Learn by Doing at Arcosanti

Winter-Spring 2024 Workshops

Why learn arcology?

The principle of learning by doing has guided Arcosanti since the beginning in 1970. Come learn in an immersive environment unlike anywhere else. You’ll connect to the inspiring High Sonoran Desert and the unique architecture, all while learning new skills and helping us create our community. 

Arcosanti is an urban experiment that practices sustainable living through arcology, architecture+ecology, which seeks to example how humane cities can exist with respect toward the surrounding natural landscape.

Our Workshop Programs

▼ Farm-to-Table Workshops

Who do you get your food from?

  • Reduce transportation using a closed-loop food system.
  • Know the real source and handling of your food.
  • Grow quality food crops with high nutritional value.

 

Learn Hands-on

Learn and practice the science of sustainable food production. Become inspired by what you grow and turn it into memorable meals. Facilities include a wide array of growing styles: greenhouse agriculture, hydroponics, raised beds, fruit and nut orchard, field crops, and a permaculture food forest.

 

Build a Community

  • Make group meals together.
  • Respect history and care for its habitat.
  • Live, work and play in the same space.

 

Fall 2024 Dates
September 9 – October 4
October 14 November 8
November 18 – December 13

 

Program
$1400 for four-week workshop
Includes tuition, 5-day per week lunch, housing, facilities, and field trips.
Upon graduation you join the more than 8,000 alumni who have built the arcology of Arcosanti

▼ Construction Workshops

How do we practice construction at Arcosanti?

  • Help repair and restore the original structures of Arcosanti.
  • Help build new structures as part of our urban experiment.
  • Learn resource-conscious architecture.
  • Discover a compact and integrated urbanism.

 

Learn Hands-on
Experiment with the methodology of architecture and construction using our central plan which centers arcology, the project of building an environment- and human-oriented city. Tasks include examination, demolition, and remodeling of existing structures, as well as building and outfitting new structures into functional environments that focus on community.

 

  • Assist in tiling, framing, plumbing, electrical, and other skill-learning tasks.
  • Participate in work and community events and gatherings.
  • Live, work, and learn as a group in the same space.

Summer-Fall 2024 Dates
June 17 – July 12
September 9 – October 4
October 14 November 8
November 18 – December 13

 

Program
$1400 for four-week workshop
Includes tuition, 5-day per week lunch, housing, facilities, and field trips.
Upon graduation you join the more than 8,000 alumni who have built the arcology of Arcosanti

▼ Archives Workshops

What does archival work accomplish?

  • Study the wealth of historical knowledge and media developed at Arcosanti.
  • Learn and preserve the lineage of theory and practice of this urban experiment.
  • Clean and maintain historic architectural documents and models.

 

Learn Hands-on

Discover and document the posterity of past work including art, sketches, text documents, construction documents, architectural models, drawings, and photographs. Facilities include an environment-controlled archives unit, with digitizing methods, storage areas, and virtual reality simulations. The archives is the largest repository of arcology thought and design, where we help pass the legacy of The Cosanti Foundation to the next generation of archivists.

 

  • Help disseminate archival information to the public via displays and exhibits.
  • Catalogue and digitize past work.
  • Live, work, and learn in the same space.

Opportunities vary and are based on available material and needed tasks.

 

Summer-Fall 2024 Dates
June 17 – July 12
September 9 – October 4
October 14 November 8
November 18 – December 13

 

Program
$1400 for four-week workshop
Includes tuition, 5-day per week lunch, housing, facilities, and field trips.
Upon graduation you join the more than 8,000 alumni who have built the arcology of Arcosanti

Apply Today

If you have any question or to request more information please email workshop@arcosanti.org

Our Experience Programs

In these single day or weekend programs, participants learn a variety practices and crafts through hands-on experience.

Desert Harvesting Experience

Want to learn how to sustainably harvest and prepare mesquite? Curious about the edible desert landscape? Join Linn Williams, Arcosanti’s ecologist and land stewardship manager, on Saturday, August 10th for a mesquite harvesting and desert tasting party at Arcosanti!

We will start the day by harvesting local mesquite before processing it and pairing it with other local desert foods before ending our day with a delicious and inspiring lunch made from our bounty.

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Tile-Making Experience

Cosanti, Paradise Valley

In this hands-on class, you will learn the exceptional tile making and design process developed by The Cosanti Foundation and used every day by the artisans of Cosanti Originals to make our popular ceramic tiles. As a participant, you will have the opportunity to mold and imprint your own one-of-a-kind ceramic tile. This process involves using clay and water to create your tile, so come prepared to get your hands dirty.

Fall 2024 Dates

Saturday, September 28th
Saturday, October 19th
Saturday, November 16th
Saturday, December 14th

If a class lists “out of stock” when trying to purchase, then the class is full. Please check back regularly for openings from cancellations and new dates.

Please note that this class is only available at our Phoenix-area location, Cosanti in Paradise Valley, not at Arcosanti in Mayer.

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Clay Pit-Firing Weekend

Arcosanti, Mayer

Learn and participate in an ancient form of firing pottery that uses natural materials and requires no gas or electricity during this two-day program.

You choose a small pre-made (bisque) clay vessel to decorate with different colorants, as well as learn the process of burnishing surfaces on some leather hard clay. After filling the earth pit with various natural combustibles and the pots, we begin the firing process. Typically this lasts a few hours, then the pit is covered and left overnight. In the evening, all participants share a group dinner followed by a short presentation on the history of pit firing, particularly its significance in indigenous communities of the Southwest.

You may camp or book a guest room to stay overnight, with a nature hike and then brunch in our café the next morning. During the hike you can collect a burnishing stone to take with you for future work. By afternoon, the pit should be cool enough to unload and we can talk about ways to finish the pieces with waxing or just leave them as-is.

Take Home

You’ll be able to take home your decorated, burnished, and fired vessel with you.

Dates

Saturday & Sunday, November 9th – 10th
Saturday & Sunday, December 7th – 8th

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Bell-Making Experience

Arcosanti, Mayer

In this hands-on experience, you will learn the unique silt-cast bell-making process developed by The Cosanti Foundation and used every day by the artisans of Cosanti Originals to make our world-famous ceramic windbells. As a participant, you will have the opportunity to cast and carve your own one-of-a-kind ceramic bell. This process involves using clay and dirt to create your bell, so come prepared to get your hands dirty.


Spring 2024 Dates

Saturday, April 27th
Saturday, May 11th, Mother’s Day Weekend
Saturday, May 25th

If a class lists “out of stock” when trying to purchase, then the class is full. Please check back regularly for openings from cancellations and new dates.

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Event and Program Refund Policy

Workshops and Educational Programs: In the event that a participant must cancel registration, the program fee will be refunded IN FULL up until 2 weeks before the first date of scheduled program date(s). Refunds requested less than 2 weeks before the first date of the scheduled program will be refunded at 50% or, applied IN FULL to a future program held during the same calendar year. Refunds requested on or after the first date of the scheduled program are not eligible for a refund.

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: For single-day programs and public programs that 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.

Private Events: 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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