One Day Workshops and Classes

Sonoran Permaculture Guild partners with other organizations such as Bean Tree Farm for additional workshops and events, as well as internships and work-study arrangements.

Scroll down to the bottom of this page for registration info on Sonoran Permaculture Guild’s workshops and classes

 SPG Fall 2019 One Day Workshops and Classes

Introduction to Sustainable Landscape Design – Saturday – September 28th, 2019 –

Register through Tucson Botanical Gardens for this workshop – see info below in the description – do not register through Sonoran Permaculture Guild for this one.

 In this design workshop you will learn how to map out the natural story of the place where you live, and then  put together an exciting, long term plan for your sustainable home and landscape – one that takes care  of people and takes care of the environment at the same time. We will practice the skills and strategies needed to do Permaculture design, like mapping out the natural and person-made forces that effect a site and using simple elevation finding tools. Bring a sketch or aerial print of your site or yard that you want to design. 

Location and registration: Tucson Botanical Gardens – 2150 North Alvernon – 9AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: $80 – includes all course materials and handouts
Taught by Dan Dorsey, Lead Teacher for Sonoran Permaculture Guild.
Register on-line with Tucson Botanical Gardens at or call Tucson Botanical Gardens at 520-326-9686 ext. 18  

Natural Building and Passive Solar Design – Sunday- October 20th, 2019 

This workshop includes hands on work with straw bales, adobe blocks, cob, and plasters. We’ll do hands on building of small structures like benches and walls – projects that you can easily do at your own place to create beautiful outdoor spaces. After this hands on work in the morning we will cover the building codes related to these materials used in larger projects. We will also cover retrofit of existing homes and yards and demonstrate the main principles of good passive solar design. This class emphasizes integrated design of our homes and getting back in touch with the patterns of nature, so we  can make design decisions that are in tune with the environment. We’ll talk about how using these natural building materials can help make our living environments more healthy and comfortable, and save us money on utility bills.  

Location: The Sonoran Permaculture Guild Office and Classroom site, one and a half miles north of downtown Tucson  – Time: 9AM to 3:30 PM – Cost: $69 – includes step by step how to class handouts. Class size is limited to 12 participants – Taught by SPG Lead Teacher Dan Dorsey. See the registration info at the bottom of this page or contact Dan at

Introduction to Growing Food at Home – Saturday – October 26th, 2019   

websize-la-oeste-garden-1 The future of sustainable agriculture will be in small to medium scale organic food     gardens grown right in and around our cities. In this workshop that includes hands-on work, you will learn about desert adapted food production strategies such as sunken garden beds, self-watering containers, and aquaponics. We will show you how to increase your garden’s health, production, and nutrient value, using an integrated system of composting, vermiculture, mulch, companion plant selection, and irrigation to improve fertility, structure, and life in your soil. A special emphasis will be placed on producing our own inputs for soil fertility using the fermentation process. Specifically, we will discuss how we can use key Korean Natural Farming techniques like Oriental Herbal Nutrient, Bokashi, Fish Hydrolysate, and Lacto Bacillus Serum to grow our soil. We will discuss how to produce food with minimum water use. We will use a Sonoran Desert Food Forest framework- a diverse layering of annual and perennial food plants that can help increase garden health using Permaculture design strategies as the guiding theory for this class.

Location: The Community Food Bank Farm, Las Milpitas de Cottonwood, at 2405 South Cottonwood Lane, Tucson – Time: 9:00AM – 12:30PM – Cost: $35 – Class size is limited to 18 participants and​ includes all class materials and handouts. Taught by Zotero Citlalcoatl. See the registration info at the bottom of this page or contact Dan at

Food and Drink Fermentation at Home Workshop – Sunday – November 17th, 2019

In this fun workshop, we’ll eat and drink our way through 2000 years of fermentation history, as we sample sauerkraut, kimchi, various drinks like hard apple cider, wines, and meads, no to low alcoholic soft drinks, as well as sourdough starter, breads, vinegars and other ferments. We’ll learn how to create and enjoy these delicious and healthy fermented foods in the home, using just the common beneficial yeasts and bacteria  that are already floating around in the air or on the food and simple containers you already have in your kitchen. No special equipment or starters are required! This workshop will show you how to make fermented food and drinks using techniques going back hundreds and even thousands of years. We will use locally available ingredients found at farmer’s markets, grocery stores, or from the garden. We’ll also talk about the historical story behind these ferments. Fermentation has been used to create delicious complex flavors, prevent and treat disease, preserve, create human culture, and free up additional nutrients in food and drink for thousands of years.

Location: The Sonoran Permaculture Guild Office and Classroom site, one and a half miles north of downtown Tucson  – Time: 9AM to 3:30 PM – Cost: $69 – includes step by step how to class handouts, as well as samples of the many fermented food and drinks to taste  – Class size is limited to 15 participants – Taught by SPG Lead Teacher Dan Dorsey. See the registration info at the bottom of this page or contact Dan at

 Registration Information for Sonoran Permaculture Guild’s one day or half day classes and workshops:


Registration Information for SPG workshops and classes

How do I register for a one day or half day class?

You are registered for a class or workshop when we receive your payment in full. There are three ways to pay and register. Remember if the workshop header says to register through a co-sponsor, use the directions in the description of the workshop instead of these.

1. By Mail – Checks and money orders can be made to Sonoran Permaculture Guild LLC. Please mail only checks and money orders (no cash) to: Sonoran Permaculture Guild, c/o Dan Dorsey 221 E. Linden Tucson, AZ 85705. Include your return address, e-mail, and phone number, and we will send you an e-receipt or phone call confirming your registration

2. In Person – You can travel to our office and drop off a money order or check made to Sonoran Permaculture Guild LLC and give it to Dan Dorsey, the SPG registrar, and a receipt will be issued to you at that time. Please E-mail or call 520-624-8030 to schedule a time before you travel here to make sure someone is in the office. Our office is one and a half miles north of downtown Tucson.

3. By Credit Card – online registration

1. Click on the ‘Buy Now’ button on this page.
2. When it takes you to the secure PayPal site, where it says ‘Purchase Details’, type the name of the workshop(s) or course you want to take – Example: ‘Bee Keeping’. In the ‘Item Price’ Box, put in the amount you are sending – Example: ‘$250’, then click on the ‘Continue’ button.
3. This will take you to a page where you are given the option of paying with your PayPal account or with a credit or debit card. If using a credit or debit card, click on the ‘Pay with debit or credit card’ link.
4. Enter your Credit or Debit card info and press the ‘Pay Now’ button.
If this process doesn’t work, you can give our office a call, and we’ll enter your info on-line to complete the transaction. Call Dan, the registrar, at 520-624-8030

If after I register and pay what if I need to cancel?

Our refund policy is as follows: Up to three weeks before the class, you will receive a full refund minus a $5 refund and processing fee. Up to ten days before the class you will receive one half of the class fee as a refund. If you cancel after ten days before the class date, there is no refund, but if you let us know you are cancelling at least two days before the workshop, we will give you some partial credit to use toward a future class. If the class you are signed up for is full with a waiting list, and we can fill your cancelled spot, you will receive a full refund minus a $5 processing fee up to the day of the class.

Can I get college credit or continuing education credit for taking any of these classes?

Some of our participants have been college students, and they have worked with their departments at the University of Arizona, Prescott College, and Pima Community College to obtain independent study credit for taking our courses and classes. It is up to the individual student to work out the arrangements with his or her college or department for credit. Other participants have been able to take continuing education credits for our workshops and classes, but again it is up to the participant to work out the arrangements with their certifying organization.

What if I have additional questions about what to expect in the classes?

Call or e-mail the course registrar at