It is always humbling and heartwarming to see the ways that the Zentangle Method brings together people from all over the world. Today, we are happy to share with you the magic that happens when a group of Certified Zentangle Teachers come together to celebrate and showcase the work and creativity of Indian CZTs.
Please join us in welcoming Anu Singh, CZT, to the Zentangle blog to share with us more about this event.
Sometimes you stop and look around and you realise there is so much to be grateful for. Even when things are not going as well as you want them to, there is a deep faith that everything is the way it is meant to be and that we are in a good place.
Did we always feel this way or has this gratitude seeped in slowly into our whole beings? Is it because we enjoy what we do or is it the calmness that has come into our lives with Zentangle art and everything else that followed because of that? With all the highs and lows, ups and downs that life brings on, we wake up each day to the challenges equipped with so much more fortitude and grace. Not worrying about the “Mistakes” and forging ahead enjoying this fabulous journey called life!
ZenFESTtangle is all about celebrating Life and all things Zentangle. An 8-day event of learning, creating, and sharing results of the Zentangle Method in all its spirits. ZenFESTtangle brought many talented CZTs in India together on one platform for some amazing learning throughout the 8-day event. ZenFESTtangle provided a platform for everyone to get guidance and mentoring from these wonderfully creative, innovative and talented CZTs as they coach through their unique styles.
How we came up with the idea of ZenFESTtangle:
CZT#31 Anu Singh, conceived the idea after she moved after years of being in Oman and Dubai. The first thing that impacted her was the amazing talent amongst Indian CZTs. They had evolved and created so many more dimensions in their art after being exposed to the Zentangle Method. Each one had a unique style and were including new techniques to create awesome work. Anu felt it was time to create a common platform of collaboration with the pool of talent. She connected with Sunali Shah and instantly formed a bond, like it was during the CZT training with fellow teachers. As they spoke about their passion for Zentangle art there was an instant mutual respect and friendship. They wanted to celebrate ZENTANGLE and LIFE and that is how ZenFESTtangle took shape.
We are excited, because firstly, it brings all of us together on one platform and secondly, it’s an opportunity to give more to the wonderful students who have given us so much love and joy. They will come here to be inspired, learn more and teach more!
How the teachers add value to ZenFESTTangle:
This is an idea and an attempt to put a united front of Indian CZTs, so together we can reach a wider audience. Educating, inspiring and sharing the joy of Zentangle art and its community. Anu and Sunali strongly believe in collaboration and in the fact that the “more you give the more you receive”. Each CZT has a unique style. Each one passionate about their art and techniques they have honed over the years following the CZT training. We wanted each CZT to add value and make this an unforgettable experience for the participants. We took months to curate the lessons, going back and forth with the CZTs to bring something new to the participants.
Future of ZenFESTtangle
The first event took place last year in November, with 45 participants, This year we had double the number and we are proud to create this legacy. 90 participants from around the world, USA, Canada, Australia, Malaysia, France, Germany, India and more! Each one enjoyed the 8 days of tangling together as a community, creating, achieving mindfulness, having fun and learning together! Looking forward to ZenFESTtangle 3.0 next year and hoping to make this an amazing yearly event!
What did participants have to say?
It was an awesome experience. Everyday was a new experience. It was an eye opener and it was really enthralling to experience the different ways of doing Zentangle art. They were challenging at times but enjoyable. Also you took so much effort to make sure that the video gets shared properly each time. Your stories were just amazing.
I did learn a new approach each day. All of you were brilliant. Each artist has their own way of teaching. - Ekta Romi
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Wonderful! Everyone one associated with the event was extremely knowledgeable, kind, very Zen and, in short, amazing. Will definitely register for the next one.
I learned something new every day and plan to teach one of the sessions this week. - Arlene Roeder
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A heartfelt Thank You to Anu, and all of the CZTs involved in zenFESTtangle, and continuing to share the Zentangle Method.
If you have any questions regarding zenFESTtangle, you can contact Anu Singh at firstname.lastname@example.org