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Linda Farmer, Certified Zentangle Teacher


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27 comments to Teaching Zentangle®

  • Laura JW

    I don’t see the cost of the CZT training anywhere. I am new to this artform, but very very excited about it and since I am just completing my Adult Ed certificate, this seems like a great thing to teach!! Can you tell me how much it costs, even just a ballpark, so I have an idea?

    • Linda Farmer

      Hi Laura, the two remaining classes will be posted later this week on so you can get the costs then. I don’t know what it is currently, and I don’t want to put something out there that isn’t accurate. It does include your accommodation at the five-star Hotel Providence and all your meals, plus the training and all the goodies you get as part of the seminar. Obviously it varies with the type of accommodation you choose (single, double). Hang in there for a couple of days …

  • Tanya

    I appreciate the question about cost as I have also been checking to find the cost. I see they have posted the classes but not the cost. Would you let us know where it will be posted so I am sure I am checking the right place. Also, could you share with us your personal opinion on the value of becoming a CZT versus being self taught. Thank you. I appreciate your daily emails and blog. Tanya

    • Linda Farmer

      Hi Tanya, I think you will really enjoy taking a class from a CZT, as I quoted from Rick and Maria, there’s so much more to Zentangle than you can learn online. In addition you will meet fellow tanglers and can share your experiences with new friends. And even if you don’t plan to teach, the certification seminar is well worth the experience – it’s simply amazing.

  • Vikki Bauer

    I would really like to become certified bit live in Canada. Can I become certified from another instructor? Coming to Rhode Island is not something I can do.


    • Linda Farmer

      Hi Vikki, Rick and Maria are the ONLY people who teach the certification seminar and you have to travel to Providence RI. Many people from all over the world have gone there – the experience is well worth the trip.

  • Vikki Bauer

    Thanks Linda. Is this something my husband and I can make a holiday out of? Can we book a room ourselves in the same hotel? Vikki

    • Linda Farmer

      Yes you can, several couples were at the seminar I attended and that included Robert and I. Check with Zentangle, I think you can make those arrangements through them when you register.

  • Louise McGrath

    Hi again Linda
    Are there any official CZT in Australia?

  • Kelley Kelly

    Well, phooey! The August one is full – here’s hoping for one next summer!!

  • Barbara Russell

    IS there a schedule for 2013? Need to start planning and saving for it now. Thanks,

    Barbara Russell
    New York


    Look forward to receiving dates for 2013 classes.

  • carolann

    hi linda, when are you coming to australia. you would be more than welcome. I would love to be a czt, but cannot afford a trip to you. love carolann

  • theia

    please could you let me know what the cost is- i have looked everywhere and cannot find it. I need to budget.


  • Judy Richards

    Hi Linda…

    Im very interested in becoming a certified teacher… but I live in Austalia… I have taught myself and have only been doing this since April this year… I had never heard of it before I accidently came across it on the internet… I am very interested in teaching others….

    Thankyou Judy

    • Linda Farmer, CZT

      Hi Judy, many people from Australia – and many other parts of the world for that matter – have traveled to Providence to become certified. It is worth every penny, and more.
      Make it your goal and you can do it too!

  • cathy pepe

    Hi. I am an Expressive Therapist and also a CADC (Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor) in MA. I need CEUs to maintain my CADC. I’m wondering if you provide CEUs for this certification?
    Thank you.

  • Lee

    I know this will happen for me! Hope springs eternal – the ZT Fund has been started and will continue until time, money and transport intersect in a Big CZT Bang 😉

    Rick and Maria are absolutely da BOMB. I’ve benefited so much from their creative energy, their generosity, and their artistic inspiration. I esteem them so highly and hope to meet and work with them in the not-too-distant future. My relationship with them and with ZT goes back to 2005. Such great people, and what a wonderful gift they are continuing to give to the world 😉

  • Deb Mueller

    I have signed up for the Seminar 25 and I am looking forward to it. Trying not to fall into the addiction pit, but it may be too late. Since I can assume you have been to a least one if not multiple seminars can you give a bit more insight to the experience other than what is already on the website?

    I have a private room, I can only imagine that for that extended “weekend” that the hotel is overrun with ZT attendees.

    • Susan Reading

      Hi Deb, I attended and was certified at #20 this past June. I would go back to another session in an instant if I could. Hopefully someday I’ll get to enjoy this magical experience again. I also had a private room, and the hotel is wonderful…a little gem of a boutique hotel on a narrow cobblestone street…but you won’t be spending much time there or doing much sightseeing. And the hotel IS all CZTs in training for the 3-4 days. I met people from 13 different countries and feel blessed to say I am still in touch with many of the new friends I made while in Providence. You will be completely immersed in The Zentangle Experience from the minute you arrive and I honestly did not want the time to end. It was the most amazing, fabulous and memorable time of my life! Enjoy every second!

  • Paula R. Trueax

    I am retiring in two years and one of my goals is to become a CZT. Will the prices go up? My husband and I are coming to Providence in a motor home. Is there a place for us? Could I still register and attend the summer of 2019-2020? I can start saving now and am so excited to be certified at being a CZT as I am addicted to this.

    • Linda Farmer, CZT

      Hi Paula, the CZT Seminars are run by the folks at Zentangle so you should contact them with your questions:
      That said, I doubt they can answer questions about the price going up in 2019-20 yet, who knows what the hotels will be charging at that time. But I think we can assume that costs will rise some both for the accommodations and the meals. Good luck and congratulations on your advance planning 🙂

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