Zen doodling is a kind of meditative drawing practice which can be used to easily calm your mind. Zen doodles are just repeating patterns; no artistic talent is required.
Zen doodling combines meditation and art. Learn to practice relaxation exercises and art for self-care. The session includes five minutes of guided mindfulness, a simple art project that can be done at home just with felt tip pens, and the opportunity to chat while we are making the zen doodles and to relax.
In this course you will create zen doodles while learning about the philosophy and benefits of zen doodling:
Improves mental health
Improves social connection
Teaches new skills (relaxation exercises and art for self- care).
We start with a ‘check in’ to see how everyone is feeling. There is no obligation to speak if you don’t want to. We end the group with a ‘check out’ to share how everyone is feeling after making zen doodles.
This online, three week course will start on Thursday 4th March, then the 11th and 18th March.
Zentangles® are a kind of meditative drawing; creating
abstract, repetitive patterns, without worrying what the patterns look like. This
process slows down the breathing, calms the mind, and helps you to focus on the
present moment. It’s a therapeutic way of drawing that offers peace of mind,
and is accessible to all.
The method was created in 2003 by an American couple called
Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. You can find out more about them at www.zentangle.com
The Zentangle teaching materials and tools are covered by copyright and
“Zentangle” is a registered trademark of Zentangle, Inc.
will need a piece of plain A4 paper and a black pen.
six boxes to put your Zentangles into.
Inside the first box, draw a line to make a
“string.” The string separates your square into sections, in which
you draw your tangles. A string can be any shape.
your pen for a walk, and draw random patterns inside the shapes. Try shading
an A4 page you might have six different boxes full of Zentangles.
There are eight steps in the original Zentangle method,
which you can read about on their website.
What is a Zentangle and why would you draw one? Watch Emma
Let us bring Mindful Art Club into your workplace, treatment service or social club!
Last week we enjoyed bringing Mindful Art Club to the TLC group at The Brook Inn. In this case TLC stands for Tea, Laughter and Company. Every Thursday afternoon at The Brook, in Plympton St Maurice, the landlord John, and his staff offer a free cup of tea, some biscuits and like-minded company to anyone who lives alone, or feels lonely. There is sometimes a guest speaker, a game of cards, or a sing along.
We offered this friendly crowd of around 25 people, a short mindfulness meditation and an easy art project; drawing zentangle patterns. Many people there had not tried drawing for years, and had never tried meditation.
That was really relaxing – I almost fell asleep!
A lady at TLC
There was a lot of chatting and laughter while everyone had a go at doing some artwork. We had so much fun, and were very surprised to receive a round of applause at the end of the session!
Emma and Peggy can bring Mindful Art Club to your treatment service, workplace or residential home. Drop in to one of their existing classes to find out about this new way to manage anxiety and stress.