Systemic Ritual® was developed by Daan Van Kampenhout after two decades shamanic training, mainly with the Lakota, Southern Ute and Sami people, followed by ten years working closely with Bert Hellinger in the field of Family Constellations.
It draws from both traditions. As in constellations work, SR sees the individual as part of a system and uses the method of representation, with the possibility to directly influence elements of a system. As in shamanism, it can use drum or rattle, song, prayer and fixed structures that guide the ritual’s movements. Rituals frequently use more people and archaic roles in set layouts. The emphasis is more on the essence rather than the personal story, but from within these structures personal journeys can unfold within a collective experience.
What has evolved is a system of great flexibility that can work on many levels: from a group or notion, to a family and its ancestors, to an individual. Sessions can be one to one or collective rituals with many people. The opportunity is for participants to open up to sources of strength and make powerful healing movements for themselves that can support greater freedom and agency in their lives.