Testimonials from Zangmo's Students and Clients


What a bril­liant day.... Zangmo - caring, re­lax­ing, em­pathic teacher - will love to do it again.

From R.N, Bec­cles: Mind­ful Draw­ing Day Work­shop


We just wanted to thank you for your stu­pendous input today. My son is ex­tremely en­er­gised by the ses­sion and has a clear idea of what he needs to do to suc­ceed in his pho­to­graphy exam.

P.C. Suf­folk


Ex­cel­lent day. Loved doing ex­press­ive paint­ing.... would re­com­mend it to all.

From R.T, Nor­folk: Ex­press­ive Paint­ing Work­shop


These ses­sions have helped me to define my broad goals, to set short term tar­gets and to find the con­fid­ence to ex­pand and ex­plore my work as a tex­tile artist.

From B.B, Nor­folk: Cre­ativ­ity Coach­ing


I have learned a lot from your as­sign­ments. They are well presen­ted, and tech­niques are easy to un­der­stand. I can see my work im­prove as I con­tinue work­ing my way through the sec­tions, so I thought I'd like to say thank you.

From Sayra R, Berkshire: Be­gin­ners Dis­tance Learn­ing Draw­ing


I have found the 20 hours of pho­to­graphy train­ing in­valu­able. From simply point­ing and shoot­ing and hop­ing for the best, I now un­der­stand how to use my cam­era more ef­fect­ively and have more con­fid­ence in using my cam­era. I look at the world in a dif­fer­ent way, es­pe­cially how the sun­light can change sights I see daily. I also love look­ing for shapes and con­trasts between old and mod­ern.

Zangmo has been very pa­tient and is a very good teacher. She was quick to work out how I would best learn and what to teach me when I didn't really have a clue.

From Sue Ec­cle­stone, Nor­folk: Pho­to­graphy Tu­ition


Our daugh­ter was in her A2 year and strug­gling with her Pho­to­graphy A level. We en­gaged Zangmo to help. It was clear that she had con­sid­er­able ex­per­i­ence with the sub­ject and what was re­quired from the ex­am­in­a­tion board. From the start she as­sisted by en­sur­ing that a strong frame­work was put into place. This had an im­me­di­ate ef­fect of giv­ing our daugh­ter the con­fid­ence she needed to allow her to pro­gress in a mean­ing­ful way. Her ap­proach is to lead but not take over al­low­ing the pro­ject port­fo­lio to de­velop in a con­struct­ive man­ner, fit­ting in with the school course work and main­tain­ing a fresh per­spect­ive.

From Jayne O, At­tle­bor­ough, Nor­folk: A Level Pho­to­graphy


Dur­ing my 3 day re­treat you helped me to identify coun­ter­pro­duct­ive habits that have been in­hib­it­ing my growth and I now see why over-fo­cus­sing on cer­tain ways of draw­ing and mak­ing has for so long been pre­vent­ing me from mov­ing for­ward.  I felt that we made some real pro­gress and that I left with a dif­fer­ent out­look on what I want to get out of the next chapter in my life.  Your ex­per­i­ence as a prac­ti­cing artist, teacher and coach com­bined with the fact that you wasted no time in get­ting down to what really mat­ters to me meant that this was a very valu­able 3 days and money well spent.  Thank you!

I have felt great since com­ing home and my focus is now on find­ing a new home and bill pay­ing job so that I can get mov­ing in the stu­dio. When ready I would cer­tainly like to con­tinue our ses­sions be it on the phone or an­other re­treat day.

From Geor­gina B, Lon­don: Cre­ativ­ity Coach­ing


How grate­ful I feel that I found Zangmo on the in­ter­net. One-to-One Tu­ition was a per­fect choice for me, one which I'd love to re­peat. I have no hes­it­a­tion in re­com­mend­ing this to oth­ers. From the first I found Zangmo wel­com­ing, friendly, per­cept­ive and at­tent­ive. She listened to me and ob­served me so well without im­pos­ing; was gently chal­len­ging and sup­port­ive throughout.

An ac­com­plished artist and teacher, Zangmo with her know­ledge, man­ner, per­son­al­ity and ex­per­i­ence in many areas gave me a very be­ne­fi­cial pro­cess to de­velop free­dom in my art work. Com­bin­ing these tech­niques with some med­it­a­tion I move for­ward with con­fid­ence; I can re­lease my­self from pre­vi­ous lim­it­a­tions. Thank you Zangmo.

From S.M, Cyprus:Art Tu­ition


Sens­ing I was a little tense, Zangmo asked me if I would like to try a few mo­ments med­it­a­tion..... in this short time I was able to feel the warmth in my heart and more re­laxed in my body and mind. I now use this new ex­per­i­ence whenever I feel stressed or have too many thoughts ra­cing and cloud­ing my mind, en­abling me to calmly re­fo­cus my en­er­gies.

My re­treat with Zangmo was a most en­joy­able ex­per­i­ence, as her sup­port and en­cour­age­ment has given me the de­sire to pur­sue my love of col­our and ex­pres­sion again. It has been a few weeks now since my time with her in Nor­folk, and something I no­tice is that when I wake in the morn­ings, I have feel­ings of hope and ex­cite­ment from these new be­gin­nings and a re­lease with my own cre­at­ive­ness. I feel I've been given a new gift of life.

From G.R, Kent: First Cre­ativ­ity Coach­ing Re­treat


I’ve had sev­eral tele­phone one-to-one ses­sions now fol­low­ing my first re­treat with Zangmo, but two months later I’ve de­cided to visit again. My jour­ney up there was filled with ex­cite­ment, re­mem­ber­ing the warm wel­come I re­ceived from my first re­treat. It was lovely to see Zangmo again and after being with her for about 15 minutes I began to feel quite emo­tional. Re­lax­ing with a wel­come cof­fee, we talked about the work that I had bought with me, and then pro­gressed onto what I would like from this re­treat. Un­sure of what I really wanted to ex­plore, Zangmo gently coaxed and guided me to probe my own thoughts for the an­swers. I had al­ways felt keen to try large brushes, lots of black paint and on lar­ger paper and canvases. Not hav­ing the con­fid­ence to try, Zangmo sug­ges­ted that I start by using the black paint with smal­ler brushes and paper, until I felt com­fort­able to move onto the lar­ger sizes. My first two at­tempts using black ac­rylics were not good, at which stage, I could eas­ily have moved on to something else. Sens­ing my dis­ap­point­ment, Zangmo sug­ges­ted that I try using In­dian ink. Wow, the dens­ity of the ink was amaz­ing, and I soon moved onto the lar­ger paper. Yet again, I had an over­whelm­ing sense of re­lief, tears of hap­pi­ness a huge sense of achieve­ment.

By the end of my second day I was so proud of my­self, and the pieces that I had pro­duced. If Zangmo hadn’t caringly per­sisted and en­cour­aged me carry on, I would have given up on my dreams of cre­at­ing such pieces. At this point my heart and de­sire were fired with en­thu­si­asm and I was able to eas­ily paint two pieces, way bey­ond my ex­pect­a­tions.

On my third day we con­cen­trated  on oil paints, their qual­it­ies and tech­nique. Quite dif­fer­ent from ac­rylics, the oils I found to be very for­giv­ing, more ver­sat­ile and have an en­dur­ing qual­ity of feel and depth.

The end of my three days with Zangmo came all too quickly. It was sad to say good­bye, but I was also ex­cited to go home and con­tinue this amaz­ing jour­ney I’m fol­low­ing. Again, Zangmo has been in­spir­a­tional and en­cour­aging. Very often, I have doubts of my abil­it­ies to paint, but my time with Zangmo has shown me how I can un­der­stand and ad­dress these de­bil­it­at­ing thoughts that can in­hibit my cre­at­ive­ness and the need to ex­press my­self.

From G.R, Kent: Second Cre­ativ­ity Coach­ing Re­treat


I am a ma­ture am­a­teur artist who en­joys draw­ing and paint­ing mainly as a hobby.  I’ve been to many classes over the years, and still go to a local group.  However, I felt I needed to ex­tend my bound­ar­ies and star­ted to re­search Dis­tant Learn­ing in Art.  I came across Zangmo’s web­site, and dis­covered a teacher whose ap­proach was ex­actly what I was look­ing for.

I had reached a stage in my paint­ing where I felt stuck and stale and lack­ing in­spir­a­tion.  I needed someone to guide me and help me over­come my cre­at­ive blocks. I’ve been work­ing with Zangmo via email and tele­phone, and I have been in­spired by her friendly and sym­path­etic coach­ing. Under her guid­ance, I have learnt how to tap into the emo­tional and cre­at­ive parts of my­self and to ex­press them artistically.hile al­ways being gentle and sup­port­ive, she has chal­lenged me to ex­press my­self in many dif­fer­ent ways – often push­ing my but­tons as well as my bound­ar­ies!  She never dic­tates what I ‘should’ do.  Rather, she makes sug­ges­tions and comes up with all sorts of ideas and it’s up to me act on any which res­on­ate with me.  


Dur­ing the hour-long coach­ing ses­sions Zangmo is al­ways fo­cussed on what my aims and needs are.  I really feel that it’s all about me and my art and she is the cata­lyst that en­ables me to ac­cess an in­fin­ite source of cre­ativ­ity within me of which I was un­aware.

Liz Reid, Selby


A prac­tising artist and art teacher, I booked onto a 4-day One-to-One course with Zangmo to dis­cuss, learn and ex­per­i­ment with the idea of ex­tend­ing my teach­ing skills to in­clude Man­dala paint­ing. However, due to Zangmo's wealth of know­ledge of Art used thera­peut­ic­ally, in Life Coach­ing and Cre­ativ­ity Coach­ing, some in­ter­est­ing, per­sonal is­sues began to emerge. I had felt totally stuck with my own, per­sonal art work, due to a stress­ful few years in my per­sonal life. After some in depth con­ver­sa­tions with Zangmo, we began con­cen­trat­ing more on these is­sues rather than teach­ing is­sues.

Very in­ter­est­ing things emerged, and I now feel that with her help and ded­ic­ated time with no dis­trac­tions, I have made pos­it­ive in­roads to the next step in my jour­ney. A great few days!

R.K, Lan­cashire


I feel amaz­ingly freed - I don't feel as if I am now car­ry­ing round the bur­dens I was car­ry­ing when I walked in through the door. Zangmo has en­abled me to feel bet­ter even in one ses­sion. I am look­ing for­ward to learn­ing more and prac­tising what I learned today."

J.M, Bury St Edmunds