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  • Jan 22
    NYU Casa Italiana,  NYC
     
  • Jan 30
    Hawaii Loa Ridge,  Honolulu
     
  • Feb 1
    Rhythm is The Cure in Hawaii! Healing Dance & Drumming Retreat, Feb. 1 - 8, 2020,  Waianae
     

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Rhythm is the Cure Workshop

Rhythm is the Cure is an intensive healing workshop featuring Southern Italian ritual dances used as music and dance therapy for centuries throughout the Mediterranean. Participants will learn the unique style of tambourine playing and the ancient healing trance dance of the tarantella, used to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula.

The number of participants and length of the workshop can be customized to your needs--one day to 10 days is possible.

Contact Alessandra for more details and to discuss programming Rhythm is the Cure near you!

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Healing Journeys With The Black Madonna - Harcover book, $24, plus $10 Shipping - available now

An experiential guide to the ancient healing rituals of the Black Madonna 

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• Reveals the practices and rites of the still-living cult of the Black Madonna in the remote villages of Southern Italy, including the healing rites of the tarantella dance

• Details shamanic chants, rhythms, and songs and how to use them for self-healing, transformation, and recovery from abuse, trauma, depression, and addiction

• Explores the many sacred sites of the Madonnas and connects them to other Great Goddesses, such as Isis, Aphrodite, Cybeles, and the Orisha Yemanja and Ochun

• Includes access to 12 audio tracks

The mysteries of the Black Madonna can be traced to pre-Christian times, to the ancient devotion to Isis, the Earth Goddess, and the African Mother, to the era when God was not only female but also black. Sacred sites of the Black Madonna are still revered in Italy, and, as Alessandra Belloni reveals, the shamanic healing traditions of the Black Madonna are still alive today and just as powerful as they were millennia ago.

Sharing her more than 35 years of research and fieldwork at sacred sites around the world, Belloni takes you on a mystical pilgrimage of empowerment, initiation, and transformation with the Black Madonna. She explains how her love for Italian folk music led her to learn the ancient tammorriata musical tradition of the Earth Goddess Cybele and the Moon Goddess Diana and discover the still-living cult of the Black Madonna in the remote villages of Southern Italy. She vividly describes the sensual shamanic drumming and ecstatic trance dance rituals she experienced there, including the rites of the tammorriata, the transgender rite of Femminielli, and the erotic “spider dance” of the tarantella, which has been used for centuries in the Mediterranean for healing. Sharing chants, rhythms, and sacred songs, she details how she uses these therapeutic musical and trance practices to heal women and men from abuse, trauma, depression, and addiction and shows how these practices can be used for self-healing and transformation, including her personal story of using the tarantella to overcome cervical cancer.

Revealing the profound transformative power of the Black Madonna, Belloni shows how She is the womb of the earth, the dark side of the moon, and the Universal Mother to all. Truly alive for all to call upon, She embraces and gives everyone access to Her divine strength and unconditional love.

Praise for Healing Journeys with the Black Madonna

“Belloni has done her homework and her heart work, danced the dance, drummed the drums and tambourines, bled while doing so, in a shamanistic gift for our times.” Matthew Fox, spiritual theologian, activist, and author of Original Blessing

“In her book Healing Journeys with the Black Madonna, master musician, dance and music historian, and imaginative storyteller Alessandra Belloni captures the magic of the feminine soul of Southern Italy. She explores the origins of the Black Madonna from the ancient goddesses of Greece and North Africa to the syncretism with Catholicism in Italy. With brilliant storytelling, she shares of the spirit of the Black Madonna as she is experienced in modern Italy. Most importantly, this book transports readers on an inner journey in which they experience the archetype of the Black Madonna within, so they may continue to keep her mystery and healing alive in today’s world. Read this book and be transformed!” Dr. Gabrielle Francis, author of The Rockstar Remedy

Healing Journeys with the Black Madonna is an emotional tour de force that will leave you astonished by its power. But I warn you, this is not a book for those who are not ready to reflect deeply on their wounds, how they were created, and the path of recovery. The honesty within these pages is rare and appreciated in a world that often thrives off of gilded artifice and the excuses it often births. Do yourself a favor and purchase two copies of this book, one for yourself and one for someone else. The Black Madonna will let you know who is in need.” Tayannah Lee McQuillar, author of The Sibyls Oraculum

“Alessandra Belloni weaves a magical web, enabling readers to feel as if they are traveling alongside her. We share her profound experiences as she visits Black Madonnas and communes with goddesses. Packed with music and art, Healing Journeys with the Black Madonna is simultaneously memoir, spiritual guide, travelogue, and a shamanic document that serves as a reminder that rhythm is the cure. This is a book to read not once but again and again. “ Judika Illes, author of Encyclopedia of Spiritsand Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells

“Alessandra Belloni is an international living treasure. Her deep and profound knowledge of the Black Madonna is unsurpassed, and her sacred performances are literal transmissions of numinous truth to the audience. She brings us all gems of timeless spiritual knowing. Those passionate about the Black Madonna and the eternal Goddess can find no better guide to the inner esoteric awareness and hidden secrets than Belloni. She is the carrier of magic, which she shares generously with us all.” Ava Park, founder and director of the Museum of Woman

“Alessandra’s superb book is a surprising revelation and a powerful reminder to many of us who lost touch with the rich shamanic heritage of the Old World. She is a real passionate pioneer in the revival of this universal divine Earth Goddess archetype, a tradition from the remote villages of Southern Italy. This personal and illuminating book is an essential addition to the modern shamanic renaissance.” Itzhak Beery, author of The Gift of Shamanism

“As a drumming and dancing shaman, Alessandra Belloni embodies everything that the Black Madonna represents: entering the depths of self for healing and transformation, honoring the earth and the rhythm of life, finding balance and wholeness, interconnection, reclaiming the power of the Divine Feminine, embracing the mysterious to find awe and wonder. She guides us to enlightenment.” Ami Belli, vice president and international liaison for health rhythms at Remo, Inc.

“People have been trying to find a cure for their anxiety and depression since the dawn of time. Today we might consider psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, or psychopharmacology, but in Southern Italy they have been using erotic dance, chants, sensual shamanic drumming, and songs for centuries to accomplish a cure. Alessandra takes us on a journey back in time to Southern Italy to reveal the rituals of the Black Madonna where she experienced the cure firsthand. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in learning alternative ways to relieving anxiety and depression.” Joseph V. Scelsa, Ed.D., LMHC, founder and director of the Italian American Museum in New York City

 

“There are so many different ways to heal - and art is one of the most powerful, yet least understood. For years I have marveled at Alessandra Belloni’s performances of Southern Italian ritual dance and music, and I am thrilled that she is sharing her unique voice with the world through The Healing Journeys with the Black Madonna. While exploring the history and spirit of the Black Madonna, Belloni reminds us of the tremendous restorative and therapeutic power of art, music and dance. At a time when the stigma surrounding mental health causes so many people to suffer in silence, Belloni charts a welcome path to the joy that is part of being human.” Chirlane McCray, Chair of the Mayor’s Fund to

to Advance New York City

 

Healing Journeys Black Madonna Tambourine - 12 inches $135.00

HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE my new Black Madonna tambourine design is now available! 

These 12-inch wide drums, honoring the Black Madonna, are custom-made by REMO and painted by artist Arden H. Mason. They depict the same image as the cover of my book HEALING JOURNEYS WITH THE BLACK  MADONNA. $135.00 including shipping. 

To purchase my book, instruments or CDs, email me at Abelloni@aol.com with your shipping address. You can pay either online through the EverButton link below or by VENMO  Please specify Healing Journeys Madonna tambourine.

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Rhythm is the Cure, Southern Italian Tambourine Book/DVD Set - USD: $25.99

 

To purchase my book, instruments or CDs, email me at Abelloni@aol.com with your shipping address. You can pay either online through the EverButton links on this page or send a check to me at Alessandra Belloni -- 1111 River Rd. AptG33, Edgewater NJ 07020.

Tamburello - USD: $135.00

Southern Italian tambourine designed by Alessandra Belloni with REMO Percussion, based on the authentic Tamburello used for the folk dance known as Tarantella. 12 inches in diameter, one row of double jingles.

Tammorra Napoletana - USD: $185.00

Neapolitan large frame drum with double row of metal jingles, 16 inches in diameter, designed by Alessandra Belloni with REMO, based on the authentic Neapolitan tammorra. Very deep and resonant sound and rich volume.

 

 

Black Madonna Tambourine - USD: $135.00

Large frame drum with smaller jingles, 16 inches in diameter, based on the Sicilian large tambourine, with stylized image of the Black Madonna from Sicily and Calabria. With deep resonance and a special handle so it can be used for both Tarantella and North African styles of music. 

 

 

Yemanja Frame Drum, $75.00 - 16 inches wide with image of Goddess of the Sea and pocket shaker inside that can be taken out - USD: $90.00

Large frame drum, 16 inches wide, with deep resonant sound. (No jingles.) With image of Yemanja, Goddess of Love and the Sea, from the Afro-Brazilian Yoruba tradition. 

OCEAN DRUMĀ®, 16" Diameter, 2 1/2" Depth - USD: $75.00

 

 


Alessandra Belloni Tarantelle e Canti D'amore CD - $15.00

 

 

PLEASE NOTE THAT I AM NO LONGER USING PAY PAL SERVICES. TO PURCHASE MY BOOK, INSTRUMENTS OR CDS you need to write to me Abelloni@aol.com and send check to Alessandra

Belloni -- 1111 River Rd. AptG33, Edgewater NJ 07020 and I will ship your purchase.

For international shipping you can do a simple wire transfer directly from your computer. Please email me at Abelloni@aol.com and I will give you the details.

Sorry for the inconvenience. 

 

I Giullari Di Piazza Earth, Sun, and Moon CD - $15.00

Alessandra Belloni Tarantella Spider Dance CD - $15.00

Alessandra Belloni Daughter of the Drum CD - $15.00

Tarantata Dance of the Ancient Spider - Available in downloadable MP3 format!

 
Preview and download top songs and albums by Alessandra Belloni on the iTunes Store. Songs by Alessandra Belloni start at just $0.99:

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Tarantata Dance of the Ancient Spider by Alessandra Belloni:

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