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The Zentangle® Method

Beyond the Basics

September 30 - October 2, 2018

Sunday - Tuesday, 2 nights

$415 Tuition

Plus 2 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately

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Program Description

Life is an intricate fabric of overlapping patterns: beneath the facade of chaos is order; inside the complexity of the mind is a series of simple realizations; and within each of us, no matter who we are, is an artist waiting to take our pen to the page.

Join the Zentangle founding family, Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas, along with their daughters Molly Hollibaugh and Martha Huggins, and take a closer look at the magic behind the one stroke at a time approach to pattern drawing. In this 2-day program of artistry and elemental design you will:

  • Focus on and explore specific tangle categories
  • Hone in on techniques and perspectives to take visual complexity and break it down into basic steps
  • Ask “What makes a tangle?” and get back to the root of the practice by untangling your way to the answer.

From the chaos of organic tangles to the order of grid-based tangles, this class will deepen your understanding of the method and sharpen your tangling skills.

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  • Faculty Bio
    Rick Roberts

    Meditation expert, cofounder of Zentangle

    Rick Roberts is cofounder of Zentangle and co-developer of the Zentangle Method. His former vocations include cab driver, musician, photographer, printer, and flute maker. He also lived as a monk for 17 years.

    He founded Zentangle with Maria Thomas based on her explanation of her experience as she drew background patterns on a manuscript. She described feelings of timelessness, freedom, well-being, and complete focus on what she was doing with no thought or worry about anything else. After Rick told her she was describing meditation, together they wondered if they could create a simple system so others might enjoy a similar experience. And so began the journey towards discovering the elegant system called the Zentangle Method.

    Together Rick and Maria lead workshops, and through their Zentangle certification program they share the philosophies behind the Zentangle Method of drawing so students will have all the knowledge needed to teach the Zentangle Method.


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    Maria Thomas

    Innovative artist, cofounder of Zentangle

    Maria Thomas is cofounder of Zentangle and co-developer of the Zentangle Method. Prior to Zentangle, she worked as a lettering artist and operated a stationery design and production company.

    Maria first became a working artist at age five when she produced a line of painted rocks that quickly sold out at local bazaars. From rocks, to lettering, to botanical paintings, to Zentangles—all have merged into her unique trendsetting sense of style.

    The recipient of countless accolades and awards, Maria changed the look of traditional invitations with her hand-painted flowers, expressive lettering, and dramatic flourishing, all now familiar standards.

    Inspired by the feelings of timelessness, freedom, well-being, and complete focus she experienced while drawing background patterns on a manuscript, she and Rick (cocreator of Zentangle) wondered if they could create a simple system so others might enjoy a similar experience. And so began the journey towards discovering the simple and elegant system called the Zentangle Method.

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  • Why Attend
    • Life is art and each person, an artist. Use the Zentangle Method with yourself and others to encourage deliberate artistry in everyday existence.

    • Relax, focus, and expand your imagination as you dive deeper into the healing and transformational powers of this simple, nonrepresentational, and unplanned form of art.

    • Refresh your practice of the Zentangle Method and discover new concepts.

  • Things to Know/Schedule

    Program Schedule

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    None required.

    Experience Level

    Some experience with the Zentangle Method is recommended.

    Things to Bring

    All supplies are provided.

    Of Interest to

    Anyone looking to go deeper into the Zentangle Method

  • About 1440 Multiversity

    Beautifully nestled in the California redwoods near Santa Cruz, our 75-acre campus is within easy reach of San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

    1440 Multiversity is a place to spend time engaging some of life's most meaningful personal questions and to enjoy, restore, and reenergize yourself as you do it.

    You'll find new energy through immersion learning—setting aside daily urgencies and dedicating uninterrupted time to focus on important, but often elusive, priorities. Our unique collaboration with world-class faculty coupled with an original, inspirational curriculum and magnificent grounds make this a place like no other. Add in fresh, redwood-scented air, delicious and healthy food, deep reflection, fun exercise, and good sleep and you've pretty much captured what you'll experience here.

  • Accommodations

    At 1440 Multiversity, you’ll find a wide range of accommodations to meet your preferences and budget. All of our rooms have been thoughtfully designed to provide comfort, promote reflection, and foster connection with others.

    Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in.

    Per-person per-night rates include:

    • nourishing locally sourced, seasonal meals
    • daily meditation and yoga classes
    • non-ticketed evening events
    • use of all facilities, including the Fitness Center, steam rooms, and infinity-edge hot tub.

    Guests also enjoy access to woodland trails, cafés, and shops.

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