In essence, a kasàlà is a ritual practice. It is a form of poetry that is still practised in many parts of sub Sahara Africa where it originated. It is an ode of which the creation is fed by our relations with others and the world. Its true impact is only achieved when it is recited and shared in the presence of an audience.
A kasàlà creates a ritual place where life can be celebrated. A kasàlà ritual creates the conditions to form a sacral yet secular space. A space that can comprise a combination of rituals, stories, relations and symbols. A space that can bring together a community within a specific moment and place, a community that wants to strengthen its bonds, to honour its past and open up to what is ahead. It is simultaneously an individual experienced and commonly shared experience.
When we participate in a kasàlà ritual we experience that life is one big continuum, a large and mutually connected fabric, an enormous energetic structure in which everything is connected to everything else in one way or another. It allows us to honour our history and at the same time give it a place in a bigger collective history by connecting it to the history of others.
Kasàlà can be used in a beautiful and connecting way with groups of individuals during thematic workshops (consult the to check whether any or planned now) as well as with teams and groups within organisations and companies. In the context of Corporate Rituals we have used kasàlà for the welcome address at a conference. You can read more about this case (only in Dutch).
What participants of kasàlà-workshops have told me:
“A workshop where you learn from your whole being”
"This day reconnects me with the greater whole. As a participant you are invited in a pleasant but powerful way, to reveal yourself in words."
"You created and held the space in a way that healing, greatness and magic could unfold. I go home filled with gratitude and more deeply connected to who I am."