jennyheadshot_1590Please take a look at my latest video. It is 13 minutes long:

Our Brilliant Brains

A collaboration with Susan Tiihonen – artist and videographer. Prepared for shelter workers in Alberta – so it speaks of women and children – but applicable in so many more settings:

Our Brilliant Brains

Please share it with colleagues, staff, friends, and family. You can post comments below.

Check out this simple The User’s Guide to the Brain handout

Are there are other resources you need to understand this issue? Tell me about them below or for a faster reply contact me at jenny at jennyhorsman dot com (remember to replace at and dot with the usual symbols – just trying to get my email from real people not bots!)

This site continues to be a work in progress. Come back often and see how the site is growing and changing just as the learning and violence work is continually growing and changing!

Who Am I?

Besides being a cyclist (yes that’s me in the photo above – and that’s a common sight – as I race around town)  I am a community-based researcher and educator with enormous energy and passion for deepening my understanding and engaging with others about the impact of violence on learning and ways to address these impacts to support learning for all of us. My dream is to help to create equitable educational settings anywhere and everywhere so that students who have experienced any form of violence can understand how that has impacted our learning, take part in new conversations, and find commonality with others as we explore new strategies to support successful learning.

Through my work I have learned the importance of bringing our whole selves to learning. and have come to delight in becoming more fully present in the moment and in the world and to enjoy creative forms of expression. I am deepening a Vipassana and engaged Buddhist meditation practice (in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh), exploring photography, mosaic , felting, and other crafts. I love to find new beauty in old relics – smashed china and junked furniture become beautiful mosaics, broken and worn items can be glued, plastered, refinished and made into something new. I love the richness of metaphor in these creative endeavours! Nobody and nothing needs to be discarded, however badly it has been damaged by mistreatment, everything and every body can find new life and  beauty with nurturing care. I am a lifelong gardener delighting in the opportunities for new growth each spring. I want to nurture community,creativity, wellness and peace – the potential for learning and change – in our hearts and on this land.

In all my endeavours I am an activist working towards a more peaceful, sustainable and equitable society for all of us to enjoy, only too aware of the ways that our identities, and wounds shape how we all walk in the world, and contribute to the ways we so easily re-wound and are re-wounded as we live in this damaged world. As much as I can, I try to live as if the world I dream of already exists, acknowledging my missteps, and beginning again. As a community builder, I love to connect and collaborate with children and adults. I am always looking for new allies in this life work!

Will you join me?

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“by violence I mean any way we have of violating the identity and integrity of another person” Parker J. Palmer, A Hidden Wholeness, 2004


This work is challenging – change small and slow, limited funds to support the work – and sometimes I lose heart. At other times I can believe:

Everything is Possible

Both the video and the quote below fuel my energy and optimism for my dream of inspiring us all to address the impact of violence on learning anywhere and everywhere we seek to learn and change:

The Hummingbird

“Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly, now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly, now. You are not obliged to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.”

from The Talmud

I hope you will check out my site and contact me to explore how we might work together…


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