Saguaro Fruit Harvest Weekend



The Sonoran Desert Inn and Conference Center (SDCC) is delivering an exclusive experience with its authentic Saguaro Fruit Harvest Weekend, a series of culturally and geographically unique activities at the SDCC, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument (ORPI), and the Ajo Scenic Loop, from June 28-30.

In addition to taking part in a traditional Native American harvest, this event includes a two-night stay at the Sonoran Desert Inn, six meals by local chefs, happy hour beverages, and a tour exploring Ajo’s mining history and artistic renaissance. Guests will participate in an authentic harvest, waking up with the sun and harvesting saguaro fruit using traditional kukuipad, long poles made of cactus ribs. 

Harvesting on National Monument land is generally forbidden - this is a rare opportunity to do so with a Native American guide, Lorraine Eiler of the Tohono O’odham Nation. After the harvest, Eiler will lead guests in a cooking workshop, where they will learn the process of turning saguaro fruit into syrup. 

Eiler was born and raised in Ajo and has harvested saguaro fruit most summers since she was a child. She was on the Tohono Oʼodham Legislative Council for 12 years and is a founding member of the SDCC’s parent non-profit, The International Sonoran Desert Alliance (ISDA).

On the first night of the weekend, she will give a lecture about the cultural and historical importance of the saguaro harvest. The weekend will also include other Native cultural experiences and workshops, all with the SDCC’s trademark flair for connecting guests with authentic and local
activities.

Weekend packages are available for purchase and space is limited. Individuals, couples, and groups are welcome.
The total cost is $407 per person for a private room and $345 per person for a shared room. This all-inclusive price reflects hotel accommodations, meals, happy hour drinks, workshops, and harvest activities.

Weekend packages are on sale now and can be purchased at http://www.sonorancc.com/calendar/saguaro-harvest-weekend or by calling the SDCC
at (520) 373-0804.

Info:
• http://www.sonorancc.com/calendar/saguaro-harvest-weekend
Contacts:
• Charlotte Johnston, Marketing and Outreach Coordinator, The Sonoran Desert Inn and
Conference Center, (520) 373-0804, charlotte@sonorancc.com
• Stuart Siegel, Co-Director, The Sonoran Desert Inn and Conference Center, (520)
373-0804, stuart@sonorancc.com


About The Sonoran Desert Inn and Conference Center:
The 501(c)3 non-profit opened in 2015, transforming a historic elementary school into a twenty-one room inn. In addition, there are four meeting rooms, function space for up to 300 people, a commercial kitchen, and an urban farm run by our partners, the Ajo Center for Sustainable Agriculture. Situated in a former copper mining town, the SDCC is an ideal location for conferences, excursions, retreats, reunions, and weddings. The
SDCC has a dual purpose: to attract visitors to Ajo and the surrounding region and to support Ajo’s economic development via job creation and partnerships with local businesses, entrepreneurs, chefs, and artists. The SDCC is located at 55 Orilla Avenue, Ajo AZ 85321, www.sonorancc.com, (520) 373-0804.

Date:

Jun 28, 2019 - Jun 30, 2019

Location:

Sonoran Desert Inn and Conference Center
55 South Orilla Avenue
Ajo, AZ 85321

Price:

The total cost is $407 per person for a private room and $345 per person for a shared room. This all-inclusive price reflects hotel accommodations, meals, happy hour drinks, workshops, and harvest activities.

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