Announcing the 1st Rhythm is the Cure in Southern Italy!
Join Alessandra in the mystical mountains of Calabria for a healing drumming and dance retreat,

in a luxury new resort overlooking the sea

Internationally renowned singer, percussionist, teacher, and dancer Alessandra Belloni

Author of the book 'HEALING JOURNEYS WITH THE BLACK MADONNA ,
published by Inner traditions, Bear & Company, No.3 on Amazon, and with foreword by the Rev. Dr. Matthew Fox !

 Announces"RHYTHM IS THE CURE"  Her 1st Annual Healing Dance & Percussion Workshop in Southern Italy from August 17th to 24th, 2020-

in a luxury country house in the mystical mountains of Serra San Bruno Calabria over-looking the sea.

LOCATION

Moscardino a luxury country resort in Serra San Bruno Provice of Vibo Valentia' closest international airport Le Mezia Terme

In the green heart of the charming Serra San Bruno (VV), a few steps from the famous Certosa, the Moscardino Country Resort emerges, a unique place where hospitality is combined with culture, art and the history of one of the most beautiful cities In Calabria. 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 39 rooms suitable for larger families, a restaurant and bar.Our flagship is the restaurant made of local food and wine excellences. Complete the tourist offer a SPA with attached wellness center and body treatments, gym and outdoor jacuzzi. For sports lovers, the resort has a basketball court and a panoramic terrace, indoor parking, shuttle service, free wi-fi. Finally, the structure has a meeting and cinema room.Serra San Bruno:
http://www.turiscalabria.it/website/?lang=en&categoria=/where/parco-serre/&view_type=s&id=183&title=serra-san-bruno.html

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 Calabrese folk music, dance, and Tamburello tought by local folk Musician Masters and Ethnomusicologists, and instrument makers including Francesco Braccio

Also featuring…Tamburello workshop with Vittorio de Paolo, Gabriele Pappaletto, and members of Officina Kalabra will explain the histories of folk music including history and traditions of Calabria

$850 with special early Bird discount of $100 if you register by December 1

About the new location:This special healing workshop will take place in the magical land of seers, 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 will take place in…

The NATIONAL PARK OF SERRA SAN BRUNO including crystal clear water-falls, and a lake.

We will visit the SANCTUARY OF LA MADONNA DEL BOSCO (LADY OF THE WOODS). AND LA MADONNA DELLA ACQUA (SPILINGA), a holy shrine located inside a cave, in the forest where a young girl had a vision of Mary where she appeared and healing waters came out of the cave. La Madonna pointed to the cave and to build a chapel for her there and thus the water was sacred and healing. In this sacred location Alessandra will lead her participants in ritual drumming and sacred chants in honor of the Madonna.

On the last day we will end our journey on the spectacular beach of Tropea with a drumming ceremony, big celebration, and authentic Calabrese Tarantella

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 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

PARTICIPANTS ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR WHITE AND/OR RED, AND WOMEN ARE ENCOURAGED TO WEAR SKIRTS

~Cost of the workshop will be: $ 850.00 Register today!

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT AVAILABLE – email Abelloni@aol.com for more information!

PRICESA $150 non-refundable fee is to be paid upon registration. The fee for the workshops is $850 $ 100 discount if you register by December 1.US (which includes all classes but excludes accommodations and meals)

PAYMENT SCHEDULE

Due upon registration: $150 Registration Fee (Non Refundable)
https://www.everbutton.com/pay/4833 or https://www.everbutton.com/pay/11323

Cost of accommodations including food will which is 3 abundant and excellent meals a day

Will also include the pick-up and drop off from and to Le Mezia Terme Airport Country Resort in SERRA SAN BRUNO offers its guests a spa bath, sauna and a fitness center, you can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge, and public spaces have free WiFi. Spa services, a terrace, and a garden are also featured at Il Moscardino Country Resort.

The town is named after Saint Bruno of Cologne, who founded the Carthusian Order in 1053 and the Grande Chartreuse, mother house of the Carthusians, near Grenoble, in France. He built the charterhouse of Serra San Bruno in 1095, and died here in 1101.
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Workshop Tuition: $700 due June 1
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Housing options include 3 spectacular meals:

TO BE CONFIRMED

euro 500 for double room
euro 600 for single room

The fee does not include airfare

****PLEASE REGISTER EARLY - Workshop is limited to 22 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