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CZT Family Tree - Alicia Gutierrez Rey

CZT Family Tree - Alicia Gutierrez Rey

We always say that the Zentangle Method attracts really awesome people. We have had the pleasure of working with wonderful Certified Zentangle Teachers (CZT) all over the world and we are excited to share these wonderful people with the entire Zentangle Community. Through our series, CZT Family Tree, we will introduce individual CZTs.

Today, we are excited to introduce Alicia Gutierrez Rey!


Name: Alicia Gutierrez Rey                                                               CZT#: 18

Hometown: Madrid, Spain

Favorite tangle: Crescent Moon

Favorite place to tangle: on my terrace surrounded by plants and flowers

How I use the Zentangle Method in my life: I discovered Zentangle in my life when I was going through a personal and emotional crisis and Zentangle helped me overcome those difficult moments of insecurity and low confidence in myself. After my certification, I left my previous job to dedicate myself full time to be a CZT and to commit to teach this method and accompany people like me who were going through difficult situations in their lives. I also understood that Zentangle increases the creative potential of people, so I extended my training by doing a master in Coaching and a certification in CPS (Creative Problem Solving) in order to expand my tools to help people to develop inner personal growth from their own personal stories.

My favorite story or memory about teaching the Zentangle Method is: I have been teaching zentangle for 5 years and I am still fascinated by the amazement with which people rediscover their own dormant creativity. People who have had difficulties to look inward with other tools, discover creative meditation, as I understand it, and they are able to discover their full potential. I have many many stories that I could tell you about the people I have taught zentangle and how they tell me that it has impacted them in their lives. I have received countless messages from people during the confinement of Covid19. During this confinement I have been doing live workshops every day to accompanying those people who are alone in their homes and who are going through complicated situations. People who have lost loved ones or close friends, or people having deep feelings of loneliness and isolation, even depression and hopelessness. Even nurses and health personnel who also were needing disconnection and respite from their daily work. I am very happy because the initiative it´s being a big success and is currently reaching many people and being followed largely, getting a lot of followers. I have been receiving numerous messages of people telling me that they have practicing Zentangle and following my workshops and how this has helped them to cope with these difficult situations and to trust a little more in their recovery and their future. This have been and immense joy for me and truly a feeling of purpose and contribution in this challenging time we are facing.

A couple of weeks ago I did a course to benefit the World Food Bank, where we donated € 500, thanks to the contribution of the people who signed up for the workshop.

Through my experiences as a CZT, I have learned: The huge capacity for creativity that we all have and our potential to look inward with different tools and methods, all of them aimed at learning a little more about ourselves and appreciating our unique lives.

If I’m not tangling, you will find me…: I love to travel, visit new places and learn exciting and different things for around the world, and above all I love to continue learning new tools for personal growth and activities that spark my creativity. I really enjoy reading, practicing yoga, meeting with friends ... If I didn't work as CZT I would have loved to be an oenologist (I love to know the stories behind each wine!)

Mosaic Name: AliciaCZT18


Check out Alicia's free Zentangle classes on Instagram Live: @mindandtangle

Here are some comments from Alicia's instagram students.. 

"Thanks to your classes my days pass happier, it is food for my soul. I am more afraid of running out of paper than of running out of food! Thank you"

"Hello Alicia, I want to thank you for these daily meditations. I know it is a great effort for you to be there every day and you don't know how I appreciate it. A part form being confined for a month now, days before the quarantine I lost my partner in an accident and it has been really hard. Your meditations are the only thing that have given me peace and tranquility. I thank you from the bottom of my heart."

"Thank you, Alicia, for your time and for showing us something that I did not think existed in my life and that would be so good for me."

Julie Willand


  • Hi, i am One of those thousand of people that each Day during the confinement of Covid 19 have been learning and loving zentangle with Alicia. She is a very very special woman. Alicia is part of my confinement family.

    Infinitas gracias Ali

    Nuria on

  • I’m so thrilled to see Alicia featured on the CZT family tree. I was fortunate to discover her daily classes just a few days in. Now I have a presentation board of 60 tiles done with her instruction, instruction which proves that Zentangle is a universal language since I can pick out only a word of Spanish here and there. Her tone of voice ranges from soft and relaxing to dynamic and exuberant and everywhere in between. Her Instagram Live feeds have given me a wonderful start to each day as well as many new tangles and techniques. It’s shown me the benefit of a committed daily practice. There have been some days when she had over 1800 people tuned in around the world. How great it is to witness and be part of this community of tanglers. Thank you Alicia and as always, thank you to Rick and Maria for answering the door when Zentangle came knocking. Well done! ❤️❤️❤️

    Sandy Kelley-Jones CZT 23, 29, 32 & 34 on

  • I loved every minute tangling with you Alicia, I enjoyed the peaceful tangling moments during this diffcult time. Thank you so much for your effort!

    Irène, Tanglium on

  • Thank you, Alicia, for sharing your story and for putting yourself out there, offering comfort to others everyday of the confinement. Your showing up has been a sweet respite amid the darkness of these times. Wishing you peace in your heart and throughout your life!

    Danielle DeRome on

  • Alicia, You Rock!

    Terri Young, CZT 16 on

  • I admire how you post a zentangle moment for everyone who needs it daily Alicia. I don’t understand much Spanish ( it gets better ) but I enjoy listening to your voice while tangling along with you every now and than. Thank you.

    Maria Vennekens on

  • I have been following Alicia on IG since this all started. I’m a czt9, and am so impressed with her and love her voice (my spanish is getting better!) and the way she adheres to the Zentangle principles. I look forward to her IG videos each day and am so glad you have spotlighted her on the blog.

    Dennie Y on

  • A Zentangle angel who inspires and supports us all during this new reality we are trying to adapt to. Gracias, muchas gracias!


  • I like to follow the workshops of Alicia on Instagram (try to everyday), although I don’t understand Spanish, this doesn’t matter. The way she explained the movement, in her own, easy and comforting way, showed that Zentangle need no words to understand. I have great respect voor Alicia and wish her all the best. @Alicia: Gracias, x

    Irene Lammerse on

  • Your story is wonderful. Empowering others with the art of tangling is a wonderful gift to give. 🌀

    Emily Jane Osborne on

  • ¡Hola Alicia! Alicia was a classmate in the #18 seminar back in 2015. I speak Spanish, so I sat next to her in case she had any questions about what was being said. My husband and I later had the chance to have lunch with her in Madrid. I am so happy and proud to see what she has done with her Zentangle practice.

    Suzanne Fluhr on

  • Alicia, you are so uplifting ❤️❤️❤️

    Kathy Y. on

  • Lovely story. Very inspiring. Thank you for sharing.

    MKay B B Watson CZT17 on

  • 💝💝💝

    Rimona Gale on

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