I am Carisa Holmes
Performer of the Healing Arts, Author, Artist and Creativity Coach
My mission is to facilitate the birth of creative power and to promote the acknowledgment and recognition of the creative arts as vehicles for self-expression, healing, and evolution.
I help artists, aspiring artists, and wise entrepreneurs of all types to tap into their creative power, release blocks, and step into being more of who they really are.
- Reiki Master
- Polarity Therapy Practitioner
- EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) Practitioner
- Certified Massage Practitioner
- Certified Holistic Health Advisor
- Voice: 6 years classical and jazz study, 35 years experience
- Flute: 9 years classical study, 28 years experience
- Music: 26+ years of songwriting, recording and producing experience
- 13 years of coaching and healing arts experience
- 45+ years of creating a colorful life as a human being
I have always been drawn to all things creative. From sketching images of my horse with charcoal to writing poems for speech contests at school, my primary outlet for self-expression has always been art.
I was introduced to music study at an early age as a soloist and member of a gospel choir under the direction of my father, who was the Minister of Music at our church.
I began playing the flute in elementary school and then auditioned for and was accepted at the Stivers Music Magnet Junior High. I then moved on to audition for and attend the Colonel White High School for the Arts, where I studied flute and voice privately and was the co-captain of the dance team. It was there that I discovered my natural gift for songwriting and crafting short stories, and began working in recording studios.
While attending Colonel White, I was featured in principal roles in operettas and musicals and received a voice scholarship from the Dayton Opera Guild. I was also chosen to represent the state of Ohio at the ACT-SO NAACP National Talent Competition in Los Angeles, California.
Upon graduation, I was the named recipient of the Leon Bates Scholarship for voice to the Wright State University and worked with major label recording artists in pop and R&B while attending college, honing my songwriting and recording skills.
When I was in my late 20’s, my mother died of cancer, and soon after I experienced a major health crisis and healing journey. I took a deep dive into holistic healing, first as owner-operator of an organic spa room at Harmony House Wellness Center (2004-2007), and then as an independent Holistic Health Coach.
Over the years, my healing practice expanded and evolved as I did, and become influenced by and integrated with my love for the creative arts. Over and again, I have witnessed and experienced the healing power of the arts, and my practice is now focused on facilitating the birth of that power in others.
I have written hundreds of songs in multiple genres.
I have co-authored three full length fantasy fiction novels (the fourth and final book is in progress!) and I have created numerous visual art commission pieces and other works.
I offer experiential workshops, meditation gatherings and online classes geared toward increasing capacity for grace, creativity and inspired living.
And, I write essays and other content for websites, occasional wistful poetry, and enjoy growing my own organic food and creating healthful recipes to share with friends.
Essentially, I can’t stop creating!
And, I love to inspire others to touch that stream of magic that is waiting to flow into their lives and fill it with creative inspiration.
With my long years of study, training and experience in music, holistic health, energy work, bodywork and human psychology, I have created a unique coaching method that is both practical and open to magic and mystery.
I currently live in Columbus, Ohio with my partner in art and life, Joel Whittaker, his two daughters, our crazy cool cat, and an ever-growing collection of air plants.
I am steadily incorporating permaculture and sustainable living practices into my life, and ever and always opening to the mystery that is life.
I look forward to witnessing the power of art transform our world, one artist at a time.
Carisa is one of the most multi-talented human beings I have ever met – she can write bar none, she is an accomplished musician and singer, and she facilitates deep transformation within others through her healing and artistic work.
I highly recommend Carisa as a wellness coach, a creative arts or healing group facilitator, as a professional writer and a one-to-one soul healer.
Carisa is a talented and gifted performer. I have always enjoyed working with her and recommend contacting her if you are so inclined to pursue your creative interests.
Carisa, is that rare professional that has a work ethic that always exceeds your expectation. She is a most talented creative perfectionist that is quite the joy to work with.
Carisa is well versed as a writer and thought provocateur! I would most assuredly recommend her to those of you seeking an authentic and spirited coach, great listener, and also a result oriented professional.
Carisa’s services are intuitive and personal. She makes a big difference in a small amount of time, I would definitely recommend her to my friends and family if they were feeling stuck in their creative projects!
After our Reiki session, I feel much better physically. I had a nagging muscular problem in my levator scapulae that I could not make go away and it’s now gone! Thank you so much!
Not only do Carisa’s methods work, it is empowering to gain an understanding of the fundamentals of how our bodies work. It’s amazing how little most people know about these things including those in the medical profession. Why treat the symptoms when you can find the root of the problem and build from there?
If there’s any person I know who is dedicated to health and wellness across all scopes of life, it is this lady. She knows and she shares for the benefit of others. She’ll coach you well.
I have known Carisa for over 10 years her energy in her healing work is straight from the heart.
I’ve had some of the most profound healing experiences while on the table with Carisa. I have witnessed others whom have worked with Carisa, children and adults, and it’s been amazing to see their transformation.
Carisa has a strong intuition and a gentle touch, super professional and comfortable to be around. To see her perform her music is mesmerizing and inspiring.
I would recommend Carisa to anyone who would want to expand their creativity. She will work hard to give you what you need to do so in all facets of creativity – music, art, writing, speaking, and much more.
I’ve been working with Carisa Holmes for more than two years now. She has opened many doors for me to explore myself and my creativity. From songwriting to music theory and using my voice, to allow me to tap into my creativity without inhibition, and giving me more confidence in what I want to achieve as a musician.
Carisa Holmes has a beautiful gift of creating soulful music and lyrics that touch peoples souls. She provided workshops at our health and wellness center. Everyone loved it and can’t wait to have her back.”