A Wellness Habit for Living Happily 
with Yourself and Others
Many people in our time feel disconnected – the opposite of feeling heard and empowered to be their best selves. Disconnection results in inner confusion and outer conflicts that lead to a world of pain - loneliness, anxiety, depression, addiction, bullying, violence and wasted human potential.

We need a solution that restores hope.
The Connection Practice is a self-empowering skill for resolving conflicts that not only restores hope - it fulfills it.


empathy + insight = connection

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This scientifically-based practice is elegant in its simplicity and awesome in its application.

There are people who teach empathy, there are people who teach insight, but no one combines these strengths like those who use the award-winning Connection Practice.

The Connection Practice is being used by counselors, educators, parents, certified life coaches, conflict resolution practitioners, health care professionals, nonprofit leaders, businesspeople and ministers.  Finally, a social-emotional skill proven to work for all ages and all walks of life.

Kelsey Visser, Connection Practice trainer, speaks about this unique social-emotional learning method, created by Rita Marie Johnson.
Students who star in the Connection Practice curriculum videos

The Connection Practice: The Profound made Practical

The innovative Connection Practice is simple to learn, easy to use and efficiently drives consistent personal growth. When it is integrated into schools throughout the world, a generation of children will know how to efficiently turn pain into peace.  On the heels of that achievement, we will witness a huge reduction in the number of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) that historically have been passed from generation to generation.

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Please click on the video and take 120 seconds to learn more about the Connection Practice. We will break down what the Connection Practice is and how it can help you empower yourself to resolve conflicts and restore hope.


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Ways to Learn the Connection Practice or Become a Trainer

Upcoming Events

  • Coach Certification (Online)
    • Saturday, September 11th from 9 AM to 4 PM PST
    • Saturday, September 18th from 9 AM to 3 PM PST
  • Emotionally-Safe Relationships (Online)
    • Saturday, September 25th from 9 AM to 2 PM PST
  • Free Introduction to the Connection Practice (Online)
    • Sunday, October 3rd at 4:30 PM PST
  • Free Introduction to the Connection Practice (Online)
    • Sunday, November 7th at 10 AM Pacific
  • Emotionally-Safe Relationships (Online)
    • Saturday, November 20th from 9 AM to 2 PM PST
  • Free Introduction to the Connection Practice (Online)
    • Sunday, December 5th at 10 AM Pacific

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What is the Connection Practice?

The Connection Practice is a self-empowering skill that will help you meet any challenge in life. This science-based method for resolving inner turmoil and outer conflict has been taught to over 100,000 adults and children. It received the Ashoka Changemakers Innovation Award, chosen from 79 projects in 32 countries. Rita Marie’s book, Completely Connected, received a Nautilus award in Psychology and tells how the Connection Practice works for people of all ages and walks of life.

The Connection Practice was created by Rita Marie Johnson, an award-winning innovator, author, speaker and educator. The Connection Practice combines empathy and insight to create connection with self and others, laying a foundation for peaceful, creative problem solving that lasts a lifetime. There is no better place for you to learn how to quickly release negative feelings and access your best thinking than in a Connection Practice course.

We believe in creating a harmonious world that reflects our innate connection where we enjoy emotional safety with each other and we solve problems through creative intelligence. Our vision is for people everywhere to learn the Connection Practice and pass this gift on. We are achieving that vision by training therapists, educators, businesspeople and nonprofit leaders who become certified coaches and trainers. We offer courses online and in-person so that anyone, anywhere can learn the Connection Practice and accelerate their personal growth or professional skills.  We are dedicated to spreading the Connection Practice globally and have over 150 trainers in the USA and Puerto Rico, Japan, Costa Rica, Canada, Germany, France and other countries. 
Our hearts sing each time we see a person practicing the art of connection. Join us on this journey today!
Who created the Connection Practice?

The Connection practice was created by Rita Marie Johnson. Rita is an Educator, author, speaker, and award-winning innovator that has been sharing her method worldwide for over 15 years. She discovered a synergy between empathy and insight that maximizes social-emotional intelligence, eliminates unnecessary suffering and leads to life enriching choices. This epiphany resulted in the Connection Practice, which works for people of all ages and from all walks of life.  Her implementation of the Connection Practice brought her the Ashoka Changemakers Innovation Award: Building a More Ethical Society, chosen from 79 projects in 32 countries.  Rita Marie currently serves as CEO of Rasur Foundation International. She is committed to turning generational pain into generational peace worldwide through the Connection Practice.

Why do we teach the Connection Practice?

We believe in creating a harmonious world that reflects our innate connection, where we enjoy emotional safety with each other, and we solve problems by accessing our creative intelligence. We do this by teaching people to transform inner turmoil and outer conflict into connection by combining their empathy and insight.  We believe that empathy plus insight equals connection. The Connection Practice is a skill that unites empathy and insight to meet challenges in life.  It is the profound made practical.  Each step of the practice is based on science: We start with naming feelings to reduce irrational reactions of the amygdala in the brain. Heart-brain coherence reduces irrational reactions of the amygdala. Naming needs requires taking the other person’s perspective, which is cognitive empathy, an important aspect of social-emotional intelligence. Heart-brain coherence brings about positive affect, which increases access to insights. The results of applying the Connection Practice is Lives transformed faster and permanently for the better, creating a world that reflects our connection.

How can I get more information on the Connection Practice?

Rita Marie Johnson’s book: “Completely Connected: Uniting our Empathy and Insight for Extraordinary Results” is a good place to start. In this book, Rita Marie Johnson shares the Connection Practice, and it's impact. Read about this unique method for connecting with ourselves and others that is supported by scientific research and testimony from people around the world.
In the book you’ll discover how to:

1- Achieve maximum brain function for greater creativity and performance
2- resolve conflicts quickly and effectively for a safe, productive environment
3- release negative baggage and boost confidence and self-esteem
4- promote collaboration and a sense of belonging in teams and groups
5- integrate your inner strengths and find practical answers to living in the world

Do you have online courses to learn The Connection Practice?

Yes! We offer many online self-study courses as well as in-person courses. The self-study courses can be taken with coaching. Self-study courses let you learn at your own pace and go back and review the material as many times as you want.  We strongly encourage you to sign up for four hours of coaching per self-study course with a Connection Practice coach experienced in self-study coaching. This will give you the full benefit of the lectures along with the chance to practice the skill and make it your own. You can start with the Intensive Workshop or Part 1 Course, either online or in-person, and attend Daily Coherence calls on Zoom by clicking here.

How can we contact you if we have more questions?

Please feel free to contact us any time as (214) 458-4345 or email us at info@connectionpractice.org. We look forward to hearing from you!

The Connection Practice Yields Extraordinary Results

You have the joy of feeling heard and seen: Empathy is rare in today’s world. It’s a powerful and life-altering feeling that stays with you for days.
You use words that open another’s heart: You are masterful in helping to resolve conflicts and you feel warm satisfaction from being of service.
You get clear answers to your thorniest challenges: The fog lifts, and answers become obvious.
Your answers bring you peace: You know it’s the right answer because you feel relieved. You’re no longer bedeviled by whatever was bothering you.
You no longer feel stuck: Once you get clear answers, the actions become obvious, and the next step can be taken with confidence.
Extraordinary results for Makoto, Masumi's son
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Who We Work With

We work with professionals in the areas below who learn the Connection Practice and then become certified Coaches, Trainers or Curriculum Instructors so they can pass it on. We also teach individuals from any walk of life to accelerate their personal growth by taking an in-person or online Quickstart.

Counselors, Therapists, Coaches

Professionals skilled in interpersonal communication can serve clients more effectively using the Connection Practice. When individuals are lost and discouraged or want to improve their relationships, Connection Practice Boards guide them to self-empathy and empathy for others. Inner Balance, an app with a sensor for measuring heart-brain coherence, helps them access insights more consistently. The simplicity of the Connection Practice empowers clients to efficiently resolve inner and outer conflicts as they arise.

Educators, School Counselors & Psychologists

School professionals are faced with an increasing number of at-risk kids and not enough counselors to go around. Bullying, shootings, suicides, and addictions point to a lack of inner and outer connection. The Connection Practice gets to the heart of this issue while increasing students’ social-emotional intelligence. The tactile advantage of Connection Practice Boards makes it easier for students to open up. Documentation of 50,000 children who have learned it is an underestimate as teachers offer it to new students each year.

Business and Nonprofit Leaders

In business, conflicts carry enormous costs, including lack of teamwork, inefficiency and lost profit. The Connection Practice is a skill that reduces conflict and provides a roadmap through disagreements to harmonious solutions. It also inspires innovative thinking as a team. Connection Practice Trainers provide Quickstarts customized to individual businesses and nonprofits. Imagine the difference when your employees know how to sustain emotional balance during stressful times at work!

Spiritual Leaders

Faith-based communities often struggle with painful conflicts that can lead to fractured relationships and loss in membership. The Connection Practice teaches leaders how to establish emotional safety and resolve issues peacefully in their communities. The Practice is not associated with any religion; it enriches the social-emotional environment while building deep connection. Pastoral counseling is easier with Connection Practice boards that help congregants sort out their inner lives and access their best thinking.

Purpose and Vision

We are dedicated to spreading the Connection Practice globally. We envision a world where every person practices the art of connection and passes this gift on.
“A Simple Solution for Our Disconnected World”
A free, one-hour webinar with Rita Marie Johnson, CEO of Rasur Foundation International
Many people feel hopeless about the divisiveness in our country, scared about violence and worried about the future of our children and youth. We have been missing two key elements that are needed for a society to thrive: 
  • A clear, inspiring vision that captures our imaginations and our hearts
  • Each citizen’s development of a social-emotional skill that will create consistent progress toward that goal

Award-Winning Practice:

  • Ashoka Changemakers Innovation Award - Chosen from 79 projects in 32 countries
  • Nautilus Book Award in Psychology


Three studies validate the elements of the Connection Practice

Endorsed By:

  • United Nations University for Peace – Rita Marie Johnson taught the Connection Practice as a graduate course for credit
  • Testimonials from Connection Practice graduates

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Nautilus Award-Winning Book from FROM OUR FOUNDER,

Completely Connected

Uniting Our Empathy and Insight for Extraordinary Results
In this book, Rita Marie Johnson shares the Connection Practice, and it's impact. Read about this unique method for connecting with ourselves and others that is supported by scientific research and testimony from people around the world.

empathy + insight = connection

The purpose of Rasur Foundation International is to spread the Connection Practice globally.

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