My Zentangle® Story

I'm proud to say I am a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT).  I have taught more than 7,000 students Zentangle Art Method in San Diego between 6/14 to 12/17. 

Here are some of locations I've taught at:

San Diego Zoo - summer Zentangle classes 2016 (2500 students)
Teacher Continuing Ed/In service
City/County classrooms
San Diego City/County Libraries
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

Hospice Doctor
Eating Disorders Group

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

Many students often ask how I found Zentangle.  I am a hairdresser by education.  A dear client, Rho, came to salon for her usual appointment sharing her story of finding Zentangle.  While on vacation in Italy, for a watercolor painting class, another student asked her "do you want to learn Zentangle during a break?"   Rho did learn and returned to the States yearning to learn more.

Rho found, one of the few CZT (Certified Zentangle Teacher) in San Diego and took a class.  She fell in love with Zentangle and went to Providence, Rhode Island for the 4 day seminar to become certified so she too could teach this method.  

During her hair appointments, I would watch her "tangle" while under the dryer. I began asking questions.  Well, as the story goes --- I also needed to learn more.

Rho came to my home and taugh myself and several friends the method.  Like Rho, I wanted to share with all who would listen.  Many friends and clients were asking about Zentangle.   I thought I should become a CZT so I can teach with confidence and give forth to the founders of Zentangle and the trademark.

After waiting a year for an opening for the 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.  There is so much research indicating tremendous health benefits from meditation/art therapy.  

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.  However, Zentangle is a trademark, you can not teach this method in a commercial way unless certified.   


  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!