Our newly incorporated non-profit, the Rhythm of Life Society, in association with Lyle Povah from Drumming and Health announces:

Drum Run - a bold new adventure tour and fundraiser for charities.

DRUM - in 20+ cities across BC      RUN - 1,400 kilometers between cities

Four Proposed Tour Legs:  

  • Vancouver Island - (to the West) - Victoria to Campbell River > stopping to drum in Victoria, Duncan, Nanaimo, Parksville, Courtney/Comox and Campbell River
  • Highway of Tears - (to the North) - Prince Rupert to Prince George > stopping in Prince Rupert, Terrace, Hazelton, Smithers, Burns Lake, Fraser Lake, Vanderhoof, Prince George
  • Okanagan - (to the East) - Kamloops to Osoyoos > stopping in Kamloops, Salmon Arm, Vernon, Kelowna, Penticton, Osoyoos
  • Lower Mainland - (to the South) - Hope to Vancouver > stopping in Hope, Chilliwack/Agassiz, Abbotsford, Port Moody, Coquitlam, Vancouver

Drum Run is a Spring 2023 adventure tour that promotes health and well-being by combining community drum circle workshops in cities throughout British Columbia with distance running events between each community.

Drum Run motivates, engages and connects people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds in interactive community-based drumming and running events that are outdoors, fun and inspire physical movement.

Be Part of The Enthusiasm Team

It is exciting to envision the launch of Drum Run, the 1,400 kilometre adventure tour throughout BC. This is a great chance to learn new things, step into leadership, and create something amazing. We would love you to bring your energy and skills to this project. Not a drummer or a runner? No matter! An adventure tour of this scope requires inspired people with expertise in multiple areas, marketing, finances, research, coordination of events and volunteers, IT, people skills, fundraising. Are you ready?

Volunteer To Be Part of The Enthusiasm Team 


Introduce Drumming and Health’s DRUM RUN to everyone, your friends and contacts (and drum circle facilitators, drum enthusiasts, runners, yoga teachers and enthusiasts, sponsors and donors) throughout and beyond the province of British Columbia, tell them about DRUM RUN and invite them to join the run, volunteer, be a supporter or organize the Drum Circle venue

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Lyle Povah announces Drum Run - a bold new ADventure to inspire communities WITH RUNNING, drumming, and yoga events 


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In essence, Drum Run is a vehicle and crew-supported events tour that combines:

  • Distance running from community to community throughout British Columbia
  • Community Drum Circles once on location in each of the cities on the tour schedule

Pending consultation with First Nations leaders, on whose ancestral and traditional lands the Drum Run tour wishes to travel, we propose four tour legs:

  •  Vancouver Island - Victoria to Campbell River
  • The Highway of Tears - Prince Rupert to Prince George
  • The Okanagan - Kamloops to Osoyoos
  • Home stretch - Hope to Vancouver

Drum Run will travel from (and Lyle Povah and fellow runners/walkers etc, will move from) city to city, connecting one community to another. The overarching theme is Health, and people of all ages and abilities are invited to run a portion of the daily run with Lyle. The tour will also embrace the practice of Kundalini Yoga and will invite Drum Run participants to join the daily morning classes led by Lyle. Up to 100 drums will be provided for drum circle participants and first time beginners to advanced players are welcome to join in for this extraordinary experience and project.

A Drumming and Health Team Building Session with SONG's Board of Directors. SONG, which stands for "Seeking Oneness for the Next Generation" is all about supporting youth empowerment! 


  • Support health by accessing and connecting the drumming and music, fitness and yoga communities to create more awareness, partnerships and fundraising
  • Promote an embodied connection to the earth while outdoors
  • Engage in health promoting activities like drumming, running, and yoga
  • Facilitate people experiencing the healing, restorative and connective power of the drum
  • Connect communities through the memorable experience of running and walking from one’s community to another’s community
  • Through daily on-tour practice, to teach and share the health benefits of Kundalini yoga
  • Raise funds for charities
  • Enjoy the shared stories and friendships that would emerge through such an experience
  • Inspire others to DREAM BIG
Smiling Ladies with Drums

Such a wonderful and connective event with the Sto:lo Nation!


DRUM - Lyle is an international musician and workshop facilitator (see bio below).

RUN - Lyle runs marathons internationally, and has run a couple of ultra-marathons (any race more than a 42 km marathon), including the 80 kilometre "Whistler 50", as well as numerous half marathons. Some marathon races include the Great Wall of China, Maui, Eugene Oregon, the Boston Marathon, and of course the hometown Vancouver Marathon. He recently ran Washington State’s Tunnel Marathon virtually.

Lyle is working with renowned Olympian athlete and running coach Carey Nelson to prepare for Drum Run. He has been training year-round as the Pacific Northwest now moves into marathon season with the onset of warmer weather.  "Run" with Lyle during Drum Run next year, distance long or distance short... all speeds, all modes, all people!

YOGA - Following Kundalini Teacher Training at Yoga West in Vancouver in 2013, Lyle began teaching at Yoga One in Burnaby, Bound Lotus in North Vancouver, the Welcome Home Addiction Recovery Academy in Surrey, and Inspire Health Supportive Cancer Care. He also ran yoga and drumming programs at Mountain Institute medium security prison in Agassiz. For two years in 2014 and 2015, Lyle facilitated music and therapeutic drum circles in Japan and China, as well as teaching yoga. In 2018, Lyle taught yoga and transformational drumming in Austria with the Wellbeing Project based out of Paris France a global initiative that assists social change leaders and organizations to focus on inner wellness.

The tour will be bringing along a large collection of drums, so that they can be provided to those who don't have a drum. Community Drum Circle events will be planned and advertised well in advance through local contacts. Lyle has toured British Columbia over his long history as a musician/facilitator so has connections in many communities. Drumming and Health is inviting participation from individuals, groups and companies that would like to be involved. Runners can fundraise themselves for Drum Run, or they can sponsor Lyle with a fixed or per kilometer donation.

Drum Run will cover 1,400 km of running. 

Lyle has continued to train year-round and run virtual races, with many marathons and ultramarathons coming up in preparation for Drum Run. There will be about 25 Drum Circle events along the tour route. For example: Drum Circle Vernon, run to Kelowna, Drum Circle Kelowna, run to Penticton etc.


Lyle Povah is a musician, team building drum circle facilitator, researcher and workshop leader, as well as a yoga teacher, with particular interest in the areas of health and community building. He worked for 2 years in China and Japan, leading various therapeutic music and drum circle programs, including corporate team building sessions with IBM China and Joy International. Across 5 of 7 continents, he has utilized drumming, rhythm, the voice, and movement to promote all aspects of wellness.

Lyle offers programs at conventions, retreats, hospitals, festivals, and correctional facilities. He presents at national and international conferences, works in health care centres, eating disorder and psychiatric wards, and works with the underprivileged. He also leads yoga and drumming programs for women and men with Corrections Canada at medium and maximum security prisons.

Lyle and his company Drumming and Health have conducted groundbreaking research into the health benefits of drumming for eating disorder patients at St. Paul’s Hospital Inpatient Eating Disorders Program. He has also worked at British Columbia Children’s Hospital one day a week for 27 years, runs programs for InspireHealth Supportive Cancer Care, and the BC Cancer Society. Corporately, he works regularly with UBC’s Sauder School of Business and many other organizations, banks and universities.

Lyle led a drumming and rhythm motivational event for 900 attendees at Lululemon’s International Leadership Conference in Whistler, Canada, then led the week long “Embody your Expansive Spirit - a Yoga and Drumming Retreat” in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica and delivered a powerful onstage energizer performance at TEDxStanleyPark for 2,700 people at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

Lyle has had the honour to have collaborated in this work with First Nations groups (Northwest Territories, Northern Manitoba and BC) such as the Dene, Stó:lō and Katzie Nations.

Lyle was part of an international team of facilitators in a week long teaching retreat in Austria, working with participants enrolled with the Wellbeing Project, a global initiative that assists social change leaders and organizations focus on inner wellness. Lyle brought transformational drumming and Kundalini yoga to the project.

As an international marathon runner, Lyle has participated in runs on the Great Wall of China, in Maui, in hometown Vancouver, Eugene Oregon and in Boston, to name a few. 

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