Musical Wellness - Program Delivery Team

Nigel E. Harris - owner/manager


Nigel creates wellness and cohesiveness using music and drumming for groups of people in under 60 minutes!  

As creator of Musical Wellness in 2003, Nigel is a catalyst for managing and amplifying the positive energy that is generated in the room through everyone's active involvement in his programs. 

The energy released in the communal drumming sessions, 'awakens' and bonds the circle of participants inspiring them to work together more effectively creating a happier and more productive workplace

Following 25 years working in the technical side of the engineering industry between 1975 and 2000, Nigel continues to be a contribution to organizations, this time as a drumming 'coach', assisting management in developing and maintaining a culture of 'wellness' in the workplace.

Nigel also brings his talents as a choir director, ukulele and guitar instructor, recording engineer, and singer/songwriter/performer to his clients through Musical Wellness.



Lyse M. Côté - Anahata Healing - Associate 

Since 2017, Lyse has been integrated in the weekly work of  Musical Wellness  by guiding the 'Hearts in Tune' singers in short meditations at the end of their singing session. This offers a moment of peaceful introspection following two hours of lively drumming, singing and dancing, grounding participants before they leave.

Lyse had a 22-year career in the Canadian federal government as a project officer, analyst, and deputy director in the fields of Aboriginal health, refugee resettlement, and international development. She returned 3 times to Ukraine as an election observer on behalf of the Canadian government and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). Lyse was also a Superior Court Registrar for 4 years with the Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario. 

Her formal education includes a B.A. in Hispanic Studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and an M.A. in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia. Lyse is a certified ThetaHealing® and Level One Reiki practitioner and principle of Anahata Healing. She is bilingual and speaks a number of other languages and has traveled extensively.




Jennifer Shepherd - Living Tapestries - Associate

Jennifer creates visually engaging conceptual maps of ideas to help people engage in important meetings and conversations and envision their shared work together. She creates this work in the moment so that people see their ideas come to life before their eyes.  The co-creative process enables participants to boost their capacity to think together, to remain engaged, be creative, and remember their ideas and decisions.

As an IAF Certified Professional Facilitator with a Master’s degree in Human Systems Intervention, Jennifer Shepherd has over fifteen years of experience helping public sector, not-for-profit, and for profit organizations to perform at their best. She enables clients to improve the quality of relationships, focus intentions and actions on what matters, and make meaningful connections that foster learning and change. Her areas of expertise include: organizational development, process design and project planning, facilitation, qualitative research, community network development, knowledge translation, and conversational leadership practices and technologies, such as World Café and Open Space.

Jennifer has been playing djembe for 3 years, and studied with local Guinea-style drummers and dancers in Conakry, Guinea, for 3 weeks in 2018.


  • Member, International Forum of Visual Practitioners
  • IAF Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF), International Association of Facilitators
  • Master of Arts, Human Systems Intervention, Concordia University
  • Bachelor of Applied Science, Consumer Studies, University of Guelph
  • Editor of 2016 anthology “Drawn Together Through Visual Practice”


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