Drumming and Health 2016/2017

Click here for the Costa Rica retreat… a unique and powerful pairing of yoga and drumming!


Early bird deadline November 1st! First time beginners and advanced students welcome.

Lyle Povah is a musician, percussionist and African drummer, drum circle facilitator, researcher and workshop leader, as well as a Kundalini yoga teacher and massage practitioner, with particular interest in the areas of health, community building and spirituality. He recently returned from 2 years in China and Japan (and Thailand and Bali), where he lead various therapeutic music and drum circle programs. Across 5 of 6 continents, he has utilized drumming, rhythm, the voice, and movement to promote all aspects of wellness.

An international leader in the music and health field, Lyle’s diverse career finds him offering programs at retreats, hospitals, festivals, correctional facilities, schools, and at seniors and community centres. He presents at national and international conferences, leads corporate team building sessions, and brings musical fun and learning to many musical arenas, including health care centres, eating disorder and psychiatry wards, youth-at-risk programs, church groups, special populations, the underprivileged and homeless, and those dealing with addictions. Lyle leads yoga and drumming programs for Corrections Canada at medium to maximum security prisons.

Lyle and his company Drumming and Health has conducted ground breaking research into the health benefits of drumming for eating disorder patients. His first-of-its-kind study at St. Paul’s Hospital’s In-Patient Eating Disorders Program in Vancouver Canada produced highly significant health benefits for patients participating in regular Drum Circle programming. Lyle has worked at British Columbia Children’s Hospital one day a week for 23 years, runs programs for InspireHealth Supportive Cancer Care and the BC Cancer Society, as well as facilitating executive development programs for the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business. In China, he lead corporate team building sessions with IBM China and Joy International, and Rites of Passage programs for Chinese youth.

Lyle will lead a drumming session at LuluLemon’s International Conference on October 6, 2016 for 900 participants at the Whistler Conference Centre.

Drumming and Health 2016 (in China April to August 2015)


“House of I” Family House opening, West Town, China, May 2015.

Facilitating interactive, fun and healing musical and rhythm-based events locally and globally, to calm the mind, tune the body and revitalize the spirit!


A drum circle is a rhythm-based event where people gather in a circle to express themselves with African drums and percussion instruments. A facilitator guides the session, encouraging and supporting people as they reconnect with their innate sense of rhythm. Inclusiveness is a core principle – people of all backgrounds, mobility, ages and skill levels (even first-time beginners) can participate. It becomes a model for our world family, an opportunity to engage in this age-old activity where young and old play and celebrate together.
TRENDS IN COGNITIVE SCIENCE JOURNAL, APRIL 2013. Dr. Daniel Levitin, Psychologist, McGill University: “… studies found that older adults can boost their immune function, reversing age-related declines, by making music as participants in drumming circles.”
“I really really enjoyed just taking the morning to enjoy music (one of my passions) and learn a little about a new instrument, and work in a creative way with my team. I think we all very much enjoyed it. Thank you again. I feel rejuvenated!!” Staff Member, Training Session, Mountain Institution, Corrections Canada, Feb 18, 2014.

2015 Update – Drumming and Health in China:

The drum circle has potential to teach us about:

Focus on health:

“I have neck problems and tension headaches. So far, neither sport nor stretching or relaxation have made a difference. But I completely forgot about it during the drumming – it was gone!” UBC Sauder School of Business “Meeting the Leadership Challenge” team building session participant.

Drumming and Health would like to acknowledge and express appreciation for working relationships with the following organizations: