Cognitive programs designed to support and maintain memory and brain fitness


Our Mind program is designed to support and maintain memory and brain fitness. It includes physical exercise classes to stimulate the brain, exciting and mood lifting music exercises, intellectual lectures on longevity and mindfulness meditations.


“Where words fail, music speaks.” – Hans Christian Andersen


Music therapy for brain health is fast becoming a trend at innovative senior communities nationwide. That’s because neuroscientific research is now proving the positive effects of music on cognitive functioning and recovery, as well as in the treatment of Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Our MusicMind™ classes stimulate the entire brain. Studies show that combining movement while listening to music creates new brain cells. Other proven benefits include strengthening the heart, improving muscle tone, relieving stress, enhancing perception and comprehension. Music therapy, in particular drumming, has been shown to improve neurological conditions including strokes, trauma, dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.

Drumming has also been shown to activate both sides of the brain and can help the mind achieve “hemispheric coordination,” where both halves of the brain are active and brain waves are synchronized. This coordination can lead to integrative modes of consciousness, which can include greater insight or creativity. Drumming also increases alpha waves in the brain which calms the mind.

MusicMind™ classes include:

Conductorcise with David Dworkin – a fun and invigorating musical class that combines music education, natural body movement and physical response to music. Conductorcise is a wonderful marriage of music, fun, connections and aerobic exercise. It is harder to conceive of a more engaging challenge that all people will love, learn, and get healthy from the experience.” Dr. John J. Ratey, Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Health Beats with Shannon Ratigan – a series of therapeutic drumming classes that improve coordination, social interactions, patterning, self-confidence and well being. “As a neurologist, Shannon Ratigan’s therapeutic drumming is the most effective form of patterning exercise therapy I have found. The results of this therapy on my patients with neurological injuries are astounding.” – William Hammesfahr, MD

Mantras and Mudras

This innovative series of classes brings a modernized approach to ancient health practices from India. Mantras (repeating a word or series of words) have been practiced for centuries to improve the brain and deliver the same benefits of modern brain-training games, but with longer lasting effect.

Mantras cause the left and right hemispheres of the brain to synchronize. Mantras have been shown to help oxygenate the brain, reduce heart rate, blood pressure and assist in creating calm brainwave activity. Mantras relax the brain by reducing activity in the limbic system, a significant portion of the brain associated with stress, emotion, learning, motivation and other functions.

Mudras (hand gestures) are evidence based* hand exercises to stimulate the same regions in the brain as language and to improve overall well-being. Combining mudra and mantras for just 12 minutes daily over eight weeks has been shown to significantly improve clarity, empathy, emotional equilibrium and memory.

(*Studies conducted by The National Academy of Sciences, and the University of Pennsylvania)

Meditations for Mind – emotional freedom and healing

Our meditations gently guide participants on a journey to themselves where they can better overcome personal challenges and attain greater peace of Mind. Participants gain a sense of mastery over their thoughts and feelings rather than feeling overwhelmed by them.  They will learn to have control in the present moment to safely deal with painful memories in their past or worries about their future.


David Dworkin

David Dworkin of Conductorcise, has led orchestras across the globe, and performed as clarinetist with ensembles internationally. He served as conductor and Artistic Consultant of three PBS Television documentaries in the series Grow Old With Me, including The Poetry of Aging, featuring Richard Kiley, Julie Harris, and James Earl Jones, and devoted much of his career to working with young people. In his 80’s, he has become a sought-after role model for all, demonstrating how exercise, music, joy and a positive outlook can create a healthy journey through life.


Skip Jennings
Meditations for Emotional Freedom

Skip Jennings is transformational Life Coach and licensed spiritual counselor
 He is a certified personal trainer and a group fitness instructor through the Aerobics Fitness Association of American 
Certified Sports. He is a nutritionist with the National Association of Sports Nutrition (NASN). Skip is also a motivational/inspirational speaker and a certified Master Trainer for Schwinn Indoor Cycling. He has presented at the IDEA fitness conferences as an Idea Expert for several years.


Stacy McCarthy
Meditations for Healing

Stacy McCarthy holds a B.S. in Exercise Physiology and has over 25 years of teaching experience. She is a highly requested presenter at some of the yoga and fitness industries most renowned conferences and conventions and was a finalist for “Instructor of the Year” at IDEA. She was inducted into the Yoga Alliance at its highest level and is the Yoga Director for Yoga School of Business. Stacy is a Professor of Yoga and faculty member at Miracosta College Kinesiology, Health and Nutrition Program.

“It lights me up to see the joy in life that yoga can bring active agers. This ancient practice connects body, mind and spirit while increasing balance, stamina, strength and flexibility. It’s easy on your joints and increases your focus through mindful movement. The best part is yoga is accessible for everyone.”

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Shannon Ratigan
Health Beats

Shannon Ratigan is classically trained as a symphony percussionist and has been facilitating drum circles for seniors for over 30 years. He is a talented and natural teacher who enables people of all skill levels and physical/mental abilities to have a unique and enriching experience. Shannon taught drumming at The Dunedin Fine Arts Center and is the author of “A Practical Guide to Hand Drumming and Drum Circles.”