Farm to Table Workshop (Summer 2023)

Who do you get your food from?
  • Eliminate transportation using a closed-loop food system.
  • Know the real source and handling of your food.
  • Grow quality food crops with high nutritional value.


Why learn arcology?

Arcosanti is an urban experiment that practices sustainable food culture through arcology: synchronizing architecture+ecology by reducing energy and waste through community resilience and land stewardship.


Seasonal Dates

May 22nd – June 24th 2023: End of spring harvest, beginning of summer planting. 

September 25th – October 31st 2023: End of summer harvest, beginning of fall planting.


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
  • Run a store & make group meals together.
  • Respect history and care for its habitat.
  • Live, work and play in the same space.



Includes tuition, weekday breakfast & lunch, housing, facilities, and field trips.

Upon graduation you join the more than 8000 alumni who have built the arcology of Arcosanti.

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Paper–Making WorkDay


Join Jai and Ana for a day at Arcosanti learning to make paper from fibers of abundant native plants, invasive plants and old paper scraps. You’ll also have the opportunity to get to know the land that is home to the Arcosanti project and learn about the harvesting and processing methods of the fibers used in the paper.

  • Jai is a multidisciplinary artist and approaches paper making as a closed loop, identifying this as the“large intestine” of their practice. Jai has lived in the southwest for several years, collecting and sorting their own paper waste and transforming into both 2d and 3d works of art. They have extended this process to a community ritual and educational workshop, “Recycling Center”, inviting people to bring their old notebooks, letters, and lists and transform it with intention. This feels akin to the metaphysical transmutation of unhealthy patterns with conscious awareness. Paper has historically been created with what is most abundant in a place, and so Jai comments on the abundance of paper waste within the systems and thoughts.
  • Ana is the land stewardship coordinator for The Cosanti Foundation. Her work at Arcosanti revolves around building and sharing a deeper understanding and love for the ecosystems of which we are a part. She believes finding small or big ways to re-integrate the tending of natural environments into our personal and community lives has the revolutionary potential to not only restore land, but also transform culture.

About the paper making process:

We aim to bring new life to materials traditionally regarded as waste or a nuisance – we’ll mostly work with paper waste and invasive plant material. The water used will be returned to the land.

  • During the workshop we’ll be working on making the covers for an Arco-Ecology publication (to be released later this year- stay tuned!). The publication will allows us to share some of the wisdom and abundance of the land that is host to Arcosanti with a wider audience. Additionally, the money raised through the publication sales will help to fund our ecosystem conservation and restoration efforts.
  • Each workshop participant will be able to take some paper home.

Ecology hike:

After making paper we’ll take a walk along the Agua Fria, a mostly ephemeral river that runs through our site. We’ll learn a bit about the riparian habitat the river sustains, its inhabitants, and our efforts help care for it.

Planning your visit :

  • The Arcosanti Cafe will be serving lunch from 11:30am-2pm. Workshop participants can arrive prior to the start of the workshop to purchase a lunch and enjoy our beautiful Cafe space. Vegetarian and vegan options are available.
  • If you wish to stay for the ecology hike bring a water bottle and snacks. There are gas stations and dollar stores before entering site, 2 miles on a dirt road from Arcosanti.
  • We’ll be sizing (finishing) the paper the following day (Sunday). Anyone staying overnight can help size and take a finished piece home. Otherwise- instructions on how to size (finish) your paper at home will be provided.
  • Dispersed camping (a short walk from the parking lot) and car camping are available (prices are listed below). When registering let us know if you’ll be staying overnight. Please note that our Cafe is only open for breakfast and lunch, so you’ll have to bring, make, or go off site for dinner.


Saturday, May 27th 2023

Paper making: 12-4pm

Ecology hike (optional): 4:30-5:30pm


Arcosanti, Arizona

13555 South Cross L Rd, Mayer AZ 86333

(We’re along the I-17: 1 hour north of Phoenix, 1.5 hours south of Flagstaff, 45 minutes from Prescott)

Workshop Cost

Sliding scale: $30-75

Optional Lodging

Camp in tent $15/person,

Camp in vehicle (under 22 feet) $30/person

Please follow camping location directions

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Bell-Making WorkDay

In this hands-on WorkDay, 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.


2023 Bell-Making WorkDay: 

May 20th: Class Full

October and November Dates Coming Soon!


Admission Price: $195


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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. Refunds requested on or after the first date of the scheduled workshop 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 workshops 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.



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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