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Mooka in Black by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher, copyright 2014Mooka in Black by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher, copyright 2014

All Inclusive Big Bear Lake Zentangle Retreats in Southern California

NOTE: Scroll down to find Registration below description.

Big Bear Lake
Big Bear Lake
Mountain Retreat Vista at Big Bear Lake
View from Cabin Deck
Sunset & Clouds Rolling In Over the Mountain

Limited to 8-10 students for a small hands-on class environment.

$1150: Big Bear Zentangle Retreats, Includes all meals and rooms
$995: Early Bird Sign Up by June 15, 2017
Dancing with Petals and Leaves
Introducing Tangle-Inspired Botanicals, Repetitive Pattern, Expressive Line, Color, and Mixed Media
Wednesday to Monday: September 27, 28, 29, 30, & October 1, 2, 2017

bullet ALUMNI: Big Bear Zentangle Retreat
Moving Forward
More Tangle-Inspired Botanicals, Expressive Line, Repetitive Pattern, and Mixed Media
Wednesday to Monday: September 13, 14, 15, 16, & 17, 18, 2017

Suggestion: Sign up ASAP as Retreats fill quickly.

  • Instructor: Sharla R. Hicks CZT 5 & 11
    Featuring LeCordon Bleu trained Chef:
    Diana Hudson CZT

  • All Inclusive Includes:
    • 25+ hours of Workshop Instruction
    • Workshop supplies, bring your black micron pigma pens and color fine line pens.
    • Evening Slide Lectures
    • Well stocked Mixed Media Studio
    • Lodging & meals.
    • BRING: Yourself ready to play for 4.25 exciting days and a few black pigma pens!

  • Questions: Call Soft Expressions & ask for Sharla
    714-630-7414 or Toll Free 888-545-8616
    or email:

Travel and Shuttle Choices:

DRIVING: Overview Map CLICK HERE. Address and driving map details will be sent before retreat.

Closest airport is Ontario CA International Airport: (Code is ONT)

SHUTTLE SERVICE for up to 6 passengers: $50 round trip service offered by Soft Expressions (Sharla Hicks' online store)

  • Wednesday (1) Shuttle Pickup: IF POSSIBLE arrive NO LATER than early afternoon as there is only 1 shuttle pickup, time will dependent on last student's arrival time.
  • Monday Shuttle Return: Departure time depends on flight times of the group, IF POSSIBLE, make RETURN flight Monday, early to late afternoon.

What Students are saying:

    Holly Atwater, CZT 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! ... We did mono printing, alcohol ink transfers, watercolor backgrounds, explored botanical patterns ... this list could go on and on! .... Every day was filled with inspiration, from Sharla, her assistant, 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!

Chef is Diana Hudson CZT
Le Cordon Bleu Trained

  • Offering a culinary experience giving you an array of delicious food for every meal and snack time.
  • Save room for dessert!
  • Coffee, Herbal Tea, Juice, Infused Water: NOTE: bring your own soda
  • Treats, Snacks, & Drinks available 24 hours a day.


  • 2 mountain cabins with individual beds in shared rooms
  • Location is on the edge of National Forest land with quiet, open spaces
  • Free WiFi can be sketchy so may want to use your smart phones for email and online browsing.

Extra Amenities

  • Soft Expressions will have a mini store with mixed media and Zentangle supplies available for purchase.

  • Sit and enjoy the zen- ambiance of early summer or fall mountain air on comfy seating on the large decks and enjoy mountain views, open forest lands

  • Opportunity to experience Big Bear Lake with an early morning or evening boat ride.

  • Close by trails for mountain walks, hiking and other recreational activities.

Big Bear Lake Retreat, Zenspirational Botanicas, Dancing with Petals and Leaves
Mountain Retreat Back Deck

Play Space at Big Bear Zenspirational Botanical Retreat

Workshop Space

Mooka in Gold and Monoprint Florals by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher, Copyright 2015
Mixed Media and Tangle-Inspired Botanicals


The Cabin at Big Bear Lake Retreat, Zenspirational Botanicas, Dancing with Petals and Leaves
Mountain Retreat Front Deck

Table Presentation at Big Bear Lake Retreat, Zenspirational Botanicas, Dancing with Petals and Leaves
Unique Presentation at Each Meal

Lunch is served at Big Bear Lake Retreat, Zenspirational Botanicas, Dancing with Petals and Leaves
Lunch is Served by Diana, our Chef

Desert at Big Bear Lake Retreat, Zenspirational Botanicas, Dancing with Petals and Leaves
Dessert Time

Introducing Sharla Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT 5 & 11)

Sharla trained under Zentangle® Founders Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas to become a Certified Zentangle Teacher aka CZT in 2011 & 2013. CZT training and the daily practice of Zentangle has had a profound effect on her discipline as an artist, her creative abilities, given back her love of teaching and most profoundly has guided her toward her own Artistic Voice. Sharla crosses the boundaries of expressive artist, writer, painter, quilter, fiber, textile, mixed media, watercolor, collage, printmaking and more. Her current focus is offering the gift of Zentangle to others through lectures, workshops, and retreats.

Sharla brings 40 years of expertise in using the sewing machine, pen, pencil, brush, paints, pastels, and watercolor, acrylics, alcohol inks bundled into a mixed media package to teach design, color, and Zentangle. From 1980 to present Sharla has taught Zentangle, free motion embroidery, exotic threads embellishment by machine, traditional and innovative quilting from the basics of piecing, appliqué, 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, Sharla infuses art background and training with her expertise in design fundamentals and color with the Zentangle basics and beyond as she facilitates the journey her students are on in their search for their personal Zentangle voice to create exciting new mixed media Zentangle Inspired Art pieces.

Mooka Blues by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher, copyright 2014Florals in Watercolor by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher, Copyright 2014

What Students are saying about the retreat:

Kathy Dudek, CZT:

  • 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 a grand event. Ps her husband and Diana (a CZT chef) outdid themselves. Many, many thanks.

Print Plate ready for the press at Big Bear Zenspirational Botanical RetreatSharing with new friends at Big Bear Zenspirational Botanical Retreat

The Zenscape by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher, copyright 2014Floral on Gray by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher copyright 2013


Zentangle Dance of the Petals & Leave
Creating Expressive Botanicals using Repetitive Pattern, Color, and Mixed Media

NOTE: Many NEW botanicals not offered in the Soft Expressions or Tangle U workshops will be included as well as some familiar ones.

Sharla's Zentangle Journey has had many ah-ha moments as she learned the magical shapes and forms that dance, sway, bend & bow into petals and leaves. Find your own style of Dancing with Petals & Leaves as you move across nature’s stage of organic & botanical forms.

  • Using creative one-stroke-at-a-time exercises.

  • You will take familiar tangles and many new ones that evolve into botanical and organic forms that are unique to you while learning the dance movements, steps and foundation for creating fantasy scapes.

  • You will work with multiple types of color paper, black and tan Zentangle tiles, mixed media backgrounds, and be encouraged to experiment on larger sized Zentangle Inspired Art projects.

  • Explore dimensional tangles with their built in wow factor. Learn to recognize what strokes, lines & forms add dimension.

  • Sway into the Dance of Shade & Shadows by taking tangles to the next level using new pen colors and alternate shading colors. NO previous art background necessary!

  • You will explore in depth how to add highlights, low lights, and depth through shading. Under Sharla's instruction, light source woes disappear when you approach shading with simple, one layer / stroke at a time methods.

  • Then move on to learning more of Sharla's simplified techniques for taking your Zentangle Inspired Art to the next level by incorporating composition, design, form and structure with her one step at time approach that emulates the Zentangle One Stroke at a Time motto.

  • Learn how serendipity design will become your best friend.

Mooka in Tan by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher, copyright 2014 Mooka in Blues by Sharla R. Hicks CZT Copyright 2014Sharla Rella Petals by Sharla R. Hicks CZTMooka and Friends in Tan by Sharla R. Hicks CZT Copyright 2014

Follow the Color Path to Zentangle Inspired Botanicals & Mixed Media

  • Learn the basic foundations for using color in Zentangle Inspired Art while exploring Mixed Media Backgrounds using supplies provided by Soft Expressions:
    • Pencils: explore color, watercolor & pastel pencils and learn their unique properties.
    • Pens: experiment with brush and bullet tipped water soluble pens and permanent alcohol ink pens.
    • Experiment with different types of Inks: acrylic, printmaking, alcohol, fabric
    • Explore different types of Paints from fabric, acrylic, to watercolor, and more.
    • For Alumni: Encaustic wax and advancing on in printmaking
  • Learn how to develop you own backgrounds and make personalized color selections.

  • Using multiple types of paint and mediums explore how to layer watercolor, acrylic, printmaking and fabric inks, different types of pencils (color, pastel, watercolor) and pens (Gelly roll, water soluble and alcohol ink) to create rich backgrounds.
  • Develop an understanding how color interacts while exploring the properties found in different materials and their transparency, translucent, opacity, glow and more.
  • Exercises will have you mixing your own color palettes using a simplified color wheel formula that is easy to remember.
  • Learn how to make value, contrast or lack of contrast your friendly keys to understanding color interaction.

  • Incubate new ideas while learning how color interaction is the foundation for Quilts, Zentangle Inspired Art, Journals, Scrapbooks, Arts & Crafts.

A Rose is a Rose by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher Copyright 2013Fantasy Seascape by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher, copyright 2014

Retreat Time Line, Wednesday to Monday:

  • NOTE: Each student will have an individual goal setting session with Sharla.

  • BRING: Examples of your current and past work to share with group and Sharla, this will also help Sharla help you set goals and give feedback throughout the retreat

  • BRING: Micron Pigma Pens (01. 02, 03. 05 .08), fine line color pens, sketchbooks.
  • LUGGAGE TIP: Sometimes the trek up the mountain to Big Bear (sea level to 7,000 feet) can cause pens to leak so store them in ziplock plastic bags, you may want to bring pens that have been used a few times as these are less likely to leak.

  • Wednesday: Travel Day & Registration & Shuttle Pickup from Ontario California International Airport ONT: Between Noon to 3 PM
    • $50 Optional Shuttle Service from ONT, Ontario, California International Airport.
      NOTE: Soft Expressions will provide a single roundtrip shuttle service for all students coming in by plane on Wednesday Afternoon and departure on Monday early afternoon flights.
    • Drive time up the mountain is 1.5 hours.
    • NOTE: Please schedule plane to arrive early afternoon on Wednesday and depart Monday early to late afternoon.

  • Wednesday 5:30 PM: Welcome Dinner & Reception with Evening Slide Lecture
    • Dinner will be a delightful, delicious culinary experience prepared by our resident, Le Cordon Bleu Chef and CZT Diana Hudson
  • Thursday to Sunday Daily Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • 25+ hours of instruction starting Wednesday Evening to Sunday Evening:
    • Workshop: Zentangle Dance of the Petals & Leaves, Mixed Media, Color Play
    • Evening Power Point presentations, Show & Share
    • Optional: Independent study using the Mixed Media Studio. (see below)

  • Monday Travel Day: Breakfast with Shuttle down the mountain service for afternoon flights.

Registration OPENS January 14, 2017

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Sharla Hicks CZT Big Bear Dancing with the Petals and Leaves Zentangle Retreats are for those looking for a relaxed, inspiring environment to continue on their Zentangle Journey while enjoying the comradry of fellow tanglers.
  • YES I have Zentangle Experience.
    NOTE: The assumption is each student has some Zentangle experience and:

  • Wants to learn more about creating Zenspirational Botanicals.
  • Wants to take Zentangle to the next level with enhancers that elevate each piece.
  • Wants to find their own Zentangle style and artistic voice
  • Wants to create Mixed Media backgrounds for Zentangle Inspired Art.
  • Wants to learn more about color selection and design
  • Wants to learn alternate shading methods using pastel penciils, color pencils, watercolor pencils, colored pens, gelly roll pens and more.

Please answer the following questions and select Retreat choice below

  I am a CZT (Certified Zentangle Teacher)
  I have taken Zentangle Classes from a Certified Zentangle Teacher
  I learned Zentangle from books, videos, online, and other resources

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$995: CZT or ALUMNI: Attended Previous Big Bear Zentangle Retreat
Moving Forward: More Tangle-Inspired Botanicals,
Expressive Line, Repetitive Pattern, and Mixed Media
Wednesday to Monday: September 13, 14, 15, 16, & 17, 18, 2017
NOTE: If you have NOT attended a previous retreat, there is a 2-day catch up class on Tuesday & Wednesday. Sharla will contact you with details.

Please Read Refund Policy
and Select YES

Yes, I have read the Refund Policy:

  1. Your Payment will be refunded if you cancel 90 days BEFORE retreat date
  2. $50 Cancellation Fee after that.
  3. If for any unforeseen reason the class is cancelled by Sharla Hicks or Soft Expressions, you will be issued a full refund.
Select all that apply:
  I enjoy Wine with Dinner
  Gluten Intolerant
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Select choice: Are you Driving, Flying or Other:
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$50 Shuttle Service: I will be flying and will schedule my flight to arrive on Thursday before Noon and IF POSSIBLE leave after 5 or 6 PM on Sunday so that I can use the round trip shuttle service offered by Soft Expressions (Sharla's online business)
I will be flying and will arrange my own transportation to Big Bear. Map and Address sent with later announcements to retreat attendees.
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