Friends General Conference

Nurturing faith and Quaker practice

FULL Zentangle® & Meditative Art as Peace Work

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)

Learn and share the Zentangle method of meditative drawing and other art techniques to recognize your own gifts and those of others. We will build community as we create and share with each other, exploring ways to share art as a peace-making process. Let's create Visual ripples where Spirit moves!

Workshop Description

A meditative art and play week with pen, pencil, paper, paint and fabric, including the Zentangle* method of drawing as a way to look beyond the inner critic to create beautiful images from structured patterns, with magical and surprising results. Learn new ways to center down and reach out to build community.   No initial art skills are needed, just an opening to trust that we ALL are capable of making and sharing beauty..  

Throughout our week-long art-making and sharing, we will foster mutual encouragement and collaboration while embracing and appreciating our own imperfections and special talents.  We will explore sharing art as a nurturing and spiritual gift to ourselves and others. We will also be bringing our creative work into the realm of conflict resolution and peace work within community.  On the first day workshop attenders will examine the ways we look at ourselves and others through mark making and then we'll learn/review the basic Zentangle method, just one of the contemplative art practices we'll use this week.  As the week progresses, we will branch out into other mark making forms and bring them together into collaborative art-making projects that we can share with others as dialog for peacemaking through visual and worship exchanges.    

*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 :-)
Supplies needed: I will be asking for a small materials fee in class of $10 for very specific paper, handouts and art supplies that I am bringing to share**.
Please bring the following or make plans to purchase in the Niagara area:
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)
3. A blank T-shirt to draw and design on.

**I will have on hand 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 the handouts to save on FGC costs - if you have access to a color printer, you may want to print them in color, or download 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 would like me to purchase pens or sketchbooks  or T-shirts on your behalf, need any other accommodations or have further questions, please contact me by email ([email protected]) at least TWO WEEKS beforehand, to allow time. I am willing to pick up items upon request, to be reimbursed at class.

If you wish to purchase a Zentangle book, "One Zentangle A Day: A 6-Week Course in Creative Drawing for Relaxation, Inspiration, and Fun", by Beckah Krahula, is a book I recommend.
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.

Another book I recommend that dovetails with contemplative art practices is "Praying in Color" by Sybil MacBeth,

Sadelle's can be contacted via her website at The Zentangle® art form and method was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas of Whitinsville, MA.

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.   

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.