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CZT Family Tree: Ana Izquierdo Gil

CZT Family Tree: Ana Izquierdo Gil

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 Ana Izquierdo Gil!

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Name: Ana Izquierdo Gil


Hometown: In between The Hague (The Netherlands) and Madrid (Spain)

Favorite tangle: Crazy ‘Nzeppel

Favorite place to tangle: Two favorite places are my quiet living room surrounded by incense and classical music and at work during the Zentangle®-Break sessions guided to my colleagues.

How I use the Zentangle Method in my life: I started practicing the Zentangle® method during the CoVid-19-pandemia (2020) by joining Alicia Gutierrez Rey’s (CZT18) free sessions in Instagram. By then, I was living in The Hague, the world was becoming an unsafe place due to the pandemic.. airports closing down, alone in my apartment, terrified…..My sister Susana encouraged me to join Alicia’s sessions during which I felt connected and relaxed while also having fun by forgetting for a while about the pandemic. I felt immediately in love with the power of this method: in one of Alicia’s sessions I noticed I was getting emotional and connecting with my inner child: “how abandoned you have been for so many years!”, I said to my “mini-Ana”. In November 2021, I decided to deepen my practice by becoming a CZT®. In 2022, I joined the CZT days organized by Conzentric in Germany. It was the first time I was tangling presential with so many people and it felt so empowering and safe. I also had the chance to meet up other CZTs in person and experience some of the most well-known CZTs’ teaching styles.

In June 2022, I started developing my own Zentangle® workshop to provide it at work: The Zentangle-Break workshop was then born. My own design and creation to bring to my colleagues. I introduced one session to one of my colleagues, she appreciated the power of it as well being tool in the workplace and I got budget to buy the materials.

In February 2023, I provided the first formal session from which my colleagues were so impressed and thankful. Our work field, science, is quite demanding so providing us some room for fun during the working time is like a gift for all. Since February 2023 my Zentangle-Break workshops are part of the well being offer at work plus couple of colleagues from different departments invited me to host a Zentangle-Break workshop during both a team day and a 30-year anniversary at work. It is so rewarding to see my colleagues having fun, relaxing, networking with peers and practicing this method at home as a self-care tool. These sessions also help me to connect with my inner child, get grounded, feel playful and lighten my perfectionist side.

My favorite story or memory about teaching the Zentangle Method is: How the student’s facial expression and body posture changes overtime during my sessions. There is a turning point during which they surrender to the obvious: their inner artist and then, they relax and surrender to the method. I love how they react when the mosaic is built: “wow!”, “really? So beautiful, I don’t see my 'errors' anymore” are the most common expressions they use. The surrendering of my students to: the method, the no error and their inner artist is what I love the most out of the sessions I guide at work.

Through my experiences as a CZT, I have learned: Bringing to the attendees my trust in the Zentangle method during the sessions I guide is key for me. Students might look skeptical at first but then the magic happens, they ended up surrendering. I have also learnt to keep being loyal to myself and to my teaching style. During the sessions I make it fun and playful for myself first which will be automatically contagious to my students.

If I’m not tangling, you will find me…: walking bare feet in nature (whenever the weather allows it), practicing “niksen” (a dutch term to express “doing nothing”), practicing yoga, reading and cooking (I love baking).

Mosaic Name: CZTEU5_AnitaIzqGil

Website/Blog: @borntotangle



  • I enjoyed your story and your making Zentangle accessible to so many, but, most of all I love that inner child connection!

    Clara Brunk on

  • The happiness of practicing this valuable method is expressed on your face, Anna!
    Beautiful trip!
    How nice that you found your ikagai!
    Good luck on the road!

    Дафи on

  • So many truisms that I relate to in this cameo of your ‘journey’ … I’m sure you will agree that this journey is endless in its self actualization of discovery. I love it! … I was lucky to actually be in one of the early sessions held in Scotts Valley, near Santa Cruz up in the mountains, in from the Bay Area California, held by Rick and Maria and their two daughters.

    Patty on

  • So many truisms that I relate to in this cameo of your ‘journey’ … I’m sure you will agree that this journey is endless in its self actualization of discovery. I love it! … I was lucky to actually be in one of the early sessions held in Scotts Valley, near Santa Cruz up in the mountains, in from the Bay Area California, held by Rick and Maria and their two daughters.

    Patty on

  • You are so inspiring.

    Mary Kay Watson on

  • Dear Ana,
    Yes! I did love your Zentangle workshops at work. And Yes, during your guidance, the atmosphere did change from a hasty one to a completely relaxing one. Your workshop always ended with the amazingly beautiful mosaic of tiles and a surprising smile on everyone’s face! I’m very happy to see you are part of the Zentangle family now! Congratulations, and keep on sharing these Zentangle vibes and above all: have fun!

    Kirsten on

  • I love your story, enthusiasm, and humane workplace, which lets you share this relaxing but powerful art technique! I hope the powers that be at your business share this with other companies.

    gale sherman on

  • Querida Ana, qué placer conocerte. Nos distancia el inmenso mar Atlántico pero nos ha unido muy de cerca el grandioso Zentangle. Qué afortunadas somos, tú en Holanda y yo en Colombia, Suramérica. No existen las distancias para trabajar unidas en este arte maravilloso arte que tanto amamos. Bienvenida siempre, seguiremos enredando con nuestros zentanglistas por el mundo entero, de la mano de Rick y María. Abrazo grande.

    Elsa Dueñas CZT26 on

  • You have a beautiful smile Ana! Love your tangling too. ❤️

    Kathy Y. on

  • Ana, I really like the wording of guiding students, not teaching. That incorporates a much more positive feel! What a lucky group of people who get to experience that with you!

    Ginger White on

  • I loved hearing about your journey to find Zentangle. Mine was similar during the pandemic…Zentangle is what kept me sane. Thank you for such a wonderful story about your adventure. All the best.

    Dianne on

  • Dear Ana,
    what a beautiful post. So many of your observations I can also confirm from my experience.
    I remember you very well at CZT days 2022 (you were sitting at the front window, right? 😉 ) because you have such a positive nature. Best regards and maybe see you soon

    Claudia 🌹, CZTEU3 on

  • It was wonderful to meet you through this blog. You are doing amazing things and I am proud to be your fellow CZT

    Katrina Thiebaut on

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