Announcing the 1st Rhythm is the Cure in SICILY! 
Join us on the mystical island of SICILY, also nown as the Island of Demeter and Persephone, for THE FIRST RHYTHM IS THE CURE healing drumming and dance retreat, in a luxury new resort overlooking the sea and with an infinity pool & SPA and WELLNESS CENTER! 


LOCATION https://www.borgoabacena.it 
International airports - CATANIA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT & PALERMO. 

Join 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 rev. Dr. Matthew Fox ! for her 1st Annual Healing Dance & Percussion Workshop in Southern Italy 

Covid-19 Update

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE DATES have been moved to September. Possible dates are August 31 to September  7. To be confirmed.

Dates have been changed to September

"RHYTHM IS THE CURE" 
1st Annual Healing Dance & Percussion Workshop in Sicily! from August 17th to 24th, 2020- 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". 

INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS: CATANIA & PALERMO 
(travel from USA to Italy should be possible after July 15 without quarantine) 
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 ill 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. see this link. 

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 Sicly, 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 

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

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 
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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 ercusion 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****

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