New Ways of Being & Seeing in Bellydance

New Ways of Being & Seeing in Bellydance


Bringing together Embodied Bellydance™ & the Six Point System with Maria Sangiorgi & Tamalyn Dallal

25 – 31 August 2017

La Ragola

Ostra Italy

Tamalyn Dallal and Maria Sangiorgi will join forces to teach their innovative, creative and original ways of instructing Bellydance on the famous rolling hills of the Marche Province of Italy. Tamalyn and Maria first met in Italy 5 years ago at the International Dance Council Conference in San Marino. They discovered they share many similar philosophise about dance and have maintained an ongoing friendship, support and respect for each other’s work as dancers and teachers. Whilst Maria’s approach is more somatic, with influences such as Alexander Technique, Body Mind Centring and Continuum Movement, Tamalyn’s is based more on social consciousness and cultural understanding. Their styles compliment one another and they both share similar philosophies and dancing toward the same goal. Peace, joy, and embodiment.

They are delighted to have this opportunity to bring together their methods of imparting knowledge and offer this very unique opportunity for dancers to deepen their skill base and dance practices offered in their avant guard teachings. 

What better place to do this than in Italy! As a participants you will spend 7 nights* at La Ragola Country House and Yoga Centre with  host, Anna Maria Ponggelli. La Ragola is located on a hill top with a panoramic view of rolling hills, patchwork fields, the village of Ostra and outer lying villages with Apennine Mountains in the distance. Each day, after six hours of dance, you can relax in the outdoor Jacuzzi, and enjoy time taking in the view and spectacular sunsets on the veranda.   You will take pleasure in the delights of Italian cooking, with all meals, snacks and drinks provided.

The five day training will be interspersed with a one day outing with local sommelier Marco Candi from Marcos Way Tours. He will guide us on a high quality wine and food tour of the region.

As a participant you are also invited to join Tamalyn, Maria and local Musicians and Dancers in a Concert at the beautiful 18th century Teatro La Vitoria in Ostra.

All inclusive cost:

  • Accomodation is full board including all meals and snacks.  
  • 30 hours of tuition from Tamalyn and Maria.
  • Pick up from local Train station or Airport.
  • Day tour of the area which includes lunch and all tastings, with Marcos Way Tours

$1,380 USD  pay a deposit of $380 USD ASAP. Places are limited to no more than 15 participants.

SPECIAL PRICE: $1.280 USD if you pay before the 1st of June which is a saving $100 USD

SPECIAL OFFER FOR TEACHERS:  Bring 5 students and pay only $750 USD

New Ways of Seeing & Being in Bellydance


Dancers who live in the region do not need to stay at La Ragola. You are welcome to attend on a day to day basis. Attending the tour is also optional, although it would be a wonderful way to get to know and make connections with the international attendees and to show off were you live.

$820 USD includes Marcos Way Tour 

Without the Tour $ 670 USD .

SAME OFFER: Pay before the 1st June and save $100 USD 


My Skin Your Skin Our Skin

My Skin Your Skin Our Skin



It senses regulates, absorbs & eliminates nutrients & toxins. 

Protecting what is inside, separates from what is outside. Defines you through shape, form & colour. 

We are a work of Art.  

Immediately beneath is the Lymphatic system, and below that the Superficial Facia weaving its way from head to toe. 

We all share this experience, but the beauty of each one of us is that, no matter how the same we are, we are different 

In this workshop you will explore, through your creative expression, breath, deep awareness, sound, movement, dance, drawing, writing, sharing, the story of your skin and what lies beneath it, biologically, physically and metaphorically holding and witnessing our way through the story of what it is like to be in My Skin, Your Skin, Our skin 

Skin is the largest organ of your body. Its many functions include; sensing and regulating, absorbing and eliminating toxins, protecting what is inside, separates from what is outside. Your Skin defines you through shape, form and colour. We are a work of Art. Immediately beneath your skin is another large organ, the Lymphatic system, and below that the Superficial Facia weaves its way from head to toe. When you lightly touch your skin and stoke it, you are are moving the lymphatic system, when you apply slightly more pressure and move the skin around you are touching superficial facia. What connects all of these marvelous systems is water. We all share this experience (unless there is a problem) but the beauty of each one of us is that, no matter how the same we are, we are different and our skin plays a large roll in the differentiation.
In this workshop we will explore, through your creative expression, dance, drawing, writing, sharing, the story of our skin and what lies beneath it, biologically, physically and metaphorically, witnessing our way through this journey.
Some themes we will explore
The skin is a container?
What is it like to live inside your skin?
What is beneath your skin?
How does it define you?
What does it mean to you to be thick or thin skinned?
Are you comfortable in you skin
Do you accept your skin?
How do you feel about the colour of your skin and the skin of others?
How do you respond to people with different coloured skin?
Who would you be if you skin were say, a different colour?
How does it separate or connect you to others,?
Do you feel your skin breathing?
Can you feel the atmosphere on your skin, the breeze that passes and caress your skin?
How does if feel to touch and to be touched?
Does does it respond to the touch of a feather or does it need a deeper touch?
How does touch affect you?
What to bring:
Yoga mat and rug
Food for lunch and snacks and water
Sacred object for the Altar
Comfortable clothing, leggings under skirts.
“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.” ~
Thich Nhat Hanh
Beauty is only skin deep
Egyptian Dance as a Wholistic System & Energy Dance, Jan 2017

Egyptian Dance as a Wholistic System & Energy Dance, Jan 2017

EBD summer intensive 2017 2Many of us practice, Yoga, Qigong and other directional life force energy system movement based physical practices. Many of these beautiful, poses, postures and movement gestures from these systems working through the Meridians, the Chakric system, Reflexology can easily over lap and marry the movement of Egyptian dance.

In this 5 day intensive we will be exploring these connections and creating our own energy dance. 

Combinations of movements in Egyptian dance give us a connection to Free Breath, Power, Grace, Peace, Stillness, Flow, Vitality, Ease, Dynamism, Kinesthetic Sense, Somatic Awareness and equilibrium.  We are connected to Heaven and Earth and the Masculine and Feminine.

How can we feel and experience the sacredness and spirituality of our dance through this union or through the recognition of what is and has been present in the dance for 1000’s of years?

How can we make this presence more conscious in our dance?

During the 5 days we will consider the marriage of Energy Movement Systems to Egyptian Dance and feel the depth of what is created. Through this journey each person will create and document their own personal self perpetuated energy dance.  We will work with traditional and non traditional to create our personal and community dances. This self perpetuated choreography will eventually culminate as a performance piece.

All Level of ability and dance genera welcome!

The 5 days will weave in and out of the Embodied Bellydance® Framework listed bellow. As usual on day 4 and 5 we will being the Participant Dance Presentation Every year this aspect of the intensive becomes expansively meaningful to me and to regular participants.  

Join me on this 5 day journey of revelation and transformation. Returning always to the essence beauty and form  of Egyptian dance and all that it has to offer,to all genre a dance and movement. Weather you are professional or have no dance experience. I work in a way that give everyone what then need.

Madonnas, Goddesses & Cultural – Sacred Dance Retreat, Italy

Madonnas, Goddesses & Cultural – Sacred Dance Retreat, Italy

Madonnas sacred dance retreat

I offer this very special private sacred dance retreat, exploring the ancient feminine in Italy.  Italy for me is one of the most majestically beautiful and culturally rich countries in the world. From every town and city, from the two seas to the vast mountain chain there is something to see to know and to explore, much of which has directly or indirectly affected us in occidental societies, no matter where we live. As I have written before, you do not need to go to Rome to see Roman antiquity or even Greece to see Greek ruins and goddess sites. I have a Greek temple to the Goddess Venus or Aphrodite only an hour form me under the beautiful cathedral in Ancona.  As for Madonnas if I look out my window to the left, in the valley there is the church of La Madonna della Rosa. In this church there is a fountain fed by a spring, where pilgrims have come since the 1600‘s for the healing properties of the water.  One hour south of Ostra is the Black Madonna of Loreto. Every time I go to Loreto my experience of this healing place and its power deepens.

I look forward to sharing this exclusive, personal and private

Retreat with 4 women as guests in my home in Ostra.  

The emphasis of this retreat is not luxury accommodation with a pool, spa and perfectly pressed white linen. You will all receive personal individual attention from the time I pick you up, until we part.  I cook for you, drive you everywhere and create a space where together we care for your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual needs. I am holding you in a quantum healing dance. From this place you are able to weave your story through the dance and what transpires in-between.  The dance is about the inner work and it will be deep intense work. In the depth there are always moments of joy.  Our visits to the Madonnas will be about reflecting on the feminine story in ourselves then taking this back to the dance.  Every moment spent together no matter what we do is the dance.  Things will keep evolving all the time. This workshop is a total emersion into the divine intention of what is created between each of us.

My personal story is much entwined in symbols of the feminine, as they hold great meaning to me. I have now spent 4 years surrounded by Madonnas, they are a part of kit of power tools. They mean many things to many people. I respect that they are a part of the Christian faith, but I and many others like me see the Madonna as much more than that and we must not forget  Magdalena.  Women today are going deeper and deeper into their beings, we are looking for truth, wholeness and the essence of who we are. We are remembering who we are. We are finding ways to live in this world, as marvelous as it is, it is swiftly moving towards such great happenings and we must be ready. As grateful as I am to wake up each morning and bless the day, as appreciative I am to be surrounded by the most amazing women, our Terra Madre is becoming more and more contaminated with violent acts towards the earth and its people, in all aspects of human existence. 

During this week spent together, we can take in what we see and experience to explore it through the dance. Whichever  of the modalities you chose that are on offer, we will set an intention to be a part of the great feminine healing force that is quietly and powerfully doing its work. 

I invite whomever wishes to explore your sacred and divine self through dance to embark on this rich journey of the feminine, in a land steeped in herstory, to come forth and journey with me. 

The Dance

As guests in my home we will share this very personal, deep transformative experience, moving between the dance space and our daily activities. We will dance together for 3 1/2 hours a day in my studio.

I have a lot to offer and a number of streams of which one can choose to take. One may choose either to explore an aspect of Embodied Bellydance® (EBD) or Dance Journeys for the Awakening Heart, or a combination of the two. No  matter if you are 4 women who know each other or not, this will be worked out together before your arrival so that we are ready to begin.


Do you need dance experience to attend? 

No. You only need a willingness to dance. You can come from a non-dance background or be a student, no previous experience required.

Will there be choreography? 

No. I will not teach choreography. If you choose to move from the Dance Journeys for the Awakening Heart the focus will be on dancing freely to express your feelings, sensation and thoughts.  If you choose Embodied Bellydance® the focus will be to create a framework of learning and applying techniques of moving the body. This will then lead into improvisation in the Genre of Egyptian dance as a baser for your preferred dance style. 

Can you be a group of professional/teacher dancers, wanting to deepen the dance practice? 

Yes.  Together we can choose a theme of daily practices of what you need as a group and individually. 

If we are professional dance teacher will this count towards further training.

Yes. At the end of the week you will receive a certificate of attendance stating the time, date and place. This will qualify towards hours required to begin to train to be a teacher of Embodied Bellydance®.

Can the group be made up of professional /teacher and non professional participants? 

Yes.  It can be used as a learning tool for the teacher and create a richer learning field? 

Will there be a 1 on 1 sessions for each person?  

Yes. It is included in the package. The 1 on 1 sessions will be individually tailored to suit your needs and wishes and can also include body work. You will be given a recording and some follow up notes of your private session. It will give you a chance to fully consolidate aspects of your dance or your self inquiry.

With only 4 of you in the group a very deep and personal space will evolve where each persons needs can be met.

Madonnas & Goddesses

There are 100’s upon 100’s of Madonnas in my area alone. If that’s all we did in 1 week, I am sure we wound not be able to visit them all. The ones that I have chosen have touched me in some way. They have and still do offer some kind of healing experience. These include, Madonna della Rosa in Ostra, that I have already talked about. The Black Madonna di Loreto who gives refuge to all races and is the link between, pre Christian faiths, the goddess and now.  The Sanctuary of la Madonna di Frasassi set high up a rock face in a cave that was once the home of Benedictine nuns. Santa Maria Appare of Ostra, the Madonna who appeared to a shepherd in the 1500’s and said that if a church was built at the site of her appearance the inhabitants of Ostra would not be afflicted by the black plague that was rampant in Italy at the time.  Along with the Madonnas we must include Santa Maria Maddelena of Senigallia. The story goes that some of the remains of Maddelena were take to Senigallia from Provence in France. At that timed, attracted many pilgrims. I personally have a great love and affinity with Maria Maddelena. 

As often happens with many ancient sites, the Temple of Venus (Aphrodite) is under the Cathedral of Ancona, there is not much that remains, but we will visit the Museum of Ancona where they have recreated a model of the Temple.  We will visit a very powerful goddess site where all that remains is a fountain and washing well. This pre-celtic goddess site is where 100 of clay vulvers were found. The fountain is in a small picturesque town called Montefortino of Archevia. 

Culture – Food & Wine

Breakfast at home could be anything from a smoothie, ground seed, yogurt and fruit, eggs or whatever you desire to kick start your day. You are invited to join me in preparing home meals. I am a passionate cook who generally improvises, so come ready with a pen a paper to write down recipes. I believe in ‘food as medicine”. I use locally grown and organic products, a lot of seeds, nuts and vegetables in my cooking. I am certain you will go home with new recipes and perhaps new ways of thinking about food. The theme will be incorporating Italian flavors with contemporary healthy eating ideas. I am not a vegetarian or vegan but I often prepared food based on both. I tend to avoid sugar, wheat and gluten. However I am happy to cater to your special needs and desires. We will dine out a number of times in a variety of places typical to this area, where some locals may join us for the meal and a chat. One day will be spent with Marco Candi a Somilier and olive oil producer of Marco Way Tours.   He will take us on a journey into the heartland of the local Cheeses, wines, honey, and olive oil producers, tastings along the way.  One evening you will be guests in the home of Michele Ugolini (our local Master Chef) and his family. He will prepare an exquisite meal for you mixing modern and traditional Italian cuisine.

My home is an old large apartment on the second level in the centre of the Ostra.  It is next to the main piazza with a beautiful view of the patchwork hills and near by towns dotted over the hill tops. You will share a room with one of the other guests. Every day the rooms will be cleaned; beds made, towel changed, sheets changed when needed, cloths washed and ironed on request. There is one shared bathroom and we have WiFi. 


Ostra is situated at the foot hills of the Apennine Mountains, 15 minutes inland from the sea side resort of Senigallia on the Adriatic. It has 6800 inhabitants. Originally built by the Romans and was called Monte Bodio. It was later destroyed by the barbarians, it was rebuild  in Medieval times and renamed Ostra. 

It is a well kept town with much character and charm. You will enjoy exploring the cobble stone streets and alleys and to be taken on a tour by the local tourist officer of the beautiful Teatro La Vittoria and a few other places if time permits.

Getting to Ostra 

From Rome: Take train from Roma Termini to the town of Jesi or fly direct from the Rome airport to Ancona Airport.

From Milano: Take train from Terminal 1 or 2.  Milano Central to the city of Senigallia.

From Bologna Airport: Take train from Bologna Centrala to the city of Senigallia

We will pick you up.

Cost      (All fees are in euro to be determined per person )

Retreat in Ostra

7 nights & 8 days  

Includes everything except, meals at restaurants.

Restaurant meal average between €20 – €50 

(does not include airfare from original destination to major airport and travel to and from the nearest train station or Airport)

The retreat only runs if there are 4 participants.  

Booking & Making Payment

Make a deposit is €450 to secure your place.  

If 4 people in total do not book your money will be refunded to you in full. 

Australians please pay by DIRECT DEBIT


Add on Extra Possibilities:

Trip to Assisi

I love Assisi. Although San Francesco and Santa Chiara are not a Madonna or a Goddesses they both touch my heart deeply. I have been there many times, so I felt that if you wanted to extend your visit, I could share my love of Assisi with you. We will stay at St Anthony’s Guest house in the centre of Assisi. A day will be spent with a good friend of mine Nadia Cibruscola. She is a local and leads specialised and personalised tours of the significant places of Assisi. 

2 nights in Assisi (cost based on 4 people to be determined per person)

  • Includes 2 night accommodation with Breakfast in Assisi, 
  • Extra night and breakfast in Ostra, 
  • Travel to and from Assisi back to Ostra. 
  • Private tour with Nadia Cibruscolo
  • Does not include meals, snack and drinks and entry fees to churches and venues.

The Assisi trip can run with less people but the cost will increase. 

Four women who together would like to participate in this Feminine, Transformative Journey please come together and chose your own dates.

The Madonna’s Goddesses Sacred Dance & Culture Retreat runs anytime of the year.  Best times are Spring and Autumn. 

The Sacred & Therapeutic Dance of Ancient Egypt

The Sacred & Therapeutic Dance of Ancient Egypt


Before I began to study Egyptian dance a Psychic told me of 6 past lives that were important to my present life. That was 30 years ago. I have and am, living the relevance of each one of them now. But the one that has played out in the many layers of my life is the one I lived in Egypt. It was said that in ancient times I lived in the desert with the women and that I was a dancer and that to this life I brought with me the love and spirit of the music and dance of the desert. Now as I said, I had not began to train in Egyptian dance or ever think about it then. I thought she was talking about my general love of dance in general. How when I danced the music would enter my body and I would become connected to a power greater than myself, that when I danced I felt the part of me that is wild and free. Five years later, I attend my first class. From that day, my body memory began to awaken to the healing nature of the spirals and circle. I entered into the serpentine movements of the spine and the rhythmic shaking, the movement of the hips and pelvis, all swirling around the navel.

Before I began to study Egyptian dance a Psychic told me of 6 past lives that were important to my present life. That was 30 years ago. I have and am, living the relevance of each one of them now. But the one that has played out in the many layers of my life is the one I lived in Egypt. It was said that in ancient times I lived in the desert with the women and that I was a dancer and that to this life I brought with me the love and spirit of the music and dance of the desert. Now as I said, I had not began to train in Egyptian dance or ever think about it then. I thought she was talking about my general love of dance in general. How when I danced the music would enter my body and I would become connected to a power greater than myself, that when I danced I felt the part of me that is wild and free. Five years later, I attend my first class. From that day, my body memory began to awaken to the healing nature of the spirals and circle. I entered into the serpentine movements of the spine and the rhythmic shaking, the movement of the hips and pelvis, all swirling around the navel.

In the early years when I first begin to teach, the instructions would pour out of my mouth. It was my voice but what I was saying was coming from another source. I would be thinking how do I know this . . . is it true? The answer was and still is Yes! As time passed the voice and I grew to become one. I became what I was teaching.

Over that time more information came. I was a healer in Egypt but also in other places at other times. I belonged to the tribe of women who were burnt or left behind. Dance, ritual, herbs, a body wisdom and earth wisdom were our tools. Many of those woman are my friends now.

Today I am alive and not left behind. 8 years ago I went to Egypt and made peace with the Goddess Isis at her small temple behind the temple of Hathor at Dendera.

Now I teach this dance as a healing dance and a dance of Joy. Firstly it is for women, so that they can know their bodies and the movement that give them ground and strength. The movements that Awakens them to the power of Snake energy, that connects earth and heaven.

Men can have this too, but first women need to truly unite and know that the Feminine is strong. Know that it is not weak to show emotion, to be vulnerable. To be sensual and sexual as women for women, not what the male driven world wants us to believe. Because what is projected upon us only keeps us disempowered. All women of all shapes and sizes as. All ages.

Sadly as women we have been challenged by the patriarchal story that binds us to compete against each other. This has been going on for millenniums. It is not our fault, but it is our responsibility to do something about it.

The sacred and therapeutic dance of Ancient Egypt can help us to heal this story. Through this dance we empower ourselves by weaving the our bodies to wholeness. I know because it is my story. I have been weaving myself to wholeness for 25 years and I continue to do so.

Come join the circle and weave your story with me and other women.

Learn the find your centre through the energetic spiral. Learn to yield to your strength that lies within, a strength based on ebb and flow. Letting go of the rigid amour that holds us together.

As we dance with joy with women as equals, creating a wheel of life that can lead us into a future full of Authenticity and Femininity.

This dance journey is beyond Embodied Bellydance® this is a Dance Journey for the Awakening Heart. Although for anyone who has been working with me that knows that each time they dance with me, it is not only the technique that gets better but other things happen. They cry tears of joy and sorrow. This time we are going to dive into the tears and dance them into our hearts.

I am grateful to all the amazing women in my life who I know will,nod their heads in the knowing or cry when they read this.

I have just introduced this workshop in Italy and I have never had so many women contact me. They all shared a need to be able to express their femaleness as it is. They wanted to feel the freedom to be a full bodied sexual being. Nothing fancy, simply as it is, nothing seemingly out of reach or a best kept secret as if often portrayed to us.

Come as you are be in your skin dance your skin and all that it contains.

Meet yourself in your Sacredness in the presence of others

SensingFeelingDancing the Chakras

SensingFeelingDancing the Chakras

6 Inner Trance Ajana dance  low res 13:11:12

Sensing our way through the Chakras, we acknowledge our deep & potentially transforming Feelings

Feeling where that takes us now today through Movement & Dance

Dancing the expression of what we feel & Sense

Sensing our truth in the Feeling

Feeling the need to Dance




SensingFeelingDancing the Chakras is an ongoing Dance Movement ritual that is run in eight-week cycles. It began in 2004 and was originally called Raqs Chakra. Each week one Chakra is featured begging at the Base Charka and dancing through each of the seven bodily energy centres till we reach the crown, culminating at the eighth Chakra – the Soul Centre above the head.

What Yvonne had to say

“Thank you, Maria, for providing an exquisite space in which our inner feelings, our inner life really, can be explored and expressed through dance.  I’m finding this experience tremendously purifying and healing. Each week, as another Chakra becomes enlivened and strengthened, the process has assisting me in my journey from fragmentation to wholeness.”

These dance journeys are a Dance Movement process for people who love to move, physically, spiritually, emotionally & mentally.
There is no right or wrong way, just your way.
The space is held for you to explore your inner dancer.
Come & journey the many aspects of each Chakra either over an 8-week cycle, or one day or a three-hour workshop.

I work with guided meditation, Imagery and music. as a vehicle to align to each of the 7 Chakras, the central channel and the Left and the Right channels. Bringing into focus aspects that my draw out your personal inner dance that can then be explored through your outer dance. Using Somatization, Movement, Dance, Sounding, Drawing, Writing & Authentic Movement as a vehicle for you exploration.

It is your choice how deeply you journey; whatever that choice is I will support you in this journey