Healing with the Black Mother
An Interview with Alessandra Belloni

June 3, 2019

Interview by
Joanna Harcourt-Smith

In this week’s episode Alessandra Belloni speaks with Joanna about: growing up with the Black Madonna; the universal Mother is everywhere; the hidden continuity, from Cybele and Isis to the Black Madonna; sacred chants of the Divine Feminine; a life-changing vision of the Black Mother, feeling other’s people pain and the pain of the Earth; guided to the dancing and singing rituals of the Black Mother in Southern Italy; tammoriatta, the wild communion with the Divine Mother; the sacred erotic; healing the trauma of sexual abuse with the communal spider dance; Mama Schiavona and the sacred mountain of Montevergine; the ancient tradition of the femminielli; the journey of grief into ecstasy; Black Madonna, revering Mother Earth as a Living Being; a prophetic dream calling to change our relationship with the Earth; joining inner and outer activism.

Alessandra Belloni is a world-renowned percussionist, singer, dancer, and actress born in Rome. Voted one of the best female percussionists in the world by Drum Magazine, she designed a signature series of tambourines for REMO, Inc. She is the founder and lead performer of “I Giullari di Piazza”, an Italian music, theatre, and dance ensemble, and is an Artist-in-Residence at the cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. She teaches workshops and healing retreats around the world and lives in Edgewater, New Jersey. Her newest book is “Healing Journeys with the Black Madonna: Chants, Music, and Sacred Practices of the Great Goddess”.


“I Can’t Sit Still”, original music by Evarusnik

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