Hands-On Workshops at Arcosanti

Learning through doing has been a guiding principle of Arcosanti since the beginning in 1970. Come learn new skills in an immersive learning environment unlike anywhere else. You’ll be connected to and inspired by the unspoiled natural surroundings and the iconic architecture while you learn new art forms. You can choose to commute to Arcosanti or stay as an overnight guest in one of our featured Greenhouse Guest Rooms. We also offer workshops at Cosanti, in Paradise Valley.

2021 Workshops
arcosanti architecture view

5-Day Experience Week

At Arcosanti, the unique and vibrant built environment is a living archive that displays the collective efforts of over 8,000 individual workshop participants and volunteers going back more than 5 decades. The 5 Day Immersive Experience allows participants the unique opportunity of living amongst the community of around 70 full-time residents, while learning and experiencing the ethos of the work which takes place here. Experience all of this against the backdrop of 4,000 acres of undeveloped Arizona high desert.

This class starts with an introduction to Arcosanti and Site Tour, and will then include: a deep dive into the Soleri Archives, a Ceramic Silt Casting workshop, and a guided Nature Hike in the Agua Fria River Riparian Area.

Stay tuned for upcoming workshop dates!


6-Week Volunteer Cohort

The 6-week residential volunteer cohort program combines hands-on volunteer work with discussion-based classes, seminars, and field trips to produce a core curriculum on a foundation of experiential education. During their free time, volunteers can participate in community activities, explore the grounds, and work on their own passion projects.

While on site, volunteers live in shared “co-housing” units with other members of their program group and have access to a variety of community facilities such as the gym, community room, and library. There are a limited number of camping spaces available as well for volunteers who desire a little more personal space closer to nature.

The focus of each cohort’s volunteer work varies by season, the size of the group, and the current needs of the organization. This upcoming fall volunteer cohort program may include (but are not limited to) projects relating to erosion control, composting systems, agriculture, and special event operations.

Save the Dates for Our 2022 Workshops!

January 19 to March 3

March 9 to April 21

April 27 to June 9

Arcosanti still casting workshop

1-Day Silt Casting Workshop

In this hands-on workshop participants will learn and experience the unique earth cast process developed at Cosanti and utilized at both Cosanti and Arcosanti. This process involves using the ground as the formwork to create the Cosanti bells and pottery. Participants will have the opportunity to cast and create their own one-of-a-kind ceramic bell.

Stay tuned for upcoming workshop dates!

Event and Program Refund Policy

Workshops: In the event that a participant must cancel his or her registration, the workshop fee will be refunded IN FULL up until 2 weeks before the first date of scheduled workshop date(s). Refunds requested less than 2 weeks before the first date of the scheduled workshop will be refunded at 50% or, applied IN FULL to a future workshop held during the same calendar year.

Public Programs and Performances: Ticket-holders may request a refund up until 1 week before the scheduled performance or program date; EventBrite, our ticketing platform, reserves the right to charge a nominal fee for issuing a refund. Refunds requested less than one week of the scheduled performance or after a performance or program has taken place are not eligible for a refund.

Special Circumstance Cancellations: On a case by case basis, The Cosanti Foundation will decide upon issuing refunds or credits for workshop sessions, performances, or public programs missed as a result of illness, emergencies, or other events beyond the control of the registrant or ticket-holder. Additionally, for workshops and public programs The Cosanti Foundation is forced to cancel due to low enrollment or ticket sales, extraordinary or unforeseen circumstances, or acts of god, registrants and ticket-holders will be notified via email and receive a refund IN FULL.



Refunds for the cancellation of private events are subject to the terms and conditions stated in the individual contractual agreements between the event organizer and The Cosanti Foundation.

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