Friends General Conference

Together we nurture the spiritual vitality of Friends

(FULL) Journeys in Ink: Drawing Meditation & Zentangle®

Workshop Number: 
Sadelle Wiltshire
Who may register?: 
Intergenerational (50% high school and young adults, 50% older)
Experiential Activities: 
only full time attenders (participants should attend all week)

Journey to inward peace with pen and ink using contemplative drawing as a form of meditation. Experience an easy-to-learn art through quiet mark making (continuous lines, blind contour,  Zentangle* patterned art, and more).  Explore new ways to center in a safe space, spreading creative peace together and with others.

Workshop Description

Let's journey together to a place of inner peace with our pens, papers and hearts. We'll play with easy and quieting drawing practices, (including meditative mark-making, the Zentangle* drawing method, and more). We'll be exploring ways to center down, find some inner and outer peace, discover and connect to Spirit through mindful art making.   No initial art skills needed, just an opening to trust that we ALL are capable of making and sharing beauty with our hands and hearts..  

Throughout our week-long creative play and sharing, we'll foster an atmosphere of mutual encouragement and collaboration, with both interactive and personal projects.  We will explore sharing art as a nurturing and spiritual gift to ourselves, and as well as a way to reach out to others.  

On the first day workshop attenders will learn/review the basic Zentangle method, just one of the contemplative art practices we'll use this week.  As the week progresses, we will learn a few more pattern art exercises, create a collaborative/group art piece, walk a labyrinth with our pens and patterns, and take chances with drawing in unexpected ways as well as bringing art and drawing into worship, prayer and worship sharing.   

Zentangle* is an easy to learn, relaxing and intuitive way to draw extraordinary pieces of black and white abstract art that ANYONE can create.  With no expectations, and no mistakes,  its simplicity appeals to non-artists and artists alike. Use simple tools while learning a new mindfulness practice and another way to center oneself and joyfully explore creativity.

Each day will begin or end with worship or worship-sharing.
Skills required: Have an open mind, be able to hold a pen and write your name :-)

Materials Fee: I ask for a small materials fee in class of $10 to cover additional printed handouts and the art supplies that I travel with to share.

Personal Supplies to bring -

Please bring the following or make plans to purchase in the area the following items:

1. One small (5.5" x 8") blank journal (unlined), Mixed Media (Strathmore Visual Journals or Canson Mixed Media Journals are good)
2. Pens:  Sakura Pigma Micron Pens, Black Ink: sizes 01, 08  or other "fine liner" pens of your choice**

**I will have on hand a few extra pens to purchase beyond the materials above if you run out of ink or forget a pen.

****PLEASE check your email a week before Gathering - this year I will again be emailing a link to download more extensive handouts to save on costs - if you have access to a color printer, you may want to print them in color, or download them to a mobile digital device *****  
If you are signed up and do not receive a link, please contact Sadelle directly at her web address below.

If you need any other accommodations or have further questions, please contact me by email ([email protected]) at least TWO WEEKS beforehand, to allow time. 

You can learn more about Sadelle at her website at

About the leader : Sadelle is a member of Putney Friends Meeting (NEYM, VT), and is committed to art as a spiritual practice, and now in these challenging times, a peace-making practice.  She is a fiber/textile/mixed media artist, a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT) and has been actively teaching a wide variety of art workshops since 1996.  She is also a Veriditas Certified Labyrinth Facilitator and leads contemplative and prayer walks as well as labyrinth art workshops in New England.   

*The Zentangle® art form and method was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas of Whitinsville, MA.

Leader Experience

Sadelle and her partner Ann co-led a workshop at FLGBTQC in 2002 on the topic of radical inclusion and have facilitated workshops on social activism in wider secular venues. Sadelle presented Zentangle as an interest group at FLGBTQC in 2012 (Wisconsin) Mid Winter Gathering. Sadelle is a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT), fiber arts teacher as well as a Veriditas trained & Certified Labyrinth Facilitator and has been actively teaching art workshops since 1996 to a wide range of ages and backgrounds.  In 2013 and 2014, she co-led this workshop with Ann Coakley and in 2016 led it solo at Summer Gathering.  In 2016 and 2018 she traveled with a minute from Putney Friends Meeting to Scotland, visiting with Friends in Iona (2016) Glasgow, Crianlarich, Skye, Inverness, Aberdeen and St. Andrews.  Sadelle has started a Creativity and Faith Interview series on YouTube, and she continues to lead workshops and retreats in Mindful drawing, Zentangle, Spirituality in Art, Mixed media art, Celtic and Labyrinth Art in both secular and non-secular and interfaith settings, including Genesis Spiritual Life Retreat Center, in Westfield, MA, Holy Cross Monastery in West Park, NY, and Pendle Hill.