I am Carisa Holmes
Artist, Author 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
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 released 3 albums/EPs, and 3 more are on the way for release in 2020.
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.
During 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 crazy cool cat, Maya and an ever-growing collection of house plants.
I am steadily incorporating 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.