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!

In order to provide the safest learning environment, our classes and workshops are offered online through Zoom or with limited onsite enrollment. In-person workshops with a maximum enrollment of 12 participants will be held in the larger classroom #1 in the Education Center. Participants will be seated at separate tables 6 feet apart. All participants are asked to wear masks and practice social distancing when not seated. The classroom and tables are thoroughly sanitized prior to each workshop and spray sanitizer/wipes are available during class, as well as hand sanitizer. The doors will be kept open and air continuously circulating. The restrooms in the building are cleaned frequently and there is a water bottle refill station on the porch. Please bring your own paper, pens, pencils for note taking, as none will be provided.

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 $6-$20), 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.


Yoga in the Gardens

Tuesdays | November 2 – December 21 | 9:30 am – 10:30 am | Performance Garden

Stretch away stress with yoga in the gardens! Join Mary Carhuff for an hour of outdoor yoga this fall. Mary is a Certified Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist.  All are welcome!  Open your senses to an understanding of our connection to the earth. All are encouraged to practice at their own pace and modifications will be demonstrated. Please bring your own mat and dress in layers. Stroll the park afterwards or visit the Garden Bistro for a healthy snack!

$10 members | $10 plus cost of admission for the general public

Students pay instructor directly | Preregistration not required


T’ai Chi Chih: Ongoing Practice

Canceled due to unforeseen dental problem

Check back for T’ai Chi Chih in the New Year!

For those who have already learned this moving meditation, join instructor, Laura Star, for a silent (limited instruction) 30 minute practice. Join for both or each session individually to circulate and balance the body’s energy or chi. 

$5 per session members | $5 per session plus cost of admission general public

Email Laura Star at Lstar23@gmail.com to register or call/text 218-590-4060 (students pay the instructor directly – cash please).


Frosty Trivet Tile

Tuesday | December 14 | 10:00 am -2:00 pm | Education Center Classroom 1 | $65 members, $75 general public

Do you want to build a snowman?! Let’s face it, Tucson is not likely to get snowfall this winter, but mosaic artist and instructor, David Jarvinen will guide you through the process of creating your own adorable Frosty the Snowman 6 x 6” trivet tile guaranteed not to melt! Join us and use glass tiles to explore the art of mosaic with this fun, predesigned seasonal project. You will explore how to break down glass tiles with wheeled nipper for easiest uses. If you can crack a nut, you can make mosaics! Keep this jolly fellow for yourself or give him away as a holiday gift. All materials are provided. No formal breaks are included so please bring lunch and/or snacks and a beverage. Masks will be required in keeping with Tohono Chul’s current Covid-19 policies.


Yoga in the Gardens

Tuesdays | January 4 – February 8 | 9:30 am – 10:30 am | Performance Garden

Start the New Year off right by implementing a healthy habit – outdoor yoga with Mary Carhuff! Mary is a Certified Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist.  All are welcome!  Open your senses to an understanding of our connection to the earth. All are encouraged to practice at their own pace and modifications will be demonstrated. Please bring your own mat and dress in layers. Stroll the grounds afterwards and take in the beauty of the gardens on a cool winter’s day.

$10 members | $10 plus cost of admission for the general public

Students pay instructor directly | Preregistration not required


Agave Mandala Mosaic

Tuesday | January 11 | 10:00 am -4:00 pm | Education Center Classroom 1 | $115 members, $125 general public

Mosaic artist and instructor, David Jarvinen has designed a dynamic mixed media mosaic inspired by the unfurling of agaves and succulents. In this interesting class, learn mandala layout principles and then, focusing on patterns and using repetition, work to design a nature inspired abstract mandala design. Using porcelain tiles for the mandala design and glass tiles for the background, you will learn about nipping and fitting both materials while designing your mosaic. All materials are provided. No formal breaks are included so please bring lunch and/or snacks and a beverage. Masks will be required in keeping with Tohono Chul’s current Covid-19 policies.


Mosaic Hummingbird

Tuesday | February 22 | 10:00 am -4:00 pm | Education Center Classroom 1 | $115 members, $125 general public

We are lucky to live in a region with hummingbirds year round. But they zip in and out of our yards and gardens so quickly – here one minute, gone the next! Mosaic artist and instructor, David Jarvinen has developed a free form wall mounted project that will allow you to capture a hummingbird in time. You will use glass tiles to express the graceful movements and composition of a hummingbird in flight. All materials are provided. No formal breaks are included so please bring lunch and/or snacks and a beverage. Masks will be required in keeping with Tohono Chul’s current Covid-19 policies.


Pocket Sketching

Thursday – Saturday | February 24-26 | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm | Education Center Classroom 1

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 inch 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. Cost includes all supplies; if you already have supplies take advantage of the reduced price (supply list emailed on request from khayes@tohonochul.org). Masks will be required while indoors in keeping with Tohono Chul’s current Covid-19 policies.

$290 (no supplies) or $335 (with supplies) members | $310 (no supplies) or $355 (with supplies) general public