Recent Events & Articles (Our blog)


  • Team-building and personal growth at Rethreaded

    “I’d like to get my own drum and do it, because it really, really…I don’t know what it did, but it did something in me, and I never expected that.” – Rethreaded participant on personal growth experience

    New beginnings.  Exciting career paths.  Gorgeous, quality, and fair trade merchandise.  I’m describing, of course, Rethreaded, where we recently led a team-building and personal growth workshop.

    About Rethreaded

    If you’re not familiar with Rethreaded in Jacksonville, you should be.  Their mission is “to unravel the effects of the sex trade by fighting business with business on a global and local level.”  They provide “safe, viable, and dignity-giving work to survivors of the sex trade allowing them to be who they were created to be.”

    What we did

    Our workshop of about 20 women focused not only on building and reinforcing unity (of which they already had much), but also encouraging personal growth.  Some participants remarked that they felt gently nudged to step out of their comfort zones, with the knowledge that their team was there to support them.

    Participants took turns standing in the middle of the drum circle, leading and listening.  They made up their own rhythms.  Then they partnered up to discuss their key takeaways.

    Most importantly, they never stopped supporting each other.

    Check out some additional photos below taken by talented photographer Mary Atwood!

    “It wasn’t just me personally that made the sounds, it took a group.  It took all of us to make this beautiful sound.” – Rethreaded participant on team-building experience

    To learn about our corporate social responsibility opportunities, contact us.

     

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  • Team-Building: Leadership Jax Opening Retreat in St. Augustine, FL

    On August 18th, 2017, members of the Leadership Jax class of 2018 got a fun surprise at their opening retreat at World Golf Village in St. Augustine – a drum circle!  Since they had just spent the day getting to know one another, a team-building drum circle was just the thing to solidify connections.  Our 5-step process took them through some energizing drum rolls, a relaxing warm-up, a listening and communication activity, drum jam, and an activity to strengthen bonding.

    According to their website,  “Leadership Jacksonville educates, connects, and inspires diverse leaders to build and strengthen their communities.”  Since connection, diversity, and creativity are the cornerstones of Just Add Rhythm’s events, this was an ideal blending of organizational values.

    Activities included:

    • Give a Little, playing one’s neighbor’s drum and injecting upbeat energy into the group (short video here!)
    • Drum jam where participants made up their own rhythms and led the group using volume cues (short video here!)
    • Number Walk, which encouraged participants to think on their feet and adapt quickly to change (short video here!)

    Participants shared that the event helped them to relax and connect, and they also drew parallels between the Number Walk activity and examples of adapting to change in work-related and personal experiences.  Plus, they had tons of fun – just look at those smiles!

    Photo credit:  Steve Ramcharitar

    Interested in adding some rhythm to your team’s next event?

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  • Community Drum Circle at Greenscape of Jacksonville’s Tree Festival

    What better way to close out the first annual Tree Festival in Metropolitan Park of downtown Jacksonville than a big drum circle?  Festival attendees received free trees to plant while learning about the importance of trees in city planning, home value, and decreasing their utility bills.

    We provided a community drum circle to end the festival on a high note.  Both children and adults had a blast honing their playing skills while learning how drumming can encourage team-building and enhance overall wellness.  Participants had the chance to lead the group in the “wave” (drumming-style) as well as volume cues.  We ended the drum circle by playing a game that illustrates how when each person contributes just one beat to a rhythm, we can make magical music together!

    We love helping you bring awareness to your festival or event through rhythm!  If you’ve got a community or private event coming up that you’d like to add a little rhythm to, contact us!

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