cross or pass by.

Please bring refillable drinking water bottle containers, NO bottled water.

Walk according to your ability and at your own risk. Prepare for hydration, fatigue, heat, hunger, weather and – of course – walking!

The Story

The Prelude: The Vision that came during the 3rd Lake Monona Water Walk of 2014 revealed its deeper meaning as Art Shegonee (Menomonie/Potowatami) and Dianné Jean Aldrich (Santee/ Wachichu) sat around the dining room table contemplating the destruction happening to the Mother Earth and her Waters due to Frac Mining in Wisconsin. The Heartbeat of the Drum was to be heard once again. The Heartbeat of Gratitude for all that our Mother has given so unconditionally, the Heartbeat of Mourning as she is sand-trucked away and her waters poisoned.

The History: Sometime after 1862, Tail Feather Woman (Santee) prayed for deliverance and received a vision about the construction of a drum, the beat of which had transformative power that would lead the Blue Coats to lay down their arms. Her teachings were to bring people together in peace and in unity in a time of hostility and distrust. She traveled to the Anishinabe Nation with the songs and protocols for the ceremony of the Dream Drum.

“When all was ready, the first Sioux Drum ceremony was held, including the preparation of a feast. A group of Calvarymen happened along and heard the singing. They thought a war party was being organized and so approached the group carefully. They saw only a peaceful gathering. Some of the warriors motioned for the soldiers to join them as the feast was about to be served. The soldiers came in and ate. When the ceremony resumed, the soldiers joined in the dances. When the soldiers were ready to leave, they all shook hands in friendship. As near as can be determined, this was the spring of 1879.”  -notes by Blessing

“It is said that when the water turns to poison and you can no longer eat the fish, a new people will emerge…They will have the choice of two roads.” (Ojibwe History-Wisconsin Public Television)

In 1990 this new maturity represented in Nick Hockings a Peace Warrior of Lac du Flambeau Lake Superior Ojibwe Tribe brought forth “Osh-ki-bi-ma-di-zeeg” (A New People). Leading us and guiding from the heart, the Call for Peace Drum and Dance Company began presenting to the world a multi-cultural “Circle Dance” of “Dancing the Dream of Peace and Hope.” Sending a message that we are all interconnected. What effects one, effects all of us.

In 2003 Josephine Mandamin (Ojibwe) walked Lake Superior and subsequently ALL five Great Lakes to raise awareness for the needless abuse of the Waters and for their protection. She walked and she prayed with and for the Waters. She traveled to Lake Monona in 2012, the year of the hot drought, and spoke to the People from her Heart and led them along with William Waterway Marks (Wachichu) in a traditional Water Walk around the Lake to raise awareness. Lake Monona Water Walk Coordinator Dianné Jean Aldrich (Santee/Wachichu) received the calling from Spirit to continue the Water Walk in 2013 as a prayer walk, in 2014 as a healing walk and finally, the 4th and last round in 2015 (upcoming) as a gratitude walk.

The future- Then the beautiful web that had been weaved became visible. The original vision of the ceremonial drum of Tail Feather Woman and the original vision of the Water Walk of Josephine Mandamin would come together to sound the heartbeat vibration of “Osh-ki-bi-ma-di-zeeg.” A New People will recognize themselves and one another on the shores of Lake Monona to sing, dance, drum, walk, learn, share and pray in unity as one family.

Epilogue- The Lake Monona Water Walk of 2015 asked this question; What’s Next? Continue with us in this conversation as we gather monthly as one spiritual family and dedicate ourselves to the manifestation of Heaven on Earth known as clean and abundant water for ALL, a well cared for Planet Earth, Children and Elders who are honored, Peace amongst ALL peoples and the evolution of humanity toward Health, Happiness, Wisdom, Compassion and Loving Kindness.

It IS your RESPONSIBILITY to Steward the Waters!

Prevent Polluted Runoff

Hold storm water on your property with water catchment, rain gardens, swales and berms and healthy, living soil.

Native plants at the water’s edge helps filter pollutants and stabilize the shoreline. This also provides habitat for the birds, bees, critters, and so on that help keep our lake eco-system healthy and whole.

Native Aquatic plants also help keep the lake filtered and clean. Make sure these are approved plants by the DNR and Dane County.

Harmful herbicides and pesticides applied to your property run down slope, into the soil and then into the lake. This feeds the lake weeds and algae as we work so hard to cut them, and not have them clogging our waterways. If this is something you insist on doing, here are some tips on safer ways to do that.

Do not allow boats and other equipment to leak oil and gas into the lake.

If you use salt to melt ice on sidewalks or driveways, follow recommendations for salt application to prevent excess salt from ending up in the lake. Find recommendations for smart winter maintenance at

Protect Wildlife

Create habitat for those beneficial insects who feed on mosquitoes and gnats. Provide habitat for pollinators and beneficial insects.

Create bat houses to also help with insect population and support our endangered bat populations.

Love Your Lake

Observe and interact with the lake. How do the winds affect it? How do dry times or drought affect it? What wildlife lives and feeds on the water near you?

Be a steward. Help others fall in love with the lake and with water, and to understand how very important it is for all living beings.

Remember that all water is connected, from rain to lakes to the water in your home, and pollutants that go down the drain can end up in local waterways. With that in mind, keep harmful materials out of toilets and drains. Find more information at

What's Next


Gather together with the Spiritual Family that visioned and carried out the Lake Monona Water Walk 2012 – 2015. The Ancient Mother MoonLodge will gather, once again, at the shores of Lake Monona on Sunday, July 2nd, 2023 at 9:00 am to honor the Waters and the Water Protectors. Join the Wait List for upcoming details.


Support Grandmother Josephine Mandamin and the Water Walk Movement NibiWalk.Org


Educate yourself and others on the reality of our Global Water Crisis.  Urge your international leaders to protect our Waters.  Share your positive water stories, prayers and activism via social media.  Contribute to the building of a planet infused with love, light and healthy, abundant water for ALL.

With My Own Two Hands

Jack Johnson

I can change the world
With my own two hands
Make it a better place
With my own two hands
Make it a kinder place
With my own two hands
With my own
With my own two hands
I can make peace on earth
With my own two hands
I can clean up the earth
With my own two hands
I can reach out to you
With my own two hands
With my own
With my own two hands
With my own
With my own two hands
I’m going to make it a brighter place
With my own two hands
I’m going to make it a safer place
With my own two hands
I’m going to help the human race
With my own two hands
With my own
With my own two hands
With my own
With my own two hands
I can hold you
With my own two hands
I can comfort you
With my own two hands
But you’ve got to use
Use your own two hands
Use your own
Use your own two hands
Use your own
Use your own two hands
With our own
With our own two hands
With our own
With our own two hands
With my own
With my own two hands


Grandmother Shares Her Wisdom

An Anishinabe Grandmother of the 3 Fires Midewiwin Lodge she answered the call of her Grand Chief Eddie Benton-Benai “What will you do for the Water?” Starting in 2003 she prayerfully walked all 5 Great Lakes and set into motion a Water Walk movement of precious and inspirational impact.

“Ahow suh gwuh Manitou, N’mishoo. G’daanis Biidaasige minwaa gwii ganoonik, semma zhaashi gii jaagisoo. wewenii gagwedaawaay yaan wewenii geh jjibwaa p’si taagosiiyaan. Apichi sinaagot ewe zhaginaashiimiwin. Me i ewe daash wewenii eshi gigoodaayan, Biidaasige is asking for help in saying what needs to be said in a good way, because the mainstream language is so difficult. and so she asks Creator’s help in what needs to be said, in a good way. Tobacco has been burned for Spirit to acknowledge and guide her words. She knows we must think as the water thinks.

In thinking like water, our personalities must also be that of the flow of water, to soften our hearts and minds so we can empathize with others without judgement. In other words, ‘go with the flow’, as the water flows we too must think the way water thinks, feels, hears, sings and above all: loves. This love is the uniter and inifier, we are all connected by water, each droplet is us, where we came from is in the droplet of water. When in the womb, we were living in water for nine months, Imagine! What did you learn? We came out in a gush to life, to go with the flow. It seems we stop the flow of love when we do not use our invisible gifts. Love is universal, without discrimination, without judgement, without preferences, but just plain forgiveness of all and for all.

We must look at our neighbors in a good way, as the water flows, so should our love for one another. Humbly, as Biiidadsige is your servant, she asks for forgiveness and help for all in bringing about the healing of our Nations and the Waters on Mama aki.. Megwech Baasindoowiiyek.

Me i ewe, minik from your humble servant.”

Two Anishinawbe Grandmothers, and a group of Anishinawbe Women and Men have taken action regarding the water issue by walking the perimeter of the Great Lakes.

Along with a group of Anishinabe-que and supports, they walked around Lake Superior in Spring 2003, around Lake Michigan in 2004, Lake Huron in 2005, Lake Ontario in 2006 and Lake Erie in 2007.

The 1st Annual Women’s Water Walk took place April 2003. Several women from different clans came together to raise awareness that our clean and clear water is being polluted by chemicals, vehicle emissions, motor boats, sewage disposal, agricultural pollution, leaking landfill sites, and residential usage is taking a toll on our water quality. Water is precious and sacred…it is one of the basic elements needed for all life to exist.

The Annual Women’s Water Walk was chosen for Spring because for the natural re-growth of our natural habitat, as it is a in time for renewal, re-growth, and re-birth.

A team of 6 – 8 Aboriginal people volunteer to walk and help with the everyday necessities such as having multitasked drivers to accompany walkers, food preparation, refreshment breaks, camp set ups, cleaners, laundry etc.

Public Relations Personnel have been involved thorougout by taking shifts, and also going ahead to communities to aid with the awareness of the walk. This includes the distribution of media releases, posters, pamphlets, advertisements, and meeting and greeting of the participating walkers.

The overall result after implementation is to gather other groups and/or organizations to participate in an all regional walk around the Great Lakes. The goal is achieved strength in numbers with other Aboriginal men/women in the Great Lake Regions. The anticipated outcome is to have all people aware of the importance of the water and gain support and the gathering of other supporters whom would share an interest in protecting our water through our walk. This event will be annually, with the intent of the Women’s Water Walk to gain awareness and support for annual walks throughout the region. This will entail support, recognition, and awareness of the importance of keeping Great Lake waters clean.

It is anticipated that eventually challenges with other organizations to come together each spring to adopt a common like to care and protect from further pollution.

Stakeholder participation presently resides within the Biidaajiwun Local. Biidaajiwun Local is a women’s group run exclusively by women to raise awareness of issues, pertaining the needs of Aboriginal women. Contribution factors involve the housing of public relation workers, volunteers, support and the participation of several women sharing in the protection of our waters.

It is the hope that other locals, individuals and organizations will come together annually to spread interest and awareness in their communities. This annual event is intended to gain support to raise awareness throughout the region.

The originality of this idea is uncommon as there are few who are ready and willing to take on such a challenge. This idea is original because of how society today is taught to rely on the technological equipment, and that the mere thought of a walk being more than 15 minutes is a task for many. We strive our own determination that this challenge is seldom being done elsewhere, particularly in our region. We are doing this walk on our own beliefs within our own aboriginal culture and values of the importance of our waters is very precious and sacred to our being, as it is one of the basic elements needed for all life to exist.

In doing so, we know that such an endeavors requires a certain amount of funds to help carry the walk over for a two month period, but this alone will not prevent us from carry out what our grandfathers have predicted. Our waters will be scarce and will be deficient in the essential means for our survival…our water.

From  Mother Earth Walk

For more information:  Josephine Mandamin


William Waterway (Marks), is an award-winning water author, poet, artist, philosopher, and Native American flute artist who was raised on an organic farm.

While an undergraduate at Fairleigh Dickinson University, he conducted independent research into fish kills and industrial pollution of rivers. His photographic evidence and water sampling studies resulted in legal action by a Federal Grand Jury against an industrial polluter who pled guilty.

His water research and speaking engagements have taken him to 15 countries.

During the late 1970s he lived outside for two-years undertaking a horseback trek across America he entitled, RIDE FOR NATURE.

Mr. Waterway’s writings and water research have been featured on TV talk shows and in documentary films (CNN – Acid Rain, and “FLOW: For Love Of Water”) and published by National Geographic, and featured at: CNN; MSNBC; MVTV; CBS; NBC; ABC; NPR; UPI; AP; New York Times; Coast-to-Coast Radio; New Zealand National Radio; the Water Encyclopedia; Alternet;; MaximsNews, and other media.

He is the former owner/director of a state-certified water testing laboratory; founder of Vineyard Environmental Research, Inst.; founding publisher of Martha’s Vineyard Magazine and Nantucket Magazine; author of, The History of Wind Power on Martha’s Vineyard; The Holy Order of Water, Healing Earth’s Waters and Ourselves; and publisher of the United Nations’ affiliated, Water Voices from Around The World.

During the 1980s William saved three lighthouses (Gay Head, East Chop, Edgartown Harbor) on Martha’s Vineyard from being torn down and replaced by skeleton structures with strobe lights. After giving Congressional testimony – the three lights were turned over to the organization he founded, Vineyard Environmental Research, Institute (VERI).

Poetry: William is the founder of the Martha’s Vineyard Poetry Society. He has composed poetry since youth, and studied Creative Poetry as an elective at Fairleigh Dickinson University. He has won several poetry awards, including the World of Poetry Golden Poet Award in 1988 and 1992, and the World of Poetry Gold Medal of Honor. He was inducted into the Homer Honor Society of International Poets in 1992. His poetry has been published in: National Geographic’s book, Written in Water; AlterNet’s book, Water Matters; An Anthology of Vineyard Poets; An Anthology of Wednesday’s Poets; AOL’s Martha’s Vineyard Patch; the Martha’s Vineyard Times; the Vineyard Gazette; The Grapevine; Martha’s Vineyard Magazine; Nantucket Magazine, and many other publications.

Poetry recitals: International Peace and Ecology Celebration – Central Park Bandshell; International Symposium of Aqua Science & Water Resoureces (simulcast to eleven countries); MVTV’s live broadcast of “A Gathering of Island Poets” I, II, III, IV, and V.; William’s “Acid Rain” poem was recited by Governor Thomas Keene at the Northeast Conference of Governors on Acid Rain and Climate Change; National Geographic’s International “Water is Life” conference; United Nations; World Water Consciousness conference at University of California; Martha’s Vineyard All-Island Selectmen’s meeting, and many others.

He has read his poetry, spoken, and performed Native American Flute at: the Temple of Understanding; Conscious Life Expo in Los Angeles; the United Nations; the United Nations’ International Peace and Ecology Festival; Church Center for the United Nations; Council for a Parliament of World’s Religions in Israel; Book Expo America; New England Conference of Governors; Drew University; University of Lincoln–Nebraska; University of Arizona; Fairleigh Dickinson University; Groundwater Foundation Annual Conference; Lincoln Center; Sundance Film Festival; World Water Day Celebration at the United Nations; World Water Day Film Festival; Florida State University; Southern Illinois University; University of California (Santa Barbara/Berkeley/Los Angeles/Davis); International Symposium of Aqua Science and Water Resources (simulcast to eleven countries); National Geographic’s International “Water Is Life” Celebration; World Water Consciousness conference at University of California; Annual Celebration of Pathways Projects Institutes; Martha’s Vineyard All-Island Selectmen, and many other venues.

LinkedIn: William Waterway




Friday – July, 10th 2015

  • Celebrate the Waters with Bill Miller: In Concert
  • 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
    Monona Grove High School Fine Arts Center, Monona Drive, Monona WI
  • Fundraising Concert with 3x Grammy Award Winning Native American Singer Songwriter Bill Miller (Wisconsin Native/Mohican).
  • Local Musicians come together to present “With My Own Two Hands” by Jack Johnson and Ben Harper/Curious George Soundtrack.
  • Special guest presentations include dignitaries
    Monona Mayor Bob Miller
    Dane County Executive Joe Parisi
    Congressman Rob Kahl
  • The evening will be presided over by Grand Chief of the Three Fires Midewiwin Lodge Edward Benton-Benai and Ojibway Elder, Environmentalist, Scholar Joe Rose.
  • Menomonie Dancer Art Shegonee and Lake Monona Water Walk Coordinator Dianné Jean Aldrich will emcee the evening.
  • First 500 donations will be guaranteed a seat. Donate online @ $10 – $100 or mail a check made out to The Emerald Heart Center, c/o Dianné Jean Aldrich, 6020 Kristi Circle, Monona WI 53716. All donations are tax deductible.

Saturday – July, 11th 2015

  • Gathering at Frost Woods Beach in Monona
    Noon – 9:00 pm.
    Frost Woods Beach, Winnequah Road, Monona, WI
  • Join Native American Elders and Local Water Experts in our Teaching Tepee for an incredible day of learning, sharing from the heart and inspiration including presentations from:
    12:00 noon: Welcome & Introduction: Dianné Jean Aldrich & Art Shegonee
    1:00 pm: Grand Chief Edward Benton-Benai
    2:00 pm: Ojibway Elder Joe Rose
    3:00 pm: On behalf of “Osh-ki-bi-ma-di-zeeg”(A New People) Art & Dawn Shegonee
    4:00 pm: Ho-Chunk tribal member Ken Whitehorse
    5:00 pm: Author Ann Aswegan
    6:00 pm: Environmental writer Ron Seely
    7:00 pm: Drum teacher Elmor Lawson
    8:00 pm: Community Voices: Open mic for the public to share.
  • A traditional Inipi/Sweat Lodge Ceremony and a Women’s Moon Lodge will be on offer throughout the day for the people to pray for the Water and purify in preparation for Sundays walk.

Sunday – July, 12th 2015

  • All Traditions Water Blessing
    7:00 am – 9:00 am
    Frost Woods Beach, Winnequah Road, Monona WI
  • Sacred Pipe Ceremony & All Traditions Water Blessing led by spiritual leaders of diverse faiths and traditions.
  • Women: in respect of the traditional way of the Elders please wear a long skirt.
  • Lake Monona Water Walk 2015
    9:30 am – approximately 4:30 pm
    Clockwise Water Walk around Lake Monona
  • Starting out from Frost Woods Beach, Winnequah Road, Monona WI with rest stops along the way at Olin-Turville, Monona Bay Shelter, Law Park, Hudson Park, Schluter Park and returning the Waters back at Frost Woods Beach.
  • Calling the Drums to the Lake Shore. Medicine Drums, Dream Drums, Hand Drums, Drum Circles are encouraged to choose a public lakeshore park and drum the heartbeat of Gratitude for our Waters throughout the day. The vibration of the drums sounding as ‘One Voice’ will call the people to awareness and bless our beautiful Lake Monona.
  • Women: in respect of the traditional way of the Elders please wear a long skirt
  • Community Feast to follow for participants, volunteers, Elders, walkers, drummers.

Monday – July, 13th 2015

  • 10:00 am: Talking Stick/Listening Feather Vision Sharing… What’s Next? Frost Woods Beach, Winnequah Road, Monona WI
  • 1:00 pm: Clean up grounds. Leave No Trace.
    Camp throughout the weekend at Frost Woods Park. (No electric, no open fires)

*Family Friendly Event. Alcohol & Drugs are not permitted.

*FREE & Open the the public. Donations Encouraged.


Saturday- July, 12th 2014

  • Celebrate the Waters
    7:00 pm
    Meditative Journey with Pete Calgaro on the Tank Drum

Sunday – July 13th, 2014

  • Blessing of the Waters at Frost Woods Beach
    7:00 am – 9:00 am
    Sharing of memories from last year’s Water Walk
  • Lake Monona Water Walk 2014
    9:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Clockwise Walk, Bike, or Paddle around Lake Monona


Sunday – July 14th, 2013

  • Blessing of the Waters at Frost Woods Beach
    7:00 am – 9:00 am
    Sharing of memories from last year’s Water Walk
  • Lake Monona Water Walk 2013
    9:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Clockwise Walk, Bike, or Paddle around Lake Monona


Friday – July 6th, 2012

  • Lake Monona Water Walk Press Event, Kick-off, and Music Festival
    6:00pm – 10:00pm
    Seating limited, bring your own chairs and blankets!

Saturday – July 7th, 2012

  • Lake Monona Water Walk Community Festival
    10:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Paddle the Lagoon
    Fishing 101 for kids at the Winnequah Pond
    Interactive, fun, and educational water games
    10:00 – 11:00am: Andrew Nath: Singer/ Songwriter
    11:00 – 11:15am: Karen Wendt: Jump, Wiggle, Join in! Storytelling
    11:15 – 11:45am: Gerri Gurman: Tai-Chi Animal Frolics!
    11:45 – 12:40pm: Ken Lonnquist: Welcome to Kenland! Music and Storytelling
    12:40 – 01:00pm: Shane Vondra: Native American Flute music inspired by Lake Superior and forest
    01:00 – 02:00pm: Winnequah Lagoon Water Walk for Young Families: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
    Led by Grandmother Josephine Mandamin!
    02:00 – 03:00pm: Mark Croft : Singer/ Songwriter
    03:00 – 03:45pm: Skip Jones : Folksinger/ Storyteller
    03:45 – 04:00pm: Karen Wendt : Jump, Wiggle, Join in! Storytelling
    10:30am: Grandmother Josephine Mandamin
    11:15am: William Waterway Marks
    12:00pm: Michael Mucha : Madison Municipal Sewerage District
    12:30pm: Dianné Aldrich : Lake Monona Water Walk Coordinator
    01:00pm: Supervisor Patrick Mile : Dane County Lakes & Watershed Commissioner
    01:30pm: Sean Gere : Gere Tree Care
    01:50pm: Matthew Miller : Sandpiper Institute
    02:10pm: Kate Heiber-Cobb : Madison Permaculture Guild – Grassroots and DIY Healing of the Waters With Permaculture
    02:30pm: Jon Lindert, P.E., LEED AP : Project Manager at Strand Associates, Inc
    03:00pm: Community Open Mic : 3 – 5 minutes, sign up day of event
    Exhibitors: 4Pillars4Health EcoSpace, Sun-Mar Composting Toilets, ASSE, A Wing & A Prayer, The Boat House, City of Madison Rain Garden, City of Monona – Sustainability Committee, Clean Lakes Alliance, Dane County Lakes and Watershed, EnAct, Friends of Hudson Park, Friends of Olin Turville, Friends of Monona Bay, Friends of Starkweather Creek, H2O Score, Islamic Environmental Group, Josephine Mandamin, Madison Rafah Sister City Project (MRSCP), Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District, Rock River Coalition with Carry Creek, Sandpiper Institute, Serene Spaces by Sheli, Sierra Club, The Natural Step Monona, Sustainable Atwood, USGS Science, William Waterway Marks, Winnequah Park Visioning Project, Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice, Madison for the Penokees, WISPERG, Aldo Leopold Nature Center, Amnesty International Local Group 139, Bur Oak Design, City of Monona: Landmarks and Planning, Wisconsin Interfaith Power & Light, Machu Picchu Healing Arts, Unity Green Team, Madison Area Permaculture Guild, Monona City Library
    Water Art: Andre Ferrella with community and youth artists
    Science Fair: hands on water exhibits for the whole family.
    Winnequah Park Lagoon as Lake Monona; learn and explore mini tour
  • Outdoor Movie: Waterlife
    8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
    Bring your blankets, popcorn, and refreshments!

Sunday – July 8th, 2012

  • Sunrise Ceremony & All Traditions Water Blessing at Frost Woods Beach
    6:30 am – 9:00 am
    6:30am: Grandmother Josephine Mandamin
    7:30am: Reverend Marshall Norman – Unity of Madison
    7:40am: Reverend Selena Fox – Circle Sanctuary
    7:50am: Reverend Michael Schuler – First Unitarian Society of Madison
    8:00am: Misha Dancing Waters – A blessing in the traditions of the countries of the Andes Mountains of South America.
    8:10am: Pastor Nick Utphall – St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church
    8:20am: Sandra Rybachek – A Native of Guatemala, Sandra will share a Mayan Water Blessing
    8:30am: Art Shegone
    8:40am: William Waterway Marks
  • Lake Monona Water Walk 2012
    9:30 am – 3:00 pm
  • Community Potluck & Gratitude Event
    3:00 pm – 8:00 pm

A Year of Water Project ORGANIZERS​

by 4Pillars4Health EcoSpace llc

in conjunction with the UN International Decade for Action “Water for Life” 2005-2015


Host Drum

  • Grandmother Falling River


  • Dianné Jean Aldrich

Planning Committee Members

  • Art & Dawn Shegonee
  • Michelle Moran
  • Joah Greengus
  • Amireh Oettinger
  • Chris Eby
  • Sue Linto

With Support From

  • John Rozeske, Webmaster
  • Mayor Bob Miller
  • Sean Gere
  • John Oettinger
  • Russ Wolff
  • Lisie Kitchel
  • Kate Heiber-Cobb
  • Michael Mucha
  • Rick Kesenich
  • Carolyn Carter
  • Colleene Colley
  • Elmore Lawson
  • Pete Calgaro
  • Sue Maher
  • Siobhan Marks
  • Ken Whitehorse
  • Mark Denning
  • Grand Chief Eddie
  • Benton-Benai
  • Raul Zavaleta
  • Lenin
  • Samantha Olson
  • Lisa Gundlach

Teaching Lodge Elders and Speakers

  • Joe Rose
  • Dr. Brian Waabak McIness
  • Art & Dawn Shegonee
  • Ken Whitehorse
  • Ann Aswegan
  • Ron Seely
  • Elmor Lawson
  • Dianné Jean Aldrich

All Traditions Water Blessing Spiritual Leaders

  • Dr. Brian Waabak McIness
  • Art Shegonee
  • Rev. Selena Fox
  • Raul Zavaleta

Bill Miller & Local Musicians

  • Joah Greengus
  • Pete Calgaro
  • Lenin
  • Samantha Olson
  • Tierney Sage Aldrich-Stanek
  • Dianné Jean Aldrich
  • Jeff
  • Tom Cobb

In Collaboration With

  • Ancient Mother Moon Lodge and Men’s Lodge
  • City of Monona
  • Monona Parks & Recreation
  • City of Madison
  • The Emerald Heart Center
  • Bill Miller
  • Saris Bicycle Works
  • Gere Tree Care
  • Insty Prints Monona
  • Chief Don Valerio “Freddy” Cohaila
  • Country Inn & Suites-Monona
  • Machinery Row Bicycles
  • Brittingham Boats
  • Sleep Inn & Suites-Madison
  • Wingra Boat House
  • Betty Lou Cruises
  • Harmony Valley Farms
  • Willy Street Co-Op
  • Regent Street Co-Op
  • Monona Herald-Independent
  • Stu Levitan/iHeartRadio
  • WORT
  • Isthmus
  • Channel 27 “Wake Up Wisconsin”


Coordinated By

  • Dianné Jean Aldrich

With Support From

  • Amireh Oettinger, Provisions
  • John Rozeske, Webmaster

In Collaboration With

  • Ancient Mother Moon Lodge and Men’s Lodge
  • Pete Calgaro


Coordinated By

  • Dianné Jean Aldrich

With Support From

  • Sarah Harrison, Administrative Assistant
  • John Rozeske, Webmaster

In Collaboration With

  • Ancient Mother Moon Lodge
  • Joe Fred


Coordinated By

  • Dianné Jean Aldrich

Hosted By

  • The Emerald Heart Center

With Support From

  • Sarah Harrison, Administrative Assistant
  • Suzanne Wade, Water Expo Coordinator
  • Laura Gavins, Volunteer Coordinator
  • Lauranne Bailey, Press Coordinator
  • Misha Dancing Waters, All Traditions Water Blessing Coordinator
  • John Rozeske, Webmaster
  • Monona Public Library
  • Monona Community Festival
  • City of Monona
  • Bob Miller, Mayor
  • Patrick Marsh, City Administrator
  • Jacob Anderson, Parks & Recreation Director
  • Janine Glaser, Project Manager
  • UW Nelson Institute
  • Abby Jackson, Year of Water Intern

In Collaboration With

  • City of Monona
  • Family Attraction Committee
  • Landmarks Commission
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • City of Madison
  • Mayor Paul Soglin & Staff
  • Madison Parks
  • Madison Water Utility Water Wagon
  • Hudson Park
  • Olin-Turville Point
  • Starkweather Creek
  • Monona Bay

In Collaboration With

  • The Herald Independent
  • Wisconsin State Journal
  • Bob Lindmeier, WKOW Channel 27
  • Natural Awakenings
  • Sustainable Times
  • WORT 89.9FM
  • News from Indian Country
  • Indian Country TV
  • Madison Municipal Sewerage District
  • Glass Slipper Homes
  • Dane County Lakes & Watershed
  • East Side Club
  • National Women’s Music Festival
  • Clean Lakes Alliance
  • Olbrich Botanical Gardens
  • The Natural Step Monona
  • Insty-Prints Monona
  • Spruce Studios
  • Unity Church of Madison – Green Team
  • Ancient Mother Moon Lodge
  • Aldo Leopold Nature Center
  • Call for Peace Drum & Dance Company
  • Staples – Monona
  • Machinery Row Bicycles
  • Gere Tree Care
  • Joe Fred
  • Red Caboose
  • Andre Ferrella Artwork
  • Saris Cycle Racks
  • Metcalfe’s Market
  • Red Feather InterTribal Youth Drum
  • Unitarian Dance Fellowship
  • Betty Lou Cruise
  • Badger Coaches
  • Country Inn & Suites Monona
  • Capitol Travel Service
  • Sardine
  • Eldorado Grill
  • Monona Garden Family Restaurant
  • Salad Creations Monona
  • Weary Traveler Free House
  • Bloom Bake Shop
  • Dr. Zhou’s Acupuncture and Pain Management Clinic
  • East-West Healing Arts Institute
  • Bunky’s Cafe
  • A to Z RentAll and Sales
  • Stalzy’s Delicatessen
  • Willy Street Co-op
  • Monty’s Blue Plate Diner
  • Seafood Center



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Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District

  • Rocky Paths Consulting
  • Health Innovation Technology RevCares
  • Glass Slipper Homes
  • Madison Area Permaculture Guild
  • Earth Stew Compost Services, LLC
  • Sustainability on Stilts
  • Ancient Mother Moon Lodge: Dianné Jean Aldrich, Sue Linton, Carol Klongland, Clare Seguin, Carl Landsness, Lauranne Bailey, Pat & Wolfgang Werk, Preeti Ojha, John & Amireh Oettinger
  • Mayor Bob Miller
  • Chris Fortune
  • Francis Heinowski
  • Eliot Butler
  • Lynne Carol Austin
  • Hooshang & Rita Zeyghami
  • Tanya Tandias
  • Michelle Moran


Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District

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  • American Family Insurance
  • FUN-draiser at The East Side Club
  • “John of God” Spiritual Guide – Diane Pauly
  • Ho-Chunk Nation
  • Glass Slipper Homes
  • Magic Car Wash
  • Rutabaga Paddlesports
  • The Boat House of Madison
  • Jon Robb Agency, Inc., American Family Insurance
  • Monona Motors, Inc.
  • Goben Cars
  • Sandpiper Soil & Water Associates
  • Hancock Center for Dance/Movement Therapy
  • Metcalfe’s Market
  • Carol Klongland / Unitarian Dance Fellowship
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