My Zentangle® Story

Many students ask how I found Zentangle.   Being a hairdresser for 44 years, Rho, a client, said when vacationing in Italy for watercolor class, someone had shared Zentangle with her during break.  She came back to States, took a class from Certified Zentangle Teacher and then got certified herself.  

Rho taught a class at my home,  and I wanted to teach this amazing, unique art method.  
After waiting a year for opening for Zentangle 4-day seminar,  I travel from San  Diego, California to Providence, Rhode Island with my life long friend, Susan  Bowden, to the Zentangle Seminar.  I became certified on June 2014.

We spent four amazing days with  co-founders, Rick Roberts, Maria Thomas along with 108 men and women attendees from all over the world. Rick was a Monk in India for 14 years (he is the Zen part of Zentangle). Maria is an illustrator (she is the tangle or pattern part of Zentangle).  We were taught history, theory, instruction, in-sight, lesson plans, philosophy of this unique method so we could pass onto our students the dynamics of -  speaking this new language "Zentangle".  Zentangle is much more than an art method, it is a mindful practice.  Mindful drawing is helpful to quiet the mind.  Zentangle is a wonderful stress relief practice. Zentangle quiets the mind.   There is so much research indicating tremendous health benefits from meditation/healing art.  

Take a class from a CZT (Certified Zentangle Teacher) and get the entire experience you can not learn from a book or Internet.  

Once you learn this art method, please share with your friends/family. Zentangle is a trademark, you can not teach this method in a commercial way unless certified.   
I'm proud to say I am a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT).  I have taught more than 10,000 students Zentangle Method between 6/2014 to 12/2018. 

2018, I retired as a hairdresser after 44 years. I am now focusing on Zentangle classes.
________________________________________________________________________ Here are some of locations I've taught at:

San Diego City/County Libraries
San Diego Zoo - summer Zentangle classes 2016 (2500 students)
Museum of Man

Teacher Continuing Ed/In service
City/County classrooms
Kaiser Pediatric Unit & families @ Zoo
Ronald McDonald House (for families with sick children)
San Diego Museum of Man
Poway Unified Schools
Grossmont Unified Schools
San Diego Unified Schools
Poway Adult Schools
Foothills Adult Schools - El Cajon

County Mental Health Staff 
Koi Zen Cellar Craft Winery
Hospice Doctor
Eating Disorders Group

International Yoga Festival
San Diego Botanical Garden
San Diego Oasis (ages 50+) - La Mesa
La Jolla Community Center
Corporate (team building/wellness days)
Craft Store:  Artist & Craftsman Supply/Beverly's Fabric/Hobby Lobby

Special Interest Groups

When will your Zentangle journey start?              


  1. You will love it! Rick & Maria's class really makes a big difference in your own work. I learned so much and had such a great time! I know you will too.
    Barb B. CZT

  2. Thank you, I have been waiting since last April to go to Rhode Island and see for myself these two amazing folks - Rick and Maria.

  3. I attended CZT 16 in 2015 and have loved every minute of it since! I am also able to attend the ZenAgain (CZT reunion) this coming November and looking forward to seeing friends from CZT 16 and others CZT's I know thru social media. Hope you will join us!