Healing Dance and Percussion Workshop

from Southern Italy & Hula from Hawaii!


FEBRUARY 5-12, 2024

Space is limited to 10 people. Register today!

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.

Participants are encouraged to wear white and red, and women to wear skirts

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.

Retreat Objectives:

Participants will learn:

  • The unique style of tambourine playing and the ancient healing dance of the tarantella, used to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula.
  •  Alessandra will also teach sacred chants of the Black Madonna from Southern Italy and other parts of the world.
  • 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 and to come to understand the healing and stress-relieving effect of these rhythms and dances.

Students will learn the following rhythms and dance rituals:


A powerful rhythm set to an African beat played in 4/4 time in honor of the black Madonna, originally ancient rites for the Earth Goddess Cybele. It accompanies a sensual dance from Naples danced with castanets to the rhythm of the large drum, called Tammorra.


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.


The wild 6/8 rhythm of the Pizzica, played on medium size tambourines and accompanied by dance and song, to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula, a form of depression that afflicted mainly women. In this healing ritual, participants will play in a circle and dance creating “spider-like” movements on the ground, releasing stress and blockages of energy.


Workshop is limited to 10 students****

ONLY ONE SPACE REMAINS! Reserve your spot today! 

After payment please
to complete registration form 

Program Costs:

Due now by November 1 latest: Pay Here: https://www.everbutton.com/pay/4004
 $150 Registration fee (nonrefundable, applied to final cost of the trip) + 25% room deposit 
$107 for Double, Total: $257
$82 for Triple, Total: $232
$68 for Glamping, Total: $218
Workshop Fee: $850
Plus Room Accommodations per person, rooms filled on first come first serve basis:
- Double $425 (1 room available)
- Triple $325 (only 2 triple rooms available),
- Glamping $270 (1 double available) $280 (1 single people per unit)
- Food: $40-50 per day. Final cost TBD (3 meals, catered in) Total for 6 days $300 payable before the retreat.
Total cost:
- Double: $1575
- Triple $1475
- Glamping $1420 double, or $1430 single
Not included: airfare, miscellaneous travel expenses

Payment options:
Everbutton: https://www.everbutton.com/pay/4004
VENMO @Alessandra-Belloni
ZELLE :Abelloni@aol.com
PayPal (please use send option “to Friend or Family” to avoid fees) https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/BlackMadonnaCenter

Food costs: More information forthcoming.


The center is a place Friends and family from around the world can come together to learn, experience, and grow, in an environment of awe-inspiring beauty and tranquility. The Windward Retreat Center was designed for educators and non-profit groups looking for a special space to hold retreats, workshops, and meetings.
The main meeting room is ideal for yoga, Qigong, or other open spaced events. It also can be configured for conference, classroom, or lounging. SIGHT & SOUNDS integrated sound and video systems were designed to bring multimedia presentations alive. High speed internet and wi-fi keep guests connected.
All overnight guests will be treated to wonderful nights sleep. All beds are the finest quality hotel beds that are triple sheeted for a five-star nights sleep.
The Windward Retreat Center is a nonprofit organized in a manner consistent with the traditions, testimonies, faith and practice of the Religious Society of Friends (the Quakers).
Buy Alessandra's CDs, REMO SIGNATURE SERIES TAMBOURINES, and BOOK/DVD RHYTHM IS THE CURE with Mel Bay to see the full collection!
Segment from 2015 of Alessandra Belloni workshop RHYTHM IS THE CURE on "Italics, Television for the Italian American Experience", a monthly presentation of CUNY TV.

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