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Gather together with the Spiritual Family that visioned and carried out the Lake Monona Water Walk 2012 – 2015.  The Ancient Mother MoonLodge & Men’s Lodge meets the First Sunday of each month @ 4Pillars4Health EcoSpace in Monona, Wisconsin.  For more information:


Support Grandmother Josephine Mandamin and the Water Walk Movement


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.



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



Sunday – July 14th, 2013



Friday – July 6th, 2012

Saturday – July 7th, 2012

  • Lake Monona Water Walk Community Festival
    10:00 am – 4:00 pm

    Kids Water Fair:
    • Paddle the Lagoon
    • Fishing 101 for kids at the Winnequah Pond
    • Interactive, fun, and educational water games
    Storytelling, Music & Tai-Chi Animal Frolics at the Gazebo
    • 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
    Main Stage:
    • 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
    Water Expo:
    • 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.
    History & Landmarks:
    • 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


Inclement Weather: Winnequah park activities will be moved into the Monona Community Center & Monona Public Library. Water Walk itself will continue as planned. Grandmother says for the walk “I hope it rains!” 🙂

Walk at your own risk! Be mindful of hydration, fatigue, heat and hunger. Come prepared!

Badger Trolley will run Sunday July 8th starting at 6:00am between Nichols Elementary, Monona-Grove High, Winnequah Elementary, Maywood Elementary, and Winnequah Park. Riders should look for the “Trolley Stop” sign at each location to line up. At 9:30am the Trolley will switch to making stops at the following Parks along the Walk route Frost Woods Beach, Olin, Law, Hudson, Olbrich, Schluter Beach, and Winnequah. After the Walk the Trolley will return riders to the parking lots up until 5:00 pm.

The weekend of festivities are FREE and open to the public. Please consider volunteering and making a tax-deductible donation to support operating expenses and please inquire if your business has a matching program. Thank you for your support!


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