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Naples, Benevento, Calabria, Puglia, Sicily

Black Madonna Musical Pilgrimage in Southern Italy, August 4-16, 2020

VERY PROUD TO SHARE THAT REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW OPEN! This tour through Southern Italy, as seen in my book "Healing Journeys with the Black Madonna" (Bear & Company) is a journey to seven sacred sites of the Black Madonna that are called in the Italian tradition "the seven sisters.” They are 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. This will be the 7th musical pilgrimage I am leading, that is dedicated to the Divine Feminine and LA MADONNA NERA in places where she is still worshipped as she was in pre-Christian times. Unlike Spain or France, in Southern Italy we still dance, chant, and play our drums for Her. This will be a VERY unique and special experience!! PLEASE REGISTER NOW, AFTER MY BOOK HEALING JOURNEYS WITH THE BLACK MADONNA, THE TOUR WILL SELL OUT FOR SURE!TO REGISTER: https://www.everbutton.com/pay/4834$150 non refundable deposithttps://www.amazon.com/Healing-Journeys-Black-Madonna-Practices/dp/1591433428/Check out why I am leading this pilgrimage and why I teach my special drumming & dance workshops (coming up in Tuscany) and my work as healer and artist! The Voyage of the Black Madonnaa documentary film by Alessandra Bellonihttps://youtu.be/aE0Kg6A2Yi0Please contact me right away at ABelloni@aol.com if you want to come on this tour, The cost of the tour is $ 2,900 for double occupancy and $ 3,300 for single occupancy. Included:A great feature of this tour are the local folk traditions: the music of the tarantella, the dancing, and the fantastic food, all freshly prepared according to regional traditions. Here you will find the most amazing wine in the favored land of Dionysus, god of Ecstasy and Wine!I will take people on the same journey that I have taken over many years as a devotion to the Black Madonna which, in 1990, inspired me to write the Folk Opera THE VOYAGE OF THE BLACK MADONNA and now featured in my book! I am happy to share with you a very personal journey that will transform your life!This special tour will start at Rome’s airport on the morning of August 4th – and return there on the night of August 16th. It is open to women and men, please see the beautiful testimonial below by Salvatore Guglielmo, a special young man who took the tour last summer !See details below: We will visit the following places and Black Madonnas:• August 5th: La Madonna della Neve, Torre Annunziata. This is where I met the great writer and archeologist, Armando Mei, who will be leading this part of the tour with me.We will go to the annual feast which is a reenactment of the fishermen finding the Madonna in a box underwater, at sunset by the beach near Vesuvius. Spectacular and very moving! At the end of the reenactment we sang a sacred Medieval chant to the Black Madonna on the beach, and people gathered around us. We were filmed for local TV! Here is a link:http://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=EEaVZKAFu5cFour nights at HOTEL DEI CONGRESSI – 4 star hotel with a beautiful Mt. Vesuvius view and swimming pool.• August 6th: Black Madonna of Positano, also by the Sea, a beautiful Byzantine icon, also connected to Aphrodite. Positano is one of the most amazing towns of the Amalfi coast, and we will spend the day there. I will lead a ritual of purification in the sea with white flowers, drumming and chants. Dressed in white and blue, we will honor the Madonna del Mare, Aphrodites/Yemanja in the Afro- Brazilian tradition.-In another powerful moment we will do a great improvised TAMMORRIATA all together!! Last year we had a blast!https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10204573333234723• August 7th Led by writer/archeologist Armando MeiPompeii and the Temple of Isis.The Temple of Isis in Pompeii is witness of Egyptian influence over Late Roman religion. In Pompeii is preserved one of the most important southern Italian temples dedicated to the Goddess Isis. Armando will talk about on the connections between the origins of the Great Mother Culture and its evolution over the millennia, a journey through Ancient Sumerian and Egyptian Myths among the ruins of the most famous ancient town of POMPEII.• NIGHT OF AUGUST 7th – We will meet one of my drum teachers the well-known tammorra maker, Raffaele Inserra, from Gragnano, and singers Marianna Ricciardi, Gianfranco, for a feast at the great restaurant, il Vigneto. We will play and dance, and people will have a chance to learn the authentic tammorriata dance in honor of the Black Madonna.• August 8th We will leave for the mountains and visit the Black Madonna of Montevergine – also known as Mamma Schiavona (Serving Mother), on the spectacular, sacred Mountain near Avellino- (beautiful mountain region, called Irpirnia), originally the ancient site of the Temple of the goddess Cybele, Black Mother and Earth Goddess from Anatolia. She is the most important of the seven sisters.We will visit the famous Throne (a special rock in the mountains called Seggia della Madonna) where healing miracles happen. Last year many of our tour group had a very powerful and mystical experience. Up in the sanctuary we will play the tammorriata drumming and sing for her. We will also enjoy the great local food and wine, as we rest in the restaurant atop the mountain.We will spend two nights at the beautiful HOTEL DE LA VILLE**** (AVELLINO)• August 9th – Black Madonna in Moiano, near Benevento, the powerful, beautiful MADONNA DELLA LIBERA, the one I am most devoted to- I have personally received a miracle from her. She is the most magical! This was also an ancient site of the worship to the Goddess Isis.In the chapel we will also chant her traditional songs, ones I learned from the old women of the town during the procession.• August 10th – LA MADONNA NERA INCORONATA DI FOGGIA (Puglia land of the tarantella!) new this year. 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 very magical way. While shepherds were working in the field 2 bulls ran away to a Tree (OAK 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 Black Madonna Nera appeared right in the tree. And she made many miracles, also with a special anointing oil that always burns at her image and never goes out.• August 1: LEAVE FOR CALABRIA!! My favorite land!Stay at HOTEL TERRAZZO SUL MARE in TROPEA for five nights with GREAT CALABRESE FOOD, NEAR THE CENTER OF TOWN, and a stunning view of the sea and the volcano. We will stay in the beautiful town of Tropea, in a hotel with great food and a breathtaking view of the beach and the active volcano, STROMBOLI! There we will have a few days of rest on the beach, swimming in the turquoise sea which is very similar to Hawaii, and shopping in the town.In Calabria we will meet and feast with my good friend and tarantella teacher, Vittorio de Paola. We will have dinner and party in his beautiful restaurant on top of the mountain, with a great view of the sea. This was a highlight of last year’s tour!August 13th, 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 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.August 14: 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 15th - Feast of the Asumption - we will clsoe with a fantastic plgrmiage ona boat following la madonna dell'isola OF TROPEA, THE MADONNA OF THE SEA, THE ANCIENT APRODITES RITUAL IN THE WATER AS A FINAL BLESSINGS FROM THE GREAT MOTHER.•August 16th – LEAVE FOR ROME AIRPORTI HOPE YOU WILL JOIN ME FOR THIS MAGICAL, TRANSFORMATIONAL PILGRIMAGE !As you can read from the testimonials, everyone last year had an amazing time! EVVIVA LA MADONNA NERA!Testimonial for the Black Madonna Pilgrimage"Attending Alessandra Belloni’s Black Madonna Pilgrimage was life changing. It is one of the hardest experiences to put into words as it is an experience lived and felt greater than can be expressed by any language. She has shown me the truth of my roots in Southern Italy and I have never felt more connected to something greater than myself in all my life. Being devoted to the many Italian goddesses that came before her, The Black Madonna upon experiencing her awakened many answers within me. She has a power that must be experienced on a personal level to understand this. My life is truly beginning and I feel I’m beginning to blossom. Alessandra has a mysterious gift to guide you but only if you listen to her and reach deep down into your own soul, and it has been one of the greatest decisions of my life to join her. You may sometimes find yourself in overwhelming joy or in tears, releasing all that is holding you back. It is a lesson not only in surrendering to the Cosmic Mother, but the divine within. Now I really feel a part of something bigger than myself and even though a majority of women join Alessandra, I feel blessed to be one of a handful of men that has truly heard this call to join her and learn from her. Embracing the divine feminine of the Black Madonna has nurtured my soul, my divine masculine, and I feel more like a real conscious man. The world has a lot to learn from Southern Italian culture, and I encourage everyone to learn from Alessandra and raise world consciousness. We need that more than ever in the times we’re living in."The cost of the tour $2,900 to $ 3,300 which includes $ 400 extra for a single room 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 bus4) Ferry boat back and forth to Sicily5) 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 as soon possible, plus $ 500 is needed by April 1 to ensure your participation and to have the tour operator secure the hotels.The tour second deposit is due by May 1, and the remaining of the total amount due June 1PAYMENT SCHEDULEDue soon: $150 Registration Fee (Non Refundable) by January 1 Tour Registration plus deposit (non refundable) April 1$700 Tour DepositDue June 1- $ 2,050Final PaymentYou can also pay by check made out to Alessandra Belloni.

RHYTHM IS THE CURE in Sicily!

Borgo Abacena Country Resort, Strada Provinciale 116, Tripi, Province of Messina

DEAR FRIENDS! I am happy to announce that for the first time, my RHYTHM IS THE CURE workshop will take place in SICILY! Join us on the mystical Island of Demeter and Persephone for this magical healing drumming and dance retreat, in a luxurious new resort overlooking the sea!

LOCATION https://www.borgoabacena.it

Flights to CATANIA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT or PALERMO. (Please note I was told by airlines that travel from USA to Italy will be open without quarantine after July 15!) Email me at ABelloni@aol.com for more information and check the Facebook link for more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/504577360335952/

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 guest this year: Anna Maria Pugliese, teaching the Tarantella Siciliana and Tarantella Calabrese!

$ 800.00 plus accomodations

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Rhythm is the Cure Workshop

"RHYTHM IS THE CURE" 
HEALING DRUMMING AND DANCE RETREAT 
IN SICILY, ITALY  
AUGUST 17 to the 24th, 2020 
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PILGRIMAGE OF THE SACRED SITES OF THE BLACK MADONNA

 

IN SOUTHERN ITALY  

 


THE VOY AGE OF THE BLACK MADONNA

 

 August 4 to the 16th, 2020

 

 

 
AFTER THE GREAT SUCCESS AND MAGICAL EXPERIENCE OF LAST SUMMERS I am very happy and proud to announce that I will be leading THE FIFTH MUSICAL PILGRIMAGE to the sacred sites of the Black Madonna in Southern Italy!! 
I will take people on the same journey as last year, as I have done over many years as devotion to the Black Madonna, which inspired me to write the Folk Opera THE VOYAGE OF THE BLACK MADONNA in 1990, together with my music director John La Barbera. 
check this link:
The voyage of the Black Madonna documentary promo by Alessandra Belloni about her field research in Southern Italy during the feasts of the Black Madonna filmed between 1991 and 1997 by Dario Bollini
  
I am happy to share with you a very personal journey which will transform your life!   
Also featuring writer, archaeologist and Egyptologist Armando Mei as our guide in Naples.
This special musical tour will start from Rome's airport in the morning of August 4th - returning to Rome's airport or station  the day of August 16th
 
 DEAR FRIENDS around the world:
Last 3 summers I led the  special pilgrimages of the Sacred Sites of the Black Madonna in Southern Italy, and it was one of the most powerful and beautiful experiences in my life and for everyone on the tour.
  
Every day of our tour was magical indeed, with people showing up to meet us by surprise- musicians, writers, even meeting people I had not seen in many years!
I realized that nothing was a coincidence, but seemed to have been planned by the GREAT MOTHER!                                     
 
  

 

 
JOIN ME FOR THE BLACK MADONNA TOUR 2018   
 Itinerary:
We will visit the following places and Black Madonnas:
August 5th
Madonna Nera 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 Aphrodites. 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, Aphrodites/Yemanja in the Afro- Brazilian tradition. 
  
August 7th
A visit to Pompei -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 old singer, Zi Giannino, 84 years old, 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 learnt he authentic tammorriata.
August 8th
We leave for the Black Madonna of Montevergine    -
 also known as Mamma Schiavona (Serving Mother) spectacular sacred Mountain near Avellino- (beautiful mountain region called Irpirnia). This is the most important of the seven sisters, 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 drumming 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 her, she is the most magical!  Also an ancient site of the 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
* August 10th - LA MADONNA NERA INCORONATA DI FOGGIA (Puglia land of the tarantella! ) new this year. 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 very magical way. While shepherds were working in the field 2 bulls ran away to a Tree (OAK TREE) and kneeled down, as lightning and fire appeared for a long time. Suddenny a voice was heard saying I AM MARY MOTHER OF GOD! And I want my temple build here ! And he Beautiful Statue of the Black Madonna Nera appeared right in the tree. And she made many miracles , also with a special anointing oil that always burns at here 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 was a highlight of last year's 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 15th  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 16th - 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 Dionyus, 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 an unforgettable night with him and the old singer, Zi Giannino, 84 years old, and his young apprentice, Gianfranco, at the great restaurant il Vigneto where we  will dance drum , eat , and drink fantastic wine from Gragnano- one of the best in the world! We will repeat this powerful experience which is a treasure in the field of Ethnomusicology!





The cost of the tour is $2,900 for a double room, $3,300 for a single. 
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  by April 1 to ensure your participation and to have the tour operator secure the hotels.
The tour deposit  is due by May 1 
and the remaining of the total amount due June 1



 

 

 

 

 

 

PAYMENT SCHEDULE

 

Due April 1 - $150 Registration Fee (Non Refundable)

 

Due May 1 - $690 Tour Deposit

 

Due June 1 - $1,960 
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