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What is the Zentangle Method®?
The founders of the Zentangle Method, Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts, describe Zentangle as an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns.
Isn't that just doodling?
Yes and no. It certainly looks like doodling. But doodling is often a mindless activity - your mind can keep wandering and mulling over stresses of the day. I call Zentangle "mindful doodling." By using a defined space and specific pattern, your mind is focused on the next stroke, then the next and next, without any expectation of the end result, which puts you into a state of focus called Flow.
Have you ever been so engaged in an activity that you look up afterwards surprised by how the time passed while you were enjoying what you were doing? This is Flow. It uses a different part of your brain that pulls you away from the stressful thoughts and worries.
And you have a cool mini work of art when you're finished!
How did I get into Zentangle?
I was introduced to Zentangle years ago when an acquaintance of mine suffered a cerebellar stroke and was using Zentangle in her rehab to regain fine motor control in her hand. Fascinated, I started dabbling with it for stress relief. I'm a "still waters run deep" kind of person - I look very calm and serene on out the outside, but my brain never shuts off and is usually going a mile a minute. Zentangle really helps to quiet my mind and give me a little relaxation. I fell in love with it.
I love it so much that I felt called to share this with others. So many of my patient visits center around how to offset the sheer amount of stress in their lives. I realized they could really benefit from the blessing of Zentangle in their lives too. So in 2018, I studied with Maria and Rick to become a Certified Zentangle Teacher and it is such a joy to teach.
Check out the Events calendar to register for an upcoming class at the clinic. Classes are $25 per person and supplies are provided.
If you prefer to be taught one-on-one or cannot make the times that classes are offered, you are welcome to schedule a private lesson with me at the clinic. Lessons are 1 hour and cost $45.
I am available to teach a Zentangle Method workshop for businesses, social or professional groups, and associations. Contact me to discuss the details.