About

Jo

Joanna Horton McPherson has a background as an educator, actor and writer. In 2005, she founded the first of several non-profits in which she directed youth and adult programs. Past teaching work ranges from emotional honesty acting, school administration and theatre for social change. Joanna is also a trained artist & musician, hypnotherapist, meditation guide, and Reiki master. She completed her yoga​ ​certification in 2017.

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A self-awareness exercise for acting students

Joanna recently served as the Dean at an international service-learning high school in Sedona, AZ. Following her time there, she led a program for YWCA’s gender equality initiative in Rwanda. In 2016, Joanna completed globally-recognized social entrepreneurship program, SeedSpot.

Joanna completed her Master’s degree in Arts Education at Harvard University. She currently shares her time between Arizona and Costa Rica, where she and her husband run a non-profit. An avid traveler, poet and a health food nut, her greatest passion is watching her baby daughter learn. Joanna’s written work can be found at Medium.com, Vunela, Shambhala Online. More at JoannaHortonMcPherson.com​ ​

At home with her family on their organic farm in Costa Rica


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Joanna & Thomas McPherson at SeedSpot in Phoenix