Memoir Writing Class
Feb
5
to Feb 27

Memoir Writing Class

Join memoir junkie Carolyn Choate every Tuesday in February for short readings, writing exercises, and class discussions, in order to put your life’s story on paper. Limited spaces available; register by calling Carolyn at 603-533-4984 or emailing crchoate13@gmail.com

Class details:

Every Tuesday in February (2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26) from 10am-11:30am

$60, with limited scholarships available upon request

Located in the Cholla Conference Room at the Sonoran Desert Inn

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Road Scholar: Treasured Landscapes - Hiking in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and Saguaro National Park
Feb
17
to Feb 21

Road Scholar: Treasured Landscapes - Hiking in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and Saguaro National Park

Road Scholar, a not-for-profit leader in educational travel since 1975, is leading multiple hiking trips to Ajo and the region in 2019. Participants will stay at the Sonoran Desert Inn & Conference Center during each trip, and we will be providing meals and evening presentations for participants. For more information, click here.

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Private Wedding
Mar
1
to Mar 3

Private Wedding

We will be hosting a private wedding this March; congrats to the happy couple! The desert will be booming with flowering plant life this Spring due to all the Winter rains, making it the ideal time to plan special occasions like this. The inn is almost fully booked with wedding guests.

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Sonoron Shindig
Mar
2
9:00 AM09:00

Sonoron Shindig

Sponsored by the Cabeza Prieta Natural History Association and held in Ajo’s historic town plaza, the bi-annual Sonoran Shindig will feature Ballet Folklorico, dancing, music, local food, local crafts and souvenirs, a farmers market, tours of Child’s Mountain, and none other than the famous Coyote Howling Contest!

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WeekendZona:  Explore the Heart of the Sonoran Desert
Mar
8
to Mar 10

WeekendZona: Explore the Heart of the Sonoran Desert

We’ve partnered with Local First Arizona to bring you this unique three day, two night, locally-curated WeekendZona adventure. Enjoy authentic experiences ranging from picnic lunches at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument to native stories told around a fire with a glass of wine. This trip is sure to ignite your love for Ajo.

For information, itinerary, and registration, click here.

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6th Annual Authentically Ajo Regional Food Festival
Mar
9
9:00 AM09:00

6th Annual Authentically Ajo Regional Food Festival

Food Vendors, chef demos, tastings, food "chats", arts & crafts, kids activities, and family entertainment - come to Ajo to experience this annual multi-cultural celebration of food, heirloom crops, community, and sustainability! Followed by the annual Ajo Garden Tour, with a chance to visit backyard gardens and growing spaces around Ajo.

This has become one of the liveliest days of the year in the Ajo Plaza - don't miss it! Overnight accommodations available at the Sonoran Desert Inn & Conference Center.

Visit the Ajo Center for Sustainable Agriculture and the Authentically Ajo Farmers Market Facebook page for more information.

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Sonoran Chakra Yoga Retreat
Mar
15
to Mar 17

Sonoran Chakra Yoga Retreat

Experience the transformative power of chakra yoga and sound healing in the middle of the beautiful Sonoran Desert. Join us for a special weekend of renewal, combining chakra yoga and pure tone quartz crystal bowl vibration. This signature program was created by the mother-daughter team of sound pioneer Jovita Wallace and certified local yoga instructor Morgana Wallace Cooper. Register by January 15th for a $50 early bird discount. Accommodations not included.

For more information about the retreat and how to register, click here.

Image: Bobby Narcho

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REI Adventures: Arizona Hiking - Tucson & Sonoran Desert
Mar
17
to Mar 19

REI Adventures: Arizona Hiking - Tucson & Sonoran Desert

Join REI Adventures for four days of rigorous hiking and exploration in the Sonoran Desert! The trip features two days in Tucson with hiking in Saguaro National Park, and then two days in Ajo for exploring Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge and Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. Click here for details and registration.

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Awakening Healing Axis:  Enhanced Healing Workshop and Spiritual Retreat
Apr
28
to May 2

Awakening Healing Axis: Enhanced Healing Workshop and Spiritual Retreat

Awakening Healing Axis is coming to the Sonoran Desert Inn! Join us as we host this all inclusive, multiple day retreat, full of experiential exploration. The cost includes workshops with multiple presenters, accommodations, and all meals. Learn, grow, and experience your divine essence through this unique, empowering retreat. 

For more information and registration, click here.

Image: Awakening Healing Axis

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Woodblock Print Workshop
Feb
20
1:00 PM13:00

Woodblock Print Workshop

FREE workshop alert // limited space available

We are excited to partner with Linda Zupcic, a professional painter and print maker from California, to offer a free one-day woodblock print workshop. All materials will be provided and participants will learn techniques on tearing down paper, carving with gouges, rolling out ink and pulling their own prints. To register, text Linda at (559) 593-3656 or email lzupcic@netptc.net with subject head Sonoran Workshop.

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Road Scholar: Treasured Landscapes - Hiking in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and Saguaro National Park
Feb
11
to Feb 15

Road Scholar: Treasured Landscapes - Hiking in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and Saguaro National Park

Road Scholar, a not-for-profit leader in educational travel since 1975, is leading multiple hiking trips to Ajo and the region in 2019. Participants will stay at the Sonoran Desert Inn & Conference Center during each trip, and we will be providing meals and evening presentations for participants. For more information, click here.

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2018 Ajo Piecemakers' Quilt Show
Feb
8
to Feb 9

2018 Ajo Piecemakers' Quilt Show

Now in its 23rd year, this annual quilting show features beautiful quilts on display, demonstrations, vendors, and a chance to connect with fellow quilters. The show takes place in the historic Curly School Auditorium, adjacent to the inn. When you’ve had your fill of quilts, mosey over to the Curley Gallery and explore the town plaza.

Photo from the 2014 show by Melody Crust.

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Road Scholar: Treasured Landscapes - Hiking in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and Saguaro National Park
Feb
5
to Feb 9

Road Scholar: Treasured Landscapes - Hiking in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and Saguaro National Park

Road Scholar, a not-for-profit leader in educational travel since 1975, is leading multiple hiking trips to Ajo and the region in 2019. Participants will stay at the Sonoran Desert Inn & Conference Center during each trip, and we will be providing meals and evening presentations for participants. For more information, click here.

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2019 41st Annual Old Time Fiddlers' Fest
Jan
31
to Feb 4

2019 41st Annual Old Time Fiddlers' Fest

For those who enjoy bluegrass, country, oldies, and gospel, this year marks the 41st Annual Old Time Fidders' Contest and Show. Join fiddlers and fiddling fans for a weekend of wonderful music in the desert! The event features competitions for fiddlers of all ages, a free concert in the Ajo Plaza, meals, dances, a gospel sing-a-long, and good old-fashioned fun. 

Located at Ajo Country Club (map).

Limited space available at the Sonoran Desert Inn & Conference Center. Book today to ensure a room.

Image provided by Alison Stanton of the Arizona Republic.

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Road Scholar: Treasured Landscapes - Hiking in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and Saguaro National Park
Jan
30
to Feb 3

Road Scholar: Treasured Landscapes - Hiking in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and Saguaro National Park

Road Scholar, a not-for-profit leader in educational travel since 1975, is leading multiple hiking trips to Ajo and the region in 2019. Participants will stay at the Sonoran Desert Inn & Conference Center during each trip, and we will be providing meals and evening presentations for participants. For more information, click here.

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REI Adventures: Arizona Hiking - Tucson & Sonoran Desert
Jan
13
to Jan 15

REI Adventures: Arizona Hiking - Tucson & Sonoran Desert

Join REI Adventures for four days of rigorous hiking and exploration in the Sonoran Desert! The trip features two days in Tucson with hiking in Saguaro National Park, and then two days in Ajo for exploring Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge and Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. Click here for details and registration.

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REI Adventures: Arizona Hiking - Tucson & Sonoran Desert
Dec
30
to Jan 1

REI Adventures: Arizona Hiking - Tucson & Sonoran Desert

Join REI Adventures for four days of rigorous hiking and exploration in the Sonoran Desert! The trip features two days in Tucson with hiking in Saguaro National Park, and then two days in Ajo for exploring Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge and Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. Click here for details and registration.

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Christmas Eve in Ajo, 2018
Dec
24
to Dec 25

Christmas Eve in Ajo, 2018

Come to Ajo for our lovely Christmas Eve celebration! See Santa appear in the Curley School tower and then ride to the Ajo Plaza in his sleigh. There, enjoy festivities and treats with hundreds of Ajoites of all ages (and former Ajoites, who return each year for this tradition!). The local Rotary club hosts the event, and gives out chocolates, oranges, and popcorn balls under a big illuminated Christmas tree. This is a sweet, small-town celebration that locals and visitors look forward to all year long.

This year is extra special because an old Ajo tradition is coming back: the Christmas Eve dance! There will be drinks, live music, and everyone is invited! $10/person. More details to come.

There are plenty of rooms at the inn! Book today!

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REI Adventures: Arizona Hiking - Tucson & Sonoran Desert
Dec
16
to Dec 18

REI Adventures: Arizona Hiking - Tucson & Sonoran Desert

Join REI Adventures for four days of rigorous hiking and exploration in the Sonoran Desert! The trip features two days in Tucson with hiking in Saguaro National Park, and then two days in Ajo for exploring Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge and Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. Click here for details and registration.

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Road Scholar: Treasured Landscapes - Hiking in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and Saguaro National Park
Dec
3
to Dec 7

Road Scholar: Treasured Landscapes - Hiking in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and Saguaro National Park

Road Scholar, a not-for-profit leader in educational travel since 1975, is leading five hiking trips to Ajo and the region in 2017. Participants will stay at the Sonoran Desert Inn & Conference Center during each trip, and we will be providing meals and evening presentations for participants. For more information, click here.

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Road Scholar: Treasured Landscapes - Hiking in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and Saguaro National Park
Nov
27
to Dec 1

Road Scholar: Treasured Landscapes - Hiking in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and Saguaro National Park

Road Scholar, a not-for-profit leader in educational travel since 1975, is leading five hiking trips to Ajo and the region in 2017. Participants will stay at the Sonoran Desert Inn & Conference Center during each trip, and we will be providing meals and evening presentations for participants. For more information, click here.

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REI Adventures: Arizona Hiking - Tucson & Sonoran Desert
Nov
11
to Nov 13

REI Adventures: Arizona Hiking - Tucson & Sonoran Desert

Join REI Adventures for four days of rigorous hiking and exploration in the Sonoran Desert! The trip features two days in Tucson with hiking in Saguaro National Park, and then two days in Ajo for exploring Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge and Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. Click here for details and registration.

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I Am Heart Women's Retreat
Nov
9
to Nov 12

I Am Heart Women's Retreat

We're honored to host a second iamHeart retreat in Fall 2018, after our first in Spring 2018. iamHeart is a modern, advanced, spiritual meditation school of the heart. They draw their work from many teachers that have contributed to heart development, including St. Francis, Shakespeare, Walt Whitman, Jalaluddin Rumi and Hazrat Inayat Khan. Their approach is non-religious, practical and scientific.

More info and registration can be found here.

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AZ Field Ornithologists 12th Annual Meeting
Oct
26
to Oct 28

AZ Field Ornithologists 12th Annual Meeting

The 2018 Annual AZFO State Meeting is coming to Ajo! Ajo and surrounding area holds an intriguing culture, history, and let’s not forget the under-explored birding areas! We'll be hosting the meeting and providing overnight accommodations and catering here at the Sonoran Desert Inn. Please book your room soon, as space is limited. More details about the conference schedule are here.

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Red & White Weekend
Oct
19
to Oct 21

Red & White Weekend

We're fully booked for this annual All Ajo Reunion, when the "Ajo Diaspora" returns to their hometown for a weekend of music, dancing, food, and friendship. To get on our waiting list, please email reservations@sonorancc.com.

We'll be hosting Ajo native Kris Harris in our kitchen all weekend as well. Kris is the Head Chef at the Frybread House in Phoenix and is well-known throughout the area for her delicious frybread, green and red chile, tamales and more. Even if you aren't staying at the inn, come by for a meal during the weekend! Check social media for updates on menus and times.

 

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International Day of Peace
Sep
21
3:00 PM15:00

International Day of Peace

Ajo's 16th annual International Day of Peace celebration features a parade, music, and local food from Ajo, the Tohono O'odham Nation, and our "sister" community just over the border, Sonyta, Mexico. Overnight accommodations are available at the Conference Center.

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Summer Closure 2018
Jul
15
to Aug 31

Summer Closure 2018

We will be closed July 15-Aug 31, 2018 for our annual summer closure. While our staff takes a well-deserved break, a crew will be continuing work on the North Wing renovations and doing all the routine maintenance needed to keep a 70-year-old former school humming! 

During this time you can still book online for reservations after August 31 at www.sonorancc.com. You can reach us with all other inquiries by emailing info@sonorancc.com or calling us at 520-373-0804. Please be patient as our response time will be slower than usual.

Thanks, and see you in September!

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Hurqalya Heart Energy Healing Retreat
Apr
27
to May 2

Hurqalya Heart Energy Healing Retreat

Everyone has a need for healing and everyone is a potential healer. Your healing potential can be discovered and strengthened in the community of this group retreat, with the best practices of heart-centered energy healing, verified and updated by quantum physics, and led by masters of energy therapy.

The "Restore Your Spiritual Blueprint" Hurqalya Healing retreat is a meditation group retreat led by Susanna and Puran Bair. Founders of iamHeart Meditation Center in Tucson. Susanna and Puran are the authors of the energy healing source book, "Energize Your Heart," and the creators of Hurqalya Healing.

More info and registration can be found at https://iamheart.org/healing-retreat.

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REI Adventures: Arizona Hiking - Tucson & Sonoran Desert
Apr
8
to Apr 10

REI Adventures: Arizona Hiking - Tucson & Sonoran Desert

Join REI Adventures for four days of rigorous hiking and exploration in the Sonoran Desert! The trip features two days in Tucson with hiking in Saguaro National Park, and then two days in Ajo for exploring Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge and Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. Click here for details and registration.

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5th Annual Authentically Ajo Regional Food Festival
Mar
10
9:00 AM09:00

5th Annual Authentically Ajo Regional Food Festival

Come to Ajo to experience this annual multi-cultural celebration of foods, heirloom crops, and community!

Food Vendors, chef demos, tastings, food "chats", arts & crafts, kids activities, and family entertainment.

This has become one of the liveliest days of the year in the Ajo Plaza - don't miss it! Overnight accommodations available at the Sonoran Desert Inn & Conference Center.

Visit the Ajo Center for Sustainable Agriculture's Facebook page for updates, photos of past years' festivals, and information about vendors! 

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5th Tri-National Sonoran Desert Symposium
Mar
5
to Mar 9

5th Tri-National Sonoran Desert Symposium

Join us for this remarkable gathering of desert scholars, artists, activists, and yes, even a few desert rats!

We are fully booked for overnight accommodations for the Symposium week. We suggest trying La Siesta (520-387-6569) or airbnb.com if you are looking for a place to stay.

For more information about the Symposium agenda and registration, please visit the event website at www.sonoransymposium.com.

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REI Adventures: Arizona Hiking - Tucson & Sonoran Desert
Feb
25
to Feb 27

REI Adventures: Arizona Hiking - Tucson & Sonoran Desert

Join REI Adventures for four days of rigorous hiking and exploration in the Sonoran Desert! The trip features two days in Tucson with hiking in Saguaro National Park, and then two days in Ajo for exploring Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge and Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. Click here for details and registration.

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Sonoran Chakra Yoga Retreat
Feb
23
to Feb 25

Sonoran Chakra Yoga Retreat

Nourish your body and activate your energetic centers in an intense transformative weekend. Spend two nights in the beautiful desert of Southern Arizona experiencing yoga and sound healing guided by a passionate mother-daughter team. Register by January 15th for early bird cost of $350. Accommodations not included. Visit here for more information and registration. For info on accommodations visit sonorancc.com

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Road Scholar: Treasured Landscapes - Hiking in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and Saguaro National Park
Feb
19
to Feb 23

Road Scholar: Treasured Landscapes - Hiking in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and Saguaro National Park

Road Scholar, a not-for-profit leader in educational travel since 1975, is leading five hiking trips to Ajo and the region in 2017. Participants will stay at the Sonoran Desert Inn & Conference Center during each trip, and we will be providing spectacular meals and evening presentations for participants. For more information, click here. This trip is FULL!

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Road Scholar: Treasured Landscapes - Hiking Organ Pipe and Saguaro National Park
Feb
13
to Feb 17

Road Scholar: Treasured Landscapes - Hiking Organ Pipe and Saguaro National Park

Road Scholar, a not-for-profit leader in educational travel since 1975, is leading five hiking trips to Ajo and the region in 2017. Participants will stay at the Sonoran Desert Inn & Conference Center during each trip, and we will be providing spectacular meals and evening presentations for participants. For more information, click here. This trip is FULL!

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Road Scholar: Treasured Landscapes - Hiking Organ Pipe and Saguaro National Park
Feb
7
to Feb 11

Road Scholar: Treasured Landscapes - Hiking Organ Pipe and Saguaro National Park

Road Scholar, a not-for-profit leader in educational travel since 1975, is leading five hiking trips to Ajo and the region in 2017. Participants will stay at the Sonoran Desert Inn & Conference Center during each trip, and we will be providing spectacular meals and evening presentations for participants. For more information, click here. This trip is FULL!

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