Rita Marie Johnson, Rasur Foundation International CEO, Receives Prestigious Nautilus Book Award for Completely Connected, A Guide to the Prevention of Violence

Winning Book Teaches a Transformative Skill, the Connection
Practice, that Eliminates Unnecessary Suffering and Enriches Lives

GILROY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Rasur Foundation International, a nonprofit dedicated to teaching a
social-emotional skill for a more connected world, announces that its
founder and CEO, Rita Marie Johnson, has won an esteemed Nautilus Book
Award for Completely Connected: Uniting Our Empathy and
Insight for Extraordinary Results
. For 18 years, Nautilus Book
Awards has recognized Better Books for a Better World, books that
promote conscious living, positive social change and spiritual growth as
they stimulate the imagination to new possibilities. Selected from
hundreds of 2015 book submissions, Ms. Johnson’s book won an award in
the Psychology category.

“In light of the horrific events that plague our society, from vicious
bullying to acts of terrorism, I hope my book will open a dialogue about
how unnecessary suffering can be eliminated through the social-emotional
competence of the Connection Practice,” said Bay Area resident, Rita
Marie Johnson. “Many people throw up their hands and feel helpless in
the face of violence, which is a symptom of disconnection. The
Connection Practice efficiently builds the skill of connection, as we
have witnessed in the United States and other countries like Japan,
where they recently published my book in Japanese. Isn’t it time that we
looked at the deeper problem and solved it through this innovative,
scientifically verified method?”

The Connection Practice, a scientifically based social-emotional method
developed by Johnson, has already impacted over 100,000 students in
Costa Rican schools, supported by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, President
Oscar Arias. Now close to 150 trainers have been certified and thousands
of adults in the United States and other countries have engaged in the
practice. Eileen Growald Rockefeller, a philanthropist who supports
social-emotional learning in US schools, has heartily endorsed the

The prestigious Nautilus Book Awards honors books that inspire and
connect our lives as individuals, communities, and global citizens.
Conferred to prominent authors such as The Dalai Lama, Deepak Chopra,
Thich Nhat Hanh, Charles, Prince of Wales and Desmund Tutu, Nautilus
Book Awards winners are selected in a three-tier judging process by
experienced teams of book reviewers, librarians, authors, editors, book
store owners, and leaders in the publishing industry.

About Rasur Foundation International

Rasur Foundation International (RFI) envisions a world where every
person practices the art of connection and passes this gift to the next
generation. Through coaches and trainers certified by RFI, the
Connection Practice is spreading rapidly in schools, businesses,
nonprofits and faith-based communities worldwide. Visit www.rasurinternational.org
or call +1-214-458-4345.


Rasur Foundation International
Francine Bacchini, +1-408-839-8153