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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, ceremony, cooking, and fragrance.
Her everyday life as a professional writer, composer, and painter
often intersects with a rich inner life shimmering
with deep mysticism and interest in the 
overlapping of science and spirit.
 As a health and wellness magazine writer she has interviewed some of the most significant sources in the industry including Mayo Clinic,
Dr. David Perlmutter, yoga legend Rodney Yee, celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito, and neuroscientist and global Transcendental Meditation leader Tony Nader. She is a regular national content writer for Natural Awakenings magazine and has also written for Organic Lifestyle MagazineTaste for Life, and other publications. Occasionally, due to editorial protocol (when there are more than two of her articles in a monthly issue), she will write under the pseudonym, Maya Whitman.  She is the author of fifteen books in several genres including 
the 1998 OBE memoir Naked Soul (Llewellyn Worldwide).
Marlaina is certified in therapeutic bodywork modalities
and clinical application of essential oils.
 As a composerMarlaina has released 21 albums in the genres of semi-classical  piano, world, new age, and ambient vocals under the name WillowWynd. Her diverse work has been featured in
short films, 
small business promos, 
gallery art installations, 
meditation videos, and self-help courses.
After decades of balancing creative disciplines and holistic arts, painting has become her deepest passion
amplified by a life-altering health remission in 2016.
She offers multimedia art exhibits as
 healing events for the community
with a focus on creating sacred space
with her visionary paintings, original music,
Tibetan singing bowls, and poetry meditations.
Upon invitation, Marlaina also speaks to small,
in-person women's gatherings about
her spiritual awakening, OBEs, profound physical healing,
and her ecstatic journey into sacred union
that includes her documentative body of work.
From her corner of the world in the beautiful Lake Wallenpaupack region of Pennsylvania, Marlaina opts out of owning a smartphone and finds great joy in hiking wildlife sanctuaries year-round with her beloved husband, Jos. C. Donato, an author of historical fiction.
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. 

fun facts:
~Marlaina's maternal grandfather, John Troyano,
was a silent film actor with Vitagraph Studios.
~She was named after actress Marlene Dietrich but spells
her name phonetically for correct pronunciation.
~Marlaina enjoyed being a background supporting actor
in Tara Gadomski's inspiring 2019 short film, Signs of Aging
~Her interest in writing was sparked at age 10 when she was chosen to write a weekly 4-H column in the Pike County Dispatch,
a local newspaper in New York state


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