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I AM PROUD TO SHARE THAT REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW OPEN for the 7th Pilgrimage to the Black Madonna this summer in Southern Italy! Following in the footsteps of the journey I wrote about in my new book that was released in the spring 2019. This tour is a journey to seven sacred sites of the Black Madonna, known in the Italian folk tradition as "the Seven Sisters." They are all connected to seven Goddesses that are part of the ancient worship of Mother Earth and the Moon Goddesses, and the archetype of the African Mother.

I will take people on the same journey as I have done for over 30 years as a devotion to the Black Madonna, and which inspired me to write the book HEALING JOURNEYS WITH THE BLACK MADONNA, recently published by Inner Traditions-Bear and Company. I am happy to share this very personal journey with you, one which will transform your life!

We will explore these sacred sites of the Madonnas and discover their connections to other Great Goddesses. The mysteries of the Black Madonna can be traced to pre-Christian times, specifically to the ancient practices of devotion to Isis, the Earth Goddess, and the African Mother - to the era when God was a woman, and she was black. It will be revealed that the sacred sites of the Black Madonna are still revered in Italy today, and the shamanic healing traditions of the Black Madonna are still alive today - just as powerful as they were millennia ago. The tour also features writer, archaeologist and Egyptologist Armando Mei as our guide in Pompeii and Torre Annunziata.

Every day of this tour has always been magical indeed over the past years, with people showing up to meet us by surprise - musicians, writers, even people I had not seen in ages! I realized that nothing was a coincidence - everything must have been planned by the GREAT MOTHER!


Itinerary: Arrival August 4th at Rome's airport to go to Castellammare di Stabia, near Naples. We will visit the following places and Black Madonnas:

August 5th Black Madonna della Neve, Torre Annunziata spectacular feast along the sea near Sorrento/Pompei on the Amalfi Coast. In the late afternoon we will watch the re-enactment of the fisherman fishing the Black Madonna found in a large cage in the sea. It is spectacular and very moving as she is connected to the Goddess Aphrodite. We will also do a ritual chant on the beach at sunset, a Medieval prayer to the Black Madonna.

August 6th Visit to Black Madonna of Positano, also by the Sea, a beautiful Byzantine Icon, also connected to Aphrodite. Positano is one of the most beautiful towns of the Amalfi coast, and we will spend the day there. As last year I will lead a beautiful ritual of purification in the sea, with white flowers, drumming and chants, all dressed in white and blue we will honor the Madonna del Mare, Aphrodite/Yemanja in the Afro- Brazilian tradition.

August 7th A visit to Pompeii -Led by writer/archeologist Armando Mei. The Temple of Isis is a testament to Egyptian influence over Roman religion. In Pompeii is preserved one of the most important temples dedicated to the Goddess Isis, in south Italy. Armando will focus on the connections between the origins of the Great Mother Culture and its evolution along the millennium. A travel through Ancient Sumerians and Egyptians Myths, among the ruins of the most famous ancient town of POMPEII.

Night of August 7th We will meet the well-known tammorra maker Raffaele Inserra from Gragnano and the young one Gianfranco, for a great feast at the great restaurant il Vigneto where we will play and dance, and people will have a chance to learn the authentic tammorriata, a very sensual and erotic dance done with castanets to the large drum called Tammorra, playing a powerful 4/4 rhythm.

August 8th We leave for the Black Madonna of Montevergine, also known as Mamma Schiavona (Serving Mother) a spectacular sacred Mountain near Avellino - (in the beautiful mountain region called Irpinia). This is the most important of the seven sisters, an ancient site and temple of the goddess Cybele, Black Mother Earth Goddess from Anatolia. We will go the famous throne (a special rock in the mountains called Seggia della Madonna) where healing miracles happen, where last year many people had a very powerful mystical experience. Up in the sanctuary we will play the tammorriata and sing for her. We will also enjoy the great local food and wine, as we rest in the restaurant up the mountain.

This region is called Irpinia and we will visit several powerful sites here:

August 9th Black Madonna in Moiano, near Benevento The powerful, beautiful MADONNA DELLA LIBERA, the one I am most devoted to and have personally received a miracle from. She is the most magical! This is also an ancient site of worship to the Goddess Isis. Last year I had an incredible break down and felt reborn after asking her to free me from sad moments of the past. Many people had the same experience! In the chapel we will also chant her traditional songs, that I learned from the old women of the town during the procession.

August 10 LA MADONNA NERA INCORONATA DI FOGGIA (Puglia, land of the tarantella!) We will travel to the famous Tavoliere delle Puglie, a beautiful landscape of agricultural land, to the Sanctuary of this mysterious Madonna Nera with the GOLD CROWN who appeared in the year 1001 in a very magical way. While shepherds were working in the field 2 bulls ran away to a tree and knelt down, as lightning and fire appeared for a long time. Suddenly a voice was heard saying I AM MARY MOTHER OF GOD! And I want my temple built here! And the beautiful statue of the Madonna Nera appeared right in the tree. And she made many miracles, including with a special anointing oil that always burns at her image and never goes out.

August 11 LEAVE FOR CALABRIA!! My favorite land! We will stay in the beautiful town of Tropea, in a hotel with great food and a breathtaking view of the beach and active volcano STROMBOLI! There we will finally have a couple of days of rest on the beach, swimming in the turquoise sea very similar to Hawaii. In Calabria we will meet and feast with my good friend and tarantella teacher Vittorio de Paola and have dinner and party in his beautiful restaurant on top of the mountain with a great view of the sea. This one of the highlights of the tour!

August 13 We will honor the Black Madonna del Tindari This is a magical place, where the Madonna del Tindares (Ethiopian name) was found in cave under the mountain, which we will visit, by enchanted lakes of salt water, and a beautiful turquoise sea, where we will do a purification ritual. The Madonna looks like an African totem and is inside the church on top of the mountain, with the inscription Nigra Sum Sed Formosa (I am Black and Beautiful). Next to the church we will visit the archeological site that has the temples of Demeter and Cybele and drum as we watch the most spectacular sunset over the sea.

August 14 We will go to the feast of the Black Madonna di Seminara, Madonna dei Poveri, celebrated with a wild drumming ritual, reenacting an ancient fertility rite, and giant Puppets that dance to the fast 6/8 rhythm of the tarantella (Giganti). Last year everyone was enchanted by the powerful rhythms of African origins, and seeing the giant puppets of the African King Courting the Italian Queen, thus bringing together these two cultures.

August 15 on the Day of the Assumption, the feast day of the Madonna, we will follow a beautiful procession of the Madonna of the Sea on a boat along the stunning coast of Tropea.

August 16 Morning departure for Rome's airport or Station from La Mezia, Calabria.

A great feature of this tour is the local folk traditions, the music of the tarantella the dancing, and the fantastic food, all fresh prepared according to the regional traditions, and the most amazing wine!! As we enter the favored land of Dionysus, god of Ecstasy and Wine! I am also blessed to bring my old friend and teacher of tamburello, tammorra maker Raffaele Inserra from Gragnano. We will spend an unforgettable night with him as we dance, drum, eat, and drink fantastic wine from Gragnano - some of the best in the world!

The cost of the tour is $2,900. Additional cost for a single room - $400 This does not include airfare and lunch as we will be moving around during the days. but includes: 1) Hotel accommodations, double occupancy, 4 star hotels, 2) Breakfast and wonderful dinners in very good restaurants and hotels 3) Tour bus 4) Ferry boat back and forth to Sicily 5) My work as the guide to the pilgrimages with some lectures on site, leading drumming ceremonies, chants and rituals in appropriate locations. Please note registration fee of $150 is needed upon sign-up to ensure your participation and to have the tour operator secure the hotels. The tour deposit is due by April 15 and the remaining of the total amount due June 30


Due Upon Registration - $150 Registration Fee (Non Refundable) Tour Registration $150

Due March 15 - $700 Tour Deposit Tour Deposit $700

Due June 30 - $2,000 Final Payment $2,000

You can also pay by check made out to Alessandra Belloni. Mail to: Alessandra Belloni 1111 River Road Apt G33 Edgewater NJ 07020

Rhythm is the Cure in SICILY!


"RHYTHM IS THE CURE" 1st Annual Healing Dance & Percussion Workshop in Sicily from August 17th to 24th, 2021 in a luxury country house in the mystical hills of Sicily near the Black Madonna del Tindari (Messina)!

Alessandra Belloni has traveled to the beautiful island of Sicily for over 30 years doing extensive research on the history and esoteric traditions of this island including the connection to the Black Madonna of Tindari, with the Goddesses Demeter and Cybele and their connections to Sicilian folk music, drumming and dance traditions. See chapter 7 of her book 'HEALING JOURNEYS WITH THE BLACK MADONNA".


LOCATION: a luxury new resort overlooking the sea and with an infinity pool and SPA & WELLNESS CENTER!

LOCATION https://www.borgoabacena.it

In the green heart of the charming a unique place where hospitality is combined with culture, art, and the history of one of the most beautiful locations of Sicily: The Sanctuary of the Black Madonna of Tindari, the turquoise sea, and the Peloritans Mountains. The tourist structure, newly built, is characterized by a harmonious fusion of traditional places, simplicity and refinement with every kind of comfort. The Resort has 15 rooms suitable for special groups, a wonderful room for dancing and infinite pool with a great view where we will drum in the morning and a restaurant and bar where we will have 3 delicious meals a day.

Our flagship is the restaurant made of local food and wine excellences. Completing the experience is a SPA with an attached wellness center with body treatments, sauna, and jacuzzi, a panoramic terrace, indoor parking, free wi-fi. The hill is near the sea, among olive trees and vineyards. The Country Resort Borgo Abacena offers large comfortable quiet rooms, with private entrance and bathrooms, air conditioning, TV, frigobar.

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP 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. This workshop focuses on releasing blockages of energies and breaking the imaginary "spiderweb" of the subconscious mind. Through this work, Alessandra has helped transform many people's lives through the years.

SPECIAL FEATURE THIS YEAR: Authentic Tarantella SICILIANA and folk music, dance, and Tamburello tought by local folk musicians: FEDERICO CHIOFALO, SEBASTIANO PIETRINI, SANTO SCORDINO, from the local folk music group SUDCANTICA.

Also featuring Tamburello workshop with Alessandra Belloni in collaboration with the group SUDANTICA. We will explain the histories of folk music including history and traditions of Calabria .

$750 with special early Bird discount of $100 if you register now by June 30.

About the new location: This special healing workshop will take place in the magical land of Sicily, near the ancient sanctuary of the Black Madonna of Tindari. the mystics, and healers. In a new location surrounded by beautiful rich forests in the famous national park of Sierra San Bruno, a mystical land, also famous for its Monestary and its healers. Feeling the power of the Earth and ancient trees all around us.

Excursions: We will visit the SANCTUARY OF LA MADONNA DEL TINDARI, and the lakes of Marinello, on the beach. This is a magical place, where the Madonna del Tindares (Ethiopian name) was found in a cave under the mountain, which we will visit, by enchanted lakes of saltwater, and a wonderful turquoise sea, where we will do a purification ritual. The Madonna looks like an African Totem and is inside the church on top of the mountain, with the inscription Nigra Sum Sed Formosa (I am Black and Beautiful). Next to the church, we will visit the archeological site that has the temples of Demeter and Cybele and drum as we watch the most spectacular sunset over the sea . Alessandra will lead her participants in ritual drumming and sacred chants in honor of the Madonna on the beach. On the last day we will end our journey on the spectacular beach of TINDARI with a fore ceremony and drumming ceremony, big celebration, and authentic Tarantella dances.

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 CALABRESE – taught by Vittorio de Paola and Anna Maria Pugliese 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).

FOR HER BOOK SEE : https://www.amazon.com/Healing-Journeys-Black-Madonna-Practices/dp/1591433428/ https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/healing-journeys-with-the-black-madonna-alessandra-belloni/1129099210


Cost of the workshop will be: $ 750.00 Register today! PRICES A $150 non-refundable fee is to be paid upon registration. The fee for the workshops is $750 $ 100 discount if you register by June 30. (which includes all classes but excludes accommodations and meals)

PAYMENT SCHEDULE: Due upon registration: $150 Registration Fee (Non Refundable) YOU CAN USE VENMO OR ZELLE https://www.everbutton.com/pay/4833 or https://www.everbutton.com/pay/11323 https://www.everbutton.com/pay/4832 Workshop Tuition: $600 due July 15 https://www.everbutton.com/pay/4832

COSTS OF THE ACCOMMODATIONS INCLUDING 3 MEALS A DAY: Housing options euro 470 for triple room euro 525 for double room euro 700 for single room plus local transportation: Euro 70 PER PERSON FOR AIRPORT PICK AND DROP OFF (group of 10 from CATANIA) 40 euro per person for excursion too BLACK MADONNA DEL TINDARI (group of 10) 40 euro per person optional for excursion to the MEGALIGHTS OF ARGIMUSCO The fee does not include airfare . Please check ASAP TICKETS AT randal.s@asaptickets.com. for very good deals!

PLEASE REGISTER EARLY - Workshop is limited to 20 students

Payment may be made by check, credit card or VENMO Checks or money orders must be made payable to Alessandra Belloni Contact us at: ABelloni@aol.com or alessandrabelloni@gmail.com PLEASE REGISTER EARLY - Workshop is limited to 22 students

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Alessandra Belloni - Singer, percussionist, dancer, teacher, author


Singer, Percussionist,
Dancer, Actress

Tel: (646) 322-4637 - ABelloni@aol.com

Alessandra Belloni is the Artistic Director, Founder and Lead Performer of "I GIULLARI DI PIAZZA", an Italian Music, Theatre and Dance Ensemble who  is Artists-in-Residence at the Cathedral of St.John the Divine in New York City.  She is also the designer of a line of signature series Italian tambourines made by Remo. She is the only woman in the U.S. and in Italy who specializes in traditional Southern Italian folk dances and percussion combined with singing that she learned in Southern Italy.

    An award winning tambourine virtuoso, singer, dancer and actress, Ms.Belloni was born in Rome, Italy and is committed to preserving the strong and rich traditions of her culture. Author of the book ‘HEALING JOURNEYS WITH THE BLACK MADONNA” published by Inner Traditions- Bear & Company. With foreword by best selling author Matthew Fox.   

Recently knighted as Dame of Honor by the Orthodox Order of the Knights of St John.

Collaborated as consultant on the Broadway show ‘THE ROSE TATTOO’ with award winning actress Marisa Tomei in the fall 2019. 

For the last 19 years she has been holding her special dance & drumming workshop in Tuscany RHYTHM IS THE CURE, with students that come from all over the world.  Recepient of the Folk Arts Master Grant from the New York State Council on the Arts 2016 & 2018.

Her work as teacher and healer brought her to be featured on CUNY TV with her workshop RHYTHM IS THE CURE, and  main feature of the Russian TV Travel Channel The Dancing Planet,  a documentary film about her as artist and healer by Manex Ibar. her TV appearance include: ABC TV live in Chicago, National Geographic documentary SPIDER SEX  on the Tarantella, WORLD BEAT on CNN, , GLOBO BRAZILIAN TV,  RAI UNO MATTINA,
Also featured on the PBS documentary, "LA FESTA"

with The Voyage of the Black Madonna. She leads healing drum circle at UNITED HEBREW Nursing Home since 2011.

 She has spent many years also participating in authentic drumming festivals in remote areas of Southern Italy, held as rituals of purification in honor of the Black Madonna.. She has performed extensively with master drummer Glen Velez (her first tambourine student) and was invited by Nana Vasconcellos and Gilberto Gil to perform in PERC PAN '98 in Bahia, Brazil.  Voted one of the best female percussionists in the world by Drum Magazine, featured in Modern Drummer magazine and has written articles for Percussive Notes.      Her CD’s "Tarantelle & Canti D’amore" released by Naxos of America on 2003 has been considered the second best percussion CD of the year by DRUM Magazine and has received many favorable reviews from major press.
     The CD "Tarantata: The Dance of Ancient Spider" (on the Soundstrue label) released in 2000, has received a wide critical acclaim and distribution. It was also nominated one of the best CDs of the year (2002) by Jon Parales from the New York Times and Dan Hackman from the Los Angeles Times, and won the Best World Percussion CD of the Year by DRUM Magazine.
      Alessandra Belloni created a new World Music Sound with her group, using electronic music combined with acoustic, in her new show TARANTELLA SPIDER DANCE, with electric violin master Joe Deninzon . This show has been bound for an off-Broadway run, always presented to sold out audiences. Spider dance was recently presented with great audience and press success at the prestigious RED CAT THEATRE AT Disney Center in Los Angles, with CAL ARTS.  She has recently founded a Women’s percussion ensemble called DAUGHTERS OF CYBELE . She tours the world  her one woman show "Rhythm is the Cure" ,  With her ensemble from New York she tours across the U.S. and abroad, performing and teaching workshops in various Festivals and halls –


 In New York:


Percussion Festivals


, Boston

CROSS DRUMMING (Warsaw, Poland), PERC PAN, (Salvador,  Bahia, Brazil, )




PERC FEST and PAS , Italy

RHTYHM STICKS, (Royal Festival Hall, London)

PASIC 1996, 97,  2000 (Dallas), 2003/2010/2013
DRUMMING AT THE PYRAMIDS ( Egypt),  Oberlin Athens, (Ohio ) University of Buffalo, Fredonia (NY) Conservatory of Milan (Italy) , Royal Marine School of Music (England), NYU Percussion Conservatory, CAL ARTS, University of Hawaii, Wisdom University




ACOUSTICA FESTIVAL, (Sidney, Australia)
Getty Center, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Sacred Music Festival, Glastonbury Goddess Festival, England, Cultural Center in Tel Aviv (Israel)

(Musica Venezia), Conservatory of Venice, LERICI, SORRENTO JAZZ, TARANTELLA POWER . WOMAD, Palermo

IN BRAZIL :  REC BEAT, Recife, PERC PAN, Bahia, Sau Paulo Teatro Oficina, Maranhao, Belo Horizonte

       Alessandra Belloni has studied acting at H.B. Studios, voice with Professor Michael Warren, and mime and Commedia dell'Arte with Dario Fo (winner of the 1997 Nobel Prize for Literature) at New York University. She has worked in both theatre and film in New York - "Next Stop the Greenwich Village" by Paul Mazursky - and in Italy with Anna Magnani in "La Lupa" and Federico Fellini in "Casanova". Ms. Belloni founded "I GIULLARI DI PIAZZA" - a company performing traditional Italian Folk Music and Theatre – with classical guitarist/composer John La Barbera in 1979 and was Artist-in-Residence at New York University for ten years. Fluent in Italian, English, Spanish, French and Portuguese plus Southern Italian dialects, Alessandra Belloni also speaks through her tambourine and drums.
.For her achievements in music and theatre, she won the following  awards: achievement in performing arts by Association of Italian American Educators, from the ITALIAN ORAL HISTORY INSTITUTE IN Los Angeles, Fall 2005, Award for Italian American Woman of the Year in 1996 and the Community Arts Project Award from Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts as well as the Sons of Liberty "Citation of Honor" award in 2001. residency with the Women Studies program at SUNY Fredonia. 





Naxos World
EARTH, SUN AND MOON - Lyrichord 1995
DIVINE DIVAS - Rounder Compilation 1997
GLOBAL CELEBRATIONS - Ellipsis Arts 1993
DEA FORTUNA - Shanachie 1989
SULILLO MIO - Shanachie 1985

She is the Company’s director, writer,
and lead performer of the Folk Operas:"



Ancient Spider"premiered at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, VOICES OF THE TARANTATE, NYC
"Stabat Mater: Donna de Paradiso"
(Cathedral of St. John the Divine)
"The Voyage of the Black Madonna"
(Cathedral of St. John the Divine)
"1492-1992: Earth, Sun and Moon"
 Lincoln Center out of Doors Festival 1992
"La Cantata dei Pastori" (Caramoor , St. John the Divine, Smithsonian and others)
"La Lupa"  (St. Mark’s Church, YALE, and others)
"The Adventures of Don Giovanni & His Servant Pulcinella" (Carnegie Hall and others)

Jon Pareles of the New York Times wrote:
"Invocations and work songs, exorcisms and lullabies shared the program of RHTHM IS THE CURE in the Chapel of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.... Driven by tambourine patterns so fast that the drummer’s hands became blurs. Ms. Belloni sang in an exultant voice. The songs blazed with an age-old momentum" .
Dan Hackman – Los Angeles Time:
Alessandra Belloni and Tarantata  Dance of the Ancient Spider is a revelation, utterly fascinating..”


Drum Magazine:


Italian-born virtuoso Alessandra Belloni is established as a unique phenomenon, not just a percussionist,  she is an actress, lecturer, entertainer, a healer,  above all archetype….


Ric Mattinly- Modern Drummer:


With her left hand she uses a variety of techniques to produce a wide range of timbers, incorporating thumb strokes, finger strokes, slaps.