Featuring Tarot puppet-making classes
La Chiara di Prumiano, a beautiful 17th century villa set high in the rural hills of Tuscany's Chianti Classico vineyards, hosts our group of about twenty-five women and men who come from all over the world. As their guest, you'll stay in a spacious and comfortable room that boasts windows with shutters that open onto the surrounding shimmering olive groves. More pictures and information available here:
Rhythm is the Cure is a 7-day 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 workshop focuses on releasing blockages of energies, and break the imaginary "spiderweb" of the subconscious mind.
Alessandra has helped transform many people's lives through the years, and a film about this powerful workshop will be soon available.
Taught by Internationally renowned percussionist/singer Alessandra Belloni the objectives of the workshop are:
--To introduce the participants to an ancient form of music and dance therapy used to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula and to come to understand the healing and stress-relieving effect of these rhythms and dances.
--To learn the history of this powerful tambourine style, originally done mainly by women, which dates back to the rites of the Mother Earth Goddess Cybele, now worshiped as the Black Madonna bringing women back in touch with their drumming tradition.
--To make the participants feel part of community-healing rituals as they use their bodies in movements that help open the energy points and stay grounded.
--To release blockages of emotional and sensual energies through the Pizzica dance of liberation, therefore expelling any feelings of depression and repression.
Students will learn the following ritual dances and rhythms:
TAMMORRIATA - This is a beautiful, sensual dance from Naples danced with castanets to the rhythm of the large drum, called Tammorra. The movements and rhythm are set to an African beat played in 4/4 time. This powerful dance is done during the rituals held in the summer in honor of the black Madonna, originally ancient rites for the Earth Goddess Cybele.
THE PIZZICA TARANTATA - The wild 6/8 rhythm of the Pizzica, played on medium size tambourines that produced a trance-like state beneficial for healing many mental-health disorders and imbalances. Alessandra will lead the participants in a circle dance where they'll create "spider-like" movements on the ground, releasing stress and blockages of sexual energy, as well as traumas and blocked emotions.
RITMO E DANZA DI SAN ROCCO (SPINNING DANCE) - This dance, originating in Calabria during the Middle Ages. It was danced during the time of the plague to help people release the overpowering fear of death. Due to the trance-inducing movements and incessant spinning, many people enter ecstatic states during this dance, similar to the Whirling Dervish ceremonies.
TARANTELLA ALLA MONTEMARANESE - A fun Carnevale dance in honor of Bacchus, god of wine and ecstasy, the Tarantella alla Montemaranese is danced in a circle to a very syncopated 6/8
Alessandra ends the sessions ends using the ocean drum creating the sound of waves in a final relaxation invoking the healing power of the water. Using also ancient chants used as an invocation to the healing energy of the sun, the Black Madonna and the Goddess of Water and Love (Yemanja/Madonna del Mare).
Participants are encouraged to wear white and red, and women to wear skirts.
The Rhythm is the Cure Experience:
Rhythm is the Cure is a transformative week filled with intensive study, play, and joy. It's a time shared with new friends you'll cherish for years to come all while you are learning the thrilling powers of the Tarantellas of Southern Italy. You'll draw energy from the earth and sky of Tuscany, be delighted by the culinary delights and hospitality of La Chiara di Prumiano, and be inspired by the artistry and healing energy cultivated by Alessandra. And when you're not enjoying your lessons in the shaded outdoor studio, you might nibble take a dip in the refreshing swimming pool. The week ends with a final fire ceremony and a party under the stars.
La Chiara's Extraordinary Food:
Sharing meals together is a special part of each day, and the cooks at La Chiara take this tradition seriously by preparing exquisite breakfasts, lunches, and dinners using old and new concepts in Mediterranean cuisine. The ingredients used include grains and legumes, fresh fish and free-range meats, and of course, seasonal vegetables-many grown organically right on the premises. Each meal contains dishes pleasing to vegetarians and non-vegetarians and organic Chianti wine made at a local vineyard.
Join us for a week you'll always remember. Register today!
A $150 non-refundable registration fee is to be paid by May 30. The remaining fee of $550 is due by June 30.
euro 500 for triple room
euro 560 for double room
euro 650 for single room
The fee does not include airfare or local transportation.
Total fee for workshop, lodging and meals is approximately $1,300 (triple), $1,400 (double), or $1500 (single)
1. Due May 30 - Tuition Deposit/Registration Fee (Non Refundable) - $150.00