The Arcosanti Workshop

The Workshop at Arcosanti is the gateway into the project. Through seminars, hands-on work opportunities, and total immersion within the unique 24/7 live/work community, participants learn the values of what Soleri termed as “Lean Alternative” which appeals for a frugal commitment so as to induce a more equitable and sustainable development of the human experience.

For groups of ten or more, we are able to tailor an affordable workshop program for your organization’s interests and available time ranging from one day seminars to intensive research partnerships spanning months. We welcome domestic or international university groups and will work with you to justify academic credits for our program. Learn about custom workshops.

What Should I Expect?

During the five-week workshop, participants engage in the 2 weeks of Arcosanti/Cosanti Seminar. The remaining 3 weeks will be spent on helping build Arcosanti, an alternative to urban sprawl.

Workshop participants will be housed in dormitory-style accommodations. The dorms are partially completed rooms that will eventually be finished into apartments. The facilities are shared with other workshop participants (various rooms can accommodate 2 to 8 people), and there are places to lock up valuables. There is minimal heating and no air-conditioning!

It may be possible to upgrade to a private guest room for an extra $75 per week, depending on availability. Arrangements for guest rooms must be made well in advance by contacting the workshop coordinator.

Please visit our FAQ or contact the Workshop Coordinator at 928.632.6233 or with any questions you might have.

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2017 Workshop Dates

July 30 • September 3 • October 8 • November 12

2018 Workshop Dates

February 4 • March 11 • April 15: Special FORM Arcosanti Workshop *
May 20 • June 24 • July 29 • September 2 • October 7 • November 11

The Program

Weeks 1 and 2: Arcosanti/Cosanti Seminar – This introductory seminar presents on Arcosanti design principles, construction history and in-depth tour of the site, a hike along the Aqua Fria River, a silt-casting workshop, and work opportunities. Participants also stay and work at Cosanti, Soleri’s original studios, visit Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West and other local architectural interests. While at Cosanti, participants are engaged in hands-on construction and maintenance efforts at Cosanti.

Weeks 3, 4 and 5: Hands-on Intensive – Participants work primarily in construction in the 2017 program. The choice of other departments such as facilities maintenance, landscaping and archives can be considered for workshop assignment, depending on the project priorities and participants’ abilities. Participants will also rotate through café and recycling duties, and help with Arcosanti cultural events along with other Arcosanti residents. These three weeks include weekly meetings with Arcosanti staff, local field trips and participation in community life and events.

2-Week Seminar


5-Week Workshop



 * FORM workshop is $2000

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