Friends General Conference

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Zentangle® and Art Journaling: Sharing Story & Truth in Images and Words

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

Share your deepest truths using meditative and contemplative art as a form of expression. Use easy-to-learn contemplative mark making and visual journaling practices, (including the Zentangle* method of drawing abstract patterned images). Explore new ways to center down. Trust that we ALL are capable of making beauty and stories.

Workshop Description

Let's explore what it means to share our deepest concerns and truths using meditative and contemplative art as expression. Using easy drawing and art journaling practices, (including the Zentangle* method of drawing) we'll explore ways to center down, discover and listen to our voices and messages through art.   No initial art skills are needed, just an opening to trust that we ALL are capable of making and sharing beauty in our voices and images..  

Throughout our week-long art-making and sharing, we'll foster an atmosphere of mutual encouragement and collaboration while embracing and looking deeper into what we have to say to the world using words and images.  We will explore sharing art as a nurturing and spiritual gift to ourselves as well as reaching out to others.  

On the first day workshop attenders will learn/review the basic Zentangle method, just one of the contemplative art practices we'll use this week.  As the week progresses, we will share our stories through individual and collaborative art journaling, using visual and worship exchanges and prompts.   We'll mix drawing with collage, "found poetry" and other art play into our journaling work.

*Zentangle is an easy to learn, relaxing and intuitive way to draw extraordinary pieces of black and white abstract art that ANYONE can create.  With no expectations, and no mistakes,  its simplicity appeals to non-artists and artists alike. Use simple tools while learning a new mindfulness practice and another way to center oneself and joyfully explore creativity.

Each day will begin or end with either worship or worship-sharing.
Skills required: Be able to write your name :-)

Materials Fee: I will be asking for a small materials fee in class of $10 for additional printed handouts and art supplies that I am bringing to share.

Supplies to bring - Please bring the following or make plans to purchase in the area the following items:
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  or other "fine liner" pens of your choice**

**I will have on hand a few extra pens to purchase beyond the materials above if you run out of ink or forget a pen.

****PLEASE check your email a week before Gathering - this year I will again be emailing a link to download more extensive handouts to save on costs - if you have access to a color printer, you may want to print them in color, or download them to a mobile digital device *****  
If you are signed up and do not receive a link, please contact Sadelle directly at her web address below.

If you need any other accommodations or have further questions, please contact me by email ([email protected]) at least TWO WEEKS beforehand, to allow time. 

You can learn more about Sadelle at her website at  or 

About the leader : Sadelle is a member of Putney Friends Meeting (NEYM, VT), and is committed to art as a spiritual practice, and now in these challenging times, a peace-making practice.  She is a fiber/textile/mixed media artist, a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT) and has been actively teaching a wide variety of art workshops since 1996.  She is also a Veriditas Certified Labyrinth Facilitator and leads contemplative and prayer walks and sharing in New England.   

The Zentangle® art form and method was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas of Whitinsville, MA.

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 1996 to a wide range of ages and backgrounds.  In 2013 and 2014, she co-led this workshop with Ann Coakley and in 2016 led it solo at Summer Gathering.  Also in 2016 she traveled with a minute from Putney Friends Meeting to the Inner Hebrides of Scotland, visiting with Friends on Iona/Mull and Skye and led a Zentangle workshop for members of Skye Friends Meeting. She has been leading workshops in Zentangle, Spirituality in Art, Art Journaling, Mixed media art and facilitating contemplative labyrinth walking in both secular and non-secular settings.