what is the method?

emotional education, what we do at la granja that is diferent

The objective of the La Granja Method is to train the emotional competences of our students, and the best way to do so is with our Outdoor training activities due to their impact  and ability to promote emotions in both children and adults. Behind every activity there is a specific intention that helps to bring us nearer to achieving our objective. In order to motivate, we seek to promote the feeling of joy, the most motivating of emotions, by proposing a challenge and using continuous positive stimuli. In order to enhance the Method and achieve results faster, we use high performance techniques thanks to the design of our programs and the focus that our educators place on the importance of what goes on “here and now”. The art of questioning helps our students become conscious of what they usually do unconsciously, and feedback helps them anchor everything they have learned. Also, the use of Metaphors  allows them to explore their subconscious, giving meaning to what happens within the group; and continuous transferences allow for everything they learn to be transferred to their everyday experiences at home or at school. Another important factor is our use of nature and animals  to provide serenity to children and adults so they can truly experience the activities carried out.

Our theoretical framework is based on the 5 emotional competences described by Rafel Bisquerra (Bisquerra i Pérez 2007) from the University of Barcelona: emotional awareness, emotional regulation, emotional autonomy, social competences and abilities for life and wellbeing.

Our aim is to help children become more emotionally intelligent so they can learn to manage their own feelings in a positive way, and develop their personal and social skills for use now and in the future.

opinion: Rafael Bisquerra, Director of Postgraduate studies in emotional education and well-being, and Postgraduate studies in Emotional Intelligence in Organizations at the University of Barcelona.

“After the outdoor training that we do every year with our two Postgraduates, I’ve spent two days at La Granja in Santa Maria de Palautordera. My experience has been magnificent in every sense and the evaluation is 10 out of 10 according to my pupils. The activities were dynamic and very well planned by Andrés Martín and the team at La Granja, managed and directed with a great ‘savoir faire’ by the excellent professionals in their staff, all of them emotional education enthusiasts. Our relationship with them was unbeatable, the food was delicious, the landscape is spectacular and the facilities are just great. I am not surprised, therefore, that La Granja has become a place of reference for the training of emotional skills, both for those who are doing formal school education (children and teenagers) as well as for the training of a adults (families, businesses, etc.).”

*Scientific Evaluation Study of the La Granja Method© performed by the GROP, (Educational Orientation Research Group from the University of Barcelona (November 2017), using a sample of 132 children between the ages of 8 and 14. The study proves there are significant changes between before and after the study in the 5 emotional competences observed (awareness, regulation, autonomy, competence for life and wellbeing). The study also evaluates level of anxiety in the students, showing a significant decrease in the different states of anxiety.

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