Beats Talking
Drum Workshops
(The nuts and bolts and science behind it)


Beats Talking Drum Workshops will provide people with the opportunity to experience positive social interactions, and develop valuable life skills, by combining the power of drumming with the fun, safe, communal environment of a small group setting.

Through the use of drum exercises as metaphors for discussion points, participants will be encouraged to explore and express thoughts and emotions whilst also reaping the experiential benefits of performing rhythmic music.

These workshops will be based on Simon Faulkner’s “Rhythm to Recovery” method of Drum Circle facilitation, which he has demonstrated, and taught, globally. These workshops have been proven to be effectual with helping people with a variety of mental health or social issues, as well as general wellbeing.

Beats Talking Drum Workshops will combine the positive, healing attributes of three key elements, in the following ways.

1. Drumming and Rhythmic music.

  • Rhythm permeates the universe. Performing rhythmic music connects one to the ebb and flow of life.

  • Drums and drumming have been used for centuries, all around the globe, for communication, healing, expression, ceremonies and celebration.

  • Drums and rhythm can provide a perfect metaphor for life.

  • Rhythmic music and drumming help regulate blood pressure and heartbeat. It also helps with impulse control, stress release and restoring the body back to homeostasis (relaxed state).

  • Playing music in general is one of the few activities that stimulate most areas of the brain at once, creating a positive experience on many levels.

  • Drumming promotes positive, physical motor function and co-ordination.

  • Drumming and rhythmic music promote the practice of Mindfulness.

  • Drumming reduces the reliance on the spoken language, making it easier and safer for people to express themselves.

  • Group drumming helps with impulse control and emotional regulation.

  • Drumming mediates the primal areas of the brain.

  • Group drumming promotes social bonding and teamwork.

  • Drumming and rhythm are timeless and universal, and the sound of drums resonates with an ancient memory within us all.

2. Metaphors

  • Drumming and rhythmic music provide a perfect metaphor for life and the expression of many ideas.

  • Metaphors help people to safely explore and express emotions and thoughts.

  • Metaphors help promote a positive response in the sub-conscious by creating imagery. Sometimes more complex ideas can be expressed and understood universally though imagery (a picture says a thousand words).  Metaphors therefore can be an excellent means of expression.

  • Metaphors help bypass the critical, analysing conscious mind, and can talk directly to the sub-conscious, where our emotions and imagination take place.


3. Group work.

Group work provides participants with the following positive experiences.

  • Provides participants with a safe environment to explore and express ideas and thoughts.

  • Encourages participants to define their own values, reinforcing personal identification, goal setting and direction in life.

  • Encourages the promotion of social values such as positive social interaction and relationships, tolerance, acceptance and solidarity.

  • Encourages co-operation within a group setting. It promotes the sense of belonging and the strength of community.

  • Develops Self-Awareness within participants by encouraging Mindfulness whilst playing drums. Mindfulness helps us to view our thoughts, emotions and memories objectively, without being beholden to them.

  • Mindfulness also helps with rumination (overthinking) which contributes to the cause of mental health issues such as depression or anxiety etc.

  • Encourages self and social responsibility by providing participants the means to maintain self-empowerment and control over their lives.

  • Develops and supports positive, healthy relationships and interactions. Helps participants to develop positive social skills and to develop a healthy relationship within them.

  • Develops altruism amongst participants by promoting the reward of giving and supporting others.


The combination of all of these elements will create a fun, engaging, therapeutic experience that is solutions focussed and strength based. This approach is congruent with current psycho-therapeutic methods and is focussed more on finding solutions rather than exploring problems.