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About Zenjo

The meaning of Zenjo

Zenjo means: Perfect concentration, Meditation, Little by little, Gradually, Slowly.

The funny thing is that I did actually come up with the name Zenjo as a bit of fun by combining Zentangle and my name, Jo, but thought that I had better check its meaning. 

It must be serendipity or fate but Zenjo perfectly describes the Zentangle® Method.”

Buddhists found in Mount Fuji an inspiring symbol of meditation and called its summit Zenjo, a Buddhist term describing a perfect meditative state.

About Jo

I have a unique and experienced career background having been a Registered Nurse specialising in Emergency Care as well as working in other health care settings. I career changed and was police a officer for 16 years, dealing with many distressing and traumatic situations.

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Upon leaving the police I combined the skills and knowledge gained from both careers and became a trainer for the National Health Service teaching healthcare workers communication skills.

From 2014 to early in 2019 I set up and ran a successful large country house holiday rental business for an absent owner.

Since March 2017 I have been actively teaching Zentangle to groups of adults and children.

I have an experienced understanding of people, their lives and the impact of stress on health and wellbeing.

I have had my own challenges with extreme stress from both personal and work related situations and can honestly say that Zentangle has given me a mindfully creative release tool that I can access at anytime, anywhere.

I am passionate about the hugely positive benefits that Zentangle can bring to others.

I live in beautiful mid Wales, UK ..... but the world is a small place so do contact me to discuss your Zentangle learning and journey.

Jo says,

“In 2016 I was working 24/7 and had reached the bottom of the ‘exhaustion funnel’. My mental, emotional and physical health was suffering. I had put aside everything that was beneficial for me.
I discovered Zentangle by accident and from the moment I created my first tile I knew how important Zentangle could be for others. I find that Zentangle gives me the moments of quiet that I need when my mind is busy and allows me to focus and relax. It has undoubtedly had an enormously positive impact on my own health and well-being.”

What happened next?

June 2017 -  I travelled to Rhode Island, USA and, under the personal tutelage of the creators Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts, trained as a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT).

Since then I have set up Zenjo Art and taught a range of classes and workshops to people aged 4 – 89!

January 2018 - I went to Jaipur, India to teach disadvantaged women and girls for The Dignity of Girl Child Foundation. I had an incredible and inspiring 2 weeks teaching in schools, slums and rural villages.

July 2018 – I visited the United Nations offices in Rome to discuss introducing Zentangle for UN workers.

2018 to present - I am teaching online one-to-one classes’ world-wide. I have students in USA, India, Australia.

I have taught workshops and classes in the UK, USA, Italy, and Ireland

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