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Our Vision: Costa Ricans passing the skills of "feeling peace" and "speaking peace" from generation to generation.

This world of increasing violence is now impacting the peaceful society of Costa Rica. To counteract this destructive trend, the two Costa Rican school children that you see here are learning how to "feel peace" and "speak peace". They are learning these skills from their teacher Daisy Fallas (pictured above left). She is part of an "army" of peace volunteers led by Rita Marie Johnson (shown above right). Together, they and dozens of other volunteers make up...

The Peace Army
of Costa Rica, a project of the Rasur Foundation

 


Welcome to the Peace Army Website


The Peace Army is for everyone and against no one. It is not associated with any political party, religion, or group but embraces people from all walks of life, including those in the military. The core value of the Peace Army is compassionate connection with ourselves and others. 

We are implementing a social and emotional skills-based program in schools through training teachers in two highly effective methods, which we discovered are enhanced when used together. The teachers then offer this synergistic combination of methods to their students:

  • Skill of “Feeling peace using the Institute of HeartMath’s Freeze-Framer, a scientifically-validated method of building emotional intelligence, taught through verbal instruction. This method is also taught through software, with a finger sensor for monitoring heart rhythms, which acts as a guide to aligning the activity of the brain and the heart. As a result, individuals improve emotional stability and anger management while lowering test anxiety, resulting in higher test scores.
  • Skill of “Speaking peace” using Nonviolent Communication, developed by Dr. Marshall Rosenberg, founder of the Center for Nonviolent Communication in 1984. This method, now taught in over 30 countries, has stood the test of time and cross-cultural effectiveness.

In this website, we invite peacemakers everywhere to join us in the development of a citizenry that embodies peace, thereby creating a Costa Rican model of human progress. We are relying on the longing for peace of people everywhere to help us create a countrywide model of a lasting culture of peace. We believe, of all countries, Costa Rica has the best chance of achieving this vision.

To understand more about The Peace Army of Costa Rica, you can start by clicking on the "History of the Peace Army" link. This leads to a PowerPoint presentation on how the Peace Army came into being. Other sections of the website describe the methods that we use in more detail, our ongoing projects, and our future plans.

If you resonate with our aims, there is a section on how you can support these efforts or click the "Donate" button below to make a secure, on line contribution right now. We use PayPal to accept online donations through an existing PayPal account or by using a Visa, Mastercard, Discover Card or American Express credit card. Your financial support of the Rasur Foundation's efforts to expand The Peace Army to the national level is vital and very much appreciated.

 

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