An Afternoon of Teamwork and Energizing Activities at the Mayo Clinic
We love to work with professionals on teambuilding and teamwork activities. On November 10th, we drummed at the Humanities in Medicine Symposium event hosted by the Mayo Clinic. The aim of this symposium was to showcase:
- The impact of arts and humanities programs on patient outcomes and quality of care
- Innovative and unique arts in healthcare programs in the context of academic research
- The role of the arts and humanities in medical education core competencies and wellness of healthcare practitioner
The drumming session was a post-lunch energizer that focused on fun teamwork activities. We also highlighted some of the themes of the day and what people were taking away from all the sessions they had attended. During the event, we were able to tackle quite a few of our favorite drumming and teamwork activities including….
Drum Jam Teamwork Activity
We had a drum jam where we played the rhythm of our heartbeats. We also created rhythms about key takeaways the attendees got from their earlier morning sessions. One attendee mentioned the importance of reflecting on and sharing one’s unique story.
Rumble Ball Teamwork Activity
Next we played a rhythm game called Rumble Ball to demonstrate the accessibility of rhythm to all ages and populations. The facilitator throws a ball in the air and while it’s airborne, everyone rumbles on their drums. When the facilitator catches it, everyone stops. With a high ceiling, you can throw really high and get some energetic rumbles. Participants took turns being the leader and creating rhythm patterns with the starts and stops of the rumbles.
Finally we ended with a relaxing rhythmic breathing exercise, one of our favorites to share. It encourages participants to align their breathing with a gentle but rapid tapping on their laps to take deep, mindful breaths. It slows the heart rate and helps relax and re-energize.
Outcomes of the Teamwork Activities
One person commented they felt “comfortable but energized” at the end of the exercise. Another person commented, “what was most powerful was that the session allowed collective energy coming together and also autonomy.” This is our aim with rhythm experiences – participants discover their connection with others around them while also empowering themselves to discover the rhythm within!
How can we add rhythm to energize your conference or event? We would love to partner with you. Contact Us Today! You can learn more about the Mayo Clinic in Florida HERE and to learn more about the symposium you can click HERE.