Big Bear Lake Zentangle Retreat: Dance of the Petals and Leaves

Posted by on Jul 8, 2015 in Blog: Tangled Expressions, Botanicals, Tutorials | 0 comments

Big Bear Lake Zentangle Retreat: Dance of the Petals and Leaves

2015 Big Bear Lake Zentangle Retreat: Dancing With Petals and Leaves
Southern California
NOTE:  see our 2016 dates and details

NOTE:  The Retreat has come and gone, CLICK HERE for 2016 details

ADDED after retreat! What students had to say about the retreat!

Holly Atwater of Ha Designs on Facebook

  • I am thrilled to be one of the three who have already signed up for next year’s workshop!! Sharla’s workshops are small, intimate gatherings… So if you imagine learning in a small group with the opportunity of a one on one with the fabulous and inspiring artist, Sharla Conn Hicks, is something you would enjoy (and who wouldn’t?!)… you better register NOW! . (Thank you again, Sharla, for your guidance and encouragement!)
  • Soooo… I just returned from the MOST AMAZING Zentangle® Workshop retreat EVER!! Sharla Hicks workshop, Zentangle Dance of the Petals & Leaves : Colorways & Mixed Media, was an absolute joy! The finished project shown was only a small portion of the art techniques that Sharla so passionately and thoroughly shared with us. We did mono printing, alcohol ink transfers, watercolor backgrounds, explored botanical patterns… this list could go on and on! I will be sharing more as I begin creating with the papers and explore the many techniques shown. Every day was filled with inspiration, from Sharla, her assistant Susan, as well as ALL the attendees! This weekend was not just about art… We also had Diana Hudson, a wonderful Cordon Bleu trained chef (and CZT) cooking the most scrumptious meals with everything prepared to perfection and presented on the loveliest of table settings. I definitely felt spoiled! I can’t say enough about the wonderful people I was able to get to know while at the workshop as well… When it was time to leave on Sunday I felt like I had made some life long new friends. Thank you, Sharla, for the fantastic opportunity to learn from you!


Kathy Dudek:

  • I was fortunate to sign up for the retreat with Sharla. It was amazing, from 9 or 10 in the morning til 9 or 10 at night. The only thing we really had to bring were our pens. If you get the chance to take her botanical series, you should sign up immediately. I grew so much in my tangling, the gourmet meals were incredible, and the sharing was so wonderful. This retreat was of the highest quality, and I’ve attended 18 years of retreats both in tangling and also polymer clay. My husband (a CZT too) and I plan to attend next year. Sharla put her heart and soul to make this such a grand event. Ps her husband and Diana (a CZT chef) outdid themselves. Many, many thanks.


Original Post:

  • Instructor: Sharla R. Hicks CZT 5 & 11
  • Featuring LeCordon Bleu Trained Chef & CZT: Diana Hudson
  • When: Thursday to Sunday
  • NOTE: Each weekend is limited to 8-12 students
  • Deposit: $100 holds space.
    Payment Plan available
  • Includes: 20+ hours of instruction, Mixed Media Open Studio & Power Point Presentations
    Learn new and inventive ways to develop Zentangle Inspired Botanicals, the retreat goes beyond my botanical class series with new botanical tangles, color emphasis focusing on how to maximize mixed media when creating and enhancing Zentangle Inspired Art.
  • Includes: Lodging, meals, snacks, drinks and even wine at dinner.
  • MORE Details & Registration Information: CLICK HERE

Introducing Sharla R. Hicks (that’s me)
Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT 5 & 11)

I trained under Zentangle® Founders, Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas, to become a Certified Zentangle Teacher aka CZT in 2011 & returned again in 2013 to thank them for gift of Zentangle in my life. CZT training and the daily practice of Zentangle has had a profound effect on my discipline as an artist, creative abilities, finding my own Artistic Voice.

  • My 40 year background and expertise crosses the boundaries of expressive artist, writer, painter, quilter, fiber, textile, mixed media, watercolor, collage, printmaking and more.
  • Today my primary focus is offering the gift of Zentangle to others through lectures, workshops, and retreats infused with my background as an expressive artist who has explored quilting, textile design using free motion embroidery, exotic threads embellishment by machine, traditional and innovative quilting from the basics of piecing, applique, free motion machine quilting to innovative quilt design and how to use color as a design element to produce innovative works.
  • Today as a Certified Zentangle Teacher, I infuse my art and textile background and training in design fundamentals and color with the Zentangle basics and beyond to facilitate your journey exploring exciting new Zentangle ideas and mixed media techniques for Zentangle Inspired Art pieces.
  • MORE Details & Registration Information: CLICK HERE
Fantasy Entangled I by Sharla R. Hicks Certified Zentangle Teacher, copyright 2012

Fantasy Entangled I by Sharla R. Hicks Certified Zentangle Teacher, copyright 2012

LeCordon Bleu Trained Chef
Diana Hudson CZT

  • Offering a culinary experience giving you an array of delicious food for every meal and snack time.
  • NOTE:  Gluten and dairy free options will be available.  If you are a vegetarian, let us know so we can prepare dishes for you.
  • Save room for dessert!
  • Beverages of Keurig® Coffee’s, Herbal Tea, Juice, Soda and Water
  • Treats, Snacks, & Drinks available 24 hours a day.


  • Lodging in shared rooms with individual beds in quiet mountain location with open spaces.
  • Shared bathrooms
  • Free WiFi

sunset view from cabin, copyright 2015, photo by Sharla R. Hicks

Sunset View from Deck with Clouds rolling in over the mountain

Back Decks of my Big Bear Zentangle Retreat

Back Decks of my Big Bear Zentangle Retreat

Extra Amenities

  • Soft Expressions will have a mini store with mixed media and Zentangle supplies available for purchase.
  • Enjoy the ambiance of fall mountain air.
  • Heated spa (bring your swim suit)
  • Sit on comfy seating on the large decks and enjoy mountain views, open forest lands
  • To experience Big Bear Lake, there is nothing like an early morning or evening boat ride.
  • Close by trails for mountain walks, hiking and trail riding.

Details & Registration Information.


My Cabbage Rose by Sharla Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher Copyright 2013

My Cabbage Rose by Sharla Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher Copyright 2013

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