odetothemoontwoAccording to Eleonora Rachele Zampatti, “All the arts are therapy to heal” — and this Sunday, January 25, the founder of the monthly Ode to the Moon yoga program joins with the Monmouth County-based nonprofit 180 Turning Lives Around for an occasion designed “to celebrate the new moon in the New Year with the benefits of yoga and healing art, in a special event to aid the victims of domestic violence.”

Herself a survivor of domestic violence, Zampatti will present an afternoon of locally sourced art, live music, therapeutic yoga and healthy refreshments — all for the benefit of 180’s programs, and all of it hosted at Renaissance Pilates (8 East Front Street in Red Bank) beginning at 3 pm.

The event commences with an art show featuring the works of participants from 180’s art therapy project Amanda’s Easel — a program that caught the interest of Zampatti, and inspired her “to bring all these arts together to raise awareness to this often hushed subject, and give sanctuary to its victims.”

At 4 pm, Zampatti leads a special hour-long yoga practice, accompanied by original live acoustic music (much of it written specifically for the Ode to the Moon series) from vocalist Allison LaRochelle, pianist Samantha La Rochelle (both from Middletown) and guitarist Tristan Garrity of Red Bank.

A silent auction of the showcased art and other art items follows the yoga class, with refreshments provided by Monmouth County juicemaker Nourished By Nature, as well as by local chef Sam Witten.

Doors open at 2:30 for Sunday’s event, with a $25 donation covering the cost of the yoga class, and more information available here.