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For as long as Marlaina 
can remember, her knee-jerk impulse has been
to create through every medium that called her:
art, writing, music, dance, photography, moving images, cooking, and fragrance. Coming from a long line of creative souls, she was raised
in a holistic and artistic home,
 deeply encouraged and supported as both a creator and a spiritual seeker. 
Today, her everyday life as a professional writer, painter,
and composer often intersects with what Hildegard Von Bingen called veriditas, "the greening power" or spiritual life force
of nature and Deity.


As a national-content writer for Natural Awakenings magazine with a focus on integrative and holistic medicine, Marlaina has interviewed some of the most significant sources in the industry including Mayo Clinic,
Dr. David Perlmutter, celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito, yoga legend Rodney Yee, and neuroscientist and global Transcendental Meditation
leader Tony Nader.  Her work has often included her deep independent study of the parasympathetic nervous system and the physical and energetic imprints of trauma. Occasionally, due to magazine editorial protocol, she has used the pseudonym, 

Maya Whitman. 
After a year and a half sabbatical, she is back with monthly national
health content for the magazine.

Marlaina has also written for Organic Lifestyle Magazine
Taste for Life, and other publications.

She has 30 years of experience in the realm of aromatic medicine and is certified in clinical essential oil applications as well as therapeutic bodywork.

She is the author of fifteen books in several genres including 
the reference book Multidimensional Aromatherapy,

Goddess Consciousness, Spiritual Famine in the Age of Plenty,
and the novel Broken Jar.​
In 2012, after being unhappily published in the conventional publishing world, she took her writing back into her own hands and
established a private publishing company,
Ekstasis Multimedia, LLC.


As a composer, Marlaina has released 21 albums and 12 singles in the genres of contemporary classical piano, world, and ambient vocals under the name WillowWynd. Her diverse work has been featured in
award-winning short films directed by Tara Gadomski,

small business promos, gallery art installations, 
meditation videos, and self-help courses.

 
As a third-generation painter, she dedicates her brush to celebrating
who we are in the Big Picture. Loyal to visionary art, her work invites
the viewer to step into beauty, freedom, and possibility.

In 2016, Marlaina experienced a life-altering health remission that has inspired her to guide others back to their inner compass connected to nature and the cosmos. From her corner of the world in the rural Honesdale region of Pennsylvania, Marlaina chooses a path of slower living
and hiking wildlife sanctuaries year-round
with her beloved husband, Jos. C. Donato, an author of historical fiction. 

On any given day, Marlaina can be found brewing teas from her pantry of medicinal plants, creating complex aged perfumes, finding beauty with her digital camera, making beautiful and healthy gourmet food, 
painting in nature, and spending long hours with her favorite teachers-
the wildflowers/weeds/wisdom keepers.


Marlaina's greatest influence was her mother Winni, a multi-talented Renaissance woman who independently studied nutrition and managed health food stores in New York City in the 1950s. From this early foundation, Marlaina continues to live by the belief that healing, art, and spirit are indeed a singular force. 


 
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