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Profesores CRAFT 02

Program Description

The CRAFT Program: “The Art of Being”

The CRAFT program, whose acronym stands for the following five elements: Consciousness, Relaxation, Attention, Fulfilment, and Transcendence, is a holistic program, created by Dr. Pilar Posadas de Julián, that contemplates the globality of the human being. It is designed to promote the capacities human beings are endowed by nature, and to enhance the inner technology that can be used for their physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

The theoretical and experiential foundations of the program are mindfulness, emotional intelligence, positive psychology, and yoga. An increasingly body of neuroscientific studies show evidence that these practices and disciplines are beneficial for developing resilience, quality of life, empathy, cognitive and physical functions, personal well-being, and social relationships. The program integrates the state-of-the-art neuroscientific findings with these four disciplines. This course provides students with the necessary tools and resources that can be easily applied and implemented in their daily life to improve their well-being, academic, and professional experience.

Program elements and emotional competencies

Emotional competencies are essential to promote personal and social wellbeing, playing a crucial role to foster a proactive and efficient citizenship. Their development favor flexibility, resilience, a better adaptation to different social contexts and daily challenges, providing new perspectives to solve problems and offering solutions in an ever-changing world.  

Moreover, according to recent studies, the development of transversal competencies and soft skills are key aspects in the teaching-learning processes as well as for employability.  

The CRAFT program through its 5 elements is designed to develop the 5 components of Goleman´s Emotional Intelligence: Self-Awareness, Self-regulation, Motivation, Empathy, and Social Skills and the 5 emotional competencies described by Bisquerra and Pérez (2007): emotional conscience, emotional regulation, emotional autonomy, social competence, life skills, and wellbeing.

Course Objetives

Promote self-knowledge, increasing physical, mental, and emotional awareness.

Observe the relationship amongst physical posture, mental and emotional posture, and attitude towards life.

Know the interrelationship between thoughts and emotions, understanding their impact on the body.

Prevent postural injuries through body awareness and mindful yoga CRAFT exercises that are easy to apply.

Increase cognitive and attention skills, improving concentration and memory.

Increase resilience, the ability to face conflict situations.

Provide self-regulation and emotional management techniques.

Improve interpersonal relationships, fostering compassion and empathy.

Regulate and increase vital energy levels.

Reduce anxiety and stress levels.

Foster creativity and divert thinking.

Promote a state of global well-being and happiness.

Program Components


Module 1 

Introduction to the CRAFT program “The Art of Being”

    Relaxation-Breathing-Regulation (The three R-R-R)

    Full Attention and Concentration (Mindfulness)

    Fulfillment, flow, and Bliss as a state of Mind

    Transcendence- Full Consciousness

    Module 2 

    Consciousness of Body, Mind, and Emotions 

    Relaxation-Breathing-Regulation (The three R-R-R)

    Full Attention and Concentration (Mindfulness)

    Fulfillment, flow, and Bliss as a state of Mind

    Transcendence- Full Consciousness

    Module 1

    Introduction to the CRAFT program: “The Art of Being”

    Program elements. Applications and benefits.


    1. Consciousness: The gateway to our Being. Witness consciousness
    2. Physical, mental, and emotional awareness.
    3. Proprioception and conscious posture.
    4. The body and its relationship with our thoughts and emotions.
    5. Recognition and connection with emotions through the body.
    6. CRAFT yoga practice.

    Relaxation-Breathing-Regulation (The three R-R-R)

    1. What is relaxation: Physical, mental, and emotional relaxation.
    2. Conscious breathing.
    3. Breathing as a regulation tool: Pranayama or basic yogic breathing exercises.
    4. Definition, concept, and components of Emotional Intelligence. What are emotions? Introduction to Basic Emotions.
    5. Emotional regulation strategies.

    Full Attention and Concentration (Mindfulness)

    1. Mindfulness: definition and concept.
    2. Basic attitudes for the practice of mindfulness.
    3. The three axioms of mindfulness: Intention, attention, and attitude. 
    4. Formal and informal meditation.
    5. Techniques and practices to promote the state of mindfulness.

    Fulfillment, flow, and Bliss 

    1. What is happiness. Bliss as a state of inner peace.
    2. Introduction to the concepts of loving-kindness and compassion.
    3. Motivation and management of vital energy through empathy.
    4. Flowing with the present moment.
    5. Techniques and strategies to increase our happiness.

    Transcendence- Full Consciousness

    1. The virtue of transcendence from positive psychology.
    2. Beyond body, emotions, and thoughts.
    3. Introduction to creativity and appreciation of beauty as tools of transcendence.
    4. The importance of giving meaning to life.


    Module 2

    Consciousness of Body, Mind, and Emotions 

    1. Rooted and living in consciousness.
    2. Inhabiting our body with full awareness.
    3. Tuning body-mind-emotions.
    4. Deepening into the practice of CRAFT yoga.

    Relaxation-Breathing-Regulation (The three R-R-R)

    1. Relaxation methods and techniques: primary and secondary relaxation techniques.
    2. Breathing as a vital energy regulation tool.
    3. Deepening into Basic Emotions.
    4. Deepening into emotional regulation strategies.

    Full Attention and Concentration (Mindfulness)

    1. Cultivating the basic attitudes of mindfulness.
    2. Conscious use of pranayamaor yogic breathing exercises to favor concentration.
    3. Meditation and contemplation.
    4. Strategies for mindful living.

    Fulfillment, flow, and Bliss 

    1. Happiness and wellbeing from a eudamonic perspective.
    2. Loving-kindness and compassion in our daily life.
    3. The flow state. Flowing with life movements. 
    4. Living in tune with our strengths and virtues.
    5. Deepening into techniques and strategies to increase our happiness.

    Transcendence- Full Consciousness

    1. From a fixed to a growth mindset.
    2. The conscious-self interconnecting with others: “Interbeing”.
    3. Resilience and assertiveness to transcend and transform our reality. 
    4. Experiencing creativity and appreciation of beauty as transcendence tools.
    5. Discovering my Being, my great “Work of Art”.

    Services Included in Our Program

    ⇒ Multidisciplinary team for the course seminars

     Program coordinator and orientation

     Language and Culture training

     Seminar reflection and debate sessions

     Cultural Activities

     Accomodation and meals

     In country Transport

     Health and Safety Protocols

     Community Service opportunities

     Post program counseling

    Not Included in the Program

    ⇒ Air Travel: Students should arrive in Madrid and depart from

    ⇒ Travel Insurance.

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