Workshops and Events


2018 Leadership Brain & Body Workshop 2018

Led By Madeline McNeely M.Ed.

Friday – Saturday June 15 & 16, 2018 9:30 am – 4:00pm Here is the flyer for the workshop Fall 2018 Workshop.

Location: Water Town Center fro Healing Arts

Cost: $400.00 payment by check or through PayPal




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body_brain2017 Leadership: Brain and Body Workshop

Presented by Madeline McNeely M.Ed.

Where & When: Leadership Brain and Body runs from 9:30-4pm, Friday and Saturday, October 27 & 28th, 2017 at the Watertown Center for the Healing Arts, Watertown Square, Watertown, MA. Here is the flyer for the workshop Fall 2017 Workshop.

For details, contact Madeline at or call: 617-320-7381.  

Cost: $400.00 payment by check or through PayPal

Brain & Body Oct 27-28, 2017

Past Workshops and Events

Leadership: Aligning Brain and BodyLE logo

Presented by Madeline McNeely M.Ed.
Part 1: Friday, October 16, 2015, 9am-4pm
Part 2: Friday, November 13, 2015, 9am – 4pm
Watertown Center for the Healing Arts
Watertown, MA

As leaders of people and organizations, power lies in our capacity to recover “center”. In this workshop, you will learn about your energetic, physical and neurological responses to stress so that you can recover “center” and generate the impact you seek.

We will simulate everyday pressures of leadership and organizing, refine our leadership intentions, and learn how to realign ourselves when we’ve been hijacked emotionally and physically.  This workshop is a time to reflect on who we are and who we intend to be as leaders so we can more powerfully address the critical social issues of our time.  Here is the flyer for the workshop. LE 1 Flyer Oct 2015

For details, contact Madeline at or call: 617-320-7381.   

Cost: $400.00 (for both days or $200/day) payable by check or through PayPal:

Leadership: Aligning Brain and Body for
Racial Justice Workers

Presented by Madeline McNeely, M.Ed.
Thursday, June 4, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Community Change, Inc., Boston, MA  

Have you ever felt a golf ball in your throat or a bowling ball land in your stomach because you saw a racist act (for example the killing of Eric Garner on video)? What do you do with the rush of adrenalin and cortisol that flushes through the body when you’re confronted with racism? What happens when anger and fear inhibit your ability to act? Our bodies, like sponges, absorb collective rage and trauma. This workshop will teach you tools from neuroscience and body-oriented leadership development to build your capacity to interrupt racism and heal the traumas and illnesses that come from racism with compassion. How? We will study our body’s response to stress and practice “recovering center” repeatedly so we can consistently generate the impact we seek in our lives personally and in our racial justice work leading people and projects.

We cannot change our habits through the mind alone, and our bodies do not lie. Neuroscientists and social psychologists are able to measure how the way we carry ourselves influences our thinking, our speech, and the environment around us. This work is based in aikido and mindfulness practices. It enables us to move from our instinctual, limbic brain’s “fight, flee or freeze” response to stress to the more generative, neocortex part of the brain where we access innovation, creativity, big-picture thinking and compassion.

This workshop is for everyone who cares about sustaining themselves while working on the front lines of racial and social injustice. It is for new or veteran racial and social justice workers.

This workshop is being offered on a sliding scale of $25 to $50 per person.  To register, please email

Words to Actions:  From the Front Lines of the Anti-Racist Movement in the Shadow of Ferguson

Join us as we come together for an open discussion with local, white, anti-racist activists who will discuss their work in the movement as well as the broader implications of the grand jury decision regarding Michael Brown’s shooting in Ferguson, Missouri (implications both for white anti racists activists specifically and the larger social justice landscape as well). There will be time for audience reflection and Q&A.Panelists are Jennifer Yanco, author of “Misremembering Dr. King,” Debby Irving, author of “Waking Up White,” Madeline McNeely, co-founder of Trinity Church Boston’s Anti-Racism Team, Patti DeRosa, a longtime trainer and activist , and Seth Kirshenbaum, co-director of The City School.Where & When:
Thursday, January 22, 2015, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Haymarket People’s Fund, 42 Seaverns Street, Jamaica Plain, MARSVP to

 2015 Community Accomplishment Call

Join Madeline for a one hour call to learn about and create 2015 Accomplishments.  You will begin writing and sharing them with others interested in practicing this framework on the call. It’s a powerful way to orient you towards generating the accomplishments you aspire to in your life and leadership. All are welcome.

When: Friday, January 9, 12 noon EST for 1 hour

Conference Line information: 605-562-0020, meeting ID # 857-727-799

If you’re interested in attending or even just thinking about it, please email Madeline at

 Leadership Embodiment Level II

Led by Tiphani Palmer, Partner at Embodiment International
Saturday-Sunday, October 18-19, 2014, 9am-4pm
Watertown Center for the Healing Arts, Watertown, MA

This workshop is designed for those who have completed a Level I workshop.  In Level II, we will build on the skills and awareness began in Level I.  Tiphani is a master level Leadership Embodiment Teacher, Coach and Trainer.  It is a rare chance to study with her on the East Coast, so anyone who has completed Level I is strongly encouraged to attend.