Craig has been practicing meditation since 1994. He has trained extensively with some of the great meditation teachers of the Insight, Zen, and Tibetan traditions, and is currently a committed student of the revered meditation master Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche.
While earning his BA in English and Creative Writing, Craig took a semester off to complete a 5-month meditation retreat. After graduation, he lived and worked at a Zen monastery in Colorado for six years, where he completed seven consecutive 3-month winter retreats.
In addition, Craig holds a master's degree in counseling and just defended his dissertation in counseling psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he has had the great fortune to be influenced by renowned neuroscientist Richie Davidson and philosopher of contemplative sciences John Dunne, among other luminaries.
He has designed and implemented curricula for the School of Veterinary Medicine at UW-Madison, the UW-Hospital, and the Mendota Mental Health Institute, among other institutions. He is currently working with the Center for Healthy Minds at UW-Madison and the Contemplative Sciences Center at the University of Virginia to develop a well-being curriculum for first year undergraduates.