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Tangling in the Bahamas

Tangling in the Bahamas

In November of 2018, The Island School invited Maria, Molly, Martha, and me to give Zentangle workshops on the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas.

The Island School is an inspiring combination of outward bound, coming of age, rigorous scholastics, physical exertion, and personal development. Co-founded by Chris and Pam Maxey, and designed for high school sophomores and juniors, "the Island School experience culminates in the beginning of a lifelong educational journey, with more self-confident students leaving as engaged global citizens, empowered to be active leaders of their generation . . . " preparing students for real world problems and challenges by teaching them how to "respond by tapping into their deepest reservoirs of resourcefulness, strength, and goodwill."

In other words, a perfect location for some Zentangle workshops.

We gave two workshops at The Island School so that all students and many faculty could participate.

It was exciting to meet several students who had practiced the Zentangle Method before. One girl thought it was going to be "just" a Zentangle class. Then she discovered who was giving the class and she couldn't wait to tell us about how much she likes creating Zentangle art.

The mosaics, as always, came out great. People enjoy the shift in perspective of seeing their tile arranged with all the other students tiles. I think one of the reasons is that it changes the often critical inner dialogue of "Did I do it right?" once the students see that everyone did their tiles differently.

After those classes, we headed to the Deep Creek Middle School, which is associated with The Island School.

Once again, we gave two Zentangle classes to the students and teachers.

And, once again, the individual tiles were beautiful and the mosaics, entrancing.

After class, we lingered to talk and answer questions as students admired Molly's Zentangle journal.

This was a wonderful opportunity for us to go to a relatively remote island, far from habitual routines and rhythms, yet still find a familiar feeling and stillness as people put pen to paper in a Zentangle way.

We are in gratitude to the communities of The Island School and Deep Creek Middle School for this memorable opportunity to share the Zentangle Method.

Rick Roberts


  • My family lived on the Island of Eleuthera from 1974 to 1976 As part of the U.S. Navy. I loved living there. It is so great to see that Zentangle has no boundarys. Its everywhere. I am an avid zentangler myself. and have been doodling since I was a child. Hope you enjoyed the island.

    Maxine Erickson on

  • This sounded like a wonderful experience for all involved… how does a youth get selected for the program? I know of some young folks who might benefit from such a journey.

    Annie Sargent on

  • How wonderful and inspiring to read about this and see you among the Children!

    Anita Aspfors Westin CZT on

  • A wonderful experience.

    Joanna Quincey CZT 29 on

  • How funny! I was just reading about this beautiful island! It was so moving to see you with the kids and teachers, especially after the teaching was over and they were looking at the mosaics.

    Kat vR, CZT 20 on

  • Ohhhhh this story and associated photos literally gave me goosebumps – for the students & teachers and also for you! I so applaud your outreach work and am always so proud to be one small speck in this gentle sea of Zentangle as it slowly pours across the globe. <3

    Jan Brandt, CZT on

  • How wonderful! I so admire what you are doing. I would have loved to have these types of opportunities when I was younger, therefore I especially enjoy reading about your world travels. Each time I see these posts it makes me want to attend your seminar! Gotta dream on!

    LaJuania Dorman on

  • Wonderful photos and report. So inspiring! Thx for sharing.

    Susie on

  • How cool!

    Amanda on

  • Lucky Kids! So wonderful that you were able to share your art to another part of this magnificent World!

    Heather Toswell on

  • When can we expect you all, R,M,M and M in India to create similar stories along with the spiritual backing that India offers? We would love to work on making a Zentangle Retreat possible with you all. We are just a phone call/e-mail away! Are you listening R & M?

    Dilip Patel on

  • What an incredible experience for all involved; it gave you guys a chance to spread the Z love in a warm, beautiful and remote location and gave those very lucky students an experience they will never forget. Here’s hoping they take the Z method forward and share it profusely 🥰🙇🏻‍♀️✍🏻♥️

    Rita Miller on

  • Zentangle crosses all social, cultural, age and language fences, with ease. How wonderful to see all these young people so entranced.

    Ginger White on

  • Sharing the feel good of Zentangle with these students looks like a joy!

    Nancy CZT 18 on

  • Oh the wonderful sharing; I am sure these students will embrace the Zentangle method and share it with others in their world just like we do as CZTs. Such a great opportunity to travel the world and share your Zentangle love!


    Alice Roche on

  • Hello to you all!

    What a fantastic experience … Everyone looks so happy after your classes..

    The tiles look like they have different strings..So fun !

    Best Regards

    Sharon Jerkovic on

  • This is an awesome story and great opportunity for you.

    MKay B B Watson on

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