Marlaina is a freelance, evidence-based health and wellness writer with an integrative and holistic focus. She has interviewed some of the most significant sources in the industry including Mayo Clinic, yoga legend Rodney Yee, celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito, and neuroscientist and global Transcendental Meditation leader Tony Nader.
She is a monthly national content writer for Natural Awakenings magazine and has written for Organic Lifestyle Magazine,
Taste for Life, and other publications. Her freelance work focuses spans holistic neurochemistry, biological energy patterns of trauma, full spectrum bodywork modalities, multilevel clinical applications of essential oils, breathwork, clinical and old way herbal medicine, the life force of a healthy kitchen, and various forms of meditative practice. She is the author of fifteen books in several genres including holistic health, mind-body-spirit, the Sacred Feminine, visionary fiction, sacred living, children's lit, and poetry. Some of her titles include Naked Soul (Llewellyn Worldwide, 1998), Multidimensional Aromatherapy, Goddess Consciousness, Spiritual Famine in the Age of Plenty, and the novel, Broken Jar.
She is also a composer and recording artist, her diverse work used in film, meditation videos, and small business promos. Under the name WillowWynd, she has released 21 albums in the genres of
semi-classical solo piano, world, new age, and pagan/Celtic.
Marlaina believed her fate would be in film scoring, but life and health took unexpected turns and prompted her to pursue writing and certifications in therapeutic bodywork modalities and clinical essential oil therapy. Marlaina's greatest influence was her mother Winifred, a singer- songwriter, poet and multi-talented Renaissance woman who independently studied nutrition and managed health food stores in Manhattan in the 1950s. Marlaina experienced a life-altering health remission in 2016, and she is deeply grateful for the energetic, mind-body tools that changed decades of illness and ushered in a new life and consciousness.
Despite many followers, Marlaina chose to leave social media platforms both personally and professionally in May 2020 to follow a quieter path and to maintain an inner healing space. From her corner of the world in the beautiful Lake Wallenpaupack region of Pennsylvania, she spends her free time painting, exploring with camera in hand, cooking whole foods gourmet meals, brewing herbs from her extensive medicinal herb pantry, and hiking year-round with her husband Jos. C. Donato, an author of historical fiction.
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