The only woman in the U.S. and in Italy with 35 years of performing and teaching the ancient healing tradition of Tarantella in folk dances and percussion combined with singing.
- Artistic Director, Founder, and Lead Performer of music, theater, and dance ensemble I GIULLARI DI PIAZZA
- Artist in Residence at New York City's Cathedral of St. John the Divine
- A REMO Signature Series Artist with her own line of Italian tambourines
- Author of the book/DVD Rhythm is the Cure and Healing Journeys with the Black Madonna
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Trailer for the documentary film by Alessandra Belloni,
Voyage of the Black Madonna:
Black Madonna Pilgrimage & Workshop in Sicily:
Summer Solstice 2023
Internationally renowned singer, percussionist, teacher
Alessandra Belloni, Remo Artist,
Author of "HEALNG JOURNEYS WITH THE BLACK MADONNA” by Inner traditions
Proudly announces her
Black Madonna Pilgrimage & Ritual Drumming & Chants workshop
in Sicily for the Summer Solstice
Join us for a MUSICAL JOURNEY TO THE BLACK MADONNA IN SICILY
& THE SUMMER SOLSTICE at the MEGALYTHS OF ARGIMUSCO
Register now! Waitlist is almost full with only 25 spots available!
$200 Early bird discount through Feb 27th
This Pilgrimage is dedicated to the ancient traditions of the Black Madonna in Sicily and learning special Sicilian Folk Music, including drumming, chanting & dance at amazing locations by the sea and in the hills near the Black Madonna of Tindari & Mount Etna
We start our journey on June 19th at Hotel Terre Di Eolo overlooking the sea
The Hotel is an exclusive, newly-built facility (2017) born from the renovation of an ancient noble farmhouse, including, a courtyard, olive grove, beautiful view of the sea, the
Aeolian Islands and the Nebrodi mountains. Its location is strategic due to its proximity to the sanctuary of the Tindari Black Madonna and the beautiful Mongiove beach.
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We move on June 25th to the beautiful Airone Wellness Hotel overlooking Mount Etna
Located in Zafferana Etnea, this hotel has been recently renovated, and overlooks the southern side of Etna. The green natural setting in which it is set guarantees an authentic oasis of peace for our guests. The two outdoor pools are located in our garden, surrounded by ancient chestnut trees and overlooking the wide landscape of the Sicilian Ionian coast.
For more information:
The Sicilian Folk Music Group SudCantica (https://www.facebook.com/Sudcantica)
with Federico Chiofalo - accordion, tambourine, guitar, Sebastiano Pietrini - vocals, guitar, tambouirne, Santino Scordino - bagpipe, tamboruine, Jaw’s hap
Special musical presentation by the renowned Sicilian Folk Musician, Giorgio Maltese, from Catania.
Special Lectures about Argimusco, by Philosopher writer Peppe Piscuneri
Ritual drumming and chants led by Alessandra Belloni in various sacred sites & Mount Etna
Yoga Sessions on the beach with Maria Christina Amore
Coordinated by Davide Iosia & Alessandra Belloni
This workshop/pilgrimage will be a deep immersion in the ancient devotion to the Black Madonna of Tindari and other Black Madonnas to be fully experienced with drumming, singing and dance in the sacred mountains and healing waters of the Sicilian Mother Land.
As featured in Alessandra's book "Healing Journeys with the Black Madonna ",
This new workshop & pilgrimage will blend the Southern Italian musical tradition of the Black Madonna and the Divine Feminine with sacred locations in Sicily at The Megalith Stones of Argimusco, the Sanctuary of the Black Madonna, and the Temple of the Goddess Cybele in Tindari.
We will also feature the participation of special Sicilian Artists who will join us for wonderful jam sessions of Southern Italian Folk Music in great locations.
Drumming classes will be done at different powerful locations invoking the healing powers of the volcanic earth of Sicily combined with sacred chants of the Black Madonna.
Participants will learn the unique style of southern Italian tambourine playing and the ancient healing dance of the tarantella.
Special yoga session on the beach with Maria Christina Amore, expert yoga instructor.
During the Pilgrimage we will visit:
- Black Madonna of Tindari on Beautiful Hill overlooking the sea
- Megalyths of Argimusco
- Feast of St. John and Festa du muzzuni
- Black Madonna of Paterno, Catania
- Black Madonna of Montalto
Rhythm is the Cure Retreat in Hawaii
Healing Dance and Percussion Workshop
from Southern Italy & Hula from Hawaii!
February 27 to March 6th 2023
in a new peaceful setting, in Oahu, HI:
WINDWARD Quaker RETREAT CENTER:
ONE SPACE LEFT!
Accepting waitlist applications, please contact us to be added
Rhythm is the Cure is a 6-day, intensive healing workshop featuring Southern Italian ritual music and dance used as therapy for centuries throughout the Mediterranean. This new workshop will blend the Southern Italian musical traditions of the Black Madonna, and the Divine Feminine, with sacred Hawaiian Hula dance for the Goddess Pele. Every morning drumming sessions will be held on the beach.
Alessandra will be joined by special guest instructors:
Father Phil Harmon, Archpriest, founder of Kahumana Farm & Retreat Center, a theologian who specializes in the Divine Feminine and the Black Madonna and will hold classes in the evening giving an orientation to the teachings and practices of the Western Esoteric traditions, the Mystics, and the Saints, the Black Madonna as the Earth-Mother in a Feminine Divine Trinity, with the Holy Sophia, her Celestial-Daughter, and with the Sacred Soul (Holy Spirit) and our Angelic Companions as the Being who unites the Earth and the Heavens.
Auntie Nettie Armitage Lapilio, who will teach on the tradition of PELE, Hawaiian Goddess of the Earth, and the sacred Hula dances in honor of the goddess. She is a fully recognized Kumu Hula and Hawaiian Cultural Practitioner. She has been teaching Hula, Hawaiian Language and Music for 50 years. She is a practitioner of Ho’oponopono, a Traditional Hawaiian practice for healing both family and professional relationships. She is a highly sought-after professional musician and educator in Hawaiian circles.
For questions about registration, please contact us
Registration is Non-Refundable
Free Bonus Video: The Black Madonna- Spiritual Mother
Filmed in Hawaii by Michael Bailey
Alessandra is sharing this special video with an in depth interview on the Black Madonna's esoteric traditions and true meaning as the Cosmic Earth & African Mother. This video also features the wisdom of scholar and spiritual leader, Father Phil Harmon. It was filmed and produced by the wonderful film maker Michael Bailey (co founder of Green Peace) from Planetviews productions Hawaii at Kahumana's Black Madonna chapel.
Alessandra Belloni-- Remo Artist proudly announces
TWO BLACK MADONNA DRUMMING & DANCE RITUALS & PILGRIMAGES IN SOUTHERN ITALY
By the sea & mountains the regions of Naples and Sicily
Campania- August 2023
Join us next summer for pilgrimages dedicated to the drumming, chanting, & dance traditions of the Black Madonna in Southern Italy!
Read About Alessandra's Best Selling Book:
THE HEALING JOURNEYS WITH THE BLACK MADONNA
Published by Inner Traditions, with a foreword by bestselling author Matthew Fox, Healing Journeys with the Black Madonna is rated 5 stars on Amazon and has been No. 1 best selling in new releases under the categories of "Folk Dancing" and "Suggested Gifts"!
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.
An experiential guide to the ancient healing rituals of the Black Madonna:
• 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
Read Alessandra Belloni's Best Selling Book Healing Journey's with the Black Madonna TODAY!
NOW AVAILABLE IN FRENCH!
Alessandra is proud to announce that her book HEALING JOURNEYS WITH THE BLACK MADONNA published by Inner Traditions Bear & company (a best seller on Amazon under dance) is now being published in France, translated into French by a great Publisher, LE DUC with preface by brilliant writer and teacher Marianne Grasselli.
LA VIERGE NOIRE (The Black Virgin) Rituels de Guerison de la Grande diesse.
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Read about our Tarantata Performance and Dinner Fundraiser 2022
During this holiday end-of-year fundraiser, we honored Emmy Award winning actor Armand Assante; actress, TV host and Ambassador of Made in Italy, Eleonora Pieroni; as well as philanthropist and founder of Soul De Cuba Cafe, Jesus Puerto.
There was a performance featuring the South Italian Tarantella healing trance dances and ritual drumming chants and dance for the Black Madonna.
This was a special celebration of over four decades of work for I Giullari di Piazza who are artists in residence at the Cathedral of St. John Divine and who have also performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and Symphony Space, to name but a few.
LIVE CLASSES! JOIN US!
We will trace this style of percussion through the ages, from its ancient Greek roots, through the Italian Middle Ages and Renaissance, and its relevance today. We will study and practice basic “tarantella tamburello“ techniques: holding the drum with emphasis on arm movement, hand technique for triplets, and the 6/8 and 4/4 rhythms. Class sessions will be 12 lessons divided in 4 parts, will be held on Zoom weekly (90 minutes) and will be recorded.
You must register and pay in advance. Group space is limited!
Monday 6pm ET: Advanced Rhythm is the Cure Drumming Class
Wednesday 6:30pm ET: Beginner Rhythm is the Cure Drumming Class
Thursday 5:30pm ET: Intermediate/Advanced Rhythm is the Cure Drumming Class
Cost: $50 for 90 min, 4 classes for $160
More information and how to register:
Each lesson will feature 2 songs from a specific southern Italian region: Campania, Calabria, Puglia, Sicily, and Lazio. We will describe the history, myths and legends that are part of this rich ancient folk tradition. You will receive lyric sheets with translations, and sheet music if available. Class sessions will be 8 lessons and will be held on Zoom twice a month, for 90-120 minutes.
You must register and pay in advance. Group space is limited!
Every other Fridays 6:30pm ET: Singing/Chanting class with John La Barbera
Cost: $60 for 90-120min class
More information and how to register:
Study ONLINE with Alessandra!
Internationally renowned singer, percussionist, teacher, author Alessandra Belloni - Remo Artist proudly announces two self-paced courses on the Black Madonna:
“The Voyage of the Black Madonna Virtual Pilgrimage to the Sacred Sites of the Black Madonna in Southern Italy.”
A Virtual Pilgrimage
Immerse Yourself in the Healing Musical Traditions of the Black Madonnas of Southern Italy!
Dance and drum your way through intoxicatingly beautiful and romantic Southern Italian hilltops and coastal towns where you will encounter seven enchanting and mysterious Black Madonnas. Across eight episodes plus an introduction, this pilgrimage opens a portal into the sacred sites of Southern Italy -- once known as Magna Grecia-- and the worship of the Earth Goddess, the African Mother, the Black Madonna. You will be immersed into a powerful world of ritual and magic. You'll learn chants, drum rhythms, and dances from master folk practitioners dedicated to the preservation and celebration of the Black Madonna. Following the story of Alessandra's best-selling book, "Healing Journeys with the Black Madonna" (Inner Traditions - Bear and Co., 2019)
"Beginning Italian Frame Drumming in Honor of the Black Madonna"
Pre-requisite for all other self-guided courses
Beginning Italian Frame Drum in Honor of the Black Madonna, is a self-paced exploration of the TAMMORRIATA RHYTHM from the region of Campania. We will trace the Tammorriata’s ancient Greek roots through the Italian Middle Ages and Renaissance, finally exploring its relevance today. You will learn several foundational drumming patterns.
Interwoven with the instructional drumming videos are excerpts from Alessandra's books:
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