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Behind the Scenes at Seminar

Behind the Scenes at Seminar

In honor of our upcoming online CZT Seminar, we wanted to take a moment to revisit a blog where we shared a behind the scenes look at where we broadcast our online seminars from.

We invite you all to join us online for CZT training seminar. This enriching three-day seminar will be taught by Rick, Maria, Molly and Martha. This seminar is designed to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the philosophies behind the Zentangle Method of drawing.You will finish with all the knowledge you need to teach the Zentangle Method and the tools needed to convey the full Zentangle experience to your students. As a CZT, you will enjoy continued support and inspiration from Zentangle Inc. and from our world-wide CZT network.

Here is what CZTs who have attended online have to say about their experience...

'WOW! what a seminar. I was quite concerned that doing training on line would not be inspiring or life changing (as in person classes can be). I was so wrong. I know that I am not alone in having tears at the end…That so many people, from so many parts of the world were seeing the same screen as myself was spiritual. Many of these people were from countries in much more turmoil than our own and they came in peace and community. The world can become a better place one stroke at a time. We just need to remember the Zentangle Method. no judgement, no up or down. no mistakes. Give love, hope, gratitude, and encouragement"

"I am so Happy! Thank you for bringing this to me in my home. Your family and staff has made this a beautiful experience for me!!!"

"I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for completely changing my life by not only offering the gift of Zentangle, but giving me the chance to become a CZT and offering CZT Seminar virtually!" 

 Learn more and register to join us here.

Continuing reading to see behind the scenes...

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Rick writes:

We thought you might enjoy a look behind the scenes at the setting from which we give our online Certified Zentangle Teacher seminars. We broadcast our seminars out of the Singh Auditorium of the Alternatives Whitin Mill facility. The auditorium is on the second floor of the building in the picture in the top of the page.

In the above image you can see the other side of that building on the right. The second floor with the balcony is where our staff manages the customer service and chat forums during seminar.

In this next image you can see the view from that balcony as you look out onto the town center of our small village of Whitinsville, Massachusetts.

And here's a side view looking back from the bridge:

For a bit of history, that building on the left is the site of one of the first large forges in North America which was a part of the American Industrial Revolution. Perhaps it is symbolic that our online seminars originate from this same location.

Maria and I also have some good personal history with this mill. My father, my aunt, and my uncle worked at this mill. My aunt worked there for over 40 years. This is the town in which I grew up and my house was just four houses away from the mill. I remember visiting my aunt in her office or meeting my dad as he punched out after work in the foundry.

Maria's dad was a truck driver and this mill was one of his regular customers. Later (about 40 years ago) Maria began volunteering for Alternatives and our family has been volunteering there ever since. Alternatives began as a project to care for under-served individuals with mental and physical challenges. They repurposed this mill and it is now a cultural center in our town.

Here are a couple views from inside showing our set and our audio visual support team that makes sure everything works smoothly.

That's Julie and Jen in the above images. 

We never thought that we would give seminars online because we didn't think we could have the energetic connection with participants that we enjoy in face-to-face events. However, when travel was restricted recently, we tried our first online seminar. Amazingly, we felt the same energetic connection and this was reinforced by the feedback we received.

We are so grateful to Alternatives and their parent company Open Sky for their support, the work they do, and for creating such a beautiful space.


Rick Roberts


  • Oh I love the behind the scenes pictures and stories. It looks like such a serene place. I just love the stories behind the tangles, as I also related to that too. don’t some tangles just grow on us as we look around and move along in the world. ,

    Hilde van Ginhoven on

  • Thank you for sharing those behind the scenes photos and all the info. Whitinsville looks like such a serene place.

    Anica on

  • Always love the messages of the Zentangle blogs. This one had the bonus of pictures of not where I grew up, but where I am blessed to have come to retire!

    Carol Sheridan on

  • Thanks for the memories! I attended CZT39 via Zoom in Sept 22. What an engaging experience! I can assure anyone thinking of taking the next online class that you won’t regret it. Zentangle HQ made sure we had ample opportunities to engage electronically with all our online classmates (300 from all around the world)! Thanks to HQ, and CZT39’s global alumni, it was quite a magical event. I highly recommend it!

    Jessica L Dykes on

  • The info and images were wonderful

    Nancy Needler on

  • Thank you for the tour and an insight as to where the online seminar happen. It adding to the anticipation and excitement of participating in the upcoming seminar.

    Margaret Hart on

  • This heavenly setting is everything ZENtangle represents for mind, body and spirit.

    Judi Gilbert, Tyler,Tx on

  • What a beautiful setting, inside and out!

    Diane Lachance on

  • What a gorgeous space and views to hold online seminars! The Zentangle Family live surrounded by nature and beauty that feeds their creativity!

    I attended CZT38 face-to-face and the following ZenAgain online and both were phenomenal experiences to treasure forever!

    I am so happy you offer online seminars for those who cannot travel. I will tell everyone who attend online you will cherish learning from the Zentangle Family! Everyone is warm and helpful. The behind-the-scenes helpers are there for your questions so you are actively participating in the seminar in real time. The store is available to you just like it is when you attend in-person. Do not hesitate to attend online if you cannot travel – it is a glorious experience!

    Debbie Smith on

  • So grateful for morning goosebumps while reading and viewing this message! What a treasure you have given to so many!

    Mary lindeblad on

  • The seminars are so wonderful and then seeing this all again is once again so inspiring. Thank you!

    Kathy McMurtry on

  • What a beautiful place and serene environment to host the seminars. I could feel the good vibes from all of you and this place. I taught a Zentangle Method class yesterday in a special needs facility to some glowing adults. I’m so thankful for all of you and how being a CZT39 is opening a new path in my life.

    Donna Norton on

  • Thanks for posting these behind-the-scenes pictures and historical information. So nice to see more of the surroundings than we could on the zoom at CZT39. Big thanks to all of you: Rick, Maria, Molly, Martha, Julie and the rest of the supportive staff.

    sharon schenkel on

  • Tangle seminar is more precious because you introduced the place of the seminar.

    Thank you.

    Mi Kyeong Lee on

  • What a precious glimpse into life behind-the-scenes where the online seminars are held. My curious mind has always wondered. Thank you for bringing the Zentangle Method to our lives and adapting as things changed in our world. Your passion is apparent to us all!

    Brenda Shaver Shahin on

  • What a treat! Thank you for showing us the reality of how you bring these magical online experiences together. You made it work and with your fantastic team you have given so many people, especially here in Australia, the unimaginable opportunity to become CZT’s. We all sincerely thank you and want you to know how much we truly appreciate your efforts.

    Yvonne Rein on

  • Good Morning to the fabulous team at HQ all the way from SA!
    (yeah I know you are all still sleeping ….)
    Your "behind the scenes’ facility is just beautiful and has fantastic history, it also looks so calm and peaceful……
    Thank you for everything you taught us and did for us during CZT#39, I thoroughly enjoyed the 4 days with everyone.
    I am so excited to be a Certified Zentangle Teacher now and very soon I will be teaching 3 times a week!
    Love and Light JB xoxo

    Jacqueline Bennett on

  • You guys have come such a long way and exceeded your own expectations in such a wonderful way. It has been so lovely to watch the Zentangle community grow so much in the past 12 years since I attended HQ. Much love to you all.

    Jane Monk on

  • Seeing the setting inside and out makes us remote attendees feel even more involved in the event. We can close our eyes, visualize the setting and feel we are there if only for a few minutes. Thank you!

    Jo Diamantes on

  • Really appreciated reading & seeing photos of such a special place. I’ve done one ZenAgain online that was super & doing another. Continue on… it’s working!

    Heather Toswell on

  • Thank S

    Donna Perrrino on

  • great to see these pictures. it’s all about transformative change … Zentangle Inc.’s environment symbolizes it, and Zentangle embodies it. thank you all!

    Peyton on

  • Incredible! It was very interesting to look behind the scenes and see your faces again. I fondly remember those wonderful 4 days in my life, filled with inspiration and beauty. Thank you for the opportunity of online seminars. Otherwise, my dream was unlikely to come true, since I could not attend live. I love your team. You are great fellows! You give people the joy of creativity and love for beauty. It is very important!

    Елена CZT39 on

  • What a treat to see the space you were presenting from. You ace the online, live Webinar format. I loved the whole seminar. I was completely engaged and focused. The online option also allowed me to become a CZT, as travel to the in person site was not feasible. Please know how appreciative I am to each and everyone of you for guiding my Zentangle journey.

    Ronda Hall on

  • Oh! I love the history and the connections. The story makes that unique setting exciting!

    Clara A Brunk on

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