Alessandra Belloni - Remo Artist
proudly announces   
 
BLACK MADONNA DRUMMING & DANCE RITUALS & PILGRIMAGE
IN SOUTHERN ITALY
 
By the sea & mountains in the region of Naples
DATES TBD 2023
Contact us to be added to waitlist


Join us this summer for a new pilgrimage dedicated to the drumming, 

chanting, & dance traditions of the Black Madonna in Southern Italy! 
Following Alessandra's Book, Healling Journeys with the Black Madonna  (Inner Traditions Bear and Co, 2019)
 
 
This workshop will be a full immersion into the ancient drumming traditions and devotional chants in Honor of the Black Madonna, which can only be truly experienced in the sacred mountains and healing waters of the Mother Land. This powerful journey will introduce and transport students to a time and place where an unbroken and ancient tradition continues today with folk music, processions, devotional drumming, and dance.
 
Following Alessandra Belloni’s vision as part of the Black Madonna Center, this summer students will have the special opportunity to study and tour the area of Naples in the region of Campania.
 
Special Guest Nando Citarella from Naples! 
We will be joined by internationally renowned Neapolitan Folk Musician, classical singer, percussionist teacher Nando Citarella. Alessandra’s long time collaborator and friend, he is one of the most important and well-known figures in the revival of Southern Italian Folk Music. Find more at www.NandoCitarella.it
 
We will also featured lectures about the goddess Isis and the Black Madonna by Egyptolgist, Archeologist, and GAIA Network host Armando Mei.
Alessandra Belloni is a native of Rome who has traveled the land extensively, researching and practicing the lore and traditions of The Black Madonna. She will take you inside the heart of this land, sharing her knowledge, and giving you an authentic, local experience.
 
For information and registration email  -
 Alessandra Belloni ABelloni@aol.com  and must always copy 
 For logistic Fabiana Eramo fabtraveller@hotmail.com,
 
For questions about travel Silvana travel silvana.re@vwti.com,
 
Workshop and Pilgrimage Dates:
 
Summer 2023 Dates TBA! Below is the itinerary from our 2022 voyage.
 
 
 
 
PAST 2022 ITINERARY
 
August 1- 2nd: Workshop & VISIT TO THE BLACK MADONNA DELL’AVVOCATA 
 
During these workshops on the stunning Amalfi Coast, students will study the basic Italian tambourine and frame drumming techniques of the Tammorriata 4/4 rhythm in honor of the Black Madonna. These powerful workshops will include the special collaboration with folk musician, percussionist, and Neapolitan singer Nando Citarella, who will guide students in learning traditional drumming, chanting, and dance.
 
Alessandra and Nando will introduce the ancient style of rhythm and dance known as the Tammurriata, which dates back to the rites of the Mother Earth Goddess Cybele – protector also all of gay and transgender people – and the Egyptian Goddess Isis, both of whom are now worshiped as the Black Madonna all over the South of Italy. Alessandra and Nando will also lead participatory chants of devotion to the Sun (Jesce Sole), an ancient healing chant using the Lydian Scale or Neapolitan Scale, as well as authentic chants and prayers. 
 
These workshops will take place during the days and some evenings in improvisational Neapolitan style.
 
 
August 3th: VISIT TO LA MADONNA DI POSITANO
 
Positano is the most beautiful town in the Amalfi Coast. It is also where the Goddess Aphrodite was worshipped in ancient times.
 
AUGUST 4thFree time and special evening workshop with Nando Citarelli featuring incredible food and stunning music 
 
August 5th:  Isis and the Black  Madonna in region of Campania
 
In the morning we’ll attend a lecture by leading scholar and Egyptologist Armando Mei on the Egyptian settlements in Campania and their esoteric influences on Naples. 
 
In the afternoon we’ll travel to Torre Annunziata near Pompeii, where we’ll witness the unique re-enactment of the discovery and fishing of the Black Madonna della Neve, who originally found in a large cage in the sea in the year 1350. This feast is held at sunset by sea near Vesuvius, with boats following the Madonna in procession along the coast to blessing the water and the town. This is an ancient ceremony with origins in the worship of the Goddess Aphrodite and the African Orisha Yemanja, Goddess of Love and the Sea.
 
August 6th: VISIT TO THE BLACK MADONNA OF MONTEVERGINE
 
In the mountainous region of Irpinia we will visit the Black Madonna of Montevergine. Known as MAMMA SCHIAVONA, she is considered the most important of the Seven Sisters, and is worshipped in the ancient sacred site of the Earth Goddess Cybele. She continues to be venerated on a high sacred mountain, which pilgrims still climb barefoot today chanting and drumming in her honor. Here we will drum and chant with Nando and Alessandra, as well as learn about the cult of the femminelli – transgender and third gender people who still venerate the Black Madonna today. 
 
August 7th: VISIT TO THE MADONNA DELLA LIBERA - MOIANO
 
Will end our journey near Benevento where we will visit LA MADONNA DELLA LIBERA – Our Lady of Freedom. This is a beautiful and powerful statue which has direct origins to the Egyptian Goddess Isis, the FIRST BLACK MADONNA AND CHILD.  Alessandra will lead special chants and participants will have the opportunity to play and sing in honor of the Black Madonna. 
 
 
AUGUST 8  - CHECK OUT FROM HOTEL & departure from Naples
 
ACCOMMODATIONS:
4 star hotels with swimming pools and gourmet food
• HOTEL DEI CONGRESSI near the Amalfi coast 
www.hoteldeicongressi.it
• HOTEL DE LA VILLE located in the mountains of Avellino www.hoteldelaville.it  
 
 

Total Cost

 

Original $2,000 for double occupancy going up to $ 2,200 due to the gas prices increase and bus .

$2,400 for single occupancy

Registration due immediately $200

Please contact Alessandra directly to access details about registration and cost for 2023

 
                                  
 
 
 



 

 

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EXACT DATES TBD-- Coming Summer 2023!! This retreat will be a full immersion into the ancient drumming traditions and devotional chants in Honor of the Black Madonna, which can only be truly experienced in the sacred mountains and healing waters of the Mother Land. This powerful journey will introduce and transport students to a time and place where an unbroken and ancient tradition continues today with folk music, processions, devotional drumming, and dance.

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