Craig began his college career at the University of San Diego pursuing degrees in Business Administration, Philosophy and Religious Studies. After USD Craig, lived in Karmapa’s Tibetan Buddhist Monastery in India for three years, where he studied the epistemology and meditation practices of the Karma Kagyu lineage. In 1995, he co-founded the Diamond Way Buddhist Center in San Diego, led by Lama Ole Nydhal and his wife Hannah Nydahl.
Craig spent four years traveling around the world, visiting India, Nepal, Sikkim, Japan, Singapore, Korea, Thailand, Spain, Portugal, Italy, France, Germany, Czech Republic, Denmark, Mexico, Panama, Colombia and Brazil. Inspired by his travels abroad he started Kindel Fine Art in San Diego where he’s worked for over 25 years as a professional artist, completing several hundred original art pieces for Universities, Hotels, Restaurants and Private Collectors. His time in the Buddhist Monastery and world travel has greatly impacted his understanding and appreciation of other cultures and influences his artwork.
Craig now teaches a method of painting in reverse on clear sheets of acrylic, which allows for a release of even the strongest emotions. Combining this with mindfulness training, allows the students to transform emotions into clarity and wisdom.
In addition, Craig worked as Teacher and Team Leader at SuperCamp in San Diego. SuperCamp was founded by Bobbi DePorter, in 1982, to help students learn how to learn and reshape how they live their lives. Now, with over 78,000 graduates and programs held in over 20 countries – Delivered in English, Mandarin, Spanish and Korean.