Expand your group’s potential with a RhythmLift experience, custom-designed for your group and goals!


Boost Commitment, Creativity, and Collaboration

& Team Building

  • Team unification
  • De-stress breaks
  • Project launches
  • Planning meetings
  • Celebrations
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Education &
Human Services

  • Staff team building
  • Planning meetings
  • Training days
  • College student groups
  • Leadership development
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Conferences, Meetings & Trainings

  • Energizing icebreakers
  • Interactive keynotes
  • Lively breakouts
  • Experiential training
  • Culminating closings
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Wellness & Personal Growth

  • Workplace wellness
  • Health workshops
  • Expressive arts
  • Personal growth events
  • Special interest groups
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Watch RhythmLift in Action

Why RhythmLift Works

Release Your Group’s Real Potential!

IMG_8669-touched square 140My name is Mary Tolena. I bet that your group or team can do more than it thinks possible.

I bet that you think so, too.

RhythmLift programs take your group to new levels of creativity, collaboration, and commitment using the power of rhythm!


  • Creates an uplifting, memorable shared experience
  • Is customized to reinforce your purpose, message and goals
  • Promotes listening, collaboration, and creative expression
  • Is Out-of-the-box, challenging, and FUN!
  • Transforms individuals into an orchestra
  • Engages mind, body, and community spirit
  • Is for everyone! No musical experience required
Group rhythm and drumming gets people out of their heads and into the moment. They relax, open up, and tune in with satisfying musical connection. Read more about the proven social, health, and learning benefits of drumming here.
In RhythmLift experiences, change actually happens as your group transforms from individual non-drummers to a drumming ensemble. Your key messages and themes are woven into the program, and literally “set to music” by the group.  Read more about the RhythmLift difference here.
Mary Tolena’s prior life as an operations executive took a rhythmic turn when she was “grabbed by the drum,” and saw the power of group drumming to develop leadership and teamwork.  Read more about Mary’s story here.
My guarantee is simple: If, for any reason, you are not happy with the outcome of your session, you get your money back.  Learn more about why you can count on RhythmLift programs here.
Mary creates sequences and activities that cultivate participant engagement and community spirit from beginning to end. She integrates intriguing themes with rhythmic activities, and facilitates discussions where participants discover new meanings and applications for their own lives.
Arthur Hull, Village Music Circles
Our drumming experience was the perfect start to our day long faculty celebration. In less than an hour it created a space for community connectedness, gave a chance for colleagues to have fun together and unleashed a spirit of creativity and optimism.
Catherine Koverola, Antioch University Seattle
By using rhythm as well as language to communicate, Mary gets teams to listen, negotiate and connect. She is a strong yet easy-going facilitator and has a lovely way of making these activities accessible to everyone, even those with no drumming or percussion experience.
Heather Robert, San Diego Women's Chorus
Adding rhythm and drumming to our Holistic Care retreat was a great way to celebrate our day of learning. Mary helped us find and believe in our own sense of rhythm, and showed how rhythm awareness aligns with the holistic care perspective. At the end, group members described themselves as grounded, happy, musical, vibrating, and connected!
Donna Jo Veigel, RNC HNC
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