I developed the term Body-Informed Leadership to describe the practice of being attuned to, and in conscious, skilful relationship with, the body’s signals as a crucial – although often unconscious – domain of leadership in our group cultures.
In my Body-Informed Leadership programs, I draw from the latest insights into Neuroscience and embodied psychology to open this leadership domain to greater awareness, and to convey the core skills required to navigate it successfully.
Body-Informed Leadership invites each and every one of us to become an active participant in co-creating a ground of Somatic safety in our group cultures, to activate our hard-wired, physiological blueprint for interconnected, compassionate, and creative states, and to re-condition our collective nervous system away from its current traumatic imprint towards states of greater freedom, possibility, and love.
Being Love in Action: BIL for Activists and Changemakers
Being Love in Action teaches that both “love” and “fear” are brain-body states. By learning the neuroscience of love and fear, and by exploring our personal, cultural, and intergenerational Nervous System imprints, we reclaim our ability to sense and feel – and in so doing, to choose – which elements of our own neuro-circuitry we inhabit in our lives, actions, and group cultures.
Only from this place of choice do we have the resilience and the creativity to create the changes that are so longed for in this world.
Being Love in Action teaches a core set of body-based skills and practices to:
- Self-and-co-regulate the nervous system
- Move, express and release intensity and emotional energy through the body, and
- Explore, understand, and transform personal and collective nervous system imprints
This workshop is for activists and change-makers of all kinds who seek to explore personal and collective Somatic imprints, to disentangle domination dynamics from their brain-bodies, and to sense, feel, and physically move their way towards more connective, creative and collaborative ways of relating within themselves, and with each other.
Safe Harbour: BIL for Organisations and Communities
This workshop focuses on the role of psychological safety in our group cultures, particularly its function in supporting risk-taking, innovation, and diversity. It teaches the Somatic understandings and practices that support psychological safety at the deepest, felt-sense level, along with body-based communication practices which allow us to hold ourselves and each other accountable to a shared evolutionary purpose. This workshop invokes a new paradigm of leadership in which each person understands their crucial role in co-creating the fabric of Somatic safety and interconnection in their group cultures.
BIL Deep Dive: Riding the Edge of Difference
BIL Deep Dive: The Dance of Interconnection
We humans are in a constant state of communication with the world and each other. Our psychology, emotional, physiological and Nervous System states, our motivations and needs, all of these and more are continuously expressed beneath our conscious awareness through patterns of sensation and movement in our bodies. These somatic patterns inform how we experience our sense of Self, and play a powerful role in how we show up in our lives, in our relationships, and in our group cultures.
In order to radically transform our group cultures to support greater interconnection, we must collectively learn the skills and practices to relate with this dimension of our experience in a good way. Attachment, trauma, Shadow, and difference are important elements of any group field which are negotiated in this non-verbal arena. Without the right language and understanding, we are unable to address and transform these deeper personal and collective group themes.
Body-Informed Leadership Part 2 teaches a core set of body-based skills and practices to:
- Become aware of sensate patterns in our bodies
- Become aware of how those sensate patterns inform our ways of relating to self and other
- Understand the ways that Attachment and Trauma are negotiated at the somatic level
- Receive, express, and transform individual and group somatic patterns using vocal sound and body movement
- Speak to non-verbal patterns in ourselves and each other respectfully, in a way that generates interconnection in our group cultures and empowers us to relate to Shadow, and
- Enhance our ability to be in conflict and navigate difference in our group cultures