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Alessandra Belloni Presents “Gifts from the Black Madonna in the Time of Covid & BLM” with Special Guest Rev. Dr. Matthew Fox

SPECIAL EVENT!

“Gifts from the Black Madonna in the Time of Covid & BLM” FEATURING BEST SELLING AUTHOR REV. DR.MATTHEW FOX!

Celebrating May Month of Mary & the Black Madonna

INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED SINGER, PERCUSSIONIST, TEACHER AUTHOR ALESSANDRA BELLONI Proudly announces her first ONLINE EVENT with Dr. MATTHEW FOX!

“Gifts from the Black Madonna in the Time of Covid & BLACK LIVES MATTER ” SATURDAY MAY 8TH – 6pm EST (3PM PST) – (90 minutes)

Rev. Fox is the foremost proponent of creation spirituality (based on mystical teachings of Hildegard von Bingen, Meister Eckhart, Saint Thomas, Julian of Norwich, among others). In his book on the Sacred Masculine, The Hidden Spirituality of Men: Ten Metaphors to Awaken the Sacred Masculine, Fox offers a challenging chapter on the "sacred marriage" of the Black Madonna and the Green Man. He is also the author of 38 books on spirituality and culture translated into 78 languages.

The event will also Feature Alessandra Belloni and John La Barbera offering sacred chants & music in Honor of the Black Madonna from Belloni’s book "HEALING JOURNEYS WITH THE BLACK MADONNA” Published by Inner Traditions - Bear & Company presently No. 1 on Amazon in the category of Folk dances- with Foreword by Rev. Dr. Matthew Fox.& The Opera ‘THE VOYAGE OF THE BLACK MADONNA” and music by composer/guitarist John La Barbera & Alessandra Belloni.

Please email ABelloni@aol.com for registration or alessandrabelloni@gmail.com

The length of the presentation is 90 minutes Registration is: $ 40 Pay through https://www.everbutton.com/pay/7602 Also accepted VENMO @ Alessandra-Belloni or ZELLE

You will receive a zoom link after you register, please register in advance! We will begin with a sacred chant to the Black Madonna and continue with Dr. Rev Matthew Fox extraordinary talk and presentation, and end with more sacred music and ritual drumming for the Black Madonna from Southern Italy and around the world. We will end with Q & A with Dr. Matthew Fox.

Alessandra Belloni is proud to feature Dr. Matthew Fox's foreword in her book "HEALING JOURNEYS WITH THE BLACK MADONNA", (complete with a music CD) The book opens a portal into the sacred sites of the mysterious Black Madonna, in Italy and around the world. It is rated 5 stars and is best seller on Amazon under dance.

FROM DR. MATTHEW FOX PREFACE: "It takes a certain fierceness to face climate change, the extinction of countless species, the disappearance of rain forests and trees and soil and animals in our times. There is, as the Sufi mystic Hafiz put it, a “fierce battle” going on, and people need to be awakened and aroused. This is one reason the Black Madonna is returning in our time—to wake us up from our anthropocentric (Pope Francis calls it our “narcissistic”) slumber. This is one reason why the African goddess Isis was often pictured wearing a headdress with rattles—to wake people up and to rattle our institutions, to awaken us from slumber.”

RITI MUSICALI FEMMINILI DI PRIMAVERA FINE: Musical Spring Rites for Women

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Event by Golden Girls Global Online: eventbrite.com Friday, April 30, 2021 at 5:30 PM EDT – 7 PM EDT Price: Free · Duration: 1 hr 30 min Public · Anyone on or off Facebook Let's prepare for Spring in an ancient traditional way. Healing and awakening ceremonial dance event! Alessandra will open with a presentation about myths & legends in the South of Italy and the ancient sacred sites of the Black Madonna. She will speak about her personal healing journey with the Black Madonna, and her unique research that led her to write her book, and to teach healing workshops and perform this music all over the world. Alessandra will teach ancient healing chants that use the Lydian Scale or Neapolitan Scale use to invoke healing and calm the mind. The repertoire will also feature: Sacred dances in honor of the Black Madonna: TAMMURRIATA, CUNCTI SIMUS CONCANENTES, OUR LADY OF THE POOR and THE PIZZICA TARANTATA or Spider Dance. We will close with an experiential journey! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/150976285133 April 30th, 2021. 5:30-7pm MDT https://www.thetimezoneconverter.com/ Sliding scale. Golden Girls Global is a collective of Body-Centered Leaders serving thousands of Girls Coming of Age around the World. Golden Girls Global is a worldwide movement creating safer spaces for diverse girls to access, explore and connect with the nature of their own creativity, fertility and emerging selves in community. Focusing on the arts, especially as expressed through the body, Golden Girls Global supports the sustainability and celebration of the feminine as essential to the health of the planet. Golden Girls Global Website Email: office@goldengirlsglobal.org A Golden Bridge Production. goldenbridge.org

FESTA SICILIANA - with Sudcantica Sicilian Folk Ensemble

Online - via Zoom

Alessandra Belloni proudly presents her first overseas event as part of her vision of The Black Madonna Institute and I Giullari di Piazza online school!

FESTA SICILILANA A SPECIAL ONLINE INTERNATIONAL SICILIAN FOLK MUSIC CONCERT and WORKSHOP Presented by Sicilian Folk Musicians from the group SUDCANTICA. SATURDAY APRIL 10 – at 3pm EST https://www.facebook.com/events/481171129597619

Featuring : FEDERICO CHIOFALO, voice, guitar, tambourine, accordion. SEBASTIANO PIETRINI, voice, chitarra battente, tambourine, marranzano. SANTO SCORDINO, bagpipe, tambourine, voice, castagnette, pepita. FRANCESCO PICCOLO, guitar, bass, voice.

La Compagnia SudCantica was founded in 2019, from the desire of several musicians and friends to create an open line-up in which to express their love for the traditional music of Southern Italy. Not just music, the company is based on friendship, inclusiveness and the desire to share all the cultures of the world. The instruments used are those typical of the southern musical repertoire: zampogna, chitarra battente (folk guitar) marranzano, (jaw’s harp) tambourines, castagnette, accordion and violin. The strength of the band lies in recreating all the overwhelming strength of the Dionysian rhythms brought to paroxysm in order to release all tensions in the audience thanks to the abandonment of the body to dance. A rite that miraculously remained intact despite all the repressive force of the clerical and often governmental structures of the past. "What makes us most happy is to see the audience stand up and start dancing."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w78JmVn7M6E ABBALLATI ABBALLATI SICILIAN TARANTELLA for ZAMPOGNA, bagpipe

Please email ABelloni@aol.com for registration or alessandrabelloni@gmail.com Also featuring composer, guitarist, music director John La Barbera

The length of the presentation is 90 minutes Registration is: $ 40 https://www.everbutton.com/pay/7602 Also accepted VENMO @ Alessandra-Belloni or ZELLE

You will receive the zoom link after you register. You will also receive Mp3s.

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Rhythm is the Cure Workshop

"RHYTHM IS THE CURE" 
HEALING DRUMMING AND DANCE RETREAT 
 SICILY, ITALY 
 
AUGUST 17 to the 24th, 2021
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Internationally renowned singer, percussionist, teacher

Alessandra Belloni - Remo Artist

proudly announces her

 SEVENTH ANNUAL

PILGRIMAGE TO THE SACRED SITES OF THE BLACK MADONNA

IN SOUTHERN ITALY

 

THE VOYAGE

 OF THE BLACK MADONNA

 August 4 - 16, 2021


 

I AM PROUD TO SHARE THAT REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW OPEN!

For the 7th Pilgrimage to the Black Madonna this summer in Southern Italy, following in the footsteps of the journey I wrote about in my new book that was released in the spring 2019. 

This tour is a journey to seven sacred sites of the Black Madonna, known in the Italian folk tradition as "the Seven Sisters." They are all 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.

I will take people on the same journey as I have done for over 30 years as a devotion to the Black Madonna, and which inspired me to write the book HEALING JOURNEYS WITH THE BLACK MADONNA, recently published by Inner Traditions-Bear and Company.

I am happy to share this very personal journey with you, one which will transform your life!

We will explore these sacred sites of the Madonnas and discover their connections to other Great Goddesses.

The mysteries of the Black Madonna can be traced to pre-Christian times, specifically to the ancient practices of devotion to Isis, the Earth Goddess, and the African Mother - to the era when God was a woman, and she was black.

It will be revealed that the sacred sites of the Black Madonna are still revered in Italy today, and the shamanic healing traditions of the Black Madonna are still alive today - just as powerful as they were millennia ago.

The tour also features writer, archaeologist and Egyptologist Armando Mei as our guide in Pompeii and Torre Annunziata.

Every day of this tour has always been magical indeed over the past years, with people showing up to meet us by surprise - musicians, writers, even people I had not seen in ages!

I realized that nothing was a coincidence - everything must have been planned by the GREAT MOTHER! 

                                  
 

 JOIN ME FOR THE BLACK MADONNA TOUR 2021

Itinerary: 

August 4th:

Arrival at Rome's airport to go to Castellammare di Stabia, near Naples.

We will visit the following places and Black Madonnas:

 

August 5th

Black Madonna 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 Aphrodite. 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, Aphrodite/Yemanja in the Afro- Brazilian tradition.

 

August 7th

A visit to Pompeii -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 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 learn the authentic tammorriata, a very sensual and erotic dance done with castanets to the large drum called Tammorra, playing a powerful 4/4 rhythm.

 

August 8th

We leave for the Black Madonna of Montevergine, 

also known as Mamma Schiavona (Serving Mother) a spectacular sacred Mountain near Avellino - (in the beautiful mountain region called Irpinia). This is the most important of the seven sisters, an 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 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. She is the most magical! This is also an ancient site of 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

LA MADONNA NERA INCORONATA DI FOGGIA (Puglia, land of the tarantella!) 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 a very magical way. While shepherds were working in the field 2 bulls ran away to a 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 Madonna Nera appeared right in the tree. And she made many miracles, including with a special anointing oil that always burns at her 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 one of the highlights of the 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 15

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 16

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 Dionysus, 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 spend an unforgettable night with him as we dance, drum, eat, and drink fantastic wine from Gragnano - some of the best in the world!

 

The cost of the tour is $2,900. Additional cost for a single room - $400

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 upon sign-up to ensure your participation and to have the tour operator secure the hotels.

The tour deposit is due by April 15

and the remaining of the total amount due June 30



 

PAYMENT SCHEDULE - CLICK THE LINKS TO PAY ONLINE!

 

Due Upon Registration - $150 Registration Fee (Non Refundable)

Tour Registration $150

 

Due March 15 - $700 Tour Deposit

Tour Deposit $700

 

Due June 30 - $2,000

Final Payment $2,000

 

You can also pay by check made out to Alessandra Belloni. 

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Alessandra Belloni

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