Friends General Conference

Nurturing faith and Quaker practice

FULL: Art as Meditation: Explorations in Zentangle®

From 2013 Zentangle Workshop
Workshop Number: 
Sadelle Wiltshire
Who may register?: 
Intergenerational (50% HS and young adults, 50% older)
Experiential Activities: 
only full time attenders (participants should attend all week)

Spend the week with pen, pencil, and paper, learning the Zentangle method of drawing and visual journaling. Learn a new way to center down and build community as we create and share beautiful images from structured patterns. Learn to use art as a way to share your special gifts and find gifts in others.

Workshop Description

A meditative art and play week with pen, pencil, and paper, learning the Zentangle method of drawing. Create beautiful images from structured patterns, with magical and surprising results. Learn a new way to center down and build community with no art skills needed.

Zentangle is an easy to learn, relaxing and intuitive way to draw extraordinary pieces of black and white abstract art. This is truly an art method ANYONE can do and is for all ages, with no expectations, and no mistakes…

Zentangle's simplicity appeals to both non-artists and artists alike. Explore the potential of pattern and line, using simple tools while learning a new mindfulness practice and another way to focus, center oneself and joyfully explore creativity. Throughout our week-long art-making and sharing, we will foster a playful and worshipful group experience, mutual encouragement and collaboration.

On the first day workshop attenders will learn the basic Zentangle method, which is traditionally done on small paper tiles. This begins with a drawing framework using a series of simple patterns that are broken down into individual deliberate strokes, progressing to more focused patterns. As particpants learn the same patterns at the same time, they will quickly come to appreciate the unique talents that each individual brings to their finished piece.

Each day will begin or end with worship or worship-sharing. As the week goes on we will explore other methods of using this art for reflection and prayer,  Visual Journaling and small group visual worship sharing exchanges. While embracing and appreciating our imperfections and special talents - we will explore sharing this art as a nurturing and spiritual gift to ourselves and others, as well as bringing our gifts of art combined with worship into conflict resolution and peace work within community.

Skills required: Be able to write your name :-)
Supplies needed: I will be asking for a small materials fee in class of $10 for very specific paper plus handouts that I am bringing**.
Please bring the following or make plans to purchase in Minnesota:
1. One small (5.5" x 8") blank journal (unlined), Mixed Media (Strathmore Visual Journals or Canson Mixed Media Journals are good)
2. Pens:  Sakura Pigma Micron Pens, Black Ink: sizes 01, 08 ** (you will need both)
**I will have on hand extra pens to purchase beyond the materials above if you run out of ink or forget a pen.

If you would like me to purchase pens or sketchbooks on your behalf, need any other accommodations or have further questions, please contact me by email ( I am willing to pick up items upon request, to be reimbursed at class.
If you wish to purchase a book, "One Zentangle A Day: A 6-Week Course in Creative Drawing for Relaxation, Inspiration, and Fun", by Beckah Krahula, is now the book I'm recommending.
I will also ask the Gathering Bookstore to stock it, however do know that in past years the Zentangle books have sold out pretty quickly.

Participants are encouraged to visit the Zentangle website at to learn more about the form. Sadelle's website can be found at The Zentangle® art form and method was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas of Whitinsville, MA.

About the leader : Sadelle is a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT) and has been actively teaching art workshops since 1996. She is an experienced fiber arts teacher and artist, web designer and a Veriditas Certified Labyrinth Facilitator.  

Leader Experience

Sadelle and her partner Ann co-led a workshop at FLGBTQC in 2002 on the topic of radical inclusion and have facilitated workshops on social activism in wider secular venues. Sadelle presented Zentangle as an interest group at FLGBTQC in 2012 (Wisconsin) Mid Winter Gathering. Sadelle is a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT), fiber arts teacher as well as a Veriditas trained & Certified Labyrinth Facilitator and has been actively teaching art workshops since the 1996 to a wide range of ages and backgrounds.  In 2013 and 2014, she co-led this workshop at Summer Gathering and has been leading workshops in Zentangle and Spirituality in Art, in both secular and non-secular settings.