Wow! It's hard to believe that three weeks ago, I was in Providence, Rhode Island attending the first night of the 26th Certified Zentangle Teacher Seminar. The four days of seminar were four of the most amazing days. I have struggled since I got home to find the words to write to truly articulate my experience, and at this point, I feel like I just have to put pen to paper (or should I say fingers to keyboard), and see what happens.
Since I had a little of time before my first session, I decided to meet up with my new canadian friend, visit the student gallery and of course...visit the Zentangle store!
I compare walking into the Zentangle store to the first time I walked into a particular teacher warehouse store in Vancouver, I got so giddy I almost passed out.
During my first visit to the store (I think I visited the store 3 times a day each day during seminar), I picked up a CZT apron, and two books. There are many Zentangle books out in the world, but there are only two books written by Maria and Rick. I purchased The Book of Zentangle, and The Primer Vol. 1 in hopes that Rick and Maria would sign them for me.
At 4:30pm on Sunday, April 9, 2017, we started session one of Certified Zentangle Teacher Seminar #26. All 12 of our sessions were held in the most beautiful ballroom I have ever been in (and I've seen a lot of ballrooms from my days working at a party event/decorating company).
Each day was packed from morning to night with opportunities to learn, explore, experience, and connect. The entire Zentangle family (Rick, Maria, Molly, Martha, Sue, Jean, Julie, and the rest of the crew) were so amazing. I really appreciated how well everything was organized and I felt they were taking good care of us (the newest members to the CZT family). After each session, we would have some sort of a break, either a snack or meal. I was so pleased that there was always a gluten free option provided for me (and many others with allergies). Each time I returned to my seat after a break time, I was pleasantly surprised to see a new item at my spot that we would be exploring or learning about. It was like Christmas in April. Each time we completed a tile we would put them in a basket, and Sue and Jean would arrange them into a beautiful mosaic. One of the most beautiful things I have ever seens is a mosaic of tiles created by future CZTs. It always amazes me how different and unique each tile looks even thought we are all following the same instructions. I also found it ironic how difficult it was for me to find my tile. We created 25 tiles using 36 tangles over 4 days.
I was 1 of 110 people attending CZT Seminar #26. There were people from Argentina, Australia, Canada (only 3 of us), Colombia, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Macau, Spain, Switzerland, Russia, Taiwan, UK, and USA. Although I did not get to meet every single person attending the seminar, the people I did connect with were pretty amazing.
Along with many beautiful tiles and mosaics we created, we also collaborated on a beautiful piece. One person won the original, and the rest of us received a print of it.
During one of the evening festivities, Rick and Maria held a book signing session. I had them sign my Book of Zentangle and Primer Vol. 1
The last day of seminar was an emotional one. I was filled with so many emotions that even now thinking about it I can't really articulate it. Graduating from Zentangle Seminar #26 was one of the proudest days I have had so far in my life.
I have nothing but appreciation and gratitude for the opportunity I had to be part of Zentangle Seminar #26. I am over-joyed to be apart of the CZT community and family. I am so looking forward to sharing my passion and knowledge of the Method of Zentangle with others, and I really look forward to see what opportunities unfold in the coming years.