Joy is a frequency & it is the road Home...
Marlaina Donato, CA, CMT
is a national content health writer (articles & features) for the publications
Natural Awakenings magazine (3+ million monthly readership) and Taste For Life as well as former health blogger for Organic Lifestyle Magazine. Her areas of interest are diverse but include holistic neurochemistry,
pain syndromes, whole-body fitness, clinical applications of essential oils and herbal medicine, mind-body connections, bodywork, women's health, and energy medicine.
She is the author of 15 books in the genres of alternative health, body-mind-spirit, women's spirituality, fiction and poetry. Some of her titles include Naked Soul (Llewellyn Worldwide, 1998), the reference book Multidimensional Aromatherapy, Goddess Consciousness,
and the novel, Broken Jar.
As WillowWynd, she is an American composer, her work used in film, meditation videos, women's life coaching courses, and small business promos. Her music has been featured in short films by director Tara Gadomski; she is also a background supporting actor in the 2019 inspiring film Signs of Aging.
She plays all instruments on her recordings--piano/keyboards, acoustic guitar, bowed guitar, hammered dulcimer, and percussion and also layers her own vocals. Her shimmering semi-classical solos, layered instrumentals, seasonal translations, and meditative soundscapes are portals to inner worlds and invitations to beauty. She also produces her own music videos and enjoys the unique freedom of self-expression through moving images.
Marlaina comes from an inspiring lineage of creative souls including the literary Lowells- James Russell and imagist poet, Amy. Her maternal grandfather, a Vitagraph Studios silent film actor and piano prodigy, played New York City's Carnegie Hall at age eleven. Her mother Winifred was a singer-songwriter-poet and her father a fine art painter and professional graphic artist. Marlaina believed her fate would be in film scoring, but life and health took unexpected turns and prompted her to pursue writing, painting, and the holistic arts (professional bodywork modalities including clinical essential oil therapy). After decades of sometimes severely compromised health due to myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFIDS), fibromyalgia, and nervous system compromise, she is deeply grateful for the psychosomatic (mind-body) energetic tools that ignited a deep cellular healing and complete remission in 2016.
When not working, Marlaina stirs up healthy-gourmet feasts, conjures natural-based aged perfumes, practices meditation and ecstatic dance, and spends long, inspired hours hiking in the pristine woods of rural Pennsylvania with her husband, Jos. C. Donato, an author of historical fiction. Marlaina is truly living her mother's affirmation that midlife is the portal to all things wonderful and love in its highest frequency is the most powerful of all medicines.
At this time when social media platforms are promotional necessities, I've chosen to withdraw from the marketing fray and delete my professional and personal pages. As a composer and author who writes from a very deep place, despite many followers and some positive things on Facebook, social media left me feeling hollow and reluctant to play the game. It's interesting to note that my online music and book sales have rarely come from my efforts and exposure on social media but from other sources, so by making this decision, nothing's been lost except energy-sapping illusion and baggage.
I need to be true to my muse, even if it's offbeat, "professional suicide", and uncool. There are still juicy inspirations, wild wanderings, music videos, and sneak peeks to share (including my music in another film), so follow me on YouTube and sign up for my exclusive newsletter here. Looking forward to meeting you in that quiet space where the arts, beauty and the real world(s) intersect!
May 20, 2020