CZT DAYS 2024

CZT Days 2024 event was the third European meetup of Certified Zentangle Teachers. I attended all three gatherings, but this was the first time that I attended it as a part of a lineup of fantastic teachers. Furthermore, it was the first big live event that I taught at.

You can imagine how excited and honored I was when Conzentric, the organizer of the event and Zentangle’s partner for hosting and teaching Zentangle teacher training seminars and other events in Europe, asked me if I would teach at their 2024 CZT Days. I met the Conzentric’s team, Katharina K√∂nigsbauer and Jennifer Hohensteiner, when I attended their past CZT meetups, and we also collaborated on a fundraising event in September 2023. I’m sure that they knew that I would not miss a chance to meet my CZT family, no matter whether it was in a role of teacher, or in a role of a student. However, being given a chance to teach at the event made my heard skip a beat. ūüôā
 

CZT Days 2024 Project Prep and Excitement

I prepared my project many months before the event, and I admit that it wasn’t the easiest for me.¬† You can read my blog post about class preparation¬†here. Of course, I wanted to come up with something special, different from what I taught before. After trying out many ideas, I decided that I would focus on layering, use a supply that we have used before in a new way, and try to add a twist to a seemingly regular Zentangle drawing.

By now, I can say that I have a lot of teaching experience, even to hundreds of students. However, that was only at live online events. So, I felt really excited about traveling to Munich, meeting my CZT family, and teaching at the event. I couldn’t wait to get there!

CZT Days in Munich
 
My workshop was the first one on the event schedule. That actually made me really happy, because after teaching I could relax and enjoy the rest of the event as a student. You can see the snippets of the event on the photo above, including my view from the stage, overlooking 100+ of my fellow CZTs. There were also around 50 online attendees. What an amazing experience!!! I was also fortunate to learn and draw along with other awesome teachers: Oswaldo Burbano Sandoval, Jennifer Hohensteiner, Molly Hollibaugh and Martha Huggins from Zentangle Inc., Katharina K√∂nigsbauer, Shie Naritomi, and Maria Tovar – in order of appearance on the stage. ūüôā
 

Oh the Joy!

It’s difficult to describe in words the joy of finding your tribe and getting to meet them in person. I met many of my CZT family members for the first time in Munich on CZT Days 2024, but I guess there were even more of them that I was fortunate to have met before. I am blessed to call many of them my friends by now. To spend time with them, share creative moments, and even just chat, laugh, and enjoy each other’s company is always a treat and a huge energy and creativity booster.¬†

We spent three amazing days participating in the fabulous program. I got home totally exhausted but enriched in every way possible. Thank you for keeping gathering us; Katharina and Jennifer, and thanks to all of my CZT friends for always making me feel like I’m exactly where I belong whenever and wherever I meet them.

The Zentangle¬ģ¬†Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. It was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. “Zentangle” is a registered trademark of Zentangle, Inc. Learn more at¬†zentangle.com.

March, 2024

Written by Anica Gabrovec CZT

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