Classes, Lectures & Workshops

The learning never stops at Tohono Chul – discover this for yourself in our Classes, Lectures & Workshops!

We’re all about connecting our members and visitors to the amazing world around us, offering them opportunities to make their own discoveries about the nature, art and culture of our region. Read on for our latest listings of classes, lectures and workshops designed to engage and delight!

Cancellation Policy

We reserve the right to cancel or postpone an event due to lack of enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. A full refund will apply. If however, you cancel your registration in a class or lecture (generally priced $10-$14), there is no refund. If you cancel your registration in a hands-on workshop, there is a full refund if your space can be filled.



Holiday Gourd-aments

Saturday | December 3 | 9:30 am – 3 pm | Education Center Classroom 1 | $85 members, $95 general public

Learn how to create unique holiday ornaments from small, uncut round gourds and alcohol inks!  “Gourd-aments” will be adorned with a modified wire wrapped technique and beads to add a sophisticated touch. Instructor will provide each student four small gourds, alcohol inks, metallic foil, polyurethane finish, beads, and wire.  Students should bring latex or plastic gloves, a jewelry wire cutter, and jewelry-grade flat-nosed pliers (if you have one). Please bring sacks, lunch, and a beverage as there are no formal breaks.


Christmas Memories in the Old Pueblo

Saturday | December 3 | 3:30 – 5 pm | Education Center Classroom 1 | $10 members, $14 general public

Holiday season celebrations are unique to every community – there is a combination of past traditions and new traditions that reflect the physical changes of the place you call home. Tucson at Christmas time changed as the community grew, new modes of transportation became a reality, and the influences of new arrivals were woven into community celebrations. The Winterhaven Festival of Lights is a prime example of this weaving effect that began very modestly and grew right along with Tucson. Historian, Ken Scoville will explore Christmas memories from the recent past and those beyond the living memory. Discover how Christmases more than a century ago provided the same anticipation and excitement as they do today!


T’ai Chi Chih: “Joy through Movement” II

Monday – Thursday | December 5 – 8 | 1:00 – 1:50 pm | Performance Garden

Join certified instructor, Laura Star, in the beautiful gardens of Tohono Chul to learn T’ai Chi Chih (tie chee cha). You will learn the remaining 10 movements of this soft, flowing, moving meditation practiced by thousands of people around the world. Easy to learn, the practice brings many benefits including peace of mind, improved health, balance, and joy! The primary purpose of T’ai Chi Chih is to circulate and balance the body’s energy, or chi, resulting in a state of health and well-being. T’ai Chi Chih does not require a particular level of fitness or coordination. (For those with physical limitations, movements may be done seated.)

$50 members | $50 plus cost of admission for the general public
Students pay instructor directly | To register email Laura Star at lstar23@gmail.com or text/call 218-590-4060

Yoga in the Gardens

Tuesdays | December 6, 20, 27 | 9:30 – 10:30 am | Performance Garden

No Class December 13th

Outdoor yoga with Mary Carhuff continues this winter! Mary is a Certified Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist.  All are welcome!  Open your senses to an understanding of our connection to the earth while you practice amongst pollinators in a beautiful garden setting. All are encouraged to practice at their own pace and modifications will be demonstrated. Please bring your own mat and dress in layers. Stay and enjoy the beauty of the gardens on a winter’s day!

$10 members | $10 plus cost of admission for the general public
Students pay instructor directly | Preregistration not required

Chair Yoga in the Gardens

Tuesdays | December 6, 20, 27 | 11 – 11:45 am | Performance Garden

No Class December 13th

This outdoor class with Mary Carhuff is ideal for anyone who struggles with earth (floor) poses. Mary is a Certified Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist. This balance focused class is broken up into seated yoga followed by standing poses using the chair for balance. Chairs will be provided. All are encouraged to practice at their own pace and modifications will be demonstrated. Please bring a water bottle and dress in layers. Stay and enjoy the gardens after class and get to know your fellow yogis!

$10 members | $10 plus cost of admission for the general public
Students pay instructor directly | Preregistration not required

Rise & Shine Stretch by StretchLab

Thursday | December 8 | 8:15 – 9 am OR 9:15 – 10 am | Performance Garden

Rise and shine, sleepy head! This stretch class is perfect for beginners and focuses on slow and effective movement to prepare your body for the day. Brought to you by the Flexologists at StretchLab, these morning stretches will increase blood flow, oxygen, and nutrients to all parts of the body to prepare you for the day, and release tension from last night’s sleep or the previous day’s activities. Click the link below to register for the 8:15 class or the 9:15 class. Questions? Contact Aidan at 520-244-0010, azpavilions@stretchlab.com , or catalinafoothills@stretchlab.com

December sessions are FREE for all participants!


Downtown for Dummies

Monday | January 9 | 1 – 2:30 pm | Education Center Classroom 1 | $10 members, $14 general public

Rarely travel south of River Road? You don’t know what you’re missing! Downtown Tucson is the place to be for history, architecture, museums, restaurants, and a true pedestrian experience. Who better than local historian and preservationist, Ken Scoville to teach us how to navigate downtown, pinpoint the top attractions and give us tips on making jury duty or paying our property taxes painless? Ken will discuss what we think of today as “downtown” and examine the physical features, major events, and cyclical changes that have led to its renaissance today. He’ll also deal with the basics like finding parking, City Hall, shopping, and restaurants, all to make you a pro the next time you have out-of-town visitors and want to show off the best of downtown!


Pocket Sketching

Thursday – Saturday | February 9 – 11 | 10 am – 4 pm | Education Center Classroom 1 | $315 members, $335 general public

This quick-draw technique of artist, Kath Macaulay is perfect for travel journaling, hiking, biking, sauntering or just sitting in a roadside café. Capture what you see in 25 minutes or less using a water-soluble pen, 4×6” pad, and a small paint set. This three-day workshop includes basic technique anyone can learn, working ‘on location’ in the gardens, plus technique from John Singer Sargent. Ideal for timid beginners who want to fearlessly paint in public, and for experienced artists who want total portability, speed, and no clean-up. Instructor will bring art supplies available for purchase during class. No formal breaks are included so please bring lunch and/or snacks and a beverage.



Pot a Plant for the Holidays! – CANCELED

Thursday | December 8 | 10 am – 12 pm | Education Center Classroom 1 | $40 members, $50 general public

Pot a plant using fun, funky containers. We’ve scoured thrift shops all over Tucson to find unlikely items to transform into planters. These unique gifts will be perfect for office grab bags, hostess gifts, stocking stuffers, and more! Led by Tohono Chul Docent and Master Gardener, Jeanie Honn, each participant will select two-three containers depending on the size to plant with up to five succulents and cacti. If you have your own funky container, bring it along! A great opportunity to get your hands dirty and add a personal touch to your gifts this holiday season.



Mosaic Ornaments – CANCELED

Friday | December 16 | 10 am – 2 pm | Education Center Classroom 1 | $80 members, $90 general public

Mosaic artist and instructor, David Jarvinen will walk you through the process of making three adorable mosaic ornaments for the holidays! Using glass tiles, we will add sparkle and personality to your project. You will leave with three unique ornaments measuring 3×3” to keep for yourself or to give away as holiday gifts. All materials are provided. No formal breaks are included so please bring lunch and/or snacks and a beverage.



“What in the World is Environmental Art?” Talk from the Tucson Museum of Art – Rescheduled!

Check back for new date soon | Education Center Classroom 1 | $5 members, $7 general public, Free for TMA members

Come explore the interdisciplinary minds and works of artists whose creations are both timeless and ephemeral. See why they are so important for expanding the definition of art itself joining hearts to science. Leave understanding “What in the World Environmental Art is” and how it raises awareness about issues relating to our planet. Presentation by Nancy Jacques courtesy of the Tucson Museum of Art – Docent Art Talks.