Cathy’s Classes

Nonviolence, which is a quality of the heart, cannot come by an appeal to the brain. It is a plant of slow growth, growing imperceptibly, but surely.

– Gandhi

kuan_yin_3HeartSpeak class series: Listening & Speaking from the Heart

4 experiential Tuesdays, 7-9pm

2/9, 2/16, 2/23, 3/1

Do you long for heartfelt connection with the important people in your life?

Want to learn practical communication skills that help everyone’s needs get met?

Begin to transform your relationships in this highly interactive workshop!

  • Learn the “language of choice” – empowering yourself through letting go of “shoulds”
  • Practice sensing your own feelings and needs
  • How criticism, blame, and punishment prevent us from getting our needs met
  • The art of neutral observations, respectful and effective requests
  • Heartfelt connection through empathy for self and others – practice with cards, games, 1:1
  • Getting another person’s world with “Circling”
  • Handy 24-page HeartSpeak minibook
  • Cost: $80. Early bird discount: $70 if registered by 2/2. Bring a friend, both get 10% off.
  • Class size limited to 6 for an intimate group.

Contact Cathy Holt, 828-545-9681,


aThe Connection Practice

Learn to communicate with your best social and emotional intelligence! Empathy for yourself and others comes through consciously connecting to feelings and needs. Experience “heart-brain coherence” – a state of flow in which our bodies, minds, and emotions are in sync, leading to insights, more harmonious relationships, and less stress. The synergy of empathy and insight helps us solve problems and resolve conflicts.

Can be taken as a 3-hour experiential short course, for a minimum of 4 people. Bring friends or family members. Donate according to the value you receive. 20% of proceeds will be donated to Rasur Foundation International for teaching communication skills to school children.


The full Foundations Course is three weekends:

The Connection Process: Creating Connection in Yourself

The Connection Path: Creating Connection with Others

Connection Mediation: Restoring Connection

Much of the course is taught in small groups with trained facilitators leading experiential practices, including biofeedback for heart-brain coherence.

20% of proceeds go to Rasur Foundation International to further the training of schoolteachers in the Connection Practice. For more information/to register: 828-545-9681 or  Also please visit


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A Skill Set for a More Connected World

for Schools, Nonprofits, and Businesses

The Connection Practice unites empathy and insight to maximize social and emotional intelligence, building resilience and enhancing performance.  Empathy is attained through a conscious connection to feelings and needs, and insight is attained through heart-brain coherence. Learn to resolve conflicts efficiently and effectively; achieve maximum brain function for creative problem solving; release negative feelings for greater clarity; develop deeper self-confidence and higher performance.

In businesses and nonprofits, these skills create stronger relationships between employees, resulting in harmonious and productive work environments.

In schools, annual reports show that bullying, conflicts, violence and misconduct have decreased. (1500 teachers in Costa Rica have been trained, affecting 40,000 students.) The Connection Practice has also been offered since 2010 at the University for Peace, a graduate school for international leaders.

Rita Marie Johnson, founder of The Connection Practice, Rasur Foundation International

Rita Marie Johnson, founder of The Connection Practice, Rasur Foundation International


  Rita Marie Johnson, founder of Rasur Foundation International ( created The Connection Practice (classes and coaching).  The RFI vision: A world where every person practices the art of connection and passes this gift on to the next generation.

In April 2014, Cathy became certified to offer classes and coaching in the Connection Practice.





HeartSpeak and Empathy Practice Group

Available upon request. New practice group forming in March.



…for any Asheville public school, grades 3 through 12. Find out how HeartSpeak can begin to transform your school into a more compassionate place. Contact Cathy at 828-545-9681 or

Community HeartSpeak Classes available

Four group classes plus private individual coaching session and handy, 24-page minibook: $80. Want more connection, less conflict? In this highly interactive, experiential class, you’ll learn and practice:

* the language of feelings and needs

* giving and receiving empathy

* centering in the compassionate heart with “quick coherence”

* what to do when you’re angry or upset

Please contact or 828-545-9681 for more information.