Pollinators Speaker Series

Planned for Summer/Fall 2020  — dates to be announced pending resolution of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Pollinators Speaker Series is a monthly storytelling project and ongoing community dialogue hosted by the Arbor Institute featuring artists, ecologists, scientists, agriculturalists, activists, contemplative practitioners, and spiritual leaders who are helping to cultivate meaningful change and connection during this time of ecological uncertainty.

Bees, the more important of all pollinators, play a part in every aspect of our ecosystems. They support the growth of trees, flowers, and other plants, which serve as food and shelter so creatures large and small can thrive within the complex, interconnected web of life.

Similarly, the speakers in this series are the cultural pollinators of our time – helping to seed change and nourish life throughout our community and fostering new growth in the midst of the ecological crisis. Now, more than ever, it is vital that we learn how to live in reciprocal relationship with the Earth and all its creatures. We must also explore our narratives, our ways of living. Where does our cultural narrative come from in the first place? As Charles Eisenstein implies – it is time for a New Story. How do we “write a new story?” 

Artists, farmers, scientists, spiritual and cultural leaders are showing us the way. The Pollinators Series will help to amplify their voices and engage the Boulder community in an ongoing creative cultural dialogue to help nurture a healthy, thriving planet.


Jeff Wagner | Groundwork: Experiential Climate Change Workshops

Nii Armah Sowah | 1000 Voices

Renee Millard Chacon | Womxn From the Mountain: Indigeneity Workshop

Marc Bekoff | The Emotional Lives of Animals

Dave Costa | MOSAIC Arctic Expedition

Maren Waldman | Dance and the Environment

Green Faith | Interfaith Dialogue on Ecology and Spiritual Practice