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

October 26 session cancelled.

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

Paper Flower Marigolds for Día de los Muertos

Tuesday | October 19 | 9:30 am – 12:00 pm | Spanish Colonial Courtyard Patio | $45 members, $55 general public

Thursday | October 21 | 9:30 am – 11:00 am | Spanish Colonial Courtyard Patio | $35 members, $45 general public

Marigolds (Cempazuchitl) are a staple of Día de los Muertos ofrendas (altars). Their vibrant colors and strong scents are said to attract souls of the departed back to the land of the living. Sandy Villegas of Luna’s Paper Designs will teach you step-by-step how to create marigold flowers and leaves from crepe paper to include in your own altar or fall decoration. All supplies are provided. Tuesday’s workshop is slightly longer and participants will create two marigolds. Less time to spare? Sign up for Thursday’s workshop where you will learn to craft one marigold. This outdoor workshop will be held on the patio outside of the Main Gallery. Participants are invited to view our Día de los Muertos Exhibition for inspiration. Masks are required indoors if you choose to visit the exhibition.      

Tuesday Art Talk with Manuel Fontes

Tuesday | October 26 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm | Exhibit House Main Gallery

The Tuesday Art Talk series is returning! Enjoy as exhibiting artists share their unique processes and the motivation behind their artwork.

Manuel M. Fontes is a native Arizonan; his family roots go back to the early history of the state. An Environmental Scientist with the Gila River Indian Community in Central Arizona, Manuel’s professional work involves preserving the Gila River and its riparian ecosystem. Manuel studied photography at Phoenix College, Phoenix AZ; he holds a B.A. and an M.A. in Ecological Anthropology from Arizona State University, Tempe AZ where he is currently pursuing a Ph.D.

Manuel’s work has been featured in 12 Tohono Chul exhibitions since 2015; his connection to Tohono Chul’s mission is solid. This past summer, Manuel was invited to be the Guest Curator of the 2021 installment of Día De Los Muertos. His openness and thoughtful consideration of all of the submissions from artists proved enlightening; his insight and sensitivity to the symbols and traditions of Día De Los Muertos have added a new dimension to the exhibition and the Exhibits Program.

Please RSVP as space will be limited. Masks will be required in keeping with Tohono Chul’s current Covid-19 policies.

This talk is free with admission

Image (cropped) | Manuel Fontes | Hohokam Solstice | archival pigment print

T’ai Chi Chih: “Joy through Movement”

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday | November 8, 10, 11 and 15, 17, 18 | 10:00 am – 10:45 am | Performance Garden

Join instructor, Laura Star, in the beauty of Tohono Chul to learn T’ai Chi Chih (tie chee cha). This set of 19 movements and one pose is a flowing, moving meditation which is easy to learn with many benefits including peace of mind, improved health, balance and joy. The movements of T’ai Chi Chih circulate and balance the body’s energy, or chi. T’ai Chi Chih does not require a particular level of fitness or coordination. (For those with physical limitations, movements may be done seated). Please wear completely flat shoes (no athletic shoes).

$60 members | $60 plus cost of admission for the general public

Email Laura Star at to register or call/text 218-590-4060 (students pay the instructor directly – cash please). Practice DVD available for purchase.