Since late 2004, Marilyn Webb Neagley has been the director of Talk About Wellness, an initiative that deepens the inner lives of school children through art and nature and self calming skills such as mindfulness-based meditation. Over that time and since the early 1980’s she has attended professional workshops and retreats that focused on meditation, mindfulness and social/emotional learning.
In 2009 her book of reflections on nature, Walking through the Seasons, received an IPPY gold medal for best northeastern non-fiction. In 2011 she co-edited with Dr. Aostre N. Johnson the book, Educating from the Heart, which summarizes the intentions of Talk About Wellness through educators’ stories.
From 1990-2004 Marilyn provided technical assistance as a consultant to non-profit organizations. Beginning in 1971 she became involved with the formation of Shelburne Farms (Shelburne, Vermont) as a non-profit organization and was President from 1976-1989. During that time she served as a Bridges for Peace delegate to the former Soviet Union. She also received the National President’s Award for Historic Preservation and served on the USDA’s Users Advisory Board, a White House appointment under President Reagan.