The Bee Altar

The Bee Altar pays homage to the sacred honeybee as it is honored by many religious traditions. It also educates visitors about the injury being done to our domestic honeybees by Colony Collapse Disorder, a newly-recognzied disease which has decimated our bee populations over the past 3 years. Native wild bee and bumblebee populations are also being extinguished by Varroa mite and other pests introduced by modern industrial agriculture. Our display is made from fruits, vegetables, and flowers made possible by the work of bees; did you know 1/3 of every bite of food we eat is created by them? For Spiral Dance 30, the Bee Altar will include an activity to support the Great Sunflower Project run by biologist Dr. Gretchen Lebuhn of SF State, who is recruiting children and adults to help her assess the health of our bees across North America. Get involved! We will also update you on The Vanishing of the Bees, a documentary supported by our group that is premiering this fall. Brought to you by the BeeWitched Collective.

Bless the Bees!

P.S. For children and the young-at-heart, trick or treat snacks made from honey will be passed out at the Bee Altar–for consumption AFTER the Dance.

bee altar

  • 2015 Intention

    Rooted in the Wisdom of the Old Ones, we Re-member our place in the Timeless Dance and step into Action once more.

  • Admission

    This ritual is Bay Area Reclaiming’s largest fundraiser for the year, and supports many of our other activities, courses, ritual, and resources.

    Get your Early Bird tickets till September 30, 2015:
    Admission is sliding scale $20 to $150+. Elders (60+)/Disabled/Youth (12 to 17) $10+. Children 11 & under: free. Click here: BrownPaperTickets

    You may also obtain tickets through Paypal – just click the Donate button below and indicate the amount and for how many tickets you are getting or send money to

    For Online tickets:You should receive an email response to confirm the purchase and number of tickets. Your tickets will be held at Will Call under your name.

    For local tickets: You can now get your Spiral Dance tickets at Sacred Well, Ancient Ways, Milk and Honey, and Scarlet Sage. Just stop by any of these local retailers to purchase your paper ticket.

  • When and where

    755 Stanyan Street
    Here's a map

    Doors open at 6 PM for Altar viewing, Prelude music, and Listening Meditation of the Reading of the Names of the Beloved Dead.
    Ritual begins at 7:30 PM

    Apologies: Bathrooms are not wheelchair accessible.

  • Photography on this site

    Clicking on photographs will bring up a larger version. Please do not use the images you find on this site without permission. We are grateful to the amazing photographers who have allowed us to use their work here, please visit them online at:

    Richard Man, ImageCraft

    Michael Rauner Photography

    Michael Starkman Photography