When Rick and Maria developed the Zentangle Method almost 20 years ago, no one could have anticipated that it would bring together some of the kindest and most supportive people from all corners of the world the way that it has. We are so grateful for all of our Certified Zentangle Teachers who are sharing the Zentangle Method in their own communities and beyond.
At time of writing, there are over 7,200 CZTs in 72 different countries around the world.
CZT Verónica Vázquez, Mexico
Should you take a class with one of them?
I recently received the following email from a new tangler:
Hi there! I am newbie – I just discovered Zentangle recently. I have been watching every YouTube video that I can find, and I am enjoying every minute of it. I was wondering if there is any benefit to taking a class with a certified teacher when so much is available online? Is there something I am missing? Thanks!
I have gotten this question before, especially with the explosion of online material in the past few years.
Even with all the information readily available on the internet, I still always say that it is worth it to take a class from a Certified Zentangle Teacher.
One of my favorite comparisons that we have used to answer this question is the yoga comparison. Since I was first introduced to yoga about ten years ago, I have maintained some sort of practice. I have found that I am the most committed to my practice and I reap the most benefit from it when I am regularly taking a class with a yoga instructor.
I have my own mat. I have access to hundreds (thousands?) of free yoga classes on YouTube. I pay a monthly subscription to an app that has fitness classes, including yoga, and I utilize all these resources, but whenever I get the chance, I go to my favorite studio and take a class.
There is something to be said for being “self-taught” and it is not a bad thing. It can sometimes be our only option. It is convenient often more economical. Much of my own yoga practice is by myself at home.
When I am in a studio though, it is a different experience. There are less distractions, and I can immerse myself in that 60-minute class. I find comfort in the fact that there is an instructor to tell me what is next, providing cues when needed and helping to make adjustments so that I may get more out of the class. I am energized by others in the room, even when focusing on my own practice.
The same can be said (and has been said) for a Zentangle class with a certified instructor. Each Certified Zentangle Teacher is trained in not only the Zentangle Method, but also the philosophy behind the method. You can take comfort in the fact that there is someone guiding you and giving you the right cues when you may be lost. You can ask questions and receive feedback, allowing you to dive deeper into your practice.
Each CZT has their own story and experiences that have ignited their passion for the Method so that they want to share it with others, and you can feel that when you learn from them.
Is it necessary to take a class from a Certified Zentangle Teacher? No. Is it worth it? Absolutely.
And, if you are interested in becoming a Certified Zentangle Teacher, you can learn more here.
Cover photo: CZT Paige Scheinberg