The Connection Practice Costa Rica Tour

Immerse yourself in the Connection Practice
while touring peaceful, beautiful Costa Rica!

Next Tour Date: May 14 - 21, 2022


Why Costa Rica?

Costa Rica abolished its army in 1948 and is the only country in the world with no army and no defense arrangement  with a larger country.

Costa Rica’s peace story has continued to unfold.  Inspired by the poem, Rasur or Week of Splendor, Rita Marie founded the Rasur Foundation in 1997 to make the vision of the poem real in our time. It is headquartered at Quizur, which is named after the village in the poem that is transformed into a culture of peace.

The foundation implemented the Connection Practice in Costa Rican schools and initiated a Ministry for Peace bill in Costa Rica that passed in 2009. Quizur hosts Connection Practice tours and courses while US headquarters are near San Jose, CA. and are focused on global expansion. All  proceeds from Rasur Foundation activities support our mission to empower more youth faster through the Connection Practice.

Meet your Tour Guides

Rita Marie Johnson has lived off and on in Costa Rica for almost 30 years. She created the Connection Practice, a wellness habit that transforms turmoil into caring connection with self and others. It won the Ashoka Changemaker’s Innovation Award: Building a More  Ethical Society, chosen from 32 projects in 79 countries. She is the author of Completely Connected: Uniting Our Empathy and Insight for Extraordinary Results, an Amazon Bestseller and Nautilus Award Winner in Psychology. Rita Marie taught the Connection Practice at the United Nations University for Peace, a graduate school for international leaders. Now Connection Practice trainers and educators offer it in countries around the world and have taught over 100,000 adults and children.



Ricardo Balderas was born in Mexico and grew up in San Jose, CA where he met Rita Marie and they married in 2019. Ricardo received his Ed.D in Multicultural Education. In his career, he served as a bilingual elementary school principal in Bay Area schools for over 30 years. He published a children’s book, The Dragon that   Wanted To Play in the Snow. He plays the guitar and writes songs that inspire inclusion and connection among people. Ricardo has also played  racquet ball for 52 years and won gold medals at the Senior Olympics.

Ricardo supports logistics at Connection Practice headquarters each day, whether in California or in Costa Rica. He enjoys making old things look new again through his carpentry, landscaping and other skills which played a major role in renovating Quizur. His bilingual ability and love of history, philosophy and beauty make him an excellent guide in Costa Rica.

Through the Connection Practice, he and Rita Marie have created a deep foundation of emotional safety in their marriage that frees them to serve others at the highest level.

What's Included in the Connection Practice Tour?

Lodging at the Aranjuez Lofts
  • All ground transportation in Costa Rica except to and from               airport
  • All of the listed tour activities (optional activities not included)
  • Lodging for 7 nights
  • 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners (you will be able to                   make breakfast with the kitchenette at the lofts)
  • The Connection Practice Inner Wellness for Success Course or             an advanced course for those who are experienced in the CP. 
Lofts have a kitchenette for breakfast
UPeace students
Students in Costa Rica going into coherence
Volcano lodge food
Food at the Volcano Lodge
rio celeste waterfall
One of many beautiful waterfalls in Costa Rica

What Should I Expect?

Day 1

You will arrive at the airport in San José and travel by taxi to Aranjuez Lofts. There is a grocery store a 10 minute walk away where you can buy any supplies that you’d need. We will gather in the evening for dinner at Quizur and an orientation with Rita Marie Johnson, creator of the Connection Practice and Executive Director of the Rasur Foundation International.

Day 2

la paz waterfall
La Paz Waterfall

We will visit La Paz Waterfall Gardens, a nature wonderland of butterflies, animals and the most amazing series of waterfalls where we'll eat a scrumptious buffet lunch. After exploring the La Paz Waterfalls further, we will have dinner at Taco Bar and then back to the hotel for a good night’s sleep.


La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Butterflies at the Waterfall Gardens

Day 3

We will travel to Quizur, the Rasur Foundation International Headquarters, for a day to learn the Connection Practice (CP) or participate in an advanced group if you're experienced in the CP. We will have a picnic lunch at Quizur. That evening, we will enjoy dinner at Sabor a Pueblo, where they serve delicious Costa Rican food on banana leaves.


Day 4

Lankester Botanical Gardens

We will travel to Cartago to visit La Basilica de Los Ángeles and continue to the magnificent Irazu Volcano. We will have lunch at Gubser Ticino. Afterwards, we will tour Lankester Botanical Gardens, home to over 3,000 species of plants and orchids. Afterwards, we will rest at the Lofts and have dinner later on at Restaurante Gaudí.

Irazu Volcano National Park in Cartago

Day 5

Tortuga Island's white sand beaches

We take a day for fun in the sun as we rise early in the morning for a Pacific Island Cruise. We will travel down a scenic highway to a yacht, which will take us to Tortuga Island’s white sand beach for swimming and optional snorkeling. There we will savor a feast of gourmet cuisine and relax until it’s time to return home. 

Upon returning to the Lofts, dinner is on your own — if you can eat one more bite!


Day 6

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Topiary and Church at Zarcero

We will head by bus for the live Arenal Volcano, stopping in Zarcero, a village with a charming topiary and quaint Catholic Church. We’ll arrive in Fortuna for lunch at Choza de Laurel and shopping. Then on to the Volcano Lodge where you will have a view of the volcano and choice of optional activities: canopy zip line, hanging bridge tour, hot springs, hiking, sloth tour, and more! Enjoy dinner at the hotel and spend the night.


Hanging Bridges Tour at the Volcano Lodge

Day 7

Café Britt Tour Bus

After breakfast, we will be transported back to San José. On the way, we’ll enjoy a boxed lunch and see Café Britt.

Café Britt is an organic fair trade coffee plantation. The owners have created an entertaining way to experience gourmet coffee along with their Costa Rican heritage. We will complete the tour with a closing program by an influential Costa Rican and a celebration dinner.

Participants tasting coffee

Day 8

Check out of the Aranjuez Lofts and head for the airport. You will go home with more peace and a heart that is filled with Pura Vida (pure life)!

What are the Tour Costs?

Airfare and airport exit fee are not included; there is a maximum of 20 people on the tour.


Option 1: $2,205/person (single occupancy)

Option 2: $1,845/person (double occupancy)

Option 3: $1,710/person (triple occupancy)

If interested, contact

You will need a passport that is valid for 6 months after departure from the U.S.

The water is safe for drinking.

Costa Rica law requires vaccination on tours.

The Connection Practice envisions a world where generational pain is transformed into generational peace.

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