Our training courses integrate the work and research results of internationally renowned scientists in the fields of neuroscience, cognitive, behavioural and positive psychology, and sociology.

Over the last twenty years, these fields of knowledge have made incredible progress in understanding the functioning of the brain and the mind through an increasing number of studies, improved scientific methods and instruments, and better capabilities in data collection, sharing and comparison.

Why & How
Can We Change?

The achievability of developing or strengthening human skills is made possible by neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity is the mechanism by which the brain is able to create, remove or modify neuronal networks and connections. It is a key mechanism of learning ability and experience which, contrary to popular belief, is active throughout our entire life.

The principle is, therefore, to use these mechanisms of cerebral change for the benefit of the human skills that one wants to develop or strengthen so that they become established and spontaneous qualities.

To implement such changes, the only effective techniques are mind-training practices from contemplative traditions that have been studied for more than thirty years by a specific branch of neuroscience (see below). These meditative practices familiarize the mind with the attributes of the skills to be developed and constitute a first level of experience.

This is a key element of our pedagogical model in response to the complexity of training people in human skills development and the need to go beyond mere intellectual acquisition. It is, therefore, to ensure the impact and effectiveness of our training that we also use different guided meditation practices (see below).

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The meditative practices we use are based on our respective experience as well as our training and retreats with internationally renowned meditation teachers over the past 20 years. Their knowledge and experience are rooted in the ancient tradition of Buddhism, which provides the richest and most detailed instructions on contemplative practices. Over the past fifty years, as scholars and pioneers, these meditation teachers have carried out the fundamental work of adapting these disciplines to our modern Western society by creating a body of knowledge and practices that are secularized and adapted to professional environments.

All the meditative practices used in our training sessions are strictly secular.

Among the meditations we implement in the various training levels are mindfulness practices that aim to strengthen the awareness of the momentary experience of mental processes and the ability to observe, identify and manage them. These practices allow the development of a process of reinforced self-regulation: regulation of attention, body awareness and emotions, as well as opening up the opportunity for a change of perspective of the self. We also use analytical meditation practices and meditative practices of visualization and aspiration that facilitate the understanding and the experience of attitudes and aptitudes to be developed.

The aim of the contemplative practices used in our programme is by no means to transform people into professional meditators, but to develop the mental capacities that are beneficial to everyday life.

The two sources of knowledge that define the Contemplative Sciences are:

1. The body of systemic knowledge developed by contemplative traditions, based on first-person experimentation, introspection and critical analysis of mental phenomena to describe and explain the processes and experiences of different meditative states and their observed and reproducible benefits.

2. The specific branch of neuroscience devoted to investigating the Why and How of mind training practices and their benefits using, in particular, the latest brain imaging tools.

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Scientific & Academic

Here are some of the international researchers and authors whose scientific and academic works inspire us: