Classes, Lectures & Workshops

Classes, Lectures & Workshops 2018-05-24T14:46:50+00:00

So many things to learn at our Classes, Lectures & Workshops!

Come and participate! At Tohono Chul we’re all about connecting our members and visitors to the amazing world around us, engaging them in new discoveries about our region. Read on to discover our rich schedule of classes and workshops. You’ll be delighted to learn about, engage and have fun with the nature, art and culture of the southwest.

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Seasonal Yoga in the Outdoors!

Tuesdays, May 1 to June 5 | 8:30am-9:30am | Children’s Ramada
$8 members | $8 plus cost of admission for the general public (students pay instructor directly)

Before the full heat of summer strikes, enjoy the cool early morning outdoors. Join Barbara Sherman, LifeForce Yoga® practitioner and registered Yoga instructor for an hour of uplifting yoga practice. Enjoy accessible poses and breathing exercises to energize your body and ease your mind. Please bring your own mat. Students pay instructor directly

Agave Mandala in Glass | SOLD OUT

Friday | May 25 | 10am-4pm | Ed. Ctr. #1 | $90 members, $100 general public

Mandalas as tools for focus and meditation have been around for centuries. David Jarvinen and the Mosaic Guys have created their own 14” x 14” mandala that reflects a similar circular design, but their “meditation” will be to imagine this as an agave form. Think about the view seen when looking into an agave or aloe plant from above! The spiral of leaves and the geometric layout are perfect companions for our contemporary take on a classic subject. Learn nipping and fitting techniques related to BOTH glass & porcelain tile mosaics. All materials provided. Please bring brown bag lunch/snacks for a full day of fun and learning.


Birds of the Desert . . . in glass | SOLD OUT | call 742-6455 x 228 to be wait listed

Wednesday | June 13 | 9:30am-4:30pm | Ed. Ctr. #1 | $90 members, $100 general public

Birds fascinate many people and we desert dwellers know they are an integral part of our local ecosystem. In this glass mosaic workshop we will identify our color pallets, make a story card and learn to see the different nuances in the shading and structure of our subjects. Choose from several predetermined macro (portrait-like) bird images to create your mini 5” x 7” masterpiece — Verdin, Quail, Cardinal, Bluebird and others. Mosaics simplified and sure to be a great learning experience for beginner or experienced. All materials provided. Please bring a brown bag lunch.


3-D Aloe Vera Sculpture | SOLD OUT | call 742-6455 x 228 to be wait listed

Friday | July 6 | 10am-4pm | Ed. Ctr. #1 | $90 members, $100 general public

In this original mosaic workshop with David Jarvinen of the Mosaic Guys, learn to add dimension to your project with a simple armature made of readily available materials and mosaic with a variety shimmering, transparent iridized glass tiles. This is a great beginner class or for anyone wanting to learn a new and fun way to create mosaics. We create five leaves and “plant” in a small terracotta pot (6” x 6” x 8”) for “transplanting” to a container of your choosing later- or leave as is – it will be beautiful either way! All materials provided. Please bring a brown bag lunch.