“From teaching, I have been privileged to witness such beautiful positive transformations in people, all from a tiny art form which does such mighty work.”, L.W.
"Thank you for introducing the Zentangle Method to the world. My life has been changed by this transformative art form. I love how much calmer, healthier, and more focused I am due to my regular tangling practice. I especially love being able to share my passion with other.” , E.C.
"The feeling of being part of a bigger whole of creative people is the most heartwarming thing I have ever felt.",J.H.
“When you draw your Zentangles, you enter into a Zen state of mind, tangling to untangle the tangles in your mind, your hear and your life!” ,F.M.
“Teaching is something I never imagined doing but now cannot imagine life without it, it is so rewarding to see student’s excitement and fulfilment. Zentangle has given me a positive outlet and more creativity in my other work, helped me to regain my self-esteem, and was a wonderful replacement in quitting smoking (again, and for the LAST time.). It has helped me to de-stress and have a positive outlook on life.” , J.P.
“Zentangle brought me full circle to be able to find myself again. I can’t even explain how much it has helped me. It has helped me with my chronic pain. It has helped me with anxiety. It has helped me to be able to focus. It has helped me with so many different things and being able to share that with other people, that’s pretty amazing too.”, A.C.
“I realized Zentangle’s core spirit is relaxation and peaceful power rather than emphasizing skills!”…”When I was depressed or suffered body’s pain, Zentangle is the best medicine for me!”, S.T.
“I got lost in my creative world and it eased my anxiety and stress. I was happy when Tangling!”, B.J.
“You are both very much appreciated for the development of this art form, and the opportunity it provides special populations to feel successful, increase focus, reduce anxiety, get to know themselves a bit better – and have fun!” … “The counselors will assist an inmate to create a zentangle when the inmate needs to calm down or reduce anxiety. We often have conversations in a class about the choices they might make when emotions run high, and taking time to zentangle is seen as a way to slow down, think more clearly, and make better decisions.”, J.L.
“It helped me appreciate the beauty in life once again. Confidence, beauty, character in strength of conviction….Made life beautiful again.” , A.M.
“I have anxiety and am showing signs of PTSD. While I am zentangling, I am calm, my heart feels normal, the moment is relaxed and there is no fight or flee feeling. It is my peace in a chaotic world where I have no control.” , J.C.
“....Also, when I picked up the pencil to lay down the 4 dots, and the pen to start tangling, I could not see how deformed my fingers are as I am drawing. That is huge for my self-esteem. Also, seeing what I can create from these hands…gives me confidence and a meaning to life. I know it sounds corny, but I was really in a dark place…anyone who suffers from depression, you know that blanket that falls over you. Zentangle took it away. I cut back on my anti-depressants, and now when I am having an anxiety attack, I sit down with my tools and tangle it out, instead of taking a Xanax…….And it helps take the pain away. Thank goodness for Zentangle. Also, I have met the most wonderful people in the world.” , K.S
“I found Zentangle when I was grappling with grief…….The sense of peace, the ability to lift the weight of grief off my shoulders, even for just a little while, was just what I needed……It centers me, helps me to pray, releases my anxieties and brings me joy, especially when I share it with others.", L.B.
“Gradually, I managed to focus on the positive feelings of accomplishment by creating something beautiful, instead of getting stuck in the pain of my loss”, M.W.
“Although Zentangle cannot fill the gap of my loss (nothing can), so far it has given me moments of joy, a sense of accomplishment, and something to look forward to each day.”, L.D.
“Then years ago I lost the love of my life, I was sad lonely and depressed and though on many days I would not make it to the next day. Along this journey I happened upon Rick and Maria’s Zentangles and I stared to do a tile or two a day, and then I found a peace a place that this took me where I could express my sadness and my inner feeling. I do believe that this helped to come to terms with my loss and my life has improved and I am so Thankful that Zentangle found me and I found peace and recover. THANKS!!!”
“I learned about Zentangle at a conference for Social Workers last year. I have since shared the joy of Zentangle with attendees in our grief support groups for teens. They love it! It gives them something else to focus on besides their loss and sadness. It’s a healthy way to manage their pain.”, C.Z.
“I was lost in the grief of losing my husband when a friend introduced me to your art & it changed me forever!! It always takes me to my “happy” place & calm!! I just don’t know how to thank you enough for giving me my life back!!!” , M.B.
"Zentangle has opened up my creativity again, something that has been buried for a very long time I am drawing again, I'm focused, I'm happier, it has opened my eyes, I see the world differently now. It has kept me no the straight and narrow in regards to battling an alcohol addiction. I have no time for that addiction now, I have to tangle.", S.A.
“Being able to have something to count on and rely on and know that I am not going to go out and use because instead of holding a pipe I can hold a pen or instead of holding a needle I can hold a pen. And I am so much prouder of who I am today and I am so much more excited to wake up in the morning knowing that I am not going to have to use ever and its because of this. I’m really grateful for everything it has brought into my life.", A.C.
"As soon as I found Zentangle, I knew my life had improved. I know that sounds dramatic, but it really has. I have always loved art and never took time to do it, as I was always busy doing physical things. I am on strong pain meds, and I have tried many other ways that I have heard to forget about pain, or 'try this, and try that'... Zentangle above all other things, including my meds, is the one thing that fully takes my mind off of my pain and I focus entirely on my tangles. It is the best medicine out there....", C.T.
"Since starting Zentangle, I've noticed that my tremors from Parkinson's Disease are better controlled. I am on meds, but my doctor urged me to take up anything which promotes 'Purposeful movement'. Zentangle is to my hand what Tai Chi is for my body....So, thank you for helping me overcome my symptoms and for giving me an addictive hobby.", B.M.
"Between the pain before prednisone and the side effects of the prednisone, moving about in my world has been very challenging. Zentangle was he one thing that I was able to do, comfortably, in spite of everything else going on medically. I am so grateful to have this! I think that being able to do Zentangle every day in a meditative way has aided me during this challenging time.", K.O.
"I have bipolar disorder and Zentangle helps me to focus at the same time it relaxes me. I do it daily as part of taking care of myself.", C.M.
"I discovered Zentangle last summer, embracing it as a therapy for me to reduce stress while being treated for locally advanced breast cancer.....Zentangle continues to be a significant part of my treatment plan.", C.G.
"I'm 70, disabled, particularly with arthritis in my hands...I lost a lot of eye-hand control since a series of mini strokes five years ago. You have given back that control - in spades, and I've only just realized that as well as tangling, I can return to my childhood love of pen and ink drawing too."
"For the past six years I have been sharing Zentangle with my 2nd and 3rd graders. It is quite amazing to see how still and focused their tiny little minds can be when they are working on Zentangle. I than you for this beautiful, and quite useful addition to my classrooms.", Q.F.
"I had heard you tell the stories of how quiet a room becomes as soon as people start tangling, but I didn't think it was possible with a room full of kids, yet it happened. As soon as we picked up our pens, the room stilled, the kids were all so engaged with drawing the patterns and adding their own embellishments to the design. The best part of all was creating the mosaic and the sweet smiles that lit up their faces with the beauty of what they created individually and together. We started the class with a moment of gratitude and we definitely ended with loads of appreciation and gratitude!", J.S.
" This was without doubt the time I taught a class of 5th grade (11yr old) students. The teacher was shocked at how quiet and how focused her class was throughout the session. She said she had always found it difficult to keep their attention. I watched as these children's eyes lit up when it was time for the mosaic - they were so excited. They were complimenting each other on their work...it was a magical moment. I will never forget it.", A.A.
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