Program Delivery

The Rhythm2Recovery Team offer a number of different programs, tailored to suit the needs of specific client groups. Each program is designed to meet your needs; in relation to client focus, scheduling and budget.

Our programs combine best practice with ‘real life’ experience to deliver positive outcomes for your participants. All our programs include an evaluative component to provide you with feedback on the value of your investment. Our team has wide experience working across all age groups, and cultures in settings as diverse as: schools, hospitals, prisons, youth services, rehabilitation centres, community centers, aged care centers, corporate organisations. R2R program use a combination of rhythm and reflection to engage participants in a way that transcends language, creates a safe therapeutic environment and addresses key issues that impact quality of life. Our focus is on empowerment; supporting individuals, families and communities to address the barriers that restrict the development of their full potential.

Rhythm 2 Recovery workshops can be aligned to the needs of the contracting organisation. Workshops can run for one hour sessions, multiple sessions or  full days. Below are just a sample of the workshops offered.


I have seen Simon present and I have read his materials. He is a sincere and humble man with a great gift for designing experiential rhythm activities and for training facilitators of group rhythm. His interpersonal manner is disarming, and before you know it, you will be drumming with him, with opportunities to reflect on what your drumming says about you as a teammate, a coworker, a community member, and as an individual. Simon’s work has applications in corporate settings to examine team relationships, among incarcerated populations to encourage appropriate socialization and self esteem, in schools, in rehab centers, and dozens of other settings. The work is of high value to music teachers, music therapists, and music performers who wish to add new levels of audience involvement to their concerts. While his work is taught through a medium that requires no prior musical experience, it applies to all instruments at all levels of sophistication.


Dr Jim Oshinsky
Clinical Psychologist Adelphi University
New York

Rhythm & the Brain

This workshop explores the neurological basis for employing rhythmic interventions with people who are at the mercy of their emotions. Developments in neuroscience reveal the limit of talk based approaches with people who have experienced severe trauma. Rhythmic therapies can reach primal parts of the brain that regulate the stress response and assist in realigning them, so that people can gain a sense of control over their emotions, and reduce their anxiety.

This is a fun, hands-on workshop featuring a range of somatosensory exercises to restore equilibrium, reduce emotional arousal and improve bodily-awareness and grounding.

Rhythm for Relationships

This workshop showcases a wide range of exercises that improve relational experience and understanding. Relationships are central to the meaning and happiness we derive from our lives and almost all clients who present with mental health or addiction issues will have relational issues as a key element of their condition.

This is a fun, hands on workshop featuring games and exercises that promote teamwork, social skills and empathy.

Rhythm for Communication

This workshop extends the history of the drum as a tool for communication into the modern world, exploring a wide range of communication themes in a fun way. Communication is at the heart of effective relationships in all spheres of life. This workshop is a fun guide to the do’s and don’ts of communication and is as relevant to the corporate manager as it is to the parents or teachers of rebellious teens.

This is a fun, hands on workshop using hand-drums to explore areas such as listening skills, body language, clarity & misinterpretation,  language barriers, cultural issues, social media, power and assertiveness.

The RICH Program - Rhythm for Improving Community Harmony – 5 sessions

For centuries people have used drums and percussion to bring people together in order to build and cement community through ceremony and celebration. This workshop is directed at breaking down the barriers of misunderstanding and intolerance that divides members of communities. It showcases the value of diversity and explores the importance of individuality within communities.

This is a fun, hands on workshop designed to assist multi-cultural communities that are threatened through disunity and  intolerance. This workshop uses the drum-circle to explore commonalities between peoples, building trust and acceptance and reducing difference.

Rhythm for Engagement

Engagement is the first step in the learning process, whether educational or therapeutic. This workshop showcases a wide range of strategies for engaging clients, young and old, who are reluctant to participate in therapeutic interventions or group exercises.

This workshop is full of quick and easy rhythm games and exercises for engagement, that provide a safe entry point for collaboration between the counsellor or educator and their client/s.

Rhythm & Emotion

The drum is a safe and effective vehicle for the therapist to use to assist their clients in working through and expressing their feelings. For many people the inability to express their emotions in safe and constructive ways is a road block to recovery.

This workshop details a wide range of exercises that can be used both to assist people express their feelings and to examine different aspects of emotional expression as they impact our relationships with others. Both individual and group applications are covered.

Rhythm for Belonging

Social isolation is an increasingly common experience for many people in today’s modern world. It reduces opportunities for support and can exacerbate mental health and drug and alcohol problems.

This workshop has been designed to assists those struggling for community connection and a sense of place amongst others. It  explores patterns of behaviour that can lead to social isolation and strategies for social engagement, restoring trust and managing social anxiety.

Rhythm Extension – extend your rhythmic vocabulary

Extend you catalogue of drumming rhythms – This workshop refreshes your hand-drumming technique and introduces you to a number of new drumming rhythms, with integrated parts that you can use with your clients, students or community drum-circle – techniques to strengthen your versatility on the drum and to facilitate drum events are also included.

Rhythm in the Workplace

This workshop uses analogies from the drum-circle to look at a range of issues that impact workplace harmony and team performance. Among the central themes are effective leadership, motivating your employees, dealing with change and improving communication. This workshop is an excellent energiser for team-days or workplace development days.

Rhythm for the Elderly

This workshop includes a range of strategies to engage elderly people in rhythmic music and includes specific exercises that address both physiological and psychological issues. The program fosters social connection and improves mood whilst also assisting gross motor coordination and balance.

The Yarning Beat Program – 12 Sessions

This program uses a simple pattern played on hand drums to develop mindfulness and to reduce anxiety. Each session has a theme for contemplation. Themes include:

  • Culture
  • Belonging
  • Staying strong
  • Clean body, clean mind
  • Good choices
  • Family values
  • Respect
  • Helping each other out
  • Teamwork
  • Kindness
  • Bouncing back
  • Keeping it together
  • Finding the support you need

Sessions start with the facilitator introducing the theme and connecting it to every-day life, survival and resilience. Group members (maximum 10) get to discuss each sessions theme between drumming – the drumming is improvised around a simple meditative rhythm. Each session moves between periods on drumming (mindfulness and a cathartic release of feelings) to discussion (reflection and self-awareness)

Group members can substitute themes that are more relevant to their situation if they wish. Session ends with facilitator summary and a regulation exercise.

No criticism or judgment is made of anyone’s contribution – the session must be safe in order for people to contribute. Facilitators can point to faulty reasoning in a sensitive way.