From her website:
Marlaina Donato, CA, CMT is a national writer for the health publication Natural Awakenings magazine (3+ million monthly readership) and the author of fifteen books in the genres of alternative health, body-mind-spirit, Goddess spirituality, fiction and poetry. Some of her titles include Naked Soul (Llewellyn Worldwide, 1998) the reference book Multidimensional Aromatherapy: Clinical, Practical, and Vibrational Applications, Goddess Consciousness: Women’s Mysticism and Sacred Arts, and Spiritual Famine in the Age of Plenty: Baby Steps to Bliss.
As WillowWynd, she is an American composer loyal to evocative moods, haunting rhythms, and wisdom of the Old Ways.
Her work has been used in film, meditation-videos, women’s life coaching courses, and small business promos. The 2019 short film Signs of Aging by director Tara Gadomski features her music, and she is also a supporting actor in the inspiring dark comedy. Her shimmering semi-classical solos, pagan-genre instrumentals, seasonal translations, and meditative soundscapes are portals to inner worlds
and invitations to beauty.
Music, art, writing, metaphysics, holistic living, and the magic of nature runs deep in Marlaina’s lineage, and to meld all these elements into a seamless weave has been second nature to her since an early age. Her maternal grandfather, a piano prodigy, played Carnegie Hall at age eleven, and her mother Winifred was a singer-songwriter-poet. Marlaina believed her fate would be in film score collaboration, but life and health took unexpected turns and prompted her to pursue writing, painting, and the holistic arts (professional bodywork modalities including clinical aromatherapy). As painter, after 17 years of solo exhibits in PA, NJ, NY, and VA, she only accepts choice commissions in order to pursue her own personal body of work (see some recent visionary paintings below). Her preferred mediums are Grumbacher traditional oil (walnut-based technique free of turpentine and other harsh thinners) and pure-pigment soft pastels. When not working, Marlaina stirs up healthy-gourmet feasts, conjures natural perfumes, and spends long, inspired hours in the pristine woods of rural Pennsylvania with her husband, Jos. C. Donato, an author of historical fiction. After decades of compromised health, she is grateful for energetic tools and profound spiritual healing that changed her life in 2016. Marlaina is truly living her mother’s affirmation that midlife is the beginning of all things wonderful and that love in its highest frequency is the most powerful medicine.
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