Natural Path Sanctuary Tour & Movie Screening

Join us to learn more about green burial. Take a walking tour of the Natural Path Sanctuary, a nature preserve burial ground, followed by a screening of “A Will for the Woods”.

Event Co-sponsored by the Natural Path Sanctuary, Threshold and Walking Each Other Home.

This event is space limited so please send an e-mail to to reserve your spot!

Suggested donation of $10,00 although no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Light refreshments will be provided.

Natural Path Sanctuary Presentation

Farley Center Director and Natural Path Sanctuary (NPS) Coordinator Shedd Farley will give a presentation about the NPS, answer questions and give a tour. If you would like to attend the tour but need assistance, please let us know and we will make arrangements.
Light refreshments will be served.

You must reserve a spot by e-mailing or calling the Farley Center at 608-845-8724.

Farley Center Tour of the Prairie Spirit Wildlife Sanctuary

Come join the Farley Center for a visit.tour to Prairie Spirit Wildlife Sanctuary in Springdale. Dr. John Barnes established this sanctuary in 2000 and serves as the Director of the Sanctuary. Dr. Barnes has been a long time Farley Center Board Member from the early beginning of the Farley Center until August 2016.

“The Prairie Spirit Wildlife Sanctuary is 200 acres of land in Springdale, Wisconsin. The terrain is quite gentle and rolling, with good drainage and deep soils with few outcrops. Most of the property is formerly tilled land that has been restored to tall grass prairie, native to the area. The remaining land is central hardwood forest dominated by oaks and hickories. There also are a few planted softwood stands – spruce and red pine.”

“Three springs form ponds on the property and provide life-sustaining water year-round for the animals who call this place home. More than 130 bird species have been seen at the sanctuary, including chestnut-sided warbler, common yellowthroat, and grasshopper sparrow. White-tailed deer thrive here, along with many varieties of reptiles and amphibians.”

“The sanctuary was established in 2000 by the donation of a conservation easement by Dr. John Barnes. He worked with the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust to ensure that his property would forever remain a safe haven for the wildlife who call it home. As with all land protected by HSWLT conservation easements, recreational and commercial hunting and trapping, as well as destructive logging practices, will always be prohibited.”

Meet promptly at 1:00 on Sunday, October 30 at the Prairie Spirit Wildlife Sanctuary located at 1811 Spring Rose Road, Verona, WI.

Harvesting Unity: Community Mandala Project

Join Sarvodaya USA at the Farley Center for Peace, Justice & Sustainability in Verona on Oct 29th to help us create Madison’s first community-constructed earth mandala!

Bring the whole family to help us build and also experience Sri Lankan and Tibetan food and dancers, local music, kids mandala craft area, henna body art and group meditation lead by members of the Madison Buddhist community.

See below for details and list of events.

How It Works:

A week prior to the event, our team of volunteers will forage for natural fall materials found in our community, backyards, forests, etc. We will use the materials we find to inspire the shape of our mandala. Our team will build a skeleton of the mandala, but we need your help to fill in the gaps and create a unique art piece. Our mandala is symbolic of uniting diverse people together and holding space to pay respect to each other and the world we live in.

What is a Mandala?

“A mandala is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Indian religions, representing the universe. In common use, “mandala” has become a generic term for any diagram, chart or geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically; a microcosm of the universe.”

A Look at the Day:

Food: dzi Little Tiben food truck serving authentic Tibetan food
Sarvodaya USA will be serving authentic Sri Lankan food

Henna: we are featuring henna body art to adorn us during this celebration.

Coloring Area: kids coloring station will be set up for kids and adults to color-in paper mandalas or create their own at our craft station.

Main construction of Mandala will take place with help of our attendees throughout the day. A photo of the mandala will be featured on the Sarvodaya USA website following the event.

12pm and 2pm
Dancers: A group of Sri Lankan dancers will make two performances throughout the day.

Meet Sarvodaya USA: a brief presentation will be given inside the Farley Center to learn more about our organization and future events.

a group meditation will be lead by a member of the Buddhist community following the completion of the mandala.

All proceeds will go to fund Sarvodaya’s organic farm training programs (in Sri Lanka) working to combat Chronic Kidney Disease of unknown origin (CKDu).

Hoot ‘N Annie String Band

Hoot ‘n Annie is a vocal centric string band. They sing songs that are fun to sing in harmony backed by fiddle, banjo, mandolin, ukulele bass, harmonica, cello and guitar.

In 2011, at the beginning of the Wisconsin Capitol crackdown, people gathered daily to sing songs of Solidarity from 12-1pm. It’s now been going on every M-F for the past 5 ½ years, the longest running protest in recorded history. At this Solidarity Singalong, musicians who also played instruments would gather to accompany the singers, calling themselves The Learning Curve, and many of them would stick around after the 12-1 protest to play folk songs. Some gospel, some Americana. All were fun to sing in harmony. New friendships were born.

More singing and playing together was wanted. These new friends went looking for a place to play in the evenings where adult beverages and more songs could be sung and played. For the past 3 years, Hoot ‘n Annie String Band has been performing about once a week in Madison, as well as venues in Iowa and Northern Wisconsin. You can regularly find them playing at Chief’s Tavern in Monona on the first and third Thursdays of the month, and BOS Meadery in Madison on the fourth Thursday of the month.

Hoot ‘n Annie is made up of 5 friends that play in several bands in and around Madison. Daithi “the fiddler” Wolfe on fiddle is in too many bands to mention them all, but you may know him from The Currach Irish Trio and Yid Vicious. Prentice Berge on guitar (Prentice is a Mt. Horeb native, graduating from MHHS in 1981 before going on to St. Olaf College where he majored in music) and he also plays in County Hwy PD with Daithi, and often gigs with the Mad City Jug Band. Jim Murray on Ukulele Bass also sits in with the Mad City Jug band. Michael Bausch is on guitar and harmonica and also plays in the Wright Combination. Cindy Murphy is the multi-instrumentalist of the group, playing cello, mandolin, banjo and tenor guitar. Yes, her house looks like a magical music store full of rare and beautiful instruments.

Hoot ‘n Annie String Band loves singing and drinking in bars. It’s fun. “Hoot ‘n Annie” comes from the Scottish word ‘Hootenanny” meaning “celebration” and / or “party”, most closely associated with Hogmanay.

With the Scots being one of the biggest groups of settlers in the Appalachian region of North America (bringing with them their whisky-making tradition and methods, leading to the area’s “moonshining” tradition) it is not surprising that hootenanny became an Appalachian colloquialism, although it became used in early 20th-century America as a placeholder name to refer to things whose names were forgotten or unknown.

In this usage it was synonymous with thingamajig or whatchamacallit, as in: “Hand me that hootenanny.” Hootenanny was also an old country word for “party”. Nowadays the word most commonly refers to a folk music party.

So, that’s the Hoots. They’re a folk party thingamajig. This event is sponsored by Southwest Wisconsin Area Progressives (SWWAP) and the Farley Center for Peace, Justice and Sustainability. $12 cover, bring a beverage of choice.

Fall Celebration 2016 (apple cider press day!)

Come join us for the Farley Center Fall Celebration 2016 – pick apples, wash apples, slice apples and press the apples in the 100 year old cider press! Bring your own jug or mason jar to bring home some fresh pressed apple cider.

Please bring a delicious dish to share. Donations will be accepted to go toward the purchase of buying the next planting of fruit trees. All are welcome! Invite your friends and share the post!

Farley Center Volunteer Day

Come enjoy the beauty of the land and the camaraderie of community with other volunteers on Aug 27. There are a variety of things to do to help the Farley Center get ready for the Fall and Winter months.

Lanterns For Peace

An opportunity for people of all ages to remember those who suffered from the use of nuclear war, and to reflect on visions of a peaceful world.

  • Make and float a lantern for peace
  • Participate in an action of advocacy
  • Lend your voice to a peace sing-along!

For more information:
Phone: 608-232-9945

Sponsored by:
Physicians for Social Responsibility – WI

Co-sponsors: Dane County United Nations Association, PC Foundation, Vigil for Peace, Gene and Linda Farley Center for Peace, Justice and Sustainability, Nukewatch, WI Network for Peace and Justice, WILPF Madison

Natural Path Sanctuary Presentation

Farley Center Director and Natural Path Sanctuary (NPS) Coordinator Shedd Farley will give a presentation about the NPS, answer questions and give a tour. If you would like to attend the tour but need assistance, please let us know and we will make arrangements.
Light refreshments will be served.

You must reserve a spot by e-mailing or calling the Farley Center at 608-845-8724.

Feast From the Fields

The Farley Center’s Feast from the Fields 2016 will be held on Sunday, July 24 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. The Feast will be catered by Bunky’s Catering using organic vegetables/fruits grown by our Farley Center farmers. Live music by Amy Hartsough and Patrick Kenney. There will also be a Silent Auction.

Tickets are on sale at Eventbrite: at $100 per ticket. This is the fourth year we have held our annual fundraiser.

If you would like to be an event sponsor or donate an item for the silent auction, please send an e-mail to Your e-mail will be forwarded to Dr. Marilyn Chohaney, who is the Feast Board Chair this year and Board Member Melanie Zimmer who is the Silent Auction Coordinator for the Feast from the Fields 2016.


Stay tuned. We will soon be posting more photos and descriptions of our silent auction items.

Hopi Style Bracelet

Donated by: Omie Baldwin

Hopi style design on silver with one turquoise stone. Handcrafted sterling silver.

Week Vacation at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Donated by: Shedd and Caroline Farley

Seven nights in a 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom condo at Marriott's Ocean Watch Villas (South Carolina). Available the week of October 29-November 6, 2016. More information at:

CSA box of produce from Los Abuelos Farley Farm (Juan Gonzalez)

Donated by: Juan Gonzalez (Los Abuelos Farley Farm)

Fresh picked vegetables from Juan's farm, packed with love.

$50 Lovefood Farmer's Market Gift Card

Donated by: David Bachhuber (Lovefood)

$50 gift card to be redeemed at the Lovefood farmstand at Hilldale Farmers Market on Saturdays through the end of October 2016. Lovefood is a farm of David Bachhuber, one of the Farley Center farmers. There will be two of these available at the auction.

Turquoise and Silver Earrings

Donated by: Omie Baldwin

Navajo design diamond shaped earrings with silver and turquoise

Bolivian Basket

Donated by: Omie Baldwin

Handwoven round basket. Great for holding bread, fruit, and more!

Four Nights in Vail

Donated by: Anthony T. Tu

Four nights (September 2-6, 2016) in a one-bedroom condo at Mountain Haus, Vail Village. More information at

Full Facial Service at Kneaded Relief

Donated by: Kneaded Relief Day Spa & Wellness

Deluxe 75-minute facial by Angelina DiModica at Kneaded Relief spa in Fitchburg. Includes skin analysis, deep pore cleansing, exfoliation, steam and extractions. Face neck, shoulder massge and more.

A Day of Sailing

Donated by: Bruce Barrett

Olympic sailing medalist Peter Barrett left this world and passed on his 1967 Pearson Wanderer Yawl to his son Bruce Barrett, a Farley Board member, who keeps the boat on a mooring in front of the Memorial Union in Madison. The lucky winner of this prize will receive a day of sailing on Lake Mendota, with Dr Barrett at the helm, specific dates to be determined, weather permitting.

"Blowing in the Wind"

Donated by: Joel Wish

Framed pastel of leaves by Farley Center board member Joel Wish

Photograph "Rose"

Donated by: Joel Wish

Framed close-up photograph of a rose by Farley Center board member Joel Wish

Quilted Greeting Cards

Donated by: Susan Corrado

Beautiful hand made cards featuring tiny quilt patches and inspirational messages. Includes envelopes.

Hopi Turtle Earrings

Donated by: Omie Baldwin

Genuine Hopi (American Indian) handcrafted sterling silver turtle earrings