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Rita Marie Johnson
Founder @Connection Practice
Rita Marie Johnson, and her trainers worldwide, help adults and children resolve turmoil using the Connection Practice. Rita Marie created this wellness habit, which she taught at the United Nations University for Peace, a graduate school for international leaders, and implemented in the Costa Rican public school system. Now the Connection Practice is empowering more students faster through champions of youth around the world. They become certified to teach the Connection Practice (CP) and then teach it to the young people they serve. The Connection Practice (CP) combines empathy and insight and is taught using magnetic or digital CP Boards and biofeedback. It won the Ashoka Changemakers Innovation Award chosen from 79 projects in 32 countries. Endorsed by President Oscar Arias, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, and Eileen Rockefeller, co-founder of CASEL, the leading organization for social-emotional learning in the US, the CP excels in creating connection with self and others.
Yumi Kikuchi
Director of International Outreach @Connection Practice
Yumi Kikuchi: Born and raised in Tokyo, Connection Practice Master Trainer/ NVC Practitioner (share in Japanese and English)/ Japanese Published Author & Translator of more than dozen books and films. Yumi moved to Hawaii with her family in March 2011 after The East Japan Great Earthquake.   She learned Connection Practice from Rita Marie Johnson in Costa Rica in 2007 and 2009, then became certified trainer in 2014.  She is the 1st Japanese  Certified Trainer who have been teaching the practice in Japan and Hawaii since 2014 with her husband Gen Morita. Sharing NVC and Connection Practice has given her such a hope when she sees amazing transformations  that happened in her courses. If humans have skills of communication and connection through NVC and Connection Practice, she believes that it is possible to create more peaceful and sustainable world that works for all. She is also a health consultant, practicing a traditional Japanese medicine, Kai-Igaku.
Michael Lindfield
Board President @Meditation Groups, Inc.
Michael is a highly regarded consultant and coach helping unleash the creativity of the human spirit to meet the needs of our times and the call of the future. He learned his craft from a range of experiences that include: a 14-year residency as a gardener and as Director of Education at the Findhorn Community in Scotland; small-scale organic farming in western Sweden; conducting seminars and presenting at conferences around the world on the theme of ‘transforming self and society’ and as a senior organization development consultant with The Boeing Company from 1989-2005.